Medina Journal-Register — Christmas in Medina is fast approaching, as Nov. 30 is merely 12 days away. Plans are being finalized for the annual local draw.
The event’s chairperson, Lisa Trippensee, said this year several new businesses have joined in the fun.
“There are more activities available in the stores, too,” she said. “We’re trying to keep it local, promote downtown, and give people a chance to see what Medina has to offer while stepping inside to warm up for a minute.”
Along with the influx of participating businesses, Christmas in Medina this year will feature the Home for the Holidays 5K. A local singer, January, has released a DVD of the song “Our Town” set to picturesque vistas of the community, and she will be performing during the celebration, Trippensee said.
Another aspect of the day-long event that is not new, but has changed, is the Pets on Parade, which is set for noon and coincides with Santa Claus’s arrival.
“We’ve always wanted to expand this parade because we knew it had the potential, but we wanted the right group,” Trippensee said. “This group is it.”
The group is the Orleans County 4-H Club Youth Development. Trippensee said having a 4-H club in charge of animals makes perfect sense.
The noon parade is also looking to expand its marchers, Trippensee added.
“We invited the participants in our Cutest Little Elf contest to march last year, but it was kind of last minute,” she explained. “This year we’re encouraging them to stay and march in the parade.”
Cutest Little Elf contest entrants are asked to dress in a holiday themed outfit, not necessarily like an elf, Trippensee noted. Those who decide to march may do so with their parents.
Perhaps the biggest change this year is the full-on embrace of the Medina Theatre. Last year it housed Santa and Mrs. Claus rather than the small building in Rotary Park. Trippensee agreed the move to a larger venue was met with great approval from parents of small children, as waiting in line to see the Man In Red was much easier to handle being inside rather than outside battling the elements.