Northeast Ohio Holiday Bucket List

Northeast Ohio Holiday Bucket List

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It’s that time of year again!

For those of us who celebrate Christmas, there is no shortage of fun family activities to engage in during the 2019 season! There’s no better time than the holidays to enjoy time with your family and make memories and traditions that will last a lifetime. What’s on your bucket list? Here are some ideas to get you started.

[ ] Enjoy the wonder of Kringle’s Inventionasium

[ ] Shop ‘til you drop at the I-X Christmas Connection, November 22-24

[ ] Make a gingerbread house

[ ] Take the family out and select your Christmas tree from a local tree farm

[ ] Spend an afternoon baking and decorating some delicious Christmas cookies

[ ] Remind yourself of the reason for the season by performing random acts of kindness

[ ] Check out the all-new Wild Winter Lights at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

[ ] Take a road trip to Landoll’s Mohican castle for Christmas at the Castle

[ ] Visit Stearns Farm in Parma for Christmas at the Farm on December 7-8 (free)

[ ] Enjoy the Jack Frost Festival of Lights in Berea on December 7  (free)

[ ] Get hands-on with the Elf Labs and tour the beautiful Christmas displays at Castle Noel in Medina

[ ] See Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical at the Akron Civic Theater (December 19)

[ ] Attend the city of Bedford’s Christmas in Bedford Falls on December 14 (free)

[ ] Lace up and have some fun at one of the area’s ice skating rinks

[ ] Support your local craft makers and artists at a craft or vendor fair

[ ] Have Breakfast with Santa at Mapleside Farms on December 7, 8, 14 or 15

[ ] Go for a ride on Lolly the Trolley

[ ] Take an evening drive to see beautiful Christmas light displays in area neighborhoods (free)

[ ] Attend Little Italy’s Holiday Art Walk on December 6-8 (free)

[ ] Experience Hale Farm & Village’s Holiday Lantern Tours

[ ] Partake in the festivities of Winterfest, including the tree lighting at Public Square on November 30 (free)

[ ] Enjoy Light up Lakewood on December 7 (free)

[ ] Take a tour of the Christmas Story House

[ ] Snuggle up by the fire and Read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and other holiday favorites (free)

[ ] Experience the Live Nativity event at Valley View Village Church on December 13 & 14 (free)  

[ ] Take a photo with Santa at Legacy Village (free) – and snap a pet photo on December 17

[ ] Check out Wintertide at Gordon Square on December 14 (free)

[ ] Get active at the Reindeer Run and the 1/4-Mile Kids’ Dasher Dash  at Lakewood Park on December 8

[ ] Attend a kids’ DIY workshop at your neighborhood Home Depot to create a holiday-themed project (free)

[ ] See Scuba Claus at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

[ ] Attend the Children’s Christmas Party at Seven Hills Rec Center on December 1 (free)

[ ]  Support Angel’s Haven Horse Rescue at its Snacks with Santa and the Horses event on December 1

 [ ] Get in the game at Candyland Gone to the Birds! at Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation (free)

 [ ] Enjoy the quaint holiday charm of Christmas in Peninsula on December 7 and 14 (free)

[ ] Have some fun tobogganing at the Mill Stream Run Reservation

[ ] Visit the Bay Arts Holiday Shop & Polar Express Party on December 15

[ ] Sign up for a kids club Christmas craft class at your local Michaels store

[ ] Attend a holiday event at one of the Cuyahoga County Public Library branches, including Polar Express Pajama Story Time, Make & Take Crafts, movies, puppet shows and more (free)

[ ] Take a magical ride on the Polar Express

[ ] See Disney Junior Holiday Party at Playhouse Square on November 26

[ ] Attend University Circle’s Uptown WinterFest on  December 6 (free)

[ ] Have your photo taken with the Grinch at Western Reserve Harley-Davidson on December 14 (free)

[ ] Get crafty with Hands On Holidays at the Akron Children’s Museum, taking place December 8

[ ] Have a bouncy breakfast with Santa at the Jump Yard on December 15

[ ] Experience the Magic of Lights at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

[ ] Attend Glow at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

 [ ] Write a Letter to Santa (free)

 [ ] Find a great hill and go sled riding (free)

[ ] Have a blast at BMBW’s Polar Blast Snow Tubing

[ ] Make some homemade gifts for neighbors

[ ] Donate to Toys for Tots or a Local Toy Drive

[ ] Have a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt

[ ] Grab some hot chocolate and have a Christmas movie marathon

[ ] Give thanks by sending holiday cards or care packages to the troops

[ ] Get into the Christmas spirit by decorating your home for the holidays

[ ] Have some fun with an ugly sweater party

[ ] Donate a warm winter coat to Coats for Kids

[ ] Take part in Circlefest at Wade Oval on December 8 (free)

[ ] Build a toy with Santa’s elves at Lake Farmpark

[ ] Be dazzled at Medina’s Candlelight Walk on November 22-24 (free)

About the author

Born and raised in Cleveland, Kristen spent many years exploring the “adult friendly” venues of this great city. Now, thanks to marriage and motherhood, she is enjoying discovering all of the kid-friendly activities that Northeast Ohio has to offer.

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