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8 things to do this weekend

Grace Ellis • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

As your reward for surviving Black Friday shopping and Thanksgiving with your in-laws, the area’s events this week usher in the winter holiday season with a bang. It’s time to deck the halls, pick out a Christmas tree and start thinking about what you’re going to do this weekend, because you certainly have plenty of options.

Ghostly Manor Christmas 3D Wonderland – Ok, so Ghostly Manor may not be the first place you think of when you think of holiday cheer, but what seems like a tragic oxymoron is actually a nice, well-planned out Christmas celebration. Santa and his helpers will be visiting the complex, and a new movie is showing at their XD 4D Motion Theater.

Christmas Dinner at Spiegel Grove – In an effort to fully and accurately recreate the past, Spiegel Grove is hosting an all-out historical Christmas feast extravaganza.  Seriously, this is the next best thing to owning a time machine, and since we at Funcoast have been having a hard time tracking down a suitable Delorean, I feel comfortable in saying that this is your next best option as well. Hosted in President Hayes’s house, the six-course meal has been selected from a real menu that the president used at one of his parties in the 19th century. They even have horse-drawn carriages to take you to dinner, you guys. How cool is that?

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" – Based on the classic book of the same name, this show is everything you could want it to be: cheesy, well-acted and full of rowdy kids playing rowdy kids. Think of it as a safe way to endure your worst nightmare: a room full of out-of-control kids putting on a Christmas pageant is definitely in my top ten worst recurring dreams.

Make a Gingerbread House – There’s just something about gingerbread that just makes the holiday season seem so much brighter, and at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, you have a chance to learn what it takes to be the gingerbread king or queen. It’s pretty legitimate. Basically, what I’m saying is that by the end of this session, you’ll be able to take on the White House. Or something.

Christmas Tree Ship – You know those stories your grandparents used to tell you about back in the day before iPhones and Justin Bieber when they used to go and get a real Christmas tree that wasn’t even made of plastic or anything? Those stories were true, probably! Now, 100 years after the tradition started, you can pick out your own Christmas tree from off of the Christmas Tree Ship in Vermilion. It’s so quaint, it makes Lake Woebegone look positively urban. Also, you can grab lunch with Santa at Quaker Steak and Lube, and I don’t think I even need to tell you how great of a story that would make.

Mrs. Claus and Hay Rides – With all of the hullabaloo surrounding Santa Claus’s many stops in the Funcoast area, it’s nice to see Mrs. Claus finally getting some appreciation! Hosting a special story time followed by a hayride, Santa’s better half spends some quality time with kids. Side note: Mrs. Claus's first name is Jessica. It's true. I learned it on an animated documentary.

Victorian Christmas Candle Light Dinner – Grab your favorite stove-top hat, give Dicken’s a quick re-read and head out to Lyme Village for their Victorian Christmas feast. A four-course meal with folk music, Christmas folklore and assorted folk tales is just the beginning of this swank night on the historical town. If you run out of conversation at dinner, Tiny Tim jokes are always funny. Bonus points if you can work in a good ukulele joke without confusing anyone.

30th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes – Sandusky is home to some gorgeous and historical houses, and when they’re all decked out for the holidays, it’s a sight worth seeing. It’s a chance see how the other half lives and a chance to see how other people celebrate Christmas. Gather up your friends, grab some dinner downtown and spend the evening celebrating the most voyeuristic way legally possible.

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