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This may be the most wonderful time of the year, but not so much for our wallets. All those presents, ugly holiday sweaters and jelly-of-the-month subscriptions can really add up. Hoping to celebrate the season in Cleveland without having to sell your house in exchange for an RV (e.g. Cousin Eddie)? We’ve got you covered.
This holiday season, the best scenery at the Allen Theatre is in the lobby. The Festival of Trees returns with designs by the most talented artists in The Land. Area choral groups serenade guests before select performances of “A Christmas Story” and rumor has it the big man himself — Santa Claus — will be on hand for pictures. Bring the whole fam!
Can’t make it to the lighting ceremony at Winterfest? Never fear. These 500,000+ holiday lights dazzle all season long. Trust us, Cleveland’s Public Square has never looked better — or brighter. Stop by for a stroll through the lights or jump out on the ice at the Square’s skating rink. It’s a true winter wonderland. And, of course, if you’re too afraid of the chilly temps, then head inside to Tower City Center to scope the massive Christmas tree and frequent showings of the Toy Soldier.
University Circle’s 26th annual CircleFest is distinctly Cleveland. Some of our city's finest cultural institutions, gardens, galleries, churches and schools open their doors for this festive winter celebration. Visitors can expect an afternoon full of activities, live music, great food and holiday shopping. Wade Oval comes alive with ice carving, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, Santa photo-ops and more. While some activties do have paid admission, most of them are completely free to the public as the first holiday gift of the season.
Some of the most beautiful — and colorful — holiday decorations have nothing to do with lights. Nature puts on her own dazzling display with thousands of poinsettias inside this lush Glenville neighborhood greenhouse. Need some calm and quiet during this cray Christmas season? Then step inside for a holiday scene like no other. Don’t forget your camera.
This gigantic holiday light display has brightened Cleveland’s East Side for nearly a century. General Electric’s Nela Park campus will again be filled with holiday cheer (which includes 500,000 LED lights) — viewable to vehicles passing by. Merry Litmas!
Lakewood knows how to party. Join 20,000+ other merrymakers for Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza, food trucks, live music, caroling and ice carvings. Don’t miss the Holiday Market inside the historic Lakewood Masonic Temple. Oh, and did we mention the winter fireworks? Your night will end with a bang.
Experience the holidays with an artistic twist. Enjoy pop-up music and theater performances as you meander through Gordon Square and the nearby Cleveland Public Theatre campus. Merriment, food, shopping — and even a fire pit for s’mores — round out this celebration of the arts.
You’ve played the board game — now live it at Penitentiary Glen Reservation at Lake Metroparks. Hop on the giant Candy Land game board for a birding adventure across a number of colorful habitats. Join a scavenger hunt, shop for nature-themed gifts and even make your own “s’more-nament” on Saturdays' outdoor campfires. Whatever that is, it sounds delicious.
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