2013 Cleveland Holiday Events

November 2, 2013

November Events:

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Polar Express™

November 15, 2013 - December 20, 2013
Location: Various Locations in CVNP
Address: See Description, Peninsula, 44264
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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Polar Express™. Enjoy hearing a reading of The Polar Express™ as we journey to the North Pole. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Information on how to purchase your tickets online is available at www.CVSR.com.Akron Northside Station or Rockside Stattion. Online ticket sales begin October 1 at midnight.

A Christmas Story, the Musical

November 15, 2013 - December 08, 2013
Location: Near West Theatre performance space
Address: St. Pat's Club Building, Cleveland, 44113
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Near West Theatre presents the Cleveland premiere of "A Christmas Story, the Musical," Nov. 15 through Dec. 8. Performed by a local cast of 35 children, teens and adults, it's part of a citywide celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic film which inspired this 2012 Broadway hit. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (with one Thursday evening show and three Sunday matinees) at the St. Patrick's Club Building, 3606 Bridge Ave., in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood.

Holidays at the Higbee

November 16, 2013 - December 29, 2013
Location: Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
Address: 100 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114
Venue: Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
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Visit the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland this holiday season for a nostalgic look back at "everything that is old is new again" featuring vintage Higbee department story holiday décor and beautiful displays inspired by seasons past. Illuminating the corner of Public Square, the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland will have surprises and unique promotional giveaways throughout December as well as a special holiday buffet menu. Don't miss your change to be a part of the historic Higbee holiday memories.

Castle Noel Grand Opening

November 22, 2013
Location: 'Holly'wood Christmas Movieland
Address: 260 S. Court Street, Medina, OH 44256
Venue: 'Holly'wood Christmas Movieland
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Visit Castle Noel to see America's largest indoor Christmas museum attraction. Featuring exhibits such as Christmas Movieland, complete with props from Christmas movie favorites, Christmas-themed, animated department store window displays, a classic Christmas Toyland and more, this attraction's new location at 254 South Court St. in Medina opens on 11/22, just in time for the holiday season. 

Wild Days of Winter

November 23, 2013 - January 05, 2014
Location: Lake Metroparks: Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Address: 8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd., Kirtland, OH

Visitors are invited to sing and play along in the indoor winter playland at Penitentiary Glen Reservation. On a life-sized game board guided by the familiar holiday song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," visitors can take a turn to pop the dice, move along from space to space and discover through interactive play the many things that nature gives to us in the winter season. There also are family crafts, activity pages and scavenger hunts, as well as a classic board game exhibition. ...

Festival of Trees: Light Up the Night

November 25, 2013
Location: Cleveland Play House
Address: 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Venue: Cleveland Play House

Featuring dozens of beautiful, uniquely decorated trees, the Festival of Trees: Light Up the Night event features a community tree lighting celebration, behind-the-scenes access to the Cleveland Playhouse's multiple stages and a performance from The Singing Angels.

Thanksgiving at the Zoo

November 28, 2013
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest
Address: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109
Venue: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest
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As our way of saying thank you to the community for another great year of support, admission to the Zoo and The RainForest is FREE for everyone on Thursday, November 28.    

Larchmere Holiday Stroll

November 29, 2013 - December 01, 2013
Location: Larchmere Boulevard
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The Larchmere Holiday Stroll is more than just a weekend of shopping, it's an annual holiday experience that  features festive music, food and twinkling lights. Visitors can shop locally among art galleries, antiques, book and clothing stores, craft shops and more. 

Holiday Events

November 29, 2013 - December 23, 2013
Location: Tower City Center
Address: 230 West Huron Road, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: Tower City Center
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This holiday season, Tower City presents a range of holiday events including The Toy Soldier and Fairy Godmother Holiday Show, the Holiday Express Train Ride, Bruce the Talking Spruce and the Mr. Kringle & Company Inventionasium.

