Wrap Christmas and the Holiday Season in A Little Medina County Magic

Warm sweaters? Check. Thermos filled with hot chocolate? Check. Trusty four-wheel-drive “sleigh” with plenty of horsepower? Check. You’re all ready for a great holiday excursion! But where to go? This year, treat the family to a grand tour of beautiful Medina County! Within daytrip driving distance of Cleveland and Akron, Medina offers that rare combination of small-town coziness and big-city flair.  


260 South Court St.
Medina, Ohio 44256

140 W Washington St.
Medina, OH 44256

6757 Center Rd.
Valley City, OH 44280

3059 Greenwich Rd.
Wadsworth, OH 44281

1496 Columbia Rd.
Valley City, OH 44280

39 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256

Main St.
Wadsworth, OH 44281

851 Weymouth Rd.
Medina, OH 44256

1200 Maple St.
Valley City, OH 44280

504 W Liberty St.
Medina, OH 44256

2267 Columbia Rd.
Valley City, OH 44280

Christmas All Year

Start your expedition at Castle Noel, 260 South Court Street, Medina, Ohio 44256. Touted as America’s largest indoor, year-round Christmas entertainment attraction, Castle Noel has the world’s largest privately owned collection of Hollywood Christmas movie props and costumes. And that’s not all. View the animated New York City Christmas windows from famous Big Apple stores or visit the gift shop. Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! 

Places To Eat

Ready to refuel? Enjoy the cuisine at one of Medina’s many eateries, like Miss Molly’s Tea Room, 140 West Washington Street, Medina, Ohio 44256, where the Victorian age is deliciously on display on a menu replete with pastries and other fare. Or brush up your Irish brogue and raise a glass at Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant, 6757 Center Road, Valley City, Ohio 44280. 

Sip & Savor

If you’re looking for some holiday cheer, visit Medina County wineries, including Filia Cellars Winery, 3059 Greenwich Road, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281, and Jilbert Winery, 1496 Columbia Road, Valley City, Ohio 44280. 

Holiday Celebrations

You can also take part in several candlelight walks. The City of Medina and A.I. Root Candle Company will host the 38th annual Medina Candlelight Walk on November 17th – 19th around Medina square. This three-day affair annually attracts up to 40,000 people and includes holiday light displays, the lighting of the Christmas tree in Medina’s lovely gazebo, fireworks, a parade, and much more.  

Likewise, Wadsworth, Ohio holds the Wadsworth Candlelight Walk on November 17th. You can take a horse and carriage ride, watch the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, visit Santa, view ice sculptures, win the raffle and sample the delicacies on offer.

Or attend A Celtic Christmas, a 27-year tradition held November 26, 2:30pm-5:00pm at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina, Ohio 44256. 

You can also attend Christmas in the Valley, an annual holiday festival including a parade held in Valley City, Ohio, December 9th – 10th. Say hi to Santa in his horse-drawn carriage!

Where to Stay

To end your day, retire to one of Medina County’s welcoming B&Bs or hotels to recharge your batteries for tomorrow’s fun. The award-winning Spitzer House Bed & Breakfast, 504 W Liberty Street Medina, Ohio 44256, features private baths in all guest rooms. Or try Reutter’s Roost Bed & Breakfast, 2267 Columbia Road, Valley City, Ohio 44280. Nestled in a 1913 Queen Anne style house with a wraparound Victorian porch, the B&B sits on over a hundred acres of hikable land.  

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