At Mentor Parks & Recreation Department, we’re always working on a new program, special event or fun family activity. Check this section often to find out what’s new, what’s coming up and when to mark your calendar for our next exciting activity.
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Registration starts November 30 for residents and December 1 for nonresidents.
Gingerbread House Contest & Display
Monday, November 30, 8 am – 5 pm, Mentor Municipal Center
Have you ever wanted to build a Gingerbread House? It’s easy, fun and Mentor Recreation offers you the perfect opportunity to put yours on display in the Gingerbread House Contest & Display.
Any type of house – big or small – is acceptable but must be made entirely of edible products. Completed houses must be delivered to the Mentor Municipal Center first floor atrium on Monday, November 30 where you will have a table space to decorate and place your house.
Visitors to the Municipal Center are invited to cast their vote for their favorite house, then on Monday, December 7, a panel of judges will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Houses will remain on display in the Municipal Center until Friday, December 18.
Contest is open to Mentor residents only.
The entry fee is $5 per house.
Register HERE or call (440) 974-5720 to register today.
City of Mentor Gingerbread House Contest entry form
Community Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 1, 6 – 7:30 pm, Mentor Municipal Center
The City of Mentor invites you and your family to join us for a very special commemorative tree lighting as we light our stunning 27-foot Norwegian spruce and City Hall campus. Santa will arrive in his horse drawn carriage and will be available for photos while choirs from Mentor School’s sing. Refreshments will be served.
Wildwood Cultural Center Holiday Display & Craft Show
Sunday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Many wonderful holiday items for sale from over 25 vendors including wreaths and swags, gingerbreads, live greenery, baked goods, ornaments, stockings and much, much more. Purchase live greenery from the Wildwood Garden Club and enjoy holiday music with the Wildwood Singers. Sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. For more information, contact the Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. Admission $1 – Children Free
Wildwood Singers FREE Holiday Concert
Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
The Wildwood Singers present a diverse collection of Christmas/holiday music at this free annual community event! Repertoire will include traditional favorites as well as more contemporary selections, both sacred and secular. As always, the audience will be invited to join in singing several holiday classics. The concert is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. For more information, please call the Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. No tickets required!
Santa’s Wild Workshop in the Woods
Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12, Wildwood Cultural Center
Start a new holiday family tradition at the Wildwood Cultural Center. At Santa’s Wild Workshop your child will get to make a toy with the Wildwood elves and help Mrs. Claus decorate cookies. Then get your magic ticket to ride the Wildwood Express to see the outdoor holiday displays. After the ride is finished visit with the big guy himself – Santa Claus. In addition to all of these festivities a face painter will be on hand. Space is limited so sign up early here. Ages 3 – 12