(Cleveland, OH) - Family-friendly events begin with the holiday tree lighting in Public Square on Saturday, November 27th and continues with festive offerings across the city center.
Downtown Cleveland Alliance invites Clevelanders to experience Winterfest, the official start to the holiday season.
Festivities begin at 12:00 p.m. and include entertainment, carriage rides, games and ice skating, and more free activities from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. including a visit from Santa Claus and a fireworks finale.
Winterfest programming is made possible through the support of Bedrock Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland Public Power, United Rentals and a host of other sponsors.
Following the main event and all season long, a robust schedule of activities will take place through the month of February from University Circle to Public Square. For the most up-to-date happenings, please visit WinterfestCLE.com.
WINTERFEST 2021 HIGHLIGHTS - Saturday, November 27 (with approximate start times):
oCarriage Rides + Concessions (located at US Bank Plaza in Playhouse Square) – Advance
ticket reservations will be required
oIce Skating on Cleveland Public Square
oFood trucks on Cleveland Public Square
oPhotos with Santa on the RTA Holly Jolly Trolley
oMr. Jingeling Meet and Greets at the Halle Building presented by The K&D Group
oTake-n-Make Crafts, Ice Sculpting and more fun at the Cleveland Public Library
oLiving History Holiday Edition - Apartment Tours
oFire pits and S’Mores Kits presented by JACK Entertainment
oWinter warm up activities with ASCEND Fitness and Spa
oCarillon Concerts at Old Stone Church
oSpecial appearances by Mr. Kringle, the Toy Soldier and friends
oCAVS All for Fun Tour Trailer, photo opportunities and more!
oWinterfest dance party with DJ Shake
oHoliday Tree Lighting Ceremony broadcast in partnership with WKYC featuring Case in
Point, Cleveland Ballet, Karamu House, Santa Claus, special guests and fireworks
finale at 7:30pm
WINTER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
Nov. 12th – Jan. 9th
With two sparkling Christmas trees, room decorations, and holiday-themed furniture, you can listen to merry melodies, read holiday stories, watch your favorite Christmas movies in Mr. Kringle's luxurious wonderland. Reserve your spot today.
Nov. 20th – Jan. 2nd
Visitors will be surrounded by beautiful holiday plants and trees from evergreen conifers to poinsettias at A Garden Holiday. On Dec. 12th – 19th, be sure to enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Botanical Garden.
Nov. 26th- Jan. 17th
Bring the entire family to the Square to ice skate in Downtown Cleveland’s premier outdoor space. Pre-purchased timed tickets are available.
Nov. 26th – Jan. 2nd
Visit Rivergate Park and Merwin’s Wharf to see festive light displays, a beer garden, retail shops and an ice rink. Guests can also reserve a private igloo for a meal on the patio of Merwin’s Wharf.
Nov. 12th – Jan 10th
Hotel Indigo Cleveland Downtown debuts the Mrs. Kringle Suite for guests to book - lavishly furnished with festive Christmas decor, a letter from Mrs. Kringle, cookies and milk, holiday movies, and specialty robes.
Gingerbread House Village: Nov. 26th – Jan. 1st
Teddy Bear Tea: Dec. 21st – Dec. 22nd
Christmas Eve Dinner: Dec. 24th
Holiday Tea: Dec. 28th – Dec. 29th
For event information and availability, please contact the hotel at (216) 623-1300 or visit RitzCarlton.com.
Nov. 27th – Jan. 1st
JACK Cleveland Casino decks the halls of the historic Higbee building with fun and festive decor.
Nov. 27th: 3:00PM
Guided tours will lead you down Euclid Avenue to view four luxurious apartments in four iconic properties; Residences at Halle, The Residences at 668, The May, and the new The Terminal Tower Residences, while enjoying a guided historic Cleveland tour. The last stop features the Observation Deck in Terminal Tower overlooking Public Square where you will enjoy dessert, cocktails and cocoa!
Nov. 27th: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Don’t miss the RTA Holly Jolly Trolley featuring Santa on board for an immersive holiday experience. Follow the red, green, and blue line holiday trains around town as they travel throughout Cleveland all season long.
Nov. 27th and Dec 4th: 12:00PM – 6:00PM
Usher in the holiday season with a bit of Cleveland magic as The K&D Group brings Mr. Jingeling for meet-and-greets in the Halle Building. A cultural icon that has been unlocking imaginations since 1956, Mr. Jingeling bestows magical keys to all he meets.
Nov. 27th: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Head to the Key Tower pavilion on Mall A to warm up around firepits while enjoying a hot cocoa station and cash bar. Fire pits will be on all day with a cocoa and cash bar opening at 3:00 p.m.
Visit Cleveland Public Library for free family Winterfest activities!
