"A Lakeside Christmas"

 Saturday, December 8, 2018  
Lakeside Chautauqua & Village of Marblehead

Start a new family tradition this holiday season, and celebrate “A Lakeside Christmas!”

For the second year, Lakeside 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. 8. 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.


Friday, Dec. 7

Pajama Party & Christmas Movie: "The Polar Express" (G)

7 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 sleigh bell to take home. (100 mins)


Saturday, Dec. 8

Jingle Jump

11:30 a.m., Lakeside Beach (free-will offering/donation for participation)
Those who consider themselves warm-blooded, brave-of-heart and in generally good health are invited to take a chilly jump into the lake. There’s no fee to participate, but all participants (individuals and teams) are invited to make a donation to the Lakeside Annual Fund in support of the lakefront. Awards will be given to: Best Dressed Jumper, Jumper with the Most Team Spirit, Most Festive Jumper, Most Money Raised by an Individual/Team. All participants are required to sign a waiver and register online.

Marblehead Merchants' "Village Lights"

12-7 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 12:30-2 p.m.

North Pole Workshop

12:30-2 p.m., Fountain Inn ($2/child)
Children of all ages are invited to see Santa Claus and take part in holiday crafts ($2/child) and story time. Registration is available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Fountain Inn Lobby. Story time and coloring will take place in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room. Children’s holiday crafts will be held in Chautauqua Hall. Milk and cookies will also be served.

For these activities, parents must accompany children age 5 & under. Children age 6 & older may participate in the activities after a parent completes 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 2 p.m. in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room or Chautauqua Hall. Children will not be supervised for the Chip Richter concert.

Sleigh Rides

1-4 p.m., Meet at Corner of Walnut Ave. & Third St., near Hoover Auditorium
New this year, enjoy a free 15-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride throughout Lakeside. All ages welcome. For each ride, there's a max of four adults or six family members (with smaller children). These sleigh rides are made possible because of special support by Starcher Enterprises and Miss Mercedes. We thank them graciously for helping to make “A Lakeside Christmas” special.

Please note: Timeslots for Sleigh Rides are full, but changes may occur. Click the link below to see if any timeslots have reopened.

Reserve a Timeslot
Chip Richter Concert

2:15-3:15 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.

Community Christmas Dinner

5:15-7:30 p.m., Wesley Lodge
($25/adult, $10/child ages 5-12, children age 4 & under are free)

This special evening will include a visit from Santa Claus, appetizers, dulcimer with Mary Jones, dinner buffet and a Christmas carol sing-a-long following dinner.

The buffet menu features beef tenderloin with port wine mushroom sauce, stuffed chicken with a parmesan sauce, twice baked potato, green beans, salad, bread, apple crisp, water, punch and coffee. The children’s menu includes chicken fingers, mac & cheese and applesauce. The cost is $25/adult, $10 for children (ages 5-12), and children age 4 & under are free. Doors open at 5 p.m. To reserve, complete our two-part online registration. Due to limited seating, reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 30.

Please note: Reservations for the Community Christmas Dinner have closed.

Christmas Movie: "White Christmas"

8 p.m., Orchestra Hall (free-will offering/donation for admission)
This Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen is a romantic tale that takes place in a Vermont lodge where it’s almost always a "White Christmas." Popular songs of Irving Berlin are featured throughout the film. (120 mins)


Winter Weekend Getaway Special

Special rates are being offered at the Fountain Inn for the weekend of “A Lakeside Christmas.”

  • Rooms with either 1 queen, 1 king or 2 twins (for up to 2 persons): $89+tax/night
  • Rooms with either 2 queens or 2 fulls (for up to 4 persons): $99+tax/night
  • Suites: $109+tax/night

Save even more by staying both Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 to receive 20% off of your entire stay. To book, call the reservation line at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230 and ask for the “Winter Weekend Getaway Special.”


Calling All Volunteers

Volunteers are needed from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on the day of the event for set up, Jingle Jump, children’s activities, Christmas Dinner and cleanup. Volunteers are not required to work the entire day, as shifts will be available. To volunteer, contact mahirsch@lakesideohio.com, or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 248.


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