Get in the spirit of the Christmas season with a variety of events going on around the area. With everything from lighting displays to decorated tree festivals to concerts, there is something for every taste.
40th Annual Christmas Tree Festival
Allen County Museum
620 W. Market St.
More than 85 decorated trees, entertainment, exhibits in this annual event. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30; and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Free, but donations accepted.
Jazz at the Greenhouse
DeHaven’s Home and Garden Showplace
775 Shawnee Road
This holiday concert, featuring Kick-n-Flava, opens 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 1. Hosted by ArtSpace/Lima, tickets are $20 at 419-222-1721 or $25 at the door. For 21 years and older.
Bells, Brass and Bows
Veterans Memorial Civic Center
The Lima Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Lima Symphony Chorus for this annual evening of carols, classics and even a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Vocal soloist Kirsten Osburn-Manley joins in the performance of the Hallelujah Chorus to close the show. Tickets at 419-222-5701.
ONU Holiday Spectacular
Veterans Memorial Civic Center
This annual holiday extravaganza runs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. A matinee will also be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 2. $5 at all Kewpee locations.
“Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
991 North Shore Drive
A pack of unruly children turns a church’s Christmas pageant into something few viewers will ever forget. The show runs at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, as well as Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 2. Tickets are $14 adults, $9 youth at 419-223-8866.
“A Blues Christmas”
The City Club
144 S. Main St.
The Christmas story as told with blues, folk and rock music highlights this second annual event, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and includes a catered dinner and entertainment. Hosted by United Way of Greater Lima and the Third Floor Band, the event will also include a dessert auction, with proceeds to United Way. $15 at 419-227-6341.
Blaze of Lights
Most events center on Main Street, where the Blaze Parade starts at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Ream Holiday Folk Art lighting is at 6 p.m. Events include horse and wagon rides, entertainment, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a light show.
Christmas Open House
1843 Swiss Homestead
8350 Bixel Road
The Swiss Community Historical Society will host “An Old-Time Christmas at the Homestead” from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1. There will be 19th century decorations, music, hearth cooking, candle-making and a gift shop. A storytime will be held from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Free, but donations accepted.
The 117th performance of the classic will be performed at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in Founders Hall on the campus of Bluffton University. The show features the Choral Society, Chamber Orchestra and soloists. By donation.
Welcome Santa Parade
The 20th annual parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Locust and Fourth streets and ends at Ottawa Metro Park. There, free family-friendly activities will be held. Also, there are photos with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice sculpting and entertainment. The Christmas lights display starts at 5 p.m.
Children’s Hometown Holiday
The ice rink, at Main and Perry streets, opens for ice skating from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. The free children’s activities go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. They include a mini-Christmas parade which will carry Santa, a live reindeer display, pony or carriage rides, street musicians, exhibits, food. Also, free children’s movies at 1:30 p.m. at the Wapa Theatre and an 8 p.m. movie at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum.
14th Annual Tree Festival
Delphos Canal Commission
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.
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, today through Christmas Day.
Lake of Lights
13344 state Route 67
Annual event opens at 6 p.m. today and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. weekends through Dec. 26. A Holiday 5K Run starts at 5 p.m. Saturday from Jitterz Coffee House to the lake. 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.
Christmas Around the Square
Hardin County Courthouse
Santa reins supreme at this 26th annual event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Also, holiday music, basket auction, local vendors and homemade food.
Reindog and Elf Parade
Dogs and their human friends dress in holiday costumes for this 11 a.m. parade on Saturday. Parade route begins from the Mercer County Courthouse and proceeds down Main Street.
St. Marys Winterfest/Festival of Lights
High Street Park
Kicking off with a Santa Parade at 3 p.m. Dec. 2, the Winterfest begins. The parade is followed by ice skating, visits with Santa, a live Nativity, food and warming fires. The lights continue with the Festival of Lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22.
The fifth annual parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 from South Oak Street through the downtown. This year’s theme is “Come to an Old-Fashioned Christmas in Lakeview.” Included among the entries will be Santa, who will arrive on a fire truck.
North Pole Express
11600 County Road 99
A quarter-scale train takes passengers past holiday lights and decorations on weekends, starting today. 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.
14841 County Road 54
419-859-3378 or online at www.kaleidoscopefarms.com
Opens Friday and closes at noon 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.
Mad River Mountain
A holiday ugly Christmas sweater party will be held 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 22. Along with holiday cocktails and Christmas cookies, the Scotty McCarron Duo will perform an acoustic set. A bag of gear goes to the ugliest Christmas sweater.