MEDINA — Fireworks and a more brightly lit Public Square are the latest attractions added to Candlelight Walk festivities this weekend.
The 28th annual Candlelight Walk kicks off 7 p.m. Friday with the community tree-lighting ceremony in the gazebo, followed by lighting of the trees on Public Square and lights on surrounding buildings.
City Council approved spending $43,500 for the new lighting.
Don Cartier, a Montville Township resident, led the research, planning and overall design of the lighting project.
Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said Cartier volunteered for the project.
“He has the expertise, knowledge and experience that none of us in the city have here,” the mayor said.
Main Street Medina raised funds for the fireworks, which will be launched 7 p.m. Saturday from the parking deck behind the Medina County Courthouse on the east side of Public Square.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the parade of lights will begin at Spring Grove and East Liberty streets and bring Santa Claus to the square.
During the fireworks, traffic will not be allowed to use streets surrounding the courthouse or the parking deck, city officials said.
Parking will be available Friday evening at the parking deck, city lots, City Hall, Medina County Administration Building, county courts, behind Garfield Elementary School and at the old Methodist Church lot, 260 S. Court St.
Parking also is allowed on residential streets on the non-hydrant side, unless posted otherwise.
Parking will be restricted Saturday for the upper level of the parking deck and the surface lot behind the courthouse because of the fireworks display.
Parking will be prohibited on the spaces bordering Public Square.
Broadway Street will be closed in front of the courthouse all weekend, and shuttle service will be provided from the Medina High School lots 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
• 4:30 p.m.: Lighting of the luminarias by Boy Scout Troop 501.
• 5:45 p.m.: Prince of Peace Choir (gazebo).
• 7 p.m.: Lighting of community Christmas tree with Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell and Medina City Council (gazebo).
• 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Tan Laundry concert (gazebo)
• 8 p.m.: Spotlight Showcase (Broadway Hall, 144 N. Broadway St.).
• 9 a.m.-9 p.m.: Medina County Holiday Farmers Market (Root Candles, 623 W. Liberty St.).
• 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Strolling Holiday Quartet (Miss Molly’s Tea Room, 140 W. Washington St.).
• Noon to 1 p.m.: Melanie Brown and Sara Schwartz, cello and harp (Towne Square Commons, 23 Public Square).
• 2 to 8 p.m.: Civil War Christmas (Medina County Historical Society, 206 N. Elmwood Ave.).
• 3:30 p.m.: Ice-carving demonstration by Elegant Ice (Public Square).
• 4-5 p.m.: Men of Independence Championship Chorus (gazebo).
• 4-7 p.m.: Living Nativity by Medina Presbyterian Church (Public Square).
• 4-9 p.m.: Shuttle buses running from the Medina High School/Union Street lot to Public Square.
• 5-9 p.m.: Bus rides around town and to Root Candles.
• 5:30 p.m.: Holiday Parade of Lights (historic district) presented by World Truck Towing.
• 7 p.m.: Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive (Broadway Street).
• 7 p.m.: Fireworks (view from Public Square) sponsored in part by RPM International, T&M Associates and private donors.
• 7-9 p.m.: Photographs with Santa Claus, proceeds go to HMC Hospice of Medina County.
• 7:30-9 p.m.: Mary’s Lane Celtic and Rock Christmas concert (gazebo).
• Noon-1 p.m.: Just Jazz Sunday brunch (Main Street Cafe, 17 Public Square).
• 1-7 p.m.: Medina County Holiday Farmers Market (Root Candles, 623 W. Liberty St.).
• 1-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.: Photographs with Santa Claus.
• 2-5 p.m.: Rosewood Carriage rides (Public Square, weather permitting).
• 2-5 p.m.: Santa’s Workshop (FirstMerit Bank, 39 Public Square).
• 2-8 p.m.: Civil War Christmas (Medina County Historical Society, 206 N. Elmwood Ave.).
• 3-7 p.m.: Bus rides around town and to Root Candles.
• 5-5:30 p.m.: Candle-lighting ceremony/Tree of Light (gazebo).
• Cups Cafe, 126 N. Court St., celebrates five years this weekend and will serve free coffee and hot chocolate during the Candlelight Walk. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or email@example.com.