Christmas festivals and holiday events in northeast Ohio: tree lighting, parades, Santa, ice skating and more


The holiday season is here with a lot of seasonal fun, from family-friendly to romantic date possibilities. Here are a few of the great events that you can take advantage of this season.

(Some events are weather permitting. Please check the websites or call ahead for additional information)

Check back for updates as we continually update the CLE Weekend Christmas Festival & Holiday Event guide.

NOVEMBER HOLIDAY EVENTS


Holiday Gift Box  at Cleveland Public Square

  • Interactive “Gift Box” to create your own Season Greeting video e-card, holiday movie, and chat live with Santa Claus.

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 0 min; You’re there!

Admission: Free

When: Thursday, November 8, 10 am – Saturday, November 10 6 pm

Location: Cleveland Public Square


34th Annual Medina Candlelight Walk

  • Fireworks
  • Santa House
  • Holiday Parade of Lights

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 40 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When: 

Friday, November 16, 11 am – 9 pm

Saturday, November 17, 10am-9pm

Sunday, November 18, 12-6pm

Location: Uptown Park, Medina Square,  Medina, Ohio 44256


Christmas in Columbiana: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas Parade

  • Christmas Parade  6:30pm
  • Tree lighting 6:00 pm
  • Free Family Movie 8:00 pm
  • Nativity Petting Zoo

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h 40 min; Southeast

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 16; 6 pm -10 pm

Location: Columbiana, Ohio


 Downtown Ashtabula Enchanted Christmas

  • Tree lighting
  • Christmas parade
  • Holiday window display

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h 5 min; East

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 16; 6 pm -10 pm

Location: Downtown Ashtabula


Wadsworth Candlelight Walk

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 56 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 16; 6 pm -9 pm

Location: Downtown Wadsworth


Wooster Window Wonderland

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Decorated store windows
  • Santa
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Live reindeer

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h 9 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 16; 7 pm -9:30 pm

Location: Downtown Wooster


Crocker Park Tree Lighting

  • Tree lighting
  • Entertainers including Kira Kosarin from “The Thundermans”
  • Santa Claus

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 29 min; West

Admission: Event is free; some attractions & parking may have a fee

When: Saturday, November 17; 5 pm -7:30 pm

Location: 228 Market St., Westlake, OH 44145


Olmsted Historical Society: Holidays at Frostville Candlelight Walk

  • Historical buildings decorated for the period.
  • Holiday shopping
  • Santa

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 22 min; West

Admission: Event is free; some attractions & parking may have a fee

When: Friday, November 16; 4 pm – 8 pm

Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18; 11 am – 4 pm

Location: The Olmsted Historical Society, Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070


Candy Land Has Gone Wild!

  • An indoor magical wonderland brings this favorite family game to life

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 30 min; East

Admission:

When: Saturday, November 17, 12am-5pm
(event runs until January 1, 2019)

Location: Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Willoughby, OH 44094


Country Lights 2018 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

  • Live lighted trees deck the halls that lead to Santa’s Workshop and the Little Elf Corner.
  • Take a wagon ride through light displays to the Equine Center where you’ll see operating model trains
  • meet farm animals
  • enjoy presentations in the arena by the Holiday Horses.

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 30 min; East

Admission: $14.99. Everyone ages 2 and older must have a ticket to attend.

When: Nov 23, 2018 – Dec 02, 2018  4:45 PM – 9:00 PM

(event runs until December 23)

Location: Lake Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd, Kirtland, Oh 44094


City of Bedford Tree Lighting

  • Tree lighting
  • Refreshments provided by the Bedford Firefighters local 1683
  • Santa Claus

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 30 min; Southeast

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Wednesday, November 21; 6 pm

Location: Bedford Commons, Bedford, OH 44146


Fairview Park’s 5th Annual Winterfest at Bain Park Cabin

  • Santa and his reindeer
  • Food trucks
  • Balloons & Face painting

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 30 min; West

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Wednesday, November 23; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 21077 N. Park Dr., Cleveland, OH 44126


Tree Lighting at Lock 3

  • Tree lighting
  • Live entertainment
  • Fireworks
  • Holiday window displays
  • Ice rink

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h 4 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 23; 7 pm

Location: Lock 3 Park, 200 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308


Orrville’s Home for the Holidays

  • Iceless Skating Rink
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Live reindeer
  • Live music

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h ; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 23; 5 pm – 8 pm

Location: Downtown Orrville, 132 S Main St, Orrville, oh 44667


Middleburg Heights Community Tree Lighting

  • Tree lighting
  • Entertainers
  • Refreshments
  • Santa Claus

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 35 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 23, 2018; 5pm-9pm

Location: Middleburg Heights Community Center, 16000 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130


Larchmere Holiday Stroll

  • Horse and buggy rides; 12 p- 4p
  • Carolers
  • Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Hot Cider
  • Holiday shopping

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 20 min; East

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Friday, November 23 & November 24 2018; 10 am – 6 pm

Location: 12736 Larchmere Blvd Cleveland, Ohio


 Downtown Barberton Christmas Walk & Lighting Ceremony

  • Horse and buggy rides
  • Photos with Santa
  • Holiday shopping

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 48 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Saturday, November 24 2018

Location: Surrounding Lake Anna Park in downtown Barberton, 600 W. Park. Ave., Barberton, OH 44203


Welcome Santa Parade at Lock 3

  • Holiday Parade

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h 4 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Saturday, November 24; 11 am

