Light Up Downtown


Save the date:  Thursday December 4, 2014!

Light Up Downtown
Christopher Pop-In-Kins to spread the joy of the holidays at Light Up Downtown
Santa’s very first Children’s Elf is popping back in to downtown Canton for a magical, musical, holiday jamboree and ELFstravaganza on Dec. 4!

The whole family will be enchanted as you take a magical journey with Christopher Pop-In-Kins, Santa’s Official Children’s Elf, as he pops in again this year during Light Up Downtown on the main stage on Market Square (301 Market Ave. N). With Christopher poppin’ up at Light Up Downtown – there’s sure to be fun croppin’ up around every corner.

Tons of Family Fun and Holiday Hoopla!

Light Up Downtown, presented by the Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber, returns for another year of downtown family fun. Light Up is your chance to watch 16 city blocks come alive with attractions, entertainment, refreshments and fun for children of all ages. The excitement is happening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Canton.

Main Stage Show & Fireworks!

This year’s Light Up will feature Christopher Pop-In-Kins, every child’s favorite elf, in a very special musical main stage show that will light up the skies and light up your spirits with community musical acts, fantastic fireworks and a ho, ho, ho-liday visit from the man in red. You’re in for a night of surprises and fun for all ages! Best of all? This festive festival is FREE!

Activities Galore

You can look forward to carriage rides, singing and local dance troupe performances, children’s crafts and activities and much, much more! The downtown center city is transformed into a winter wonderland for the occasion, and our local businesses will provide activities and refreshments as you take in all the holiday delights our community has to offer.

Details & Parking

Download the Map here!

Light Up Downtown will be held rain, snow or shine. There will be plenty of free parking, both on-street and in the Timken High School and Stark County District Library parking lots, as well as parking in various decks and lots throughout downtown for a nominal fee.

Please Note: Market Avenue will be closed from 7th Street S. to 6th Street N. to vehicle traffic from 4:30pm to 10:00pm. Parking is available on street and in the following parking decks: Millennium Parking Deck Located on the west side of Walnut Ave. between 2nd and 3rd St. Enter off of Second St. NE. Open until 10:30pm City Centre Parking Deck Located at 120 Cleveland Ave. S. Enter off of West Tuscarawas Open until 10:30pm Newmarket Deck Located at 233 Market Ave. S. Enter on 3rd St. SW

Hat & Mitten Drive

During the event, the Canton City Fire Department will distribute hats and mittens to children in need. Donations of new children’s hats and mittens should be dropped off at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, or at these area locations, between now and the Light Up event:

American Red Cross
408 Ninth St. SW
(Goodwill Community Campus)
Canton, OH 44707
Canton Regional Chamber
222 Market Ave N
Canton, OH 44702
Courtyard Marriott
4375 Metro Cir NW
North Canton, OH 44720
100 Central Plaza S
Canton, OH 44702
126 Central Plaza N
Downtown Canton, OH 44702
Malone University
515 25th Street NW
Canton, OH 44709
McKinley Grand
320 Market Ave S.
Canton, OH 44702
The Repository
500 Market Ave. S
Canton, OH 44702
Stark Co. District Library
715 Market Ave N
Canton, OH 44702