CLEVELAND, Ohio – There are many ways to get out and have fun this weekend holiday season.
While many local organizations have closed their doors for the holidays, others are celebrating in their own way. We’ve put together a guide to some of the Northeastern Ohio events and attractions taking place this Christmas weekend. Some are outdoor and virtual.
As coronavirus cases increase rapidly in Ohio, some of these events may not happen as expected. We recommend that you check in advance with the venues and event organizers, to find more details and information.
Mr. Jingeling reading in the public square
Grab your hat and mittens and head to the public square on Christmas Eve for an event hosted by Mr. Jingeling. The Cleveland holiday icon will read “It was the night before Christmas” in downtown Cleveland. To free.
Public Square, Cleveland
2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., December 24
Alan Madej Virtual Christmas Show
Every year, local singer-songwriter Alan Madej releases a new Christmas track, but the musician has done a lot more than that this year, with two new albums released in October as well. Madej’s Christmas show – which will take place virtually this year – will primarily feature holiday songs released from 2012 through this year, with the song “Sing On, Sing On! (A Bright ’22). To free.
10 a.m., December 25
Watch the Browns-Packers game
Tune in on Christmas Day to see the Cleveland Browns take on the Green Bay Packers (and also see who gets off the COVID list in time for the big event). To watch Amazon prime and FOX, or listen on ESPN 850, 92.3 The Fan and 98.5 WNCX.
4:30 p.m., December 25
Blue Lunch’s Christmas Latke Party
On Christmas Eve, head to the Beachland Ballroom for Blue Lunch’s 13th Annual Latke Christmas Party. The blues group will perform alongside harpists Hank Mowery and Tom Moore, but there’s more than music to enjoy. Beachland cuisine will concoct its typical menu, accompanied by homemade latkes. Tickets from $ 15 to $ 18.
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland
8 p.m., December 25
Funky Christmas Party at Now That’s Class
On Christmas Eve, dance to funk, hip-hop, house and pop at Now That’s Class. DJ Hama, Red Tail Hawk and Alive will provide the tunes. To free. The place will also be open on Christmas Day at 3 p.m.
11213 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
8 p.m., December 24
Wild winter lights at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
This annual holiday light show features over a million individual lights illuminating hundreds of exhibits throughout the zoo. There are also rides, costumed characters, model train displays, ice sculptors, live music, a dazzling light show with a 15-meter tree and photos with Santa Claus, of course. Tickets, $ 18 to $ 20. Driving experience available on certain dates for $ 54 to $ 60 per vehicle.
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. December 26
A Garden Vacation at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens
It’s a feast for the senses as the Cleveland Botanical Garden is transformed into a vacation wonderland, full of festive plants and towering trees. Tickets, $ 12 to $ 16.
11030 East Blvd, Cleveland
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 24; and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26
A house and museum of Christmas stories
Visit Parker’s house from the classic 1983 film, which has been extensively restored to its original splendor. Fans can find quirky props, costumes, memorabilia and rare behind-the-scenes photos in the museum across the street. Tickets, $ 11 to $ 15.
3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 24; 10 am-7pm Dec 26
Magic of lights
This magical driving experience returns to Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds where, around every corner, your favorite vacation scenes and characters come to life with spectacular light shows. You can also get out of the car to meet Santa, decorate a snowman, and enjoy seasonal treats at Jolly Holiday Village. Tickets, $ 21 to $ 26 per vehicle.
19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights
Until January 2
Cleveland Foundation Rink in Public Square
Head to downtown Cleveland for the chance to skate in the Public Square at the Cleveland Foundation Ice Rink this year. The skating rink will be set up for a good part of the winter season. Tickets $ 12.
50 public square, Cleveland
12 p.m.-6 p.m. December 24; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. December 25
Have fun along the Cuyahoga as Rivergate Park and Merwin’s Wharf transform into a vacation village. The event, hosted by Cleveland Metroparks, features ice skating, beer garden, retail store, and bookable igloos where you can dine on a special winter menu. To free.
1785 Merwin Avenue, Cleveland
10 am-6pm Dec 24, 10 am-9:30pm Dec 26
Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Falls
Find your chill in the cold at the Strongsville Chalet, tumbling down 700-foot chilled ice falls on an old-fashioned water slide. Reservations required. Tickets, $ 11 to $ 13.
16200 Valley Pkwy, Strongsville
Open from noon to 9 p.m. on December 26
Langston Hughes’ “The Black Nativity”
Karamu House, the oldest African-American production theater in the country, gives its spin to one of the most famous productions of its most famous alums. The uplifting show features an all-black cast telling the classic nativity story and performing traditional Christmas carols and original songs, too, in a gospel style. Tickets, $ 20- $ 45. While many shows are sold out, some walk-in tickets may become available.
2355 E. 89th St., Cleveland
Wade Oval ice rink
Skate around the ice rink at the Wade Oval Rink this season, under the starry lights of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Beyond the ice rink, hot chocolate, coffee and snacks will be available for purchase at a concession stand. Admission and rentals $ 1 to $ 5.
10820 East Blvd., Cleveland
12-7 p.m. Dec 24, 12-5 p.m. Dec 26
Exhibition “Picturing motherhood now” at the Cleveland Museum of Art
One of the museum’s main fall exhibitions features work by a diverse group of more than 30 contemporary artists focusing on the topic of what it means to be a mother. The works explore motherhood through the prism of slavery, racism, feminism, undocumented immigration, changing definitions of family and gender, and more. Free members. Tickets for non-members start at $ 10.
11150 East Blvd, Cleveland
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec 26
Immersive Van Gogh
This folk art experience at the new Lighthouse ArtSpace offers a unique way to experience the post-impressionist works of Vincent Van Gogh. The projection-based screens unfurl on the walls around you, showcasing the iconic works of the Dutch master painter, including his most famous, ‘Starry Night’. Tickets $ 39.99 – $ 49.99
850 E. 72nd St., Cleveland
December 24 and 26
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