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.

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Old Fashioned Holiday
Dates: November 23 - December 30
Time: Sundays-Thursdays: 6 - 9pm
Fridays-Saturdays: 6 - 10pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center
12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange
Cost: Free!

Join us at the Carlisle Visitor Center as we light up the night with our annual Holiday Lights program! Holiday Lights at the Carlisle Visitor Center (12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange) takes place this year from November 23 through December 30. Hours are 6–9 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 6–10 pm Fridays and Saturdays. The event is closed on December 25th, and special hours for the trail only from 5-8pm scheduled for December 24th (building and train closed on Dec 24th). 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 23rd 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 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday evenings.



Old Fashioned Holiday
Dates: November 15, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Time: Open daily: 10am - 5pm
Location: Miller Nature Preserve
2739 Center Rd., Avon, OH 44011
Cost: Regular conservatory admission fees apply:
$2/person & 42” and shorter are FREE!

Relive colors, cool trees, bright houses, wild ornaments, charming residents, neat candy, and lighted wreaths in our re-creation of the story of the ‘Grinch’. The conservatory will bring you to Who-ville and the Grinch’s journey to find a better Christmas. Characters such as Cindy Lou Who, Lou Lou Who, Mayor Augustus Maywho, Betty Lou Who, Officer Wholihan, and of course Max may be on hand to welcome you to their quaint village.

Along with many photo opportunities, there will be a highlighted storyline, activities, and fun for all in the display! There will also be accompanying programs during the course of the display. The display runs November 15 through January 6 and is open 10 am – 5 pm. The regular conservatory admission fees are those 42” and under are FREE and those taller just $2/day.


Music under the stars


2017-2018 Season: October 2018 - August, 2019
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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 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.

2018-2019 Season

Performance: Date: Tickets:
Little Shop of Horrors October 12 - 28 *This event has passed.*
The Gifts of the Magi November 30 -
December 16
Purchase Tickets
She Loves Me February 1 - 17 Purchase Tickets
Little Women March 29 - April 14 Purchase Tickets
Into the Woods May 31 - June 16 Purchase Tickets
Tuck Everlasting July 19 - August 4 Purchase Tickets
As You Like It
*NOTE: This show is not at French Creek Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park will take place at the Bacon Woods Amphitheatre at Vermilion River Reservation
August 16 - 18
*All Shows at 7pm*
No purchase necessary.
FREE Show!



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