Charming “Hallmark” Main Street events , holiday light shows, unique shopping, concerts and more are what you will experience this year in Medina County. And if that is not enough, a tour of Castle Noel will for sure put you in the holiday spirit.
Need help deciding what events to enjoy? Below you will find our list of the top ten Medina County holiday events we think you should experience this holiday season.
1. MEDINA CANDLELIGHT WALK
Main Street Medina
Date: November 17-19, 2023
Location: Downtown Medina, Medina, OH
Friday, November 17
Community Tree & Square Lighting Celebration
Saturday, November 18
Holiday Markets, Parade of Lights*, Santa Arrives, and Fireworks!
Sunday, November 19
Visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus & Live Reindeer, The Toy Soldier!
For a complete list of events visit website.
Medina Hometown Holidays
Sat Nov 25th – Sat Dec 23rd
2. MAIN STREET WADSWORTH CANDLIGHT WALK
Date: November 17, 2023
Time: 5:30-6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Wadsworth, OH
5:30-6:00 p.m. Christmas Concert by WHS Band at the Gazebo
6:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Laubaugh and the Salvation Army
Horse and carriage rides
Little Roaming Railroad rides
Grizzly Pedal Bike rides
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Library
North Pole Mailbox at 97.1 FM Wadsworth Community Radio
Stroll the downtown sidewalks with a warm beverage in hand, gaze at the beautifully-lit buildings and trees, marvel at the beautiful window decorations, and support local small businesses by doing your Christmas shopping in downtown Wadsworth!
Gather around the Christmas tree at Gazebo Island for the traditional tree lighting ceremony.
Enjoy activities, entertainment, food, and shopping in over 30 downtown small businesses and restaurants. Celebrate the holidays with your friends and family in downtown Wadsworth!
IF YOU MISS THIS ONE UPCOMING EVENT:
FIRST FRIDAY: MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET
Date: December 1, 2023
3. ENCORE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Date: Friday, December 1, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Location: Medina Performing Arts Center
851 Weymouth Rd, Medina, OH 44256
Medina High School’s award-winning Encore Entertainment Company show choir, including the group’s singers, band, and crew, invites the Medina community to the Encore Holiday Extravaganza.
The musical portion of the Encore Holiday Extravaganza, beginning at 7 pm, includes singing and dancing to medleys of many holiday musical favorites as well as several small group performances and sing-alongs for the entire family. The performance is an expanded version of the holiday show typically seen by many hundreds of students and adults in the Medina community each year.
Before the performance, beginning at 6 pm, younger audience members will enjoy holiday crafts, games, stories, cookies, and a chance to take pictures with Santa Claus. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend both the activity portion and the musical performance. The Encore Holiday Extravaganza welcomes audience members of all ages, especially those who may be too young to attend other performances.
OTHER SCHOOL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:
MEDINA HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR HOLIDAY CONCERT
Date: December 5, 2023
MEDINA HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA – Holiday Concert
Date: December 7, 2023
MEDINA HIGH SCHOOL BAND – Holiday Concert
Date: December 14, 2023
4. HOLIDAY LIGHTS DRIVE-THRU
Dates: November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10,15-24,2023
EXTENDED DAYS! – December 25-31 (6-9p.m.)
Fridays & Saturdays 6-10p.m. | Sundays-Thursdays 6-9p.m.
Location: Medina County Fairgrounds
720 W. Smith Rd., Medina, Ohio 44256
Phone: 330-723-9633 | medinaohiofair.com
Please follow flow of traffic and signage for entrance.
$10 per car
$20 per small bus/15 passenger van | $50 per large bus
Cash/check accepted – no prepayment required.
Santa’s mailbox will be at the end of the drive-thru.
IN ADDITION TO THE LIGHTS:
MAGICAL MEDINA CHRISTMAS EXPO
Date: Saturday, 25 November
Time: 11:00 am – 06:00 pm
Location: Medina County Community Center, Medina County Fairgrounds.
The largest shopping expo coming your way! Small business Saturday and the 1st weekend of the drive thru lights!!
Come shop 200 local vendors and small businesses!
