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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

Businesses

Coffee Amici, 328 S.  Main St.
Check out this winter wonderland and winner of the Downtown Findlay’s decoration contest!

Tabler Insurance, 123 S. Main St.
View this beautifully decorated, hand-painted classic characters in the window of this Downtown Business!

Downtown Findlay Decorating Contest
See the beautiful windows entered in the Downtown Decorating Contest!  In addition to winner Coffee Amici and runner-up Tabler Insurance, locations include: Trends On Main, Hancock Hotel, Longberry’s Paint ‘N Paper, Logan’s Irish Pub, Summer Creek Apparel, Elida Candle Company, and Amy May’s Downtown

Village of Mt. Blanchard
Plan a stroll or drive through the picturesque village of Mt. Blanchard.  Holiday light and visit the gazebo at Hurricane Park.

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 12505 CR 99
Walk through the winter wonderland of NWORRP’s grounds before taking a miniature train ride and visiting the decked-out train house!

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

Millstream Art Plaza, 419 S. Main St.
Students from Millstream Career Center decked the Millstream Art Plaza out for Christmas!  welders made hanging snowflakes, construction students built furniture and pallet trees and our Family and Consumer Science students designed a Take and Bake ornament tree!

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

Bluffton Blaze of Lights tour, See Map Here
Begin at Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N Main St., Bluffton, to view the Ream Folk Art Display before continuing to the residential light tour!

Residential

The Courier has put together a great list of residential light displays!  Check it out here.

As part of the Bluffton Blaze of Lights festival residents of the village participated in a holiday lights contest.  See the winner here and check out the displays for yourself!

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 Rudolph December 18-20.

December 18 & 19, Christmas Light Tour
Book a private Christmas Light Tour for your household from Flag City Cart Co.!  tour of some of Findlay’s historic neighborhoods beginning at the Christmas Tree in Dorney Plaza and ending at The Baker’s Cafe for a free hot beverage and Christmas treat.  Time slots are available every half hour from 5 – 8 p.m., call 419-422-7133, payment due upon reservation.

December 20, Letters to Santa Drive-Thru
Santa is getting ready for his big night, see him before by visiting the University of Findlay’s Letters to Santa drive-thru!  Pull through the half circle drive in front of Old Main on the University of Findlay campus, drop-off your letters in Santa’s bag from your vehicle, and get a free Christmas gift from the University of Findlay. Santa will be there waving from a safe distance!

December 24, St. Mark’s UMC Drive-Thru Nativity, Noon – 2 p.m.
Enjoy St. Mark’s traditional Live Nativity in a new format!  Stay safely in your cars as you view the live nativity as a drive-thru!

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 26, Deadline for Fins NYE Dinner To-Go!
Call 419-429-1900 for your carry out meal.  Cost is $55/person and choice of starter, sides, entrée, and dessert, champagne, and party favors!  Learn more on their facebook page! 

December 31, Noon Year’s Eve Zoom Party
Celebrate a virtual Noon Year’s Eve party!  Wear your fanciest party gear and join us on Zoom for stories, songs and a craft as we count down to noon.  Learn more here.

 

Open during Winter Break

See local restaurant and store holiday hours here!

Findlay-Hancock Historical Museum’s Virtual Escape Room, Dec. 26
Sign up for a virtual escape room, with 2 options – one for grades 4 and up and one for younger children!

Children’s Museum of Findlay, Open December 22-23, 26, 30-31, Jan. 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; January 3, Noon – 4 p.m.

Axe Ventura, Open Thursday & Friday, 4 – 11 p.m.; Saturday, Noon – 11 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 8 p.m., Closed Christmas. Book your session here!

Barn Quilt Train, 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!