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: December 1st & 2nd, 2018
Time: Saturday: 3 - 8pm
Sunday: 2 - 6pm
Location: Carriage Barn, Vermilion River Reservation
51211 North Ridge Rd, Vermilion, OH
Cost: Free!

You are cordially invited to an Old Fashioned Holiday at Mill Hollow! This fun-filled Brownhelm tradition brings pioneer holiday festivities to life through an engaging re-enactment in the Benjamin Bacon House. Also enjoy the essence of the holidays by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride (donations accepted). In addition, many activities will take place in the Carriage Barn, including hearth-side cooking demos and live holiday music. FRIENDS of the Metro Parks will have refreshments available for a small fee.

Tickets for the re-enactment are FREE and available on a “walk-in” basis. If you have a group of 8 or more, please contact the Carriage Barn at (440) 967-7310 to reserve tickets. Re-enactment groups will depart from the Carriage Barn every 10-15 minutes (up to 15 participants per group). Please expect some time delays for breaks for the re-enactors, etc. We hope to have your presence as we enjoy the cheer and merriment of the season!



Santa Brunch
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: Seating at 10:30am or Noon
Location: Miller Nature Preserve
2739 Center Road Avon, OH
Cost: Adults: $10
Children 3 - 10 yrs: $7
Children 2 & under: Free

Enjoy a brunch, explore the holiday display, chat with Santa, and make some crafts to take home. Choose either 10:30 or noon, and register and pay by 11/30. Adults are $10, children 3-10 yrs. $7 and children 2 years and under are free. The menu includes bacon, eggs, hash browns, waffles w/ toppings, Santa’s Punch, orange juice, and coffee. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Be creative and dress for the occasion as one of the characters from Who-ville, wear an ugly sweater, or a fun hat!



Paws and Claus Pet Parade
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 2:30 - 4:00pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center
12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange
Cost: Free!

Program will be held on the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail (or train trail) from 2:30-4 pm at Carlisle Reservation (12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange) December 9th. Walk the trail with your furry friend and meet dog-loving Santa! Bring your own camera to snap a picture with Mr. Claus, either with your pet or family. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6ft. Please also note this is an outdoor only program; dogs are not permitted inside the Visitor Center or in the Raptor Center courtyard. This meet and greet with Santa is FREE, although we ask for a canned pet food donation to benefit the Lorain County Friendship APL.


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 Purchase Tickets
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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