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Festival of Lights – Saturday, December 3, 2016!

bannerBring the entire family and join the City of Elyria  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, including the children’s petting zoo complete with A GENUINE REINDEER! Events will start at Elyria City Hall at 3pm with crafts,  caroling, movies, a caricature artist, free gift bags for the first 500 children and Mayor Brinda’s FREE Storybook Giveaway! Grace Community Church will once again be providing free outerwear for children and adults inside City Hall, and the Elyria Art Works will be open until 4:30pm for you to browse the works of local artists, shop, and vote in their annual “Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Contest!”

Downtown Elyria Events

2:00-5:00pm

  • Ice Sculpting – Watch a sculptor transform a block of ice into a reindeer before your eyes!

3:00-5:00pm

  • Kids Crafts – Make a holiday craft in City Hall
  • Kids Holiday Movies
  • Warm up in City Hall to watch some classic holiday movies and specials!
  • Caricature Artist – Add some cheer to your holiday with a free caricature portrait of your children or your whole family!

Mayor Brinda’s Storybook Giveaway

  • The first 500 children will receive their choice of a FREE book courtesy of the Mayor!

3:00-6:00pm

  • Children’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!
  • Caroling & Group Performances: Hear the joyous sounds of the season from a variety of choral, dance and music groups!

3:00pm

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

3:30-5:30pm

**FREE GIFT BAGS:TOTHE FIRST 500 CHILDREN!**

  • StoryTime – Meet The GrinchWho Stole Christmas: The Elyria Public Library shares some holiday classics and your favorite holiday characters will be in Ely Square and City Hall

5:00-5:30pm – Santa’s Arrival!

5:30-7:00pm – Meet Santa in the Sunrise Rotary Santa House on Ely Square!

10:00am-4:30pm

  • ChristmasTree Contest and Gallery- The Elyria Arts Council, 336 Broad Street – Former Brandau Jewelry Building will host a creative Christmas tree contest and gallery. View and vote for trees created by some of our greatest local artists!

Holiday at Finwood Estate Events

6:00-9:00pm: December 2 thru December 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 Hospitality House is greatly appreciated!

North Park Ice Arena Events

December 3rd – 901 Duffy St.

1:00 – 3:00pm & 7:00 – 9:00pm:

Open Skate: Youth $3, Adults $4, Skate Rental $3

See flyer below for more details!

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