The holiday season is just around the corner. Check out some of the fun ways to celebrate in northeast Ohio.
A Christmas Story House & Museum
Have you been known to indulge in the annual marathon running of “A Christmas Story” starting each Christmas Eve? (Guilty!) Much of this holiday classic was filmed in Cleveland. At A Christmas Story House, you’ll be given a tour of the Parker residence, which has been returned to how it looked when the movie was shot. And yes, a leg lamp sits in the front-room window! Peruse the museum across the street that displays props and behind-the-scenes photos taken during filming.
The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard / The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard
In early November, extensive lights and decorations start going up at this 55-acre Tuscan-themed vineyard. The AAA Rated® restaurant and AAA rated property share the beauty and joy of the holiday season with multiple Christmas trees, decorated fireplaces, horse-drawn carriage rides, lunch with Santa, a holiday marketplace and other special events. The site feels extra homey this time of year.
Mark Klaus has created a must-see Christmas attraction in this Cleveland suburb. His impressive collection of movie props and photos features items from holiday favorites like “Elf,” “Fred Claus,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Santa Clause” trilogy. Former New York City department store window displays are another highlight. Reminisce at the assortment of games and toys from decades ago. Were any under your tree in a Christmas past?
Deck the Hall—Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
The gorgeous Tudor Revival Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, a AAA GEM® attraction, is made even lovelier during the holiday season with more than 900,000 lights. During Deck the Hall, which runs select nights from late November to late December, you’ll get to see the manor house decked out in its Christmas best. A tree lighting, live music and DAZZLE—an animated light show on the grounds—are just some of the nightly events.
Hanukkah Candlelighting—Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Each year the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, a AAA GEM attraction, hosts a 1-hour special event to share the history of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Activities include the dreidel game, and cookies are served as well. While you’re there, tour the museum to learn about Cleveland’s Jewish immigrants and how they have shaped the city’s history.
Holiday Lantern Tours—Hale Farm and Village
Make reservations to join one of the 90-minute Holiday Lantern Tours on select evenings in December at this AAA GEM attraction. Tour guides in period attire lead guests around Hale Farm and Village, a working farm with historic structures representing 19th-century life in the Western Reserve. The buildings are adorned with holiday décor and illuminated by candles and lanterns. Learn about holiday traditions from long ago as you marvel at the beauty of this historic site.
University Circle is the place to be the first Sunday afternoon in December. The cultural attractions around the circle don’t charge admission during the event, and they also host holiday-themed activities like craft projects, storytelling and music performances. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Wade Oval or a spin around the ice rink. Stay for the grand finale—the Winter Lights Lantern Procession.
More than 40,000 people spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving at downtown Cleveland’s Winterfest. It’s centered around Public Square, which is draped in festive lights, and includes other locations like The Arcade and Tower City Center. Enjoy holiday shopping, food trucks, horse and carriage rides, fireworks and the lighting of Playhouse Square.