Area Holiday Happenings: Get Out and Enjoy the Season!

Light Up Bay Village for the Holiday Season

WLLeaderboardAd1December 6 • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This holiday season, the Christmas spirit will shine a little more brightly in Bay Village.

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening. More event details are to follow.

Other Bay Village community groups are invited to participate by decorating a holiday wreath, to be displayed in the gazebo. Tables in the Community House are available for the sale of Christmas ornaments and merchandise. Any civic or school groups interested in taking part in the festivities or selling holiday merchandise should contact Cynthia Eakin at or 216-213-0312, or Rhonda Schneider at or 216-225-6538.

Santa’s fire truck ride, a Bay Village Christmas tradition, takes place this Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. and ends at the Community House in Cahoon Park for the annual city tree lighting at 2:30 p.m. The tree lighting will be at 3:15 p.m.

Landmark Pet Portraits with Santa

11-12-15 Landmark Pet PortraitsDecember 5 & 12 • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Have some fun with Santa this Christmas season with your pet! Pet Portraits with Santa are being offered at all three area Landmark Pet stores in December.

Santa will be at the Avon store on Sat., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and at the Westlake and Strongsville stores on Sat., Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mark your calendar now for a distinctive piece of family memorabilia that will be treasure for years to come.

Westlake Location: 677 Dover Center Rd., Westlake, OH 44145, North of Detroit at the RxR Tracks, (440) 871-1500

Avon Location: 34420 Mills Rd., Avon, OH 44011, Between Jaycox and Lear Nagel, north side, (440) 937-8135

Strongsville Location: 12702 Prospect Rd., Strongsville, OH 44149, Northwest corner of Prospect and Westwood, (440) 238-1600

Crocker Park’s Christmas Happenings…

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The Holiday Village & Toy Train Town Presented By St. Edward High School and Lakewood Catholic Academy

11-25-15_BrioGiftCardsNovember 21 – December 24

The Holiday Village and Train Town will be open once again this holiday season! Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts at the Holiday Village, located between DSW and Apple. After you’re done shopping, take a walk around the store and check out Train Town–a beautiful handmade train display sponsored St. Edward High School and Lakewood Catholic Academy.

Monday-Friday: 12-8 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. • Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Christmas Eve 12-5 p.m.

Metrohealth Santa House

November 21 – December 24

What are you wishing for this year? Put your list together and come visit Santa and his friends at the MetroHealth Santa House! The Santa House is located in the East Park, between Cheesecake Factory and Vieng’s Asian Bistro.

Pricing: (4) 5 x 7, (4) 3.5 x 5, (4) Wallets, Hi Res. Digital File: $40 • (2) 5 x 7, (2) 3.5 x 5 Hi Res Digital File: $35 • (2) 5 x 7, Hi Res Digital File: $30 • (2) 5 x 7: $28 • (2) 3.5 x 5: $25 • (4) Wallets: $25 • Hi Res. Digital File: $25

Monday-Saturday: 12-8 p.m. • Sunday: 12-6 p.m. • Christmas Eve: 12-5 p.m.


Merry Meals

November 22 – December 24

After your visit with Santa at the MetroHealth Santa House, treat the kids to special $5 merry meals at the outdoor pavilion restaurants!

Holiday Express Presented By Lake Ridge Academy

November 22 – December 24

Choo, Choo! All aboard the Lake Ridge Academy Express Train. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the beautiful holiday decor at Crocker Park! The train is located in front of Guest Services, by Barnes and Noble. Cost to ride is $3 per person.

Monday – Saturday: 12-8 p.m. • Sunday: 12-6 p.m. • Christmas Eve: 12-5 p.m.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Everyone is welcome to ride
  • Children 42” and below or under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants 12 months or younger ride for free
  • Please keep all arms and heads inside the train at all times
  • Refrain from standing and leaning on the doors especially when the train is in motion
  • Please wait for the conductor to open the doors
  • Seat belts must be worn at all times
  • No smoking, alcohol or pets permitted
  • We are not responsible for any lost items and not liable to anyone for risk of injury while riding the train
  • Management has the right to refuse service to anyone
  • Ride at your own risk

Pet Photos With Santa Claus

December 6 & 13 • 6 – 8 p.m.

