The Christmas Tree Ship, hosted by Main Street Vermilion, takes place on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12 pm at McGarvey's Landing in Vermilion, Ohio.
No other community has a Christmas tradition quite like this one. Main Street Vermilion invites everyone, young and old, to bundle up and gather riverside at McGarvey's Landing for the arrival of the Christmas Tree Ship, an icebreaker stocked with Christmas trees and holiday cheer. It's a heartwarming sight to see the breaker make its way down the river.
There's music from Vermilion's own Sid Jordan and the Vermilion Community Band, cookies, donuts and hot chocolate to keep you warm...and awards for the winners of the Christmas coloring contest.
Quaker Steak and Lube will host lunch with Santa following the event.
Go back in time to watch as the legendary Christmas Tree Ship enters the Vermilion h
arbor. This is a nautical tradition from long ago when ships brought the family Christmas tree. A reenactment of the 1887 fishing schooner will carry trees ashore available for purchase. Community bands, caroling, lunch with Santa and more will provide fun for the entire family throughout the day.
THE CHRISMTAS TREE SHIP is a story of faith, hope, and love about Captain Herman, affectionately known as "Captain Santa", and his yearly voyage from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago with a load of freshly cut Christmas trees. Families would wait anxiously at the docks for their choice of the best of the trees. Captain Schuenemann's voyage of 1912 was to be his last. Fully loaded and ready to sail his crew set out for it final destination on the southern end of Lake Michigan. Despite the crew's best efforts, the ship was unable to withstand the gales of the Great Lakes and went down off the coast of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. This Christmas classic features the artwork of Charles Vickery.
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. Every child under 10 receives a gift; those up to age 14 receive candy and fruit. Seniors citizens are gifted with a half-peck basket of fruit. Cards are sent out to everyone serving in the military. Anyone who might go without Christmas dinner discreetly receives food packages.
Letters are sent to Brownhelm Township families in November explaining the Community Christmas tradition with instructions on how to receive a Santa visit. The area is divided into routes; each route with a chairman to compile a list of each recipient’s name and age.
The Brownhelm Community Christmas Santa visits have become an integral part of the season for Brownhelm residents. Organizers rely solely on donations; they do not solicit businesses but local businesses donate fruit and solicit donations. Volunteers drive Santa from house to house, wrap gifts, assemble fruit baskets, pack candy into bags, and help the Santas get dressed on Christmas Eve.
An Old Fashioned Holiday At The Benjamin Bacon House takes place on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 at Mill Hollow Park/Vermilion River Reservation. This is a free event.
Re-enactors recreate an Old Fashioned Holiday at the Benjamin Bacon House located in Mill Hollow Park, also known then as Brownhelm Mills or Bacon’s Mills. Guests travel in time to the 1860’s as re-enactors portray early Brownhelm residents preparing for the holiday party - performed by members of the Brownhelm Historical Association and sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Park.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Christmas in the candlelit home. Outdoor campfire, hearth cooking demonstrations, music and more will also be offered. Live music on Saturday features Thor Platter Band. Sunday music features Greg Moore Acoustics.
Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for purchase from Friends of the Lorain County Metro Parks.
At the event, pick up free reenactment tickets at the Carriage Barn. Tickets will have reenactment time stated on ticket. Groups of 8 or more, please call the Carriage Barn to reserve tickets at (440) 967-7310.
Saturday activities take place from 3 pm to 8 pm. Sunday activities take place from 2 pm to 6 pm.
The Vermilion Chamber's 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lot will take place at Tiffany's at the Courtyard in downtown Vermilion from November 23 to December 23 2018 or until sold out. Fresh-cut Christmas trees will be available in downtown Vermilion. Choose from Fraser Firs and Scotch Pines ranging from 5 feet to 9 feet tall. Also available will be Fraser Fir wreaths and crosses.
The fresh cut trees will be offered in the Garden Courtyard at Tiffany’s in downtown Vermilion at 686 Main Street, Vermilion. All proceeds from the tree lot sales will go to a local charity. Cash sales only, no credit cards or checks. Parking will be available in the City Parking Lot adjacent to the Courtyard.
During the tree lot sale the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce will host a sock drive to assist the Vermilion Salvation Army, and a food drive for the Vermilion Salvation Army. Receive $1.00 off each tree for each non-perishable food item or new pair of socks donation, up to $5.00 off.
For more information, contact the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce by calling (440) 967-4477 or emailing [email protected] Visit www.vermilionohio.com for additional details.
The Vermilion Fire Company, Inc., the social club for firefighters, will host the annual Santa On The Fire Truck on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Sailorway Middle School from 10 am to 5 pm. Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and receive a treat bag.
By popular demand, Santa will also return to Vermilion On The Lake on December 16 from 10 am to 5 pm. The Vermilion Fire Company Inc. invites the children of VOL, and other areas of Vermilion, to join them at the Vermilion On The Lake Clubhouse on December 16, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm. The firetruck will depart from Overlook and drive to Edgewater with Santa aboard.
Santa On The Fire Truck is solely funded by donations. Donations can be sent by mail to Vermilion Fire Company – Santa, 5467 Ohio Street, Vermilion, Ohio 44089.
By popular demand, Santa will return to Vermilion On The Lake on December 16, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Vermilion Fire Company Inc., the social club for firefighters, invites the children of VOL, and other areas of Vermilion, to join them at the Vermilion On The Lake Clubhouse on December 16, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm. The firetruck will depart from Overlook and drive to Edgewater with Santa aboard.
The Vermilion Fire Company, Inc. will also host Santa On The Fire Truck on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Sailorway Middle School from 10 am to 5 pm. Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and receive a treat bag at either location.
Light Up Vermilion! takes place on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm in Vermilion, Ohio. Christmas lights and shopping at night...in small town style. Come to Vermilion this evening for dining and shopping and enjoy the window displays and decorated storefronts of our local merchants.
Late night shopping hours this evening let you get a jump start on your Christmas shopping.
Ritter Public Library hosts their annual Christmas Concert at 7 pm featuring festive sounds of Vermilion's Community Band.
It's free, easy to walk to in downtown Vermilion, and everyone is welcome.
Did you know that Prince Albert, the German husband of Queen Victoria, introduced the tradition of a Christmas tree? Or that the sending of Christmas cards developed during the Victorian era? Learn many interesting facts and traditions and the story of why Charles Dickens’ wrote “A Christmas Carol”.
Victorian Holiday Traditions takes place December 5, 2018 at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum, 1355 Claus Road, Vermilion. Doors open at 6 pm; Brownhelm Historical Association meeting takes place from 6:30 pm to 7 pm; Victorian Holiday Traditions program to follow. Please bring a plate of cookies to share.
The Brownhelm Historical Association maintains the Brownhelm Heritage Museum at 1355 Claus Road, Vermilion. Built in 1870, it was formerly the German Evangelical and Reformed Church and was given to the association by its last 3 remaining members. The church was restored and it now houses many artifacts of Brownhelm history.