Cleveland’s Christmas Kick-off

IMG_3565As the seasons move from fall to winter, a transformation takes place. I notice the shift a lot just living downtown. As the weather gets cooler, the amount of people on the streets gets smaller and smaller. Residents are burrowed inside their cozy apartments, sheltered from the fat snowflakes falling outside.

While I love seeing the vibrancy of the city during the summer months, there is something equally appealing about the quiet in an otherwise bustling city. As I walked to Starbucks this morning, I was awed by the beauty and quietness of the snow falling. While also a product of the day after a holiday, this is not uncommon during the long winter months that Cleveland endures.

Sometimes it’s great to be inside on a cold, blustery day. But don’t stay inside too much as the city has much to offer even in these cold winter months. To kick off the holiday season in style, Winterfest takes over downtown Cleveland tomorrow. I encourage you to bundle up the whole family and head down to the city centre for entertainment, holiday lights and shopping.

On Saturday, Public Square, East 4th Street and Playhouse Square are transformed for the holidays. For the first time ever, there will be a tree lighting ceremony in Playhouse Square at 5 p.m. Christmas decorations not enough to pull you downtown? There will be ice sculpting, pop-up markets, live music, carriage rides, fireworks and more. Take a stroll past the Horseshoe Casino to check out old Higbees window displays or wander through one of our arcades to get warm.

Looking for more to do than just Winterfest? Plan a visit to A Christmas Story House in Tremont or head to Glow at Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Light installations, gingerbread houses and a train are just some of the things that you can expect at this stunning display.

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