Winter Waterland, featuring Scuba Claus

November 29, 2013 - January 05, 2014
Location: Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Address: 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be transformed into an underwater winter wonderland, featuring larger-than-life decorations, twinkling lights, holiday crafts, live music and caroling. Guests of Greater Cleveland Aquarium's Winter Waterland can also meet SCUBA Claus as he dives into the Shark SeaTube exhibit.

Deck the Hall: Heaven and Nature Sing

November 29, 2013 - December 29, 2013
Location: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Address: 714 North Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303-1399
Venue: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
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The elaborate 65-room Manor House at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens hosts its annual holiday celebration, Deck the Hall. This year's theme is "Heaven and Nature Sing." Rooms will be decorated with inspiration from nature and in heavenly fashion complete with harps and angels.  Other festivities include live music and, new to this year, "Dazzle", a 10-minute, dramatic computerized lights program that plays three times each hour in the Great Garden.

Winter Wonderland 3D Christmas Walk-Thru

November 29, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Location: Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
Address: 3319 Milan Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870
Venue: Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
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After Halloween, the spirits are put to rest at Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and the facility becomes a 3D North Pole adventure. The Christmas Winter Wonderland exhibit invites families to walk through the complex designed as the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Visitors can take a once-in-a-lifetime "Snow Ride" in the XD 4D Motion Theater and stick around for the Christmas Light Show. Choreographed to seven songs over FM radio, visitors watch a 25-minute light show synchronized with more.

Ice Age 2013

November 29, 2013 - January 05, 2014
Location: Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Address: 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Every weekend from 11/29-1/5, experience a winter event of prehistoric proportions at Ice Age 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Ice Age includes live animal shows,  a special kids-only holiday shop, ice sculpting demonstrations, winter activities and more.

Chalet Toboggan Chutes

November 29, 2013 - March 09, 2014
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Chalet
Address: 16200 Valley Pkwy, Strongsville, OH 44136
Venue: Cleveland Metroparks

Thrill-seekers and winter sports enthusiasts get ready! The Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chute Season opens the day after Thanksgiving (11/29) at the Cleveland Metroparks Chalet in Strongsville (weather permitting).

Cleveland Botanical Garden's GLOW at the Garden

November 29, 2013 - January 05, 2014
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden
Address: 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: Cleveland Botanical Garden
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Glow at the Garden Presented by Huntington Bank Friday, November 29 - Sunday, January 5 Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays | 10 am - 5 pm Wednesdays & Fridays | 10 am - 9 pm Sundays | Noon - 5 pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve | 10 am - 3 pm Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day Tickets $12/non-member adult $8/non-member child Free for Garden members and children under 3 Dazzling, twinkling lights. The scents of gingerbread and fresh pine dancing in the air. Rosy cheeks alight.

A Christmas Story 30th Anniversary Celebration & Convention

November 29, 2013 - November 30, 2013
Location: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Address: 24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

It's no doubt that A Christmas Story is a holiday movie classic. But did you know it was filmed in Cleveland? This holiday season is the 30th Anniversary of its filming and, to celebrate, A Christmas Story House and Museum is putting on its 30th Anniversary Celebration & Convention at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Downtown Cleveland.  Featuring appearances by original cast members, Mrs. Parker's Little Piggy Luncheon, a BB gun range in the back yard of the house and a special ligh...

The Rink at Wade Oval: Opening Weekend

November 29, 2013 - December 01, 2013
Location: University Circle Incorporated
Address: 10831 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: University Circle Incorporated

As one of Cleveland's only outdoor ice-skating rinks, The Rink at Wade Oval opens Thanksgiving weekend and runs through March 17th, free of charge. The perfect complement to the multiple holiday events in University Circle, take the family ice skating in beautiful Wave Oval Park in University Circle all holiday season long. On Wednesdays throughout December, The Rink at Wade Oval will feature outdoor concerts, movie nights and Skate with Santa.

