Holiday Cheer & Local Love | The 2022 Guide To Holiday Events in Toledo Plus 40 Gifts Made In Ohio

* This post is in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here.

The holiday season is in full swing. The months of November and December are full of fun things to do in and around Toledo. I teamed up with Ohio. Find It Here. to share with you a festive guide to help you navigate all of the fun activities and events so you may have the best holiday season ever. This guide also includes a list of local makers to shop for this season to help get you ahead of your gift hunting! Happy Shopping!

Turkey Trots & Holiday Races

2022 Eastside Turkey Trot 5K
When: November 24, 2022
Where: Eastern Community YMCA 
Oregon, OH
Cost: $20 for pre-registration
Swag: First man and woman at the one-mile mark receive a free turkey!
Race proceeds will go to the YMCA Scholarship Fund.

Dave’s Turkey Chase
Lace-up your running shoes for the annual Dave’s Turkey Chase 5K taking place on Turkey Day! All proceeds benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
When: November 24, 2022
Where: Downtown Toledo/Summit St. at WTOL 11
Cost:  Turkey Chase 5K ($40), 1-mile walk ($30), Kids Turkey Chase ($0), Virtual Turkey Chase ($20)
Swag:  Long Sleeve, Soft Cotton Blend Shirt, Schmucker’s Pies, Immediate Online Results, Post-race Refreshments, Commemorative Mug, Hot Chocolate, Downloadable Finisher Certificate, Free Photographs

Holiday Hustle 5K & Elf 1K in Maumee
When:  November 27, 2022
Where:  Maumee Indoor Theatre 
601 Conant Street 
Maumee, OH 43537
Cost: 5k Run/Walk ($25), 1.5 Mile Walk ($25), 1K Elf Fun Run ($10)
Swag: Special Awards – Best Illuminated, Cutest, Race Director’s Choice, and Most Creative Holiday Costumes. FREE movie pass to all male runners who beat Santa Claus or all female runners who beat Mrs. Claus. Free movie pass to all runners who beat the Holiday Elf.

Miracle on Main Street 5K
When: December 3, 2022 | 8:30 am
Where: Sylvania, Ohio 
Cost: $30
Swag:  Pre-race yoga, long-sleeve T-shirt, Art Hop, Live Entertainment, Mistletoe Market, Breweries, and more!

Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5k
Put on some Christmas-themed attire and light-up accessories and join this family-friendly 5k walk and run event.
When:  December 11, 2022 
Where: Toledo Zoo & Aquarium 
Cost:  Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5k
Swag: Collectible medal, Tech-friendly gloves, Collectible cup, Custom bib with chip timing, Admission to Lights Before Christmas on Dec 11

21 & Up Holiday Festivities 
Brewdolph Bash
An exclusive 21 & up preview night of Lights Before Christmas. Guests will also enjoy a souvenir cup with a signature drink, strolling holiday characters, and musical entertainment.
When: November 17, 2022 | 6 PM
Where: The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium 

Science After Dark:  On Tap-Holiday Brews
Sample holiday-themed craft beers from local breweries and learn the science behind brewing.
When: December 3, 2022 | 7 PM
Where: Imagination Station

HEAVY Holiday Movie Trivia at HEAVY Underground
When:  December 15, 2022 | 6 PM
Where: Heavy Underground

Community Tree Lightings & Holiday Shopping

Flip the Switch
Head downtown to help kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the 45-foot tree at Hensville.
When:  November 18, 2022 | 5 PM
Where: Hensville
More Info

Tree Lighting at The Town Center at Levis Commons
Enjoy a full day of holiday festivities including tree lighting, Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive, photos with Santa, local bands, and fire truck train rides
When:  November 19, 2022 | 11:30 AM
Where:  The Town Center at Levis Commons | Perrysburg, Ohio 

Miracle on Main Street
A fun two-day event featuring: live music, a Mistletoe Market, a tree lighting ceremony, holiday shopping, seasonal vendors, dining, arts, a 5K run, and a special appearance of Santa Clause.
When: December 2-3, 2022 | 5 PM-10 PM
Where:  Main Street | Downtown Sylvania

Holiday Foodies

Brim House Chef’s Table Series
Exclusive 7-course meal with wine and cocktail pairing.
When:  December 2, 2022 | 7 PM
Where: The Brim House

Brunch with Santa
When: December 11, 2022
Where: Inside the Five Brewing Company (Sylvania)
Details coming soon. Follow on Facebook for updates.

Holiday Lights

Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas 
Spend the evening at The Toledo Zoo and enjoy more than one million lights and 200+ illuminated animal images, snap a photo with Santa, and grab some holiday snacks at the Yuletide Food & Spirits tent! Reservations are required for members and non-members.

When: November 18 – December 31
Where: The Toledo Zoo 

Holiday Shopping & Pop-Up Markets

Local Artists’ Holiday Trunk Show
Shop glass and ceramic artwork from local artists with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Arts Commission’s programs.

When:  November 19, 2022 | 10:00 AM
Where:  Edward D. Libbey House 2008 Scottwood Avenue Toledo OH, 43620
$10.00 Admission

Christmas Open House
Stroll down Front street and enjoy over 20 unique locally-owned shops, restaurants, holiday music, and more.

