MEDINA — Christmas in Medina will be brighter than ever this year, with nearly two miles of lights decorating downtown.
City Council approved $16,500 for more holiday lighting throughout the historic district after spending $43,500 last year for Public Square.
The city’s holiday season begins Friday, Nov. 22, with the three-day, 29th annual Medina Candlelight Walk.
“Candlelight Walk weekend is iconic in Medina,” said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina.
“For 29 years, the community has come together to kick off the season with lights, music, fun and entertainment.
“That is a recipe upon which we try to build each year to make it bigger and better (meaning nearly two miles of lights will decorate the square).”
On Saturday, the Holiday Parade of Lights will weave through the square. Finally, on Sunday, the festivities will continue with candlelit memorial services, Santa’s Workshop and a capella concerts.
New this year will be the grand opening of Castle Noel, a 38,000-square-foot holiday attraction at 260 S. Court St., the brainchild of Mark and Dana Klaus. When the building opens to the public, it will be the largest indoor Christmas attraction in the country, containing memorabilia from Christmas movies, including “Christmas Vacation,” “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “The Santa Claus,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and many others.
The Candlelight Walk is sponsored by Root Candles and Summa Health System, along with other local businesses, and is presented by Main Street Medina.
Friday, Nov. 22
n 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Holiday shopping in the district
n 4:30 p.m. — Lighting of the luminaria (Boy Scout Troop 501)
n 5:45 p.m. — Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Choir (Gazebo)
n 6-9 p.m. — Civil War Christmas: Santa as Illustrated by Thomas Nast, 1863 (Medina County Historical Society, 206 N. Elmwood Ave.)
n 7 p.m. — Lighting of Community Christmas Tree and Historic District with Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell City Council (Gazebo)
n 7:15 p.m. — Grand opening of Castle Noel, 260 S. Court St. (www.castlenoel.com)
n 7:30-9 p.m. — The Swizzle Stick Band, Motown holiday concert (Gazebo)
Saturday, Nov. 22
n 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Holiday shopping in the district
n 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Medina Winter Market, Moose Lodge, 136 W. Elmwood, upper level
n 1-6 p.m. — Civil War Christmas: Civil War Music by Steve Ball (Medina County Historical Society, 206 N. Elmwood Ave.) ($5)
n 3:30 p.m. — Ice Carving demonstration by Elegant Ice (Public Square)
n 4-7 p.m. — Living Nativity by Medina Presbyterian Church (Public Square)
n 4-9 p.m. — Shuttle buses running from the Medina High School/Union Street lot to Public Square
n 5-9 p.m. — Bus rides around town and to Root Candles
n 5:30 p.m. — Holiday Parade of Lights (Historic District) presented by Summa Health System and Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center
n 6:30 p.m. — Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive (Broadway Street/Santa’s Lane)
n 6:30-9 p.m. — Photographs with Santa Claus (HMC Hospice of Medina County)
n 6:45 p.m. — Light up the Night Fireworks (view from Public Square)
n 7-8:30 p.m. — Mary’s Lane Celtic and Rock Christmas concert (Gazebo)
Sunday, Nov. 24
n 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Holiday shopping in the District
n 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Medina Winter Market, Moose Lodge, 136 W. Elmwood Ave., upper level
n 1-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. — Photographs with Santa Claus (HMC Hospice of Medina County)
n 2-5 p.m. — Rosewood Carriage rides (Public Square; weather permitting)
n 2-5 p.m. — Santa’s Workshop (FirstMerit Bank, 39 Public Square)
n 1-6 p.m. — Civil War Christmas: Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactors (Medina County Historical Society, 206 N. Elmwood Ave.)
n 3-7 p.m. — Bus rides around town and to Root Candles
n 5-5:30 p.m. — Candle-lighting ceremony/Tree of light, HMC Hospice of Medina County (Gazebo)
n 5:30-6:30 p.m. — Sirens and Churchills, Medina High School a capella choirs (Gazebo)
The schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit Mainstreetmedina.com.
Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or