10 Things to Do This Holiday Weekend in Cleveland (Dec. 23 - 25)

Between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there's plenty to do around Cleveland to keep you busy.

 

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Ramon Rivas and Friends 
When: Thu., Dec. 22
Local comic Ramon Rivas serves as a ringleader for the local comedy scene. He regularly hosts shows featuring local comics and often brings national acts to town. Recently, the guy's gotten some national acclaim and even taped a half hour special for Comedy Central. Tonight at 8 at Mahall's, he performs along with some of his fellow comics. Local joke man Bill Squire hosts, and if 100 or more people attend, Rivas has promised to make a donation of $250 to the ACLU and $250 to Planned Parenthood. We take that to mean that he's as upset about a potential Trump presidency as we are. Tickets are $10. (Photo courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
Ramon Rivas and Friends When: Thu., Dec. 22 Local comic Ramon Rivas serves as a ringleader for the local comedy scene. He regularly hosts shows featuring local comics and often brings national acts to town. Recently, the guy's gotten some national acclaim and even taped a half hour special for Comedy Central. Tonight at 8 at Mahall's, he performs along with some of his fellow comics. Local joke man Bill Squire hosts, and if 100 or more people attend, Rivas has promised to make a donation of $250 to the ACLU and $250 to Planned Parenthood. We take that to mean that he's as upset about a potential Trump presidency as we are. Tickets are $10. (Photo courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
Festival of Trees 
When: Thu., Dec. 22, 12-9 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 23, 12-5 p.m. 
Phone: 216-400-7053 
Price: FREE 
www.clevelandplayhouse.com/festival-of-trees
Get into the spirit of the season with Cleveland Play House’s beloved annual holiday tradition, Festival of Trees. The Allen Theatre lobbies will shine brightly with the twinkling light of trees masterfully decorated by local designers. This family-friendly event is free, open to the public, and sure to be a delight for all. For more information about the Festival of Trees, contact Kat Clark at 216.400.7053. (Photo courtesy Allen Theater)
Festival of Trees When: Thu., Dec. 22, 12-9 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 23, 12-5 p.m. Phone: 216-400-7053 Price: FREE www.clevelandplayhouse.com/festival-of-trees Get into the spirit of the season with Cleveland Play House’s beloved annual holiday tradition, Festival of Trees. The Allen Theatre lobbies will shine brightly with the twinkling light of trees masterfully decorated by local designers. This family-friendly event is free, open to the public, and sure to be a delight for all. For more information about the Festival of Trees, contact Kat Clark at 216.400.7053. (Photo courtesy Allen Theater)
All I Want for Christmas is Steve Buscemi 
When: Fri., Dec. 23
All the artists of 3204 Studios want for Christmas this year is…Steve Buscemi? That’s right, the latest exhibition at 3204 Studios features original artwork inspired by firefighter-turned-actor Steve Buscemi. From 1980 to 1984, Buscemi served as a Manhattan Firefighter in the Little Italy section of New York City. The day after 9/11, Buscemi anonymously returned to help clear debris and search for survivors. For a week, he worked 12 hour shifts. So, what’s not to love about this guy, right? This unique and slightly absurd exhibition is the latest in a series of unlikely themed exhibitions that 3204 Studios has hosted. All I Want for Christmas is Steve Buscemi opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, just in time for last minute holiday shoppers looking for a perfectly odd holiday gift. Admission is free. (Photo courtesy 3204 Studios)
All I Want for Christmas is Steve Buscemi When: Fri., Dec. 23 All the artists of 3204 Studios want for Christmas this year is…Steve Buscemi? That’s right, the latest exhibition at 3204 Studios features original artwork inspired by firefighter-turned-actor Steve Buscemi. From 1980 to 1984, Buscemi served as a Manhattan Firefighter in the Little Italy section of New York City. The day after 9/11, Buscemi anonymously returned to help clear debris and search for survivors. For a week, he worked 12 hour shifts. So, what’s not to love about this guy, right? This unique and slightly absurd exhibition is the latest in a series of unlikely themed exhibitions that 3204 Studios has hosted. All I Want for Christmas is Steve Buscemi opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, just in time for last minute holiday shoppers looking for a perfectly odd holiday gift. Admission is free. (Photo courtesy 3204 Studios)
Christmas Traditions at Heritage Farms 
When: Wednesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23 
Phone: 330-657-2330 
Email: cjbharamis@gmail.com 
Price: varies 
www.heritagefarms.com
Join us for all this special time of year has to offer! Heritage Farms will be open this season thru December 23, 2016 to cut your own Scotch Pine, White Pine, and Blue Spruce. We also offer freshly cut Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, Black Hills Spruce, White Pine, Scotch Pine and Blue Spruce. Michelle's Greenery Shop for all of your wreaths, roping and swag is next to the sandstone fireplace, where you can warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and some freshly baked Christmas cookies from our Coffee Corner, open daily from 9:30 to 5:30. (Photo courtesy Heritage Farms)
Christmas Traditions at Heritage Farms When: Wednesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23 Phone: 330-657-2330 Email: [email protected] Price: varies www.heritagefarms.com Join us for all this special time of year has to offer! Heritage Farms will be open this season thru December 23, 2016 to cut your own Scotch Pine, White Pine, and Blue Spruce. We also offer freshly cut Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, Black Hills Spruce, White Pine, Scotch Pine and Blue Spruce. Michelle's Greenery Shop for all of your wreaths, roping and swag is next to the sandstone fireplace, where you can warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and some freshly baked Christmas cookies from our Coffee Corner, open daily from 9:30 to 5:30. (Photo courtesy Heritage Farms)
Pop-Up Holiday Market 
