Early Holiday Events in Northeast Ohio

Early Holiday Events in Northeast Ohio

If your family is in the mood for some early festive fun, you’re in luck. There are plenty of early holiday happenings taking place throughout the month of November and into early December in the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

*While we make every effort to ensure events are up-to-date, some may have been postponed or canceled due to precautions concerning the coronavirus. We recommend checking with the venue or organization before attending any of the following events.


Leave the World Behind and Visit Castle Noel
Santa will be on-site with the magic of Mark Klaus. Featuring personal, interactive moments with Santa to lift your heart. It’s all captured live. Alien Vacation Mini Golf is open. New for 2020, The Polar Bear Club, an immersive environment for adults. Castle Noel, 260 S. Court St., Medina, castlenoel.com

November 19-December 27
Wild Winter Lights
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is again transforming into a winter wonderland this holiday season. Experience this year’s all-new lighting display, with more than one million individual lights & unique twists on holiday traditions. Thursdays-Sundays. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-635-3391, futureforwildlife.org

November 20-December 26
Holiday Nights
Discover dazzling festive displays and awaken your senses as you wander through the enchanted gardens. Get creative with a fun make-and-take craft in Santa’s workshop and spread Christmas joy at the elf dance party. Friday and Saturdays 5-9 p.m. Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance

November 22-February 15
Winter Wonderland
Both the inside and outside mall will be decorated with beautiful artwork made by Monarch’s students using inspiration from winter animals and imagery. Eton Chagrin Blvd., 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, etonchagrinblvd.com

November 23-December 22
Tween Take and Make: Holiday Decorations
Craft instructions will go live with a link to the YouTube video when it’s time to pick up the supplies. Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd., 440-933-8128, alpl.org

November 25-January 2, 2021
Magic of Lights
Drive through and enjoy more than one million holiday lights stretched across a one-plus-mile pathway, including fan-favorite light displays such as the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, Candyland, 12 Days of Christmas and other holiday characters.Runs daily from from 5:30-10 p.m. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 E. Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, magicoflights.com/northeastohio

November 27-December 27
Holiday Lights Cruise-Thru
Drive-thru family event. Please bring one nonperishable food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Carlisle Reservation: Equestrian Center, 13630 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, metroparks.cc

November 27-December 30
Wild Lights

Come enjoy the wildest lighting display this holiday season. Nearly the entire zoo is decorated and several animals will be out. 5-9 p.m. Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org

Deck the Hall
Come see the estate illuminated inside and out with over one million lights with the Manor House interiors decorated to reflect the theme of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 330-863-5533, stanhywet.org 

December 1-15
The Magical Santa Experience
Personalized video invitation from Santa’s head elf, a private Zoom conversation with Santa, plus an old fashioned letter mailed to your kids from St. Nick. Register by 11/2. Magical Theatre Co., 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, 330-848-3708, magicaltheatre.org

December 1-22
Country Lights Drive-Thru
Experience some new and some familiar lighting displays throughout the Farmpark as you enjoy the festivities from the warmth of your own vehicles. Advanced tickets required. Optional toy kits available to purchase at time of sale only. 5-9 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, goto.lakemetroparks.com/tickets

December 2, 6, 19, 13 & 16
Santa Nights
Visit with Santa Claus from the comfort of your car at this drive-thru holiday event. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lakeview Park, 1800 West Erie Ave., Lorain,

December 4
Holiday Card Making
Create homemade nature-themed 
holiday cards to spread some cheer this season. 6:30-8 p.m. A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, 330-865-8065, summitmetroparks.org

December 4, 11, 12 & 18
Miller Woods Holiday Express
Grab your ticket for a special ride on the Little Green Choo through the woods to Santa’s workshop. Enjoy the lighted displays, sounds of the season and possibly a glimpse of the man in red. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road, Avon, 

December 5
Light Up Lakewood
Glittering lights illuminate our city, fireworks sparkle overhead and an aura of merriment puts smiles on faces. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and you’re invited to partake in the festive cheer. 4-8 p.m. 14701 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 

Old-Fashioned Christmas
Meet Santa and recapture the simple joys of the holiday season with live music throughout the store, delicious Christmas treats, simple crafts to make your season bright and wonderful holiday shopping. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lehman’s, 4779 Kidron Road, Dalton, lehmans.com

December 6
Holiday CircleFest
A free annual Circle-wide celebration with activities, entertainment and a procession led by community lantern artists, illuminated dancers and giant puppets. 1-7 p.m. Wade Oval, 10820 East Blvd., Cleveland, universitycircle.org

1 Comment

  1. I guess I know what we will be doing this holiday season. Great list!

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