The Weekend Buckeye List: Dec. 20-22
Walk through a wonderland of light at the Columbus Zoo, experience NASA’s journey into space in Gallipolis, see a beloved holiday movie in Toledo and more.
Be dazzled at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during Wildlights, the animated light show that’s been a holiday tradition for 31 seasons. In addition to seeing the millions of twinkling LED lights on display through Jan. 5, visitors can enjoy treats with Mrs. Claus in her kitchen, ride the Polar Bear Express train and have a meet and greet with Rudolph — the most famous reindeer of all — and his friends. 4850 Powell Rd., Powell 43065, 614/645-3400, columbuszoo.org
Rediscover the meaning of the season when Frank Capra’s poignant holiday tale “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, comes to the big screen at the Valentine Theatre Dec. 20 and 22. Although it was released in 1946, the themes of kindness, sacrifice and sense of community remain as relevant today as they were back then. 410 Adams St., Toledo 43604, 419/242-2787, valentinetheatre.com
Meet Ralphie Parker. It’s Christmastime again, which means he’s wishing for just one gift under the tree: a Red Ryder BB gun. Based on the 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story” has returned to the Cleveland Play House stage through Dec. 23. Before or after the show, enjoy The Festival of Trees, an array of decorated firs displayed in the lobby. 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115, 216/241-6000, clevelandplayhouse.com
Travel through our galaxy in “Space: A Journey to our Future” at the Bossard Memorial Library through Jan. 5. Presented in collaboration with NASA, the exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to experience past space explorations and learn about the future of space travel. Highlights include a self-powered centrifuge, a full-scale future lunar habitat and work station and artifacts from the space program. 7 Spruce St., Gallipolis 45631, 740/446-7323, bossardlibrary.org
Enjoy the splendor of the season at Lebanon’s historic Glendower Mansion through Dec. 29. The estate features 10 decorated rooms, each with a different theme, as well as a gift shop filled with holiday decor, jewelry and children’s books and toys. 105 Cincinnati Ave., Lebanon 43056, 513/932-1817, wchsmuseum.org