Karen Doll and Mark Hamilton carry a glittering Christmas tree to just the right spot on Monday as they and other volunteers decorated Ottawa's Memorial Park for the holiday season. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
Karen Doll and Mark Hamilton carry a glittering Christmas tree to just the right spot on Monday as they and other volunteers decorated Ottawa's Memorial Park for the holiday season. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)

Saturday, Nov. 30

GLANDORF - The Village of Glandorf will kick off the holiday season when they light up their park on Saturday, Nov. 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. Also on that night, Santa will be there to visit with the children along with with entertainment from various groups. Food will be available. Once lit, visitors to the park will be able to stay in their vehicle and drive through the park looking at various displays by local businesses and organizations.

Sunday, Dec. 1

OTTAWA - There is a new parade route for this year's "Welcome Santa' Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 1. All units for the parade will line up on Pratt Street along the Ohio Defense Logistics property (formerly Phillips). The parade will begin on Pratt Street at Waterworks Park, travel west on Main, turn north on Oak Street and then turn east on Fourth Street, ending at Sts. Peter and Paul Church parking lot.

In addition to the change in the parade route, all post-parade festivities have been moved to the Ottawa municipal parking lot this year at the corner of Main and Oak Streets across from Paul's in downtown Ottawa. This includes visits and photos with Santa Claus, treat bags, balloons for the children, wagon rides, entertainment and refreshments.

The parade will line up at 1:30 p.m. and start at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1

OTTOVILLE - Ottoville will host the "Winterfest" on Sunday, Dec. 1, starting at noon at the Parish Center.

Sunday, Dec. 1

COLUMBUS GROVE - Christmas in the Park in Columbus Grove will be held Sunday, Dec. 1 at Memorial Park. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. followed by the lighting of the Christmas lights in the park, horse drawn carriage rides, singing and musical entertainment, Tap On Wood Dancers, treats from Santa, cookies, hot chocolate, hot chili soup, hot dogs and pictures with Santa. The event is free and the public is welcome. For each non-perishable food item donated to the Lord's Pantry, you will be entered to win a 2014 Columbus Grove family pool pass.

The evening is sponsored by the Village of Columbus Grove, Fire Department and Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, Dec. 1

GILBOA - Christmas in the Park at Gilboa Fire Station will be held on Sunday evening, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. Santa will be there. You are asked to bring food items for the Food Pantry.

Sunday, Dec. 1

OTTAWA - Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 42nd annual Christmas Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Like an old-fashioned songfest around the piano, the program will feature congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from Scripture about Jesus' birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist and Ottawa Sts. Peter and Paul choirs, and a candle lighting ceremony. Since 1972 this special service in a little church built by pioneers has provided an uplifting way to get into the Christmas spirit.

The church is located southeast of Ottawa and northwest of Pandora at the intersection of Putnam Co. Roads M and 7-L (7102 County Road M, Ottawa), across from Putnam Stone Co. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is pastor.

Friday, Nov. 29 to Friday, Dec. 20

OTTAWA - The fourth annual Christmas Wreath Festival at The Meadows at Putnam Acres. Will be on display Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. The community will be able to bid on the wreaths until the annual Christmas Extravaganza and Bazaar on Dec. 13. Proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in Putnam County.

Friday, Dec. 6 and

Sunday, Dec. 8

KALIDA - The Putnam County Historical Society Museum Christmas Open House will be held Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Once Upon a Christmas will feature Victorian doll houses, '60s Christmas, childhood memories, carols on the antique organ, entertainment, refreshments, Christmas tree and wreath raffle, books and memberships. Admission is free.

Friday, Dec. 6 &

Sunday, Dec. 8

DUPONT - Dupont Church of the Brethren presents "One More Christmas Miracle" dinner theater on Friday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 8. The story is about a mission/soup kitchen in financial trouble. One of the biggest donors wants to find out what's really going on there. So she sends her personal assistant to check things out. Come for some encouragement, laughter and a fun evening. Dinner theater times are Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Cost is by donation but attendees must have a ticket so that organizers can prepare. Call 419-596-4314 for reservations.
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