Holiday events to try in Cleveland this weekend


By Joey Morona - cleveland.com



The Cleveland Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions.

The Cleveland Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions.


Playhouse Square will glow with good spirits and time-honored tradition when Great Lakes Theater presents its 33rd production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” now through Dec. 23.

Playhouse Square will glow with good spirits and time-honored tradition when Great Lakes Theater presents its 33rd production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” now through Dec. 23.


CLEVELAND, Ohio — ‘Tis the season for holiday events. There are plenty of things to do around town this weekend designed to get you in a festive mood, but there are a few non-holiday options, too. Here are 16 events worth checking out.

• Holiday CircleFest

The spirit of the season comes alive at University Circle with the neighborhood’s cultural institutions offering special holiday programming, activities and discounted admission. Wade Oval is the center of the action with ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, food trucks, Santa photos, a holiday market and more.

10820 East Blvd, Cleveland

noon-7 p.m., Dec. 5

universitycircle.org

• Light Up Lakewood

Celebrate the holiday season in every way imaginable at Light Up Lakewood. The event includes musical performances, photos with Santa, a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, vendor booths and a fireworks show. Free.

Detroit Ave., Downtown Lakewood

4-8 p.m., Dec. 4

lakewoodalive.org

• Michael Stanley: Among My Friends Again

The late Michael Stanley will be remembered at a tribute concert featuring members of his band, The Resonators, along with special guest Jonah Koslen performing many of the Cleveland music legend’s biggest hits. Tickets start at $55.

10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield

Dec. 3-5

mgmnorthfieldpark.mgmresorts.com

Party with Krampus of Cleveland

Celebrate German Christmas traditions at Hofbräuhaus Cleveland with the Krampus of Cleveland. The evening features live entertainment from Joey Tomsick and The Shotski’s, a men’s and women’s stein holding competition and, of course, plenty of beer. Reservations recommended.

1550 Chester Ave, Cleveland

6 p.m., Dec. 3

hofbrauhauscleveland.com

Jurassic Quest

Billed as North America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event, this interactive exhibit features life-size animatronic dinosaurs, walking and stationary dinosaur rides, plus a giant fossil dig, bounce houses and more. Tickets, $19-$36.

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland

Dec. 3-5

jurassicquest.com

Cleveland Institute of Art Student Holiday Sale

For the art lover on your holiday shopping list, this pop-up market offers creative, handmade gifts in glass, metal, ceramics, photography and other media with all of the artwork on sale is made by CIA students.

11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Dec. 3-4

cia.edu

Wild Winter Lights at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

This annual holiday light spectacular features over one million individual lights illuminating hundreds of displays spread across the zoo. There are also carousel rides, costumed characters, model train displays, ice carvers, live music, a dazzling light show with a 50-foot tree and photos with Santa, of course. Tickets, $18-$20. Drive-through experience available on select dates for $54-$60 per vehicle.

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland

Now through Dec. 30, Jan. 2

clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo

Ohio City Singers at Music Box Supper Club

Cleveland holiday supergroup the Ohio City Singers kick off its season with a lively repertoire of catchy, original festive songs. Tickets $18-$25.

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland

1 p.m., Dec. 4

musicboxcle.com

“Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Cedar Lee Theatre

This interactive theatrical and social experience lets you enjoy the 1975 cult classic in a whole new way. Dress up as your favorite character, see a live re-enactment of the movie and shout out your favorite lines as the film plays in the background on the big screen. Tickets, $12.

2163 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights

9:30 p.m., Dec. 4

clevelandcinemas.com/cedarlee

Black Nativity at Karamu House

The oldest African-American producing theater in the country puts its spin on alumnus Langston Hughes’ famous retelling of the classic nativity story. The uplifting show features an all-Black cast performing gospel versions of traditional Christmas carols and original songs. Tickets, $20-$45.

2355 E. 89th St., Cleveland

Now through Dec. 24

karamuhouse.org

• Related: ‘Black Nativity,’ Langston Hughes’ soulful retelling of the Christmas story, returns to Karamu House for the holiday season

• Cleveland Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

The Cleveland Ballet returns to Playhouse Square to perform this magical and enchanting tale set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. It’s a Northeast Ohio holiday tradition you’ll never forget. Tickets, $25-$119.

Connor Palace, 1615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Dec. 3-5

playhousesquare.org

“Elf the Musical” at Beck Center for the Arts

Based on the classic film, this professional stage production follows Buddy the Elf on a hilarious and inspiring journey of self-discovery that follows him from the North Pole to New York City. Tickets, $10-$34.

17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

Dec. 3-Jan. 2

beckcenter.org

Great Lakes Theater presents “A Christmas Carol”

One of Northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions returns as Cleveland’s classic theater company presents Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy banker who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by three ghosts. Tickets, $30-$80.

Mimi Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

Now through Dec. 23

greatlakestheater.com

Cleveland Public Theatre presents “10 Minutes to Midnight: 9 Quirky Plays for the Holidays”

Part variety show, part cabaret, part 10-minute play festival, the show allows you to experience all the feelings of the holidays through nine short plays. You’ll sing, you’ll laugh and you might even cry. Tickets are available on a “pay what you can” basis.

6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Wednesday-Saturday through Dec. 18

cptonline.org

Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm & Village

See how Christmas celebrations have changed over the course of the 20th century on a candle-lit tour of Western Reserve Historical Society’s living history museum. Participate in old-time traditions and enjoy a sweet treat, too. Reservations required. Tickets, $15-$20.

2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath

5-9 p.m., Dec. 4

wrhs.org

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra presents “Sing a Song for the Holidays”

Singers Vanessa Rubin, Evelyn Wright and Ava Preston join the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra at its new home at the Maltz Performing Arts Center for a show packed with holiday favorites. Tickets $10-$45.

1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland

7:30 p.m., Dec. 4

clevelandjazz.org

The Cleveland Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_20211202-AMX-ENTER-HOLIDAY-CIRCLEFEST-PLUS-15-MORE-4-PLD.jpgThe Cleveland Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions.
Playhouse Square will glow with good spirits and time-honored tradition when Great Lakes Theater presents its 33rd production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” now through Dec. 23.
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By Joey Morona

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