Without question, it happens every December, typically on a Sunday afternoon following a Saturday night holiday soiree. It's the return of classic holiday films.
Before you know it, you've spent an entire afternoon in sweatpants binge-watching holiday classics like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, It's A Wonderful Life and Home Alone (1 and 2).
And, while there's nothing wrong with enjoying a great holiday flick here and there, there's something far more inspiring about getting off your couch, heading to Cleveland and spending a day immersed in original holiday classics live on stage, as well as captivating musical experiences.
Get going to one of these upcoming holiday performances.
A Christmas Carol
What would the holidays be like without Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future? We don't know and we certainly don't want to find out. Enjoy the on-stage production of A Christmas Carol performed by Great Lakes Theater at the Mimi Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square, Nov. 25-Dec. 23. Buy tickets here.
Cleveland Orchestra's Holiday Concerts
It's really not the holidays without Christmas music. This year, though, go beyond the radio stations blasting holiday tunes 24/7 and experience this seasonal music like never before. The Cleveland Orchestra, consistently rated within the top orchestras in the entire world, puts on a series of captivating Christmas concerts that will leave you simply speechless. The orchestra teams up with several choirs-- including the Blossom Music Festival Chorus--to create a holiday experience that will quickly become your newest yearly tradition. Get tickets for shows happening Dec. 8-18.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra--or "TSO" as its loyal followers call it--comes to Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse for its annual concert Dec. 30. This post-Christmas extravaganza brings together classic Christmas tunes with a slightly hair-metal twist. Two showings at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you've never been, this is your big chance. Get your tickets now!
Other Holiday Performances Throughout CLE:
Christmas with C.S. Lewis
Nov. 18-20, Playhouse Square, Hanna Theatre
A Celtic Christmas
Nov. 26, Playhouse Square, Hanna Theatre
Cleveland Pops Orchestra Holiday Spectacular
Nov. 27, Playhouse Square, Connor Palace
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dec. 2-4, Playhouse Square, Connor Palace
Hip Hop Nutcracker
Dec. 2, Playhouse Square, KeyBank State Theatre
Home Alone in Concert Presented by The Cleveland Orchestra
Dec. 14, Severance Music Center, Mandel Concert Hall
The Nutcracker Presented by the Cleveland Ballet
Dec. 15-18, Playhouse Square, Connor Palace
Dec. 16-17, The Cleveland Orchestra, Mandel Concert Hall
Home to the Holly-Days
Dec. 16-18, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
New Year's Eve Celebration with Music of James Bond Presented by Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Dec. 31, Severance Music Center, Mandel Concert Hall