Greater Cleveland Family Holiday Events 2016

It’s not even December, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has already gotten the better of me. There is just so much for families to do in Cleveland during the holidays it has been hard to find a moment to put them all together for you. But here it is, my list of Holiday Happenings for 2016! I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season.

Ongoing Events

Photos with Santa at SouthPark Mall (Nov 5 – Dec 24)

Santa Visits at Great Northern Mall (Nov 12 – Dec 24)

The Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink in Cleveland Public Square (Nov 17 – Feb 28)

Kringle’s Inventionasium at Tower City (select days Nov 18 – Dec 24)

Candy Land Has Gone Wild at Penitentiary Glen (Nov 19 – Jan 1)

Toy Train Town at Crocker Park (Nov 19 – Dec 24)

Hope for the Holidays at the Cleveland History Center (Nov 25 – Jan 7)

The RInk at Wade Oval in University Circle (Nov 25 – March 5)

Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (Nov 25 – Dec 31)

Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (Nov 25-27, Dec 1-4, 8-23, 26-30)

A Christmas Carol at Playhouse Square (Nov 26 – Dec 23)

Kirtland Nativity Exhibit (Nov 27 – Dec 31)

Castle Noel in Medina (Nov 28 – Dec 31)

A Christmas Story at Cleveland Playhouse (Dec 1 – 23)

Hunt of the Month: Snowflakes at Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation (Dec 1 –


Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo (Dec 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 22-23, 26-30)

Holiday Latern Tours at Hale Farm & Village (Dec 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 20-23)

SCUBA Claus at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 19-23)


December Happenings

The Cleveland Orchestra presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ with the Pennsylvania Ballet at Playhouse Square (Nov 30 – Dec 4)

Miracle on Erie Street in Downtown Willoughby (Dec 1-3)

Family Fun Day at Great Northern Mall (Dec 1)

Holiday Jingle Presented by Olmsted Performing Arts at Great Northern Mall (Dec 2 – 3)

Tinsel Town at Playhouse Square (Dec 3)

Breakfast with Santa in Willoughby at Sol (Dec 3)

Breakfast with Santa at SouthPark Mall (Dec 3)

Light Up Lakewood in Downtown Lakewood (Dec 3)

Snack with Santa at the Akron Zoo (Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18)

Bistro Lunch with Santa at Gervasi Vineyard (Dec 3, 10, & 17)

Holiday CircleFest in University Circle (Dec 4)

Euclid Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert at Shore Cultural Centre (Dec 4)

Soothing Santa at Great Northern Mall (Dec 4)

Breakfast with Santa at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (Dec 4 &11)

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical at Playhouse Square (Dec 6-11)

It’s a Wonderful Life with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severence Hall (Dec 8-9)

PNC Musical Rainbows Christmas Brass Quintet at Severence Hall (Dec 9-10)

Amazing Giants Holiday Street Performers in Cleveland Public Square (Dec 9, 10, 16,17)

Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert at Severence Hall (Dec 10-11, 15-18)

Family Friday Night: Animals in Winter at North Chagrin Reservation (Dec 9)

Free Ornament Decorating in Cleveland Public Square (Dec 10)

Santa Claus is Coming to the Square in Cleveland Public Square (Dec 10)

Chickadee Drop-By: Make a Box at West Creek Reservation (Dec 10 & 11)

Pajama-rama: Frozen at the Great Lakes Science Center (Dec 10 & 17)

Sunday Drop-By: Snowflake Matching at West Creek Reservation (Dec 11)

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Jingle Bell Matinee at Playhouse Square (Dec 11)

Red Satin Cabaret Holiday Show in Cleveland Public Square (Dec 11)

Coventry Village Holiday Festival in Coventry Village (Dec 12)

Great Lakes Light Opera in Cleveland Public Square (Dec 13, 16, 21)

Soothing Santa at SouthPark Mall (Dec 11)

Animal Crackers at Brecksville Reservation (Dec 15)

Winter Solstice Concert at South Chagrin Reservation (Dec 16)

Family Movie Night: Happy Feet at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation (Dec 16)

National Ugly Sweater Day: Fireside Program at West Creek Reservation (Dec 16)

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – By Chip Davis at Playhouse Square (Dec 17)

Breakfast with Santa at Merwin’s Wharf (Dec 17)

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Cleveland Music Hall (Dec 17)

Candlelit Hike and Caroling at South Chagrin Reservation (Dec 17)

Breakfast with Santa at the Cleveland History Center (Dec 17)

DJ Arthur Henke in Cleveland Public Square (Dec 17)

Candy Cane Christmas at Painesville Township Park (Dec 17)

The Nutcracker Tea presented by the Cleveland Ballet at Andrews Osborne Academy (Dec 18)

The Cleveland Carolers in Cleveland Public Square (Dec 18)

Mystery Series – Case of the S’mores Smuggler at West Creek Reservation (Dec 18)

Holiday Hike at Rocky River Reservation (Dec 21)

The Night Tree at Rocky River Reservation (Dec 21)

Kids Winter Hike and Craft at Brecksville Reservation (Dec 22)

Recycled Ornaments at Rocky River Reservation (Dec 22)

Winter Week at the Great Lake Science Center (Dec 26-31)

Menorah Lights: Generation to Generation at Menorah Park (Dec 27)

Chanuka Celebration at Crocker Park (Dec 27)

Santa’s Toy Workshop at Lake Farmpark (Dec 27 – 31)

Hanukkah Candlelighting at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (Dec 28)

Holiday Hike at Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation (Dec 29)

New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration at the Great Lakes Science Center (Dec 30)

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Merwin’s Wharf (Dec 31)





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