Medina Candlelight Walk is November 20-22, 2020

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Candlelight Walk is always a huge community event, and with a good weather forecast, usually brings anywhere from 25,000-40,000 guests to Medina .

By Mimi Vanderhaven

Main Street Medina, in partnership with the City of Medina and Root Candles, are pleased to announce that the 36th Medina Candlelight Walk will take place November 20-22, 2020, although in a modified fashion due to coronavirus limitations. The event will still kick off the holiday season with gorgeous decorations throughout the District, shopping at over 40 shops and boutiques, modified visits with Santa Claus, a reverse parade, and expanded holiday activities that will continue into January 2021.

“Candlelight Walk is always a huge community event, and with a good weather forecast, usually brings anywhere from 25,000-40,000 guests to Medina to experience a quintessential small-town holiday kick-off,” says Matt Wiederhold, executive director for Main Street Medina.

Due to coronavirus concerns and limitations, the event is being modified for 2020, including no large group gatherings. And in lieu of an official district lighting celebration, the lights and decorations will be unveiled Friday afternoon, November 20.

The Holiday Parade of Lights will take place on Sunday, November 29, from 6-9 p.m., in the parking lot of the Medina Community Center, on the Medina County Fairgrounds. It will be a reverse parade, where the entries will be parked in place, and guests will drive by to view the display. Guests are then encouraged to exit the parade, and visit the Drive-Thru Holiday Light display in the Fairgrounds (there is a nominal fee for the fairgrounds light show). Medina County businesses, nonprofit organizations, and others, are encouraged to decorate a light-covered float or display to participate in the parade. Registration materials and details may be found at MainStreetMedina.com.

Visits with Santa Claus will be modified to respect social distancing recommendations. Santa will be in residence in the historic Interurban Station near 257 S. Court Street, and children and families will be able to walk up and talk to him.

This year, the celebration will continue into January 2021, with a focus on special photographic moments throughout the District. A guide to the moments will be published, along with an evolving schedule of events, at MainStreetMedina.com.

“This year, we are also upgrading many of the district decorations, thanks to generous funding from PNC Bank and Sue and Murray Van Epp,” Matt says. By extending the celebration into early January, we are hopeful that it will encourage day trips to Medina to experience an authentic hometown holiday.”

For more information, please visit MainStreetMedina.com.