12:00 - 3:00 PM - Reindeer Farm
2:00 - 4:00 PM - Winter Ice Sculpting
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Take-n-Make Crafts
Nov. 27th: 5:00-5:30 PM and 6:00–6:30 PM
The Toy Soldier is a Cleveland treasure who has touched the hearts of thousands of families. Join him this Winterfest at the Cleveland Public Library and be a part of this cherished event.
Nov. 27th – Dec. 22nd
Light It Up! the musical, features original pop, rock, gospel, and jazz holiday tunes and new arrangements of Christmas favorites by Tony Award winning composer Jason Michael Webb. For tickets, please visit here.
Nov. 27th: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Dec. 24th: 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Usher in the holiday downtown at Old Stone Church’s Christmas Eve Services at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., or 9:00 p.m.
Nov.28th – Dec. 26th: 4:00PM – 7:00PM
See Cleveland Christmas historical delights like Higbee's Twigbee Shop, Halle Bros. Mr. Jingeling and the Sterling-Lindner Christmas tree! Tickets are $20, and reservations are available at Toursofcleveland.com.
Dec. 2nd – Dec. 23rd
Karamu Players offers “the Gospel Song-Play” known as the Black Nativity. Designed for you to add the music of your choice (from spirituals to traditional carols or your original compositions) and dance, this thrilling holiday piece will have your audiences on their feet!
Dec. 3rd – Dec. 5th
Not to be missed - the Cleveland Ballet’s magical production of The Nutcracker returns to Playhouse Square's Connor Palace with 5 performances.
Dec. 3rd – Feb. 21st
Skate on the circle at the University Circle Ice Rink from December 3 through President’s Day weekend. Circle Fest will also feature music, carriage rides, art and free museum admission on December 5, 2021.
Dec. 4th: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Snap a photo of your leashed furry friends with Santa! Santa Paws will be at Haymarket Pet Company in Suite 36 of the 5th Street Arcades.
Dec. 4th – Dec. 11th: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Enjoy carolers from this local favorite on the Cleveland Public Square ice rink.
(Saturdays) Dec. 4th – Dec. 18th: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Cozy up on Public Square to hear a holiday story from the Cleveland Public Library. Meet Santa and enjoy hot chocolate on December 4, 11 and 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(Saturdays) Dec. 4th – Dec. 18th: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Visit Santa Claus in Public Square on Saturdays and Sundays! Santa will be waiting to hear your winter wishes near the Moses Cleveland Statue.
Dec. 4th: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Enjoy music from this local group at the skating rink in Cleveland Public Square.
Dec. 8th – Jan. 2nd
The untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.
Dec. 10th – Dec. 17th
Experience live performances from the Cleveland Opera Theater near Public Square.
Dec. 10th: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Take in stories, hot cocoa, mochas, and popcorn with special guest hosts and more in the Eastman Reading Garden.
Dec. 11th: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
The Rock of Ages Church Choir will be performing their greatest hits in Public Square. Get ready to rock out, Cleveland!
Dec. 11th: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Enjoy music from this local group near the ice rink in Public Square.
Dec. 18th – Dec. 22nd: 8:30AM – 7:00PM
See Scuba Claus during special meet and greet days at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
Dec. 18th: 10:00AM – 10:00PM
The Rock Hall is hosting a fun holiday-themed event with live music from Ohio City Singers, festive food & beverage options, fun photo opportunities, merch specials for last-minute holiday gift shopping and more!
Dec. 18th: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Listen to music from this local group near the skating rink in Cleveland Public Square.
Kick off your holiday week with a win at First Energy Stadium! Dog Pound Drive will have holiday themed music, games and more!
Dec. 22nd: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
The Singing Angels will perform holiday music during lunch in the historic rotunda. Come eat lunch and get into the holiday spirit!
Dec. 30th: 3:00PM + 8:00PM
The Winter Tour is back for 2021! A portion of every ticket sold benefits St. Augustine Hunger Center compliments of 98.5 WNCX, Minute Men HR, Live Nation and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
January 1 - February 28, 2022
Join our Winter Reading Challenge, "Read for a Better World!" for a chance to win cool prizes!Sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. For more information on all our holiday offerings, visit cpl.org.
Jan. 17th: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with more than 40 ice sculptures, live carving demos, a family craft zone, and free hot cocoa. This year’s Fest will feature a Harry Potter Ice Sculpture village and other exciting ice sculptures.
Visit and support a variety of Black-owned and operated eateries for a special event at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Visit and support 100 Black-owned businesses from northeast Ohio.
Discover music, art, fire and fun at Brite Winter in Downtown Cleveland.
For the most up-to-date information regarding Winterfest in Downtown Cleveland including holiday experiences, dining, and retail opportunities, please visit WinterfestCLE.com.
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