Earlier this year, when Road Tripper was just a concept on the horizon, I had the opportunity to visit Sandusky, Ohio for the first time, and it was an eye-opening trip.
Sandusky is a charming, picturesque town, with history and a multitude of activities for visitors, and although summer in the area is jam-packed, there are a lot of fun events coming up over the next few weeks for travellers looking to get in some holiday cheer around the city’s historic waterfront.
As an earlier primer on the area, here are some of the upcoming events happening in and around Sandusky, Ohio over the coming weeks, and into the first week of January.
Road Tripper will feature a full collection of coverage on the Sandusky area coming up over the next few months, with reviews, photo galleries, and more on the area to help you make plans for your summer travel.
Christmas Lighting Ceremony
From 6:00 to 8:00 PM | Free
Help kick off the holiday season in downtown Sandusky with this beautiful lighting ceremony.
Winter Wonderland by the Bay
Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water St., Sandusky
From November 23, 2012 to December 30, 2012, 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Celebrate the winter holidays by enjoying a festive light display at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion.
Annual Holiday Open House
Kelley’s Island Wine Company, 418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island
From 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm
Celebrate, visit and shop for the holidays! Free wine tasting and appetizers. Featuring wine sales for the holidays, gift baskets and more. Give the gift of island fun for Christmas!
Enchante Cabaret “Halos-N-Holly”
Mon Ami Restaurant & Historic Winery, 3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
Starting at 7:00 pm | $20.00
The winds of old man winter swirl around a scam artist just days before Christmas. With audience participation and a sprinkle of Broadway to boot, this show is set to be a holiday classic for years to come.
Annual Holiday Open House
Firelands Winery, 917 Bardshar Rd. (off US 6), Sandusky
From 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm | $15.00/person
Live entertainment, amazing food, and world class wines. What could be better on a cold Ohio Saturday? While you’re here be sure to get that holiday shopping done with award-winning wines and beautiful gift baskets. There’s something for everyone on your list.
Castaway Bay, 2001 Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Sandusky
This is a 5K and half marathon. Runners will be in Santa outfits and volunteers will be in elf costumes! The race begins and ends at Castaway Bay and the course will include running through Cedar Point.
Toast to the Town
Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St. (at US 6), Sandusky
From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15/person
Tickets includes admission into the event, wine, soda, appetizers, live music, silent auction, and of course carousel rides.
January 4, 2013 to January 6, 2013
Stein Hospice brings the fun of the Lake Erie islands to downtown Sandusky with everybody’s favorite island music, food, and drink.