–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 11.15.16
Downtown will come alive with holiday spirit beginning Dec. 2 as the Miracle on Main Street weekend will be launched with the Red Bird First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8-plus p.m. A variety of artists will exhibit their work in participating downtown shops along with a pop-up gallery in Kevin Charles Hair Artistry. The Art Walk continues on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce will have a warming tent on Maplewood Avenue between Main and Summit streets. The tent will be decorated by Hafner Florist and sponsored by Vin Devers Autohaus of Sylvania, Edward Jones, Modern Data, Meijer and Reeb Funeral Home. Adult beverages will be available for purchase on Friday evening and there will be live music from 5 to 10 p.m.
The Maplewood and Sylvan elementary school choirs will sing at Maplewood Park around 5 p.m.
Deck the Halls for History featuring a variety of holiday- and winter-themed decorations and gift baskets will be on display and available for auction bids from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Sylvania Historical Village.
On Saturday, a hot cocoa bar sponsored by Metamora State Bank and a popcorn bar by GenoaBank will be available to drink and eat while watching the kid-appropriate movies in the warming tent. The staff from Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center will have child-friendly crafts and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be cookie decorating thanks to The Next Sweet Thing Bakery.
Olaf from “Frozen” and Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall will also be on hand for children’s enjoyment.
On Sunday, the Sylvania Historical Village will also host staff members from the Sylvania branch library who have events planned.
New this year is the Maplewood Classic, a 5K run scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. with a kids race at 5:30 starting at Maplewood Avenue and Main Street. Runners will head south past St Joe’s, west past Lourdes University, north past Northview High School, west to Erie Street, east to Main Street, to the parade route-filled finish in downtown Sylvania. Run Toledo will handle the race. Funds from the race will benefit Olander Park.
The Festival of Lights Parade starts at 6 p.m. bringing Santa and Mrs. Claus to downtown Sylvania followed by the Christmas Tree lighting at 7 p.m. in Maplewood Park.
After Santa and Mrs. Claus finish lighting the tree and greeting the families gathered in the park, they will cross the street and go to the Sylvania Historical Village to talk with boys and girls until 8 p.m.
Miracle on Main is a collaboration with the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Sylvania Association and the Sylvania Historical Village.