WESTSHORE — With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now knee-deep into the season of holiday craft shows, special theater offerings and a variety of seasonal fun. Here is a listing of the top offerings in our area.


What: Candlelight Wine Walk

When: Friday

Where: Olde Avon Village, 36840 Detroit Road.

Hours: 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $10

FYI: Enjoy 10 samples of wine and treats as you shop the Olde Avon Village and French Creek District. Tickets can be purchased outside the Tree House the night of the event. Maps will be provided.

More information: Visit oldeavonvillage.com.

What: Avon’s Tree Lighting Festival

When: Saturday

Where: Olde Avon Village, 36784 Detroit Road.

Hours: 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: French Creek Foundation and Wealth Health, LLC present this second annual holiday event that includes Santa’s arrival by sleigh; photos with Santa; gingerbread house contest; costumed characters; tree lighting; live music and refreshments. New: free shuttle service from Avon Aquatic Facility, 36265 Detroit Road, running every 10 minutes.

More information: Visit frenchcreekfoundation.com.

What: Christmas in the Barn

When: Saturday

Where: Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $2 for adults, free for children

FYI: Exhibitors will display their creations in both the barn and the church gathering area. Home-baked holiday cookies are priced at $8 per pound and fudge will be for sale. Lunch will be served at an additional cost. Adult admission includes both buildings and a door prize ticket.

For more information: avonumcurch.org, 440-934-5121

What: Christmas Musical: “The King is Here”

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Christian Heritage Church

Hours: 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

FYI: The Christian Heritage Choir performs the Christmas worship musical.

For more information: christian-heritage.org


What: North Coast Christmas – Santa Arrival & Tree Lighting

When: Friday

Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 32756 Lake Road.

Hours: 5:30-7 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Presented by Heritage Avon Lake and Avon Lake Parks & Recreation, this inaugural event offers Santa’s arrival by firetruck; tree lighting; music and refreshments.

More information: Visit heritageavonlake.org.

What: North Coast Christmas – Visits with Santa

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Lake House, 32770 Lake Road.

Hours: 5-9 p.m. Saturday and 12-4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $20 per family

FYI: Photos with Santa, crafts and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Heritage Avon Lake.

More information: Visit heritageavonlake.org.

What: Christmas By The Lake Craft Show

When: Saturday

Where: Avon Lake High School auxiliary gym, 175 Avon Belden Road.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $3; children 10 and under free

FYI: This 22nd annual event features handcrafted items from more than 90 vendors, including jewelry, skincare products, cutting boards, butters, holiday decor, doll clothes and more.

More information: Visit alhspta.weebly.com.

What: Deck the House-Holiday Lights Contest

When: Through Dec. 9

Where: Your Avon Lake residence or business

Hours: N/A

Cost: Free

FYI: Annual holiday lights contest sponsored by the city of Avon Lake. Submit a photo of your house or business to nhaas@avonlake.org by Dec. 9 to be considered. Submissions must include family or business name and address. Voting occurs Dec. 11-14, and winners will be announced during the Holiday Lights Tour on Dec. 14.

More information: Email nhaas@avonlake.org.

What: Holiday Lights Tour

When: Dec. 14

Where: Old Firehouse Community Center, 100 Avon Belden Road.

Hours: 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $7 residents; $9 non-residents (under 2 free)

FYI: Annual holiday lights tour starts at the Old Firehouse at 6 p.m. for refreshments, and then attendees board buses for a tour of lights displays throughout the city. Bring a camera because Santa may stop by.

More information: Visit avonlake.org.


What: Light up Bay Village

When: Sunday

Where: Various locations, including Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo

Hours: 2-4:30 p.m.

FYI: Sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis. Residents and children celebrate an old-fashioned community Christmas. Events include 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.

"Christmas through the Trenches," part of the free speakers' series at Reuben Osborn Learning Center, is at 2 p.m. Tables in the Community House set up for sale of Christmas ornaments and merchandise.

Santa Claus will leave the Bay Lodge on a fire truck at about 2 p.m. and will arrive at the Community House about 3:30 p.m. The Bay High Choraleers will sing holiday tunes beginning at 3:15 p.m. The Fairytale Foundation will provide photo opportunities. There will be a reading of "‘Twas the Night before Christmas." The tree lighting will take place at the gazebo about 4:30 p.m. The Bay Village Community Theatre will present a full production of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol" beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Community House. Admission is free and open to the public.

What: Holiday Trunk Show, BAYarts

When: Dec. 6

Where: BAYarts Huntington House, 28795 Lake Road, Cleveland Metroparks, Huntington Reservation.

Hours: 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: BAYarts brings together local vendors for a night of shopping, cocktails and friends. Featured artists bring a special selection of handmade goods to this event. The Holiday Shop in the Huntington House will be open extended hours during the Trunk Show.

More info: Visit bayarts.net or call 440-871-6543

What: A Winter Wonderland: Murder Mystery

When: Dec. 8

Where: BAYarts Huntington House, 28795 Lake Road, Cleveland Metroparks, Huntington Reservation.

