Nov. 23

- The Akron Zoo is hosting Wild Lights from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 23-25. The zoo will be decorated with lights and lighted displays. Mrs. C’s Sweets will be open for s’mores and other holiday treats, and the zoo’s Komodo Café will offer a special menu. The Ice Beer Garden will also offer adult beverages. The zoo will have an ice rink Guests can skate for $5 a person including skate rental. Kids can also visit Santa. Families can enter the zoo at 4:15 p.m. and visit with Santa, snack on cookies and hot beverages and write a letter to Santa before the zoo opens at 5 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at akronzoo.org or at the Akron Zoo’s box office. Visit the website for pricing or call 330-375-2550. The zoo is located at 500 Edgewood Avenue.

- Kids are free on Black Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Avoid the holiday lines at the mall and enjoy some time with the family and the fun festivities, holiday cheer and giveaways at the Hall of Fame. Kids 12 and under are free with one paid adult admission at $25 (up to four kids). Tickets available the day of the event at the box officer. The Hall of Fame is at 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton.

Nov. 24

- The Lakemore Police Department and the Springfield Lakemore Branch Library present Read with a Cop at 10 a.m. Stop by the fourth Saturday of each month and read a story with an officer from the police department. Snacks will be served. 

Nov. 26

- Tickets are available for the 24th annual Project Ed Bear Gala Auction at Quaker Station from 5 to 9 p.m. This year’s Gala Auction has a Peter Pan theme and will transport guests to Neverland while celebrating more than 30 local children (dubbed event VIPs) currently battling cancer. Tickets to Project Ed Bear Auction Gala are $30, and proceeds directly benefit Project Ed Bear and its mission to provide comforts and needs to children suffering from cancer throughout Northeastern Ohio with programs like Camp Ed Bear, The Project Ed Bear College Scholarship Program, as well as the efforts of Liv Thru Art. To purchase tickets, visit projectedbear.org/gala.

- Hike with a naturalist from 2 to 4 p.m. to learn the history of Firestone Metro Park, dating back to 1941. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065. The park is at 2400 Harrington Road.

- The University of Akron’s (UA) Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program is hosting a centennial military ball celebration at 7 p.m. at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway Street. Check-in time is 6 p.m. with dinner, entertainment and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Dress is formal. The keynote speaker will be alumnus Col. (Ret.) David A. Frisone ’86. Tickets for UA students and their guests are $20 each. Tickets for all others are $35 each. Online registration can be found at https://www.uakron.edu/armyrotc/100th. For more information, visit https://www.uakron.edu/armyrotc/100th.

Nov. 29

- One million lights illuminate Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens during Deck the Hall, the estate's annual holiday event taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. The Manor House interiors will be decorated to reflect the theme of a Winter Wonderland, and every evening includes a Christmas tree lighting in the Courtyard at 5:30 p.m. with Santa. Stan Hywet is at 714 North Portage Path. Tickets are on sale at www.stanhywet.org, by calling 330-315-3287, or upon arrival.

Nov. 30

- An opening reception for "Reclaimed: Environmental Art Today" curated by Annette Yoho Feltes and Icelandic and Archipelagic Encounters featuring Geraldine Kiefer at the Meet the BOX Gallery will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display today through Dec. 29. The BOX Gallery is free and open to the public during exhibitions on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Additionally, The BOX Gallery is open for Akron Artwalk from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 4 to 7 p.m. and Dec. 20. The gallery is at 140 E. Market St, third floor of Summit Art Space.

Dec. 1

The Akron Zoo is hosting Wild Lights from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2. The zoo will be decorated with lights and lighted displays. Mrs. C’s Sweets will be open for s’mores and other holiday treats, and the zoo’s Komodo Café will offer a special menu. The Ice Beer Garden will also offer adult beverages. The zoo will have an ice rink Guests can skate for $5 a person including skate rental. Kids can also visit Santa. Families can enter the zoo at 4:15 p.m. and visit with Santa, snack on cookies and hot beverages and write a letter to Santa before the zoo opens at 5 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at akronzoo.org or at the Akron Zoo’s box office. Visit the website for pricing or call 330-375-2550. The zoo is at 500 Edgewood Ave.

Dec. 2

- The annual New Franklin Community Christmas Open House and Tree Lighting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Tudor House on the Portage Lakes, 665 Latham Lane, New Franklin. School and community choral groups will entertain, children's holiday activities will be provided, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for visits and pictures. The event will conclude with the lighting of the New Franklin Christmas Tree and carols around the tree to welcome the Holiday Season. For more information, visit the New Franklin website at www.newfranklin.org.

Dec. 4

- Tuesday Musical presents The Canadian Brass in a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. The brass quintet is known worldwide for entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and fun — but never at the expense of the music. Seating is limited to the orchestra section in order to create a more intimate concert experience. Tickets are $45, $40 and free for all students of any age. They are available in advance at www.tuesdaymusical.org or 330-761-3460, and at the door that evening if seats are still available.

Dec. 5

- The Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America will be welcoming the 2018 International Peace Light of Bethlehem to the area on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.at the Great Trail Council Scout Shop located at 1601 S. Main Street. The Welcoming Ceremony is open to the public. Individuals and organizations of all faiths and/or denominations are cordially invited to bring a wind proof container or lamp to receive this Message of Peace and to take the Nativity of Bethlehem flame back to their place of worship in order to provide this Peace Light to their own congregations to commemorate the Christmas season or take home for their own personal use for the holidays. The light will be available during normal business hours until the close of business on Dec.15. Visit http://www.gtcbsa.org/scout-shop for hours for more information, contact John Schlobohm at 330-773-0415 x213.

Dec. 6

- One million lights illuminate Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens during Deck the Hall, the estate's annual holiday event taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6-9. The Manor House interiors will be decorated to reflect the theme of a Winter Wonderland, and every evening includes a Christmas tree lighting in the Courtyard at 5:30 p.m. with Santa. Stan Hywet is at 714 North Portage Path. Tickets are on sale at www.stanhywet.org, by calling 330-315-3287, or upon arrival.

Dec. 7

The Akron Zoo is hosting Wild Lights from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7-9. The zoo will be decorated with lights and lighted displays. Mrs. C’s Sweets will be open for s’mores and other holiday treats, and the zoo’s Komodo Café will offer a special menu. The Ice Beer Garden will also offer adult beverages. The zoo will have an ice rink Guests can skate for $5 a person including skate rental. Kids can also visit Santa. Families can enter the zoo at 4:15 p.m. and visit with Santa, snack on cookies and hot beverages and write a letter to Santa before the zoo opens at 5 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at akronzoo.org or at the Akron Zoo’s box office. Visit the website for pricing or call 330-375-2550. The zoo is at 500 Edgewood Ave.

Dec. 8

- The Falls Cancer Club is hosting its annual Cookie Walk from 10 a.m. to noon at Redeemer Christian School gym, 2141 5th St., Cuyahoga Falls. There will be various types of cookies: cutouts, drop, no-bakes, roll and bar; almost any type you can think of and fudge. Choose favorites by the pound. A café for guests to purchase coffee or tea and sit and enjoy Santa and the holiday gathering will be available. Need more information? Call at 330-929-2796. Profits from this fundraiser help to pay cancer-related bills for patients of the Falls Cancer Club.