A Christmas Story

November 29, 2013 - December 22, 2013
Location: Allen Theatre
Address: 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 44115
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Cleveland Play House presents A CHRISTMAS STORY, November 29 - December 22, 2013 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn't come true. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the beloved film, we bring back one of the most popular shows in Cleveland Play House history in an all-new production. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

Bowling with Santa

November 30, 2013
Location: The Corner Alley
Address: 402 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
Venue: The Corner Alley

Bring the kids to Bowl with Santa himself at the Corner Alley in Downtown Cleveland. Kids can also enjoy a children's holiday activity area, and face painting, while parents will enjoy special pricing on lane rentals, and food.


November 30, 2013
Location: Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Address: 50 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: Downtown Cleveland Alliance

On 11/30, Huntington Bank and Downtown Cleveland Alliance present Winterfest in Public Square, Downtown Cleveland. Featuring free entertainment and activities all day long, this holiday extravaganza can't be missed. Activities include free tours of downtown on horse-drawn carriages, food trucks, Radio Disney concerts, The Holiday Pop-Up Shop, a holiday lighting ceremony, outdoor holiday movie showings, a majestic firework display and, afterwards, a public after party with Santa.

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge

November 30, 2013 - January 05, 2014
Location: Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 4600 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870
Venue: Great Wolf Lodge
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The holidays can be made a little sweeter when dining inside a life-size gingerbread house at the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky. Visitors can find all of this and more during Snowland  at the Great Wold Lodge where families can soak in the holiday spirit, splash in the heated water park and enjoy time together.           

December Events:

PNC Holiday Musical Rainbows - "On The Road" Music of Chanukah

December 01, 2013
Location: The Temple-Tifereth Israel
Address: 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, 44122
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Carolyn Gadiel Warner, violin and piano Stephen Warner, violin Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo, host Energetic host Maryann Nagel will get children singing, clapping, and moving to the music! Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments.

Ma & Pa's Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides

December 06, 2013 - December 28, 2013
Location: Ma & Pa's Buggy Rides
Address: 15161 Main Market, Burton, 44021
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Ma & Pa's Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Remember the Days of O'le. Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh! Afterwards warm up by the fire with some fresh maple coffee and cookies made by Ma. Shop 'til you drop in our 1820's log cabin. A winter adventure you won't forget. Make a Memory this Winter here at Ma & Pa's! Sleigh Rides are weather permitting, we can take you out in the Carriage or Surrey if there is no snow, Weekday rides are available, Call us for more information.

Cleveland POPS Orchestra Annual Holiday Concert

December 01, 2013
Location: Palace Theater - PlayhouseSquare
Address: 1615 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
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Music of the season with fun-fill lobby activities. Featuring the Cleveland POPS Chorus and pianist - showman Rich Ridenour. "Piano Man" Ridenour will delight young and old alike with his vast repertoire of Christmas songs and medleys. We encourage patrons to come to visit the Palace Theatre lobby an hour or so before the concert to enjoy the local animal shelters that display their adorable puppies and kittens, or to contribute new toys to the City Mission toy collection.

14th Annual Holiday Tour

December 04, 2013
Location: Bridgeview Apartments
Address: 1215 West 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: National Terminal Warehouse Apartments

The 14th Annual Holiday Tour of the Historic Warehouse District begins at the beautiful Bridgeview Apartments where visitors will enjoy the holiday décor and dine on delicious food  from local area restaurants. Afterwards, guests will tour the Warehouse District's living and dining locations and enjoy local food and live music at the area's many dining and night club hotspots.

The Santaland Diaries

December 05, 2013 - December 22, 2013
Location: Second Stage
Address: 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 44115
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Produced by Cleveland Public Theatre, best-selling author David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries is the story of an out of work actor taking a job as Crumpet, a Macy's Christmas elf, in 1989. Now in his mid-fifties, Crumpet's hilarious recount of the trials and tribulations that the Holidays bring is sure to bring a smile to even the grouchiest face! Advisory: For mature audiences only. Not recommended for children.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Holiday Lantern Festival

December 06, 2013
Location: Cleveland Museum of Art
Address: 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106-1797
Venue: Cleveland Museum of Art
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The Cleveland Museum of Art brightens up the holiday season with a festival inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays at The Cleveland Museum of Art's Holiday Lantern Festival. The free annual festival includes an array of workshops for making lanterns and a stunning display through the Environment of Lights led by guest lantern artists, illuminated dancers and giant puppets during Circlefest (Dec. 8).

