December 09, 2022

Vintage Photos of Christmas in Cleveland Throughout the 20th Century

With Public Square all done up and Nela Park's light display dazzling audiences once again, let's take a look at how Cleveland has decorated for and celebrated Christmas through the years, including parades, department store displays and more. It's all nostalgia. It's all peace and love.

All photos via The Cleveland Memory Project
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Christmas trees at Nela Park, 1941
Christmas trees at Nela Park, 1941
Christmas display at Parmatown Shopping Center, 1979
Christmas display at Parmatown Shopping Center, 1979
Nela Park Christmas display, 1954
Nela Park Christmas display, 1954
Nela Park Christmas display, 1928
Nela Park Christmas display, 1928
Nela Park Christmas display, 1957
Nela Park Christmas display, 1957
Cleveland State University Christmas tree display, 1972
Cleveland State University Christmas tree display, 1972
Nela Park Christmas display, 1954
Nela Park Christmas display, 1954
Christmas tree in main lobby, Sterling-Lindner-Davis, 1960
Christmas tree in main lobby, Sterling-Lindner-Davis, 1960
Nela Park Christmas display, 1928
Nela Park Christmas display, 1928
Nela Park Christmas display, 1954
Nela Park Christmas display, 1954