Events - Through Dec. 29

Events - Through Dec. 29

The ever popular North Pole Express will be running for its tenth year through the end of December. The quarter-scale train ride will be transporting passengers through a magical wonderland of sparkling lights and holiday decorations. Inside the museum building will be many more Christmas decorations including over 60 decorated trees. Model railroad layouts will be running in HO, O and G scale all decorated for the holidays as well as a railroad gift shop stocked with lots of items for big and little railroad enthusiasts. Coaches are open-sided so passengers should dress for the cold weather. Blankets are available for additional warmth. Hot chocolate, popcorn, and other treats will be available for purchase to help warm up after the little train ride, which runs continuously during the evening hours. Admission: $2 adults and $1 for children 12 and under and includes a train ride ticket. As a thank you to our military personnel, free admission will be given to active duty service members and their immediate family upon presentation of a valid D.O.D. identification. Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Sundays. Location: Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc., 11600 Hancock Road 99, Findlay. Information: or 419-423-2995.


Dec. 31

Ring in the new year with Alexandria's Bar in Findlay. The evening will include appetizers, dinner and desert with complimentary beer pairing with each course. When the ball drops, there will be a champaign toast. Live music will be provided by the Funk Factory. Admission: $65 per person. Time: Doors open at 7 p.m. Location: Alexandria's Bar, 132 E. Crawford St., Findlay. Information: or 419-424-5750.


Dec. 31

End the year and the start the new one at the New Year's Eve Bash set for Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the Rockford Belle. The celebration event will feature musical entertainment by Jess King & Country Gospel, great company and delicious food. Adding to the fun-the stage will offer an open microphone for those that have a CD in hand. Don't forget to grab a bite of Brats and Kraut for good luck. Listeners can expect an evening of humor along with rhythms of great old-time gospel, blues, and country music performed by well-known band members Jess and Mary Joyce King, Harold Miracle, Jack Copsey, Allen Twaits, of Jess King & Country Gospel. Band members are all from this area and have been playing music for many years. Admission: Free- will donations are accepted for the food and entertainment. Time: Doors open at 8 p.m. Concert at 9 p.m. Location: Rockford Belle, 135 Market St., Rockford. Information: Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.


Jan. 4

Come support H.P. Eells Park in their first ever polar bear jump. All money raised will go toward replacing the 30 picnic tables at the park. All ages are welcome. A buffet will be held at the Bettsville American Legion after the jump. Buffet is included in the registration cost of the event. Those who would like to take part in the buffet and not the jump may do so for $8 per person. Raffles will be held during lunch. The Community Ice Block will be held during the jump. Watch for community members to be put on the "ice block." Cast your vote at the Blue Eagle Inn through Jan. 3 for $1 per vote. Top vote will have to take the plunge. Money raised from the community block will benefit the Bettsville Food Pantry. Admission: $25. Time: Registration at 9 a.m. Jump at 11 a.m. Location: H.P. Eells Park 7800 N. Township Road 70, South of Bettsville. Information:


Through Jan. 5

There is real magic in a miniature train wending its way around an equally pint-size track, especially during the holidays. That magic transforms people of any age into smiling wide-eyed children. The Hayes Presidential Center's Hayes Train Special model train display marks its 20th year of enchantment. Eight model trains, of all styles that have significance to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family, travel throughout a 12-foot by 24-foot course that includes mountains, tunnels, countryside and villages. The three-tiered display rises to the ceiling, providing a visual wonderland that also includes 19th-century trolleys and a decorated Christmas tree. Visitors are given control of aspects of the trains' movements and some of the display's animated features via a series of buttons. Adding to the holiday-theme is an exhibit telling the story of Santa Claus. "Santa through the 19th Century" chronicles how early depictions of Santa evolved into the jolly, ho-ho-ho, elf we all know and love today. A series of exhibit panels also details how Santa's purpose also has changed. A model train clinic will take place from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Admission to the clinic is $2 per person. In the event of bad weather the clinic will be canceled. Admission: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors age 60 and up and $3 children ages 6-12. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information:


Jan. 21

The Cinderella Ballet performed by The State of Russia Theatre Ballet will captivate on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Before the dancers take the stage, we cordially invite guests to the Bippity-Boppity Ball. This light hearted event will begin before the ballet in the Niswonger Upper Lobby. The evening will include a delicious dinner catered by The Gourmet Gals, an opportunity to meet the Russian Ballet performers, capture a keepsake photograph with the dancers and take part in a mother/son and daddy/daughter waltz. All of this before taking a comfortable seat in the performance hall to enjoy the exquisite Cinderella Ballet performance at 7:30 p.m. Attendees to the Bippity-Boppity Ball must also have tickets to the Cinderella Ballet performance. Please share the names of attendees when ordering as name cards will be placed for guests at their respective dinner settings. Admission: $15 adults, $10 children. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Upper Lobby, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: 419-238-6722 or