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Rolling into the holidays: DGKN guide to some local holiday events

The Wayne County Historical Society will deck the halls for its 2022 holiday open house.

Roseanne Anfang will play seasonal music on the period piano in the parlor of the Beall-Stibbs House during the Wayne County Historical Society holiday open house.

Compiled by DGKN staff

Holidays are here and Wayne County has numerous events to kick off the season indoors and outdoors in Dalton, Kidron, Orrville and Wooster. Round up a friend or two and bask in the spirit of the holidays with these events include live music – and tasty treats.

Holiday open house Dec. 2, 3
WOOSTER The Wayne County Historical Society, 546 E. Bowman St., Wooster, hosts two holiday open houses for the public Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, free for those 18 and younger accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at the 1873 schoolhouse near the Spink Street entrance to the grounds before beginning the self-guided tour. Additional parking is available in the St. Mary’s Church and Drug Mart lots, to the south and west of the historical society campus respectively, according to a news release.

Each of the eight buildings will feature at least one special exhibit, including a “Holiday Memories” vintage toy pop-up exhibit in the Kister Building and a colorful display of crazy quilts and winter clothing in the dress shop. The Beall-Stibbs House will be decorated for the season as the Beall and Stibbs families would have done in the early 19th century and Roseanne Anfang will play seasonal music on the period piano in the parlor.
Other highlights include Gerstenslager buggies and a newly acquired Model A Ford in the carriage house; horse-drawn and motorized fire engines from Orrville and Wooster in the firehouse; and a log cabin decorated to depict life in 1850s Canaan Township.
This will be the last chance to see many of the current exhibits, as the historical society will close for the season on Dec. 17 and reopen in early March with new displays.

Dalton Holidays Festival
DALTON The annual Dalton Holidays Festival kicks off with village/business lighting judging at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 and a Downtown Business Open House 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, according to a news release from the Dalton Holidays Festival committee. Crowning of Festival Royalty and presentation of Citizen of the Year Marie Septer and Grand Marshal Jennifer Ellenberger. Events on Saturday, Dec. 3 include 7-10 a.m. Rotary Breakfast at Dalton Presbyterian Church; 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Festival Craft Show, Mrs. Claus’ Pantry; 2 p.m. grand parade; 6:30 p.m. – The Voice Studio at Dalton Presbyterian Church; events Sunday, Dec. 4 include 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Festival Craft Show; 2 p.m. turkey bowling.

Rotary Country Breakfast
DALTON The Dalton Rotary Club is sponsoring a Country Breakfast 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Dalton Presbyterian Church. The breakfast is all you care to eat and includes Streb’s breakfast sausage links, scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes, homemade delicious frozen fruit slush, orange juice and coffee.

Boy Scouts Ham Dinner Dec. 4
The Boy Scouts of Troop 922 will serve a holiday ham dinner on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Dalton High School cafeteria. Carry out or seating available in the cafeteria. Dinner includes ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce and cake. Donations accepted; suggested donation is $10 per meal.

‘Christmas in the Woods’ on Dec. 3
KIDRON Central Christian School offers its annual Christmas in the Woods Saturday, Dec. 3 in the woods just east of the school, 3970 Kidron Road.
Christmas in the Woods is an outdoor musical walking tour guided by hundreds of luminaries. Along the route are “singing stations” where the audience stops to hear a carol performed by members of both the Freshmen Chorale and Concert Choir.
Beginning at 6 p.m., a walking audience of 35 members will start the tour. At 6:30 p.m., another group begins. Every half hour a new group will start. The last group starts at 8:30 p.m.
You must reserve your time slot for Christmas in the Woods. The cost of admission is $10, and space is limited. Please contact the main office by email,, or call 330-857-7311 to purchase your reservation.
There will be a brief snack halfway through and several bonfires along the way, but be sure to dress appropriately for being outside for about an hour.
In case of rain or bad weather conditions, Christmas in the Woods will be Saturday, Dec. 10.

Community Theater ‘Christmas Shorts’
ORRVILLE The nonprofit Orrville Community Theater presents “Christmas Shorts” directed by Chelsea Alleman and Julie Mills. The Rising Star Show will be at Orrville High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec 2 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to show time.
The show includes writing letters to Santa, to the big guy getting ready for Christmas himself, to a bunch of elves who accidentally rip Santa’s gift bag at the last minute, according to information provided. There’s a sports segment featuring the 845th annual Reindeer Games and a holiday quiz show featuring Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. A soap opera, As the North Pole Turns, a news segment from the North Pole News, and some Christmas-themed commercials round out this fun seasonal comedy.
Tickets will be available on the OCT website ( or on EventBrite (
cc/oct-rising-stars-christmas-shorts-1376009). Tickets are $8 in advance on website or EventBrite with special deals offered.
If shows are not sold out, tickets may be also purchased at the door for $10 each.

Community Chorus presents ‘Messiah’
KIDRON The Orrville Community Chorus will present its 77th annual performance of “Messiah” by George Frederic Handel at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Central Christian School in Kidron. Admission is $10. Students through eighth grade will be admitted free.
The Chorus, directed by Laurel Labbe, has 65 members representing a six-county area. Soloists are Lara Troyer, soprano, Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano, Timothy Culver, tenor, and Brian Keith Johnson, baritone. A twelve-member orchestra accompanies the Chorus.
Visit the Chorus website at for further information. Questions may be addressed to

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Sonnenberg Village
KIDRON Orrville Community Theater and The Kidron Community Historical Society present “A Christmas Carol – A Live Radio Play.”
Directed by Christa Wolfe, three shows will be at Sonnenberg Village, 14397 Hackett Road, Apple Creek Dec. 9-11. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring, according to a news release. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.
Tickets are available on www. or EventBrite (www.eventbrite.
com/cc/a-christmas-carol-1376359) or by calling 330-466-7439. Tickets are $10 in advance OCT website or EventBrite with special deals for multiple tickets on website and by reserving in advance.

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