Ho Ho Holiday Fun | Holiday Calendar

December is full of festive events. Mark your calendars, and don’t miss out.

Dec. 1
Light Up Downtown
Head to downtown Canton from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a magical, musical, holiday jamboree. All of your favorite holiday characters will visit from winter wonderlands—and it is all brought to life at Central Plaza. This festival is free and will be held snow, rain or shine. There will be plenty of parking.

Dec. 1
Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum annual Holiday Party
Enjoy musical entertainment, crafts for kids, cooking demonstrations, shopping, special planetarium and science shows, a Christmas reading and of course, Santa, at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are appreciated, and members get in free. Guests are $5 per person.

Dec. 1-4
The Nutcracker
See The Nutcracker come to life on stage at Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. December 1-3 and 2 p.m. December 4. Check the site for ticket prices.

Dec. 2
Holiday Open House
Come see the Canton Woman’s Club decorated for Christmas from 5 to 8 p.m. Admire the work of local florists and listen to live music. Make your dinner reservations and join in the ballroom for punch and cookies. 

Dec. 2
First Friday
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District in Canton 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 the best place to buy a gift.

Dec. 2
First Friday Family Movie
See “The Polar Express” for free at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 2
Christmas Candlelight Victorian Tea
Ladies, kick off your holiday season with an elegant Victorian candlelight high tea with live music at the Dragonfly Tea Room. Seatings are at 4:30 and 7 p.m. For reservations, call 330-854-4832. 

Dec. 2-18
‘A Christmas Carol’
See “A Christmas Carol” live on stage at the Players Guild Theatre in Canton. There are multiple showtimes. Check the site for showtimes and ticket prices.

Dec. 2-4, 9-11
Dennison Depot Polar Express
Hop aboard the Polar Express for a magical journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a reenactment of “The Polar Express” while elves entertain you with songs, games and activities. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, and you’ll get to see Santa. Tickets are $41 for balcony seating, $48 for coach seating and $70 for first class seating. Private compartments are $395.

Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
Step into a vintage white carriage for a ride, and enjoy the beautiful Gervasi grounds. Rides are from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per ride, and payment must be cash. You can have up to four passengers. This event is weather permitting.

Dec. 3
Christmas Decoration making for Children
Visit the children’s department at the North Canton Public Library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make Christmas decorations. This program is for children.

Dec. 3
Santa Day at the library
Watch Santa arrive on the fire truck and get a free photo with him at the Louisville Public Library. There will be refreshments, activities, music and more from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 3
2nd annual Winter Wonder Flea
A mega gift market filled with vintage, hand made, antiques, art and more await you at The Auricle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, cocktails and music.

Dec. 3
Eighth annual MajesticVoice Christmas Music Celebration
The eighth annual Christmas Music Celebration will feature the MajesticVoice chorus and dancers from “A Time To Dance.” The ticket includes dinner and the concert for $32 per person. Immediately following the concert, there will be an elegant dessert meet-and-greet buffet reception. Tickets are $15 and $20 per person for the concert only. Dinner is served at 5 p.m., and the concert is at 6:30 p.m. at GlenOak Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 330-854-5061.

Dec. 3, 4
Christmas in Zoar
Enjoy musical entertainment, a juried craft show, historical demonstrations, a Saturday church service and tree lighting ceremony and much more in Zoar. In addition, visit Santa and take a wagon ride through town. The cost for Christmas in Zoar is $8 per person and free for children 12 and younger. Enjoy the fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 3 and noon to 5 p.m. December 4. For more information, call 330-874-3011 or email zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com.

Dec. 3, 10, 17
Bistro Lunch with Santa
Bring your kids for lunch, and meet Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Bistro at Gervasi. Santa will be greeting guests while they enjoy lunch in The Bistro. Reservations are highly recommended. (Tables arriving later than 2:30 p.m. may not get to meet Santa).

