CITY WATCH December 2020

YPAC Holiday Howler – Young Professionals for Animal Conservation host this walk-through of the Lights Before Christmas. Participants not only can enjoy the Zoo’s annual holiday celebration, but will also be treated to stops at Beastro Bar for a cocktail or hot cocoa, visit reindeer at the Nancy L. and Martin Davidson Barnyard and enjoy the ice slide at Kroger’s Winter Village. $10-25. 5:30pm. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, 419-385-5721.

Holiday Gala Fundraiser – This year’s annual fundraiser for the Wood County Museum has been modified into a virtual event. From December 3-10, participants can bid in an online silent auction for a selection of prize packages, from round trip tickets on Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay to a tour of New Riff Bourbon Distillery in Kentucky. 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Wood County Museum. 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967.

Santa Parade and Visit – Santa makes his annual visit to Oak Harbor, though things will naturally be a bit different this year. Thanks to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Portage Fire District will lead Santa on small parade through town, followed by socially-distanced children’s visits at Crogan Colonial Bank. Kids can bring their letters to Santa, who will answer and send out treats through the drive-thru tube. 4pm. 147 W Water St, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0479. Free

Around Town Holiday Lights Contest Deadline – Do you think your home will be the most beautifully lit in all of Sylvania? The Olander Park System invites you to enter this contest, open to any house within Sylvania City and Township. Winning categories will include Traditional, Director’s Choice and our personal favorite, Griswold. All entrants must submit their home for consideration by December 6, and judging occurs on December 17 and 18. To enter visit or call 419-882-8313, ext. 1004.

Winter Solstice Walk at Oak Openings – Come celebrate the shortest day of the year— not to mention the longest night— on the first day of winter. Enjoy a scenic walk around Oak Openings Preserve Metropark to honor the changing of the seasons, as well as the impending end of 2020! It only happens once a year, so don’t miss it! 4139 Girdham Road, Swanton. 419-407-9700. Free

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