See what is happening in Hancock County!
Support Local Week
Friday: Black Friday
Saturday: Small Business Saturday
Support Local all week! Our shops, restaurants, and bars will be celebrating the season with discounts and specials all week. See Shopping hours and specials here, and see bar and restaurant hours and specials here.
North Pole Express
Friday & Saturday, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation’s most popular event! Hop on board their quarter-scale trains for a magical trip through a winter wonderland of sparkling lights and festive decorations. See delightful toy trains running in their 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! The train will run on weekends until January 1. There are no advance ticket sales, tickets are only available upon arrival. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Facebook.com
City of Findlay Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, 6 p.m.
Join your friends and family in Dorney Plaza for the annual City of Findlay Christmas Tree Festival! Santa will ride in on a horse drawn wagon with his elves and help the City light the tree to kick off the holiday season in Flag City USA. The Findlay Art League, Jones Mansion Artists’ Studios, and several shops and restaurants will be open late with special hours and activities planned.
St. Andrews Church
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, visit the City of Findlay Christmas Tree in Dorney Plaza, and grab a hot chocolate (and maybe an extra cookie or two!) too! Facebook.com
Blaze of Lights
Saturday, 5 – 9 p.m.
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the Bluffton Blaze of Lights! This year’s theme is A Candyland Christmas! The Blaze will kick off with the parade at 5 p.m. and will depart from The Centre at Bluffton, 601 N. Main St. before progressing on Main Street, ending at College Ave. Following the parade will be the traditional lighting of the Ream folk art collection at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St. The traditional Ream display was started by farmer Harry Ream and his wife Dorothy when they made and displayed Christmas decorations in 1938. In the mid-80s, the Ream family donated 168 wood cutouts to the village. Dozens more have been added by artist Terry Mullenhour. ExploreBluffton.com
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 Gillig Winery, Fins Seafood & Grille, Alexandria’s, Coffee Amici. Learn more here!
Bar Events and Food Trucks
Each week there are different bar games like Trivia, Music Bingo, Name that Tune, and more in Findlay and Hancock County! This week El Sabor Food Truck will be at False Chord Brewing for an Ugly Sweater Party at 5 p.m., followed by a Very DORA Christmas Party during the City of Findlay Tree Lighting Ceremony!. CRAFTed Nano Brewery will have celebrating National Parfait Day on Friday and will have RobSagna Food Truck on-site on Saturday, opening early for the OSU-Michigan game. Plus, See what else is coming up this week here.
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! FindlayOhio.com
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. PaintersPottery.com
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. CMFindlay.com
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. VisitFindlay.com
Other Things to Do
We could keep our list going until your finger falls off from all the scrolling – so check out our complete list of attractions and things to do here!
For more information about events happening in Hancock County, visit our event calendar.