Events for December 2011
Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce
Nov 18 - Dec 24    Ashtabula Downtown Develepment Association Christmas Tree Competition
2nd Annual Ashtabula Downtown
Christmas Tree Competition
Lighting of the Christmas Trees-Friday, November 18 at 5:00 pm
Lance Corporal Kevin M. Cornelius Park
(formerly North Park)
Businesses participating in the contest this year:
     Nassief Honda
     The Main Avenue Agency (Allstate)
     Huntington Bank
     Hang Suite
     The Star Beacon
     Ultimate Appearance Hair Salon
     E & J Glass
     Ducro Funeral Services & Crematory
Vote for your favorite tree!!
In addition to the businesses sponsoring the trees, you can vote for your favorite tree at the following locations:
     Casa Capelli Restaurant
     Michaels Furniture
     The Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce
     The Medicine Shoppe
     Bula Beauty & Fashion
     Outdoor Army Navy Store
Vote from November 18- December 24.
 Last year's winner: Nassief Honda.
Decorate our Downtown!
In addition to the trees in Cornelius Park, if you would like to decorate a tree outside your business or in your storefront, we encourage you to do so. With your help, we hope to create one of the most enchanting Christmas shopping and strolling atmospheres seen in recent years in Downtown Ashtabula!
Date: November 18, 2011
Date/Time Details: November 18th through December 24th
Dec 2 - Dec 18    Ashtabula Arts Center's Nutcracker
The magical story of Clara and Her “Nutcracker”

It's a merry time on this cozy Christmas Eve at the home of the Stahlbaum family. Wreaths and mistletoe and pine garlands tied with fancy red ribbons decorate the house.

As snow falls gently outside the frosty paned windows, cookies, pies and sweet breads fill the air with the delicious sweet scents of sugary apples, pumpkin and cinnamon. Like children all around the world on this very special evening, Fritz’ and Clara’s heads are swimming with visions of sugarplums and Christmas surprises!

As guests arrive for the family's annual Christmas party, music plays, dancing begins and the children happily scurry around the tall tree sparkling with shiny glass balls and tinsel. Oh! It’s a Christmas Eve they’ll long remember! Before long, a knock is heard at the door. The fantastic Herr Drosselmeyer sweeps into the room, to the delight of all the children who know his pockets will be filled with magic!

Herr Drosselmeyer entertains the crowd with his tricks and tales and presents the children with treats and toys. To Clara he gives the most special gift of all--a charming Nutcracker doll. But as little boys sometimes do, Fritz becomes jealous and in a pouting tantrum, he breaks the doll and brings Clara to tears. Herr Drosselmeyer, however, is a magic man. With a wave of his magic handkerchief he fixes the broken toy and brings a smile back to little Clara's face. At the end of the evening, party guests bundle in wool coats and knit caps and make their way home through the chilly night air. With cakes and cookies packed away in the cupboard and nothing but bits of paper and holiday ribbon left strewn across the floor, the family snores softly in their beds.

All the family, that is, except Clara. Unable to stop thinking of her favorite new toy, the little girl slips quietly back to the living room where, with drooping eyelids, Clara lies down under the beautiful tree and clasps her Nutcracker doll tightly in her arms.

As the tall clock strikes midnight, Clara is startled awake and discovers that the family's beautiful tree is growing! And growing! And growing! The tree grows to a gigantic size! Up, up, up! And then, right before her eyes, the Nutcracker doll and Fritz's toy soldiers come to life and they begin to grow too! Out of nowhere, an army of furry, larger-than-life mice, led by an evil Mouse Queen, scurry into the room! In an effort to protect Clara, the Nutcracker and his soldiers engage the mice in a fierce battle! Swords clang and cannons fire! Kaboom!

Everything happens so quickly! Clara is afraid that the Nutcracker might be hurt! In a desperate attempt to save him from defeat, she reaches for the first thing she can find and throws her slipper at the evil Mouse Queen, giving the Nutcracker the chance to recover and defeat the evil rodent once and for all!But then, more magic happens! As the furry mice flee with their leader's lifeless body, Clara's Nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince! Taking her by the hand, he leads her to a beautiful sleigh and the two of them embark on a midnight journey beneath the starry, moonlit sky. Into the Enchanted Kingdom they go, where snowflakes come to life and dance in the gentle breezes of the Snowy Pine Forest. Their next stop is the Land of Sweets where candy striped flowers grow atop whipped cream mountains whiter than snow! Clara and her prince are greeted by the Sugarplum Fairy who rules over this magical land. As they tell their adventurous story, the Sugarplum Fairy is so impressed with their bravery and heroism that she throws a lavish festival in their honor.

