–by Jennifer Ruple

Mayor Craig Stough and Town Crier Michael Lieber attend the 2017 tree-lighting ceremony.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in downtown Sylvania. Kick off the holiday season with the magic of Miracle on Main Street, a two-weekend event beginning with a 5K race on Dec. 2 followed by two days of shopping, art, history, a parade, a tree lighting ceremony and a brew hop on Dec. 7 and 8.
Get a move on the holidays with the Miracle on Main Street 5K and Santa’s Little Helpers Kids Dash for children ages 6 and up on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The course begins downtown and makes a loop through Sylvania. Awards, a commemorative scarf (guaranteed through Nov. 15) and post-race refreshments will be provided. To register, visit runtoledo.com.
Festivities for the second weekend of Miracle on Main Street begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. on Dec. 8.
Don’t miss the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Sylvania Historical Village presented by the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo Memorial Park.
Check off your holiday gift list at the expanded Mistletoe Market on Maplewood Avenue. More than 30 local artists, makers and vendors will offer items such as fresh greens, roping, wreaths and plants; baked goods; crocheted accessories; soaps, lotions and candles; holiday and home décor; jewelry; and 4(tree)560 goods.
Stroll up and down Main Street for the final First Friday Art Walk of 2018 when downtown shops, boutiques, and art galleries stay open late and host guest artists.
Visit the Heritage Museum in the Sylvania Historical Village, 5717 N. Main St. for the annual Deck the Halls for History fundraiser. Guests will have the opportunity to browse and bid on donated centerpieces, wreaths and holiday decorations. Funds raised benefit the village’s school programs.
Sip some brews for a cause during the Elfin’ Brew Hop on Friday and Saturday. Upside Brewing, Inside the Five, Chandler Café, Sodbuster, Element 112 and Fuller Art House will each feature a winter/holiday beer. $1 from each beer will be donated back to the Sylvania Community Arts Commission and the Red Bird Arts District.
Wrap up the weekend with the annual holiday parade on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. featuring Santa and floats from local organizations and businesses.
Miracle on Main is sponsored by Dave White Chevrolet, Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery & Mausoleum and 13abc in collaboration with Downtown Sylvania Association, Sylvania Historical Village, Sylvania Community Arts Commission and Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce.