Holiday Events

Holiday events 2018

A list of holiday events from around the Valley

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Events are in order of dates/times.

Santa's Christmas Land at Kraynak's
Sept. 10 through Dec. 31
Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kraynak's (2525 E. State St., Hermitage, Pa.)
Santa will visit starting Nov. 9 until Christmas Eve
Visit the 300-foot indoor avenue filled with Christmas scenes, trees, lights and life-like characters
For more information, visit the Kraynak's website

Memories of Christmas Past at the Arms Family Museum
Nov. 17 through Jan. 6
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 12 to 4 p.m.
Thursdays: 12 to 7 p.m.
648 Wick Ave., Youngstown
Exquisitely arranged in eye-catching vignettes, Memories of Christmas Past showcases antique holiday decor, vintage lighting, furniture, toys, trains and more.
Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+) and college students and $7 for children ages 3-18
For more information, call 330-743-2589 or visit the Arms Museum's website

Pictures with Santa at the Southern Park Mall
Nov. 19 - Dec. 21 (All Day)
Southern Park Mall Santa Set near JCPenney (7401 Market St, Youngstown)
Skip the lines with a Santa Fast Pass, learn more on the Southern Park Mall website

12 Days of KidX
Nov. 28 - Dec. 9
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Southern Park Mall Santa Set near JCPenney (7401 Market St, Youngstown)
FREE fun for kids with the 12 Days of KidX events featuring storytime with Santa, crafts, cookies and more. For a full list of event dates and times, visit the Southern Park Mall website

Holiday Gift Wrap
Nov. 30 - Dec. 24 (All Day)
Southern Park Mall Center Court (7401 Market St, Youngstown)
Price: Donation

Holiday Music at the Southern Park Mall
Dec. 1 - Dec. 22
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Southern Park Mall Center Court Stage (7401 Market St, Youngstown)
For a list of performers visit the Southern Park Mall website

Winter Celebration: Frozen in Time at Mill Creek MetroParks
Dec. 1-30
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Winter Nights, featuring an outdoor light display
The D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center will be adorned for the annual, family-friendly, admission-free event sponsored by WKBN 27 First News. Bring the family to discover a sparkling winter wonderland brought indoors. View photos displayed of favorite memories at Fellows Riverside Gardens submitted by Valley residents, participate in a scavenger hunt and, of course, enjoy the beauty of seasonal blooms on display. Guests will also be able to experience the annual tree walk on display throughout the Davis Center, where nonprofit organizations display their uniquely decorated trees. You'll also find the Toy Workshop and Reindeer Games, along with live holiday music by local musicians. Non-perishable food will be collected for Second Harvest Food Bank.
For more information, call 330-740-7116 or visit Mill Creek Park's website

Boardman Local Schools Winter Concert
Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Boardman Performing Arts Center (7777 Glenwood Ave.)
Over 200 students in five different choral groups will take the stage to transport the audience on a virtual sleigh ride around the world, complete with choreography.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $6

A Down-Home Country Christmas, a show at the Das Dutch Haus Inn & Suites
Dec. 5 at noon; Dec. 6 at noon; Dec. 7 at noon; Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
Das Dutch Village Inn (150 E. State Route 14, Columbiana)
Enjoy the glorious hymns of Christmas performed in southern gospel style by the world-famous Chuck Wagon Gang of Morristown, Tennessee.
Every matinee (noon) performance includes a plated luncheon and every evening performance (7 p.m.) includes a buffet.
Visit or call 866-482-5050 ext. 425 for tickets

Mercer County Courthouse Christmas Concert Series
All concerts begin at noon in the Rotunda
Different student choirs will perform on the following dates:

  • Dec. 5 - Commodore Perry
  • Dec. 6 - Grove City High School
  • Dec. 7 - Hickory High School
  • Dec. 10 - West Middlesex Elementary
  • Dec. 11 - Sharpsville High School
  • Dec. 12 - West Middlesex High School
  • Dec. 13 - Sharon High School
  • Dec. 14 - Farrell High School
  • Dec. 17 - Lakeview High School
  • Dec. 19 - Mercer High School
  • Dec. 20 - Greenville High School