Clara and the Prince are treated like royalty and showered with gifts of sweets. Delightful dances begin to the lively music of the Spanish fandango. Dancers move their bodies like rising steam to an Arabian song and Matroishkas dance to an invigorating Russian Trepak. When the amazing Mother Ginger whirls onto the floor, little bon bons dance out from beneath her skirt! These are the most beautiful dances Clara has ever seen. She and the Nutcracker Prince watch with amazement as a handsome Cavalier enters the scene and escorts the Sugarplum Fairy to the center of the room. There, the captivating pair dance the most beautiful dance of all.

And then, Clara's most perfect evening must come to an end...


Ballet Theatre Ashtabula will once again present its beloved holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” beginning December 2 and running for twelve performances. A holiday tradition for many families, “The Nutcracker” is an enduring classic with its beautiful sets, memorable score and spectacular special effects. There is a thrill when the lights dim and an expectant hush sweeps over the audience.


Date: December 2, 2011
Location: Ashtabula Arts Center
2928 West 13th Street
Ashtabula, OH
Contact: Tickets: 964-3396
Date/Time Details:

December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, & 18
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Patron: $15, General Admission: $13
Senior : $12, Student/Children: $11

OR save $2 per ticket when you purchase in advance!
Advance tickets must be purchased prior to 4 p.m. on the day of the show or on Saturday for Sunday performances.

Dec 2 - Dec 4    The Lakehouse Inn & Winery Girl's Weekend!
This one is for you ladies!

Spend a fun-filled weekend with just the girls.

Package includes lodging for two nights, dinner both evenings, breakfast each morning, lunch on Saturday and activities Friday evening and all day Saturday.

Date: December 2, 2011
Location: The Lakehouse Inn & Winery
5653 Lake Road East
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH
Contact: 440-466-8668
Date/Time Details: December 2nd-4th, 2011
Fees/Admission: $255/person tax included

Dec 3 - Dec 4    Lodge & Conference Center's Holiday Feaste
Journey through time this holiday season and discover a celebration like no other.  Engage all your senses with this grand feaste enchanted by singers and players arrayed in period costume, singing and performing to spread the warmth of the season and merriment of the holidays. 
Event includes one night accommodations, traditional holiday music and performances, live singers and players in period costume, grand feaste to celebrate the season and breakfast for two the following morning.

Date: December 3, 2011
Location: The Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake
4888 North Broadway
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH
Contact: 440-466-7100
Date/Time Details: December 3, 2011
December 10, 2011
Fees/Admission: Starting from $229 plus tax, for two.

Dec 3 - Dec 11    AC&J Railroad Company
Hours ride to the North Pole and return with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Elves and other ride along.

Each child will receive a small gift from Santa!!

Decorated heated cars. Time for photos at the depot will be provided.

Weekends Only!  Paid advance reservation required.

Date: December 3, 2011
Location: AC&J Scenic Line Railroad
Board Site 161 E. Jefferson Street
Jefferson, OH
Contact: 440-576-6346
Date/Time Details: December 3 - 11, 2011
Weekends Only!
Dec 3    Ashtabula Orchestra Christmas Concert
Spend a glorious evening with family and friends at the 18th Annual Christmas Concert by the Ashtabula Area Orchestra and Choir Voices.

The performance will be held at the Lakeside High School's Performing Arts Center on Sanborn Road
Date: December 3, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Lakeside High School
6600 Sanborn Road
Ashtabula, OH  
Contact: Info at 440-994-2211. Info at 440-994-2211. 440-994-2211
Date/Time Details:

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2011
8:00 p.m.