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013

December 06, 2013
Location: Palace Theatre
Address: 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 44115
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Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013 is an uplifting, high-energy show the whole family will love. Get into the holiday spirit as some of music's biggest names jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites, led by multi-GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz. Joining Dave this year are Japanese born pianist/composer/producer Keiko Matsui, who has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis.

Karamu House Presents: Christmas is Comun' Uptown

December 06, 2013 - December 29, 2013
Location: Karamu House
Address: 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: Karamu House
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Karamu House presents a re-imagined version of A Christmas Carol in Christmas is Comin' Uptown. Visitors can watch as Dickensian characters dance, jive and swing to a Harlem beat in a modern twist to the classic tale.

Great Lakes Science Center Presents: The Polar Express

December 06, 2013 - December 24, 2013
Location: Great Lakes Science Center
Address: 601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114
Venue: Great Lakes Science Center
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Families can relax in their PJ's and enjoy the holiday film The Polar Express at the Great Lakes Science Center on multiple dates throughout the holiday season. Before the show, kids can enjoy festive snacks, experiments and, on certain dates, even sleep over at the Great Lakes Science Center. Dates: Dec. 6, Dec. 14, Dec. 21, Dec. 24

A Christmas Story Run

December 07, 2013
Location: A Christmas Story House
Address: 3159 W. 11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109
Venue: A Christmas Story House

The A Christmas Story Run honors the 30th anniversary celebration of the beloved film A Christmas Story. Runners and fans of the film can run either a 5k or 10k race from A Christmas Story movie set location to the next to Public Square and back, and are encouraged to wear a Leg Lamp or Bunny Suit costume to complete the A Christmas Story theme.

Schwan Gravesite Tree-Trimming and Holiday Program

December 07, 2013
Location: Lake View Cemetery
Address: 12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
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While visiting a cemetery during the holiday season may be one of the last things on the list, unique events at Cleveland's stunning Lake View Cemetery makes the idea much more alluring. Guests can join the Hope Lutheran Church as they decorate a Christmas tree at the gravesite of Rev. Henry Schwan. The Reverend is believed to have started the tradition of lighted Christmas trees in America as he brought a candle-lit tree into his sanctuary for Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24.    

Ohio City Holiday Festival

December 07, 2013
Location: Ohio City Inc.
Address: 2525 Market Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: Ohio City Inc.

On 12/7, visitors can get into the holiday spirit and head to the Ohio City Holiday Festival to browse holiday goods, take photos with Santa, enjoy mulled Christmas ale, horse drawn carriage rides and pick out this year's Christmas tree.

Lolly the Trolley Holiday Light Tours

December 06, 2013 - December 29, 2013
Location: The Powerhouse at Nautica
Address: 2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: Trolley Tours of Cleveland
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From one of the best-known tour companies in the area, Lolly the Trolley, comes a unique holiday light adventure called Holiday Light Tours. Riders can learn about the past, present and future of Cleveland with a focus on the lighting displays in Public Square and Tremont's A Christmas Story House. NOTE: ALL TOURS DEPART FROM THE POWERHOUSE @ NAUTICA ON FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS @ 6:00 PM AND ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 4:00 PM. Tour is 1.5 to 2 hours long. 

Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm and Village

December 07, 2013
Location: Hale Farm & Village
Address: 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH 44210-0296
Venue: Hale Farm & Village
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Guests can stroll through the 19th century village by the light of a lantern and experience the holiday season of years past at Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm and Village. Visitors embark on an evening stroll through time to the Village, where it is Christmas Eve in 1861 and are welcomed into the village homes by Civil War era residents whose holiday traditions are as diverse as their backgrounds.    

