The City of Oberlin wishes you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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Kick off the holiday season in Downtown Oberlin
Saturday, December 3rd from 6pm-8pm

Santa Claus Comes to Town Tree Lighting Ceremony Ice Sculptures Holiday Lights Parade Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Musical Performances

Click the button below for more details:

Walkin' In a Winter OBERLIN

Or contact Communications Manager Diane Ramos:

Holiday Office Closures

City Offices will be CLOSED on the following dates:

Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25
in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, December 23 & Monday, December 26
in observance of the Christmas holiday

Monday, January 2
in observance of the New Year’s holiday


Emergency services and regular refuse/recycling collection are always available.


The City of Oberlin and Lorain County Community College have partnered to provide FREE short-term certificate programs to Oberlin residents. The new Oberlin Social Equity and Skill Development Promise offers 16- and 32-week academic programs focused on in-demand fields like information technology, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, business & entrepreneurship, and healthcare. Students can also train within LCCC’s micro-electronic manufacturing program that supports the microchip and semiconductor industry being built in Ohio.

The program’s short-term certificates build into associate degrees that are aligned with in-demand, local jobs. The program also includes an Earn and Learn component where students may earn a living wage in the industry while completing the coursework.

To Learn More About the Oberlin Social Equity & Skill Development Promise, visit

Or Contact the LCCC Workforce Team:

Oberlin Comprehensive Plan & Community Survey

The City of Oberlin is continuing its comprehensive planning process to help guide the community in the future and City Council has appointed an expanded Comprehensive Plan Committee to act as a sounding board for the broader community. The process will include existing conditions analysis, community engagement, and development/refinement of plan recommendations based on identified principles, goals, and objectives. A project website is available that will contain a collection of items to keep the community informed on the planning process, and to provide opportunities for online input:

As part of the comprehensive plan, we would like to get as much feedback from the community as possible. We’re asking community members to please take the Comprehensive Plan Community Survey. You may access the survey HERE

Thank you for your participating!

For more information, contact Oberlin Planning & Development Director Carrie Porter:

POWER Home Energy Assessments

The City of Oberlin supports POWER (Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly), a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for Oberlin residents by increasing energy efficiency in their homes. Oberlin residents can request a FREE home energy assessment through POWER to identify ways to help save energy and money. POWER can even help with some of the costs of home weatherization projects and help find reliable contractors.


For more information or to request a Home Energy Assessment, contact Greg Jones at POWER:

Plastic Bag Swap

Celebrate America Recycles Day by ditching single-use plastic bags at the City of Oberlin’s Plastic Bag Swap:

Tuesday, November 15th
from 3:30pm-5:30pm
at Oberlin IGA
331 East Lorain Street

Bring 3 or more plastic shopping bags to IGA and we’ll swap them out for a FREE reusable shopping bag!


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Plastic bags collected will be reused to make Compassionate Carpets (sleeping mats) for the homeless.

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For more information, contact Oberlin Recycling Coordinator Lori Sprosty:


Walk the loop at the Prospect Building (36 South Prospect Street) on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 8am-12Noon (excluding holidays).

Free & Open to the Public

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Questions? Contact the Oberlin Recreation Office:

Recycle Non-Working Holiday Lights

Drop off your non-working holiday lights, power strips and cords to be recycled anytime between November 28th and January 9th in the Police Department/Court Lobby (85 South Main Street). The collection box is located under the bulletin board by the Police Department entrance.

For more information, contact Oberlin Recycling Coordinator Lori Sprosty:

After-Holiday Live Tree Collection

Curbside collection of live (not artificial) holiday trees will begin the week of December 26th and continue through February. Please remove all decorations and other items before placing your tree on the curb lawn for collection. Do not cut up, bundle or place trees in plastic tree bags.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department:


Reminder: Leaf Collection

Curbside Leaf Collection will continue until a majority of the leaves are collected or until there is a substantial snowfall. Please rake leaves to the curb lawn ONLY and not into the street.

Questions? Contact the Public Works Department: