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Dear Visitor,

 Welcome Home - That's how the people of Van Wert treat our guests.  We want you to feel like a part of our family.  Please let us know how we can help you!

Whether you're here to attend one of our many festivals, events, or celebrations and staying with us for a day or two, or perhaps we're just a stop for lunch on your way to someplace else, we want you to feel right at home.

We are proud to be a community that treasures small town Midwest values.  Families are important, patriotism runs deep,and the American work ethic is very evident.

I invite you to see what we have to offer - beautiful city parks; excellent educational opportunities; a state-of-the-art cultural center; superb health care facilities; unique shops and boutiques; dining from homemade cooking just like Mom's to a first-rate bistro, year- round fun and festivals;and so much more.

There are several exciting events happening in the Van Wert area in the next six weeks.  Most exciting for us in the tourism business is the grand opening of the new Wassenberg Art Center.  Established in 1954, the Art Center has been favorably compared with upscale galleries in muich larger metropolitan areas.  The opening of their new facility at 214 S. Washington Street, in the former National Guard Armory, will take place on November 17th.  This new location will provide expanded exhibit areas classroom space and a large reception area.  The first event at the new Center will be the 24th Annual Artists' Exhibit  and Sale, which will run through December 21.  This exhibit and sale will provide you with the opportunity to purchase unique and beautiful items for gift-giving this season.

The Nisownger Performing Arts Center can help you into the holiday spirit with performances by the SONO Handbell Choir on December 1, Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas on December 7, Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas on December 10 and Point of Grace on December 15.

If you prefer a stage production, the Van Wert Civic Theater will present "My Three Angels"  November 14-17 and November 21-24 and Off Stage Productions will premier a family holiday play, "Just in the Nick of Time" December 6 - 8.

Downtown Van Wert will soon be aglow with the sparkle of holiday lights, enticing shoppers to the many unique shops located there.  November 29th wlll bring the official arrival of Santa at the Hotel Marsh.  The Holiday Extravaganza - more than 30 vendors exhibting handcrafted, homemade, and one-of-a-kind items for your shopping pleasure  - will be held at the Hotel Marsh.  On December 7, downtown shops and retailers will be hosting a Christmas Open House.

Smiley Park Children's Garden in Van Wert will be transforming into the Christmas Garden on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. when decorations are lit for the Christmas season.

The garden will be lit nightly from 6-11 p.m. beginning on Nov. 27, and will continue through Jan. 2. The Christmas Garden will welcome all ages from the community free of charge. Donations will be accepted from visitors to help keep the garden lit during the entire Christmas season.

Holiday Lights at the Fair, a drive-through display of gorgeous Christmas lights, will open for weekend viewing on November 29. 

The area communities of Delphos and Willshire will each have special holiday celebrations.  A Hometown Christmas in Delphos will take place on Novembr 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Willshire will holding a special Christmas in the Park on December 8 from 4 - 7 PM. 

Van Wert is a special place, whether to visit or live.  I hope you will take a few minutes to browse through our website.  If I can be of further help, you can email me at or call our office at 419.238.9378 or toll free at 877.989.2282.


Larry Lee
Executive Director