Holiday Happenings

There’s a chill in the air and the snow will be falling soon, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop. Winter is a beautiful time to get outside and explore our parks and trails in Stark County! Come see for yourself how a freshly-fallen coat of snow can transform a landscape and add wonder to your outdoor adventures. Stark Parks also has year-round programs and events for the whole family to help fight cabin fever.

Here Comes Santa!

On Saturday, December 7, meet the big guy himself from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as Stark Parks and the Stark Library welcome Santa to the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park. Children can visit with Santa, make holiday crafts to take home, see Santa’s live animals, enjoy cookies and milk, and hear a seasonally-inspired music performance by the Jacks ‘n Jills Show Choir from Jackson High School. Santa will make his arrival at 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget your camera!

The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park is a drop-off location for the Toys for Tots campaign. Purchase a Toys for Tots item from the Lily Pad Gift Shop and receive 25% off another toy in the shop!  (No other discounts may be combined.  Second toy must be of equal or lesser value)
The Lily Pad is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off until Dec. 21.

Sounds of the Holiday

Be a part of festive music magic with two different holiday concerts at the Exploration Gateway this season! On Thursday, December 5, you’re invited to The Savoy Big Band Concert sponsored by Perry Sippo Friends of the Library. The concert begins at 6 p.m. On Thursday, December 12, enjoy Marches, Songs, Dances, and Sleigh Rides: An American Holiday Event performed by the Canal Fulton Community Band. This concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Both of these events are free!

Christmas at the Hollow

Make this annual Christmas event a family tradition! December 5, 6, and 7, visit Quail Hollow Park in Hartville from 5 to 9 p.m. each night to see the Manor House transformed for the holidays. Each room will be festively adorned for guests to enjoy as they make their way through the house. Local choirs will perform Christmas tunes each night, and children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa. Crafts and activities will be offered inside the house, and cookies, candy, and hot/cold drinks will be available for purchase. Outside the Manor House, a wagon ride will await all guests to enjoy the wilderness and the historical sites of the park. Get cozy around a warm fire to sing carols and roast marshmallows after your wagon ride. The Quail’s Nest Gift Shop will also be open to shop for that unique gift you’ve been looking for. The cost is $15 per car. Visit for full event details.

Stark Parks is also offering cross-country skiing programs at Quail Hollow Park each Saturday in January and February from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $20 per participant (cash/check) and includes equipment rentals, techniques, and safety.


Winter Activities at Stark Parks!