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Northeast Ohio: 8 Places to Celebrate July 4th

Celebrate the Fourth of July - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Summer weather, fantastic food, family fun, and fabulous fireworks can only mean one thing in Northeast Ohio. It's time to celebrate the 4th of July, and, as always, communities across Northeast Ohio will be pulling out all of the stops to celebrate this special day. You're sure to find a great place to celebrate July 4th close to home, and many local events include so much to see that they're spread across multiple days. Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with these eight amazing July 4th events around Northeast Ohio.

Bay Days 2022 Festival

Cahoon Memorial Park East – 27134 Lake Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140

The fun starts early in Bay Village, with the Bay Days 2022 Festival kicking off on June 30 and lasting all the way until the big day on July 4. There will be live music from a different band every night at the park gazebo, along with a Classic Car Cruise-In with live DJ, a Vintage Baseball Game featuring two local club teams, and a Children's Bike, Trike & Wagon Parade. Throughout the festival, attendees can also enjoy carnival rides, delicious food from local vendors, and informative booths from community organizations. It's all capped off by the Gala Fireworks Display, which takes place after dark on the 4th of July.

Avon Lake Independence Day Celebration, Concert & Fireworks

Weiss Field – 33401 Webber Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44102

The Avon Lake Independence Day Celebration, Concert & Fireworks begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, July 1 and lasts until the fireworks light up the sky late in the evening. In between, you'll enjoy an on-stage Independence Day Celebration, along with live performances from Anne E. Dechant, Seeing Scarlet, and a Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Some of your favorite local food trucks will be there all evening to provide outstanding meals, with Jones Bones BBQ, Off the Griddle, Fired Up Tacos, Cathy's Cle & Kona Ice, and Kountry Krunchins among the food trucks set to appear at the celebration.

Valley City 4th of July Parade, Car Show, Music, & Fireworks

Mill Stream Park – 1200 Maple St., Valley City, OH 44280

For a full day of fun on the 4th of July, try a trip to the Valley City 4th of July Parade, Car Show, Music & Fireworks celebration at Mill Stream Park. Begin your day with the 4th of July Parade, which travels down State Route 303, West River, School Street, and Maple Street before ending at Mill Stream Park. Then stick around at the park for the Classic Car Show in the afternoon while enjoying some great concessions for lunch. The evening features a live performance from Soundcheck, followed by a wonderful fireworks display after dusk.

North Canton Community Celebration & Fireworks Display

Hoover High School – 525 7th St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720

Held on the large lawn in front of Hoover High School, the North Canton Community Celebration & Fireworks Display is packed with fun for the whole family. It all starts at 5:30 PM when the food vendors, face painting stations, and children's activities open for the evening. The Scenic Route will be taking the stage a bit later in the evening, playing all of the hits from the past five decades in a free outdoor concert. Of course, you won't want to miss the fireworks display, which takes place shortly after the band leaves the stage.

Aurora July 4th Fun Run, Parade, Festival & Fireworks

Bicentennial Park – 115 E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora, OH 44202

Looking for a healthy, fun way to start your July 4th celebrations? The Aurora July 4th Fun Run, Parade, Festival & Fireworks starts early in the morning with a 5k fun run with awards for the top three finishers in every age bracket from kids to seniors. The July 4th Parade starts after the fun run is complete, followed by the Festival & Grand Marshall Celebration, which lasts all afternoon into the evening, and the fireworks display, which kicks off after dusk.

New Philadelphia First Town Days Festival, Parade & Fireworks

Tuscora Park – 161 Tuscora Ave. NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

One of Northeast Ohio's largest July 4th celebrations takes place in New Philadelphia, where the 45th annual First Town Days Festival, Parade & Fireworks features five days packed with events from morning through evening. Whether you're interested in a Fishing Derby, Frog Jumping Contest, Turtle Races, Wiffleball Tournament, or some more conventional Independence Day fun, you're sure to find it during this festival. Events take place throughout New Philadelphia, with many of the biggest attractions being located at Tuscora Park.

Orrville Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration

Orr Park – 440 N. Elm St., Orrville, OH 44667

The Orrville Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration is part carnival, part softball tournament, and all family fun. The softball tournament is a major attraction, with three days of games at Orr Park to crown a champion. While the tournament is happening, visitors of all ages can enjoy a free carnival featuring food, carnival games, and rides that the kids are sure to love. It all wraps up on the evening of July 3 with one of the biggest fireworks displays in Northeast Ohio.

Akron Rib, White & Blue Festival

Lock 3 – 200 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

Always one of the most anticipated events of the summer in Akron, the Rib, White & Blue Festival is a four-day event focused on fantastic food and live music. There will be a free concert during every night of the festival at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, with Monica Robbins & The Whiskey Kings, Bruce in the USA, Georgia Players Guild Best of Queen, and Creedence Relived all taking the stage on separate nights. The fireworks in Akron take place after the conclusion of the Rubberducks game on July 4, and Lock 3 offers great views of the display.

Food, Family, Fireworks, and Fun

Where will you celebrate the red, white, and blue this July?


Toy Story: 9 Places to Shop for Kids of All Ages in Ohio

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There's nothing quite like seeing the joy in a child's eyes when they receive a Christmas gift they really love. When you choose to skip the big-box stores and support local instead, you'll help keep the shopkeeper's dreams alive as well. 

If you're ready to start your holiday shopping soon, you'll be glad to know that there are some great locally owned toy stores in Northeast OhioColumbus, and Cincinnati. Here's a look at some of our favorites.

Smartickles Toy Store

986 Medina Rd. Suite A, Medina, OH 44256

If you're looking for fun and educational holiday gifts, you'll definitely want to pay a visit to Smartickles Toy Store. This family-owned and operated business has been around since 1976. They carry all of the most popular developmental toy brands including LEGO, Colorforms, Melissa & Doug, and more.

Everything is priced very affordably and they carry a huge inventory of items. There are also lots of cool options for "big kids" too, so you may want to pay a visit even if you're not shopping for little ones.

PLAYmatters Toys

30789 Pinetree Rd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124

PLAYmatters Toys was voted Best Toy Store in the 2021 annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards — for good reason. This specialty shop sells premier-quality toys, dolls, games, and puzzles from some of the best toymakers around the world. 

Not only will you find some great gifts here, but they also offer free gift wrapping with a selection of fun papers, so you can present the special child in your life with a beautifully wrapped gift without any hassle. 

