December Events Calendar

Cleveland Botanical Garden at the Holidays
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December is the full of holiday events and festivities as well as to many arts, music, and theater events. Learn all about the interesting things to do this month. Below is a list (in date order) of exhibits, concerts, book signings, wine tastings, and more. The list is updated regularly.

If you have an event you'd like to add, please send me the information at cleveland@aboutguide.com. Have an enjoyable holiday season!

Through December 1, 2013
Holiday Tree Festival
What: See dozens of decorated trees, Santa, and lots of holiday fun.
Where: John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. Akron
Time: Varies
Cost: free

Through December 14, 2013
A Christmas Carol
What: See the dramatic portrayal of the Dickens classic.
Where: Chagrin Valley Little Theater, Chagrin Falls
Time: Varies
Cost: $18 adults, $14 students and seniors

Through December 30, 2013 (selected days)
Stan Hywet's "Heaven and Nature Sing"
What: Enjoy beautiful Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens adorned for the holidays.
Where: Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

Through January 5, 2014
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
What:
See more than 250 artifacts recovered from the sunk ocean liner, HMS Titanic.
Where: Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: $24

Through January 5, 2014
Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome
What: See more than 150 objects that tell the story of Sicily's influence on ancient Greek and Roman culture.


Where: Cleveland Museum of Art
Time: Varies
Cost: $15 for adults

Through January 5, 2014
Traitor: The Dreyfus Affair
What: This special exhibit explores the 1894 trial in France of Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the so-called "trial of the 19th century," and the role anti-Semitism played in the affair.
Where: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

Through March, 2014
Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction
What: Explore this exhibit about the iconic band. Exhibits include instruments, costumes, artwork and more.
Where: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies 

Through December 22, 2013
Cleveland Play House's A Christmas Story
What: This holiday classic returns to the Playhouse stage
Where: Allen Theater, Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 4, 2013
11th Annual Historic Warehouse District Holiday Tour
What: Enjoy a neighborhood open house with food, music, and more
Where: Cleveland's Warehouse District
Time: 530pm - 11pm
Cost: TBA

December 4, 2013
CityMusic Cleveland Concert
What: Hear this Cleveland chamber ensemble perform selections by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr.
Where: Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
Time: 730pm
Cost: free; call 216 321-5800 for reservations.

December 4, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Wicked
What: See this popular Tony-Award-Winning musical, the untold story about the witches of Oz.
Where: Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 5, 2013
CityMusic Cleveland Concert
What: Hear this Cleveland chamber ensemble perform selections by Johann Strauss Jr.

and Sr.
Where: Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Blvd, Cleveland
Time: 730pm
Cost: free

December 5 - 22, 2013
The Santaland Diaries
What: See the irreverent holiday play by David Sedaris
Where: Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 5, 2013
CityMusic Cleveland Concert
What: Hear this Cleveland chamber ensemble perform selections by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr.
Where: St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills
Time: 730pm
Cost: free

December 6, 2013
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour
What: See this popular jazz artist perform
Where: Palace Theater,  Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 6-8, 2013
Murray Hill Art Walk
What: Explore the many art galleries in Little Italy.
Where: Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood.


Time: Varies
Cost: free

December 6 - 29, 2013
Christmas is Comin' Uptown (A Musical)
What: Enjoy the classic Dicken's Christmas Carol story to a Harlem jazz beat
Where: Karamu House, 2355 East 89th St., Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies; call 216 795-7077 for ticket information.