5. DOWNTOWN SEVILLE COOKIE CONNECTION
Date: December 9, 2023
Location: Historic Downtown Seville
$15 per ticket. Limited. Advanced ticket purchase required.
To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.
Enjoy Christmas shopping and collect holiday cookies from participating businesses.
Elements at Funky Junk Boutique, Seville Flower & Gift, Velvet’s Framing, Rustewelle Design Home, Skoop’s Icecream, Zack Rollins – EXP Realty, Kid’s Korner, Urban Cottage and The Well Cafe.
Bags and flyers can be picked up from Seville Flower & Gift day of the event.
6. CYNTHIA CIOFFARI AND THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON BASSONAROOS
Date: December 6, 2023
Location: Medina County District Library
210 South Broadway St., Medina, OH
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Medina County District Library present Akron-based bassoonist Cynthia Cioffari and the University of Akron BassoonaRoos, in a lively performance of holiday favorites, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and jazz-inspired arrangements.
The program is free, but registration is recommended at www.ormaco.org.
For more information call 419-853-6016.
7. TWILIGHT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT THE MCDOWELL-PHILLIPS HOUSE MUSEUM
Dates: December 9, 17 & 27, 2023
Times: Saturday, December 9th, our Twilight Tour from 4pm – 7pm
Sunday December 17th from 1pm – 4pm and Wednesday, December 27th from 1pm – 4pm
Location: 205 S. Prospect Street, Medina, OH
The last tour starts 30 minutes before close. The Museum will be decorated in the holiday spirit! Admission rates apply. (Admission donation prices are $10 for Adults, $9 for Seniors, $7 for Youth 7 to 18 years and under 7 is free with a hand-holding adult. MCHS members receive a discount on admission).
Please watch our website for any updates, www.medinacountyhistoricalsociety.com.
8. CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY
Date: December 9-10, 2023
Location: 6700 Center Rd., Downtown Valley City, OH
This is a family free event.
Come on down to the center of Valley City where we close the street and have some Christmas Fun! The following will be included:
-5K/1 Mile Walk
-Kids Scavenger Hunt
-Toys for Tots
-Chili Cookoff (try different chilis and vote for who’s is the best!)
-Parade with Santa at 12:30
-Christmas Tree Lot
-Storytime with Mrs. Claus in town hall
-79 Vendors at 6 different locations downtown!
-Nate the Great in the Kids Zone
-Santa Mailbox (Where your child may get a letter back from Santa)
9. SIDEWALK PROPHETS GREAT BIG FAMILY CHRISTMAS
Date: December 17, 2023
Location: Grace Baptist Church
3480 Laurel Road Brunswick, OH 44212
Join Dove Award winning band Sidewalk Prophet’s as they welcome you out from the cold of winter, and into the warmth of the Great Big Family Room. The Great Big Family Christmas is all about making Christmas memories, and most importantly celebrating the birth of Christ.
The night features an joy-filled Christmas concert featuring Sidewalk Prophet’s original Christmas music, as well as, the hit songs that you know and love. In addition to the music, this night is full of surprises, and maybe some surprise gifts too!
To cap things off, the tour ends each night by raising funds for a local charity or individual in need and has a goal of giving away over 1 million dollars to those in need within the next 10 years.
10. IT JUST WOULDN’T BE THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT A VISIT TO CASTLE NOEL!
Location: 260 South Court St., Medina, OH 44256
The holiday magic continues this year at Castle Noel. Mark and Dana Klaus have been keeping busy adding new holiday movie additions to their already extensive collection, including a very special Santa Suit. Reservations are required. Tour dates/times fill up fast.
Planning on coming in from out of town? Or maybe you want to find a great place to enjoy a meal. The staff at the Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau look forward to assisting you with all your questions.
Article by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com
Photos: Courtesy as noted. All other photos are the property of My Ohio Fun.
Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel. She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.
***Disclosure: My Ohio Fun receives compensation from Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau and advertising banners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
If you have never taken a road trip to the picturesque town of Medina, which was originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve area, then you are truly missing the opportunity to explore one of Ohio’s most charming squares. A definite Norman Rockwell painting. The county courthouse towers over one side of the square and the rest of the square is surrounded by unique shops and eateries that offer an afternoon of shopping and exploring around this historic square.