Ride through Spiegel Grove in a horse-drawn sleigh this holiday season

This holiday season, ride through the wooded estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes in a horse-drawn sleigh, as the president did when he lived there.

South Creek Clydesdales will offer horse-drawn sleigh  rides through Spiegel Grove during some of its A Presidential Christmas events before and after Christmas at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Rides will be offered from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, during Hayes Presidential’s new holiday event, A Presidential Christmas: Tree Lighting, Sleigh Rides and “Hayes Train Special.” For information on that event, visit https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/11/02/general/a-presidential-christmas-tree-lighting-sleigh-rides-and-hayes-train-special-offered-dec.-10/.

Rides will again be offered on from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26; Sunday, Dec. 27; Tuesday, Dec. 29; Thursday, Dec. 31; and Saturday, Jan. 2. The sleigh rides are part of Hayes Presidential’s holiday event series, called A Presidential Christmas.

For all events, the cost for the sleigh is $5.50 per rider ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger. 

New this year, Hayes Presidential is selling pre-sale sleigh tickets online. The Dec. 10 sleigh rides are sold out.


For tickets on the event days after Christmas, click below:

Sleigh Ride Tickets


Tickets will be sold at the front desk the days of the events, pending availability. During events the week after Christmas, in-person sleigh ticket sales will end at 3:45 p.m. each day.

The sleigh can hold up to four people. Update Nov. 24: Sleigh rides will go forward. Horse-drawn trolley rides are canceled due to recommendations from the Sandusky County Health Department. 

All riders must wear a face-covering, unless they have an accepted exemption to the state of Ohio’s mask mandate.

Rides will be offered whether or not there is snow. However, if the wind chill is below zero or there are thunderstorms, rides will be canceled. For updates, visit rbhayes.org or Hayes Presidential’s social media pages.

If Hayes Presidential cancels the sleigh rides, refunds for the tickets will be issued. Otherwise, there are no refunds.

The sleigh rides are a long-standing holiday tradition at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

President Rutherford B. Hayes often rode in a horse-drawn sleigh and noted his excursions and how much he enjoyed them in his diaries, which are kept in the Hayes Presidential Library.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.