What to expect at this year’s Winterfest


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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Downtown Cleveland’s holiday celebration kicks off this week.

Winterfest is Northeast Ohio’s official start to the holidays.

The tree lighting is Saturday at Public Square. Festivities begin at noon with carriage rides and ice skating.

Saturday’s finale will include Santa Claus and fireworks.

Following a scaled-back event due to COVID-19 last year, the return to tradition will be a welcome event for Northeast Ohio families.

Road closures for Winterfest will be in effect from Saturday at 7 a.m. through Sunday at 1 a.m.


Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 a.m. to Sunday, Nov. 28 at 1 a.m.

  • East Roadway and West Roadway
  • South Roadway in front of Tower City to Euclid Ave: Northbound Ontario to Euclid Avenue remains open
  • Superior, West 3rd to East 3rd; Access maintained to Renaissance Hotel
    • Superior at East 3rd; Exit the Hyatt garage Eastbound on Superior
    • Superior at West 3rd; Valet access maintained
  • Frankfurt at West 3rd
  • Euclid at East 6th; Residential, valet and hotel access maintained
  • South Roadway to Southbound Ontario; Northbound traffic from Ontario to Euclid Eastbound, maintained
  • Ontario at St. Clair; Access to Marriott loading dock maintained
  • Rockwell from West Mall Drive to West Roadway 

Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Huron Road East (between Prospect and Euclid); Garage access from Prospect

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