If you want something to do this holiday season, there are a wealth of options available to you in Cleveland and throughout northern Ohio.
To help you get into the spirit, we’ve picked our six favorite local events, attractions, and places to visit if you want a nice dose of the holidays this December.
Some of these you most definitely know about already (including the first one), but a helpful holiday reminder can't hurt!
1) Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland
It does not get much better than the Cleveland Orchestra. Routinely ranked among the world’s best, look for holiday performances by this acclaimed group of world class musicians. Every year we are treated to Christmas concerts and holiday performances by Cleveland’s best, and this year will be no different. If you haven’t seen a show by them, this is the year to change that.
2) Country Lights, Lake Farmpark
Imagine horse drawn wagons, Santa’s workshop, decorated trees, appearances by Santa, and more. That’s what Lake Farmpark turns into during the holiday season for Country Lights, a celebration designed for the entire family. If you want to go, though, get your tickets early, because there are limited tickets and they tend to sell out fast.
3) Public Square, Cleveland
Every year in Cleveland’s Public Square, WinterFest brings more than 50,000 people into town to celebrate with a tree lighting, music, and much more. The event takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving and is not to be missed. It’s one of the city’s best holiday events!
4) Ohio Theater, Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Cleveland has a LOT of fantastic holiday traditions, and the annual production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square is one of them. Starting November 28, this delightful stage production of the holiday classic has proven to be one of the city’s best Christmas treats. You and your family won’t want to miss it.
5) Winter Waterland, Cleveland Aquarium
December is a fantastic month at the Cleveland Aquarium, when the place is transformed into a wondrous, wintery wonderland that is a perfect holiday day trip for the family. They are open daily and it’s worth a visit, holiday transformation or not, because the Aquarium is a great day out with the family all year round!
6) Nela Park, East Cleveland
For over 90 years, the big holiday display at Nela Park’s GE Lighting Center has been a beloved Cleveland tradition – and trust us, you’ll want to see it. GE lines their property along Noble Road with a huge, bright, must-see display of Christmas decorations that will take your breath away. Well worth hopping in the car for a quick trip.
Any other suggestions we should keep in mind? Let us know in the comments. Also, keep your eyes on this space, because we have another list of 7 great holiday escapes in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area. Enjoy!