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.
This year, the Medina Theatre will feature several different performances. The first is at 10:30 a.m. and is called The Legend Trails Cowboy Christmas Show by Albion’s Jim Navarra. At 2 p.m., January will perform her locally-based “Our Town” and then stay to sign copies of the single. Navarra will go on again at 3:30 p.m. January will perform and sign once more at 8 p.m. Finally, at 8:30 p.m., the Half Ton Horns, featuring Medina Mustang Band Director Jim Steele, will take the stage. (The Half Ton Horns performance requires the purchase of a $5 ticket.)
Santa Claus will be on hand during the open times at the Theatre for children to give him their wish list.
Trippensee added that the Lake Plains Players are also participating in this year’s event, as they will be singing Christmas Carols up and down Main Street from 11 a.m. to the mid-afternoon. They will also be on hand for the tree lighting at Rotary Park at 5:30 p.m.
As always, the day concludes with the annual Parade of Lights.
Applications for the Cutest Little Elf contest and the 5K are still being accepted. Those wishing to put their pets on parade or looking to be vendors can also still apply to do so. (Vendor space is limited to an outdoor location at this point.)
For application information, go online to www.christmasinmedina.com. Applications are available on that site and can be turned in at Apple Blossom Florist in Medina or mailed to the address specified on the application. For additional information, call Trippensee at 590-1889.