FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND EVERY FRIDAY MORNING AT 9:10 ON THE SHORES & ISLANDS MORNING SHOW WITH CHUCK, STEVE AND TROY; AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 12:20 WITH THE LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS WELCOME CENTER. CLICK ON THE LOGO TO SEE THEIR CALENDAR, COMPLETE WITH LINKS TO EVENTS AROUND THE AREA.
LIGHTS ON THE NORTHCOAST, through January 8, Watering Hole Safari and Water Park at Monsoon Lagoon, Port Clinton, featuring a drive-through light display with over 1 million lights and a walk-through zoo as well!
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ART SHOW, through December 23, Main Street Vermilion, featuring watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, photography, jewelry, potters, fiber art, wood and hand-crafted items from local artists.
ANNUAL “TREE OF REMEMBERANCE” CEREMONY, through November 30, Victory Park, downtown Vermilion, remembering loved ones in a special tree decorating ceremony.
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, through December 31, Toledo Zoo, with than one million lights and 200+ illuminated animal images, snap a photo with Santa, and grab some holiday snacks at the Yuletide Food & Spirits tent!
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ART SHOW, through December 23, at The Vermilion Arts Guild, with watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, photography, jewelry, potters, fiber art, wood and hand-crafted items for sale.
HAYES TRAIN SPECIAL MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY, November 25-January 8, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, with an operating model train display running through an intricate Victorian holiday scene.
CHRISTMAS AT SAWMILL CREEK, through December 31, thousands of twinkling lights, beautifully fashioned ornaments, crafted packages, and toy treasures in the Sawmill Courtyard
HOLIDAY LIGHTS EVENING TOURS OF SANDUSKY, presented by Firelands Adventure Tours, nightly November 25-January 5
ROCK & AWE HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW, November 25-January 1, 6-11pm, Sandusky County Courthouse, Fremont, with a 20-minute holiday light show synchronized to music.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS CRUISE-THRU, November 25-December 23, 5:30-9pm, Lorain Metroparks Carlisle Equestrian Center, LaGrange. Bring nonperishable food items to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
LIGHTS ON THE LAKE, November 26-December 30, dusk-10pm, Lakeview Park, Lorain. Santa visits the Sunset Terrace on Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 4, 7, 11, & 16, Santa Breakfast event on the morning of Saturday, December 10!
A TROPICAL HOLIDAY DISPLAY, November 25-December 30, 10am-5pm daily at Miller Nature Preserve, Avon
DRIVE-THRU WINTER WONDERLAND, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, December 8-22, 6-8pm, Sandusky County Fairgrounds
THE MAGICAL POLAR EXPERIENCE, December 9, 7:30, Lorain Palace Theatre, featuirng a screening of the movie, a visit to the North Pole, guest appearance from The Big Guy himself and a magical goodie bag.
SANDUSKY WINTER WONDERLAND, December 9, 5-10pm and December 10 12-6pm, Jackson Street Pier, Sandusky, with ice skating, food, beverages, live music, and the Moonlight Market holiday shopping event.
LAKESIDE EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES, December 9-10, Orchestra Hall, Lakeside, Fridays from 5-8pm and Saturdays from 1-5 pm. The train leaves every 20 minutes.
DECK THE WREATH WINE TRAILS, December 9-10, December 16-17, a self-driving tour along the Shores & Islands Trail in northwest Ohio, with stops at Brady Vineyards/ Heron Creek Winery, Wellington, D & D Smith Winery, Norwalk, Firelands Winery, Sandusky, Gideon Owen Wine Co., Port Clinton, Matus Winery, Wakeman, Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermilion, Quarry Hill Winery, Berlin Hts., The Wishmaker House B & B and Winery, Bellville and Vermilion Valley Vineyard, Wakeman.
NIGHT LIGHTS AT CARLISLE PRESENTED BY AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, December 9-10, December 16-17, 4-9pm, Carlisle Visitor Center, LaGrange, with rides on the Little Green Choo on the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail from 4-5 pm, which converts to a walking trail from 5:30-9 pm. Bring nonperishable food items to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE “A LIVE RADIO PLAY,” December 9-11, Harlequins Community Theatre, Sandusky.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Fremont Community Theatre, December 9-11, 7:30 Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS MUSICAL, Hirt Theatre of the Bellevue Society for the Arts, December 9-10, Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2pm.
RENTED CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL, Playmakers Civic Theatre, Port Clinton, December 9 & 10 and December 16 & 17.
LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, December 10, 10am-1pm, Mercy Health Stadium, Avon, with sweet treats, tours around the stadium & holiday merch
CAROUSEL CHRISTMAS RIDE-A-THON, December 10, 10am-4pm, Merry-Go-Round Museum, Sandusky, with free Admission, $1 carousel rides, children’s crafts, wood carvers, a large-scale train display, and of course a visit from Santa!!
MILAN’S HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS, December 10, 12-6pm, Milan town square, with shopping, kids activities, Santa.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE RAT PACK, December 10, 7pm, Lorain Palace Theatre.
HOLIDAY TRAIN, Mad River & NKP Railroad Society, Bellevue, December 10 & 11, 12noon-5pm, with short rides on a restored caboose, cocoa and cookies, and Santa.
VERMILION HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 10 at 7pm and December 11 at 2pm, Vermilion High School.
THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY JAM 2.0, December 11, 1:30-7:30pm, Ten Fifty Eight Event Center, Sandusky, featuring Christmas music from about 20 local musicians and bands in all genres, food, beverages and door prizes.
TUBA CHRISTMAS, December 11, 2pm, a free show at Lorain Palace Theatre.
HEIDELBERG HOLIDAY PLAYLIST, December 11, 3pm, The Ritz Theatre, Tiffin
TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT, December 15, 7:30 PM, The Ritz Theatre, Tiffin
OPEN AIR GUN MARKSMANSHIP, Mondays-Thursdays, Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton.
POSTCARD PROJECT, through Jul 25, 2023, Main Street Vermilion, featuring 15 big and beautiful, mural-sized recreations of vintage postcards that record local history and the nostalgic scenes that depict Vermilion as a long-time vacation destination.