MEETING SANTA – Three-year-old Madison Tromblay was overjoyed to meet Santa Claus at “Meet Santa” day, sponsored by Paulding Lions Club. The annual event, held Dec. 2 at the Paulding Eagles, included crafts, treats and music for kids. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
MEETING SANTA – Three-year-old Madison Tromblay was overjoyed to meet Santa Claus at “Meet Santa” day, sponsored by Paulding Lions Club. The annual event, held Dec. 2 at the Paulding Eagles, included crafts, treats and music for kids. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

Light! Music! Action! The calendar is full of local and area events for your enjoyment this Christmas season. Whether it’s a concert, school program, dazzling holiday lights, a visit with Santa or shopping for that perfect give, there’s something for everyone.

Start a family tradition by attending these special activities:

Wednesday, Dec. 6 –

Paulding Schools’ annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Breakfast for district residents age 60 and older at 8:30 a.m. in the auditeria; doors open 8:15 a.m.; reservations due Dec. 1 at 419-399-4656, Ext. 1512.

Christmas For Kids live drive from 5-7 p.m. at Oakleaf Restaurant in Oakwood. This will be the season’s final live drive in Paulding County.

Defiance County Fairgrounds Christmas Cruise-Thru & Holiday Festival, 6-9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Hicksville. Free-will donation.

Thursday, Dec. 7 –

Wayne Trace’s annual senior citizens’ “Dinner For a Dollar” luncheon for district residents age 62 and older at 1:15 p.m. in the junior high gym; reservations due Dec. 1 at 419-399-4100 or 419-622-5171 (select #2 at prompt), or email saylorc@wt.k12.oh.us.

Grover Hill Elementary Christmas program “How to Teach a Reindeer to Fly” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., along with a PTO basket raffle and bake sale.

Woodland Wonderland from 5:30-7 p.m. at Cooper Community Library branch in Oakwood. Reading by the fireplace, free books for your child’s home library (while supplies last), games, treats and horse and carriage rides to the fire station to meet Santa.

Defiance County Fairgrounds Christmas Cruise-Thru & Holiday Festival, 6-9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Hicksville. Free-will donation.

Friday, Dec. 8 –

Payne Elementary Christmas program at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Holiday Lights at the Fair hosted by 4-H Interstate Exchange Club at Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Drive through more than 60 light displays, 6-9 p.m.

Defiance County Fairgrounds Christmas Cruise-Thru & Holiday Festival, 6-9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Hicksville. Free-will donation.

Saturday, Dec. 9 –

Paulding United Methodist Church annual Homemade Cookie and Candy Walk from 9 a.m.-noon (or until gone) in the church fellowship hall (basement). The event is open to the public.

Mandale Church annual Christmas Giveaway. New toys available for children ages 2-12. Everyone welcome.

Memories with Grandma – make a craft from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cooper Community Library branch in Oakwood.

Shop the Square event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. sponsored by the Paulding Chamber, Friends of the Chamber, and the Downtown Revitalization Committee. Three buildings downtown will be filled with 25 vendors/artisans and local authors and Santa downtown to encourage you to shop local. Other retailers and businesses will be participating.

The Texas Tenors will perform a Christmas concert at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert at 3 p.m. For ticket information, call 419-238-6722 or visit www.npacvw.org.

Community Health Professionals of Paulding will host “Breakfast with Santa” from 9-11:30 a.m. at Paulding County Senior Center. The event is free and open to the public and will include breakfast, pictures with Santa and more.

Holiday Lights at the Fair hosted by 4-H Interstate Exchange Club at Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Drive through more than 60 light displays, 6-9 p.m.

Defiance County Fairgrounds Christmas Cruise-Thru & Holiday Festival, 6-9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Hicksville. Free-will donation.

Sunday, Dec. 10 –

Second day of Advent.

Holiday Lights at the Fair hosted by 4-H Interstate Exchange Club at Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Drive through more than 60 light displays, 6-9 p.m.

Defiance County Fairgrounds Christmas Cruise-Thru & Holiday Festival, 6-9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Hicksville. Free-will donation. Fireworks show.

Siberian Solstice Band holiday concert 7 p.m. at Payne Elementary Auditorium.

Annual Defiance College community performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. in St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance. Admission is free and open to the public.

Monday, Dec. 11 –

Learn to make something out of fabric as part of a Wayne Trace High School Art Club program, 3:30-5 p.m. at Payne Branch Library.

Holiday Cookbook Club 6-7 p.m. at Cooper Community Branch Library in Oakwood.

Wayne Trace High School band and choir Christmas concert at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 –

Gingerbread house workshop 5-7 p.m. at Payne Branch Library.

Holiday canvas painting class with Susan at 6 p.m. at Antwerp Branch Library. All materials supplied. Space is limited. Preregistration required; call 419-258-2855.

Antwerp Middle School band and choir winter concert at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14 –

Christmas Bazaar and Dinner at the Paulding County Senior Center, 4-7 p.m. Vendors, bake sale and more. Open to the public. Soup and salad bar at 5 p.m., RSVP by calling 419-399-3650.

Oakwood Elementary and Paulding Elementary fifth grade beginning band concert at 7 p.m. at Paulding School Auditeria.

Michael W. Smith with Jordan Smith and the Lima Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. For ticket information, call 419-238-6722 or visit www.npacvw.org.

Events In Progress –

Some projects to help those in need this season already are under way, including Christmas For Kids and Neighbors In Need.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers kettle collections at Paulding Chief Supermarket from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Bell ringers are needed; call Jackie Teegarden at 419-784-2150 to schedule.

Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo, now through Dec. 31. Open until 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Over one million lights, ice slide, bumper cars on ice. For details and entertainment schedule, visit www.toledozoo.org/lights. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“Snow Days” Holiday Garden Exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne now through Jan. 7. For special event, activities and hours, visit www.botanicalconservatory.org

The Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink in downtown Fort Wayne open daily with extended hours for the holidays. Kids age 13 and under can skate free every Wednesday. Skate rental available. For schedule and additional information, visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park in Fort Wayne open now through Dec. 31, Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m., other nights 6-9 p.m. Drive through more than 80 lighted and animated displays depicting holiday scenes.

32nd annual Festival of Gingerbread now through Dec. 10 at the History Center in downtown Fort Wayne. For special events and hours, visit www.fwhistorycenter.com.

Archbold Festival of Lights through Jan. 1 at Ruihley Park in Archbold. Walk or drive through; free admission.

Christmas Garden Holiday Light Display now through Jan. 1 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at Van Wert Children’s Garden in Smiley Park, 1409 Leeson Ave. Free admission.

See nearly 100 decorated trees at the Delphos Canal Commission “Celebrate Christmas” tree festival now through Dec. 30, Thursdays 9 a.m.-noon and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at the museum. Free admission. Visit www.delphoscanalcommission.com.

Mitten/Scarf Tree project begins at Paulding County Carnegie Library. Donate new hats, scarves or gloves and place them on the tree; items will be distributed throughout the county.

The Friends of the Putnam County District Library, 136 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa, is sponsoring its 26th Annual Christmas Tree Festival now through Jan. 4 during library hours.

Note: Look for more events in next week’s Progress. To add your event, email progress@progressnewspaper.org