Teddy Bear Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

December 07, 2013 - December 29, 2013
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
Address: 1515 West Third Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
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Designed for the young and young at heart, our Teddy Bear Tea is a perfect setting for an enchanted holiday afternoon. Children can create their own bags of candy, enjoy holiday story-telling courtesy of Mrs. Clause and receive a teddy bear gift. The price is $43 per adult and per child. To make your memorable Tea reservation, please call (216) 902-5255. Reservations are required and early reservations are strongly recommended for Teddy Bear Tea.

The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra presents A Not So Silent Night

December 07, 2013
Location: PlayhouseSquare
Address: 1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115
Venue: PlayhouseSquare
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Like that funky sweater only worn once a year, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra's performance of holiday tunes is fresh and simply fun. For more than 25 years, CJO has worked to bring big band jazz to a city with deep musical roots, and they accomplish this with toe-tapping performances suited for audiences of all ages at PlayhouseSquare's Hanna Theater.    

The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra presents Jingle Bell Jazz

December 08, 2013
Location: PlayhouseSquare
Address: 1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115
Venue: PlayhouseSquare
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The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra is putting a little syncopation in visitors' steps with an interactive 75-minute holiday performance at PlayhouseSquare. "Jingle Bell Jazz" features jazzy versions of favorite holiday tunes, an instrument petting zoo and many other holiday surprises.    

Holiday Circlefest

December 08, 2013
Location: University Circle Incorporated
Address: 10831 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: University Circle Incorporated

Cleveland's cultural mecca, University Circle, is transformed into a winter wonderland on 12/8. At CircleFest, visitors can see the many museums and cultural institutions all day long for free. Outside, visitors can experience free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations, the Rink at Wade Oval, live music, Santa and his sleigh complete with live reindeer, the city wide gingerbread house competition, shopping and more. The evening concludes with the gorgeous and dramatic Winter Li...

Natalie Cole in Concert with the Cleveland Orchestra

December 11, 2013
Location: Severance Hall
Address: 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: Severance Hall
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The Cleveland Orchestra Natalie Cole, vocalist Beloved nine-time Grammy® Award-winner Natalie Cole joins The Cleveland Orchestra for a magical and memorable one-night-only performance. Cole, an internationally acclaimed Pop, R&B, and Jazz legend, performs audience favorites and holiday hits in an evening of sultry and sophisticated classics. Natalie has just released a new album featuring timeless Latin hits, Natalie Cole En Español.

PNC Holiday Musical Rainbows - Christmas Brass Quintet

December 13, 2013 - December 14, 2013
Location: Severance Hall
Address: 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 44106
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Michael Miller, trumpet Jack Sutte, trumpet Hans Clebsch, horn Richard Stout, trombone Kenneth Heinlein, tuba Maryann Nagel, host Energetic host Maryann Nagel will get children singing, clapping, and moving to the music! Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments and celebrating the music of the season.

BrewHaHa in Tremont

December 13, 2013 - December 15, 2013
Location: Tremont West Development Corporation
Address: 2406 Professor Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Venue: Tremont West Development Corporation

The historic Tremont neighborhood's main event of the holiday season is full of Christmas cheer in the form of delicious beer. On Friday (12/13), experience the Tremont Brewhop and Tremont Artwalk while Lolly the Trolley drives you from location to location. Then, on Saturday (12/14) go for a job with Santa Claus in the Santa Shuffle where runners dressed up as the jolly Christmas figurehead complete a mile run throughout the neighborhood with specials at neighborhood restaurants afterwards. Fi...

Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts

December 13, 2013 - December 22, 2013
Location: Severance Hall
Address: 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: Severance Hall
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THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA ROBERT PORCO, conductor CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHORUS (all concerts) Robert Porco, director CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHILDREN'S CHORUS (Dec. 15, 21, and 22 afternoon concerts) Ann Usher, director MEMBERS OF THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH CHORUS (Dec. 20, 21, and 22 evening concerts) Lisa Wong, director CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE (Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m.) Brian Bailey, director Members of the WOOSTER CHORUS (Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.)

