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The Holidays in Hancock County

The holidays are here and there is no better place to celebrate than in Findlay and Hancock County!

Holiday Lights & Decorations

Businesses and Attractions

Downtown Findlay
Downtown Findlay is decked out for the holidays!  Be sure to stroll Downtown and see all the beautifully decorated windows.

Hancock Hotel
Stop in the lobby or just walk by to see the winter wonderland transformed inside this local boutique hotel.

Hanneman Funeral Home, 201 Osborn Ave.
Drive through this magical loop of holiday lights and decorations!

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 12505 CR 99
Ride through the winter wonderland of NWORRP by taking a miniature train ride – be sure to visit the decked-out train house!  The North Pole Express is part of the Ohio Holiday Lights Trail!

Marathon Petroleum Headquarters, 539 S. Main St. 
Marathon HQ is bright and bustling for the holidays!

Communities & Landmarks

Village of Arlington
Arlington’s streets are lined with festive light poles and their community Christmas Tree will be decorated by handmade decorations by community members.

Bluffton Blaze of Lights tour
Begin at Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N Main St., Bluffton, to view the Ream Folk Art Display before driving through residential areas.

Village of Mt. Blanchard
Plan a stroll or drive through the picturesque village of Mt. Blanchard.  Snowflakes don light posts along Main Street, businesses’ windows are decorated, and Hurricane Park and the gazebo are decorated.  See what is new this year

Dorney Plaza, located next to Hancock Co. Courthouse
Visit the official City of Findlay Christmas Tree, located in Dorney Plaza!

Latham Courtyard, located between Chase building and Scramblers
Bring the family and walk through Latham Courtyard’s festive light display.


The Courier put together a great list of residential light displays.  See the list here!

The Arlington Beautification Committee is hosting a residential holiday decoration contest!  See the participants and learn how to vote here.

As part of the Bluffton Blaze of Lights festival residents of the village participated in a holiday lights contest.  Drive around the village and see the lights and choose your favorites!

Festive Events

See all the holiday events here!

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until January 1, North Pole Express Closed Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve.
Take a ride on the North Pole Express!  The North Pole Express will take you on a journey around their magical grounds.  The cost is just $4 for adults and $3 for children.  Be sure to keep a lookout for silly elves hiding in the Christmas Tree Forest and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus on select dates. NWORRP is OPEN on Christmas Day!

December 24, Father Christmas visits historic South Main Street.
Walk through peaceful South Main on Christmas Eve to enjoy the historic homes, holiday lights, and luminary lined sidewalks.  Father Christmas and Mrs. Claus will be walking the sidewalks from 8 – 10 p.m.

Winter Break

Enjoy Winter Break in Findlay and Hancock County with these special events and attractions open this week.  See local shops’ hours here, and local restaurants’ hours here.

AMF Sportsman Lanes

Axe Ventura, open Christmas Eve, Noon – 9  p.m., open Mon. & Tues., 2 – 8 p.m., Thurs.-Fri., 4 – 10 p.m., and New Year’s Eve, Noon – 10 p.m.  Make your reservations here!

Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center, open Mon.-Fri., 2 – 6 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children’s Museum of Findlay, open Tues., Wed., Fri., & New Year’s Eve, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thurs., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Cube, Christmas Break Public Skates, see the times here!  $6 Admission, $3 Skate Rental – don’t forget, The Cube is cash-only!

Findlay Art League Gallery, open Tues.-Fri., Noon – 5:30 p.m. and Sat., Noon – 4 p.m.

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., & New Year’s Eve, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

The Links Indoor Golf, Christmas Eve, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, 9 am. – 9 p.m.

Main Street Deli Barcade, Closed Dec. 24-26, Tues.-Thurs., 3 – 11 p.m., Friday, & New Year’s Eve, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; New Year’s Day, closed

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, open Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mazza Museum, open Wed., Noon – 5 p.m.

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, open Fri., 5:30 – 9 p.m., and Sun., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Painters’ Pottery, open Mon.-Wed. 1 – 4 p.m., Thurs.-Fri., 1 – 6 p.m., New Year’s Eve 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and January 2 1 – 5 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Events

Cheers to a new year!  Ring in 2023 in Findlay and Hancock County.  See Bar and Restaurant Hours here!  See area shopping hours here.

Noon Year’s Eve, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 11:30 a.m. – Noon

CRAFTed’s New Year’s Eve Party, CRAFTed Nano Brewery, beginning at 2 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Dinner, Hilton Garden Inn

Great Gatsby Mystery Murder DinnerGathering Wine, 7:30 p.m.

Walk the Red Carpet into 2023Gillig Winery, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Lucky’s New Year’s Eve PartyLucky’s Tavern, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Alexandria’s New Year’s Eve PartyAlexandria’s, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m