Do you want to make gift giving easy for family and friends? You can also go to PLAYmatters and create a wish list for your child. This takes the guesswork out of it and you won't have to worry about returning gifts that aren't quite right!

Your Toy Connection

238 W. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266

At Your Toy Connection, you'll find a huge selection of both modern and vintage toys. They have everything from toys that were popular in the 1960s to current items. While the inventory changes regularly, you'll likely find lots of Transformers, Star Wars items, POP collectibles, and more.

You can count on Your Toy Connection to offer excellent prices and their friendly staff is always happy to help. Whether you're looking for a special collectible piece or you just want to look around and see what strikes your fancy, you'll love spending time here.   

Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom

1180 S. Main St., North Canton, OH 44720

Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom is known for carrying high-quality, imagination-powered toys for both kids and adults who are kids at heart. This is one of the best places to get your hands on hard-to-find LEGO sets as well as items like MEGA BLOKS, Masterpiece Puzzles, the full line of Breyer Horses, COBI Military Sets, and more. 

In addition to the North Canton store, you'll also find locations in Medina and Solon as well as a robust online store. This makes it easy to shop local for your holiday gifts no matter where you're located. 


1239 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Founded in 2011, Dreamland is one of the most popular toy stores in Columbus. They carry a large selection of toy brands like Disney, Ty, Melisssa & Doug, Mattel, Fisher-Price, and more. They also have a selection of Squishmallows and giant fidget pops. 

Need a deluxe scooter with LED wheels, a 3D Harry Potter puzzle, or a giant stuffed T-rex? You'll find all this and more at Dreamland! 

Big Fun Columbus

672 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you're looking for some fun stocking stuffers or vintage toys for a child who is into collecting, you'll want to check out Big Fun Columbus. They always have a super cool selection, and since they buy old toys all the time, you can find cool new stuff every time you visit. 

Coolest Toys on Earth

6840 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

For rare and unique gifts for kids (and adults!), you can't go wrong with Coolest Toys on Earth. This shop almost feels more like a cool toy museum than a retail store. They carry a huge selection of rare and high-quality toys, outdoor games, puzzles, science items, building kits, toys for younger kids, and more. A gift from this store is guaranteed to be one that will get a ton of use. 

Flying Pig Toys

7723 Five Mile Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45230

Looking for a gift that will last a lifetime? Check out the high-quality wooden toys at Flying Pig Toys. They carry many unique brands and have a constantly evolving selection. In addition to toys, you'll also find a wide variety of stackers and tons of books ranging from educational to silly. They even have a selection of pop-up baby books. 

Flying Pig Toys offers a rewards program and the ability to make a wish list. This makes them a popular choice among parents in the Cincinnati area. 

House of Plastik

834 OH-125 #310, Cincinnati, OH 45245

If you have a kid (or big kid) in your life who is into vintage or collectible items, then you'll want to check out House of Plastik. They have a great selection of action figures, Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Wars items, and more. If you need some stocking stuffers, you can also get some great candy here. 

Since they buy used items, you can always find something new and exciting. And, if you need to clear out some space and make some cash, you might be able to sell a few old items before the holidays arrive. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Where will you shop for fun items to spread Christmas cheer this year? 


All Aboard! 9 Christmas Train Rides and Displays Around Ohio

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Trains, both toy and real, conjure up pleasant memories of days gone by. Bring a welcome touch of nostalgia to this year's holidays with a visit to these Christmas train rides and displays around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, 400 Center St., Dennison, OH 44621

You and your family have loved the book and the movie. Now experience the magic in real life on The Polar Express™ Train Ride at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. Storytellers are on board to read the book as elves lead everyone in games, songs, and other activities. Refreshments include beverages and cookies made by Mrs. Claus. The train makes a stop at the North Pole to pick up Santa, who will visit with the kids during the return trip. Trains run Friday through Sunday on the first two weekends in December. Visit the website for times. Tickets range from $45-$80. 

North Pole Adventure™

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 7900 Old Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131

Take in the winter beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley on your own North Pole Adventure™. Everyone can enjoy cookies and cocoa as kids write letters to Santa and take part in singing and dancing with elves. When the train stops at the North Pole to hand-deliver the letters, there's a good chance that a special guest will come on board. The train leaves the station at 7:30 p.m. daily through December 19. Tickets are $45-$92.

Christmas at the Junction

EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069

Remember the joy you felt watching your new model train circle the Christmas tree? Share that delight with your own kids at Christmas at the Junction. In addition to being the home of the world's largest indoor train display, EnterTRAINment Junction is a family fun center revolving around a railroad theme. Christmas at the Junction features a number of holiday train displays along with dazzling decorations, lively activities, and a visit with Santa. Festivities take place through January 2. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Admission is $15.95 per person when purchased in advance on the website.

Santa Train

Zanesville & Scenic Western Railroad, 5705 SR-204, Mt. Perry, OH 43760

During the holidays, the Mt. Perry Scenic Train transforms into the Santa Train. The 40-minute ride follows the historic Glass Rock Spur, named for the days when the line transported silica sand from Central Silica Company in nearby Glenford. Santa, assisted by the conductor, will be handing out gifts and treats along the way. The Santa Train departs each hour between 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the second and third weekends of December. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 3-13. Receive a discount with a donation of food or a new, unwrapped toy.

Puritas Nursery Holiday Trains

19201 Puritas Ave., Cleveland, OH 44135

For the 18th year, Puritas Nursery is treating the West Park community to their delightful holiday train display. Three separate train sets, each in a different size, are fascinating to watch for "kids" of all ages. As if that wasn't reason enough to visit Puritas Nursery, you can shop their great selection of mistletoe, wreaths, and holiday greenery, as well as a wide variety of gift items and stocking stuffers. View the trains during store hours, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends through December 31.

Santa Christmas Train 

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, 33 W. Canal St., Nelsonville, OH 45764

Over three decades, generations of families have made the Santa Christmas Train a part of their holiday tradition. Historic Hocking Valley makes a perfect seasonal backdrop for the two-hour trip to East Logan and back. Santa will be along for the ride to visit with each child and collect their wish lists. At the end of the journey, they will also receive a special candy cane treat. Trains run each weekend through December 19. Visit the website for departure times. Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for ages 3-12. 

Youngstown Model Railroad Association Open House

751 N. Four Mile Run Rd., Austintown, OH 44515

Members of the Youngstown Model Railroad Association love to share their enthusiasm for their favorite hobby with others. One of their more popular activities is their holiday open house, which they have been conducting for more than 65 years. Held at the group's headquarters, the open house features one layout upstairs and another downstairs, with surrounding "towns" that include carnivals and other life-like details. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the first two weekends of December. A $5 donation is requested from all visitors over the age of 11.

