2018 Northeast Ohio holiday events guide: Festivals, tree lighting ceremonies and festive fun

CLEVELAND– Kick off the holiday season with these fun events happening in Northeast Ohio!

(Check websites for additional information. Dates, times and prices may change. Events listed by start dates.)

Magic of Lights
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Nov. 16 through Dec. 31, Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
General admission for a standard vehicle starts at $20.

This 1-mile, drive-thru holiday light show features hundreds of lights.

Mr. Kringle’s Inventionasium
Level One of Tower City Center, 230 West Huron Rd., Cleveland
Nov. 17 to Dec. 30. Book your reservation online.
Tickets start at $18.

Take the family into Kringle’s top secret toy lab, where kids get to help with the evaluation and creation of holiday toys. It’s a hands-on experience and photo opportunity with Mr. Kringle.

Candy Land Has Gone Wild
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland
Nov. 17 to Jan. 1 from noon to 5 p.m., closed holidays
Free to all ages.

Draw a card and become a part of this classic, life-sized board game.

(Photo courtesy: Emily Wearstler via Lake Metroparks)

Holidays at the Higbee
JACK Cleveland Casino
100 Public Square, Cleveland
Month of December

The 22-foot “Season’s Greetings” sign highlights the casino’s holiday makeover in a nod to the old Higbee’s department store. Must be 21 or older to enter the casino, but there are plenty of displays in the windows.

GLOW
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
11030 East Blvd., Cleveland
Nov. 23 through Jan. 5.
$16 for adults, $12 for children and kids under 2 are free.

A world of cheer with gingerbread houses, the Garden Express and holiday music.

(Photo courtesy: Cleveland Botanical Garden/Photo and copyright: Lisa DeJong)

Scuba Claus and The Seas’N of Play
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland
Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23 to Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $13.95 for children and kids under 2 are free.

Activity stops throughout the aquarium. Scuba Claus underwater Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 23 to Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.

Festival of Trees
Allen Theatre lobby
1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Nov. 23 to Dec. 23

Trees decorated by local artists and designers. Free pictures with Santa on certain dates.

Deck the Halls at Stan Hywet
714 North Portage Path, Akron
Select nights in November and December
Tickets range from $6 to $22

More than a million lights help bring the theme, “Winter Wonderland,” to life. Go outside to take in the light show and Gingerbread Land.

Toy Soldier, Fairy Godmother and Friends Holiday Show
Grand Staircase of Tower City Center 230 West Huron Rd., Cleveland
Check the website for dates and times.
Free.

Tower City and Olmsted Performing Arts put on this show that’s become a Cleveland Christmas tradition.

Akron Zoo Wild Lights
500 Edgewood Ave., Akron
Selected dates from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 2 to 14.

Enjoy the lights, see Santa and try out the ice rink.

(Photo courtesy: Akron Zoo)

Carlisle Reservation Holidays Lights
12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange
Nov. 23 to Dec. 30, Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Free. Donation of non-perishable food item is encouraged.

Stations along the half-mile trail are decorated to represent classic holiday movies and songs.

Chardon Christmas Lighting of the Square
100 Short Ct. St., Chardon
Nov. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It stars with a chili dinner at Pilgrim Christian Church. Performances by the Chardon Polka Band, then Santa arrives.

Nela Park 94th Annual Holiday Lighting Display
1975 Noble Rd., East Cleveland
Nov. 30 to Jan. 2

Displays along Noble Road with more than a half a million LED lights and a replica of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

Holiday Circlefest
Wade Oval
10820 East Blvd., Cleveland
Nov. 30 to Dec. 2

Ice carving demonstrations, photos with Santa, music performances and horse-drawn carriage rides. Lantern procession Sunday night. Ice skating is $2 for admission and $3 for skate rental.

Summit Mall Community Tree Lighting
3265 West Market St., Fairlawn
Dec. 1, starting at 3 p.m.

The inaugural tree light at the mall’s main entrance. The event features food vendors, choirs and Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck

Light Up Lakewood
Downtown Lakewood
Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Live music, caroling, ice carving and fireworks. Holiday market inside the Masonic Temple.

Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm
2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath
Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19 to 23.
$20 for nonmembers and $12 for children.

Tours leave 20 minutes starting at 5:40 p.m.and last about 90 minutes.

Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm (Photo: Hale Farm and Village)

Winter Lights Lantern Festival
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland
Dec. 2 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Festive lantern displays inside the museum and on Wade Oval with a procession of lantern artists, dancers and puppets at 5:30 p.m.

Annual Parma Christmas parade
6611 Ridge Road, Parma
Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

The parade features marching bands and Santa Claus, with the tree-lighting ceremony at the end.

(Photo courtesy: city of Parma)

Grand Menorah Lighting
Public Square
Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Downtown Chabad hosts this annual event.

Light Up Downtown
Downtown Canton
Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Watch 14 city blocks come alive with attractions and entertainment.

Wintertide
Gordon Square Arts District, Cleveland
Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Music and street performers, fire pits, photos with Santa and a trolley to the Cleveland Bazzar Holiday! at 78th Street Studios. Screening of “A Christmas Story” for $1 at Capitol Theatre.