REGION — Several holiday events are this weekend, offering opportunities to ring in the season both in-person and virtually.
• Kiwanis Hometown Christmas will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Stadium Park. The event, in its eighth year, is in a new location and will work a little differently than in the past. People are being asked to stay in their cars to view the Santa procession, which begins at Jefferson and Fifth streets and continues down Jefferson Street to the park. Parking is available near the playground and football field.
Once Santa arrives at the gazebo, he will take a seat inside it, and viewers may drive through the park to look at the decorations and talk with costumed characters from a safe distance. Those who wish may stop briefly at the gazebo to talk with Santa from a safe distance and drop off letters with wish lists.
Kiwanis members will be handing out a goodie bag for each child in the vehicle as vehicles leave the park.
Businesses, organizations and individuals who want to participate in the Santa procession should meet at Delphos Jefferson Middle School parking lot, Third and North Clay streets, by 6 p.m.
• Wapakoneta has several Christmas events this weekend. Children’s Hometown Holiday is Saturday and Sunday.
Drive-thru Santa visits will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Children can drive up, say hello and leave their letter in Santa’s big red mailbox at the new gazebo behind downtown Wapakoneta. The route starts on Blackhoof Street and heads north before a right-hand turn onto Heritage Drive, with left-hand turns not allowed Saturday. Follow the road past the gazebo and exit onto Harrison Street. No one should leave a car.
The annual fireworks display will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the practice field at Wapakoneta Middle School. Viewers must remain in their cars.
A free pancake breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Knights of Columbus. Wave to Santa as you wait in line.
There will be calls from the North Pole by Twinkle Toes Tammi, one of Santa’s elves, from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Register by Friday at wapakymca.org.
• The Christmas Tree Festival at the Allen County Museum has gone virtual this year. Visit allencountymuseum.org to view a slideshow of decorated trees. There are a few in-person activities planned. Fingerprint ornaments and Festival Salt, both longstanding traditions, will be available at the gift shop. The picture wreath is also on display at the museum so visitors may take a photo with it to maintain their yearly tradition. Also, the Children’s Discovery Center has Christmas tree ornament kits available. They may also be downloaded at allencountymuseum.org/educational-resources. While visiting, view Christmas decorations at the Children’s Garden.
The Christmas Tree Festival is sponsored by the Allen County Museum, Church Women United and Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District.
• The Bluffton Blaze of Lights has two special events Saturday.
A drive-in screening of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from 2000 will begin at 8 p.m. at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton. Registration is required at email@example.com.
Santa’s Caravan, which is a 6-mile driving loop of holiday lights, will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Santa will lead on an antique fire truck. To participate in your decorated vehicle, register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Open Hearts Concert Series continues with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2200 W. Elm St., Lima. Pianist Vitaly Serebriakov will be in concert. Masks are required. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The classical concert series continues with two more planned concerts on Feb. 6 and April 17.
• Bluffton University’s annual Holiday Collage Concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. It is being streamed for viewing at www.bluffton.edu/mus. The concert will feature the Concert Band and vocal soloists. Donations are accepted at www.bluffton.edu/givetomusic.