North Pole Express

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 County Rd. 99, Findlay, OH 45840 

Real trains? Toy trains? No need to choose at North Pole Express. Quarter-scale trains are ready to take you through a glittering wonderland of trees and lights. Meanwhile, toy train displays await in the festively decorated museum and train barn. You never know when Santa and Mrs. Claus may pop in for a visit! Activities take place 5:30  - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30  - 8:30 p.m. Sunday through January 2. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. 

Express Train

Crocker Park, 172 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145

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Are your little ones a bit young for an actual train ride? Crocker Park's Express Train provides a healthy dose of excitement for kids who might not be ready for a longer trip. The whole family will enjoy the sight of Crocker Park done up in all its holiday finery. Before or after, kids can visit with Santa and get their picture taken at Santa's Village. The Express Train runs daily through Christmas Eve. Visit the website for hours. Tickets are $4 per person. 

Get On the Right Track

In many parts of the world, trains are still a major form of transportation. What exotic location would you travel to by train?


Get a Jump on Christmas Shopping at These 8 Columbus Shops

Christmas Shopping - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Is there a more rewarding feeling than giving a loved one just the right gift? Put smiles of delight on everyone's face when you do your holiday shopping at these wonderful shops around Columbus.

German Village

The Book Loft of German Village

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

Whether you're shopping for a devoted bookworm or a budding reader, you'll find the perfect gift at The Book Loft of German Village. Located in a pre-Civil War building, The Book Loft boasts an incredible 32 rooms, covering an entire city block, filled with bargain-priced books. Give a gift of a Book Loft t-shirt that earns the wearer a 10 percent discount on purchases. Hours are 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Helen Winnemore's

150 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

Helen Winnemore's is the place to find a gift for that person who has everything. There really was a Helen Winnemore, and the shop originated in her Grandview home. While the shop eventually ended up at the corner of Kossuth and Mohawk in German Village, siblings Julie and John Jenkins still follow Helen's mission of offering one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable and useable art. Shelves are filled with jewelry, glassware, textiles, woodwork, and body care products made by regional artisans. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Short North Arts District

Global Gifts

682 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Your gift benefits more than just the recipient when it's purchased at Global Gifts. The non-profit shop carries only fair-trade items made by disadvantaged artisans and farmer from more than 40 different countries. Pick up some chili picante plantain chips for your favorite foodie, or a woven sari cotton laundry basket from Bangladesh for that friend who just moved into a new home. Can't decide? Give a monthly subscription for coffee, jewelry, socks, food, candles, or books. Global Gifts is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Happy Go Lucky

787 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Happy Go Lucky is actually two stores in one. "Home" is a lifestyle shop with a full selection of furniture, wall art, rugs, and other home decor items. "Her" is a women's apparel boutique specializing in stylish dresses, pants and tops, outerwear, and loungewear that you'll want to have in your wardrobe forever. Follow them on Instagram for information on the latest arrivals, sales, and events. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.


Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Everyone needs a little more pampering in their life. Treat friends and family to some luxury with a gift from Glenn Avenue Soap Company. In 2009, Dr. Sandra Metzler, frustrated with the lack of natural products in the marketplace, used her biomedical engineering background to make soap in her kitchen. Four years later, she and her partner Phil began selling their high-quality products out of their home and eventually from their 4,200-square-foot storefront. Their soaps, lotions, essential oils, lip balms, and other skincare products are so amazing that you'll end up "gifting" yourself with some. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.


1392 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

While it's located in the heart of the Midwest, Vernacular has been described as "East Coast classic with a West Coast vibe." Husband-and-wife owners Kris and Chelsea carefully curate their womenswear and lifestyle store to offer on-trend merchandise at affordable price points. With their belief that where you shop matters, Kris and Chelsea source from brands that are eco-conscious, ethically sourced, organic, women- and minority-owned, and handmade in the USA. Each year, they donate a portion of their proceeds to local causes and educational outlets. Vernacular is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 Sunday. They also have locations in German Village and Worthington.


Sugarbush Gourmet Gift Baskets

7227 N. High St. #100, Worthington, OH 43085

Spread cheer from the Buckeye State to family and friends across the country. Since 1981, Sugarbush Gourmet Gift Baskets has been creating and shipping spectacular gift baskets full of fresh fruit, chocolates, wines, cheeses, nuts, and other gourmet specialty foods. Choose from dozens of themed baskets or build your own custom assortment. Bestsellers include the Buckeye Bucket, loaded with cheeses, crackers, nuts, and candies that any OSU fan will love. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday.

The Electric Sheep

752 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

The Electric Sheep may sound like a place to buy farm equipment, but the quirky name belongs to one of the more original gift shops you'll ever find. This family-owned business is a workspace where artisans create all the products by hand. Have an idea for a special personalized gift? The crafters will work with you to bring your concept to life. If you want to learn to make your own individual gifts, sign up for one of their workshops on crafts from painting and laser engraving to assembling a charcuterie board. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

What's the number one thing you're hoping Santa brings you from one of the shops around Columbus?


These 9 Ohio Events Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Holiday Events - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Can you believe that the holiday season is already around the corner? Now is the perfect time to start planning for some holiday family fun, and there are plenty of great events all around Ohio to help every member of the family get in the holiday spirit. Catch a fantastic holiday concert in Northeast Ohio, shop for unique, handcrafted gifts in Columbus, or learn to create your own Christmas ornaments in Cincinnati. You'll find all that and more in our list of 9 Ohio events that will get you in the holiday spirit.

Lightwire: A Very Electric Christmas

182 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

Searching for a holiday performance that both kids and adults will love? A Very Electric Christmas from Lightwire Theater is one of the most unique holiday performances that you'll find anywhere, and this year's show takes place on December 19. The story of A Very Electric Christmas follows a bird named Max, who stops at the North Pole with his family and winds up on a grand holiday adventure. After the show, VIP ticket holders can even meet the cast, ask questions, and learn more about how they create their spectacularly distinctive performances.

