18 Wintry Things You Might Not Have Done in Northeast Ohio But Should

It's not winter in Cleveland without this list of things to do when the weather turns frigid. (Don't worry, not all of them are outside.)

 

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The full Christmas line-up at Playhouse Square is a must-see. This year the district is showing A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story and more. Check out playhousesquare.org for their full line up and show times. (Photo courtesy Cleveland Play House)
The full Christmas line-up at Playhouse Square is a must-see. This year the district is showing A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story and more. Check out playhousesquare.org for their full line up and show times. (Photo courtesy Cleveland Play House)
Exploding fruitcakes? We're in. The Great Lakes Science Center has a schedule chock full of activities for both kids and adults alike. The center will also be screening "Frozen" in their brand new Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater (formerly the OmniMax Theater) (Photo courtesy Great Lakes Science Center, Facebook)
Exploding fruitcakes? We're in. The Great Lakes Science Center has a schedule chock full of activities for both kids and adults alike. The center will also be screening "Frozen" in their brand new Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater (formerly the OmniMax Theater) (Photo courtesy Great Lakes Science Center, Facebook)
Check out the a showing of A Christmas Story Dec. 3 at 1 p.m., White Christmas on Dec. 14th at 7 p.m., The Polar Express in 3D on Dec. 17 & 18 at 11 a.m. and a  midnight showing of Lethal Weapon at Capitol Theatre on Dec. 17. Admission is $6 per person.
Check out the a showing of A Christmas Story Dec. 3 at 1 p.m., White Christmas on Dec. 14th at 7 p.m., The Polar Express in 3D on Dec. 17 & 18 at 11 a.m. and a midnight showing of Lethal Weapon at Capitol Theatre on Dec. 17. Admission is $6 per person.
The Christmas Movie Museum down in Medina is a little known gem in Northeast Ohio, and it spreads Christmas cheer year 'round. But the holidays are a natural time to head down south to bask in the treasures from your favorite holiday classics that have made their way to Medina County including gems from Elf and Fred Claus and more. It's not just a museum, by the way. There are also exhibits and decorations and everything to put you in the holiday spirit. Visit castlenoel.com for more info, hours and prices. (Photo via Castle Noel, Facebook)
The Christmas Movie Museum down in Medina is a little known gem in Northeast Ohio, and it spreads Christmas cheer year 'round. But the holidays are a natural time to head down south to bask in the treasures from your favorite holiday classics that have made their way to Medina County including gems from Elf and Fred Claus and more. It's not just a museum, by the way. There are also exhibits and decorations and everything to put you in the holiday spirit. Visit castlenoel.com for more info, hours and prices. (Photo via Castle Noel, Facebook)
The Cleveland Winter Beerfest - The holidays are finally over, and you could probably use a beer or two. This year's festival will be held on January 27-28, 2017 in Downtown Cleveland at the Cleveland Convention Center. Grab a ticket at clevelandbeerfest.com (Photo courtesy Emanue Wallace)
The Cleveland Winter Beerfest - The holidays are finally over, and you could probably use a beer or two. This year's festival will be held on January 27-28, 2017 in Downtown Cleveland at the Cleveland Convention Center. Grab a ticket at clevelandbeerfest.com (Photo courtesy Emanue Wallace)
A fixture on the local scene for the past ten years, Wallace Settles (aka Dirty Jones) is the promoter behind the local showcase Cruel Winter Fest, which takes place at the Grog Shop on Dec. 9. 
This year’s incarnation of an event that’s billed as “the only annual independent hip-hop festival in Cleveland” will feature more than 15 diverse acts at the Grog Shop and B Side Liquor Lounge. Ohio Hip Hop Award winner Kris Hilton and prominent Cleveland hip-hop artist Walker OG will serve as the hosts. (Photo courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
A fixture on the local scene for the past ten years, Wallace Settles (aka Dirty Jones) is the promoter behind the local showcase Cruel Winter Fest, which takes place at the Grog Shop on Dec. 9. This year’s incarnation of an event that’s billed as “the only annual independent hip-hop festival in Cleveland” will feature more than 15 diverse acts at the Grog Shop and B Side Liquor Lounge. Ohio Hip Hop Award winner Kris Hilton and prominent Cleveland hip-hop artist Walker OG will serve as the hosts. (Photo courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
Each year, the Stan Hywet estate is "illuminated inside and out with over 800,000 lights, and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of 'Home for the Holidays.'" The organizers have arranged an animated holiday window in the courtyard that depicts 1920s-era downtown Akron at dusk during the holidays. The event is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on select evenings through Jan. 2. Check out stanhywet.org for the official calendar. (Photo via Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Facebook)
Each year, the Stan Hywet estate is "illuminated inside and out with over 800,000 lights, and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of 'Home for the Holidays.'" The organizers have arranged an animated holiday window in the courtyard that depicts 1920s-era downtown Akron at dusk during the holidays. The event is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on select evenings through Jan. 2. Check out stanhywet.org for the official calendar. (Photo via Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Facebook)
Cleveland Playhouse Festival of Trees - The Cleveland Playhouse's holiday tradition involves more than 70 professionally and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, all put together and sponsored by some of the city's more respected institutions. The show is on now, and it lasts through the end of the year. (Photo via Cleveland Play House, Facebook)
Cleveland Playhouse Festival of Trees - The Cleveland Playhouse's holiday tradition involves more than 70 professionally and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, all put together and sponsored by some of the city's more respected institutions. The show is on now, and it lasts through the end of the year. (Photo via Cleveland Play House, Facebook)
For those who live, work and play closer to our pals in Summit County, First Night Akron is a long-running New Year's Eve tradition that brings together the worlds of art, music and dance —- not to mention a fine year-end fireworks show. This event is alcohol-free and terrific for families of all ages. The fun takes place at various locations around downtown Akron; check out firstnightakron.org for more information. (Photo via First Night Akron, Facebook)
For those who live, work and play closer to our pals in Summit County, First Night Akron is a long-running New Year's Eve tradition that brings together the worlds of art, music and dance —- not to mention a fine year-end fireworks show. This event is alcohol-free and terrific for families of all ages. The fun takes place at various locations around downtown Akron; check out firstnightakron.org for more information. (Photo via First Night Akron, Facebook)
A cornerstone of Cleveland's culture and entertainment in these wintry months, Brite Winter dishes up some of our city's coolest bands and artists for a day of revelry. The fest returns to its roots on the west bank of the Flats this year on Feb. 20 — around McCarthy's and the Harbor Inn, mostly. Find details at britewinter.com. (Photo via Brite Winter, Facebook)
A cornerstone of Cleveland's culture and entertainment in these wintry months, Brite Winter dishes up some of our city's coolest bands and artists for a day of revelry. The fest returns to its roots on the west bank of the Flats this year on Feb. 20 — around McCarthy's and the Harbor Inn, mostly. Find details at britewinter.com. (Photo via Brite Winter, Facebook)