The Toledo tradition draws 15,000-20,000 people over nine days to see what new ideas volunteer decorators have dreamed up to make each year different. More than 30 areas of the three-story, Georgian colonial-style home will be decorated.
For example, this year:
• One room will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang in an exhibit called “Holiday Horsepower;”
• From Star Wars to Sock Monkeys, personal collections will make up many of the displays. “Owl be Home for Christmas” will be designed around a personal collection of owl-themed items;
• Residents of Glendale Assisted Living began creating decorations in June for their room, titled “Woodland Winter;”
• One whimsical room, called “Elf Mischief,” will imagine what might happen if the “Elf On A Shelf” ran amok in the stately manor.
Visitors can shop for gifts or enjoy refreshments at Metroparks Hall, nearby. The annual Holiday Café and Craft show, sponsored by Volunteers In Parks, will be open daily during the event hours.
Festivities in the Farmhouse
The Victorian farmhouse at the east entrance to Wildwood Preserve will host a series of holiday-themed programs during Holidays in the Manor House. On weekends, December 6-7 and 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Farmhouse will have holiday craft projects for kids, and readers from Read for Literacy will read children’s holiday stories. Apple cider and snacks will be provided. No fee and no reservations required.
Make your own 12-inch holiday wreath with fresh boxwood, Wednesday, December 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Fee: $25. Reservations can be made online at MetroparksPrograms.com.
Artists from Wine and Canvas will walk participants through a step-by-step process to create their own holiday art Friday, December 12, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All supplies and apron provided. Fee: $35. Reservations can be made online at MetroparksPrograms.com.