This holiday season, when you’re not busy with friends, family or colleagues, you might want to escape to some of the greater Cleveland area’s amazing holiday events.
And there are a LOT of them. To help you decide what to do, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites.
Circlefest, University Circle
The first Sunday of each December, University Circle welcomes Circlefest in and around Wade Oval. You’ll enjoy music, food, exhibits, activities and more museum (free!) tours than you’ll be able to take in. They even have free transportation to shuttle you around the area!
Santa Express, Ohio Station Outlets
A holiday themed train ride that weaves through dozens of outlets and shopping opportunities is a great way to combine Christmas fun with holiday shopping, so consider dropping by the Ohio Station Outlets on weekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas for a chance to do just that. They even have pictures with Santa!
Country Lights, Lake Farmpark
With horse drawn wagons, decorated trees, Santa’s workshop (complete with Santa), and more, Lake Farmpark’s Country Lights celebration sells out early for a good reason: it’s a lot of fun for the entire family! Grab your tickets now, because availability is limited.
The A Christmas Story House
You didn’t think we could make a list of cool Christmas attractions without the A Christmas Story Museum, did you? Located at 3159 W. 11th Ave. in Cleveland, this is the actual house used in the classic holiday film. It has been transformed into a quirky museum devoted to the movie, recreating the look of the film and even containing real props. It’s awesome!
Little Italy Holiday Art Walk
If you haven’t been to Little Italy in a while, head out there on the first weekend of December and you’ll fall in love with it all over again. The Little Italy Holiday Art Walk features over two dozen galleries opening their doors to visitors, some that do so only for this event. There will also be good, drink, and a tree lighting.
Winter Waterland, Cleveland Aquarium
They might now sing songs about Winter Waterlands, but maybe they should! The Cleveland Aquarium is proof that a Waterland is just as good as a Wonderland, with the holiday theme taking over the entire facility. This is a great escape for the entire family and makes for a fantastic day trip. Give it a try!
Lolly the Trolley, Public Light tours
If you love Christmas lights – and who doesn’t? – taking a ride on Lolly the Trolley is the perfect way to see the best Cleveland has to offer. Tickets are limited, so scoop some up fast, because this ride takes you past the best light displays in the area. It’s a great way to brighten your Christmas!