A Presidential Christmas: Tree Lighting, Sleigh Rides and “Hayes Train Special” offered Dec. 10

New this year, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will decorate one of its large pine trees in a nod to the White House Christmas tree and offer an evening of holiday-themed events on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Kris Kringle, also known as Santa Claus, will make an appearance. South Creek Clydesdales will offer horse-drawn sleigh and trolley rides.

Create and bring your own gingerbread house to be entered into a contest for the best one. The winner receives free passes to Hayes Presidential. There will also be a raffle for a gingerbread house kit, Hayes Presidential passes and gear. 

The schedule and pricing is as follows:

  • 4-8 p.m.– Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available. Donations are accepted for the refreshments. Gingerbread houses entered in the contest will be on display. There will be a raffle for a gingerbread house kit, Hayes Presidential passes and gear.
  • 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.– Horse-drawn sleigh rides by South Creek Clydesdales. Update Nov. 24: Sleigh rides are sold out and will go forward. Trolley rides are canceled due to recommendations from the Sandusky County Health Department. 
  • 6 p.m.– Tree lighting. Free.
  • 7:45 p.m.– Drawing for the raffle. The winner does not need to be present to win. Announcement of gingerbread house contest winner.
  • Until 8 p.m.– The museum and “Hayes Train Special” model train display will be open to visitors. Admission to the train display during this event is free, but visitors must reserve timed-tickets at rbhayes.org for admission. Tickets are available here: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/10/23/general/hayes-train-special-returns-for-the-holidays-plus-six-days-free-display-admission/Walk-ins will be accepted, pending availability. Due to the pandemic, the number of people allowed in the display area at one time is limited. The Museum Store also will be open for Christmas shopping.

Participants in these events must wear face coverings and keep 6 feet of distance between their household group and other visitors.

Mosser Construction is the title sponsor for this event. Partial funding by Valley Electric. In-kind donation by AEP. 

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.

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