December 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Annie
What: Enjoy the musical about Little Orphan Annie
Where: Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 6, 2013 - January 6, 2014
The Big Meal
What: This drama by Dan LeFranc tells the story of five generations of the same family around the dinner table.
Where: Dobama Theater, 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.
Time: Varies
Cost: $10 - $26

December 7, 2013
Jim Brickman
What: See the popular jazz pianist (who hails from Shaker Heights) perform.
Where: Palace Theater, Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Time: 8pm
Cost: Varies

December 7, 2013
CityMusic Cleveland Concert
What: Hear this Cleveland chamber ensemble perform selections by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr.
Where: Shrine of St. Stanislaus, 3649 E. 65th Street, Cleveland
Time: 730pm
Cost: free

December 7-8, 2013
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
What: See this popular ensemble artist perform
Where: Hanna Theater,  Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 8, 2013
Holiday Circle Fest
What: Celebrate the season with free admission and special events at many of the University Circle museums and institutions.
Where: University Circle
Time: 1pm - 7pm
Cost: Free

December 8, 2013
CityMusic Cleveland Concert
What: Hear this Cleveland chamber ensemble perform selections by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr.
Where: St. Mary Parish 320 Middle Avenue, Elyria
Time: 230pm
Cost: free

A reasonable effort is made to make sure all event information is accurate, but times and events are subject to change.

(updated 10-9-13)

December 11, 2013
Natalie Cole with the Cleveland Orchestra
What: Enjoy hearing this popular artist perform with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Where: Severance Hall, Cleveland
Time: 8pm
Cost: Varies; call 216 231-1111 for ticket information.

December 12, 2013
Justin Timberlake
What: See this famous pop singer perform.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Time: 8pm
Cost: from $45

December 13, 2013
Tremont Art Walk
What: Enjoy the many galleries of Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood at this monthly event.
Where: Tremont
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: free

December 13, 2013
Apollo's Fire: Christmas Vespers
What: See NE Ohio's baroque orchestra perform.
Where: Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland
Time: 8pm
Cost: Varies; call 800 314-2535 for details and tickets.

December 13-22, 2013
Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts
What: Hear the sounds of the season at the annual Cleveland orchestra holiday concerts.
Where: Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Time: Varies
Cost: $40-$90; call 216 231-1111 for ticket information

December 14, 2013
Apollo's Fire: Christmas Vespers
What: See NE Ohio's baroque orchestra perform.
Where: First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights
Time: 8pm
Cost: Varies; call 800 314-2535 for details and tickets.

December 14, 2013
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
What: Listen to holiday favorites set to rock music by TSO, a Cleveland holiday favorite event.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Time: 3pm, 8pm
Cost: $30 - $67.50

December 14-15, 2013
North Coast Men's Choir
What: Enjoy an afternoon or evening of holiday sounds from this Cleveland vocal group.
Where: Hanna Theater, 2067 East 14th St., Cleveland
Time: Saturday 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Cost: $10 - $40; Call 216 241-6000 for ticket information.

December 15, 2013
Apollo's Fire: Christmas Vespers
What: See NE Ohio's baroque orchestra perform.
Where: St. Christopher Catholic Church, Rocky River
Time: 4pm
Cost: Varies; call 800 314-2535 for details and tickets.

December 16, 2013
Apollo's Fire: Christmas Vespers
What: See NE Ohio's baroque orchestra perform.
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Akron
Time: 730pm
Cost: Varies; call 800 314-2535 for details and tickets.

December 16, 2013
Donny and Marie: Christmas in Cleveland
What: See this famous singing duo perform.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Time: 730pm
Cost: from $49.50
 
December 20-22, 2013
Nutcracker
What: See the Ohio Dance Theatre perform this classic ballet
Where: Lorain Community College Stocker Arts Center, 1005 Abbe Road, Elyria
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies; call 800 995-5222 for details.

December 21, 2013
Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk
What: Take a candlelight walk through time to explore the roots of modern holiday celebrations.
Where: West Woods Nature Center, Geauga County
Time: 730pm - 930pm
Cost: free; call 440 286-9516 for information.

December 28, 2013
Harlem Globetrotters
What: See this famous basketball troupe perform.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Time: 730pm
Cost: from $20
 

A reasonable effort is made to make sure all event information is accurate, but times and events are subject to change.

(updated 10-10-13)