2- Day Christmas in Cleveland
Day 1 You'll See:
- A Christmas Story House
- Tower City Center
- Wade Oval
- Cleveland Botanical Garden
- Nela Park
Day 2 You'll See:
- Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
- Wild Days of Winter
- The Christmas Story
A Christmas Story House - What better way to start your holiday-themed trip to Cleveland than with a stop by one of the most popular Ohio Christmas-y gems, the A Christmas Story House and Museum. This movie-inspired home was fully restored to its exact cinematic splendor from the 1983 classic holiday film about a decade ago, today hosting regular tours and holiday guests. You will be able to see authentic props, costumes, and tons of great behind-the-scenes memorabilia in the A Christmas Story Museum, across the street from the actual house.
Tower City Center - If you still have some last-minute Christmas shopping to do then you are going to love this next stop at Tower City Center, a premier Cleveland shopping mall located in the heart of dazzling downtown. This huge complex holds over one hundred stores inside, sure to show you everything you may need, plus so much more! Enjoy an onsite movie theater, food court, and more than six full restaurants while here.
Wade Oval - Welcome to Wade Oval, one of northeast Ohio’s most popular public spaces, home to several iconic annual festivals popular with both locals and tourists. This is your chance to get out some energy and get deeper into local holiday traditions, the Rink at Wade Oval waiting in the midst of University Circle for you to get your fill of ice skating.
Cleveland Botanical Garden - Your next stop at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will provide your group with breathtaking gardens and an exotic Glasshouse full of international blooms, a setting that only gets better during the Christmas season. Each holiday season (December 21st-28th) the garden opens its doors for Glow, the winter spectacular that is actually one of Cleveland’s most city-wide celebrated holiday traditions.
Nela Park - End your charming Cleveland evening with a stop at a local landmark putting on a landmark-sized Christmas display, Nela Park. Nela Park was established in 1901, originally known as the longer name National Electric Lamp Association. The entire 90-acre complex was soon used as the headquarters for General Electric, the absolute perfect spot to establish a Lighting Institute, as well as a massively traditional Christmas light display yearly.
Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse - Enjoy a crisp Ohio morning at Cleveland’s very own Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, the natural wonderland located near University Circle on MLK Boulevard. Here you can see all types of exotic and native plants, the entire 270 acres of manicured gardens donated in 1903 by John D Rockefeller himself.
Wild Days of Winter - Next stop, Lake Metroparks, the winter time host of one of the ‘sweetest holiday events’ in Cleveland. At this popular park, you and your group can find a real life-sized Candy Land game board, free to play each late November to early January. This iconic board game holds a more ‘natural twist’ here at the park, an opportunity for children, tourists, or holiday fanatics to discover more local and natural flavors of Christmas, as well as travel through the seasons of Cleveland amid the board.
The Christmas Story - End your Christmas-filled Cleveland trip right where you started, with The Christmas Story. Instead of seeing the house inspired by the movie, now you’ll see the play! At the Allen Theater (1921) on Euclid Avenue, downtown, you will get the opportunity to see the Cleveland Play House put on The Christmas Story, the perfect family holiday tradition for both locals and tourists.