The 15 Best Christmas and Holiday Activities in Cleveland for 2022

Cleveland Christmas

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Cleveland, Ohio, is an active city with many things to do, including in the snowy and cold winter. Lights, poinsettias, holiday trees, and theatrical productions all are festive traditions in Northeast Ohio communities. There are plenty of places in the area to celebrate the holidays, so plan something fun for you and your family this year with this helpful guide.

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Tour Stan Hywet Hall in Akron

Stan Hywet Hall
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Address
714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303-1363, USA
Phone +1 330-836-5533

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a historic Tudor Revival Manor House with 65 rooms on about 70 acres, transforms itself each holiday season into a winter wonderland. "Deck the Hall: Gracious Gatherings" tours take place on select dates from Nov. 25 through December 30, 2022, and include viewing a large Christmas tree, holiday decorations, adorned shop windows, more than a million lights, a Gingerbread Land, and festive food and drinks for sale. Guests can visit Molly's for gift shopping.

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Experience WinterLand at Public Square

Cleveland Winterfest
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Address
50 Public Square Suite 1700, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Phone +1 216-503-8103

WinterFest is the annual holiday celebration in Cleveland's Public Square. Held the weekend after Thanksgiving each year, the evening of music, dance, and hot chocolate culminates in the lighting of the unique holiday displays in each quadrant of the square and the Christmas tree in front of Tower City. More than 50,000 people attend the event each year. The light display is kept up until after New Year's Day. This free event is usually televised.

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Visit Glow at Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden Glow

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Address
11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Phone +1 216-721-1600

The Cleveland Botanical Garden transforms itself into an indoor and outdoor winter fantasyland called Glow from Nov. 30 through December 30, 2022. Features include large gingerbread houses, window vignettes, lights, gnome homes, a 16-foot (4.9-meter) tall live white fir tree, and other holiday accents. The wonderful Garden Store is loaded with special festive gift items.

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View the Lighting Display at Nela Park

Nela Park holiday lights

GE Lighting

Address
Nela Park, East Cleveland, OH 44112, USA

The lighting display at the GE Lighting Center in East Cleveland's Nela Park has been a holiday tradition since 1925. "Merry and Bright" is the 2020 theme, and you can see the colorful display along several blocks of Noble Road from December 1, 2022 through January 2, 2023. Check out over half a million LED lights with a 38-foot (11.6-meter) gingerbread house, along with a replica of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

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Take a Lantern Tour at Hale Farm & Village

Christmas at Hale Farm

Ohio Travel and Tourism

Address
2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44210, USA
Phone +1 330-666-3711

The holiday season at Hale Farm & Village in Bath harkens back to the 20th century with Holiday Lantern Tours of the historic site, all decked in traditional fashion for the holidays. Guests explore the village and decorated historic homes on select December dates leading up to Christmas. This year's tours will be offered from December 3 through December 23, 2022.

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Take in a Gospel Performance at Karamu House

Karamu House

Karamu House

Address
2355 E 89th St, Cleveland, OH 44106-3403, USA
Phone +1 216-795-7070

East Cleveland's popular Black theater Karamu House will present a soul-stirring, gospel celebration entitled "Black Nativity" from December 9 through December 18, 2022. The show is a retelling of the traditional New Testament account of the Nativity story, using gospel music, dramatic dance, and a biblical narrative. 

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Attend a Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert

Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra
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Address
11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Phone +1 216-231-7300

The Cleveland Orchestra presents a series of holiday concerts each year in December, featuring all of the old, favorite carols in approximately one-hour performances at Severance Hall. This year's concerts will take place on Thursdays through Sundays from December 8 though December 18, 2022. Head to the official website to book your tickets.

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Delight in Country Lights at Farmpark

Santa and his horse-drawn carriage in Paris, France in 2014

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Address
8800 Euclid Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094, USA
Phone +1 440-256-2122

For the holiday season, Lake Metroparks' Farmpark becomes a winter wonderland with horse-drawn wagon rides through the festive landscape, a Santa's workshop for kids, a grove of decorated trees in the visitors' center, and frequent visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This season's drive-throughs will be offered from Nov. 30 through December 23, 2022.

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Be a Part of University Circle's Circlefest

University Circle
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Address
Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

This free University Circle event is held the first Sunday of December each year and features a lantern procession around Wade Oval as well as exhibits, music, food, and activities at many of the area's museums and institutions. Free transportation is offered from place to place.

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Go Holiday Shopping at the Little Italy Holiday Art Walk

Little Italy Holiday Art Walk

Little Italy CLE

Address
Little Italy, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

Combine holiday shopping with Cleveland culture the first weekend of December each year at the Little Italy Holiday Art Walk. More than 25 galleries open their doors the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of December and many offer cookies, hot chocolate, wine, or other treats. Some of the galleries are only open to the public during the art walks.

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Marvel at a Performance of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
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Address
23020 Miles Rd, Cleveland, OH 44128, USA
Phone +1 216-320-9000

Cleveland Ballet and partners will present adaptations of the traditional ballet at Playhouse Square's Connor Palace in 2022. Nightly performances begin December 15 through December 18, 2023. The production is suitable for all ages.

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Have Fun at Candy Land

Penitentiary Glen

Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Address
8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Willoughby, OH 44094-8608, USA
Phone +1 440-256-1404

Step into the life-size board game Candy Land with this holiday attraction at Penitentiary Glen Reservation at Lake Metroparks usually lasting several days in December. This year's event will take place from Nov. 19 through January 1, 2023. The event features wildlife, holiday trees, music, food, and prizes. Enjoy holiday gift shopping at The Nature Store, and rent snowshoes or ride a train for fun (weather permitting). Admission is free.

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Surround Yourself With Poinsettias

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

Address
750 E 88th St, Cleveland, OH 44108, USA
Phone +1 216-664-2512

Each holiday season the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse and Botanical Garden, just about a mile from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, transforms itself into a holiday wonderland with hundreds of red, white, and pink poinsettias and other Christmas flowering plants at the Friends of Greenhouse Annual Poinsettia Sale. This year's plant sale takes place on December 2-3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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See Great Lakes Theater's Production of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol performance

GLTF

Address
1511 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
Phone +1 216-771-4444

Seeing "A Christmas Carol" at the Mimi Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square is a Cleveland tradition enjoyed by people of all ages. Ebenezer Scrooge is the famous main character in the play by Charles Dickens. This year's performances run from Nov. 25 through December 23, 2022. Tickets may be purchased online.

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Meet Scuba Claus at the Cleveland Aquarium

Cleveland Aquarium
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Address
2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113-2340, USA
Phone +1 216-862-8803

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, located in the Powerhouse on the west bank of the Flats, transforms itself into a winter, water wonderland for the holidays, with lights and decorations, special animal displays, and an appearance by "Scuba Claus" himself. Children can talk to the man in red while he's underwater by purchasing a "Merry Meet & Greet," available December 14-18, 2022.

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The 15 Best Christmas and Holiday Activities in Cleveland for 2022