December 03, 2021

20 Holiday Things Everyone Should Do at Least Once in Cleveland

Your Facebook page is probably inundated with event reminders and invitations, and your family has probably already booked you for a Christmas play or concert or something. That doesn't mean you couldn't use a few more events in your life, especially in late December and early January when you finally have some free time. We gathered a few of our seasonal favorites that you might have missed.

Your social media accounts are probably inundated with event reminders and invitations, and your family has probably already booked you for a Christmas play or concert or something. That doesn't mean you couldn't use a few more events in your life, especially in late December and early January when you finally have some free time. We gathered a few of our seasonal favorites that you might have missed.

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 A Christmas Carol at the Mimi Ohio Theatre
For those of a certain age, and for anyone who took 6th grade English, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is something of a holiday staple. Onstage, the annual rite of passage arrives in Playhouse Square each December. Take the kids. Take your grandparents. Revel in the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. The show runs through Dec. 23rd. 
Photo via Playhouse Square, Facebook

A Christmas Carol at the Mimi Ohio Theatre

For those of a certain age, and for anyone who took 6th grade English, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is something of a holiday staple. Onstage, the annual rite of passage arrives in Playhouse Square each December. Take the kids. Take your grandparents. Revel in the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. The show runs through Dec. 23rd.

Photo via Playhouse Square, Facebook

 Ice Skating At Wade Oval
Relive the glory days of your ice skating youth, take the family or hold the hand of your date, strap on the skates and do your best Olympics audition: The rink at Wade Oval is all purpose and the perfect outdoor activity that takes just a modicum of actual athleticism and coordination. Two bucks to skate, $3 for skate rentals, and the rink is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 17 with additional days between Christmas and New Year's. 
Photo via Scene Archives

Ice Skating At Wade Oval

Relive the glory days of your ice skating youth, take the family or hold the hand of your date, strap on the skates and do your best Olympics audition: The rink at Wade Oval is all purpose and the perfect outdoor activity that takes just a modicum of actual athleticism and coordination. Two bucks to skate, $3 for skate rentals, and the rink is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 17 with additional days between Christmas and New Year's.

Photo via Scene Archives

 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The lasers, the pyrotechnics, the prog-rock classics and more — TSO's annual tour is somehow bigger and badder this year than ever before and they stop by Cleveland and Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, Dec. 30th for two shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
Photo via Jason McEachern

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The lasers, the pyrotechnics, the prog-rock classics and more — TSO's annual tour is somehow bigger and badder this year than ever before and they stop by Cleveland and Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, Dec. 30th for two shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Photo via Jason McEachern

Grog Shop’s New Year’s Kick-Off
In a beloved annual tradition, the fine folks at the Grog Shop open their doors for a weekend of shows to kick off each new year. This time around, the show is on January 1st at 7 p.m. and include the bands Strobe Light Casualties, The Brake’s, Undersubstance, The Daze and Hypoxia. Remember to tip your bartenders well. 
Photo via Grog Shop

Grog Shop’s New Year’s Kick-Off

In a beloved annual tradition, the fine folks at the Grog Shop open their doors for a weekend of shows to kick off each new year. This time around, the show is on January 1st at 7 p.m. and include the bands Strobe Light Casualties, The Brake’s, Undersubstance, The Daze and Hypoxia. Remember to tip your bartenders well.

Photo via Grog Shop

 Brite Winter 2022
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 free fest returns to its roots on the west bank of the Flats this year on Feb. 26th — around McCarthy's and the Harbor Inn, mostly. This year, they're celebrating 14 years of mayhem. Best to go help out in the celebration. 
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Brite Winter 2022

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 free fest returns to its roots on the west bank of the Flats this year on Feb. 26th — around McCarthy's and the Harbor Inn, mostly. This year, they're celebrating 14 years of mayhem. Best to go help out in the celebration.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace

 Magic Of Lights
Magic of Lights is a 1.3 mile drive-thru holiday light display featuring a 100+ foot light tunnel, and over 30 full light static & animated displays and other holiday activities. It goes from now until January 2nd. The cost to visit is $21 per car if you buy tickets in advance. 
Photo via Magic Of Lights - Northeast Ohio/Facebook

Magic Of Lights


Magic of Lights is a 1.3 mile drive-thru holiday light display featuring a 100+ foot light tunnel, and over 30 full light static & animated displays and other holiday activities. It goes from now until January 2nd. The cost to visit is $21 per car if you buy tickets in advance.

Photo via Magic Of Lights - Northeast Ohio/Facebook
 'Deck the Hall' at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Each year, the Stan Hywet estate is "illuminated inside and out with one million lights, and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of 'Postcards from the Past.'" The event is open from 5 to 8 p.m. December 2nd-5th, 9th-23rd and 26th-30th. This year’s theme is ‘Lights, Camera, Christmas’.
Photo via  Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Facebook

'Deck the Hall' at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens


Each year, the Stan Hywet estate is "illuminated inside and out with one million lights, and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of 'Postcards from the Past.'" The event is open from 5 to 8 p.m. December 2nd-5th, 9th-23rd and 26th-30th. This year’s theme is ‘Lights, Camera, Christmas’.

Photo via Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Facebook

 Nela Park
If you're in the mood to see a really extraordinary holiday lighting display at no cost, General Electric’s Nela Park has got you covered. For the 97th year, you can visit the most well-known light display in Cleveland, which begins on December 3rd and goes until January 3rd.
Photo via @Christina.B323/Instagram

Nela Park


If you're in the mood to see a really extraordinary holiday lighting display at no cost, General Electric’s Nela Park has got you covered. For the 97th year, you can visit the most well-known light display in Cleveland, which begins on December 3rd and goes until January 3rd.

Photo via @Christina.B323/Instagram
North Pole Adventure
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is something you should have ridden by now, but if you've been putting it off, the holiday season is the right time to buy a ticket. From now through December 19th the train is decked out in Christmas splendor with plenty of Santa action and charms for the little ones.
Photo via  Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Facebook

North Pole Adventure

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is something you should have ridden by now, but if you've been putting it off, the holiday season is the right time to buy a ticket. From now through December 19th the train is decked out in Christmas splendor with plenty of Santa action and charms for the little ones.

Photo via Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Facebook

Castle Noel
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. 
Photo via  Castle Noel, Facebook

Castle Noel

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.

Photo via Castle Noel, Facebook