Great Russian Nutcracker, presented by the Moscow Ballet
Dec. 6, 7-10 p.m.
DeYor Performing Arts Center (260 W. Federal St., Youngstown)
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the DeYor Performing Arts Center's website

Joy of Christmas Drive-thru Holiday Light Display in Columbiana
Dec. 6-9, 13-26 from 6-9 p.m.
Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave.
In addition to the light displays, guests can stop at the Gingerbread House and Santa's Ice Castle to enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food for purchase. Pictures with Santa for purchase and Mrs. Santa's Story Time in the Gingerbread House. Crafts and face-painting, a collection of more than 100 decorated gingerbread houses, a coloring contest, live holiday music and more. The event also features designated nights for senior citizens and children with special needs. Donation of $10 per vehicle or $2 a person on motor coach to support Firestone Park restoration efforts.
More information

Christmas in the Square
Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.
Courthouse Square in downtown Warren (161 High St. NW, Warren)
Free and open to the public
For more information, visit the event's Facebook page

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Western Reserve
Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m. & Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m.
Stambaugh Auditorium (1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown)
For more information and to buy tickets, visit Stambaugh's website

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Youngstown Parks and Recreation Department (26 S. Phelps St.)
Santa's elves will serve breakfast while Santa and Mrs. Claus share their favorite stories from the North Pole
Children 10 years old and younger, all children must be accompanied by an adult
Tickets are free but there is limited seating and registration is required
Register at the Parks and Recreation Department now through November 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa at Fellows Riverside Gardens
Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown
Celebrate the season with Santa as you enjoy a delicious, kid-friendly breakfast. Santa will be available to pose for pictures throughout the event and children can participate in fun, holiday-inspired activities. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Space is limited.
Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to make reservations. All participants, including children younger than 2, must be registered. Admission for ages 12 and older is $16, 2-11 is $10.50 and under 2 is free.
More information

20/9 Radio Club Holiday Craft and Vendor Show
Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Dr.
Free admission, handicap and stroller accessible, Santa photos with on-site printing, 80 tables of crafters and some direct-sale vendors, raffles, 50/50 and food available for purchase. Help support these local businesses by buying and shopping local this holiday season!

Brookfield Drama's Christmas in the Country
Dec. 8
Brookfield High School (614 Bedford Rd., Brookfield Township)
Shop for holiday gifts from Valley vendors at a craft show, which runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Santa will be available for pictures and you can listen to live carolers and enter to win gift baskets
A hot cocoa sip-n-paint will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (all spots are filled but you can still watch)
Showtimes for “What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas?” are at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information, visit the event's Facebook page

Pictures with Santa in Austintown
Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m., Santa arrives at 1:30 p.m.
Party On! (600 Mahoning Ave.)
Get a free printed picture with Santa (with donation) and take pictures with your phone. Only monetary donations will be taken during the event for Akron Children's Hospital and Second Harvest Food Bank. Through Dec. 8, you can drop off donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items at Party On! in Austintown and Niles, Everything Buckeyes in Niles and at Dr. Reiter's office at 1450 S. Canfield Niles Rd., Austintown.

Silver Bells with Mazhorell and Friends
Dec. 8, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Family Recital Hall (260 W. Federal St., Youngstown)
Proceeds benefit the Beatitude House
Tickets are available online or at the box office

Photo Op with Santa for Children with Autism at the Eastwood Mall
Dec. 9, 9-11 a.m.
5555 Youngstown Warren Rd., Niles
The Autism Society of the Mahoning Valley and the Eastwood Mall have collaborated for the sixth annual Special Santa Holiday Photo Event. It's designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families so they can have their photo taken with a caring Santa in a calmer, sensory-friendly environment. Guests are encouraged to sign up in advance and reserve a spot to limit the wait time. The event is free but professional photo packages will be available for purchase.
Register ahead of time

Pancake Breakfast with Santa hosted by Cub Scouts Pack 9044
Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Poland Presbyterian Church (2 Poland Manor)
Tickets (available at the door) are $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3-10 and free for kids 2 years old and under