Cleveland Orchestra Holiday Concerts

11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

The Cleveland Orchestra is renowned for its enchanting holiday performances, and the Holiday Concerts series is sure to be a hit this year. The series is set for December 9 through 19 this year, with one performance each Thursday and Friday, followed by two performances on Saturday and Sunday. Performances take place at the gorgeous Severance Hall performance venue, with conductor Brett Mitchell leading the orchestra as they play all of your holiday favorites. Reserve your tickets online to ensure that you get a seat at one of Cleveland's most popular holiday shows.

Frosty Frolic 5k

1615 Stadium Park Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Whether you're looking for a great workout before you enjoy your holiday meals or you simply want to support a good cause while seeing the sights, the Frosty Frolic 5k on December 11 offers something for everyone. The course for the 5k will take you through the scenic Stadium Park Holiday Light Display, and you can enjoy some special holiday treats when you cross the finish line. There will also be appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty, so this is a fun event for the whole family.

Columbus Winterfair

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Shop for the perfect handcrafted gifts or find one-of-a-kind items to decorate your home at the Columbus Winterfair, which takes place from December 3 through 5 at the Ohio Expo Center. The event brings together artists and artisans from across Ohio who have been working all year to create unique crafts for the holidays. It's a great place to find items for the people on your list who are hard to shop for, and there will also be crafting demonstrations so that you can get tips from the experts on how to create your own holiday crafts.

The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre

39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

From December 10 to 26, the BalletMet performance group will be putting on the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Backed by orchestral performances of Tchaikovsky's classic score, the dancers of BalletMet bring the story of The Nutcracker to life on stage. Stop by for a matinee performance on the weekend, or enjoy an evening show any night of the week throughout the show's run this year.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Looking for a fresh, new spin on the classic holiday performance and something that will appeal to family members of all ages? A Magical Cirque Christmas is just the thing, and this year's show will be taking place on December 11 at the Palace Theatre. The show combines breathtaking acrobatics from Cirque performers with all of your favorite holiday music under the direction of Magical Hostess Lucy Darling. It's a live holiday performance unlike any other, and you can only find it in Columbus.

Holiday Pops

1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Holiday Pops at the Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the city's longest-running and most popular holiday performances, so this is one show that you won't want to miss. This year's performances will take place across two weekends, December 3–5 and 10–12. Performances are led by conductor John Morris Russell, with a talented cast of vocalists, musicians, and dancers. Hear some of your favorite classic holiday tunes, with both traditional and contemporary songs that your family is sure to love.

Glass Holiday Ornaments Workshop

4426 Brazee St., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Create memories that will last a lifetime as you make your own unique glass Christmas ornament at Brazee Studios in Cincinnati on December 11. During this workshop, you will learn how to create a layered glass ornament with expert instruction and all of the supplies that you'll need provided by the studio. The workshop is hosted by the Taft Museum of Art and is open to everyone age 15+ with special discounts available for museum members.

Anderson Township Tree Lighting Ceremony

7578 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255

Get ready for a day filled with family fun at the Anderson Township Tree Lighting Ceremony, which takes place on December 4 at Anderson Towne Center. The fun starts in the afternoon with free holiday-themed food and drink, followed by a visit from Santa. There will also be some great live performances, with your favorite holiday music ringing out through the air. Top it all off with the tree lighting ceremony, when the beautifully decorated Christmas tree is lit up for the first time. After the ceremony, enjoy some special deals and events from businesses at Anderson Towne Center.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

How will you celebrate the season in Ohio this year?


9 Ohio Shops for the Outdoor Enthusiast on Your List

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Shopping for the holidays might feel a little different this year, but we're still as excited as ever. As always, one of the great joys of Christmas is finding the perfect gift for each special someone on your list. If you happen to know a few outdoorsy types, you know they can often be some of the hardest people to shop for. 

Not to worry! Ohio is home to some truly amazing gear stores and outfitters. Head to one of these great shops to find a great gift for the hiker, skier, cyclist, or fisherman on your holiday shopping list. 


Village Ski & Snowboard

25401 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070

Village Ski & Snowboard is your destination for all things winter sports in Northeast Ohio. Founded in 1974, they excel when it comes to offering great winter gear because that's all they do. The store closes in spring after the ski and snowboard season is over, only reopening again in fall. The store is packed with great gear and staffed by genuine ski-and-snowboard experts, so you can rest assured that any purchase you make here will be a good one. They're also running some great holiday sales right now.

Appalachian Outfitters

60 Kendall Park Rd. Suite A, Peninsula, OH 44264

If you're a hiking, backpacking, and backcountry camping enthusiast, Appalachian Outfitters is the type of place that will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. And if you happen to be shopping for someone who loves outdoor gear, you'll find just about anything they could possibly want here. From backpacks and tents to hiking boots, clothing, and camp cookware, every bit of equipment you need to make you a happy camper is here. 


50 Plaza Dr., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Geiger's has been one of Ohio's premier outfitters since 1932, and they have three locations in Northeast Ohio—Cleveland, Lakewood, and Chagrin Falls. You'll find a lot of cool stuff in their stores, but where they really shine is outdoor apparel. This is a great store to find rugged, hard-wearing outdoor-wear that's as stylish as it is functional. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the selection of merchandise always wide-ranging and unique.


Mad River Outfitters

833 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43214

Named for one of Ohio's great fishing streams, Mad River Outfitters is the go-to destination for fly-fishing gear, tackle, and equipment in the Columbus area. Whether you're shopping for a fly-fishing novice or a seasoned pro, Mad River Outfitters is a perfect place to find them a gift. This store has you covered for all things fishing related, from rods, reels, flies, and line to men's and women's apparel. They even offer fly fishing classes and guided destination trips. If you're unable to make it to the brick-and-mortar store, they offer free shipping on orders over $50 within the U.S. 


3980 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219

Offering an amazing variety of high-end outdoor gear and apparel, Filson is one of the best places in Columbus to get a gift for the rugged outdoorsman or woman on your holiday shopping list. You won't find anything in this store that isn't of the highest quality. Their Mackinaw Cruiser and Rugged Twill Original Briefcase are classic gifts, but be sure to browse around, as they offer new and unique seasonal offerings every year. At present, the store is open for curbside pickup and limited in-store shopping. 

Beechwold Bicycles

4584 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Columbus has a reputation as being a great bike-friendly city. As a result, it's also a city with its fair share of excellent bike shops. Even so, Beechwold Bicycles really stands out above the rest. Founded in 2019, they're relative newcomers on the local bike scene, but they've quickly made their reputation by selling only the highest quality bicycles and equipment. Beechwold Bicycles is currently open for in-person shopping—bike shops are considered essential businesses in Ohio—but curbside pickup and delivery are available too. 


Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters

9525 Kenwood Rd. #24, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Outdoorsy types in the Cincinnati area know that when they want the best hiking, camping, and climbing gear, Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters is the place to go. Offering all the top brands in the outdoor supply world, this is a store that serious adventurers visit when they need to gear up. If you know somebody who loves to climb mountains, ford rivers, and cut new paths through uncharted territory, Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters is the place to find that person a perfect gift. 

Delamere & Hopkins

2708 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

The Cincinnati sporting community has been getting their gear from Delamere & Hopkins Outfitters for more than 25 years, and it's not hard to see why. Offering an amazing selection of fishing tackle, hunting equipment, outdoor clothing, footwear, artwork, gear, and accessories of all kinds, the store has a cozy mom-and-pop feel. It almost feels like walking into a field guide's house, except everything you see is for sale. Delamere & Hopkins is a great place to find a unique gift for the outdoor fanatic who thinks they have everything. 

Roads Rivers and Trails

118 Main St., Milford, OH 45150

Roads Rivers and Trails is one of Cincinnati's premier outdoor outfitters. This family-owned store is managed and staffed by folks who really know what they're talking about. Whether you're in the store to buy a pair of hiking boots, a new tent, backpack, or kayak, there's a good chance the person you buy it from has actually used it. Be sure to call ahead and ask about the store's current COVID-19 policy. 

Adventure Awaits

From hiking the Buckeye Trail or fishing Lake Erie to camping in one of Ohio's 83 state parks, this is a great state to call home if you have a passion for the outdoors. Use the comments section to tell us about your favorite Ohio outdoor adventures!


10 Places for Holiday Floral Arrangements Around Columbus

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The holiday season is upon us — why not show your love and gratitude for your family and friends with a stunning floral arrangement? A holiday floral arrangement can bring merriness to any space. Whether you're shopping for a good friend or relative, or if you're looking for a small gift for a coworker or neighbor that speaks volumes, you can find the perfect arrangement at these Columbus florist shops.

Griffin's Floral Design

211 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Griffin's Floral Design & Wineshop has been Columbus' favorite florist for the last 30 years. They're ready for any occasion with more than just the best-selling flowers in the city. Browse their holiday gift guide for ideas or create your own festive arrangement pairing flowers with fruits, gourmet foods, balloons, candles, soaps, infant items, lotions, and wines. All of these products are of the same high-quality that you've come to expect from Griffin's, which means your gift recipient will never be disappointed.

Brian Coovert Floral Design

1149 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

If you've ever viewed a Brian Coovert floral design at a wedding, then you've immediately noticed his distinct style that blends nature and interior design to create an arrangement that harmonizes with its setting. With over 20 years in the business, Brain Coovert Floral Design's services are available by appointment only. He's the perfect florist in the area to call if you're interested in designing a custom arrangement for your family get-together or holiday office party.


1600 Morse Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

Voted the best florist in Columbus from 2017 – 2020, Flowerama is the award-winning florist that will help you earn the gold medal in gift-giving. They have an entire winter wonderland collection devoted to Christmas arrangements. If their nearly 40 different Christmas-themed gifts aren't your style, feel free to put together your own holiday gift basket using their flower arrangements and gifts. Krema nuts, decorative throws, Coblentz chocolates, Cheryl's cookies, and a host of other treats are available for same-day delivery.  

Carriage House of Flowers

4923 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

Let Carriage House of Flowers help you create a beautiful memory this holiday season. They're ready to put together a customized creation, but we recommend you first view their special holiday arrangements. Winter bouquets include specially-themed Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah floral decorations. No matter which seasonal celebration the loved ones in your life are embracing, Carriage House of Flowers has the designer's choice florals that fit their festivities.

Orchard Lane Flowers

18 Orchard Ln., Columbus, OH 43214

If you've hung around downtown Columbus on a warm weekend afternoon, you've certainly seen Rosie the Flower Truck delivering joy and happiness. This '48 Chevy belongs to Orchard Lane Flowers, a floral shop and staple of the community. They have a fresh selection of flowers for all occasions, including holidays. Instead of purchasing an arrangement, give the gift a sincere touch by signing up for one of their workshops where you'll create a one-of-a-kind arrangement to give to your special someone for the holidays.

Rees Flowers & Fine Gifts

249 Lincoln Cir., Columbus, OH 43230

As Central Ohio's premier florist, Rees Flowers & Fine Gifts believes you shouldn't come to a holiday party empty-handed. If you're headed to a small holiday party over the next few weeks, show up in style with one of their exceptional flower arrangements. We recommend picking up a silk arrangement and a bottle of wine — at least one of them will last through the holiday season.

Petals & Leaves

1266 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

While their local "Designer of the Year" awards are significant, Petals & Leaves goes beyond state accolades and has achieved national recognition over the years. Their 25+ years of experience are typically dedicated to wedding floral arrangements; however, they're happy to help you create your own DIY arrangements at a discounted price. With the money you save, you'll have enough left over to purchase a box of chocolates or cookies to gift with your arrangement.

Buffington's Flowers

41 S. High St. Suite 55, Columbus, OH 43215

The holidays may not feel quite normal this year, but you can still brighten someone's day with a beautiful floral design from Buffington's Flowers. Depending on what time you place your order, your recipient will receive same-day delivery. Consider sending a colorful bouquet to someone you care about this holiday season to remind them that just because we may not be able to be together doesn't mean that they're not always close to your heart.

April's Flowers & Gifts

1195 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

As a full-service florist, it's no surprise that April's Flowers & Gifts carries a variety of floral arrangements for every occasion. They have winter flower arrangements, Christmas bouquets, Kwanzaa vases, and Hanukkah bunches. However, what makes them unique is that they also have a collection of gifts specifically for cat lovers. If there's a feline fanatic in your life, consider swapping one of their holiday arrangements for a custom cat arrangement — it's the purfect present!

Sawmill Florist

7370 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a beautiful poinsettia, and no one creates a Christmas bouquet quite like the designers at Sawmill Florist. They offer almost 60 different Christmas bouquets, each one handcrafted to deliver tidings of great joy. Although they do have arrangements in traditional vases, you'll be easily tempted to pick one of their arrangements set in Santa's sled, atop a snowman's head, or adorning a Christmas tree. Sawmill Florist also has a selection of holiday wreaths, and they'll ship nationwide to ensure everyone you love receives the perfect floral gift no matter how far away they may be.

Kiss Under the Mistletoe

Let us know in the comments which floral shop in Columbus you think makes the best holiday arrangements.


Find the Perfect Christmas Tree at These 8 Farms Around Northeast Ohio

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The holidays are upon us in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. As always, one of our favorite parts of the season is heading out in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Whether you're looking for a majestic, towering Douglas fir or a small Charlie Brown-esque tree in need of some love, you're in luck. These amazing Northeast Ohio Christmas tree farms offer something for everyone. 

Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm

5148 OH-7, Burghill, OH 44404

Family-owned Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm has been planting Christmas trees since 1954. Making a family trip to this beautiful farm has become a beloved holiday tradition over the last 50-plus years, often with a tractor-pulled hayride and bonfire thrown in for good measure. The farm spans more than 100 acres of evergreens, including Canaan fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, Norway spruce, and white pine. Cut your own or choose from their extensive selection of pre-cut trees, specialty wreaths, and pine garland. 

Mountain Creek Tree Farm

7185 Williams Rd, Painesville, OH 44077

Whether you want to explore the fields searching for the perfect tree or choose from a vast selection of pre-cut trees, Mountain Creek Tree Farm has the goods. This third-generation family-owned farm has been in operation since 1949 and offers a beautiful 52-acre landscape of prime Christmas trees. From white pine and Norway spruce to Canaan fir and grand fir, Mountain Creek Tree Farm always offers many beautiful trees. You can also warm up by the fire in the gift barn while your tree is wrapped and prepared, but remember to bring a face covering and practice social distancing!

Wintergreen Tree Farm

3898 Winchell Rd, Mantua, OH 44255

Just a short drive from Cleveland and Akron, Wintergreen Tree Farm has been in business since 1986 and offers a great selection of pines, spruces, and firs. You can choose and cut your own tree from their picturesque rolling farmland, and the folks at the farm will be happy to wrap and prepare it for transport (this particular farm accepts cash and checks only). During the summer months, Wintergreen Tree Farm switches gears to offer pick-your-own blueberries and also offers chestnuts in autumn, making this a fun place to visit in any season. 

Sugargrove Tree Farm

1619 Township Rd 1455, Ashland, OH 44805

Sugargrove Tree Farm has been in the Christmas Tree business since 1984, but the farm itself goes back much further. The farm is one of Ashland County's oldest and has been continuously owned and operated by six generations of the same family since 1823. They offer pre-cut trees in four varieties—Canaan fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, and white pine—and also provide tractor-pulled wagon rides into the field, where you can choose your own if none of the pre-cut offerings strikes your fancy. Only cash and checks are accepted (there's an ATM on-site), and masks are required on all wagon rides. 

Twinsberry Tree Farm

8916 Jefferson Rd, Shreve, OH 44676

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With cut-your-own, pre-cut, and live balled trees, Twinsberry Tree Farm has something for everyone. The farm itself has been a fixture of the Wayne County landscape since the 1930s, but it wasn't until the '70s that the Berry Family started dedicating 40 of its acres to growing Christmas trees. Their trees are grown pesticide-free, just as they have been on this 155-acre farm for more than 40 years. To help with social distancing, Twinsberry Tree Farm also provides an online store where you can pre-order a tree for pick-up. Handmade custom wreaths and greenery are available as well.

The Farms at Pine Tree Barn

4374 Shreve Rd, Wooster, OH 44691

A 150-acre farm populated by about 75,000 trees, the Farms at Pine Tree Barn offer a complete family Christmas experience. That experience might look a little different this year due to social distancing requirements. However, Pine Tree Barn is still one of Northeast Ohio's best places to get in the holiday spirit, including a fully stocked gift shop, on-site restaurant, and rides through the fields on the Pine Tree Express. You'll find not only the perfect tree, but there's a good chance you can also pick up unique, hand-made gifts for quite a few people on your list.

Sugar Pines Farm

9500 Mulberry Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026

A favorite Geauga County tree farm for more than 35 years, Sugar Pines Farm offers an incredible selection and a memorable tree-cutting experience. The farm spans more than 100 acres, including dozens of acres of cut-your-own trees. It's a safe bet that your family will find just the right tree for your home. The farm also offers a great selection of pre-cut trees if venturing out into the field isn't for you. Live balled trees are available too, and the folks at Sugar Pines Farm are currently offering barn-side pickup and delivery options to keep everybody safe during the 2020 holiday season.  

Medina Christmas Tree Farm

3301 Hamilton Rd, Medina, OH 44256

There's a tree for every family at Medina Christmas Tree Farm, including Norway spruce, blue spruce, Scotch pine, white pine, Austrian pine, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, and Concolor Fir. Select a mini tabletop-sized Christmas tree or a towering 15-foot giant from the pre-cut offerings, or explore the farm to pick your favorite among thousands of cut-your-own trees. Medina Christmas Tree Farm also offers handmade wreaths and fresh pine roping; you can even watch the process in person as the farmworkers create your special made-to-order wreath.

'Tis the Season

We're always excited to get out and find the perfect Christmas tree in Northeast Ohio. If we forgot to mention your favorite local tree farm, be sure to let us know in the comments section!


9 Ohio Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner With All the Fixings

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Ordering Thanksgiving dinner from your favorite restaurant is a great way to lighten your load on a busy holiday and enjoy a truly world-class meal without having to spend all day in the kitchen. Ready to feast? Check out these 9 Ohio restaurants where you can find the perfect Thanksgiving meal for your family this year.

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Hartville Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery

1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

Plan on a lovely Northeast Ohio Thanksgiving meal from Hartville Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery, which offers heat at home Thanksgiving dinners for groups of any size. Hartville Kitchen offers three different heat at home Thanksgiving packages, with meals to accommodate 6 to 24 guests. Every meal package includes all of your favorite fixings, along with a perfectly cooked turkey or ham and a delectable pie from the bakery to finish off the perfect meal. You can also create your own custom package with a la carte items from the menu – just make sure to place your order early if you want a custom Thanksgiving meal.

