December Events


The Vermilion Fire Company, Inc., the social club for firefighters, will host the annual Santa On The Fire Truck on Sunday, December 22, 2019 in Vermilion On The Lake and surrounding areas - including Woodlands, Highbridge, and the Elberta Beach area. Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and receive a treat bag.

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The Christmas Tree Ship sails into Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:30 am to noon at McGarvey’s Landing in downtown, Vermilion. No other community can boast a Christmas tradition like this one. Main Street Vermilion invites everyone, young and old, to bundle up and gather riverside at McGarvey's Landing (5150 Liberty Avenue) for the arrival of The Christmas Tree Ship, a vintage icebreaker loaded with Christmas trees.

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Vermilion is dressing up for the holidays! Light Up Vermilion! takes place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm in Downtown Vermilion, Ohio. During the 5th annual Light Up Vermilion, local businesses invite you in for extended shopping hours, festive window displays, and activities that will fill the evening. Here’s what’s in store for you and your family: Stop at Main Street Vermilion first. Pick up a cookie box.

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Safe Harbor Animal Resue MilkBone Mania, hosted by Safe Harbor Animal Rescue, takes place on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. Have fun and help save dogs!

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Fresh cut trees will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving to the Christmas Tree Lot in downtown Vermilion. The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Lot is open November 29 thru December 23, 2019. The Tree Lot is located behind Tiffany’s Flowers at 686 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Buy a tree and help a local charity.

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Join Brownhelm Historical Association for an Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting and caroling. Enjoy a Soup Supper while reminiscing about past Community Christmases and Brownhelm Santas. After supper the Brownhelm Christmas Tree will be lit, as everyone sings a few Christmas carols then heads back in for cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee. Santa will visit.

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Brownhelm's Old Fashioned Holiday at The Benjamin Bacon House, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA), takes place Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Benjamin Bacon Museum at Mill Hollow Park in Vermilion, Ohio. Travel back in time to 1862 for a holiday gathering at the Benjamin Bacon House.

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Brownhelm Community Christmas takes place December 24th, annually. Santas visit all homes in Old Brownhelm delivering gifts, candy and fruit. 20 Santas visit all homes in Old Brownhelm, the area originally served by the Brownhelm School before it was consolidated with Firelands Schools.

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Christmas at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum takes place on December 4, 2019 at Brownhelm Heritage Museum, 1355 Claus Road in Vermilion, Ohio. It will be a festive evening to socialize with friends at the little white country church, sing carols, and bid friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Join Brownhelm Historical Association for the last meeting of the year at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum. Doors open at 6 pm. A brief business meeting takes place at 6:30 pm with a program and refreshments to follow.

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On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Riddle Funeral Home will be sharing with the community the 20th Annual “Tree of Remembrance Ceremony ”. The program will begin at 12:30 pm in Victory Park, located on the corner of Main and Ohio Streets in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The event will be honoring family by remembering loved ones in a special tree decorating ceremony.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild Holiday Art Show & Sale takes place November 9, 2019 to December 22, 2019 in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The gallery shows feature fine art, photography, jewelry, wood sculpture, ceramics, pottery, and unique hand-crafted items. The Vermilion Arts Guild is located at Main Street Vermilion.

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Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm. Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm. Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm.

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