TIFFIN, OHIO – October 27, 2023 – Downtown Tiffin is preparing for a new look this holiday season with bigger and brighter decorations. Thanks to the generous support of the Downtown Tiffin Merchants Committee, Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), local businesses, and individuals, the heart of the town will be adorned with white LED lights and evergreen wreaths this year.
Downtown Tiffin’s lamp posts and trees will be illuminated with brilliant white lights starting November 16th in conjunction with the Third Thursday’s Sip & Shop. Over $10,000 has been donated by the Downtown Tiffin Merchants Committee and TSEP, with additional contributions from local businesses and individuals totaling over $26,000 in donations.
The creative force behind this project is the hardworking volunteer committee led by Christy Wiser and Judy Hafley. Numerous community volunteers have been decorating and hanging thousands of lights throughout the month. Christy Wiser, expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “I had a vision to make Tiffin more festive and brighter this Christmas Season. With the help of my husband Randy, Chris and Judy Hafley, Ned and Karen Behm, Lee and Susan Wilkinson and other volunteers the downtown area will be revealing over 82,000 lights. This would not have been possible without the donations from Downtown Merchants, TSEP, and many businesses and private citizens that donated. We hope to be able to add more next year! We hope everyone enjoys them and shops local to support our merchants."
In addition to the new white LED lights and evergreen wreaths, new multi-color lights will be added to the courthouse lawn tree in time for the annual tree-lighting planned for December 1st. Last year's metal snowflakes will be repurposed into 3-dimensional art displayed throughout the holiday season.
About Downtown Tiffin
The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to form “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in Downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the City of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC (now TSEP) umbrella as the “Downtown Development Board,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Program. For more information, click here.
About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio promotes economic growth through the preservation and revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods across Ohio. Heritage Ohio is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program and is the designated statewide Ohio preservation partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through saving the places that matter we can all build a community and live better. Learn more about how to become involved by visiting www.heritageohio.org.
About Main Street America
Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have generated more than $101.58 billion in new public and private investment, generated 168,693 net new businesses and 746,897 net new jobs, rehabilitated more than 325,119 buildings, and levered over 33.7 million volunteer hours. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.