Mulligan's Restaurant & Pub

4118 Belden Village St. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Mulligan's Restaurant & Pub has been serving delicious Thanksgiving dinners for many years and will be bringing back all of your favorites for this year's holiday. A local favorite for nearly 40 years, Mulligan's offers a warm, inviting, family-friendly atmosphere that's perfect for a relaxed holiday meal. The special Thanksgiving menu features a full turkey dinner or your choice of filet or prime rib. Prefer to dine at home? Mulligan's also offers Thanksgiving family four-packs featuring four Thanksgiving meals, fixings included, that you can enjoy at home.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4000 Medina Rd., Akron, OH 44333

Take the night off from cooking and head for Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, which has everything you need to enjoy a memorable holiday with your family. The Thanksgiving menu here features three courses, including a house-made soup or salad, a steak or turkey main course, delicious sides to share with the table, and a fantastic dessert from Fleming's kitchen. This steakhouse also features one of Akron's most extensive wine lists, including some special selections just for Thanksgiving dinner.


J. Gilberts Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

1 E Campus View Blvd., Columbus, OH 43235

Whether you're looking for an elegant Thanksgiving dining destination or a carryout kit to create your own amazing meal at home, you'll find it at J. Gilberts Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood. Planning to dine in? The restaurant's atmosphere is second-to-none, and the bar is known for churning out some of the best cocktails in Columbus. J. Gilberts keeps the menu simple for Thanksgiving, with a traditional holiday feast complemented by your choice of freshly made desserts and a wine list with something to suit every taste.

Lindey's Restaurant

169 E Beck St., Columbus, OH 43206

Locally owned and consistently ranked as one of Columbus's best restaurants, Lindey's is the perfect upscale dining choice for Thanksgiving if you're looking for a holiday menu that features extensive options. Of course, you can go with the classic turkey dinner and fixings, but Lindey's Thanksgiving menu also features steak, seafood, pasta dishes, and a savory selection of appetizers. Dessert even gets its own full page on the menu, with something to satisfy every sweet tooth and a wide variety of after-dinner drinks.

The Guild House

624 N High St., Columbus, OH 43215

For the classic Columbus Thanksgiving dinner, look no further than the Guild House restaurant, which offers fresh, seasonal meals made with locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a simple, perfectly curated Thanksgiving menu that features unique spins on your favorite holiday soups, sides, and desserts. Opt for food and order your own drinks to pair with each course, or order your meal with house-picked wine pairings that bring the best out of every bite. Just be sure to reserve your seat in advance, because spaces fill up fast!



609 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati has a fantastic selection of restaurants where you can enjoy Thanksgiving this year, including the chic, trendy Metropole restaurant on Walnut Street. Metropole is located in the gorgeous 21c Museum Hotel, so it's hard to find a better atmosphere for your Thanksgiving meal. The team at Metropole changes the menu for every season, based on when the best fresh ingredients are available. That's no different for Thanksgiving, and the holiday menu here is sure to feature some unexpected takes on some of your favorite classic Thanksgiving fixings.

deSha's American Tavern

11320 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249

For a casual yet upscale atmosphere with a beautiful waterfront setting and a menu to match, check out the Thanksgiving dinner options at deSha's American Tavern. The Thanksgiving menu here features something for everyone, including turkey, steak, seafood, and tons of fixings. There's also a full menu for kids, allowing younger visitors to customize their own holiday meal. If you'd rather dine at home, deSha's American Tavern has you covered there, too. The carryout Thanksgiving menu allows you to customize a meal for each of your guests, including entrees, sides, soups/salads, and of course, a delightful dessert to polish off the perfect meal.

Prime Cincinnati

580 Walnut St. Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Looking for the classic steakhouse experience for your Thanksgiving dinner? Prime Cincinnati is one of the top steakhouses in the city and the perfect place to dine if you're craving steak, seafood, or traditional turkey for Thanksgiving. Prime Cincinnati is big on atmosphere, with an elegant, art-lined dining room that provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable holiday. The menu here is loaded with all of your steak and seafood favorites, along with a truly diverse wine list that includes the perfect pairing for any meal. And don't forget dessert! There are tons of sweet treats available, including delicious, locally produced ice cream from Loveland Sweet Shop.

Winner, Winner – Thanksgiving Dinner

There's an Ohio restaurant to suit every taste for Thanksgiving this year. Let us know where you'll be ordering your holiday meal from in the comments below.


How to Celebrate Father's Day in Cleveland This Year

Father's Day is on June 16th and will be here before you know it! While we think dads should definitely be celebrated year-round, we aren't going to pass up an opportunity to show him a little extra love. The big day is coming up fast, but if you haven't planned out your itinerary yet — don't worry! We've rounded up a list of some of our favorite dad-friendly activities in the area. From hitting the trail to spending the day at the spa, there are plenty of things you can do this Father's Day in the Cleveland area to show your appreciation!

Go Outside

Father's Day in Cleveland

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This Father's Day, spend a little time outside. Whether you're looking to delve deep into nature on a summer hike or to spend the day wandering around the city on foot — there are plenty of ways to enjoy nature in Cleveland. Cleveland is one of the most bike-friendly cities around, with several bike trails, a community bike share program, and the Bike Rack: a bicycle parking lot located on East 4th Street. One of our favorite trails in the city is the Emerald Necklace Trail, which consists of over 70 miles of asphalt and trail bridges, featuring spectacular views of rich greenery and lush landscaping. For a more adventurous route, take the weekend to explore the famous Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which runs from Lake Erie to New Philadelphia! If biking isn't your dad's jam, Cleveland has so many other outdoor activities to offer, including rock climbing, surfing, fishing, kayaking and so much more!

Watch Some Wildlife

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest is a great way to spend Father's Day! Not only will you get the chance to traverse over 183 acres and meet wild animals, but you can also visit a unique rainforest attraction that offers dozens of more species to be wowed by! Explore interesting aquatic wildlife at the Cleveland Aquarium. Head down to the Flats district and enjoy exploring over 70,000 square feet of local and exotic species of fish. Plus, dads, stepdads and grandpas get free admission on their special day!   And, if you want to really wow him, take him on an epic train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Every year, this tourist attraction provides special rides all day on Father's Day, from special crafting sessions to craft beer tastings — all while the beautiful northern Ohio countryside slides right past your window! These events sell out quickly, so make sure to call (800) 468-4070 or visit their website to make a reservation.

Admire Classic Cars

Father's Day in Cleveland Head down to the Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron for their 62nd Annual Father's Day Car Show! There you can peruse over 400 classic, antique and collector cars manufactured from 1915-1944. Afterward, stay to explore the stunning mansion, the breathtaking gardens and enjoy some of their other fun festivities like natural crafts, live music and the pedal car racetrack for the youngest of car enthusiasts!

