Celebrations and specials planned across the North coast
Join in the fun Saturday, Dec. 7, for Community Christmas. Beginning at 3 p.m., families can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Clinton House.
Downtown retail stores and restaurants will be holding open houses and fun activities for the entire family from 2 to 5 p.m. Along with crafts, many stores will be serving up chili for our Chili Tasting competition – stop by the chamber office to vote for your favorite.
The Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monroe Street then travels down Second Street to Adams Street Park for the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Gift of Lights at 6 p.m.
Businesses and organizations around town were encouraged to participate in the 2019 Gift of Lights to decorate a tree for charity. The trees are located at Adams Street Park and people will vote for their favorite or best-decorated tree for a $1 donation. Proceeds will be donated to the 2018 winner’s charity of choice. The donations will determine this year’s winner.
Ballot boxes will be available at the Main Street PC/Chamber office, City Hall, Coffee Express, Lilly & Gerts, Slater’s Madison Street Pub and the Ala Carte Café.
The deadline to vote is noon Friday, Dec. 13.
Businesses and organizations should remove their decorations the week of Jan. 1.
Also coming up in Port Clinton is the Liberty Aviation Museum’s Stop & Shop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14-15. The museum is located at 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton, and will showcase a variety of local crafters and vendors.
Downtown Fremont Inc. is hosting the Pottery Perfection “Done Your Way” Holly Jolly Parade 2019 from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade will start at Roger Young Park and extend through downtown Fremont by crossing over State Street and finishing on the north side of Front Street and feature illuminated floats, bands and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Kick off the Christmas season with the lighting of Christmas Tree on the Seneca County Justice Center lawn at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The event will feature Heidelberg University Vocal Ensemble Heimonics Twas the Night Before Christmas.
The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking to make giving easy this year with Chamber Cash – local gift certificate program co-sponsored by the chamber and the Old Fort Banking Company. Certificates are easy to order, easy to redeem and perfect for giving to everyone on your list – friends, coaches, teachers and family members. A list of participating merchants is included –- one for everyone on your list! They are available in $5, $10, $25 and $50 denominations.
Call 419-447-4141 or e-mail email@example.com to place your order today. The last day to order/pick up for Christmas is Monday, Dec. 23.
Owens Ark Veterinary Clinic is hosting a Christmas-themed open house from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14. The clinic is located at 22435 Ohio 51. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Genoa Festival of lights is set for Sunday, Dec. 15. The holiday decorating contest is open to residents and businesses with the goal of making Genoa a destination for holiday lighting displays. Three out-of-town judges will be on hand to pick the winners who will be notified with a sign in their yard. All homes within the village limits will be judged with no registration required to win. Simply turn on your display at dusk and leave them on until at least 9 p.m. that night. Ribbons will be awarded for first through third.
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 4:15 p.m. Santa’s friends from the Portage District Fire Department will be guiding him through the streets of the village as he announces his arrival and opens the 2019 Holiday Season at the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration.
At 5 p.m. Santa will arrive at the Log Cabin to light the Village Christmas Tree and to visit with the children.
Each child will have the opportunity to share their Christmas wish list with Santa at the Log Cabin. After their visit with Santa, the children will then receive Santa Bucks and be able to shop for two free gift items for their loved ones from several businesses in downtown. There will be several businesses open that night and parents will receive an entry card, if you and your children visit each of the participating stores and have your card stamped, you can then enter your card into a drawing for $100 in gift certificates. After the children have purchased their gifts they may proceed to Portage Fire Station for Cookies and Cocoa and parents can turn in their entries for the drawing. These activities will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.
Santa will also be at the Log Cabin from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec 13 and 20.
A time-honored Holiday tradition, Christmas Trees on Parade, continues to light up the town again this year. Friends, family, businesses and organizations were invited to sponsor a tree as a memorial, an honorary gift or a seasonal greeting. A sign is placed at each tree displaying the special message and the sponsor. All proceeds help to fund the Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration.
They will be displayed on the light posts in the Oak Harbor village through Jan. 1.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will also be offering gift wrapping services for the holiday season. All proceeds will benefit the Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration and prices will range from $1 to $5 depending on the size of the gift. Customers can drop their gifts off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Gifts will be accepted through Dec. 19.
If you have any questions, call 419-898-0479 or stop by at 161 W. Water St., Oak Harbor, OH 43449.
The Bellevue Community Christmas Parade presented by First National Bank will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5. Line up Begins at 5:30 p.m. at Central Park.
Huron County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Holiday After Hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Heavy appetizers and beverages will be provided for the festive event at the chamber office, 10 W. Main St., Norwalk. Huron County Chamber of Commerce | 10 W. Main St Norwalk, OH