120 W Sandusky St
Findlay, OH 45840
Santa’s House will open from 6-8 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. Visitors should use the Crawford Street entrance.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 6-8 p.m. every Friday through Dec. 22. Each child visiting will receive a gift bag, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown Findlay will be offered.
As far back as 1964, Santa has been making stops in Findlay. That year, he arrived by helicopter at the Findlay Village Mall. After spending the morning there greeting children, he made his way to Santa’s House which was located at 311 S. Main St., escorted by then-Findlay Mayor John Sausser, majorettes, baton twirlers and the Shrine Clown unit calliope.
Alpha Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took over Santa’s House in 1972. Alpha Chi became Laureate Beta Phi in 1993, and the sorority partnered with the Findlay Downtown Area Association to sponsor Santa’s House. The location was moved to the Findlay Municipal Building in 1990. Prior to that, it was in an empty storefront in the downtown area.
When the sorority was no longer able to host the event, members asked the Kiwanis Club of Findlay to take over Santa’s House. The venue changed to St. Andrew’s church five years ago.
This is the 17th year the Kiwanis Club has been offering the holiday event. About 5,000 people visit annually.