It’s December and the holiday season is upon us! Still can’t believe it’s here? Having a hard time feeling festive? Never fear! There are plenty of great holiday happenings to get you in the spirit. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Cleveland during the holiday season:
Check out holiday lights
From Public Square to Playhouse Square to Holidays at the Higbee, from downtown Willoughby to Lakewood, there are plenty of places to see beautiful light displays on any side of town.
Looking for something a little more structured (or indoors)? Go see Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. From now through January 5, the Garden is filled with twinkling lights, holiday music, festive trees, creative gingerbread houses, a train for kids, and much more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children.
I dare you not to feel festive when you see all that sparkle!
Catch a show
As I mentioned on Monday, it’s the 25th anniversary of the Great Lakes Theater production of “A Christmas Carol” and what better time to reintroduce yourself to this classic Christmas tale? The show runs now through December 22 at the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square and tickets range from $28-$60.
If dance is more your style, the Ohio Dance Theatre is putting on a limited engagement of the classic Christmas ballet: “The Nutcracker” at the Stocker Arts Center. The show runs December 20 though December 22 and tickets range from $18-$32.
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the holiday classic filmed in Cleveland by seeing the Cleveland Play House production a “A Christmas Story” at the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square. The show runs now through December 22 and tickets range from $25-$72.
Every weekend from now through December 15, Shaker shops and pop-ups in the Van Aken District along Chagrin Boulevard will be open for your holiday shopping needs. Whether looking for the perfect gift or just something to complete your own holiday needs, this is a fun way to shop unique, local merchants. Click here for more information.
If you’re looking for what to get me for Christmas (and I know you are), you can probably find it at Banyan Tree. I never fail to want just about everything in the shop! So head over to their annual Hot Toddy Party on December 7 from noon until 9 to take advantage of the chance to get your holiday shopping done with booze (and appetizers)!
The Republic of Artists is holding a very cool themed marketplace called Carnival Couture from December 13 through December 15. Tons of great exhibitors, wine, appetizers, and live music make this a holiday shopping event not to be missed. Admission is $2 and proceeds benefit the Geauga Humane Society. Click here for more information.
Sip a holiday drink
The best known Cleveland holiday beverage is no doubt Great Lakes Brewing Co.‘s legendary Christmas Ale. But there are plenty of other tasty locally-made seasonal options, such as Fat Head‘s Holly Jolly Christmas Ale or Pimp My Sleigh Belgian-Style Chrismtas Ale; Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.’s 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale; and Willoughby Brewing Co.‘s Wenceslas Spiced Ale.
If beer isn’t your style, pick up some Hartzler Family Dairy eggnog, add a bit of spiced rum, and have yourself a merry little evening!
What are some of your favorite things to do in Cleveland at the holidays?
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary tickets to Glow. I attended the Social Media Night performance of “A Christmas Carol” with 1 complimentary ticket. I was invited to attend the media preview night for Carnival Couture, but declined due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***