The Docket December 2017

Light Up Downtown: Enjoy 14 blocks of free family fun in downtown Canton from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. December 7. All of your favorite holiday characters will visit from winter wonderlands, and it is all brought to life at Central Plaza. Enjoy the stage show at 5:45 p.m. There will be fireworks immediately following the stage show.

Christmas Candlelight Victorian Tea

December 1
Ladies, kick off your holiday season with an elegant Victorian candlelight high tea with live music at the Dragonfly Tea Room in Canal Fulton. Seatings are at 4:30 and 7 p.m. For reservations, call 330-854-4832. 

Canton Charge

December 1, 8, 13, 15, 22, 30
See the Canton Charge take on the Long Island Nets, Delaware 87ers, Grand Rapids Drive, Windy City Bulls, South Bay Lakers and Wisconsin Herd. All games are at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Check the site for more information and to purchase tickets.

Crafter’s Corner: Ornament Extravaganza!

December 5
Catch the holiday spirit and create multiple beautiful ornaments, perfect for your home or to give as gifts. The event starts at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the North Canton Public Library. All materials will be provided by the library. Space is limited for this program, registration is required.

Christmas at the Hollow

December 7-9
Christmas at the Hollow provides a self-guided tour of the decorated 40-room H.B. Stewart home, a visit with Santa, an opportunity to make an ornament and toast marshmallows at the warming fire, enjoy a wagon ride through the woods and shop at the Quail’s Nest Gift Shop at Quail’s Hollow. Local choirs will provide entertainment throughout the duration of the event. The Quail Hollow Volunteer Association provides this event for only $10 per car. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. each day.

Through December 17
Elf Jr. The Musical
After sold-out performances in 2015, this popular Christmas show about your favorite elf, Buddy, returns to the North Canton Playhouse Main Stage. Follow Buddy the Elf as he embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Check the site for showtimes and ticket prices.

Through December 18
Gingerbread House Extravaganza
Design and build a gingerbread creation and bring it to the Stark County District Library. Entries must be entirely constructed of edible products. All entries should be on a wooden or heavy cardboard base. Tape a 3-inch-by-5-inch card with name, address and phone number of contact person underneath the base. Entries can be brought to Main Library, Children’s Services. To be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, entries must be received by noon December 7. Voting will take place during Light Up Downtown at Main Library (December 7 from 6 to 8 pm). To be eligible to win in one of the other categories, entries must be received by end of the business day December 10. Voting will take place December 11 through 15, and winners will be announced December 18.

Through December 23
Christmas at Beech Creek Gardens
Enjoy lots of hands-on holiday activities, fun areas to explore, sweet treats and things to learn at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Alliance. Enjoy the festival of trees and lights, special Grinch visits, storybook trail, snowflake theater and more. The plant science center will be transformed into Candyland for the holiday season and will be full of fun and educational exhibits about candy and plants. Enjoy sweet treats and have fun watching the Candyland train. The cost is $5 per person and is free for members and children 2 and younger. This is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 330-829-7050.

Through February 18, 2018
The Pan American Exposition
While shaking hands at the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, President McKinley was shot. This exhibition at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will explore what happened in the eight days between the assassination and McKinley’s death. The exhibit also will examine the Exposition itself, what it was, why it was held and what new technologies were on display.

December 1
Holiday Open House
The Canton Woman’s Club is hosting its annual Holiday Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Come see the home all decorated for Christmas. Dinner will be served for an additional charge. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Holly Smith at 330-453-4802. Enjoy a lovely dinner and live music before joining First Friday activities downtown.

December 1
First Friday
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. It begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for December is buy local. The free First Friday family movie at the Canton Palace Theatre is “The Polar Express.” It starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

December 1
Holiday Party
Start your holiday season at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum at the annual Open House. Activities include musical entertainment, crafts for kids, open hearth cooking demonstrations, unique stocking stuffers and gifts in the Museum Shoppe, special planetarium and science shows, reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and of course, Santa. The museum will be decorated beautifully with more than 30 trees and holiday scenes. Light refreshments will be served. Canned goods also will be collected for the Hunger Task Force. Reservations are appreciated. Members get in free, and guests are $5 per person. The party is from 6 to 8 p.m.

