From entertaining concerts and shuffleboard tournaments to engaging lectures and children’s programs, Lakeside Chautauqua has a variety of opportunities for your family vacation this summer. Browse the monthly or daily calendars and search the event list to plan your visit to Lake Erie. The calendar changes frequently, so check back for updates to the programming schedule.
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Dec 9, 2017 (Saturday)
Start a new family tradition this holiday season, and celebrate “A Lakeside Christmas!”
Lakeside Chautauqua is expanding its annual Community Christmas Dinner into an all-day event filled with children’s activities, family-friendly entertainment and much more on Saturday, Dec. 9. Holiday movies will also be featured on Friday and Saturday. Festivities will be held in conjunction with the Marblehead Merchants’ “Village Lights,” an event that highlights local shops and restaurants on the peninsula. Admission and parking for both events are free.
Pajama Party & Christmas Movie: “The Polar Express” (G)
7:30 p.m., Orchestra Hall
(Free-will offering/donation for admission)
Come in your pajamas and take a magical adventure to the North Pole. “The Polar Express” is a musical fantasy film based on the 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. Throughout his journey, a young boy learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas. After the pajama party, receive a hot chocolate packet and candy cane to take home. (100 mins)
Marblehead Merchants’ “Village Lights”
12-8 p.m., Village of Marblehead & Lakeside Chautauqua
Eat, drink and shop local. Several businesses throughout the Village of Marblehead and Lakeside will be open with drawings throughout the day. To shop and dine at your leisure, drop off children age 6 & older in Lakeside at the North Pole Workshop for activities from 1-4 p.m.
North Pole Workshop & Children’s Christmas Movies
From 1-2 p.m. in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room, crafts for all ages will be offered for $3/child, including ornament-making and coloring. Hot chocolate, pretzels and water will be served.
At 2 p.m., older children may choose to walk, with volunteer supervision, to Orchestra Hall for a screening of “Elf” (PG, 97 mins). This popular holiday comedy stars Will Ferrell, Ed Asner and James Caan. As Santa Claus makes his rounds on Christmas, a human orphan crawls into his sack and accidently hitches a ride to the North Pole. Raised by an elf and never truly fitting into the elf world, Buddy decides to go to New York City to seek out his birth father. A free-will offering/donation is suggested for admission.
Also at 2 p.m., there will be a Christmas-themed story time in Chautauqua Hall for younger children, followed by a series of animated holiday movies from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Parents must accompany children age 5 & under. Children age 6 & older may participate in the activities after a parent fills out a permission slip. Children will be supervised by Lakeside staff and volunteers. At the end of the activities, all children should be picked up by 4 p.m. in Fountain Inn Aigler Room or Chautauqua Hall. Children will not be supervised for the Chip Richter concert.
Concert with Chip Richter
4:30-5:20 p.m., Orchestra Hall
Chip Richter’s family concert features something for everyone, offering fun, high-energy music with a positive message that connects with children and adults alike. His songs are designed to be interactive and appropriate for all ages, creating moments for families to take home as memories. The doors for the concert open at 4 p.m.
Community Christmas Dinner
5:30 p.m., Wesley Lodge
($20/adult, $10/child ages 5-12, children age 4 & under are free)
The evening will include a visit from Santa Claus at 5:30 p.m., dinner buffet at 6:15 p.m. and a Christmas carol sing-a-long following dinner. The Christmas dinner buffet will feature ham, honey roasted chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry salad, assorted pies, water and punch. The cost for dinner is $20 for adults, $10 for children (ages 5-12), and children age 4 & under are free.
To celebrate the giving season, Lakeside will also be hosting a food drive for the Danbury Food Pantry at the Community Christmas Dinner. We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items to help families in the community this winter.
Christmas Movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (PG)
8 p.m., Orchestra Hall
(Free-will offering/donation for admission)
“A Lakeside Christmas” concludes with this classic holiday film starring James Stewart and Henry Travers. After George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.
Special rates are being offered at the Fountain Inn for the weekend of “A Lakeside Christmas.”
Save even more by staying both Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 to receive 20% off of your entire stay!
Quantities are limited and rates are subject to availability. Each reservation includes complimentary Wi-Fi, an in-room Keurig coffeemaker and a flat screen TV with cable. To book, call the reservation line at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230 and ask for the “Winter Weekend Getaway Special.”
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