Exterior view of Cleveland with lighted trees in the winter

3 things to do in Cleveland in December

The temperatures may be dropping in Northeast Ohio, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy Cleveland.

December is often busy for members of the Case Western Reserve University community, as students prepare for finals and winter break, and faculty and staff members lay out their holiday plans. But if you need a break to reset and relax, The Daily has you covered.

Learn about these three options to see our city in December.

Snow Day in Detroit Shoreway

Dec. 10

2 to 6 p.m.

Bundle up and head to Gordon Arts Square District for a day of winter festivities. Snow Day in Detroit Shoreway will offer activities for those of all ages—from crafts for children in the Kid Zone to live performances in front of Capitol Theater.

There also will be a visual arts gallery (with pieces available for purchase), a resource fair, pictures with Santa, COVID-19 vaccinations and opportunities to shop.

Need to warm up? Fire pits will be available along with complimentary s’mores kits.

A trolley will run every 20 minutes with five stops: W. 54th Street and Detroit Avenue, W. 65th Street and Lorain Avenue, Miriam Ortiz-Rush Park, 78th Street Studios, and W. 65th Street and Detroit Avenue.

Get more details about the event.

Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland Play House and Karamu House joint holiday programming

Throughout December

Three local arts organizations—Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland Play House and Karamu House—will join together this holiday season to offer special programming at Allen Theater (1407 Euclid Ave.) to the Cleveland community.

Cleveland Play House will offer its traditional Festival of Trees, which features professionally decorated holiday trees lining the Allen Theater lobby. Free to the public, the Festival of Trees is available for viewing Tuesdays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 9:30 p.m. The Festival of Trees will be on display through Dec. 22.

The historical Karamu House, the nation’s oldest Black-producing theater, will showcase a classic: Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. Featuring gospel music, Black Nativity is a retelling of the New Testament account of the Nativity story. The production will run Dec. 9–18 at Allen Theater.

To cap off the programming, Grammy Award-winning Baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire will perform WASSAIL! – An Irish-Appalachian Christmas Dec. 21–22 at Allen Theater. Featuring Irish singer Fiona Gillespie alongside the music of bagpipes, fiddles, medieval harps and hammered dulcimers, this concert tells the story of Irish immigrants.

Heights Arts Holiday Store

Throughout December

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one? Why not support a local artist at the same time? Heights Arts is offering a holiday store throughout the month of December in Cleveland Heights. 

Members of the community are invited to stop by the location at 2175 Lee Road on the following days:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: from 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays: from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24): from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the store, you will find something for everyone on your list with such items as jewelry, literature and handmade books, handmade action figures and baby dolls, glass sculptures, photography and more. 

Get more details and find out what artists are selling works.