LG-WW Press Release 2017




CONTACT:Lollie Bansek




(November 1, 2017)  Main Street Lorain – LGCwill once again host Lorain Waterfront Winterfest, the community-based, family-friendly event that kicks-off the holiday season in Downtown Lorain over Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, November 25, 2017.


As in past years, Waterfront Winterfest will offer time-honored holiday activities including fireworks, magical and enchanting Christmas lights, and of course, the arrival of Santa. “The highlight every year is the arrival of Santa and this year will be extra special when he arrives at Veterans Park on the “Red Express” with super heroes and elves,” Steve Bansek, Waterfront Winterfest chairman said.  “We are also delighted to have WKYC reporter and Lorain native, Tiffany Tarpley, join us again this year for the festivities.”


Winterfest kicks-off with entertainment at Veteran’s Park and the arrival of Santa and the lighting of Christmas lights. Also taking place is Storyland where children will be read holiday-themed stories and play games for prizes, a Frozen Party at the Lorain Public Library, free tours of Moore House Museum sponsored by the Lorain Historical Society and holiday crafts at the Lorain Arts Council.Returning again this year is the International Tree and Model Train Display at the Black River Transportation Center which showcases Christmas trees representing the many cultures of our International City with the nostalgia of the season that comes from authentic model trains.


“It’s exciting to have so many community organizations involved with Winterfest,” said Jim Long, President of Main Street Lorain-LCG. “There is so much to do and see. The best part of Winterfest is ushering in the holiday with family.”  “It is also a time for all to thank God for all we have and to share the spirit of Christmas with those who are less fortunate.”


Looking for Christmas? Santa? Magical delight? Festive entertainment? It’s here in Lorain in our own backyard.


2017 Waterfront Winterfest

 Event Schedule

Saturday November 25th


4:00-8:00p.m.      Reindeer petting zoo at Veterans Park.

(W. 4th St. and West Erie Ave.)

5:00 p.m.             Santa arrives at Veterans Park on the “Red Express” accompanied by Super Heroes and elves.

5:00-9:00 p.m.     Storyland open at Northwest Annex.

437 Broadway

5:00-6:00p.m.      Entertainment at Veterans Park with Tiffany Tarpley from WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland, Jim Long, Director of Main Street Lorain – Lorain Growth Corporation and Stephen G. Bansek, Lorain Port Authority Board Member.

5:55p.m.              Santa flips the switch to light up Lorain and Veterans Park.

5:00-6:00 p.m.     Appearances by princesses Anna & Elsa

6:00 p.m.             Fireworks begin over Lake Erie

6:30p.m.              Fire & Ice tower lit at Veterans Park

6:00-9:00 p.m.     Santa arrives at The Palace Theatre to visit with children.

Cartoons will be shown.

(617 Broadway)


6:30p.m.              Lorain Public Library will be host a Frozen Party in celebration of Lorain’s Waterfront Winterfest.  Build a snowman, enjoy games, crafts and music from the movie.

(351 6th St.)

5:00- 7:00 p.m.    Moore House Museum open with free tours sponsored by

The Lorain Historical Society.

(309 W. 5th St.)

5:00-9:00 p.m.     The Lorain Arts Council hosts holiday crafts for children.

(737 Broadway)

7:00-9:00 p.m.     Performance by the Windjammers Big Band at the

Charleston Coffee House.

(630 Broadway)

Santa will be at The Palace Theatre on November 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Storyland will be open November 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Northwest Bank Annex.  Stories will be read to the children and games will be played for prizes.


International Tree & Model Train Display

421 Black River Lane, Lorain

November 25, 2017 – December 30, 2017

Fridays & Saturdays:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sundays: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The International Tree & Model Train display is FREE to the public. (Donations are appreciated and accepted)




Visit www.lorainwinterfest.com for more information and updates.

2017-11-13T11:41:17+00:00November 13th, 2017|News|