Villa Maria Nativity Display
Dec. 9 from 12-5 p.m.
Villa Maria Community Center, 225 Villa Maria Rd., Villa Maria, PA
The annual Sisters of the Humility of Mary event features hundreds of nativity sets from around the world. Local musicians and choirs performing holiday classics. The Villa Farm and Villa Shoppe will offer seasonal items for sale. Free admission and parking.
Meatloaf dinner ($10 for a large, $7 for a small) on Dec. 2 from 12-4 p.m. and spaghetti dinner ($8 for a large, $5 for a small) on Dec. 9 from 12-4 p.m. Children 4 and under eat free. Take-out is available.
Call 724-964-8920 ext. 3208 for more information

Journey to Bethlehem Living Nativity at Disciples Christian Church
Dec. 9, 1-3 p.m.
565 Boardman Canfield Rd., Boardman
Live animals, including camels, will be present for pictures
Crafts, cookies and hot chocolate will be offered at this free family event that is handicap accessible
Tours run approximately every 15 minutes

Toys for Tots sponsored by the American Legion Post 737
Dec. 9, 1 to 8 p.m.
16465 Milton Ave., Lake Milton
U.S. Marines will be on site for the fundraiser, which is adults only
There will be live entertainment, a 50/50, a Chinese auction, door prizes, a cash bar and food
Admission cost is $5 or a new, unwrapped children's toy

Christmas at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital
Dec. 9, 2 to 4 p.m.
8747 Squires Ln. NE, Warren
Children's craft table, raffle baskets, musical entertainment, refreshments and photos with Santa. Decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other Christmas decor will be up for the raffle.
Free admission.

Pet pics with Santa at the Southern Park Mall
Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
Southern Park Mall Santa Set near JCPenney (7401 Market St, Youngstown)
Bring your pets for photos with Santa. A variety of photo packages are available for purchase. Please use the mall entrance next to Jos. A. Banks.

Night of Hope Tour: A Family Christmas featuring Christy and Nathan Nockels and Molley Moody
Dec. 9 at 6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Rd., Canfield
We are so excited to be gearing up to bring our home to yours this Christmas for the Night of Hope Tour. With the entire family in tow, it will for sure be a night to remember. From classic Christmas carols to originals from “The Thrill of Hope,” I want to invite you and your family to pause and set our hearts around the Savior and the season together this Christmas. From my family to yours, we can’t wait to see you there!
VIP (early entry at 4 p.m., reserved VIP seating, Christmas picture with Christy): $40
General admission: $15
Buy tickets here

Paws with Claus at Southern Park Mall
Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
7401 Market St., Boardman
Pets visiting with Santa will have the opportunity to pose with the big man on his lap or with their caretakers. Plus, visit with the Go Team therapy dogs from Sit Means Sit of Mahoning and Steel Valley.

Santa at the Library: Reindeer Games
Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.
Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Rd.
Come see Santa and a live reindeer. Although Rudolph doesn't have a shiny nose, he'll be at the library with Santa and Santa's sleigh. Take your picture with Santa, see his reindeer and enjoy hot cocoa and snacks in the meeting room. You can make a reindeer craft, play games and maybe listen to a reindeer story or two. You're sure to have a HO, HO, HO good time. For the family.

A 1950s Christmas at the Canfield Library
Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.
43 W. Main St.
Christmas department store windows, aluminum trees, bubble lights and Mr. Jingeling. Relive the excitement and nostalgia of a '50s Christmas in northeast Ohio with Laura Loew from Lost in the Past. After the presentation, stay for some beautiful, live holiday music from the string quartet Stellare Strings. You'll be sure to get into the holiday spirit! For adults.

Blue Christmas Service at Shepherd of the Valley
Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., doors open at 5:30 for registration and refreshments
4100 N. River Rd. NE, Warren
A service of remembrance and hope when the holidays hurt. Open to anyone struggling with loss at the holidays.
Please RSVP by December 8 to 330-856-9232 ext. 2618.

