Combines Small Town Atmosphere with Big City Flavor
Featuring one-of-a-kind shopping and attractions like the famous Root Candles and world-renown Castle Noel, the holidays are a beautiful time to visit Medina County, Ohio.
With its close proximity to Cleveland/Akron and with highway access via I-71, I-271, I-76/224, Medina County is and easy daytrip during the holiday season. The vast array of festivals, shopping, attractions, historic architecture and eateries make Medina County a special place to visit and live. It combines small town atmosphere with big city flavor.
Visit the many fabulous, unique shops and outlets to find all your holiday gifts during the holiday season. For example, The Log Cabin shop features re-enactors, supplies and muzzle-loading guns along with a large collection of new and used books. Visit the Village of Seville for unique shops. There are antique shops, antique malls and consignment shops worth exploring all around Medina County.
Root Candles at West Liberty is a nationally known, local business that has been in existence for over 100 years. Root is a candle making company offering home accessories, decorations and candles of all shapes and sizes. Root’s candles are known for their fragrances, for being clean and long burning. Their retail store is in the original factory building along with an outlet shop.
If you need scrapbooking, art supplies, paper and envelopes, visit Hollo’s Papercraft in Brunswick. Ohio Station Outlets features more than 60 shops and a train that you can ride around the facility. Medina County has many small locally owned and operated gift shops in Wadsworth, Brunswick, Seville and around Medina’s Historic Square. Ormandy’s Trains and Toys is where you will find children’s traditional favorite Christmas toy – model trains. Boyert’s Greenhouse has great holiday decorations to decorate the inside and outside of your home. At Century Cycles, you can find that new bike to take out and enjoy the bike trails in Medina County and all across the state. Stop at one of the area’s wineries for a tasting. Select your favorite wine to enjoy at home during holiday meals and parties. Find that special gift for all your holiday gift needs at one of the many specialty shops in Medina County.
Make your holiday visit more memorable with a visit to Castle Noel, America’s largest holiday entertainment complex. Here you can stroll past New York City department store Christmas window displays, holiday Christmas photos of Christmas shows and stars, walk through the “I Had That” Toyland Experience where you can find many of the toys you played with, go through the Blizzard Vortex and Santa’s Squeeze to experience what Santa feels as he climbs down the chimney. View the large collection of costumes, props and set pieces from numerous Christmas movies such as Will Ferrell’s “Elf” costume, the Grinch’s 16 foot sleigh, Cindy Lou Who’s bedroom set and many other pieces from the The Grinch movie. See Cousin Eddy’s RV from Christmas Vacation, items from Tim Allen’s Santa Claus movies and much more. Before you leave be sure to climb Santa Mountain where you will meet Santa Claus and take a ride down the slide just like Ralphy did in A Christmas Story.
In the lower level of Castle Noel, check out the indoor “Alien Vacation” freaky black lights and 3D mini-golf. Play 18 holes and travel across the world with Santa showing the Aliens’ Mayan Temple and the North Pole Ice. Then go with Santa and the Alien’s as they travel into space. Enjoy a drink (adult or kids beverages) at the “The Bridge” Spaceship Bar.
Medina County has many fun events. For example, there’s Medina’s Candlelight Walk in November. Here you’ll meet Santa, see a light parade and fireworks. There’s also the Holiday Lights drive-thru at the county fairgrounds, Santa Express train rides at Ohio Station Outlets, Christmas Around the World Craft Show where crafters will be demonstrating. Christmas at the Ranch is at Buckin’ Ohio in December with live music, nativity, crafts and more. Candy Cane Christmas is at Spring Mist Farm featuring a petting farm, hayrides, and live nativity. Candlelight Walk and Jingle Bell Jaunt and Santa Parade are all held in downtown Wadsworth, plus holiday concerts. For all the train enthusiasts, the Medina Model Train and Toy Show at the Community Center at the Fairgrounds in Medina. Also at the Community Center at the Fairgrounds hosts the Medina Flea Market.
Start a new family tradition with a stop at one of the many Medina County Christmas tree farms. Take the family out and wander a tree farm searching for the perfect Christmas tree, cut-your-own or take home a fresh cut tree and fresh pine roping to decorate your home.
After finding that perfect tree, plan a lunch or dinner at one of many wonderful restaurants. There’s plenty in this winter wonderland in Medina County to make fun holiday memories. With the vast array of activities, events and some of the most beautiful historic architecture in the state, Medina County is well worth the visit. Oh, and don’t forget the fantastic Medina Ice Festival held every February. Call 800-860-2943 or visit https://www.visitmedinacounty.com/ for a calendar of events and visitors guide.