This year, expect more — a lot more. Yes, there will be plenty of twinkling lights on trees and the big guy will make an appearance to the delight of children all over the city. But the festivities start earlier and include activities for the entire family.
Mayor Holly Brinda called the celebration “bigger and better than ever” and includes events throughout the day Saturday.
“We wanted to make sure there was something for everyone and a way to really showcase what downtown Elyria has to offer families,” she said.
Not only will Ely Square offer activities, but Elyria City Hall will be open and the grand opening of the Elyria Arts Depot will take place during Saturday. Elsewhere in the city, Finwood Estates and the North Park Ice Arena will have events for families.
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Grand opening of the Elyria Arts Depot, 336 Broad St.;
- Noon to 3 p.m. — Watch a professional ice sculptor carve an 8-foot snowman in Ely Square;
- 1 to 3 p.m. — Kids’ holiday crafts and holiday movies in Elyria City Hall;
- 1 to 4 p.m. — Children’s petting zoo in Ely Square;
- 1 to 6 p.m. — Mayor’s storybook giveaway for the first 500 children;
- 2 to 6 p.m. — Coat, scarf, hat and glove giveaway sponsored by Grace Community Church;
- 3 to 6 p.m. — Caricature portraits at City Hall;
- 4 to 6 p.m. — Caroling by local scout troops and schools, holiday crafts, luminaria decorating, meet-and-greet with Mother Goose, story time with Elyria Public Library, appearance by the Grinch, Santa’s Workshop inside Lorain National Bank, hot chocolate provided by the American Red Cross, free gift bags to first 500 children;
- 5 to 5:30 p.m. — Santa’s arrival and the lighting of Ely Square;
- 5:30 to 6 p.m. — Meet Santa in the Elyria Sunrise Rotary Santa House;
- 6 to 9 p.m. — Holiday at Finwood Estate, 799 N. Abbe Road, visits with Santa, plus hot chocolate, cookies, carolers, holiday displays and trains. Guest are asked to bring a canned food donation for the Hospitality House;
- 1 to 3 p.m. — Open skate at North Park Ice Arena. Cost is $3 for youth,
- $4 for adults and skate rental is $3;
- 6 to 9 p.m. — DJ open skate at North Park Ice Arena. Cost is $4 for youth,
- $5 for adults and skate rental is $3.