One of the things I love most about living in Cleveland over the Winter holidays is celebrating all the traditions my family keeps alive.
Now that we have 3 young children of our own, we cherish the opportunity to enjoy these special memories with family and friends. Wherever we travel or live in the world, we’ll hold these memories close to our hearts.
Since Mommy is guilty of taking too many pictures (“Pleeease?! I’m capturing moments you’ll one day hold dear!”), we’ll always be able to look back and remember what a delightful time we’re having in Ohio.
One of the most memorable, exciting, family-friendly, kid-centric traditions we’ve enjoyed this holiday season is visit the Holiday at Finwood Estate event in Elyria, Ohio.
Originally owned by a prominent family in the area, the estate was deeded to the City of Elyria on in 1945 to be used for park purposes. The City of Elyria Parks and Recreation Department maintains the property and offers it as a rental facility.
What’s so special about Holiday at Finwood Estate during the holidays?
The Parks and Rec Department works diligently to transform the already-captivating Finwood Estate into a picturesque Winter Wonderland full of multi-sensory things for kids to experience. See?
On our second trip to Holiday at Finwood, we discovered even more than our first visit! It was a mild evening, so we took 30 minutes to stroll the grounds with hot cocoa in hand. We stopped to view the light displays, talk to the animals (made of lights), watch all the choo-choo trains running along their giant tracks, and snap some stellar photos.
Best of all, we actually got to take our own photos of our girls with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and didn’t pay a dime! The entire environment of the event is relaxed, cozy, and low-pressure, which we love.
If you’re within a 1-hour’s drive of Elyria, take an evening to create a new holiday tradition with your family. You will be truly amazed by the effort put into this event.
And hey, it’s a FREE event (donations appreciated – see below for details). Who could ask for more at the holidays, right?
Details for Holiday at Finwood...
Finwood Estate – 799 North Abbe Road – Elyria, Ohio 44035
3-23 December 2014 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm *
outdoors: walk the grounds of the estate which are decorated with lights*, tasteful displays and several live running toy trains – great photo opps!
* The outside lights will remain on through January 2, 2015.
indoors: bring your camera to snap photos of your child visiting with Santa as well as the beautifully decorated rooms upstairs. Enjoy light refreshments of hot chocolate and cookies indoors, then stroll outside to view the grounds.
Monetary donations are accepted throughout the estate. Simply locate a donation box or ask a volunteer where you may place your donation. Non-perishable canned food donations are also welcome. All canned food items will be distributed to the Elyria Hospitality House.
Additional Resources for Holiday at Finwood
Holiday at Finwood event – for more information