We get it. The idea of staying in your pajamas at home for the cold, holiday season sounds very appealing. But this year, we want you to do things a little differently. We want you to grab that coat and warm yourself up. It’s all about embracing the spirit of the holiday season and discovering what Cleveland has to offer. So gear up and check out these six things you can enjoy over the holiday season:
Experience the Winter show at Cleveland Botanical Garden
Located in University Circle, the Cleveland Botanical Garden transforms into a winter fantasy land full of beautiful flower and tree displays during the holiday season. The highlight of the show is the gingerbread displays that are garnered from affiliate clubs. And you can always grab a souvenir from the adjacent gift shop as well.
Winter Wonderland at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Here’s something your kids will really enjoy. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium opens its doors to the holiday festivities with decorations, animal displays, live performances and an appearance by King Neptune himself.
Make it an early New Year’s Eve
If you’re not ready to stay up late on New Year’s Eve then you can join the Noon New Year’s lunch festivities at Cleveland’s cruise ship The Nautica Queen. The lunch features a countdown to 12 pm, a DJ, a champagne toast and of course food for $39.29/person.
Take the kids to Candy Land has gone Wild at Penitentiary Glen
The life size board game is a great addition to the holiday festivities. This is an opportunity for parents and grandparents to introduce this holiday tradition to the kids this season. Admission is free for all and there are wildlife displays, food, music and prizes to make the experience more fun. The exhibit will be open till January 1st. Keep in mind that it will be closed on Christmas day but will be open for Christmas eve.
Attend a Christmas Concert at the Cleveland Orchestra
Dive into the world of music with the the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in the world. They hold a variety of holiday concerts each year, so explore this year’s’ concerts and see which one you want to attend.
The Black Nativity at the Karamu House
Be a part of an annual Cleveland tradition and see the Black Nativity at Karamu House. Written by hometown author Langston Hughes, it is a retelling of the gospel according to St.Luke. The play is set to the music and dance of the Black Church, and it is a sight to behold.
There are so much more that Cleveland has to offer over Christmas, So stop lazying around and get out and explore the land this holiday season!