The Best Free Holiday Events In Cleveland

The Holiday Season, the most wonderful time of the year, is often a bustling season, as well! There are just so many work, school, community, and family gatherings to attend. While planning parties, making gifts, and baking goodies can be festive, it is also exhausting. In order to maintain that high holiday spirit, it is helpful to connect with family and friends, in a purposeful way, throughout the season. Intentionally gathering together, for meaningful rituals, is a fantastic way to stay present and celebrate. Here are five, totally free, exceptionally merry events happening around Cleveland, this December. Take some time to savor this joyous time with those you hold dear!

Candy Land Has Gone WILD!
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018 @ 12pm-5pm 
Lake Metroparks, Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland

Candy Land has gone WILD! is a family-centered activity, that features an indoor, life-sized Candy Land board game, but with a nature-inspired twist. Families draw a card, and become the game piece, moving along the board from space to space. Along the way, their travels take them through a beautifully decorated wonderland, where they can discover the many gifts nature brings us, throughout the year. In addition to the festive display, visitors can also enjoy activities, crafts, train rides, and scavenger hunts. The Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center animal rehabilitation center is also open for families to meet native Ohio wildlife, including a red fox, bald eagle and other birds of prey. Come to Penitentiary Glen, with the family, to enjoy this inspired event.

Festival Of Trees
November 21, 2017 – December 23, 2017, Times Vary
Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Avenue

This family-friendly event is hosted throughout the lobbies of the Allen Theatre, at Playhouse Square. Enjoy dozens of festive Christmas trees, masterfully decorated by local designers. This delightful showcase, is a wonderful opportunity to gain some holiday design inspiration. After visiting the Festival of Trees, take a short stroll down Euclid Avenue to Pour Cleveland, an awesome progressive coffee house.   

Holiday CircleFest
Saturday, December 2, 2017 and Sunday, December 3, 2017, Times Vary
Events centered around Wade Oval, 10820 East Boulevard

Come experience so many of Cleveland’s cultural treasures during the 24th Annual Holiday CircleFest. Enjoy a curated holiday market, free horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, ice carving demonstrations, pictures with Santa, yummy refreshments, and so much more! On Sunday December 3rd, over a dozen of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools welcome visitors, free of charge, offer several activities, music, food, fun, and shopping. At 5:30pm, there will be a special Wade Oval tree lighting, followed by a magical Winter lights lantern procession. CircleFest is the merriest way to commence the holiday season.

OM For The Holidays
Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 10am – 3pm
Red Space, 2400 Superior Avenue, East

Om For The Holidays is an event created to help people heal, relax, restore, and revive themselves during this bustling holiday season. Come to connect with yourself and others during yoga events, a SOUL coaching session, live music, and a sound healing experience. There will also be a section of local vendors, selling an array thoughtful holiday gifts, treats, and services.

Winter Solstice Concert
Saturday, December 22, 2017 @ 7pm-8pm
Cleveland Metroparks, South Chagrin Reservation- Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Road, Bentleyville

Gather friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate the Winter Solstice, an ancient, earth-honoring tradition!  This peaceful and enriching evening features a traditional holiday concert, by the woodwind trio, Phoenix Down. Stay cozy in a beautiful wood lodge, warm up by the fire, and welcome Father Winter, during this lovely event. Reservation is required.

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