1940’s Radio Christmas Carol, a show at the Das Dutch Haus Inn & Suite
Dec. 14 at noon and Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
Das Dutch Village Inn (150 E. State Route 14, Columbiana)
Enjoy this Christmas-themed Broadway musical with a talented 55+ senior cast
Every matinee (noon) performance includes a plated luncheon and every evening performance (7 p.m.) includes a buffet.
Visit or call 866-482-5050 ext. 425 for tickets

Life-Size Candy Land Game
Dec. 14 (4:30-8:30 p.m.), Dec. 15 (1-7 p.m.) and Dec. 16 (noon to 5 p.m.)
Vienna United Methodist Church (4265 Warren Sharon Rd.)
This elaborate game includes displays full of candy from the board game, like the Chocolate Swamp, Ice Cream Sea and Candy Cane Forest.
There will also be a family selfie station, face painting, cookies, snacks and the Candy Land Castle
This free event is for families and children of all ages

Miracle on Easy Street, presented by Easy Street Productions
Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
DeYor Performing Arts Center (260 W. Federal St., Youngstown)
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the DeYor Performing Arts Center's website

Breakfast with Santa at The Vineyards at Pine Lake
Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
14101 Market St., Columbiana
Kid-friendly activities, Christmas music and, of course, Santa Claus!
Purchase tickets and make reservations at The Vineyards at Pine Lake's website

Sounds of the Season Concert featuring Vanessa Campagna
Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.
Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman
Free holiday concert at the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Center Court Stage featuring Nashville recording artist and Oscar winner Vanessa Campagna. The Beaver County native accompanies multi-platinum Christian pop recording artist Michael W. Smith on his brand new pop album "A Million Lights."

Holiday Concert of Giving
Dec. 16, 4 p.m.
Stambaugh Auditorium (1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown)
Featuring the Stambaugh Chorus and the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band (YACCB)
A cookie reception will follow the 90-minute concert
100 percent of the proceeds go toward to Second Harvest Food Bank
For more information, visit YACCB's website

Cortland Community Band Christmas Concert
Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. 
Lakeview High School Auditorium
300 Hillman Dr., Cortland, Ohio
The Cortland Community Band will perform their annual Christmas Concert. The band will be joined by the Cortland Community Choir on various musical selections. This year, donations at the concert will benefit the Lakeview Marching Band uniform fund. Cookies and refreshments will be served after the concert. 

Blue Christmas Service at Boardman United Methodist Church
Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
6809 Market St.
This Blue Christmas service acknowledges that for some people in our community, the holiday season is not a particularly joy-filled time. Persons who have experienced pain, loss or perhaps suffer from grief or isolation in this holiday season are invited and welcomed to a service that allows them the permission to acknowledge their true feelings. The service is not maudlin, it's uplifting -- all while acknowledging that there are struggles for some at this time of year. Everyone is welcome to come.
For more information, call 330-758-4527 or visit Boardman United Methodist's website

The Magic of Christmas presented by Castle on a Cloud Entertainment
Dec. 22, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Eastwood Mall, Center Court (5555 Youngstown Warren Rd., Niles)
The concert features Christmas musical classics and popular Disney characters, followed by a meet and greet.

Christmas Cheer Winter Festival
Dec. 22, noon to 6 p.m.
Quinby Park (Austin Avenue in Warren)
There will be food, sleigh rides, sledding, vendors, caroling, a chili cookoff and a toy drive with Santa
For more information, visit the event's website

Kwanzaa Celebration at East Library
Dec. 22, 1 to 3 p.m.
430 Early Rd., Youngstown
Join the East Friends Committee for a Kwanzaa celebration with Ode Oduma as the guest presenter.

Christmas Eve Service at Champion Church of the Nazarene
Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.
3924 High St. NW
An evening of carols, candles, Scripture and Holy Communion celebrating our Savior's birth.

Community Christmas Day Dinner in Warren
Dec. 25, 3 to 5 p.m.
Aulizios, 4395 Youngstown Rd. SE
It's the 30th annual free Christmas Day dinner to help families in need.

Kwanzaa Celebration at the Michael Kusalaba Library
Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m.
2815 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown
Stop in for this special event that celebrates African heritage and culture. Learn about the "Nguzo Saba" or Seven Core Principles of Kwanzaa. Coloring pages will be available for children and a craft will be provided for teens and adults. Light refreshments will be served. For the whole family.

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