Dec. 4
Light Up Louisville
Get ready for Christmas at the annual Light Up Louisville. Enjoy events, rides, games, food and prizes along Main Street from Paradise Church to Constitution Center and everywhere in-between. The afternoon will conclude with the lighting of the community Christmas tree and carol singing. Join the fun from 1 to 6 p.m.

Dec. 4
Christmas on Hoover Farm
View holiday décor throughout the Hoover family home, visit with Santa, enjoy live music, ladies in vintage attire baking cookies, refreshments and Christmas caroling through Hoover Park on horse-drawn wagon. Admission is free, but there is a small fee per person for wagon rides. This is all happening from 1 to 4 p.m. at Walsh University’s Hoover Park. For more information, contact Ann Haines, operations coordinator, at 330-244-4667 or ahaines@walsh.edu.

Dec. 4
A Christmas Carol Unwrapped
Storyteller Chris Hart adds to the delight of the holiday season with his onstage performance explaining the meaning of the Victorian terms used in Charles Dickens’ 1943 haunting classic The Christmas Carol. Enjoy an intriguing afternoon as you explore this timeless story at 2 p.m. at the Wandle House in Brewster. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information and reservations, call Robert Luckring at 330-767-0045 or send check or money order to Brewster Sugar Creek Township Historical Society.

Dec. 4
Holiday decorations workshop
Drop in at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center in Minerva between 2 and 4 p.m. to make beautiful holiday decorations from natural and recycled materials. No registration is required.

Dec. 4
Swingin’ Holiday
The Canton Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concert is adding some swing with the jazz band from GlenOak High School and soprano Joan Ellison on several arrangements of traditional holiday classics. Music selections will include traditional favorites and a brand new sing-along. Enjoy the performance starting at 3 p.m. at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall.

Dec. 4
Massillon Community Candlelight Walk
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a candlelight walk in Massillon from church to church. You can walk in any order. There will be choir concerts by Washington High School students and candlelighting ceremonies at St. Paul’s at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. The concerts will be the same. Watch one before or after your candlelight walk. This event is free and open to everyone. The churches will have continuous musical performances, and many will serve cookies and warm beverages. Luminarias will line Historic Fourth Street and surround participating churches.

Dec. 6-11
Dr. Seuss’ ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical’
Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. See it at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland. Check the site for showtimes. Tickets range from $10 to $80.

Dec. 7
Canton Fine Arts Holiday Luncheon
Canton Fine Arts will have its holiday luncheon featuring “Songs of the Season” at noon at the Canton Woman’s Club. It will feature vocalist Lorna Parks. Lunch will be included. For reservations or more information, contact Carol Paris at 330-453-7666, ext. 105.

Dec. 8-10
Christmas at the Hollow—Quail Hollow
Quail Hollow Park Volunteer Association presents the 33rd annual Christmas at the Hollow from 6 to 9 p.m. Tour the decorated former 40-room H.B. Stewart home, visit with Santa, make an ornament to take home, toast marshmallows, enjoy a wagon ride or shop at the Quail’s Nest Gift Shop. Cookies, hot pretzels and hot and cold beverages will be sold in the manor house. Entertainment will be provided by local carolers. All parking is on-site. Admission is $10 per car/minivan. This is a cash-only event. Be sure to arrive at least an hour before closing.

Dec. 9-11
Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous masterpiece, a spectacular and beloved holiday tradition for area families. Performances of The Nutcracker will be at 7:30 p.m. December 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. December 10 and 11 at the Canton Palace Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $25.

Dec. 10
Breakfast with Santa Claus
Head to the Hartville MarketPlace from 8 to 11 a.m. for breakfast with Santa Claus. Each ticket holder receives breakfast, and all children receive a goodie bag and a professional photo with Santa. Only 50 tickets are available for each time slot, with eight different times to choose from. All attendees must have a ticket to enter the event, whether or not you plan to eat.