Hours: 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $45

FYI: A grown-up night out with food by Gertz Culinary, libations and an interactive mystery to solve. Featuring local actors and a holiday sing-a-long. 21 & over please. This event sold out last year. Tickets must be purchased in advance, on bayarts.net

More information: Visit bayarts.net or call 440-871-6543

What: Bay Village Community Band Concert

When: Dec. 15

Where: Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road

Hours: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: The concert, titled “Yuletide Celebration,” featuring sounds of the season from sing-alongs, carols and more.

What: Kids Shopping Day

When: Dec. 16

Where: BAYarts Huntington House, 28795 Lake Road, Cleveland Metroparks, Huntington Reservation.

Hours: noon-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Little ones can pick out special gifts for their family with help from personal shoppers. Free gift wrapping.

More information: Visit bayarts.net or call 440-871-6543


What: Getting into the Holiday Swing Concert

When: Dec. 8

Where: Fairview Park Branch Library, 21255 Lorain Road, lower-level meeting room

Hours: 2-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Jazz up your holidays with Qwik Silver as they entertain you with a concert of upbeat jazz and swing music with a holiday/winter theme.

What: St. Angela Merici Christmas Concert

When: Dec. 9

Where: St. Angela Parish, 20970 Lorain Road

Hours: 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: This festive concert of carols with the adult and children’s choir with soloist the Rev. Michael J. Lanning. Assisted by members of the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra. All conducted by David Tidyman.

What: The Funsters Christmas Concert

When: Dec. 11

Where: Fairview Park Senior Center, 20769 Lorain Road

Hours: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: There will be an assortment of Christmas carols and your sing-along favorites. Refreshments will be served. Invite your family and friends.

More information: 440-356-4437

What: Swim with Santa

When: Dec. 15

Where: Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road

Hours: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Members: free; Residents: Adults $2, Children $1 and free for ages 1 and younger; non-residents: Adults $3, Children $2 and free or ages 1 and younger

FYI: Deadline to register is Dec. 14 - No walk-ins. To register, email fairview1910@gmail.com


What: Light Up Lakewood 2018

When: Saturday

Where: Downtown Lakewood, Detroit Avenue

Schedule of Events:

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Baptist Church with a surprise visitor

3 p.m. – King and Queen Ceremony at Plantation Home

4 p.m. – Festival Kickoff with the Holiday Market at the Lakewood Masonic Temple

5 p.m. – Start of Parade at Manor Park and Detroit avenues, headed westbound on Detroit

5:30 – 9 p.m. – Santa visits Lakewood Public Library

6 – 8 p.m. – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Public Library

6:30 p.m. – Lighting Ceremony at Main Stage at City Center Park (in front of the Marc’s Plaza)

7 p.m. – Fireworks

What: Christmas Sale on the Grounds

When: Dec. 8-9

Where: Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit Ave.

Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 and noon-3 p.m. Dec. 9

Cost: Free

FYI: Beautiful ornaments, vintage glass, serving pieces, outdoor greenery and much more. All proceeds benefit the Lakewood Historical Society.

More Information: lakewoodhistory.org


What: North Olmsted Noel

When: Sunday

Where: North Olmsted Community Cabin, 28114 Lorain Road

Hours: 2-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: The North Olmsted Arts Commission sponsors this indoor and outdoor holiday market. Enjoy musical performances, food and crafts. Welcome Santa at 4 p.m. and he will light up the park to kick off the holiday season.

What: Breakfast with St. Nicholas

When: Dec. 8

Where: Kenny Center at St. Brendan Parish, 4242 Brendan Lane

Hours: 10 a.m.-noon

Cost: $5 for children ages 12 and younger, $8 for adults and free for children ages 1 and younger

FYI: Activities include crafts, raffles, pictures with St. Nick and a breakfast of pancakes and scrambled eggs. Reservations are required by Monday

More information: Contact Tammy Dobrzeniecki in the school office at 440-777-8433 or email tdobrzeniecki@stbrendannortholmsted.org

What: Santa Skate

When: Dec. 16

Where: North Olmsted Recreation Center, 26000 Lorain Road

Hours: 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $4 for skating; $2.50 for skate rental

FYI: Ice skating, live reindeer, Santa Claus, musc, treats and more.

For more information: 440-734-8200; north-olmsted.com/parks-recreationdepartment

What: Storytime with Mrs. Claus

When: Dec. 18

Where: University Hospitals Live 360 Studio at Great Northern Mall

Hours: 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Join Mrs. Claus for a special storytime featuring holiday classics. There will be refreshments and a treat from Mrs. Claus. Presented in partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library North Olmsted Branch.


What: Holiday on the Ridge Kick Off Event

When: Saturday

Where: North Ridgeville Healthcare, 35990 Westminister Ave.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: The North Ridgeville High School Spectrum of Sound Choir will sing Christmas carols from 10 a.m.-noon. Take a tour of the recently renovated facility. Holiday refreshments will be provided. Sign up for a holiday gift basket giveaway.

