A WORLD OF CHRISTMAS – Recently, Payne Elementary students in grades 4-6 presented “A World of Christmas” to family and friends. Under the direction of their music teacher, Mr. Kaleb O’Donnell, the students sang Christmas songs from around the world.
A WORLD OF CHRISTMAS – Recently, Payne Elementary students in grades 4-6 presented “A World of Christmas” to family and friends. Under the direction of their music teacher, Mr. Kaleb O’Donnell, the students sang Christmas songs from around the world.
By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

By now, with only five days left until Dec. 25, most of the gifts should be purchased and wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree, decorating should be completed and we all should be ready for the holidays. In reality, most of us are still scurrying around to check off all those “to do” tasks.

If you haven’t had time, please consider making a generous donation to a local charity or non-profit organization. It’s not too late to help others in need have a brighter holiday and give hope for a better 2018.

There’s still area events to help us enjoy the season, including Christmas lights, music and ice skating. Start a family tradition by attending these special activities listed below.

We wish everyone a wonderful and safe Christmas holiday. We also remember those who must work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, especially law enforcement personnel, emergency responders, healthcare workers and those who keep our utilities going and our roads clear.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 –

Oakwood Elementary kindergarten gingerbread house display, 2:30-2:50 p.m.

Santa Claus will be in the Santa House at Herb Monroe Community Park in Paulding from 5-7 p.m. to meet with kids.

Thursday, Dec. 21 –

First day of winter.

Friday, Dec. 22 –

Paulding County Senior Center’s Christmas luncheon and gift exchange, 11:30 a.m. For meal reservations, call 419-399-3650. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a $10 gift.

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.

Siberian Solstice Band holiday concert 7 p.m. at Huber Opera House, Hicksville.

Saturday, Dec. 23 –

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.

Siberian Solstice Band holiday concert 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place (Valentine Theater), Defiance.

Sunday, Dec. 24 –

Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Many area churches hold Christmas Eve services.

Monday, Dec. 25 –

Christmas Day.

Thursday, Dec. 28 –

Winter Book Bingo for all ages, 1 p.m. at Payne Branch Library.

Sunday, Dec. 31 –

New Year’s Eve.

Monday, Jan. 1 –

New Year’s Day - Welcome, 2018!

Events In Progress –

Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo, 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 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 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.

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

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

Delphos Canal Commission “Celebrate Christmas” tree festival 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.

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