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Elyria Festival of Lights – December 2, 2017!


Bring 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 offerings 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 and the FindleyTrust. 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 3:00pm 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 ArtWorks on Broad Street will be open until 5:00pm for you to browse the works of local artists!

Downtown Elyria Events


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



    • 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!


  • 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!
  • 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


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

5:00-5:30pm – Santa’s Arrival!

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


  •  The Elyria Arts Council Gallery- 336 Broad Street – locals artists and craftspeople will display artwork, jewelry, crafts and sculptures for display and sale!

Holiday at Finwood Estate Events (799 N. Abbe by LCCC)

6:00-9:00pm: December 1 thru December 23 – (drive-thru through January 2)

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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