Dec. 10
Pictures with Santa
Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa at the North Canton Public Library. Santa will be there from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in meeting rooms A and B.

Dec. 10
Home Sweet Home: A Gingerbread Tradition
Sure to be a holiday tradition, Home Sweet Home invites you to make a gingerbread house—or a gingerbread castle—or maybe even a gingerbread ornament. In any case, it’s up to you and your creativity. Register online or by calling 330-966-2222.

Dec. 10-11
Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan
Head to the Cultural Center for the Arts in Canton for Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan. This interesting event will include arts, crafts and everything unusual, geeky, odd, amazing and wonderful. It will be happening form 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 10 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 11.

Dec. 11
Singing Angels
Come and enjoy the voices of The Singing Angels from Cleveland who have performed in 34 countries, have been featured on national and international television and have performed four times at the White House. This group of 40 young people will perform at Paradise United Church of Christ located in Louisville at 6:30 p.m. A free will offering will be taken.

Dec. 11, 13
Stars holiday concert series
Voices of Canton, Inc. ushers in the holiday season with Stars. Along with festive holiday favorites, the program will feature music about the guiding qualities of stars. Admission is $5. Performances will be at 2:30 p.m. December 11 at St. Michaels Catholic Church of Canton, 7 p.m. December 11 at First Baptist Church of Alliance and 7:30 p.m. December 13 at First United Methodist Church of Massillon.

Dec. 12
ConverZations—Holiday Sing-Along with the CEO
Sing-along with Michelle Mullaly, president & CEO of the Canton Symphony Orchestra at noon at the Zimmermann Symphony Center. Warm up your voices for a lighthearted, put-you-in-the-spirit holiday sing-along.

Dec. 13
A Chorus for a Cause
Celebrate the Christmas season when A Chorus for a Cause presents “The Gift of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. at Westbrook Park UMC. This 80-voice chorus was voted both the 2016 and 2015 Best Performance Group in Stark County by readers of About Magazine and has donated more than $60,000 to local nonprofit organizations in our community. As our Christmas gift to the community, this concert is free to the public, but freewill donations are always appreciated.

Dec. 14
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer—The Musical
The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage at the Akron Civic Theatre this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all-new musical. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $45.

Dec. 15, 16
The 8th Annual Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza: Christmas in the Round
Enjoy holiday music performed by Ryan Humbert at the Akron Civic Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for cabaret, or two for $35.

Dec. 16
The Sounds of Christmas: A Christmas Cabaret
Meyer’s Lake Dinner Theater will host a fundraiser at 7 p.m. at Meyer’s Lake Moonlight Ballroom with its live performance of “The Sounds of Christmas: A Christmas Cabaret.” A portion of the proceeds from this performance will benefit Canton Fine Arts Associates, a nonprofit affiliate of the Canton Museum of Art. Tickets for dinner and the show are $34 per person, and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, call 330-327-2087.

Dec. 16
Holiday movie special—National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. See the disaster unfold on screen at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

Dec. 17
A Chorus for a Cause
Celebrate the Christmas season when A Chorus for a Cause presents “The Gift of Christmas” at 3:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church. This 80-voice chorus was voted both the 2016 and 2015 Best Performance Group in Stark County by readers of About Magazine and has donated more than $60,000 to local nonprofit organizations in our community. As our Christmas gift to the community, this concert is free to the public, but freewill donations are always appreciated.

Dec. 18
Big Band Christmas Show Featuring the Latshaw Pops Orchestra, Singers & Dancers
The Big Band Christmas Memories Show is the area’s most enjoyable holiday tradition. Celebrate the Christmas season with this heartwarming variety show featuring the Latshaw Pops Orchestra, singers and dancers starting at 2 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25, $30 and $35.

Dec. 22
Holiday movie special—Miracle on 34th Street
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. See the movie at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

Dec. 23
Holiday movie special—Elf
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

Dec. 31
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
See the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Quicken Loans Arena at 3 or 9 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

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