Northcoast Men’s Chorus Presents: Keeping the Yuletide Gay

December 14, 2013 - December 15, 2013
Location: PlayhouseSquare
Address: 1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115
Venue: PlayhouseSquare
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The Northcoast Men's Chorus presents their annual holiday concert titled Keeping the Yuletide Gay at the Hanna Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. Visitors who attend can hear classic seasonal songs as well as new and unexpected holiday tunes that make for a fun and festive evening.

Santa’s Workshop

December 14, 2013 - December 15, 2013
Location: Children's Museum of Cleveland
Address: 10730 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: Children's Museum of Cleveland

Some of the best holiday gifts are those crafted by the hand and heart. On Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, visit Santa's Workshop at the Children's Museum of Cleveland and choose from three grandma-approved holiday gifts that your family can create and share with others. Each project costs $1. No registration is required. Santa Claus will visit this crafting crew at noon and 2pm each day and will be available for photos.

Holiday Concerts at Quicken Loans Arena

December 14, 2013 - December 16, 2013
Location: Quicken Loans Arena
Address: 1 Center Court, Cleveland, OH 44115
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena

This holiday season, head to the Quicken Loans Arena to see the nationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra play on 12/14. After the melodic sounds of TSO, see experience the holiday magic of the Osmonds at Donnie & Marie Christmas in Cleveland.

Santa Hustle: 5K

December 15, 2013
Location: Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort
Address: One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870-5259
Venue: Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort

Run with thousands of Santas through the streets of Sandusky at the Second Annual Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk at Castaway Bay on 12/15 at 9am. Every participant will receive a free Santa hat, beard, and customized Santa shirt to wear during the race. After the run, enjoy holiday decorations, seasonal music, and after party.

December Days at the Zoo

December 16, 2013 - December 30, 2013
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest
Address: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109
Venue: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest

Head to the December Days at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo + The RainForest to enjoy special seasonal activities including holiday crafts, live music, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Wolf Lodge (Dec. 16-24 only), cookie decorating and more. (Closed Christmas day)

The Cleveland Orchestra Presents:HOME ALONE

December 18, 2013
Location: Severance Hall
Address: 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Venue: Severance Hall
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The Cleveland Orchestra David Newman, conductor A true holiday favorite, this classic comedy comes to Severance Hall for one night only and features renowned composer John Williams's delightful musical score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.

Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk

December 21, 2013
Location: The West Woods - Geauga Park District
Address: 9465 Kinsman Rd, Russell Twp, 44022
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Help bring some light into the longest night of the year on this popular evening walk. Explore roots of our modern holiday celebrations derived from ancient traditions associated with the winter solstice and, inside the Nature Center, enjoy hot beverages and traditional holiday music and sing-alongs by the accomplished Pilgrim Brass Choir. Primarily outdoors, so dress warm! Free shuttle provided from nearby parking areas.

Christmas on the Farm

December 21, 2013 - December 22, 2013
Location: Bonnie Brae's Elk Farm
Address: 27717 Quarry Road, Wellington, OH 44090
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The entire family can spend an evening with Rudolph's long-lost cousins feeding the elk herd at Bonnie Brae's Farm  in Wellington, about 50 miles southwest of Cleveland. A farm wagon, decked out in jingle bells, takes visitors out to the fields where the elk herd roam. Then, families can visit the barn with a decorated Christmas tree to receive a free hand made ornament.

Chinese Food & A Movie Day

December 25, 2013
Location: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Address: 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122
Venue: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
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Movies are free with Museum Admission; lunch buffet $12/person Advanced registration for lunch required by December 20. Come to the Maltz Museum for an afternoon of fun, films, and a kosher Chinese buffet. Film schedule 11am - "The Prince of Egypt" (1998) In this animated film, an Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. Featuring the vocal talents of Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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