Monday, November 28, 2016

Elyria Festival of Lights - Saturday, December 3, 2016!

Bring the entire family and join the City of Elyria  for a fun-filled day of holiday events and activities designed to bring a smile to every age. All events and activities in Ely Square, Elyria City Hall and Finwood Estate are FREE and open to the public and are being made possible through the generous donations of individuals and organizations throughout our community and the Findley Trust.
This year’s celebration will bring back many of the traditions you remember from the past, including the children’s petting zoo complete with A GENUINE REINDEER! Events will start at Elyria City Hall at 3pm with crafts,  caroling, movies, a caricature artist, free gift bags for the first 500 children and Mayor Brinda’s FREE Storybook Giveaway! Grace Community Church will once again be providing free outerwear for children and adults inside City Hall, and the Elyria Art Works will be open until 4:30pm for you to browse the works of local artists, shop, and vote in their annual “Non-Traditional Christmas Tree Contest!”

Downtown Elyria Events

  • Ice Sculpting - Watch a sculptor transform a block of ice into a reindeer before your eyes!
  • Kids Crafts - Make a holiday craft in City Hall
  • Kids Holiday Movies
  • Warm up in City Hall to watch some classic holiday movies and specials!
  • Caricature Artist - Add some cheer to your holiday with a free caricature portrait of your children or your whole family!
Mayor Brinda’s Storybook Giveaway
  • The first 500 children will receive their choice of a FREE book courtesy of the Mayor!
  • Children’s Petting Zoo - Ely Square will come alive with real animals for your child’s petting pleasure, including: a camel, pygmy goats, a yak, Shetland sheep, alpacas and A REAL REINDEER!
  • Caroling & Group Performances: Hear the joyous sounds of the season from a variety of choral, dance and music groups!
  • Coat, Scarf, Hat & Glove Giveaway - Grace Community Church will be providing free outerwear for children, youth and adults in Elyria City Hall
  • StoryTime - Meet The GrinchWho Stole Christmas: The Elyria Public Library shares some holiday classics and your favorite holiday characters will be in Ely Square and City Hall
5:00-5:30pm - Santa's Arrival!
5:30-7:00pm - Meet Santa in the Sunrise Rotary Santa House on Ely Square!

  • ChristmasTree Contest and Gallery- The Elyria Arts Council, 336 Broad Street – Former Brandau Jewelry Building will host a creative Christmas tree contest and gallery. View and vote for trees created by some of our greatest local artists!
Holiday at Finwood Estate Events
6:00-9:00pm: December 2 thru December 23 - (outside open through January 2)
Visit with Santa while enjoying hot cocoa, cookies, carolers, holiday displays, trains and thousands of lights. A canned-food or cash donation for Hospitality House is greatly appreciated!

North Park Ice Arena Events
December 3rd - 901 Duffy St.
1:00 – 3:00pm & 7:00 - 9:00pm: Open Skate: Youth $3, Adults $4, Skate Rental $3

See flyer below for more details!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Invest Elyria's Small Business Saturday is November 26, 2016!

Small businesses are one of the things that make Elyria a wonderful place to live.  Please find the time to bring your family out to support some of our local business, restaurants, and entrepreneurs downtown and through the City. Invest Elyria is holding their second annual Small Business Saturday on November 26. 28 local businesses will be participating with special offers, discounts, and other fun events throughout the day.  More information is available at

Here is a list this year's participants:
  • A Wrinkle of Time Photography
  • Attractive Kitchens and Floors
  • Best Little Warehouse
  • Cakes Candy & Flowers
  • Dogs On The Go
  • Elyria Resale Outlet
  • Furry Kid Dog Grooming Salon
  • Powerhouse Gym Elyria
  • Banhidy & Sons Construction
  • Keith’s Comics
  • Computer-Tek
  • Angelina's Pizza
  • Dave's Cosmic Subs
  • Stephen's Costume Jewelry
  • Stewarts TV & Appliance
  • Puffers Floral Shoppe
  • Black River Archery
  • Blackburn’s Country Barn
  • Elyria Arts Council
  • Pandy's Garden Center
  • Auto Details
  • Veteran's Barber Shop
  • Smitty's
  • Midway Oh Boy
  • Oven 51
  • First Choice Photography
  • Dr. Joseph G. Van Keuren
  • Illustrators Tattoo

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Mayor Holly Brinda & Family

On behalf of the City of Elyria and the Brinda family, we wish all of our residents, visitors, employees and friends the blessings of love, happiness, health, and success on Thanksgiving and always.  As you gather around your tables to give thanks, please know that your Mayor understands that how we use our blessings is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.  Your Mayor and your City are truly grateful for your continued support and we pledge to do all we can to serve you now and in the future.       

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Help Make Holiday Lights 2016 a Success!

Dear Fellow Elyrians,

The holidays are fast approaching and as your Mayor I am again asking you to join me in supporting our community’s Holiday Lights program.  Your donation is needed and will be very much appreciated as we join together as a community to make sure that ALL of Elyria’s children and families have the opportunity to enjoy this very special season.   

On Saturday, December 3 we will kick-off festivities in and around Ely Square and at Finwood Estate.  Both displays, and the array of free, family-friendly activities that accompany them, make the hope and joy of the season accessible to everyone.  Your donation will help us provide gift bags for children, refreshments, holiday crafts, and a Petting Zoo complete with reindeer.  As Mayor I will fund a free book give-away and our civic organizations and churches will provide a North Pole experience; ice sculpting; a coat, scarf, mitten and hat give-away; and more.  And thanks to past contributions, the City will gain be able to provide a magnificent holiday lights display at both locations. 

Elyria truly is a caring community and you can be a beacon of hope and goodwill by becoming a Holiday Lights donor.  A donation in any amount is appreciated and is tax-deductible.  Checks should be made out to the City of Elyria – notation line: Holiday Lights Program – and mailed to:  Mayor Holly Brinda – Elyria City Hall – 131 Court Street, Suite 301 – Elyria, Ohio  44035.     

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  And I certainly hope that you will join us on December 3 and make a lasting memory with your loved ones!  If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to call my office at any time at 326-1402.

In the spirit of the season,
Holly C. Brinda, MPA

P.S. – Thank you again for your continued support.  Your donation will brighten the life of a child in our community.