A Lakeside Christmas

 Friday, December 3, 2021 - Saturday, December 4  
Lakeside Grounds

Join Lakeside this holiday season and celebrate “A Lakeside Christmas” on Friday - Saturday, Dec. 3 & 4.

This event filled Christmas weekend includes children’s activities, a tree lighting ceremony, carolers, train rides, movies in Orchestra Hall, holiday shopping, dining and much more. Admission and parking are free.

Friday, Dec. 3

Click flyer for a printable PDF.

5 p.m. Trivia | Slack House Historic Cafe | FREE

Grab dinner and get ready to show off your random fact finesse to compete for prizes and bragging rights!

5-7 p.m. Fire Pits & S'Mores | Walnut Plaza

The Slack House will be offering make-your-own s'mores kits for purchase. Guests are invited to roast s'mores and warm-up around fire pits located on Walnut Avenue in front of the Slack House and shop in our downtown district.

5-8 p.m. Lakeside Express Train Rides | Downtown Lakeside at Walnut Ave. & Second St. | $5/per person, 2 & under free.

All Aboard! Bring your family and friends and take a ride on the Lakeside Express Train this weekend only. Enjoy the magic and beauty of Lakeside on this scenic ride complete with Christmas Spirit, good cheer, hot chocolate and cookie as you arrive back to the station. Get your tickets and board the train at the Train Depot in front of Orchestra Hall.

Rides are $5.00 per person. Ages 2 and under are FREE.

Train leaves every 20 minutes.

7 p.m. Polar Express | Orchestra Hall | Donations welcome

Come 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. (100 mins)


Saturday, Dec. 4

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Heritage Hall Museum & Lakeside Heritage Society | 238 Maple Ave. & Walnut Plaza | FREE

Explore the Heritage Hall Museum and take part in a scavenger hunt adventure. Visit the Heritage Society archives on Walnut Plaza for vintage Christmas displays and gift market.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Decorate Like a Pro: Christmas Tree Decorating Tips & Tricks | Orchestra Hall | FREE

Polly Albrecht, former White House Christmas decorator, will demonstrate how she transforms a plain tree into something spectacular. She’ll share tips and tricks she’s learned throughout her career trimming trees, festooning garlands and making magical centerpieces. No registration required.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Legend of St. Nicholas Story & Craft | Aigler Room, Fountain Inn | FREE

Children will be inspired this holiday season by the Legend of Saint Nicholas, most well known for his kindness and secret gift giving. Children will experience how Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated in many European Countries as they craft a paper shoe and be surprised to find it filled with a small gift by the end of the story.

12-12:30 p.m. - UMC Carolers | Walnut Plaza

Presented by the Lakeside Heritage Society, listen as carolers from the Lakeside United Methodist Church share Christmas cheer on Walnut Plaza.

1-2 p.m. Children's Story Time & Craft | Aigler Room, Fountain Inn | FREE

Join Bev of the The Fine Print Bookstore for a holiday story time including "Snowmen at Christmas," "Star Bright," and "Tiny Reindeer." Following the stories there will be a story-themed craft time.

1-5 p.m. Lakeside Express Train Rides | Downtown Lakeside at Walnut Ave. & Second St. | $5 per person, 2 & under free

All Aboard! Bring your family and friends and take a ride on the Lakeside Express Train this weekend only. Enjoy the magic and beauty of Lakeside on this scenic ride complete with Christmas Spirit, good cheer, hot chocolate and cookie as you arrive back to the station. Get your tickets and board the train at the Train Depot in front of Orchestra Hall.

Rides are $5 per person. Ages 2 and under are FREE. Train leaves every 20 minutes.

2-4 p.m. Santa Meet & Greet | Fountain Inn Lobby | FREE

Straight from the North Pole, children of all ages are invited to a festive Fountain Inn to meet Santa Claus. Parents are welcome to enjoy refreshments and take photos as children share their Christmas wishes and receive a special present from Santa.

Click menu for printable PDF.

2:30 - 5 pm. Musical Entertainment | Hoover Porch

  • Port Clinton Touch of Class (a cappella group) 2:30 p.m.
  • Sandusky High School Show Band 3 p.m.
  • Sandusky High School Choir from 3:30 p.m.
  • Huron High School Choir from 4-5 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Ward Catering Christmas Dinner | Wesley Lodge | Reservations required

4:30 p.m. Doors Open | 5:30 p.m. Dinner Buffet

Join Ward Catering for a Christmas dinner buffet at Wesley Lodge. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for appetizers and premium beverages. Attendants will release guest tables beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the dinner buffet. The evening will conclude with a dessert and coffee station in time for guests to leave and attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Walnut Plaza beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling Ward Catering at the number listed below.

Tickets: $28 for adults/$10 for Children.

Reservations: 419.357.5482 by Nov. 28 Click here to view menu.

Pre-Order Carryout: Ward Catering is also offering pre-ordered carryout dinners. Pickup time is between 3-4 p.m.

7 p.m. Lakeside Giving Tree & Lighting Ceremony | Walnut Plaza

Celebrate the Christmas season by joining together for the tree lighting ceremony and giving tree presentation! Friday and Saturday, December 3 & 4, you are invited to give a gift in support of the Lakeside Annual Fund. In return, your name will be placed on an ornament to be hung on the Lakeside giving tree which will be lit for the season at this ceremony. Visit the Legacy House at 217 Walnut Ave. or make a gift online at lakesideohio.com/today. Please be sure to write your name in the comment section as you would like it to appear on your ornament.

7:30 p.m. Muppet Christmas Carol | Orchestra Hall | Donations welcome

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. (1 hr 25 min).

Christmas in Lakeside Fountain Inn Getaway - SOLD OUT

Stay Friday and Saturday for a total of $130 (plus tax), rooms with 2 queen beds only. Max of five (5) guests per room. Breakfast included for all hotel guests.

Be sure to mention “SANTA” for this exclusive special for booking early.
Must book by November 20, 2021.

Disclaimer: based on availability, book after November 20 and standard rates per night apply. Rate does not include additional paid items such as train rides, s’mores kits, art classes or Lakeside catered dinner.

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