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See what is happening in Hancock County!

Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? There are plenty of things to do in Findlay and Hancock County this weekend!

It’s a Wonderful Life

Findlay Art League
Thursday – Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m.

Fort Findlay Playhouse presents: It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play.  This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Tickets are available at the box office or online!

Ghost Town Christmas

Ghost Town
Friday, 5 – 8 p.m.

Ghost Town is ready for the holidays! Come out and enjoy the beautifully decorated town. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, snap photos of your family, and enjoy the season at Ghost Town.  This event takes place on Mondays and Fridays until December 15.

North Pole Express

Friday & Saturday, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Hop on board NWORRP’s quarter scale trains for a magical trip through a winter wonderland of sparkling lights and festive decorations!  See delightful toy trains running in our beautifully decorated museum and train barn. Hundreds of decorated trees inside and out, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus are here to visit on select nights. A great place to bring visiting family and friends that has become a family tradition for many. Be sure to bundle up for the train ride!


Downtown Findlay
Friday, 6 – 8 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit in Downtown Findlay!  Make memories with your family as you take in the City of Findlay Christmas Tree, visit the WinterFest Market, shop at local retailers while filling up your WinterFest passport, enjoying seasonal beverages, and more!  Taking place on Fridays in December until Christmas don’t miss this new event!

Kiwanis Santa’s House

St. Andrew’s UMC
Friday, 6 – 8 p.m.

Bring the whole family out for this Findlay tradition – Kiwanis Santa’s House!  Visitors can meet with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, or go on a wagon ride in Downtown to get in the festive spirit.  When you’re in Downtown for Santa’s House be sure to enjoy the local shopping and dining, enjoy WinterFest, visit the City of Findlay Christmas Tree in Dorney Plaza, and grab a hot chocolate (and maybe an extra cookie or two!) too!

Bethlehem Experience

Cornerstone Baptist Church
Friday, 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 4 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, 4 – 8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of ancient days on this guided tour that begins with the prophets of old, continues past that chilly, nighttime hillside where angels proclaimed the birth of the Messiah, and leads the way to the silent garden tomb. These intense 45 minutes will take you on an emotional journey as you experience both the joy and heartache of the fulfilled prophecies.  This is a free event, however tickets are required.  Tickets available online!

Oyster Christmas Ornament class

Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Friday, 6 p.m.

Holidays are coming and here is your chance to make a very special Ornament out of an Oyster shell along with your friends at Hancock Park District.  They will make a great gift or just something fun and different to hang on your Christmas tree.  Each person will get at least two shells to decorate with charms, beads, rocks, or other random items that will be provided.  Meet at the Discovery Center.  This free program is open to those ages 13-16, registration is not required.

Calligraphy Script Class

Findlay Art League
Friday, 6 p.m.

Create a Script Abstract Artwork of a Candle. We will practice Calligraphy in the Script Style before working on our artwork. Calligraphy brush markers provided to add Color to your finished artwork. Take home 11” x 8.5” cardstock Candle artwork suitable for framing along with one Calligraphy marker. This class is open to ages 12-Adult, All Supplies Provided – Register Here!

Second Saturday

Your Favorite Local Shops!

You never need an excuse to shop local – but we will give you one!  Every Second Saturday support your neighbors and friends by shopping local.  Enjoy extended hours, promotions, and specials while you shop!  See our local shopping options in Findlay and Hancock County here.  See what the Second Saturday plans are here!

Photography Hike

Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Saturday, 9 – 11 a.m.

If you have a passion for photography or if you want to learn, come along on a hike with fellow photographers and Hancock Park District to capture the beauty of our parks through the lens of the camera. We will hike the trails taking photos of scenery, wildlife, plants, and anything else that would make an interesting subject. All skill levels and camera types are welcome.  Meet at the Discovery Center.  This free event is open to ages 16 and up, registration is not required.

Snowman Candle & Cookie Pouring Event

Elida Candle Company
Saturday, 10, 11:30 a.m., 1 & 2:30 p.m.  

Join your friends at Elida Candle Company in crafting your own custom scent in an adorable snowman container!  Elida Candle’s candle pouring experts will walk you through each step of pouring your candle. You will enjoy a delicious Christmas cookie while you pour and you will also receive a Hot Cocoa Bomb to take home for the perfect evening of a festive candle and a cup of hot chocolate.  Call 419-889-8992 to reserve your spot, the cost is $40.

Holiday Craft Show

The Baker’s Café
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

It’s The Baker’s Cafe’s 2nd annual Craft Show!  Eight local crafters to help you with your holiday shopping, all conveniently located inside Baker’s Café.  Plus, shop The Baker’s Café gift card special, and gift baskets!

Crafts with Christmas Cards

Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Saturday, 1 p.m.

December 9 is National Christmas Card Day. Each year we receive holiday cards from family and friends, but they are often discarded after the holiday is over. Visit Hancock Park District’s Discovery Center and learn how to repurpose your old Christmas cards into fun crafts. Create your own bookmark, gift tag, or ornament out of old Christmas cards and view some other fun craft ideas.  Meet at the Discovery Center.  This free program is open to families with children ages 3 and up, registration is not required.

Family Art Workshop: Mitten Garland

Findlay Art League
Saturday, 2 p.m.

Come as a family for a Fun teamwork Artwork to hang on the mantle or wall. Create a Mitten Garland! Each person chooses colors, patterns, accessories, & assembles their own mitten. Cost is per mitten so each family member can be represented including dogs and cats.  All Supplies Provided, Register Here!

