Cultural Carriage Rides

December 9, 2015
Cultural Carriage Rides

Take a horse-drawn cruise through Cleveland's famed Cultural Gardens this holiday season.

While it may not be a one-horse open sleigh, it's pretty close. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood will be alight with holiday cheer this season, and can be experienced for the first time while in a horse-drawn carriage.

Whether a family outing or just a good excuse to snuggle up with your one-and-only on a winter night, the Holiday Carriage Rides are a great way to create memories while enjoying one of Cleveland's best representations of its rich cultural diversity.

During the Holiday Carriage Rides, two carriages will give tours of the Cultural Gardens, leaving from the Upper Italian Garden (990 East Blvd.) in Rockefeller Park every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 through Jan. 3. The rides are offered at two flat fees: $25 for a 15-minute ride or $50 for a 30 minute ride. Carriages can fit up to five people, so pack in to stay warm!

Need more friends to fill the seats? Just let them know there will be hot chocolate and marshmallows involved. Before or after the ride, warm up alongside a sculpted outdoor fireplace with openings for 'mallow-roasting, and indulge in hot chocolate, hot cider and snacks from local vendors.

The Holiday Carriage Rides, sponsored by Cleveland World Festival, Famicos Foundation and Shamrock Carriages, are a part of a year of special events celebrating the Cleveland Cultural Gardens' Centennial. The Cleveland World Festival hosts its namesake annual event each summer in Rockefeller Park, and wanted to give visitors a great way to enjoy the Cultural Gardens year-round.

"This is one more jewel in the holiday crown of Cleveland," says James Levin, Director of Cleveland World Festival and Special Events Coordinator for Famico. "The Cultural Gardens are an extraordinary resource that is underappreciated and underused, and we hope that this will become another treasured annual Cleveland event like the World Festival."

The carriage rides are operated by Shamrock Carriages, a veteran company owned by Peter Leneghan, the owner of Cleveland staple Stone Mad Pub in the Gordon Arts District. Leneghan came to the United States from Ireland and offered carriage rides in New York City's Central Park before coming to Cleveland. Now, he brings a way to see Cleveland's diversity through a nostalgic ride among the Cultural Gardens. And better yet, the gardens will be lit up spectacularly with holiday lights and decorations.

For further information, call (216) 791-6476 ext. 269 or go to clevelandworldfestival.com/carriage-rides.

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