When: Sat., Dec. 24
Anyone looking for a last minute Cleveland-centric Christmas gift would do well to check out the Pop-Up Holiday Market at Crocker Park. Located in the former Danny Vegh's space, this special store features a variety of gift baskets, Cleveland themed T-shirts and coasters. The Gyspy Cafe provides coffee and pastries to help you relax while you shop. The store keeps the same hours as Crocker Park, so it'll be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.  167 Market St., Westlake, 216-798-8297. (Photo courtesy Crocker Park/Facebook)
Pop-Up Holiday Market When: Sat., Dec. 24 Anyone looking for a last minute Cleveland-centric Christmas gift would do well to check out the Pop-Up Holiday Market at Crocker Park. Located in the former Danny Vegh's space, this special store features a variety of gift baskets, Cleveland themed T-shirts and coasters. The Gyspy Cafe provides coffee and pastries to help you relax while you shop. The store keeps the same hours as Crocker Park, so it'll be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. 167 Market St., Westlake, 216-798-8297. (Photo courtesy Crocker Park/Facebook)
Browns vs. San Diego Chargers 
When: Sat., Dec. 24
The Browns final home game of a truly miserable season concludes today at 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium as our hapless heroes take on the San Diego Chargers. Given that the Chargers play half their games in a semi-tropical city on the California coast, we hope that the winter conditions through quarterback Philip Rivers and his squad for a loop and that the Browns don't bring their home record this to 0-8. Tickets start at $68. (Photo courtesy Cleveland Browns)
Browns vs. San Diego Chargers When: Sat., Dec. 24 The Browns final home game of a truly miserable season concludes today at 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium as our hapless heroes take on the San Diego Chargers. Given that the Chargers play half their games in a semi-tropical city on the California coast, we hope that the winter conditions through quarterback Philip Rivers and his squad for a loop and that the Browns don't bring their home record this to 0-8. Tickets start at $68. (Photo courtesy Cleveland Browns)
X-Mess Eve Party at the Grog Shop
When: Sat., Dec. 24, 9 p.m. 
Price: free
Nowhere to go (or, don't wanna go anywhere) on Christmas Eve? Come celebrate the holidays with the Grog Shop and don't worry about admission--it's free. (Photo courtesy Grog Shop/Facebook)
X-Mess Eve Party at the Grog Shop When: Sat., Dec. 24, 9 p.m. Price: free Nowhere to go (or, don't wanna go anywhere) on Christmas Eve? Come celebrate the holidays with the Grog Shop and don't worry about admission--it's free. (Photo courtesy Grog Shop/Facebook)
12 Assholes of Christmas 
When: Sun., Dec. 25
It's a tradition that at noon on Christmas day, the punk rock club Now That's Class opens its doors to welcome "those who don’t have anywhere to go or don’t wanna go anywhere" for an event dubbed 12 Assholes of Christmas. From noon to 3 p.m. today, the bar will offer specials on Great Lakes and Negro Modelo beers, selling them for only $1. The price goes up by increments as the night goes on. Bring some food for the potluck dinner. Brainwashed California, Mateo Manic, Basement Box, Paul Mac, Live from the Garage, Cheap Clone, Bad Noids, Roobydocks, Air Sicily and Swindlella provide the tunes. It's free. (Photo courtesy Now That's Class/Facebook)
12 Assholes of Christmas When: Sun., Dec. 25 It's a tradition that at noon on Christmas day, the punk rock club Now That's Class opens its doors to welcome "those who don’t have anywhere to go or don’t wanna go anywhere" for an event dubbed 12 Assholes of Christmas. From noon to 3 p.m. today, the bar will offer specials on Great Lakes and Negro Modelo beers, selling them for only $1. The price goes up by increments as the night goes on. Bring some food for the potluck dinner. Brainwashed California, Mateo Manic, Basement Box, Paul Mac, Live from the Garage, Cheap Clone, Bad Noids, Roobydocks, Air Sicily and Swindlella provide the tunes. It's free. (Photo courtesy Now That's Class/Facebook)
Cavs vs. Golden State 
When: Sun., Dec. 25
In what looks like it's becoming a Christmas Day tradition, the Cavs once again take on the Golden State Warriors. The two teams squared off last Christmas Day on the Warriors' turf and came up just short. The Cavs had the last laugh, however, as they would beat the Warriors in the Finals despite losing to them twice during the regular season. The Warriors have retooled this season, adding Kevin Durant to an already strong roster. Expect this nationally televised game to be a real battle. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at a whopping $175. (Photo courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
Cavs vs. Golden State When: Sun., Dec. 25 In what looks like it's becoming a Christmas Day tradition, the Cavs once again take on the Golden State Warriors. The two teams squared off last Christmas Day on the Warriors' turf and came up just short. The Cavs had the last laugh, however, as they would beat the Warriors in the Finals despite losing to them twice during the regular season. The Warriors have retooled this season, adding Kevin Durant to an already strong roster. Expect this nationally televised game to be a real battle. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at a whopping $175. (Photo courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
Film Screening: Freedom Riders 
When: Sun., Dec. 25, 2-3:45 p.m. 
Phone: 216-593-0575 
Email: info@mmjh.org 
Price: Free, part of “Give What You Can, Pay What You Can” day 
www.maltzmuseum.org/event/freedom-riders
The powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Jim Crow South, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Freedom Riders features testimony from influential figures on all sides of the story. (Photo courtesy MMJH)
Film Screening: Freedom Riders When: Sun., Dec. 25, 2-3:45 p.m. Phone: 216-593-0575 Email: [email protected] Price: Free, part of “Give What You Can, Pay What You Can” day www.maltzmuseum.org/event/freedom-riders The powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Jim Crow South, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Freedom Riders features testimony from influential figures on all sides of the story. (Photo courtesy MMJH)