CANTON, OH (November 7, 2008) - The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce's 18th annual Light Up Downtown event, 16 blocks of festive fun for the whole family, will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The annual main stage show, Illumination Show Spectacular, will begin at 6 p.m. on Market Ave. The Illumination Show will feature singing, Santa, a dazzling tree lighting, incredible fireworks and of course, more than a few surprises!



"Light Up Downtown would not be complete without our fireball-wielding Santa Claus, who will literally 'light up' Downtown Canton," said Kayleigh Kriss, chairman of this year's Light Up event.


Local performers for the show include the Candy Apple Dancers and McKinley High School Show Choir performing Let it Ring, Let it Sing, Let it Snow. The event pre-show, sponsored by Mix 94.1, will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m.


Beyond the main stage show, Light Up Downtown provides 16 city blocks of Canton winter wonderland fun, complete with attractions, entertainment, refreshments and giveaways. This fun-for-all-ages festival is free to all attendees, who can look forward to a very special visit from Santa, wagon and trolley rides, singing and local dance troupe performances, ice skating shows, costumed characters, children's crafts and activities, exhibits and local artist demonstrations. Goody bags will be available for the first 2,500 children.


During the event, the Canton City Fire Department will distribute hats and mittens to area children in need. If you would like to donate new children's hats and mittens, please bring them to one of our donation boxes, located at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and all Chamber events, Canton Classic Car Museum, Denny's Restaurant (on Tusc. St.), El Campesino Mexican Restaurant (on Cleveland Ave.), Malone University - University Relations Office, Stark County District Library (all branches) and The Repository. All donations need to be received by Tuesday, Dec. 2.


Light Up Downtown will be held snow, rain or shine. There will be free parking, both on-street and in the Bliss parking garage, Millennium parking garage, New Market parking garage, Stark County District Library parking lot and the Timken High School parking lot. This year's Light Up event is chaired by Kayleigh Kriss, on-air personality for Mix 94.1, with co-chair Char Lautzenheiser, museum director for the Canton Classic Car Museum and a wonderful committee of volunteers.


Current event sponsors include: AEP Ohio, Aultman Hospital, KeyBank, Downtown Special Improvement District, City of Canton, Huntington National Bank, The Repository, Mix 94.1 and WHBC News-Talk 1480, Motorola and Terry's Tire Town.


Visit for a full schedule of events, activities and performers. For those looking to double the dose of downtown holiday hoopla, the Dec. 5 First Friday Holiday Shop Hop will continue the holiday festivities downtown and provide gift ideas for every holiday shopping list. Visit for First Friday Holiday Shop Hop details.