Miracle on Main launches holiday spirit in downtown Sylvania

by Jennifer Ruple

Jennifer Ruple and her mother, Carol Alexander, created this ‘Sylvania AdVantage’ wreath for the Sylvania Historical Village’s ‘Deck the Halls for History.’
Jennifer Ruple and her mother, Carol Alexander, created this ‘Sylvania AdVantage’ wreath for the Sylvania Historical Village’s ‘Deck the Halls for History.’

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. In addition, many of the downtown business owners will vie for the best dressed shop windows in the “Spirit of the Season” contest for Christmas displays. Participating businesses will have paper ballots available, which can be placed in the Snowman ballot bucket in front of the Sylvania AdVantage office, 5655 N. Main St. or shoppers can “like” their favorite decor on the Downtown Sylvania Association’s Facebook page.

The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce will have a warming tent on Maplewood Avenue between Main and Summit streets throughout the weekend event. The tent will be decorated by Hafner Florist and is 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 and movies from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Art Walk continues on Saturday. In the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce’s warming tent, there will be family crafts, a hot cocoa bar sponsored by Metamora State Bank and a popcorn bar by GenoaBank so participants will be able to have drinks and eat watching the kid-appropriate movies 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.

There will be face painting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kevin Charles Hair Artistry, 5633 N. Main St., and ornament making from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beautiful Blooms by Jen, 5646 Summit St.


New this year is the Miracle on Main 5K run scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. with a “Santa’s Little Helper Kid Dash” at 5:30 p.m. The run starts 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. To register for the run visit runsignup.com/miracleonmainstreet5k.

The Festival of Lights Parade starts Sunday at 6 p.m.
and will feature Melissa Andrews of WTOL TV11 on the podium to introduce each of the parade participants including Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The jolly couple will lead the way to the lighting the Christmas tree in Maplewood Park. Then the will head to the Sylvania Historical Village to talk with boys and girls from 7 to 8 p.m.

Miracle on Main is sponsored by Dave White Chevrolet. The event is a collaboration with the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Sylvania Association and the Sylvania Historical Village.