Plates and Places

Ring in the Season with Holiday Events

The time we spend with our loved ones during the holidays creates traditions and cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Why not take a break from shopping, wrapping and baking to partake in a couple of these annual area gems with family and friends?

Holidays in the Manor House December 5-13, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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For over 40 years, community volunteers have decorated the iconic Georgian-Colonial home at Wildwood Metropark for the holidays, each room featuring a unique theme. After your tour, warm up at Metroparks Hall with hot or cold beverages, cookies, hot dogs and family-friendly activities.
Wildwood Preserve Metropark 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo, Ohio Admission: Free

Wolcott House Holiday Tours Nov. 14 – Dec. 30, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
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Presented by the Maumee Valley Historical Society, docents lead tours of the six-building Wolcott Heritage Center and explain the Wells-Wolcott legacy and pioneering traditions of an early nineteenth to early twentieth century village.
1035 River Rd., Maumee, Ohio Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors and $2.50 students

38th Annual Colonial Christmas Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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Presented by the Historical Society of Bedford, this primitive country craft show includes holiday décor, candles, evergreen wreaths, handmade rugs and antiques. Homemade soups, sandwiches, and apple cobbler are available for purchase.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 1690 W. Sterns Rd., Temperance, Mich. $1 donation is appreciated

The Lights Before Christmas November 13 – January 3
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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Toledo Zoo’s well-loved event. Enjoy the lights while strolling the grounds – plus ice carvings, carolers, model trains, a visit with Santa and a ride down the ice slide.
(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day) Sunday – Thursday: 3 – 8 p.m. (Zoo closes at 9 p.m.) Friday – Saturday: 3 – 9 p.m. (Zoo closes at 10 p.m.) Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Ohio For rates, visit

Tours de Noel in The Old West End Sunday, December 6, 12 – 7 p.m.
Tour five beautifully decorated historic homes; shop at a holiday gift boutique, enjoy a Tony Packo’s lunch at First Congregational Church and experience the gazebo and tree lighting at Old West End Common’s Park.
For tickets and more information, call 419/244- 4921 or visit

Christmas at the Cabin December 12-13, 1-6 p.m.
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Holiday tours of the beautifully decorated historic cabin which was once home to poet Ina Duley Ogdon. The event, presented by the Century House Preservationists, features re-enactors, the River Raisin Sweet Adeline Chorus, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
6829 Summerfield Rd., Bedford Twp., Mich. $5 donation is appreciated