December 1
The Nutty Nutcracker
See The Nutty Nutcracker presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at 7 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Expect to see a spoof of America’s favorite holiday classic. You will see a family celebrating Christmas, but not quite Clara’s family. This performance is family friendly, but parts might be considered adult humor. Tickets are $38 and $50.

December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17
“A Christmas Carol”
See “A Christmas Carol” performed live on the Main Stage at the Players Guild Theatre. Check the site for showtimes and ticket information. Read more on Page 26.

December 1, 9, 15, 22, 23
“A Football Life”
Showcasing the lives and careers of legendary players, coaches and executives, NFL Films examines the untold stories of NFL icons with unprecedented access. Each film tells the story of how their legacy is forever intertwined in the fabric of NFL history. The films are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The films feature Jerry Jones on December 1, Aeneas Williams on December 9, John Randle on December 15 and Lynn Swann and John Stallworth on December 22 and 23. The cost is included with admission.

December 2
Book Sale
The Friends of the Stark County District Library is having a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the main library parking lot and in the McKinley Room in the main library. Hardback books, CDs, DVDs and videos are $1, paperbacks and children’s books are 50 cents, and magazines are 25 cents.

December 2
Here Comes Santa
Bring your cameras and visit with Santa at the Perry Sippo Branch Library. Continue the holiday celebration throughout Exploration Gateway with crafts, live animals, refreshments and musical entertainment from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

December 2
Do the Mu!
Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month. Drop in at the Massillon Museum any time between noon and 2 p.m. for a different art and history workshop taught by local artists or museum staff. No registration is required, and it’s free for all ages.

December 2
Christmas on the Canal
Celebrate Christmas on the Canal in Canal Fulton with free glass blowing demonstrations, lumberjack chain-saw art, ice carving demonstrations, pictures with Santa and a cookie walk, as well as Historic Oberlin House tours with Mrs. Oberlin, Canal Days Museum Tours at St. Helena Heritage Park and a tree lighting ceremony on Public Square (N Canal and Market Street).

December 2
Santa at Louisville Public Library
Head to the children’s department of the Louisville Public Library to meet and have your picture taken with Santa for free from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Emily Callan at 330-875-1696.

December 2
Jingle with Kris Kringle
Enjoy “Jingle with Kris Kringle” at Canton South High School from noon to 3:30 p.m. Students can take pictures with Santa, create holiday art and purchase family gifts. Enjoy performances by the Canton South High School Jazz Band and Sound of South Choir and the Faircrest Memorial Middle School seventh-grade choir. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-484-8019 or visit the site.

December 2
Ninth annual Christmas Music Celebration
The MajesticVoice Chorus will perform at the GlenOak Performing Arts Center with a dinner at 5 p.m. and the concert at 6:30 p.m. Concert only tickets are $20, and dinner and concert tickets are $34.

December 2
Encore! Big Band Christmas Magic
Enjoy Encore! Big Band Christmas Magic at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton South High School Performing Arts Center. The program will feature music from The John Trapani Big Band, magician Tim Angeloni and appearances from the Canton South High School choir. Reserve seating tickets are $10 and are available at For more information, call Canton Local Schools at 330-484-8019 or visit the site.

December 2-3
Christmas in Zoar
Enjoy musical entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, a juried craft show and tours of decorated museum buildings in historic Zoar Village, 198 Main Street. There will be a church service and tree lighting ceremony on December 2. The cost is $8 per person, and children 12 and younger get in free. For more information, call 1-800-262-6195.

December 2, 9, 16
Lunch with Santa
Bring your kids to The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard to meet the man in red. Santa will be visiting with guests while they enjoy lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

December 2, 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21
Cleveland Cavaliers
See the Cleveland Cavaliers play against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls. Games start at 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. All games are at Quicken Loans Arena. Check the site for ticket prices and tipoff times.

