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

“Life in a Gilded Cage” is an exhibition that spotlights the official and public duties shared by all First Ladies and how their role has expanded throughout history. Themes include those 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. Guided tours of the Saxton-McKinley House occur approximately every 45 minutes with the final tour of the day beginning at 3:00 pm. Space is limited on tours & guests are highly encouraged to call ahead for reservations. The exhibition runs until May 31st 2018.

They are the foremost repository of scholarly research and information and a leader in education about the First Ladies of the USA. They work collaboratively with the National Park Service and others to operate, support, enhance and promote the First Ladies National Historic Site.

They preserve, promote and educate about the significant role of First Ladies of the USA and their contributions throughout history.
The National First Ladies’ Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that operates and manages the First Ladies National Historic Site in a partnership agreement with the National Park Service. In October, 2000 President Bill Clinton signed a bill establishing the First Ladies National Site as the 380th unit of the National Park Service. The site consists of the Ida Saxton McKinley House, the family home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the longtime residence of William and Ida McKinley, and the Education and Research Center. The Ed Center has exhibit space, a Victorian theater, a research library, conference and seminar rooms, archival storage and processing rooms, and administrative offices.

Van Wert Christmas Garden, Van Wert, Ohio

The Van Wert County 4-H Exchange Club is hosting its tenth holiday spectacular for Van Wert County and the surrounding area. The “Holiday Light Show at the Fair” is a drive-through light show every weekend from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Exhibits are themed around the holidays and are supplied by local businesses, churches and organizations. Santa Claus will also make an appearance at the light show each Saturday night. Entertainment for the entire family.

Van Wert’s Children’s Garden will be transformed into the Christmas Garden. For the fifth consecutive year the Van Wert Parks Department, the Master Gardeners of Van Wert, and the Christmas Garden Decorating Committee have decorated the garden with thousands of lights and displays, creating a visually stunning exhibit. This stunning display draws thousands of visitors from around the area every year.

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

Stan Hywet Hall “Deck the Halls” Akron, OH

Bring the whole family to enjoy one of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday traditions, Deck the Hall. The estate is illuminated inside and out with over ONE MILLION lights and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of Postcards from the Past. DAZZLE is a fantastic outdoor light show choreographed to three new songs this year and Gingerbread Land, our popular Playgarden is “dressed up” for the holiday season.

Nightly tree lighting at 5:30pm. After Christmas, look for the Gingerbread Man. Live music in the Music Room, courtesy of area choirs and musicians. Self-guided tours of the Manor House included in ticket purchase. Freshly baked gingerbread cookies, savory warm pretzels, cocoa, and hot cider for purchase in the Courtyard. Enjoy all of the above treats at the cozy warming fire in the Courtyard. Visit with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the Corral in the Courtyard. Take a family photo at two featured photo spots — perfect for that family holiday picture. Marvel at our new animated Gingerbread Bakeshop Window in the Courtyard. The tropical Corbin Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with a 20ft poinsettia tree. Shop for unique holiday gifts in Molly’s Shop. Enjoy light fare or a sweet treat in Molly’s Café after your tour.

Bring the whole family to enjoy one of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday traditions, Deck the Hall. The estate is illuminated inside and out with 800,000 lights and the historic Manor House is decorated in style for the Christmas season. DAZZLE is a fantastic outdoor light show animated to new music each year and Gingerbread Land, our popular Playgarden is “dressed up” for the holiday season. There is a nightly tree lighting with Santa (Gingerbread Man after Christmas) a toasty warming fire and more.

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!

Zanesville, Ohio (Muskingum County) Festival of Trees

Small-town Ohio doesn’t skimp on the Christmas cheer. Historic Zanesville, OH again will present their Festival of Trees, open to the public and for all ages. The Festival of Trees to will bring wonderment to those both young and old (and everyone in between).

The Festival of Trees is an Annual Holiday Tradition in Zanesville/Muskingum County and not to be missed for serious Christmas celebrators.
Visit the Muskingum County Welcome Center to start of the festival on November 30th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Beautifully decorated trees and holiday decorations will be on display.

Then on November 30, come walk through the Festival of Trees 2017 entries from 10:00am-6:00pm. The Live Auction of over 200 festival entries begins on December 1st at 9:00am and ends at 6:00pm. Join in all day during the auction for networking, bidding and holiday cheer! The “Happy Hour” gathering at the auction will be from 3:30pm until 6:00pm.

Auction schedule will be posted at www.zmchamber.com the week of the event. For more information call 740-455-8282 or 800-743-2303.