Top 10 Holiday Events in CLE

Tis the season for fun with family and friends. As we enter the last two months of the year, Cleveland has never been more alive with fun activities to celebrate the holiday season. Whether you have some last minute shopping, want to enjoy the cool weather, or enjoy the twinkling lights throughout the city, Cleveland has some fun holiday festivities sure to get you in the holiday spirit. IX-Center Christmas ConnectionIX Center

  • Explore more than 600 booths filled with crafts and unique gifts, which will help you find a gift for everyone on your list. You can also enjoy live festive entertainment, visit with Santa, and reminisce with movies from Christmas past.
  • Cost: $12.99
  • Date: November 18th-20th

Tobogganing in the Metroparks

  • Experience the tallest and fastest shoots in Ohio, located right in the Cleveland Metroparks. You will feel a rush of adrenaline as you speed down a 700- foot ice chute at up to 50mph!!
  • Cost: $12
  • Date: November 25th through March 5th (weather permitting)

Crocker ParkTree Lighting at Crocker Park

  • Kick-off the holiday season at Crocker Park with performances by community groups and Peyton List, then help Santa Claus countdown to light up Crocker Park!
  • Cost: Free
  • Date: November 19th


Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

  • Glow will transport you to a world full of seasonal cheer! You can hop aboard the Garden Express for a whimsical train ride, take a photo in front of the two-story tree, or visit a lively town square filled with musicians and carolers.
  • Cost: $16 non-member, $12 member
  • Date: November 25th-December 31st

Light Up Lakewood

  • christmas-tree-1100237_960_720Light Up Lakewood is a day-long celebration that starts with Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza from 11am to 1pm. Highlights of this event include Vendor Village inside the historic Masonic Hall, the Holiday Parade, live entertainment provided by bands, choirs and dancers, the Lighting Ceremony at 6:30pm at the Main Stage at City Center Park, and a fireworks show at 6:45pm over the rooftops of Downtown Lakewood.
  • Cost: Free
  • Date: December 3rd

Winterfest in Downtown Cleveland

  • With plenty to do for every age group, Winterfest in Downtown is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! See below for examples of events at different locations downtown:
    • Public Square: Holiday pop-up shop, food trucks, the #ThisisCLE sign, the official lighting ceremony, and a skating rink
    • The Arcade: Meet for Take a Hike a historic Euclid Avenue tour every Saturday through Dec. 10.
    • Cleveland Public Library: Free horse-drawn carriage rides
    • Allen Theater: The lobbies of the Allen Theatre will be decorated to holiday perfection in the Festival of Trees. This event features a grand display showcasing more than 20 trees exquisitely decorated by various local designers.
  • Cost: Free
  • Date: November 26th

800px-snowy_carriage_ride_cp_jehHoliday Carriage Rides at Cleveland Cultural Gardens at Rockefeller Park

  • Get warm before your ride with a fireplace and hot chocolate and hot cider to drink. Stay warm on your carriage ride through the gardens and fields with blankets to cuddle under.
  • Cost: $25-$50 a group depending on length of route with a percentage of the proceeds goes to the Famicos One World Theatre Camp.
  • Date: Saturdays through January 2nd


A Christmas Carol

  • A favorite tradition in northeast Ohio, attend a showing of the Great Lakes Theaters rendition of a Christmas Carol! A perfect event for people of all ages, this show is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.
  • Cost: $28-$75
  • Date: November 26th- December 23rd

Behind the Scenes of a Christmas Story at Cleveland Playhouse2072143480_57cc6749fb

  • Get a chance to see how a Christmas story comes together at CPH with Production Stage Manager John Godbout, and Director of Production Joe Martin. They’ll give you a hands-on introduction on what it takes to keep the CPH theatre magic running this holiday season.
  • Cost: Free
  • Date: December 10th

The Cleveland Flea Holiday Maker Market

  • 85 local vendors will be showing off their handmade goods to help you round out your Christmas wish list, finish your stocking stuffing, and get those last minute gifts. They will have food and drink vendors and even gift-wrapping stations!
  • Cost: $5
  • Date: December 11th-13th



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