December 3
Christmas on Hoover Farm
Head to Walsh University’s Hoover Park from 1 to 4 p.m. to enjoy Christmas on Hoover Farm. Admission is free to view holiday décor throughout the Hoover home, visit with Santa, listen to live music, see ladies in vintage attire baking cookies and refreshments, and listen to Christmas caroling through Hoover Park on a horse-drawn wagon. There is a small fee per person for wagon rides. For more information, contact Ann Haines, operations coordinator, at 330-244-4667 or

December 3
Candlelight Walk
Come to the Massillon Museum from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for a cup of cheer, listen to VOCI perform holiday music and visit the galleries on the Massillon Candlelight Walk tour. For more information, contact Nancy Jobe at 330-833-4061 or

December 3
MasterWorks: Gifts of Fate
Head to Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy the sounds of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. This is based on the true story, “A Secret Gift.” Tickets are $28, $38 and $48.

December 3, 10
Paws with Claus
Well-mannered cats, dogs and other friendly pets are invited to spend time in Santa Land at Belden Village Mall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Photos will be available for purchase.

December 5
Holiday Open House
Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer at the Madge Youtz Branch Library from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be festive crafts, music and refreshments for the whole family to enjoy.

December 5, 12, 19, 26
Open mic night
Play in front of a crowd at Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. in downtown Canton at open mic night. The sign-up sheet goes out at 7:30, music starts at 8 and ends at 11 p.m.

December 7
Big Band Holiday Concert
Enjoy a holiday concert with the Savoy Big Band, a 14-piece jazz ensemble from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Perry Sippo Branch Library.

December 8-10
The Nutcracker
New York City Ballet soloist and Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro will return to the Palace Theatre stage in this performance of The Nutcracker. Tickets are $17 to $25, and there are multiple performances.

December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
Carriage Rides
Hitch-in-Time will be providing horse-drawn carriage rides at Gervasi Vineyard. For $10 per person, enjoy a ride through the beautiful grounds with Ms. Linda and Bingo. There are no reservations. Rides will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up and drop off is at The Bistro. Cash only.

December 8, 9, 18, 20, 22, 23, 30
Cleveland Monsters
Watch the Cleveland Monsters take on the Chicago Wolves, Iowa Wild, Milwaukee Admirals and Grand Rapids Griffins at Quicken Loans Arena. Check the site for starting times and ticket prices.

December 9
Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hartville MarketPlace. Kids and adults alike will love this fun-filled event. All attendees must have a ticket to enter the event, whether or not you are planning to eat. Check the site for more details.

December 9
Breakfast with Santa at Bravo! Cecina Italiana
Families are invited to eat a holly, jolly breakfast and visit with Santa at Bravo! Cucina Italiana from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $11.95 per adult and $5.95 per child. Reservations are required by calling Bravo! at 330-494-9170.

December 9
Children’s Christmas Event
Children will choose from a fun Christmas-themed menu, make crafts and get a goodie bag to take with them at the Dragonfly Tea Room in Canal Fulton. For reservations, call 330-854-4832. 

December 9
Home Sweet Home: A Gingerbread Tradition
Be your own architect, decorator and taste-tester with three choices of delicious domains to build and take home at Fieldcrest Estate’s gingerbread-making event. Check the site for more details.

December 9
Tea with Mrs. Claus
Mrs. Claus would like to invite children of all ages to join her for a light lunch, dessert and tea as she spends the day at the Canton Woman’s Club. Games and activities will follow in the ballroom. The cost is $18 per person. Reservations and prepayment are required. An adult must stay with the child for the whole event. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m.

December 9
ELF the movie and ELFcon
“Elf” and ELFcon are presented by Wayside Furniture. The movie starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. And there will be free popcorn. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The movie is free, but tickets are required. Pick up tickets at the following locations: Wayside Furniture, 1367 Canton Rd., Akron; Akron Civic Theatre Box Office, 182 S. Main St., Akron; and Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron. A Holiday Sing-Along starts at 2 p.m. ELFcon is free and is from noon to 2 p.m. at Lock 3. There will be contests, ice skating, sledding and putt-putt. More ELFcon information at No tickets are required to attend ELFcon.

