By Nancy Kline

Sentinel Staff Writer


PUTNAM COUNTY — Santa Claus will be a busy guy in Putnam County starting next weekend. Five communities including Ottawa, Gilboa, Columbus Grove, and Glandorf will kick off the Christmas season this weekend with visits from Santa, a parade, and the official lighting of park and downtown decorations.

Other communities including Kalida, Ottoville, and Leipsic have also planned events in early December to celebrate the Christmas season.

Below is a list of events in the order they are happening.

Fort Jennings Home Town Christmas

at Freedom Square

Saturday, November 26

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Fort Jennings Lions will host Home Town Christmas at Freedom Square while Santa Class will be at Memorial Hall. There will be coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, kids crafts, music and local vendors selling their crafts. Santa Claus will be at Memorial Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Glandorf Christmas in the Park

Saturday, November 26

5:30 p.m.

Glandorf Christmas in the Park is Saturday, November 26. It will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Glandorf Park. They will have food, drinks, entertainment, and Santa Claus. He will be coming to Glandorf to greet all the kids of all ages.

Ottawa’s 29th Annual

Welcome Santa Christmas Parade

Sunday, November 27

2 p.m.

Come to Ottawa to enjoy the Christmas parade 2 p.m., Sunday, November 27, downtown Ottawa.

Following the parade, free family activities will occur at Rex Center Park and Ottawa Municipal Parking lot at Main and Oak Streets. There are 60 participants in this year’s parade.

The parade will begin at Pratt St. and 4th Street near Water Works Park, proceed south to Main Street, turn west onto Main Street, go through downtown, turn north onto Oak Street, and turn east onto 4th Street ending at the Sts. Peter and Paul’s church parking lot. The parade announcer will be in front of the Putnam County Courthouse.

Family activities following the parade will include Santa Claus photo opportunities, horse-drawn wagon rides, miniature fire truck, paddy wagon rides, dance groups, OGHS show choir, and refreshments.

This event is coordinated by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses.

Gilboa Park Lighting

Sunday, November 27

6 p.m.

The traditional Gilboa Park Lighting is 6 p.m., Sunday, November 27. Following this is a celebration at Gilboa Fire Station. The celebration will includes a visit from Santa and refreshments.

Columbus Grove

Christmas in the Park

Sunday, November 27

6 p.m.

Columbus Grove Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas in the Park at 6 p.m., Sunday, November 27, at Memorial Park. The evening includes official lighting of the decorations, a visit from Santa Claus, and refreshments.

Light Up Leipsic

Thursday, December 1

5 p.m.

The first annual Light Up Leipsic Christmas event is planned for Thursday, December 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Leipsic Community Center. The event includes a Santa & Mrs. Claus visit, carriage rides, a free Christmas tree raffle, Christmas carol singing, bounce houses, cookie decorating, and more.

Santa Claus will be in the gym from 5 p.m. to 7 p.,m. For a visit.

The Leipsic Community Center Christmas tree lighting in the front lobby is at 5:30 p.m.he Leipsic High School Choir will be singing carols in the front lobby beginning at 7 p.m.

Ottoville Winterfest

Sunday, December 4


On Sunday, December 4, the Ottoville Winterfest will begin with the arrival of Santa by fire truck at noon at the Ottoville Parish Center. The event will include free activities for children, refreshments, raffle prizes, and Christmas music provided by the Ottoville Band.

Christmas in Kalida

Sunday, December 4

4 p.m.

Kalida will host its annual Christmas in Kalida at Four Seasons Park on Sunday, December 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.