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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you have yet to find your holiday cheer, there are plenty of festive opportunities going on this week to put you in a jolly old mood.



Lima



Downtown Holiday Festival



Area stores will have special activities from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Also, a live Nativity will be present, as will the Lima Senior Band performing holiday music.



A Blues Christmas



The City Club



144 S. Main St.



The United Way of Greater Lima and The Third Floor Band join forces to host this annual event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, featuring the Christmas story in blues, folk and rock music. $15 at 419-227-6341.



Holiday Craft Show



Church on the Rock



301 W. North St.



Today’s show features vendors, crafts and baked goods. Proceeds help Girl Scout troops with their annual community service projects.



Bluffton



“Messiah” performance



Bluffton University presents its 117th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday in Founders Hall on the Bluffton campus. The free performance will be conducted by Dr. Jon C. Peterson.



Gomer



Bob Shelmadine’s Christmas



The home of Gomer’s long-time Santa, Bob Shelmadine, will be open Sunday for a one-day remembrance of Shelmadine. The home is now the location of the Gomer Welsh Museum, across from the Gomer United Church of Christ.



Spencerville



Cookie Walk/Vendor Sale



Spencerville VFW



The Spencerville Summerfest hosts this fundraiser for its 2013 firework display. The walk is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the VFW.



Pandora



Christmas cantata



The Christmas cantata, “Seasons of Wonder,” will be performed at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.



Ottawa



21st Annual Christmas Tree Festival



Putnam County District Library



136 Putnam Parkway



Annual tree festival continues during library hours until Dec. 27.



Delphos



14th Annual Tree Festival



Delphos Canal Commission



Downtown



More than 30 organizations have decorated trees that will be on display all of December. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Or, you can call to schedule a viewing time at 419-692-4496.



Van Wert



Holiday Lights at the Fair



Van Wert County Fairgrounds



The Van Wert County 4-H Interstate Exchange Group will host this fourth annual drive-through light show. $5 per vehicle, use the Gate 5 entrance on Fox Road. The light show goes on 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Christmas Day.



Kenton



Lake of Lights



Saulisberry Park



13344 state Route 67



Annual event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. weekends through Dec. 26. Special events include horse-drawn wagon rides 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Annual Luminary Memorial Service will be after 9 p.m. Dec. 23. Memorials are $20 each until Dec. 7. $5 per vehicle.



St. Marys



St. Marys Festival of Lights



High Street Park



The lights continue with the Festival of Lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22.



Healing Memories Candlelight Memorial Service



St. Paul United Church of Christ



201 N. Perry St.



The sixth annual hour-long event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will include music by the hand-bell choir and organist, as well as a candlelight service and photos of deceased loved ones.



Mendon



Town Hall Christmas/Animals of the Nativity



throughout Mendon



More than 100 decorated trees on display at the Mendon Town Hall, and live animals at the old Mendon Firehouse from 6 to 9 p.m. today and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $1 for the Festival of Trees, but free for 12 and younger if accompanied by an adult. Also on Friday, Santa Claus will visit. Saturday events include horse-drawn carriage rides and vendor displays.



Findlay



North Pole Express



11600 County Road 99



A quarter-scale train takes passengers past holiday lights and decorations on weekends through Dec. 30. Also, there are HO and Lionel train layouts and a museum. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30. $2 adults, $1 for 12 and younger; free for active duty service members and their families with proof of DOD identification.



McKinnis House by Candlelight



Litzenberg Memorial Woods



U.S. 224



Celebrate Christmas in 1847-style at the historical McKinnis house, which will be entirely lighted by candles for this holiday celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Christmas music, children’s games, and sweet breads.



Mount Cory



Kaleidoscope Farms



14841 County Road 54



419-859-3378 or online at www.kaleidoscopefarms.com



Opens now through Dec. 22. Hours after Friday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Horse-drawn wagon rides, choose and cut Christmas trees, pine wreaths and roping.


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