December 9
Frosty Frolic
The Canton Parks light up every holiday season with an impressive display of decorations, handcrafted by the folks at Canton Parks. The Frosty Frolic 2.5-mile race will start and end at the Canton Garden Center. The route takes you through Stadium Park with beautiful views of the lights. The race begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the race, price and packet pickup times, visit the site.

December 9
90s Hip Hop Party
Stop, Hammer Time! Yo, bust out your Z Cavaricci’s and Adidas with no laces because it’s time to remember the ’90s with Buzzbin’s very own Hip Hop Party. They will be spinning all the great tunes of the ’90s so bust a move and get to Buzzbin at 8 p.m. This free event is for those 21 and older.

December 10
Annual Christmas Concert
The annual Christmas concert at Paradise United Church of Christ will be presented by the MajesticVoice Choir at 3 p.m. No tickets are required, but a free will offering will be taken. The church is on Main Street in Louisville.

December 12
Flights & Bites
Head to The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard for a fun and interactive experience in the casual, cozy Balconatta. Gervasi’s wine steward will lead guests through three wines paired with three appetizer bites. Make it an evening, and enjoy dinner before or after the event. Reservations are recommended for dining. The Flights & Bites sessions are at 5:45 and 7 p.m. The cost is $16 per person per session.

December 12, 17
Downton Abbey Christmas
The sounds of Downton Abbey will come alive once again as the Voices of Canton chorus and chamber orchestra perform music inspired by the hit PBS series. Both new and familiar British holiday tunes will resound as entertaining period actors recall captivating events from this popular series. Enjoy the performance at 7 p.m. December 12 at First United Methodist Church in Massillon and at 3 p.m. December 17 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canton. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

December 13
Christmas at the White House
Join the Canton Fine Arts Associates at the Canton Museum of Art at 11 a.m. as Janet Weir Creighton, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, shares objects and traditions of a White House Christmas. It costs $15 and includes a luncheon. Request an invitation by contacting Suzie Thomas at or 330-453-7666, ext. 105.

December 13
Lightwire Theatre presents A Very Electric Christmas
Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 7 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Treasure this magical and captivating tale set to timeless holiday hits. Tickets range from $20 to $55.

December 14-17
24th annual Nutcracker
The Tuscarawas Dance Arts Center presents the 24th annual Nutcracker at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The performances are at 7:30 p.m. December 14 through 16 and at 2 p.m. December 17. Tickets are $12.

December 15
Kellie Pickler & Phil Vassar
See Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar at the Canton Palace Theatre from 8 to 11 p.m. Doors open an hour before the show. Tickets are $49 or $69.

December 17
Holiday Pops
A young child can’t believe his eyes when the snowman he created comes to life. One of the best-selling children’s books of modern times, “The Snowman” is more enchanting when it’s experienced in the big-screen animated version with live musical soundtrack by the orchestra. Enjoy the show at 3 p.m. at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall.

December 17
Carol of the King—The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular
Featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians, “Carol of the King” brings an original inspiring Christmas story of love and salvation to life that transports the audience to a mystical time and place of heroes and redemption. See the performance at 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall. For prices and to purchase tickets, visit the site.

December 18-23
All Aboard the Polar Express
Enjoy holiday fun during library hours at the Lake Community Branch with train activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt. The fun reaches a peak December 22 when you can make a cookie mix gift and watch “The Polar Express” at 2:30 p.m.

December 20-21
The ninth Annual Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza
The Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza has become a staple of the Northeast Ohio holiday season. This year’s theme is “A Very Shootouts Christmas” and will feature Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts. Shows are at 8 p.m. both days. Tickets are $20 or two for $35.

December 21
Vintner’s Dinner
Take a culinary tour of the world at Maize Valley from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Experience Italian cuisine, taste the best flavors of the region and pair them with Maize Valley wines. The cost is $50 per guest. Make sure to reserve your spot.

December 23
The Wizards of Winter
Featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Wizards of Winter is a diverse orchestra of multicultural world-class, top-tier musicians from the Lehigh Valley. See the show at 8 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34, $49 or $69.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass