As we approach the holiday season, many Clevelanders also anticipate the arrival of out of town visitors and opportunities to show off the city. Thankfully, Cleveland’s cultural institutions provide plenty of things to do in Ohio during the winter months that are sure to delight friends and family of all ages! Read on for our favorite family friendly festive events.
Appreciate the Architecture and Holiday Lights at Stan Hywet
For a taste of Cleveland architecture and history, explore the Seiberling family estate, Stan Hywet. During select dates in November and December, you can enjoy a family-friendly event featuring winter lights and decor, live performances, and other seasonal displays during their annual Deck the Halls celebration.
Catch the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall
From December 9-19th, tune in to the holiday spirit with a Holiday concert at Severance Hall, the winter home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Tickets are available now!
Rock around the Christmas Tree at Winterfest at the Rock Hall
On Saturday, December 18th, enjoy a fun, festive tribute to the power of Rock ‘n Roll at Winterfest at the Rock Hall. Whether you’re looking for last minute gifts, family portraits at the LONG LIVE ROCK sculpture, or holiday tunes from the Mechanics, there’s sure to be something for everyone at Winterfest.
Enjoy an Exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Located in University Circle, the Cleveland Museum of Art is a world-class art museum with extensive collections from every era. Enjoy renaissance classics, modern masterpieces, and contemporary collections, or book a ticket for a special exhibit. While admission is free, donations are accepted. Be sure to swing through the gift shop for the art aficionados in your life!
Pick up Last Minute Supplies at the West Side Market
For charcuterie board supplies, delectable desserts, and last minute gifts, run to the West Side Market in Ohio City! The city’s oldest marketplace, West Side Market opened in 1912 and continues to serve as a destination for local meat, cheese, baked goods and more. While most vendors accept credit cards, it’s a good idea to bring cash and a reusable shopping bag!
View downtown as never before during Winterfest Cleveland
Winterfest in Downtown Cleveland provides many family friendly activities that will bring out the inner child in every family member, from the tree lighting in Public Square to ice skating to festive pop-up shops. Learn more at https://www.winterfestcle.com/events.
Visit Historic Little Italy
Located on Cleveland’s near east side, Little Italy is a historic neighborhood that continues to be a destination for dining, art, and more! Any of the longstanding Italian restaurants, art galleries, or cafes are sure to impress your visiting friends and family, even if you just take the cannoli!
Walk through a Winter Wonderland at Holden Arboretum’s Garden Holiday
From November 20th to January 2nd, Holden Arboretum will transport your holiday visitors to a winter wonderland full of festivities! Featuring gingerbread houses, decorated trees, and holiday plants of all colors, A Garden Holiday will get everyone into the holiday spirit. For a more unique holiday experience at Holden Arboretum, check out the Breakfast with Santa or Krampusnacht!
Witness Wild Winter Lights at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
All year round, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo provides up-close views of over 275 animal species, plus a rainforest tour! During select dates in November and December, visitors can enjoy an illuminated zoo experience with unique holiday displays including over one million individual light bulbs and a 50-foot tree. Online reservations in advance are encouraged for either a drive through or walk-through experience.
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