“Life in a Gilded Cage” First Ladies’ Library Exhibition

“Life in a Gilded Cage”. A show which highlights the official and public careers of First ladies in America. It explores these roles and how they have grown and changed throughout history. That which is explored in the show include those roles served by a First Lady on the national stage; as hostess of the White House; international ambassador; campaigner; fashion symbol and Honorary National President of the Girl Scouts of the United States.

This exhibit and the experts who put it together constitute the most comprehensive collection of research on information on First Ladies and their role in our American history.  They preserve, promote and educate about the significant role of First Ladies of the USA and their contributions throughout history.

Guided tours are available at the Saxton-MicKinley House. They start about every 45 minutes. The final tour starts around 3pm.

Van Wert Christmas Garden, Van Wert, Ohio

The Van Wert 4-H club acts as host for the tenth annual Holiday Light Show at the Fair, which is a drive-through light show that takes place every Thanksgiving through Christmas. The exhibits are themed for the holidays, of course! Local organizations support and build each of the individual scenes. And of course Santa will be there each Saturday to help ring in the holidays! The perfect family friend activity for the cold weather.

The Children’s Garden gets a holiday make over completed by the parks department who decorates the garden with thousands of lights, creating stunning displays that will delight young and old.

The display runs until Dec. 31st 5:30pm-11pm

Stan Hywet Hall “Deck the Halls” Akron, OH

Deck the Hall is one of the largest displays of holiday tradition in Ohio. The hall gets decked out with over one million lights. The Manor House includes a display of holiday post cards of the past. Dazzle is the fantastic and choreographed light show put on by Stan Hywet Hall. For the kids, the Playgarden gets turned into a fun and exciting Gingerbread Land.

The recurring event includes nightly tree lighting, and after Christmas the Gingerbread Man will be visiting the vent. There is also live music by area choirs and musicians. This beloved yearly event includes something for everyone. Holiday treats including cookies and cocoa. A fire in the courtyard. Visits with Santa and Rudolph. Several “Feature Photo Spots” are available to create family remembrances. There is also an animated Gingerbread Shop Window. Everything you could possibly want for a holiday party.

Dec. 14-23 and Dec. 26-30

Woodland Lights, Woodland Township, OH

The path to holiday fun opens early this year with special preview weekends beginning November 24th through the 26th and December 1st through the 3rd. Beginning December 8th the festival opens nightly and will be open nightly through December 30th excluding December 24th and 25th.

The 25th annual festival features activities, entertainment, live animals, food, rides for kids and, of course, Santa in his historic log cabin. Fans of the festival can expect to see the return of popular attractions, more lights than ever, music, a tunnel of lights, and carriage rides will now be offered every night of the event.

Every night includes Santa visits, five kid-size amusement rides, costumed cartoon characters, live animals and festival food. Special events like Pet Night and Star Wars weekend happening throughout the event. A holiday treat that is sure to be a family favorite.

Grinchworld at Woodland Lights has been completely redone so that guests can now step right into the Grinch storybook. In Grinchworld, you can help the Grinch plot on Mount Krumpet, steal the Who’s stockings, pack his slay, and even help carve his roast beast!
Come walk the path to holiday fun as they celebrate their 25th anniversary!