Holiday Events this December

Happy Holidays and Bah Humbugs from Stark Parks!  

‘Tis the season to spread cheer to our neighbors throughout our communities. Join us in December for a handful of festivities to celebrate the holiday season.  Some events will require advanced registration.  Instructions are listed with each event below.

Deck the Hollow

Join Stark Parks and the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association for a lighted walk experience at Quail Hollow Park! The grounds will feature decorated trees, lights, and festive music. Stop inside the beautifully decorated Stewart House for a self-guided tour of one of Stark County’s true gems. Take a stroll down Santa Lane to say hello to the Jolly One and get plenty of photos for the holiday. Guests may get a glimpse of some of Stark Parks’ wildlife ambassadors, the Quails Nest Gift Shop will be open for shopping, and concessions will be available.

The event will be held for three weekends in December 2021, 5 to 9 p.m. each night.
December 3, 4, 5
December 10, 11, 12
December 17, 18, 19

Groups of 35 will be allotted every 15 minutes to assure safe social distancing and time to enjoy the festivities. Pre-registration is required to ensure entry. $5 per person. Day-of $10 at the door. Portions of this program are outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately.

Holiday Lights and Tree
Tree and presents lit up with bench inside decorated gazebo

Clark in the Park

Our favorite local elf, Clark in the Park, is back with a story to share. Bring the kiddos for a fun stroll along the Sippo Lake Trail while you read Elf on the Shelf together. Keep an eye out for the elusive little guy – you never know if he’s peeking!

This festive story is an at-your-own-pace walk, so come anytime between December 1 to 18, 2021 to get into a holiday mood or help release some excitement and energy that is already brewing in the little ones. At the end of the story, follow Clark’s directions and be entered into a drawing for a big stocking full of goodies courtesy of Stark Parks and Stark Library. While you’re there, hike over to the west side of the park and get a glimpse of wildlife ambassador animals at the Wildlife Conservation Center!

Trail surface is a crushed limestone surface along a flat route. The park is open daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Clark the elf wrapped in lights

Build a Bah Humbug

'Tis the season - for Bugs-Bah HumBugs to be exact! The North Pole Bah HumBug (Grumpius spiritae) is found throughout the globe with peak activity in December, but we rarely get a glimpse of them. It's not widely known that Humbugs can be created in workshops. (These workshops must have a bit of holiday magic to work though and children ages 3-8 have the most magic to spare.)

We are pleased to announce that we have gathered all the ingredients to create our own HumBugs! Come to a workshop, create your HumBug, register them in the official North Pole database, and find out how you can share your HumBug's holiday shenanigans throughout the season. Holiday jammies are welcome and encouraged!


Three insect bug cartoons

Dec. 1 - Tam O’Shanter
Dec. 8 - Fry Park Shelter
Dec. 15 - Sippo Lake Park
Dec. 22 - Quail Hollow Park
All workshops are from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Reservations required for the free program.  Please sign-up your family group for a half hour time slot at 330-477-3552. (No online registration)

Please call to reserve kits for pick-up only as well.

Holly-Day Cruise Thru

Stark Parks and Perry-Sippo Library are thankful for
your generosity this year, so we’re sprinkling in a
few lights, adding some at-home craft bags, and
giving all the kiddos – big and small – a chance
to wave to the Big Guy himself when you cruise
through our Toys for Tots line! Any car that drops
off a new, unwrapped gift for kids, tweens, and/
or teens will receive a coupon redeemable at the
Lily Pad Gift Shop located inside the Exploration
Gateway. Don’t have a gift? No problem.
Everyone is welcome to cruise through the fun!

Dec. 9, 2021, 5 to 8 p.m.
Sippo Lake Park- North Entrance
5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708

Santa and Elves in car with lights around it

Santa Claws for a Cause

“Happy ‘Owlidays” from our Wildlife Conservation Center
Bring stocking stuffers for Stark Parks’ favorite wildlife
ambassadors and watch them unwrap early presents with tasty treats inside. Not sure what to get them? Look for wildlife wish lists specific to the animal coming soon.  

Dec. 17,  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Open House)
Sippo Lake Park
West Entrance
800 Genoa Ave., Massillon 44646

Chipmunk cartoon with santa hat and holiday lights