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University Circle Gets the Holiday Treatment
The holiday season is upon us once again. Before you know it, out-of-town loved ones will be knocking on your door for holiday gatherings, merrymaking and plenty of Christmas ale-fueled late nights. Radios will ceremoniously blare those classic holiday tunes while folks enjoy time-honored family traditions like watching "A Christmas Story" or endlessly quoting Uncle Eddie from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
But another way to get into the holiday spirit in Cleveland is to experience the hustle and bustle of the season during Holiday CircleFest in University Circle.
On Friday night, head over to the Rink at Wade Oval for a night of ice skating during "Polka Skate," featuring live music from the hilarious Chardon Polka Band.
Take care of some of your holiday shopping during University Circle's Holiday Market, an outdoor shopping experience. Then, lace up your skates for an afternoon skate on The Rink at Wade Oval, take a horse-drawn carriage ride or watch the ice carvers.
From 5:30-6:30 p.m., enjoy a performance by Cleveland's own Singing Angels on Wade Oval!
Then, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fire Art by Fire and Light Performing Arts will light up the sky around Wade Oval with a live performance.
On Sunday, more than a dozen arts and cultural institutions near and within Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood open their doors free of charge.
In addition to the treasure trove of arts and cultural offerings at these world-renowned attractions, visitors can stroll around a decked-out Wade Oval, take carriage rides in a real "one-horse open sleigh," shop at the outdoor Holiday Market and skate at the outdoor Rink at Wade Oval with the big man himself — Santa Claus.
Additional activities include ice-carving demonstrations, holiday toy displays, a gingerbread house competition, live music, crafts and all sorts of holiday treats.
The event concludes with the dramatic Winter Lights Lantern Festival put on by the Cleveland Museum of Art on Dec. 2 from 5:30-6 p.m. Led by guest lantern artists, illuminated dancers and giant puppets, this unique festival features a centuries-old, cross-cultural lighting procession through the neighborhood. Visitors also can gander through the stunning light installations located outside the Cleveland Museum of Art while sipping hot chocolate and warm coffee.