What: Kiwanis/Key Club Pancake Breakfast

When: Saturday

Where: North Ridgeville High School, 34600 Bainbridge Road

Hours: 8 a.m.-noon

Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for children under 8, Free for children under 2

FYI: Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and more. Children can make their own holiday crafts and have a photo taken with Santa. Proceeds go to the North Ridgeville High School Key Club and are used to support a family in need.

What: Senior Center Craft Show

When: Saturday

Where: North Ridgeville Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $1 admission, Free for children under 4

FYI: Stop in to get special gifts for friends and family. The kitchen will be open for lunch. Our Town All-Around books will be sold for $28.

What: Gathering at the Historical Society Museum

When: Saturday

Where: North Ridgeville Historical Society Museum, 36119 Center Ridge Road

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Visit the museum to view local artifacts and special displays of Christmas items from the past. Shop for unique souvenir gifts including books about the city’s history, early maps and collectible medallions depicting 13 historic locations throughout the city. Raffle items and refreshments will be available.

What: South Central Park Annual Tree Lighting

When: Saturday

Where: South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road

Hours: 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Join Mayor David Gillock, the high school choir and area Scouts in the annual decorating and lighting of the gazebo and Christmas tree.


What: Santa’s Secret Shop

When: Saturday

Where: Falls-Lenox Primary School, 26450 Bagley Road

Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: Most items priced under $10

FYI: Presented by Cub Scout Pack 102, the elves will help pint-size shoppers pick the perfect gifts for family and friends. Complimentary gift wrapping and labeling included. All proceeds benefit Pack 102. Craft and photo booth free of charge. Don’t forget a picture with Santa.

What: Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Sunday

Where: The City of Olmsted Falls on the Village Green

Hours: 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: The community is invited to attend the ceremony and enjoy hot cocoa and a visit with Santa.


What: All Aglow tree lighting

When: Friday

Where: Gazebo at Hilliard Boulevard and Wagar Road.

Hours: 6 p.m. (tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.)

Cost: Free

FYI: The lighting of the evergreens will be followed by a warm reception at the Rocky River Civic Center. Enjoy Food truck fare, hot chocolate, cookies, children’s crafts and visits with Santa.

What: River Holiday Walk

When: Saturday

Where: Detroit Road, Old Detroit Road, the historic city center of Rocky River

Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience for you and your family. There will be face painting, a balloon artist, pet photos with “The Grinch,” strolling carolers, kids’ crafts, sing-a-longs and more.

More information: downtownriver.com or 440-799-3176

What: West Shore Chorale presenting “Carols & Choruses of Christmas”

When: Sunday

Where: Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts, 20770 Hilliard Blvd.

Hours: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15; free for students

FYI: Special guests are The Merples from Avon Lake High School

More information: To purchase tickets, call 216-373-7773 or visit westshorechorale.org, or purchase at the door.

What: Rocky River Community Chorus presents “Holly Jolly Holidays”

When: Dec. 16

Where: Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road

Hours: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Following the concert, all attendees are invited to a reception. The venue is handicapped-accessible.


What: City of Westlake Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Sunday

Where: City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd.

Hours: 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Hosted by the Westlake Town Criers. The city also will announce a new couple to hold the title of Mr. and Mrs. Westlake for the upcoming year.

More information: cityofwestlake.org or call 440-871-3300

What: Breakout: A Christmas Story Challenge

When: Dec. 9

Where: Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road

Hours: 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

FYI: Seventh- through 12th-graders may participate in the breakout challenge, which will test your ability to work together to solve all the clues that will save this beloved Christmas classic. Registration begins Saturday.

More Information: westlakelibrary.org


What: Country Christmas Concert and dinner with Allie Colleen

When: Saturday, Dec. 8, dinner 5 p.m.; Allie Colleen concert 6:30 p.m.

Where: St Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, 719 Harris Road

FYI: Advance tickets sales only. Deadline Sunday. $30 includes dinner and concert.

Up-and-comer country music artist Allie Colleen sings original material, well-known country songs and Christmas carols. All proceeds benefit St. Thomas Church.

More information: N2N Entertainment/Michelle Lee, 440-670-1931

What: Christmas tree lighting and kids' party

When: Saturday. Dec. 8; tree lighting 5 p.m., party 5:30 p.m.

Where: Joyce Hanks Community Center, 4575 Lake Road

FYI: Free event features carolers from First Baptist Church, Brookside High School marching band and arrival of Santa to light the tree. Party includes photos with Santa, hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, holiday craft activities.

More information: Sheffield Lake Pride Committee Facebook page


What: “Gifts of the Magi”

When: Friday through Dec. 16

Where: Ewing Theatre at French Creek, 4530 Colorado Ave.

Hours: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays

Cost: $16-$18 adults; $10 children

FYI: To purchase tickets, call 440-949-5200 or visit MetroParks.cc/theatre

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