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2014 Elyria Festival of Lights – December 6th, 2014!

Bring the entire family and join the City of Elyria and our partners for a fun-filled day of holiday events and activities designed to bring a smile to every age. All events and activities in Ely Square, Elyria City Hall and Finwood Estate are FREE and open to the public and are being made possible through the generous donations of individuals and organizations throughout our community and the Findley Trust.

This year’s celebration will bring back many of the traditions you remember from the past, along with some new features. Enjoy the return of the children’s petting zoo complete with a camel, pygmy goats, a yak, an alpaca, and A GENUINE REINDEER to feed, pet and enjoy! Events will start at Elyria City Hall at 2pm with crafts, movies, free gift bags for the first 500 children, and Mayor Brinda’s FREE Storybook Giveaway – complete with storybook characters, a coat and accessory giveaway for those in need, TWO caricature artists, story time, Santa’s Workshop, caroling, and of course – Santa Himself!

And, if you’re an art lover, don’t forget to visit the Elyria Art Depot and help them celebrate their 1st anniversary at 336 Broad Street to admire local art and shop for that unique gift! Look for discounts and extended hours throughout downtown for your shopping and dining pleasure!

Downtown Elyria Events

CIMG_9852webhildren’s Petting Zoo
Ely square will come alive with real animals for your child’s petting pleasure, including, a camel, pygmy goats, a yak, Shetland sheep, alpacas, and A REAL REINDEER!
Caricature Artists
Add some cheer to your holiday with a free caricature portrait of your children or your wholefamily!
Ornament Crafting by Elyria Art Depot at City Hall
Local Artists from the Elyria Art Depot will be helping your children handcraft their own holiday ornaments!
Kids Holiday Movies
Warm up in City Hall to watch some classic Holiday movies and specials!

Mayor Brinda’s Storybook Giveaway
The first 700 children will receive their choice of a FREE book courtesy of the Mayor!

Coat, Scarf, Hat,& Glove Giveaway
Grace Community Church will be providing free outerwear for children, youth, and adults in Elyria City Hall


Caroling:Local Scout Troops and Schools
Kids Crafts: Make a Holiday craft in City Hall
Story Time – Meet Mother Goose & The Grinch: The Elyria Public Library shares some Holiday classics and your favorite holiday characters will be in Ely Square and City HallIMG_0631web

Santa’s Arrival: Santa will make his grand arrival and help Mayor Brinda flip the switch to turn on the lights on Ely Square. Luminaries made by Elyria school children will be lit by representatives of Main Street Elyria

Meet Santa: Visit with the Jolly old elf in Elyria Sunrise Rotary Santa House

10:00am – 6:00pm
Art District 1st Anniversary– 336 Broad Street– Shop or browse works from local artists at the Lorain Arts Council Elyria Art Depot (former Brandau Jewelers), brought to you by the Lorain Arts Council, Mayor Holly Brinda & the Haywood Family.

IMG_0634webHoliday at Finwood Estate Events

6:00-9:00pm: December 3 – 23 (outside open through January 2)
FINWOOD ESTATE LIGHTING & EVENTS (799 North Abbe Road) Visit with Santa, while enjoying hot cocoa, cookies, carolers, holiday displays, trains, and thousands of lights. A canned-food or cash donation for the Hospitality House is greatly appreciated!

North Park Ice Arena Events

1:00 – 3:00pm (December 6) Open Skate: Youth $3, Adults $4, Skate Rental $3
6:00 – 9:00pm: Open Skate: Youth $4, Adults $5, Skate Rental $3




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Citizen Survey – Fair Housing, CDBG and HOME Programs


2014 State of the City of Elyria Address

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda gave her 2014 State of the City  Address to a standing room only packed house  at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria at Noon on February 11, 2014. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.  Please view the video of Mayor Brinda’s presentation belowth.  For more information call the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.

Previous State of the City Addresses can be found here.

City of Elyria Performance Audit

The City of Elyria  commissioned a voluntary performance audit by the Ohio Auditor of State.  The results and the City of Elyria response are posted below.  Please visit MAYOR BRINDA’S BLOG for more information,  or call the Mayor’s office at (440) 326-1402.

The City of Elyria Response is listed under “Client Response” beginning on page 91 in the above document.  If you wish to read **ONLY** the City of Elyria Response, you may do so by clicking below:


Welcome to the City of Elyria’s website, a window to Ohio’s community of opportunity

Alive with enthusiasm and rich in diversityand imagination, as residents of Ohio’s 14th largest city we take great pride in our can-do pioneering spirit, history of innovation, natural beauty, commitment to volunteerism,  and welcoming door to all people.

Founded at the fork of the scenic Black River in 1817 by Heman Ely, Elyria is a city of “firsts” and has all the right ingredients to put Elyrians first again.  To name just a few, you are looking into the home of the Easter Seal Society; the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains; the sewing machine; the modern, padded bicycle seat; the rubber heel; the term “hamburger”; the colored golf ball; Heisman trophy winner Vic Janowicz; and author Sherwood Anderson.

Armed with a vision and a plan, our 55,000 residents continue to be committed to making the best use of our time, talents and many community assets.   Today Elyria is the world headquarters of companies like Ridge Tool, Invacare Corporation, EMC Corporation, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Diamond Products.   In 2012, EMH Elyria Medical Center was named an  America’s100 Best Hospital by HealthGrades, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  Lorain County Community College is a leader in lifelong learning and a catalyst for business innovation and training in Ohio.  The grand opening of Elyria’s new $70 million public high school speaks to the value our community places on education, rounding out the myriad of public, parochial, private and charter school choices in the community.

Our world-class companies; high quality, affordable health care, and education systems are complimented by historic and modern,  eclectic housing choices; a scenic parks system complete with waterfalls, nature trails and recreation centers in each quadrant of the city; and an expansive and active faith-based community.  Nonprofit organizations work closely with the City and other public organizations to provide responsive services to our residents.   A testimony to  our community working together are this summer’s Reach and Rise Discovery Camps offered to Elyria children and youth free of charge thanks to the collective support and collaboration of many public, private and non-profit organizations.

Only seven miles from Lake Erie, and 26 miles from Cleveland, Elyria boasts of providing easy access to all the wonderful amenities that Northeast Ohio has to offer.  We hope you’ll join us!

Coming Soon: Elyria’s New E-Government Center Website

Welcome to the City of Elyria, Ohio’s temporary website.  Please excuse our website dust.  Our new E-Government Website is under construction and will soon allow you to access services 24 hours per day, seven days per week.   If you are in need of information not currently posted on the website, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

Please contact Mayor Brinda’s Office for information regarding the following:

  • Economic Development/Business Retention,
    Expansion, Attraction Services
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Summer Reach &
    Rise Discovery Camps, Community Gardens, Finwood Holiday Display






This video of Cascade Park was created for our city by Dr. Mark Jessie, Elyria High School Music Director.