Special Events

Enjoy the following special events sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Parks. For more information please call 1-800-LCM-PARK or view the latest Arrowhead online.


Holiday Lights
Dates: November 27 - December 30
(*Special Hours on Dec. 24: 5-8pm*)
Time: Sundays - Thursdays: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 6:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center,
Carlisle Reservation
Cost: FREE!
*We do ask for a non-perishable food item to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank

Join us at the Carlisle Visitor Center as we light up the night with our annual Holiday Lights program! The event takes place this year from November 24 through December 30. Hours are 6–9 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 6–10 pm Fridays and Saturdays, special hours for December 24, for the trail only from 5-8pm (building and train closed on Dec 24). The event is closed on December 25 There will be no Little Green Choo rides available from December 26th through the 30th, although the building will be open and both trails will be available as walking trails on those days.

Admission to all aspects of this program are free, but we are asking everyone to bring one, non-perishable food item that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. We will also host a “Wildlife Giving Tree” with items needed to care for the animals of Carlisle and other LCMP facilities; from our resident raptors and reptiles to wild songbird visitors.

Please make time to visit this event with your family that has been called by visitors “inspiring and fun for the whole family” as well as a “wonderful experience!” Walk the ½ mile paved loop trail around the Visitor Center to see decorated trail stations themed to represent various classic holiday movies and songs. These stations are conceived and decorated by many creative Lorain County businesses, organizations and agencies. The Little Green Choo Holiday Express will also be running daily November 27th through December 23rd; offering rides through another decorated trail display. There will be no Little Green Choo rides available from December 26th through the 30th, although the building will be open and both trails will be available as walking trails.

Inside the Carlisle Visitor Center, refreshments will be offered for a small fee, courtesy of Friends of Metro Parks daily except for December 24th and 25th. Most evenings we will be playing classic holiday movies for you to enjoy while warming up from the outdoors. Various evening entertainment will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday evenings.



Holiday Lights
Dates: November 26 - December 31
Location: Lakeview Park, Lorain
Cost: FREE!

Drive through Lakeview Park to see the light displays. The lights will be on every night beginning November 25 through the end of December. Then join us inside the Sunset Terrace at Lakeview for some hot chocolate, cookie decorating, a craft and a photo opportunity with Santa! Be sure to bring your own camera!

Santa Visits

Santa visits are 5:00-7:00pm November 25, 26, 29 and December 2, 3, 6 & 8.



Holiday Lights
Date: December 15 & 16
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (both days)
Location: Carriage Barn at Vermilion River Reservation

Join us at our Annual Holiday Barn Market to find so many unique gifts from local arts and crafts vendors. Also enjoy the beautifully decorated Carriage Barn, warm up by the toasty fire and free refreshments! The Holiday Barn Market is a wonderful shopping experience for all.

Interested in being a vendor? Each vendor will have use of a 6 ft. rectangular table as well as some additional space on each side of the table. Contact Jannah at (440) 967-7310 or jwilson@metroparks.cc for more information and a vendor application, or view the vendor form below.



Holiday Lights
Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Sunset Terrace at Lakeview Park
Cost: $15 adults/$10 kids 5 & under
(Under 2 years free)

Join Santa for Breakfast at the Sunset Terrace at Lakeview Saturday December 16th at 9:00am. Tickets are $15 adults/$10 kids 5 & under (Under 2 years free) and include breakfast buffet, carriage ride around Lakeview Park, activity for the kids, and one family photo with Santa.

Reservations required, reserve your seats by calling 440-458-5121.


Music under the stars


2017-2018 Season: October 2017 - August, 2018
Performances: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Cost: $10 - $18 per ticket
Location: French Creek Nature & Arts Center

Theatre has the privilege and the power to reach us exactly where we are in our lives. In hope or hardship, in revelry or wretchedness, our own experiences are reflected in the stories onstage. Seeing the semblance of ourselves in other characters can help us make sense of life’s complexities, finding what we stand for; or sometimes we’re simply reminded what a wonder life is, giving us cause to celebrate. French Creek’s 2017-2018 Season features the fun and the fearless, the playful and the provocative, offering audiences an extraordinary breadth of theatrical performance to enjoy and connect with. Keeping that in mind, we present to you our 2017-2018 French Creek Theatre season. See you at the theatre!

Purchase tickets to any of this season's shows by visiting the French Creek Theatre website or by calling 440-949-5200.

2016-2017 Season

Performance: Date: Tickets:
Bonnie & Clyde October 13 - 29 *This event has expired.*
Annie December 1 - 17 Purchase Tickets
I'm Not Rappaport February 2 - 18 Purchase Tickets
Children of Eden March 9 - 25 Purchase Tickets
The Elephant Man May 4 - 20 Purchase Tickets
Lionel Bart's Oliver! July 13 - 29 Purchase Tickets
Romeo & Juliet
*NOTE: This show is not at French Creek Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park will take place at Lakeview Park in Lorain
August 17 - 19
*All Shows at 7pm*
No purchase necessary.
FREE Show!



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