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10 Things to Do in Cuyahoga County This Winter

by Jordyn Scolaro , Program Officer, Cuyahoga County Department of Communications
Winter in Northeast Ohio doesn’t have to be spent indoors hiding from the snow. There’s so much to do and see in your city, especially around the holidays, that not even the low temps should keep you from missing out. Did you know there’s a list of must see Christmas lights in Ohio? And 29 of the must sees are right here in Cuyahoga County (most are even drive through)! Also, we can’t forget about A Christmas Story. The house and museum from the holiday classic are right in Tremont and offer guided tours just about every day. We encourage you to get out and explore your county this winter! Here are a few events you can check out:

11/22 - 3/2 – Tobogganing at the Metroparks
No Snow Required! Experience the icy thrill of tobogganing at The Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. The twin, 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes operate with or without snow through early March, weather permitting. Find times and pricing on the Cleveland Metroparks website. 

Playhouse Square sign above a building11/23 - 12/23 – A Christmas Story
See Cleveland’s Christmas Classic A Christmas Story at Playhouse Square this holiday season. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Find times and tickets at playhousesquare.org. 

11/24 – Cleveland Winterfest 2018
Tower City lit up at night with Christmas lit trees in frontJoin the City of Cleveland downtown for an all-day Winterfest celebration! There’s a tree lighting, free ice skating, free horse & carriage rides, food trucks and other holiday festival activities! For the full list of events, times and locations, visit the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website.

11/30 - 12/23 – A Christmas Carol
Great Lakes Theater’s 30th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol returns to Playhouse Square! A Christmas Carol is a perfect gift of theater for children and adults of all ages. Find showtimes and tickets at playhousesquare.org. 

11/30 - 12/29 – Lolly the Trolley Lights Tour
entrance of east fourth street at nightLolly the Trolley will take you on The Silver Bells CLE Tour throughout Tremont and downtown Cleveland to see holiday lights and changes in the city. Guides will share a little of what is going on in our revitalized and exciting city along with some holiday music on board. Find more information on the Lolly the Trolly website. 

12/1 – 2018 Winter, Wine, and Ale Fest
Join the Downtown Cleveland Alliance at the Global Center for Health and Innovation to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy small plate selections from some of Downtown Cleveland's best restaurants, discover a new favorite beer from various Ohio craft breweries, and sip on fine wine! Find details and tickets on their Eventbrite site. 

12/5 – Family Fun Chanukah Candlelighting
Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, also known as the miracle of lights, which historically took place in Jerusalem. Hear the story, sing traditional songs, make holiday crafts, and more! Sponsored by the Friends of the Maltz Museum. Free & open to the public, but registration required. Visit the Maltz Museum website for details. 

12/8 – A Winter Wonderland: Murder Mystery experience
BAYarts invites you to a grown-up night out with festive food by Gertz Culinary, libations and an interactive mystery to solve. Theme of the night is the 1930's. Find details and tickets on their website! 

apples by a menorah12/8 – Kwanzaa Celebration
Celebrate Kwanzaa with Golden Ciphers at the Phillis Wheatley Association. Plan for an evening of dancing, drumming, food and supporting local business. Find more details at ClevelandArtsEvents.com. 

2/9 – Winter Wonderland Family Fun Day
Furaha Forever Productions invites you to Winter Wonderland Family Fun Day. This adventurous family outing is an indoor and outdoor event where you can celebrate, explore and make your own masterpiece of art. Find details and buy tickets on their Eventbrite page. 

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