All-new decorations, lighted trails, and an extra week to see them are reasons to visit this year’s Holidays in the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve Metropark. The free event sponsored by Metroparks Toledo opens Saturday, December 2 and continues through Sunday, December 17. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day.
Started more than 40 years ago as a volunteer initiative to thank Lucas County residents for voting to preserve the property now known as Wildwood, the annual event has become a holiday tradition in northwest Ohio. With visitation growing in recent years, reaching nearly 30,000 people, the event is being extended to 16 days.
The process of decorating the 30,000-square-foot mansion begins nearly a year in advance when decorators submit proposals to a committee, which makes the final selections. This year, decorators will incorporate a Metroparks theme into each of the more than 30 displays.
New this year: Stroll a lighted path leading from the Metz Visitors Center to the Manor House, explore a fairy garden, and enjoy other outdoor decorations. Visitors are invited to stop at the Welcome tent to make a s’more over a campfire.
Carriage rides return this year on the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays of the event. Reservations are required and can be made at Metroparks
Toledo.com. The cost is $6 per person; children under 5 are free.
Guests are also invited to bring donations of new hats, scarves, and gloves to place on the Mitten Tree in the Manor House. Items collected are donated to local children in need. The Mitten Tree is an annual project of Volunteers In Parks.