Many years ago, a group of ladies including Mrs. Jane Dunlap and Mrs. Jo Beth Janoush started a Christmas tradition downtown and encouraged business owners to put white lights on their buildings and had white light trees installed on the green strip and started “Light Up Your Holidays”. In 2016, Paul and Lucy Janoush and their family added the beautiful tree downtown, along with many other lighted and animated decorations.
The tree lighting ceremony was a great success and brought many people downtown. After seeing the excitement over our new decorations, it was evident that we should continue to add to what had been started. We are currently working to expand on what is in place by adding more decorations and enhancing our events with a goal of making downtown Cleveland a holiday destination.
So far, our committee has focused its efforts on developing a plan for adding lights and decorations downtown. In 2017 alone, over $125,000 worth of lighted pieces have been purchased by various community businesses and organizations. Each year, we will add more lights. The lighting plan includes different themes for each block.