Holiday Events 

Get out and do something

Weekend festivals and special holiday events in Cleveland’s liveliest neighborhoods offer fun for the entire family throughout December. And if you’re looking for an adult escape from the seasonal rush, look no further than the Cleveland Museum of Art’s popular First Friday Mix.—Joseph Clark & Frank Kuznik

Saturday, December 1

Ohio City Holiday Festival

After you've finished your grocery shopping at the West Side Market, stop across the street at Market Square Park, where from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. there will be treats for the entire family. Artisans will be selling unique gifts, Santa will be posing for photos with the kids, and adults will be sipping on mulled Christmas Ale. You can even buy a Christmas tree to take home and decorate.

Market Ave. & West 25th St.

Wednesday, December 5

Cleveland Social Exchange Holiday Party

You can get your holiday fun on without missing a beat professionally at CSE's December bash, where partying and networking go hand-in-hand. That is, if your hands aren't already occupied with food and drink. The $35 entry fee gets you complimentary hors d'oeuvres from the new menu at Stonewater Golf Club in Highland Heights, where the party is being held. There will also be a cash bar stocked with plenty of reds and whites from the club's Wednesday Wine Bottle service, a Chinese raffle, and of course a great opportunity to meet and mingle with the city's white-collar set. Attendance will be capped at 250, so if you're interested, call Chris Engler now at 216-280-6229. The fun starts at 6 p.m.

1 Club Drive, Highland Heights, clevelandsocialexchange.com

Warehouse District Holiday Tour

This is a great opportunity to get a look inside many of the area's most interesting structures, such as the Bradley Building and the Old Stone Church, while enjoying great food, drink, and music. The event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the atrium of the Bridgeview Apartments on West 9th St., followed by a walking tour that includes stops at a number of restaurants and concludes with a dessert reception at The Bingham on West 9th. Tickets are $60 in advance, $75 the day of the event. For reservations and more information, check the website or call the number below.

216-344-3937, warehousedistrict.org

Friday, December 7

First Friday Mix

Have you ever wanted to start the weekend off with a drink, surrounded by masterpieces from all of human history, or maybe looking down the business end of a crossbow? The Cleveland Museum of Art lets you live the dream with First Friday Mix cocktail nights, this month on Dec. 7 from 5 – 9 p.m. Escape the holiday rush for one evening with libations at Provenance Café, after which you can wander the galleries, take in live music, or make your own artistic creations in grown-up workshops. For ticket information, check the museum website.

11150 East Blvd., clevelandart.org

Saturday, December 8

A Gordon Square Holiday

No details yet on this afternoon celebration in the trendy art district, though with the concentration of performing talent and great bars and restaurants, it's sure to be a good time. Festivities start at noon; check the website for an update.


Friday, December 14

Brewhaha Weekend

Tremont is packing an entire holiday season's worth of fun into this lively three-day extravaganza. On Friday night, the usual Art Walk will feature free transportation from Lolly the Trolley, along with a BrewHop, Sexy Santa photos and more. On Saturday, the Santa Shuffle starts at 2 p.m. with special offers at neighborhood bars, restaurants, and retail shops, and kicks into high gear at 4 p.m. with hundreds of Santas in a race that ends with a party at The South Side. On Sunday, the Cleveland Philharmonic is giving a holiday concert at Zion United Church of Christ at 3 p.m., while Visible Voice Books and Wine Bar, Wine & Design, and other shops will be offering wine specials throughout the afternoon. For a complete schedule and more details, check the website.



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