Old Millstream Ringers Christmas Concert

Trinity Baptist Church
Saturday, 4 p.m.

The Old Millstream Ringers Community Handbell Choir presents its annual Christmas concert!  The concert, Wonderful Christmas Time, will feature a variety of sacred and secular Christmas music.  The ensemble is directed by Gail Malloy and includes 12 musicians from throughout the community in the 5-octave bell choir. The St. Paul’s Church Adult Choir; Michael Malloy, percussion; and Jim Mace, synthesizer, will join the Old Millstream Ringers on several selections.  The concert will also include music by handbell soloist Emily Thomas.  The family-friendly event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.  See the flyer here!

Christmas Open House

Hancock Historical Museum
Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to the museum and enjoy the season with a bit of history! Stroll through our campus, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890’s, sit by the fire in the Crawford Log House, savor hot cider and seasonal goodies. Enjoy crafts and games for children, and a visit by Father Christmas! Refreshments provided.  Admission is $1.

The Undeniable Comedy Tour

Hull’s Trace Wine & Gathering House
Saturday, 6 p.m.

Join your friends at Hull’s Trace Wine & Gathering House for The Undeniable Comedy Tour featuring Lee Mays and Steve “Pops” Gaines!  No cover, however message Hull’s Trace to reserve your table for $25!

Nest Hike

Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Sunday, 1 p.m.

Most of the trees will be bare this time of year since they dropped their leaves earlier in the autumn season. This makes for a great time to look for nests. We should find songbird nests made of grass, mud and sticks; squirrel nests made of giant balls of leaves; and bald-faced hornet paper homes hanging from tree branches.  Meet at the Gatehouse.  This free program is open to families with children ages 4 and up, registration is not required.

McKinnis House Holiday Gathering Open House

Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Sunday, 3 – 6 p.m.

Join the McKinnis family as they gather for the holidays. The ladies will be making holiday cakes in the kitchen for the family and guests to enjoy. Do you have a favorite song to share? If so, you can join the family in the sitting room for a sing-along and good conversation. In the bed chamber, the kids will be playing games and talking about the Christmas tree. There are new traditions that have been brought to the settlement. The family will be sharing their thoughts on all the new changes.  Meet at the McKinnis House.  This free event is open to all ages, registration is not required.

Hanukkah Community Celebration

Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center
Sunday, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Join your friends at the Black Heritage & Multicultural Center for a community-wide celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.  All are welcome regardless of faith to learn about and/or join in the celebration. Educational programming and traditional music and food will be shared.  This program is sponsored by The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

University of Findlay at Home

The Oilers are in action at home this weekend!  Don’t miss see the Oilers in person as Men’s and Women’s Basketball take on their opponents.  See the full schedules for UF Athletics to see who the Oilers play at home next here!

Food Trucks, Bar Events, and Trivia

Whether you want to test your knowledge at bar trivia or enjoy lunch from a food truck – we have you covered!  This weekend at False Chord Brewing there will be Not Your Mama’s Grilled Cheese on Friday, and Pop-Up Kitchen: Ilhan’s TakeOut on Saturday.  Channel your inner Grinch and wear green for Gillig Winery’s Seasonal Wear Saturdays.  And Sunday, enjoy Beer + Board Games at Findlay Brewing!  See all the food trucks, bar events, and trivia happening in Hancock County here!

Live Music

You can find live music any given day in Findlay and Hancock County, especially on the weekends.  This weekend will be able to enjoy bands and musicians at  Oler’s Bar & Grill, Gillig WineryHull’s Trace & Gathering HouseCoffee AmiciFins Seafood & GrilleAlexandria’sTOT’s BBQ, and The Fern.  Learn more here!

Ongoing Fun

There is plenty of fun to be had every weekend in Findlay and Hancock County!  Check out these events and activities that will take place every weekend.

Go Ice Skating at The Cube

Ice Skate no matter the weather at The Cube!  City of Findlay Recreation hosts open skate times nearly every day of the week.  See the schedule here!  Open skates cost $6 and skate rental is available for $3.  Don’t forget – The Cube is cash only! 

Get creative with Painters’ Pottery

Let your imagination go wild at Painters’ Pottery – and create a keepsake while you’re at it!  Painters’ Pottery is open Thursday – Sunday with varied hours, call-ahead reservations are strongly recommended, but walk-in’s are welcome when available.  Check Facebook for that day’s hours!  Simply pick out your piece of pottery, your paints, and create!  Take-home kits are available as well.

Learn through playing at Children’s Museum of Findlay

Pack the kids up and head to Children’s Museum of Findlay for hours of imaginative play!  Children can be firefighters, teachers, vets, go grocery shopping or camping, climb (and jump!), and so much more.  The Children’s Museum of Findlay is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 4 p.m.

Visit our Area Art Galleries

Findlay is teeming with the arts!  Enjoy our local art galleries this weekend.  Findlay Art League has a new show every month, so it is always great to explore.  FAL is open Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Noon – 4 p.m.  Mazza Museum is full of artwork that will thrill art lovers of all ages.  Mazza is the first, and largest, art gallery dedicated to children’s book illustrations – making it fun for those who wish to appreciate art, reminisce, or experience the artwork for the first time.  Mazza is open Wednesdays – Friday, Noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.  Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Fisher/Wall Gallery is only open Monday – Friday, Noon – 4 p.m. but it is well-worth a visit!  With displays rotated every month it is always worth a visit.  All of these galleries offer free admission.

For more information about events happening in Hancock County, visit our event calendar.

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