SYLVANIA (WTOL) - Children’s Wonderland is an oldie but goodie at the Tam-O-Shanter Ice Rink in Sylvania.
There are two new exhibits this year.
But you’ll still find the classic animated ones generations of area families have been enjoying for 55 years, first at the Lucas County Rec Center in Maume and then at Tam-O-Shanter.
It takes workers and volunteers from the Sylvania Recreation District four days to set up the sparkling and twinkling displays.
More than 20 displays fill the hall.
The biggest challenge is to keep the aging scenery moving and entertaining the crowds.
“We’ve got a team of individuals who help work on the motors. If the motor breaks it’s because they’re old. We take them out of service, fix them up and put them back in,” said Brittany Meronk of Children’s Wonderland.
For many families it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to Children’s Wonderland.
Three generations of one family came on Saturday afternoon.
“Well I like the lights and features. See a lot of lights,” said Aiden Smith, who came with his parents and grandparents.
All have nostalgic memories of Children’s Wonderland.
“It was just fun. Everybody looking forward to going. We were just talking about the naughty or nice list and our daughter was always looking to see if they were always on the naughty or nicer list,” said Debbie Palmer, Aiden’s grandmother.
She was joined by her daughter Erin Argy.
“It’s just a special tradition that we can keep carrying on another ten years or so. Pretty happy,” said Erin.
In addition, you can take a ride on the Wonderland Express train and get your picture taken with Santa Claus.
Children’s Wonderland runs through Christmas Eve at Tam-O-Shanter in Sylvania.
Hours are from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and children and kids under two are free.