by guest blogger

With the chilly Lake Erie breeze in the air and peppermint mochas becoming part of our daily routines, we know that the holidays are officially in full swing. In Lake County, OH we have an abundance of fun activities happening this month to help celebrate!

The Steele Mansion:

Visit the Steele Mansion to fill your life with cheer this season. Holiday events that include:

A Ghostly Winter’s Tale | Thursday December 14th 7:00-8:30 pm

The Reading of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ | Friday, December 15th 5:30-9:30 pm

Happy Hour | Every Wednesday and Friday from 5:00-8:00 pm

To learn more and make a reservation visit us online at or give us a call at (440)-639-7948

Learn about the history of Painesville when you take a tour of the 16-room luxuriously decorated mansion.

The Steele Mansion: 348 Mentor Ave.

Painesville OH, 44077


The Farm Park Toy Workshop:

Open from December 26th through December 31st for children ages 2-11.

For only $2 per toy you can experience the magic of being one of Santa’s elves. Open from 11-3pm (closes at 2:30 on December 31st)

Located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., (Rt. 6), Kirtland OH 44094.



The large selection of metro parks provides a wide variety of sledding options. Among these parks are Chagrin River Park, Chapin Forest Reservation, Hidden Valley Park, and Riverview Park. The Chagrin River Park hill is a moderately sized hill with a fireplace area along with firewood. The Chapin Forest Reservation location is smaller in size and is used as practice for cross-country skiers as well as a fun sledding hill for young children. Hidden Valley Park has a small hill as well as a moderately sized hill which provides sledding fun for all ages. The steepest and most thrilling of hills can be found at our Riverview Park location and is also accompanied with a fireplace and firewood.  Lake County encourages winter safety while engaging in fun outdoor activities. Winter safety tips can be found on the metroparks website.


Other outdoor ideas for winter activities can also be found on on the metroparks website such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, winter camping, winter bird-feeding and much more. More detailed information can be found online.


Downtown Willoughby:

The Christmas Ale Beer Crawl Willoughby 2017 is happening Saturday December 9th at 7pm. This event is hosted by Taste CLE and Downtown Willoughby DTW- Arts & Entertainment District. Learn more and RSVP for this fun time!


Visit Santa in Willoughby at Wes Point Park, bring nonperishable food items for the Willoughby Food Pantry.

Wes Point Park Gazebo, 38132 Euclid Ave

Willoughby, OH 44094 United States


Dates are as followed:

December 6th: 5-8 pm December 17th: 2-5 pm

December 7th: 5-8 pm December 20th: 5-8 pm

December 8th: 5-8 pm December 21st: 5-8 pm

December 9th: 2-5 pm December 22nd: 5-8 pm

December 10th: 2-5 pm December 23rd: 2-5 pm

December 13th: 5-8 pm

December 14th: 5-8 pm

December 15th: 5-8 pm

December 16th: 2-5 pm


Holiday Shopping:

A Bit of Skirt: Clothing boutique located at:

38038 2nd St,

Willoughby, OH

DavEd Jewelers: Hometown fine jewelry store located at:

4137 Erie St,

Willoughby, OH 44094

Amish Attic

8352 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060 (440) 428-2581

Large selection of Amish-made furniture, including Bedroom Sets, Dining Room Sets.

Brandt’s Candies

find the perfect sweet treats to give as gifts this holiday season. Premium Hand-dipped chocolates.

Located at 1238 Lost Nation Rd., Willoughby OH 44094

Malley’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Candy Shop

Stop in for a sweet treat break during your holiday shopping by enjoying a sundae or shake. The local chocolate company also makes a great addition to any gift as you shop from the selection and variety of chocolates. Located at:

8920 Mentor Ave. Mentor, OH 44060

The Gourmet Soap Shop

The large selection of scents in our variety of products which include soap, lotion bars, baskets, bath bombs, olive oil bath bars, candles, fresh handmade glycerin soap and more make us a holiday stop worth taking for gifts for all.

Located at: 37917 Vine St., Willoughby OH, 44094

The Shoppe in the City

Local products from different artists, crafters, and vendors give us a wide selection of products that are unique, making them special gifts worth giving! Handmade soaps, locally roasted, coffee, and artwork made locally are just a few products that can be found here.

Located at: 5 South State St. Painesville OH, 44077

The Cleveland Candle Company

Select the scents you love or create your own scents for a different type of candle burning experience. Have a holiday Christmas party with your friends and family where you are each able to make your own candle in a hands-on class providing a different way to give the gift of a candle.

Located at: 9516 Diamond Centre Dr., Mentor OH 44060




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