It’s beginning to look a lot like…December! With the holidays approaching and the temperatures dropping, embrace the cold and check out some of the “Coolest” things to do this month.
1. Firelands Festival of Lights at Sawmill Creek Resort
Now – Dec 31, 2015
Cool Factor: Drive your vehicle along the resort’s extensive path to see fabulous light displays created by over 30 local, non-profit organizations, culminating in a visit to Santa’s House. On Saturday nights you can take a hay ride through the illuminated scenes and enjoy fun activities and snacks with Mrs. Claus.
2. Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo
Now – Jan 3, 2016
Cool Factor: This annual zoo light display is one of the most popular events around! Walk amongst the millions of holiday lights and visit the cold-weather animals. The Winter Village includes a thrilling ice slide!
3. Carousel Christmas Ride-A-Thon at the Merry-Go-Round Museum
Dec 12, 2015
Cool Factor: The first Christmas Carousel Ride-A-Thon is a chance for families to start the holiday season with fun and excitement. Free museum admission is offered with $1 carousel rides throughout the day and options to purchase punch cards for multiple rides. There will be crafts for kids, wood carvers, an ice carver, and a special appearance by Santa.
4. Family Holiday Pops with the Firelands Symphony
Dec 13, 2015Cool Factor: A family-friendly “pops” show includes traditional seasonal tunes and acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch, who enchants listeners of all ages with her repertoire of show-stopping holiday hits.
5. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas “Live” at the Sandusky State Theatre
Dec 18, 2015 – Dec 20, 2015
Cool Factor: Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features a dazzling score filled with well-known standards. The Sandusky State Theatre Repertory Company presents a story of two WWII Veterans who help bring a Vermont lodge back to its pre-war glory through song and dance.
6. Santa Flies into Port Clinton
Dec 20, 2015
Cool Factor: Santa Claus arrives at Erie-Ottawa International Airport by plane (watch him fly in!) and will be taking Christmas lists at the on-site Liberty Aviation Museum. Photos with Santa available for a donation, or bring your own camera.
7. Santa Hustle! At Cedar Point
Dec 20, 2015
Cool Factor: Runners participating in this 5K or half-marathon will be in Santa outfits and running through Cedar Point in December (a rare opportunity!) Plus, volunteers will be in elf costumes and provide cookie stations; instead of the usual water stations provided at most races. Fun for all and a sight to see!
8. Winter Solstice Night Hike at East Sandusky Bay MetroPark
Dec 22, 2015
Cool Factor: The Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Welcome the official onset of winter with a guided nighttime hike under the moon.
9. Holiday Sleigh Rides through Spiegel Grove (Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums)
Dec 26, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015
Cool Factor: “Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!” Re-create a scene straight from the past when the Hayes Presidential Center hosts horse-drawn sleigh rides through the estate of the 19th U.S. President.
10. Walleye Madness at Midnight – Downtown Port Clinton
Dec 31, 2015
Cool Factor: New York City has their “big apple” drop at midnight to mark the beginning of the New Year. So, naturally, the “Walleye Capital of the World” celebrates the occasion by dropping a 20-foot, 600-pound fiberglass walleye from the sky at the stroke of midnight. Each year, thousands brave the cold, gathered for hours, awaiting this momentous drop – partaking in fun kids’ events, live entertainment, food, and libations. Don’t miss the “Walleye White” wine or the walleye chowder to keep you warm until the big fish falls.
Come see why Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is cool this December. Visit SHORESandISLANDS.com for information on fun things to do and great places to stay.
Jill Bauer, Public Relations Coordinator
Lake Erie Shores & Islands