Toledo Holiday Events

Toledo, in Northwest Ohio, is filled with fun and festive things to do during the winter holiday season. Below are just a few of our favorites:
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    ••• Lights before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo. (© heidigoseek/cc license)

    The amazing light event at the Toledo Zoo boasts more than one million lights and a dancing music display for a perfect holiday evening the whole family will enjoy. Lights Before Christmas runs from November 15, 2013 through December 31, 2013, seven days a week. The zoo is open Sunday through Thursday from 3pm to 8pm and Friday and Saturday from 3pm to 9pm. Parking is available at both the Anthony Wayne Trail and Broadway entrances. Food and beverages are for sale throughout the park.

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    Visits with Santa

    ••• (courtesy of S. Claus)

    *The Shops at Fallen Timbers, Maumee:
    Santa will be available at Fallen Timbers from November 23, 2013 to December 24, 2013.

    *Westfield Franklin Park, Toledo:
    Santa will be available at Westfield Franklin Park from November 16, 2013 through December 24, 2013.

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    The Manor House at the Wildwood Preserve Metropark has been decorated for the holidays by volunteers for more than 30 years. The event is free for the community and is open the first full week of December every year. Tours are available daily from 10am to 8pm.

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    The Toledo Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker"

    The Nutcracker performed by the San Jose Ballet
    ••• The Nutcracker performed by the San Jose Ballet. (© John Gerbetz/courtesy of the San Jose Ballet)

    With the longest running annual performance in the nation, The Toledo Ballet with be dancing "The Nutcracker" at Stranahan Theatre on December 14, 2013 and December 15, 2013. Saturday’s shows will be held at both 2pm and 7pm with an additional matinee showing on Sunday at 2pm.

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    Holiday Cafe and Craft Show at Wildwood

    During the same time as the holiday tour of the Manor House, area crafters will be offering handmade gifts for sale at the Metroparks Hall in Wildwood. Snack and beverages will be available as you browse for the perfect holiday gift. Hours for the sale are December 7, 2013 through December 15, 2013 from 10am to 8pm. Entry to the sale is free and proceeds benefit Metroparks projects.

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    The Alien Who Stole Christmas at Ritter Plantetarium

    From November 22, 2013 through December 21, 2013, Ritter Planetarium at the University of Toledo will be offering an explanation of holiday lights for families with an amusing look at space called "The Alien who Stole Christmas." The event is target towards children ages 4-10 (or Santa fans of any age.)