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Best Holiday Activites In Cleveland

KRINGLE'S INVENTIONASIUM PROVIDES
THE BEST HOLIDAY ACTIVITY FOR FAMILIES IN CLEVELAND!

Downtown Cleveland boasts some of the best holiday activities for families in Northeastern Ohio. Cleveland has rich holiday traditions that date back decades. Stories of Mr. Jingeling, Halle's 7th floor, the giant Sterling-Lindner Tree, to name a few, have created unforgettable memories for generations of families.

Today, Cleveland ushers in a new era of exciting family events and holiday activities; many of which were inspired by the city's glorious past. During the winter season, the city of Cleveland comes alive with animated windows, lights, decorated trees, festivals, fireworks and of course, the arrival of Mr. Kringle®. This season, treat your family to an unforgettable holiday experience at one of Cleveland's acclaimed events.     

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT FAMILY ACTIVITY THIS HOLIDAY?
HERE ARE THE BEST IN CLEVELAND:

1. THE KRINGLE'S INVENTIONASIUM® EXPERIENCE  

This holiday activity gives families wonderful opportunities to have fun together in very magical ways. Kringle's Inventionasium® is more than just a visit with Santa, it's an interactive adventure all to its own - a fully immersive hands-on experience where guests take an active role inventing toys for the holiday season. Families engage in fun-filled activities and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The Kringle's Inventionasium® Experience entertains diverse families from all over the world and features one of the "Best Santas in the U.S.” according to TIME.com.

Your family is invited to assist Mr. Kringle® in the evaluation and creation of toys. Discover the departments of the Inventionasium®, Kringle's® top secret toy lab.

Invent with Kringle’s® elite team and help them prepare for the holiday season. Explore various testing rooms and engage in hands-on activities. Meet with Mr. Kringle® himself, for a private visit and photo opportunity. 

Purchase your pictures, unique toys, novelties, ornaments and decor from Kringle's Toy Shoppe®!

2016 Holiday Schedule:

November 19, 20, 26, 27 / December 3-4, 10-11, 17-23  
10am - 8pm, 10am - 7pm Sundays

November 18, 25 / December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16                        
3pm - 8pm

December 24                                                                 
10am - 3pm

Tickets: $16-48

Location: Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd. Cleveland OH 44113

Information: Call (855) 765-7464 or Email customerserive@mrkringle.com

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2. DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND WINTERFEST 

This is the best way to kick off the holidays! Bring your family to Cleveland's spectacular holiday activity, Winterfest.  Downtown Cleveland’s holiday lighting tradition is filled with exciting elements that showcase the energy and enthusiasm unique to the area. Every year, Cleveland becomes infused with lights, laughter, entertainment and activities the whole family will enjoy. 

Take in the magic as you experience Downtown’s vibrancy through free horse and carriage rides, the tree-lighting ceremony at Public Square, a fireworks show and more! This year the tradition will return to Public Square.

Winterfest is Downtown Cleveland’s largest winter celebration. It is the best holiday event for families to come together and celebrate the season. Join in on the fun and experience outdoor magic with over 40,000 people!

With all the various holiday activities, entertainment, pop-up shops and gourmet food trucks, it is the perfect event for the family. Be a part of all that you love about the winter season in Downtown Cleveland!

Visit the many participating locations: Public Square, Tower City Center, The Arcade, Cleveland Public Library, Old Stone Church, Destination Cleveland Visitors Center, East 4th Street, The Ritz-Carlton, Soldiers and Sailors Monument. 

2016 Holiday Schedule: Saturday, November 26th From 1pm-7pm

Tickets: Complimentary + Various Paid Activities 

Location: Public Square, Cleveland OH 44113

Information: Call 216-621-6000

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3. A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM

Plan the best holiday trip with your family and visit Cleveland's famous A Christmas Story House. See the actual house of your favorite holiday family, now restored to its movie splendor. 

Check out the the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and the family car. Ralphie’s Red Ryder BB Gun has recently been added to the collection! Click here for the story.

Don’t forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own "Major Award" Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia. This holiday event is one the entire family will enjoy. 

Tours run every half hour starting at 10:15 am. The last guided tour is an hour before closing. Self-guided tours continue to run through 30 minutes before closing. Tour times may vary slightly. Tickets must be purchased prior to the last tour. Tickets can be purchased at the gift shop located diagonally across the street from the house.

2016 Holiday Schedule: Monday -Friday 10am-5pm Closed: All Major Holidays 

Tickets: $7-11

Location: 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109

Information: Call (216) 298-4919 or Email info@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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4. GLOW - CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDENS

Glow - Cleveland Botanical Garden's holiday spectacular and one of Cleveland's celebrated family activities returns bigger and better than ever before. Glow will transport you into a world of seasonal cheer, where all the wonders of the season await you! 

Glow offers families a "choose-your-own-adventure" event. With so many holiday activities, there is plenty to see and do. 

The Garden Express takes riders on a fun-filled journey from the Geis Terrace to Hershey Children’s Garden and back, trekking along garden paths illuminated with twinkling lights and lively decorations. 

Every day of Glow, there is a sleigh full of musicians, bands and carolers serenading you with holiday classics. 

Kids and grown-ups alike, can decorate their very own gingerbread houses to take home. They are memories to make and savor, while you build your entirely edible masterpiece! 

At the Treetop Shop, kids enter a charming tree house where friendly elves help them pick out gifts for their parents, grandparents and siblings.

While you wait for your child to return from The Treetop Shop, you can enjoy some seasonal treats from the Garden Café or at Mrs. Claus's Sweet Shoppe! 

A trip to the Wishing Tree gives new meaning to the word “Glow,” as you and your family share your dearest wishes for the season with each other before hanging them on the tree. 

A forest of evergreen trees surround the entire event. Fraser firs standing six, eight and ten feet tall, are decorated with festive adornments carefully chosen by members of the Garden’s Affiliate Garden Clubs. 

There is something for everyone at this delicious family event.   

Holiday Schedule:

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Wednesdays & Fridays 10am - 9pm
Sundays 12pm - 6pm 

Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve 10am - 3pm 

Tickets: $16-22

Location: 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Information: Call (216) 721-1600

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 5. THE TOY SOLDIER SHOW - TOWER CITY CENTER 

Celebrate the 27th season of a beloved holiday tradition at Tower City Center. This is the perfect holiday activity for families, especially those with little ones. Watch as the Toy Soldier and his friends come to life and create magical memories that will last a lifetime.

The Toy Soldier is a Cleveland treasure who has touched the hearts of generations of families. Join him and be a part of this cherished tradition.

Meet & Greets with The Toy Soldier follow each performance.

Remember to bring your camera!

Holiday Schedule:

November 26  
1pm, 3pm & 7pm 

November 25, 27 / December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18                        
1pm & 3pm 

Duration: 30 minutes 

Tickets: Complimentary

Location: Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd. Cleveland, OH 44113

Information: Call (216) 623-4750 or Email customerservice@mrkringle.com

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