When it comes to quaint, Medina’s townsquare simply can’t be beat — especially at Christmastime.
There’s just something about the unique architecture of those Victorian buildings that beckons a Dickensian mood reminiscent of “A Christmas Carol.”
So what if the city gets a jump on things even before we sit down to carve up the ol’ bird? I’ve made my peace with it.
You’ll want to plan your holiday events around the 27th annual Candlelight Walk, which takes place Nov. 18-20 on and around the townsquare shops and park.
If you’ve never been, it’s truly one of those events to which you will want to invite — and impress — the in-laws. (As long as they don’t plan to stay through Thanksgiving.)
The shops get all decorated in their Christmas best, with candles blazing inside 1,350 plastic milk jugs lining the sidewalks. At night, it’s absolutely breathtaking.
The event celebrates what’s best about small businesses — the uniqueness of their wares, the friendliness and congeniality, the intimate setting… just watch your toddler if you venture in when its particularly crowded with people and charming goods. For some, the mere idea of shopping the small businesses will have to suffice until a babysitter is handy or the child becomes an adult.
Kick off the weekend on Friday at 7 p.m. with Mayor Dennis Hanwell’s lighting of the Christmas tree inside the ornate gazebo, accompanied by the Prince of Peace choir.
On Saturday, the Holiday Parade of Lights will step off from Medina High School at 5:30 p.m., arriving on the square by 6:15 p.m. with Santa himself at the end. Santa will disembark and retreat to his snug little house on the square, where he will greet young and old for pictures and a chance to sit on his lap and whisper what they want most under their tree. (Be prepared for a long wait, however. You might fare best during Sunday afternoon football if you want a shorter line.) The parade itself features floats which must include lights, so it’s a bit of a thrill and adds to the charm of the weekend.
Medina Presbyterian Church will host the live Nativity scene on the square, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Medina County Holiday Farmers’ Market will be held noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, inside Root Candles, on West Liberty Street, which is the entire event’s lead sponsor.
One of our highlights during the weekend is the free Santa’s Workshop inside the lobby of FirstMerit Bank on the square, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. In past years, we’ve found employees, dressed as elves, organizing games, presenting puppet shows and music, and hosting caricature artists and elaborate face painter Sparkles the Clown. I’ve not seen any word yet on what is planned for this year, but it rarely disappoints — our kids usually emerge with a handful of fun prizes and their faces transformed into butterflies.
For a full list of activities, check out http://www.mainstreetmedina.com/News/category-04e1acf4-ec74-452c-a8de-eced8c600297.aspx
I’d be surprised if it all doesn’t leave you feeling just a bit more jolly and ready to celebrate the season. God bless us, everyone!