When:  November 19th & 20th
Where: Grand Rapids, Ohio 

Tree City Holiday Bazaar
Shop local makers and small businesses.

When:  November 26, 2022
Where: Tam o’ Shanter 7060 W. Sylvania Ave. Sylvania, OH

Finder’s Keepers at Glass City Center
Shop more than 125 vendors offering small-batch foods, decor, upscale handmade, curated booths, hand-poured candles, jewelry, wall art, furniture, dips, clothing, vintage items, and hand-painted items.

When:  December 4, 2022 | 10 AM
Where:  Glass City Center
$5 Admission (cash at the door)
More Info

Holiday Concerts & Shows

ALTON BROWN LIVE: Beyond the Eats – The Holiday Variant
Brown says fans can expect “more cooking, more comedy, more music, and more potentially dangerous science stuff with a sprinkle of seasonal spices. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.”

When:  November 29, 2022 | 6:30 PM
Where:  Stranahan Theater

15 Mins of Xmas Holiday Concert
A Musical EP Series from Mike Williams on Sax featuring John Cunningham on keys, Mike Miller on bass, and Tony Miller on drums.  Concertgoers will be able to dine at the Ice Bar Restaurant while enjoying this special holiday experience.

When:  December 1, 2022 | 7 PM
Where:  Ice Bar Restaurant

A Swingin’ Christmas
Join the Toledo Jazz Orchestra for a night of holiday music.

When:  December 17, 2022| 8:00 PM
Where:  Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

More Holiday Fun

ProMedica Hope for the Holiday Celebration at Promenade Park
Free family-friendly event to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy the lighting of the Promenade Park tree, games, live music, entertainment, food, and beverages.

When: November 18, 2022 | 4:30 PM – 9 PM
Where:  Promenade Park

Holiday at the Mill
Visit the Ludwig Mill and enjoy holiday treats from the past. Decorate and bake cookies in the wood stove, learn the art of candle dipping, create a special holiday ornament and enjoy warm beverages. Free.

When:  November 19, 2022 | 10 AM
Where:  Providence Metropark | Grand Rapids, Ohio

Holiday Charity Gallery
An evening of art and holiday cheer benefiting the Cherry Street Mission.

When:  December 11, 2022
Where:  River East Gallery 601 Main St, Toledo, Ohio

Home Decor 

419 Floral Designs
Handcrafted Floral Arrangements
Instagram @419floraldesigns

Mini Miscellaneous
Handmade magnet miniatures.
Instagram @minimiscellaneous

Olive Roots
Soy Candles & Clean Home Fragrances
Instagram @oliverootsllc

Angelwood Gallery
Instagram @angelwoodgallery

Hi Cutie Fibers
Tufted Wall Hangings, Coasters & Rugs
Instagram @hicutiefibers

Rigmarole Studios
Origami Ornaments
Instagram @rigmarolestudios


Alex Eliz Art
Instagram @alexelizart

Jordy Rengifo Poma
Instagram @Jordyrpoma

Bernadine Rais

Street Spun
Instagram @streetspun

Sunshine Studios
Handmade Pottery

Michelle Marie Mears Art
Instagram @mmmearsart

Elyse Frances Art & Design
Instagram @elyse.frances

Jax & Kate Art Studio

Katrina Niswander
Instagram @katrinanart

Art By Cyd
Instagram @artbycyd_2.0

Beauty & Body Care

Venus In Aquarius Apothica
Botanical Body Care
Instagram @venusinaquariusapothica

Shereen Cosmetics
Instagram @shreencosmetics

Sonia Organics
Instagram @soniaorganics

Food & Beverage Gifts

Tea Dude
Locally blended artisan teas.
Instagram @Tea_Dude

Swanky Scoops
Handmade Artisan Ice Cream
Instagram @swankyscoops

Akron Honey
Local Honey
Instagram @akronhoney

Toledo Spirits
Instagram @toledospirits


Clemeno Candle Co
Instagram @clemenocandleco

Callisto Terra
Instagram @callistoterra

Instagram @thegrowingcandle

Scent Wick Candles
Instagram @scent.wick.candles

Pyoor Candles
Instagram @pyoorcandkes

Riverfront Candle Co.
Instagram @riverfront.candleco

Olive Roots
Soy Candles & Clean Home Fragrances
Instagram @oliverootsllc


Jaci Riley Jewelry 
Handmade Jewelry heavily focused on metal etching and metalsmithing.
Instagram @JaciRileyJewelry

Handmade Polymer Clay Earrings
Instagram @co.curated

Charlie Girl
Handmade Acrylic Earrings
Instagram @shopcharliegirl

The ExCb
Exquisite hand forged timepieces & fine jewelry.
Instagram @theexcb

Sage Kimani Co.
Handmade Polymer Clay Earrings
Instagram @sagekimanico

Sloans & Stones
Handcrafted Jewelry

Mindfully Made By Maya
Wire wrapped jewelry
Instagram @mindfullymadebymaya

Avert Adornments 

Handmade jewelry
Instagram @avertadornments

Hot Head Glass
Glass Pendants
Instagram @hotheadglass

Odyssey & Oddities
Statement Pieces
Instagram @odysseyandoddities


Printed on a Lark
Garment Printing
Instagram @printedonalark

Ohio Themed T-shirt & Sweatshirts
Instagram @jupmode

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