Holiday activities in the Mahoning Valley

There are plenty of activities in the Mahoning Valley to take the little ones to.

Joy of Christmas Firestone Park

From light and toy displays to noon New Years Eve celebrations, there is enough to do to stay busy during the long winter break.

Indoor displays

Does your little one have a fascination with trains? If so the drive to North Bloomfield Town Hall, 8830 Park Drive, North Bloomfield, will be well worth it. A holiday train display will be lit and running from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 and 27, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 23 and 30.

Beautiful trees decorated by local non-profits are on dispaly at the National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Avenue NW, Warren. Open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visit for more information.

Winter Celebration: Toyland at in the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, features favorite games and toys from the past, along with giant game pieces, 10-foot toy soldiers. There are dozens of ornamented trees and seasonal blooms to take in. Non-perishable food donations will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

The Ward Beecher Planetarium is hosting “Let it Snow,” a holiday music show in a dome transfolet-it-snow ward beecher planetariumrmed with bells, reindeer, presents, cookies, snow and nutcrackers in colorful spectacle. The planetarium is in the Ward Beecher Science Hall on Lincoln Avenue on the Youngstown State University campus. Visit for information, shows are free.

Outdoor light displays

Fellows Riverside Gardens is also hosting Winter Celebration Nights, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 23 and 30. Take in the out door light display, and take the kids to the Toy Workshop, even play some reindeer games. Bring $1 for crafting.

See the Akrowild-lights-3n Zoo like you never have before , lit up with thousands of holiday lights from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15–17, 21–23 and 26–30. Tickets are $15 for adults and $11 for children, and parking is $3. Visit for more information, and dress warm.

Joy of Christmas in Columbiana’s Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave., features 75 displays and millions of lights. Open 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 26, the cost is $10 a car. Visit for more information.

Noon New Years Eve celebrations

This free party will include music, games, crafts, snacks and a balloon drop at noon. The party starts 11:30 a.m. at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Avenue, NW, Warren, OH 44483. Visit for more information and call 330.399.8807 x128 to register.

Ring in the New Year with a “giant dinosaur egg” drop at noon, at a New Year’s at Noon celebration at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive. The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 31. Visit for more information.

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