Bring your furry friend to meet Santa Claus on Sunday, December 6 and December 13! Santa will be taking photos with pets from 6-8 p.m.!

Pinehaven Garden Center & Greenhouses Open House

Pinehaven XmasDecember 5 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Santa Will Be Here! Cookies, Hot Chocolate & A Craft

39424 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio 44011 • 440-934-5948

Bistro 83 Brunch with Santa

Bistro83 XmasDecember 6 • 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Reservations start at 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Santa will be here 12 – 2 p.m.

Brunch Buffet: $10 Children, $22 Adults

French Toast; Bacon/Sausage; Biscuits & Sausage Gravy; Chicken Fried Steak; Fruit display; Yogurt Bar; Cheesy Eggs; O’Brien Potatoes

36033 Westminister, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039, Corner of Mills Road and Avon Beldon Road


2nd Annual Holiday Wine & Beer Party

December 20 • 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

$40 (tax & gratuity included). Buffet Meal & 6 Drink Tickets. Call 440.353.2828 to purchase tickets.

LAS_Santa120615Pet Photos with Santa

December 6 • Noon – 4 p.m.

Join Love-A-Stray at Paws by the Lake, 33757 Lake Rd., Avon Lake, for Pet Photos with Santa, Sunday December 6, from noon to 4 p.m.

$10 donation for professional pet photo by The Big Picture Photography.

Free refreshments, casino game for dog toy, registration gift bags, music and more!

Bay Village December News & Events

Bay Village LogoKiwanis Christmas Tree Sale in Cahoon Park 

Now through December 19 (unless sold out earlier)

Hours are: Fridays: 4 – 7 p.m., Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sundays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tree types: 6 – 7 ft. Colorado Spruce $40 • 6 – 7 ft. Douglas Firs $40 • 6 – 7 ft. Fraser Firs $60 • 7 – 8 ft. Fraser Firs $70 • 9 – 10 ft. Fraser Firs $130

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Holiday Night Tree Tradition

December 4 • 6 – 8:30 p.m.

For all ages. Celebrate the heartwarming story of The Night Tree – one family’s tradition of sharing the spirit of the holidays with nature. Santa will be celebrating too in the Center’s Log Cabin so bring those cameras! Create a holiday craft, enjoy a close encounter with some of the animals featured in the story and take home a special treat for the wildlife in your own backyard. Dinner is provided. Fee: $12/adults; $8/children ages 2+; children 1 and under are free (includes dinner)

 BVECPTA Santa Shop 

December 5 • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA will hold its annual Santa Shop on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bay United Methodist Church, located at 29931 Lake Road in Bay Village. Santa’s elves will help children find gifts for Mom, Dad, grandparents, siblings, teachers and even pets. All items are priced under $5 and will be gift wrapped and tagged – finished and ready for the holidays! While the little ones are shopping, parents can enjoy a cup of coffee and tempting treats from Santa’s Sweet Shop.

Bay Village Early Childhood PTA is a dynamic group of parents with children ages’ birth to six years old. BVECPTA provides friendships for parents and children and offers activities, special events, playgroups, community service projects and more. For more information, please visit our website at or email 

Cahoon Xmas3rd Annual Cahoon Christmas Celebration

December 6 • 2 – 4:30 p.m., Cahoon Park

Bay Village Kiwanis Club is co-hosting the third annual Cahoon Christmas event–with the Bay Village Historical Society–taking place on Sunday, December 6 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. This event, will feature a visit by Santa (arriving by fire truck!), holiday music by the Bay High School Choraleers, the Fairytale Princesses, the official lighting of the Bay Village Christmas tree at 4 p.m., the Bay Village Kiwanis Club’s Christmas tree sale and many other activities.

BAYarts Ladies Night Out Holiday Trunk Show

December 10 • 7 – 9 p.m.

Grab your friends and join us for an evening of wine, bites & shopping! Featured artists and friends include: Images in Bloom, Nicole Farmer of Bellatrix Jewelry, Lori Paximadis of Alchemary, Jen Murray of Freckle Face, Beth Martin of Lake Erie Beach Glass Shop and Erin Stack & Kristen Weeden of Girls Give Back with Lake Girl merchandise. BAYarts Holiday Shop is open until 8 p.m. that night. 28795 Lake Rd.

