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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
Be sure to check out the Holiday Window Decorating Contest People’s Choice winner Coffee Amici and Mayor’s Choice winner Elida Candle Company.  In addition, be sure to visit The Baker’s Cafe, Bob’s Floor Covering (201 E. Crawford St.), Burlwick & Co., Findlay Brewing Company, Flag City Clothing, Gathering Wine, Journey Gifts, Journey Salon & Spa, Light & Lovely Fair Trade Boutique, Logan’s Irish Pub, Modcraft Brewing, river + road, RooBarb Studios, Tabler Insurance, Trends! on Main, and Vivir Modern Mexican.

Dark Horse Restaurant
Frosty will surely approve of these cool windows (pun intended)

Hancock Hotel
Stop in the lobby or just stroll 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!

Oler’s Bar & Grill
Can you guess what Santa and his elves are eating (and drinking!) on these festive window

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 is decorated with homemade ornaments the village has created each Sunday since Thanksgiving!

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.  Bluffton Blaze of Lights is part of the Ohio Holiday Lights Trail!

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.

Residential

The Courier has put together a great list of residential light displays for you to enjoy, check it out 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

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until January 3, North Pole Express
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.

December 31, Noon Year’s Eve with Children’s Museum of Findlay
Countdown to Noon on New Year’s Eve and celebrate 2022 a few hours early!  

Open during Winter Break

See local restaurant and store holiday hours here!

Children’s Museum of Findlay, Open Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 4 p.m.; Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.  Join CMF for a Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop!

The Cube, The Cube is open for public skates through Winter Break!  See the public skate schedule here.
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library,
 Open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.; New Year’s Eve, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Plan for some fun at home!  Pick up a Get the Holiday Started! activity kit, an At-Home Escape Room: Mystery at the Museum kit, and watch some of the favorite Makerspace videos to exercise your creative brain!

Hancock Park District is hosting several events through Winter Break, see all the events here!

Hancock Historical Museum, Open December 22 – 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Closed December 24 – February 1

The Links Indoor Golf, Open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Christmas

Mazza Museum, Open December 19, 1 – 4 p.m.; December 22-23 and December 29, Noon – 5 p.m.

Painters’ Pottery, Open Monday – Wednesday, Noon – 4 p.m.; Thursday, Noon – 7 p.m.; Christmas Eve, Noon – 4 p.m.; New Year’s Eve, Noon – 9 p.m.; Sunday, January 2, 1 – 5 p.m.; Closed Christmas, December 26, and New  Year’s Day.

Hancock County Mural Trail, Interact with our public art!  Winter break is a great time to get out and find a new favorite mural in Hancock County.  Download the brochure here!

Barn Quilt Trail, go for a winter-time drive and check out these amazing pieces of art!

Holiday Movie Watching, Okay, this isn’t technically local, but it is available during Winter break!  But, you can enjoy local snacks – see our suggestions here!

Make your New Year’s Eve Plans with Findlay

See local businesses’ hours and specials for New Year’s here

Anvil Whiskey Bar, New Year’s Eve live music featuring Stan G, 9 p.m. -1 a.m.

The Bourbon Affair, Open until 1 a.m. with a Time Traveler Theme – party like it’s 1939 in your period best.  There will be NCAA play-off games on, drink specials, and door prizes throughout the night

Fins Seafood & Grille, Make your reservations for NYE Dinner!  Fins will feature their regular menu as well as special dinner features and drinks.  Reservations only, call 419-429-1900.  Musical guest, Two of Us, 6 – 10 p.m.

Hancock Hotel, Book a room at the Hancock to ring in New Year’s Eve in style and comfort

Hilton Garden InnCelebrate New Year’s Eve around the world with this internally-inspired 3-course meal!  Reservations requested.

Smokin’ Buckeye BBQ, Make your reservations for a Prime Rib dinner for two at 6 p.m.!

The Wine Merchant, Purchase your New Year’s Eve Dinner kit!  Includes Ribeye, Lobster Tails, Potatoes, and more plus a bottle of Sparkling Wine!  Learn more here