Spreading the Holiday Cheer! Guide to Local Tree Lightings and Holiday Festivals

Santa came alive at the Bay Village Community House last year as the city celebrated an olde-fashioned Christmas.

Light Up Bay Village

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay Village residents and children of all ages to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 1, noon to 3 p.m. The event will include the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.

Santa Claus will leave the Bay Lodge on a fire truck at about noon and will arrive at the Community House about 1:30 p.m. The Bay High Choraleers will sing holiday tunes. The Fairytale Foundation will provide photo opportunities. There will be a reading of, “’Twas the Night before Christmas.” The tree lighting will take place at the gazebo at about 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Avon’s Tree Lighting Festival

The holidays are fast approaching and the city-wide Avon Tree Lighting Festival to kick the season off will be on Saturday, December 7, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Avon Municipal Lot, 36784 Detroit Road (behind the Avon Senior Center and Board of Education).

Fairy Tale Characters will perform and be available for pictures. Music, activities and crafts, cookies and cocoa, plus an appearance by Stomper and live Reindeer & ponies. Santa Claus will arrive with the “Ride With Santa” Contest Winner at 5 p.m.

The Tree Lighting will be at 5:15 p.m. followed by performances by Avon School Choirs. Families can visit with Santa, enjoy pizza and refreshments, plus a tree giveaway raffle and gingerbread house contest.

See the ad in today’s Villager for more information.

Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for the City of Westlake’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. at City Hall.

The 2020 Mr. & Mrs. Westlake will be recognized by the Westlake Town Criers at the event.

Avon Lake’s North Coast Christmas Kickoff

Ring in the holiday season with lights and cheer on Friday, December 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 32770 Lake Rd., Avon Lake. The Avon Lake Parks & Recreation Department, Heritage Avon Lake and City of Avon Lake will welcome Santa to Avon Lake as he arrives via firetruck to say hello at 6 pm. After, Mayor Zilka will light up the park! Stay and listen to some holiday jingles and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Bring the whole family! No cost. For a small donation, Santa will be available for visits & photos on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as a part of Heritage Avon Lake’s fundraiser. Tickets to Visit Santa: http://bit.ly/NCC19AL

North Ridgeville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Everyone is invited to this annual tradition on Saturday, December 7, 5 – 6 p.m. at South Central Park Gazebo, 7327 Avon Belden Rd, North Ridgeville. Various scout troops will decorate the tree, the North Ridgeville High School Choir will lead us in joyful holiday songs, while Mayor Gillock lights the community tree.

7th Annual Fairview Park Winterfest 2019

Join Mayor Eileen Patton and Fox 8’s Todd Meany to begin your holidays with a Fairview Park tradition on Friday, November 29, 5:30 – 7 p.m at Fairview Park Recreation Department at the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Rd. Enjoy entertainment, food, fun and special visitors from the North Pole, including the return of Santa’s Reindeer!

North Olmsted Noel

Feel merry and bright at North Olmsted’s annual holiday event organized by the North Olmsted Arts Commission on December, 8, 2 – 5 p.m. at the North Olmsted Community Cabin, 28114 Lorain Rd. This event is free to attend and great for all-ages. In addition to festive food and hot chocolate, children’s activities and live entertainment, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a very special appearance at the Cabin. Bring the whole family and celebrate the holiday season with friends, family and the North Olmsted community.

Lights at the All Aglow Tree Lighting 2019

The All Aglow tree-lighting ceremony is a great way to kick off the Holiday Season with your family and friends! This is a community event, sponsored and staffed by the Rocky River ECPTA. This FREE event is open to the public. Festivities begin Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall, where food trucks will be waiting to serve dinner.  After dinner, we will head outside for the tree-lighting ceremony, with a performance from the RRHS Choir. Then, enjoy festive winter treats, carols and visits with Santa at Memorial Hall. Bring your kids to make magical “Reindeer Food” and other crafts. If you are participating in the toy donation for Twice Blessed Free Store, there will be a donation station at All Aglow. Any volunteers are welcomed!

Avon Lake Holiday Lights Tour

Thursday, December 19, 6 – 8 pm., $7 per person and free for kids under 2. (non-residents $9). Preregistration by December 12 is required. Get your tickets here: https://avonlakeoh.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29977.

Enjoy a festive evening filled with glittering lights and true holiday spirit. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served at the Lake House from 6:00 PM until 6:25 PM. Families are encouraged to mill about the park to take photos and enjoy the light display, pending good weather! After, we will board the buses and begin the tour. We will explore the best light displays Avon Lake has to offer. Make sure to bring a camera because you never know who we might bump into!

FREE Light Up Lakewood

Usher in the holiday season with this time-honored Lakewood tradition now in its 13th year on Saturday, December 7, 4 – 8 p.m. This free, family-friendly community event in Downtown Lakewood, 14701 Detroit Ave., features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games, and much more. Cost: FREE

FREE Downtown Cleveland Winterfest

Join in for a full day of festivities, including interactive entertainment, holiday characters, carriage rides, ice skating, live music, and more in Public Square, 230 W. Huron Rd., Cleveland, throughout the day on Saturday, November 30, 1 – 7:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm on the Main Stage at Public Square followed by fireworks and appearances by Santa and his elves. Stick around to enjoy cocoa, cookies, and and pictures with Santa at the Winterfest Public After Party in the lobby of 200 Public Square. Cost: FREE.

Lorain 2018 Waterfront Winterfest

Watch as Santa arrives for the season, pet reindeer at Veterans Park, 1800 W. Erie Ave., on Saturday, November 30, 4 – 9 p.m. Witness the lighting of the park, watch the fireworks display (6 p.m.), and more! Cost: FREE

FREE Miracle on Main in Downtown Amherst

Kick-off the holiday season with a visit to this free, family-friendly event on Friday, December 6 at Downtown Amherst, 255 Park Ave. The Madrigals of Steele High will be on-hand for your entertainment at Town Hall beginning at 5:45 p.m. The evening continues with the kick-off of the Christmas parade beginning at the Amherst Public Library and following Park Avenue all the way up to Town Hall. Members of the Amherst Marching Comets starting off the parade followed by other local groups and clubs, such as Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, Youth Groups, Marion L. Steele Sport Teams, Cheerleaders, and even an appearance by Santa Claus himself. At the end of the parade, everyone will gather at the bandstand in prayer by a local minister of Amherst and the Madrigals of Steele High will be leading the community in a few well known and traditional Christmas Carols and Santa will be on-hand to light the tree. Cost: FREE

Crocker Park Tree Lighting

Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season on Saturday, November 23 at the Crocker Park 15th Annual Tree Lighting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jingle all the way to Crocker Park for the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree. There will be live entertainment on the main stage, food trucks serving up delicious eats, a vendor village, and much more. Parking will be available in all of our garages for $10, a portion of which will benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Free parking will be available in The Promenade lot (not including metered spaces).

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