Donations fuel return of two holiday traditions in Elyria

ELYRIA, Ohio - It has been four years since Elyria's last holiday lighting celebration.

On Dec. 1, the holiday lights program will return to Ely Square from 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. in downtown Elyria.

Then on Dec. 5, Finwood Estate will be covered in lights, creating a magic holiday kingdom complete with indoor and outdoor animal and light displays.

In 2008, due to budget constraints, the decision was made to eliminate the decorating of Finwood Estate and limited lighting of Ely Square.

"Because of the generosity of so many, Elyria will once again serve as a shining beacon of goodwill and charity for all who live here and visit here this holiday season," said Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda.

Through donations, ranging from $5 to $15,000, individuals and local corporations were able to raise $60,000.

"Every resident in our city who was born before 2008 can probably remember what a grand sight our town is during the holidays and we are so very grateful that we will again be able to celebrate again in grand style," Brinda said.

The mayor said she hopes that with more donors and volunteers this tradition will continue and grow.

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