Dec 4    "Candle of Love" Remembrance Service

In memory of loved ones through the years. Service includes:

  • Recording of names in "Book of Memories"
  • Music
  • Tree of Remembrance Keepsake
  • Take Home Holiday Help Packet
  • Refreshments
Date: December 4, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Zaback-Ducro Funeral Home
500 West Prospect Rd.
Contact: Lisa Demshar
Date/Time Details: Sunday, December 4th
3:00 p.m.
Dec 7    Profiles of Ashtabula County 2011-2012 Breakfast Speaker Series
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Topic: "Ashtabula County Headstart and Early Headstart -  Empowerment and Quality of Life" by Stephanie Patriarco, Director

RSVP by emailing, calling Mary Collins at 440-964-4312, or prepay for this session or the entire season by visiting: Prepayment will automatically RSVP you for the Profiles breakfast.

Reservations accepted until noon on the Monday preceding each breakfast.
Date: December 7, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Location: Kent State University at Ashtabula, Blue and Gold Room
Contact: Mary Collins 440-964-4312
Date/Time Details: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Fees/Admission: $8.00 per person
Dec 8    The Lakehouse Inn & Winery's Sparkling Wine Tasting & Dinner
This event will feature a five course dinner paired with five different sparkling wines.
Menu includes: Grilled Shrimp with a Dijon Cocktail Sauce, Salad, Sparkling Wine Poached Chicken with Braised Leeks, Seared Medallions of Veal with Mushrooms & Champagne Reduction, Chocolate Mousse.

Advanced reservations required.

Date: December 8, 2011
Location: The Lakehouse Inn & Winery
5653 Lake Road E.
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH
Contact: 440-466-8668
Date/Time Details: December 8, 2011
Dec 11    Lodge & Conference Center's Breakfast With Santa
Join in the holiday spirit as Santa & friends stroll through The Lodge telling stories and spreading holiday cheer. Kids will enjoy a breakfast buffet, fun crafts and activities while they wait to talk to the big guy, and more.  Don't forget your camera for plenty of photo opportunities!

Reservations required. 
Date: December 11, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake
4888 North Broadway
Contact: 440-466-7100 press 2
Fees/Admission: Adults $12.99, Children $6.99 (10 & under)
Dec 25    Lodge & Conference Center's Christmas Dinner
Visit Horizons Restaurant at The Lodge on Christmas Day and enjoy our seasonal Winter menu with a few added traditional Christmas specials. 

Check the website or call for more information.
Date: December 25, 2011
Location: The Lodge & Conference Center
4888 North Broadway
Contact: 440-466-7100, press 2
Date/Time Details: December 25, 2011
Fees/Admission: For pricing and reservations call 440-466-7100, press 2.
Dec 31 - Jan 1    Lodge & Conference Center's New Years Eve Package
Ring in the new year with an overnight night stay, grand buffet dinner for two in  Horizons Restaurant with wine service , live entertainment, a 5-hour Open bar, a champagne toast at midnight with a spectacular view of the ball drop, gala celebration with favors and endless snack bar, breakfast for two the following morning and a late check-out.
Date: December 31, 2011

The Lodge & Conference Center
4888 North Broadway

Contact: 440-466-7100
Date/Time Details: December 31, 2011
Fees/Admission: Package price starts at $359 plus tax, per couple.  
Dec 31    The Lakehouse Inn & Winery's New Year's Eve Dinner
End 2011 with a special dinner at the Lakehouse Inn & Winery!

Dinner includes a bottle of our Wine, Lobster Bisque with Caviar Creme Fraiche, Salad, Seared Sea Scallops with Truffle Essence, Chargrilled Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Garlic Mashers & Vintage Red Wine Reduction, Chocolate Souffle for Two with Nutella Sauce.

Advance reservations required.

Date: December 31, 2011
Location: The Lakehouse Inn & Winery    
5653 Lake Road E.
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH
Contact: 440-466-8668
Date/Time Details: December 31, 2011
Dec 31 - Jan 1    Ashtabula Family Roller Den's New Year's Eve Skate
New Years Eve Skate for the entire Family at the Ashtabula Family Roller Den, West Avenue, Ashtabula. 
The cost per person for skating admission will be $10.00. This includes a glow necklace, hats, horns, leis, noisemakers, sparkling grape juice toast at midnight. Fun for the whole family. Skate rental extra if needed.

Date: December 31, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location: 2255 West Ave.
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Contact: 440-964-8200 or 440-964-9199
Date/Time Details: December 31, 2011
7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.