Dwyer Senior Center Christmas Luncheon

December 11 • 11:30 a.m.

James Kelley returns to the Dwyer Center to entertain us with “Fiddle Christmas.” Following the performance at 11 a.m., enjoy a delicious meal by Chef Jim Smith from Towne Center Community Campus. Cost $2. RSVP 835-6565 by Wed. December 9th

Bay Library Program Greeting Card Creation

December 16 • 7 – 8 p.m.

Location: Bay Village – Bay Meeting Room (100). This program is for adults and will consist of writing and designing greeting cards using different techniques and equipment. Register: 502 Cahoon Rd.

Bay Village Community Band Concert Yuletide Celebration

December 16 • 7:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy the songs of the Christmas season! This year’s concert will feature the classics as well as our annual audience sing-a-long. At Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Rd. Admission – FREE

Bay Recreation Dept. Holiday Fun Day with Santa

December 19 • 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

In the Community Gym (west entrance doors) at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Rd. Visit with Santa, enjoy cookie decorating & other fun crafts!

Residents only.

BAYarts Holiday Shop

Avoid the lines and shop local this Christmas! BAYarts Holiday shop features over 100 local artists presenting their hand-made work in a winter wonderland. The Holiday Shop will remain open through December. Holiday hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays until 8 p.m.) Sun. 12 – 5 p.m. 28795 Lake Rd.

Westlake Recreation Department Holiday Events

Westlake Recreation Center logoThe holidays are fast approaching and tis the season to give and give and also have a little fun! On Saturday December 12, from 10 a.m. till NOON, Black Dog Lacrosse, in conjunction with the Westlake Recreation Department will host its annual Charity Lacrosse Clinic. This clinic will be held in the gym of the Westlake Recreation Center and is open to all Boys and girls in grades K-6. There is no fee to participate; HOWEVER, all participants are REQUIRED to bring in a FULL bag of groceries dry, nonperishable food items. No expired food please. These items will be then donated to the Westlake Assistance Program.

This clinic is an introductory clinic for those players new to the game or with less than 2 years experience. This clinic will focus on stick skills as well as basic passing/team building skills. Bring your lacrosse stick or you may borrow one from us. All participants MUST be PRE-REGISTERED in order to attend. You may do so buy registering at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The Westlake Recreation Department is also offering the following events for the holiday season!

Holiday Family Fun Night (December 11)

The return of the popular 2-hour family fun night. This program is open to all current members of the Westlake Recreation center. All children must be accompanied by their parents of legal guardians. The Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. (Fitness will remain open till 8:45 p.m.) Starting at 6:30 p.m. families will be able to enjoy Christmas/Holiday videos, balloon twisters, swimming, crafts, jump around in the gym, and listen to Holiday Carolers and a visit by Santa himself including his reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This is free to all members but you must pre-register for this event.

Letters to Santa (ages 3-8)

Kids can drop their letters to Santa and we will “mail” them to the North Poole. Children will receive an electronic response from Santa. Letters can be dropped off at the Recreation Center in the special “North Pole” mailbox no later than December 15. Registration is required. Free to members of the Westlake Recreation Center. Non Members may register for only $2 per child.

Holiday House Workshop (ages 5-8)

Decorate your own small holiday house made out of graham crackers. All supplies are included. Max. of 15. Any child under the age of 7 MUST be accompanied by an adult. December 17 4-5 p.m. OR 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Kringle’s Workshop (ages 5-8)

Santa is busy getting his list ready for Christmas and the elves are busy making the toys. Kids can get busy and make two homemade gifts to put under the tree for their parents/grandparents. Each gift will be made in our shop by your child and wrapped to take home. This is a drop off program and the parent MUST remain in the building during this time. Max of 8. December 21 from 3 – 3:45 p.m.

NOON Year’s Eve (ages 3-9)

Is midnight past your bedtime? Help us welcome in 2016 at NOON! We will have some goodies to nibble on, crafts and a DJ to rock the house. Come dressed for the occasion in your best PJ’s and slippers. As we approach NOON, we will have a countdown. This is a chance for parents and children to welcome in the New Year in a safe and fun environment. All in attendance must be registered. Maximum of 100. Thursday December 31, 10:30 a.m. – Noon.

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