Location: Lock 3 Park, 200 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308


LuminoCity in Twinsburg

  • Lighting Ceremony
  • Parade
  • Fireworks

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 34 min; Southeast

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Saturday, November 24, 2018; 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Twinsburg City Hall, 10075 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087


Christmas at Beech Creek Botanical Garden

  • Candyland & Christmas Express
  • Festival of Trees
  • Visit from the Grinch
  • workshops
  • Christmas lights
  • Marshmallow roasting & hot cocoa
  • Storybook trail
  • Snowflake theatre

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h 23 min; Southeast

Admission: $5 per person, FREE for children ages 0-2 and BC members

When:  November 24-December 23, 2018; Fri & Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm

Location: 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, OH 44601


Winterfest 2018 in Public Square

  • Ice skating
  • Live music & dancing
  • food
  • Downtown Cleveland tree lighting
  • Fireworks

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 0 min; You’re there!

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018, 1 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Cleveland Public Square


Lorain 2018 Waterfront Winterfest

  • Santa Claus & his reindeer
  • Lighting ceremony
  •  fireworks

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 42 min; West

Admission: Free

When:  Saturday, November 24, 2018; 4pm-9pm

Location: Veterans Park, 1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH 44052


Santa’s Winter Barn at Mill Creek MetroParks

  • Santa Claus
  • Photos in Santa’s sleigh
  • Reindeer

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h29 min; Southeast

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When: Sunday, November 25, 2018; 11am-2pm

Location: MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH 44406


Chardon Square Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Live Polka music
  • Lighting ceremony
  • Carolers
  • Santa Claus

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 45 min; East

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When: Thursday, November 29; 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Chardon Square, 100 Short Ct St, Chardon, OH 44024


 Candlelight Walk in Peninsula

  • Luminaria will welcome visitors on both sides of Main Street.
  • Holiday treats
  • Food
  • Music

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 33 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee

When:  Thursday, November 29, 2018; 5pm-8pm

Location: Village of Peninsula, 1582 Main St., Peninsula, OH 44264


Home for the Holidays at Lake County History Center

  • 45 decorated trees
  • Crafts
  • Music box display
  • Food

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 40 min; West

Admission: Home for the Holidays Weekend: $12
General Admission Days: $10

When: November 30-December 2, 2018; 11am-4pm
General Admission Days: December 3-January 4, 2019; 10am-3pm (Closed Dec. 24, 25, & 31, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019)

Location: 415 Riverside Dr., Painesville, Oh. 44060


 

DECEMBER HOLIDAY EVENTS


Winter Wine & Ale Fest

  • Wine
  • Ales
  • Live music
  • Food

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 0 min; You’re there!

Admission: $35 Early Bird, $45 GA, $75 VIP, $125 Hotel Package

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7 pm- 10pm

Location: Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, Ohio 44115


A Christmas Story House 5k 10k

  • This run takes attendees past iconic filming locations, starting at the former Higbee’s Department Store in Downtown Cleveland and makes its way to A Christmas Story House & Museum.

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 0 min, You’re in it!

Admission: $45 Early Bird, $55 after October 1st

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9 am

Location: Starting line is at Public Square in front of the old HIGBEES building where the movie was filmed.


Country Lights 2018 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

  • Live lighted trees deck the halls that lead to Santa’s Workshop and the Little Elf Corner.
  • Take a wagon ride through light displays to the Equine Center where you’ll see operating model trains
  • meet farm animals
  • enjoy presentations in the arena by the Holiday Horses.

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 30 min; East

Admission: $14.99. Everyone ages 2 and older must have a ticket to attend.

When: Dec 01, 2018 – Dec 02, 2018  4:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Dec 05, 2018 – Dec 09, 2018 4:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Dec 11, 2018 – Dec 23, 2018 4:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Lake Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd, Kirtland, Oh 44094


Christmas in Zoar

  • Village Tours
  • Holiday Craft Show
  • Horse drawn wagon rides
  • Candlelight church service
  • Tree lighting ceremony
  • Live music

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h20 min; South

Admission: $8 / person and children 12 and under free.

When: Saturday, December 1; 10:00 am – 6 pm

Sunday, December 2; Noon – 5 pm

Location: Zoar, Ohio 44697


Dalton Holiday Festival

  • Holiday parade
  • Pageant
  • Craft Show
  • Mrs. Claus’ dessert pantry

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 1 h20 min; South

Admission: Free.

When: Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2

Location: Dalton High School, 177 N. Mill St., Dalton, OH 44618


Light up Lakewood

  • Holiday parade
  • Lighting ceremony
  • Fireworks
  • Ice Carvings
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Food trucks
  • Children’s games
  • Santa Claus

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 20 min; West

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee.

When: Saturday, December 1; 4 pm – 8 pm

Location: Downtown Lakewood, Detroit Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107


Christmas on the Canal

  • Santa
  • Ice Carvings
  • Holiday Shopping
  • Holiday lights parade
  • Tree lighting

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 52 min; South

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee.

When: Saturday, December 1; 1 pm – 7 pm

Location: 106 S. Canal Street, Canal Fulton, Ohio, 44614


Miracle on Main in Downtown Amherst, OH

  • Holiday Parade
  • Christmas Carols
  • Santa
  • Tree Lighting

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 39 min; East

Admission: Event is free; some attractions may have a fee.

When: Friday, December 7; 6 pm

Location: Downtown Amherst, 255 Park Ave., Amherst, OH 44001


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