Go on a Brewery Tour

Cleveland is home to so many incredible craft breweries, each with a different style and personality. Spend Father's day trying to visit a few (or all!) local breweries that you haven't tried yet. A self-guided brewery crawl is flexible and allows you the time to enjoy each space (and share a beer or two) with your dad. We recommend starting off with a stop at the Cleveland Visitor's Center (even if you've been here your entire life) to pick up a Cleveland Brewery Passport, which will make your self-guided tour even more fun! Then head to a local brewery and get a server to stamp your passport. A couple of our favorites include the Brew Kettle, the Great Lakes Brewing Company, Terrestrial Brewing Company and the Jolly Scholar. After you've spent the day partaking in some of our delicious, local brews and exploring the city — stop back by the Visitor's Center and turn in your passport for the chance to win fabulous prizes!

Enjoy a Delicious Meal

Father's Day in Cleveland

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One of the best ways to show your father figure a great time is to treat him to a delicious meal! Whether you're looking to sit down to a relaxing brunch, a casual lunch or a luxurious dinner — Cleveland's highly rated restaurant scene never disappoints. For brunch, we recommend Architectural Justice, a European-style cafe that is stunningly designed and offers sophisticated dishes and to-die-for coffee. Or, pay a visit to Astoria Cafe and Market, where you can peruse the eclectic market before sitting down to eat! If you're looking to spoil your dad with a fancy dinner, why not get dressed up and head to the Blue Point Grille, an upscale seafood restaurant located in the heart of downtown. They offer the freshest seafood around, along with breathtaking views of the skyline. We also highly recommend LockKeepers, a hidden gem in Valley View that has the best overlook of the Cuyahoga River in the city. Or put a personal touch on the day by making a meal yourself! We have complete faith in you. For ingredients, stop by a local farmers' market where you can explore all of the different booths and get tips from the ingredient growers themselves. Top it all off with a bottle of wine from Heinen's and it will be a meal your dad won't ever forget.

Take Him to Get Pampered

Spa days aren't just for the ladies — so why not take your dad to get pampered on his special day? Head over to the Sacred Hour Wellness Spa in Lakewood and set him up with a massage, facial or wrap. And, if you want to be pampered alongside your dad, call and reserve a Spa Party, where you can get a relaxing massage, manicures, facials, body scrubs and a steam! Afterward, feel free to settle into one of their private yoga classes and put both your mind and body at peace.

Learn Something New

Cleveland is full of opportunities to learn, so why not spend the day learning something new with your dad? We're home to some of the best museums in the Midwest, so whether your dad loves science, history, art or Rock and Roll — there's a place where he can geek out about it. Explore the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an iconic, music-minded museum filled with pop culture memorabilia. Peruse art at the Cleveland Art Museum, where the buildings, which are connected by a stunning atrium, are just as much a part of the experience as the paintings and sculptures. Pop by the A Christmas Story House & Museum, the home where the classic Christmas movie was filmed (you can even stay there for the night if you're looking to get a "Christmas in June" experience). Or stop by the Great Lakes Science Center, a renowned museum and education facility where you can learn all about the environment of the Great Lakes region of the United States.

See a Show

Treat your dad by taking him to see his most anticipated film of the year. For a classic movie-going experience, pay a visit to the Capitol Theater, a historic theater that was built in 1921. Or visit Aut-O-Rama in North Ridgeville, a drive-in theater where you can hang out in the comfort of your car or bring lawn chairs and a blanket to sit on! Cleveland also happens to be home to an amazing performing arts scene. Besides New York City's Lincoln Center, we have the largest performing arts center in the United States: Playhouse Square. This theater district is full of glamorous theaters that draw well over a million visitors annually. There are plenty of shows lined up for this Father's Day weekend, so get dressed up and hit the town for his favorite comedic or musical act!  

Happy Father's Day!

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15 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in the Cincinnati Area

Although our fallen soldiers and veterans deserve the utmost respect every day of the year, Memorial Day allows us to set aside a specific day to honor them. The three-day weekend also happens to mark the first unofficial day of summer, with many taking the time to go camping with their families, host a barbeque, or splash around at a local water park. This upcoming Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of fun festivals, heartfelt ceremonies and exciting parades. We rounded up some of the best local events in the Cincinnati area that you won't want to miss this weekend. Have a great holiday!

Free Findlay Market Scavenger Hunt

Where: Findlay Market When: May 23-26, Thursday & Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience Findlay Market like never before! Visit during Memorial Day weekend and participate in a unique scavenger hunt using augmented reality. You and your children will have a blast tracking down crazy critters that are hiding all over the market — using just your smartphone!

North by Northside

Where: Urban Artifact When: May 24-25, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
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North by Northside is a brand new music and arts festival that will be held in the heart of Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood over Memorial Day weekend. Come out and see nearly 50 acts between six venues! You can find the full impressive lineup here.

Furry Friends Festival

Where: Washington Park When: May 24-25, Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-6 p.m. Your furry pal deserves to have a fun summer weekend too! Head out to Washington Park for a festival full of live bluegrass music, delicious food and more. Plus, there will be a ton of vendors catering to your favorite canine's needs, selling everything from dog food and toys to accessories and photography services!

Nowhere Else Festival

Where: Nowhere Else Farm, Martinsville When: May 24-26, Gates open at 9 a.m. The Nowhere Else Festival is back and better than ever for its fourth year! This boutique music and arts festival takes place on a hideaway farm in Clinton County and will feature an amazing group of artists and musicians including Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts. All proceeds from the festival will go to help restore Nowhere Else's 140-year-old barn into a performing arts center.

Spring Grove Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Where: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum When: May 24-27, Times Vary Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum will host a number of ceremonial events throughout the weekend. The festivities will begin on Thursday at 5 p.m. with the local Cub Scouts' flag planting ceremony. Monday will be the busiest day of the weekend, packed full of patriotic events you won't want to miss! You can find the full itinerary here.

Taste of Cincinnati

Where: 5th Street When: May 25-27 Cincinnati's favorite food festival is back for its 41st year! Meander through downtown Cincinnati while enjoying more than 100 delectable treats from incredible local chefs. While you're digesting all that great food, don't miss the live performances all along Fifth Street, and when you're ready for more, make sure to check out the West Sixth Food Truck Alley on Broadway.

The Candy Race and Little Jelly Tot Dash

Where: 705 East Pete Rose Way When: May 25, 8:30-10 a.m. Looking for a sweet way to spend your weekend? Take part in the most deliciously fun 5K around — the Candy Race! This fun race is open to all ages and skill levels and features a Candy Land-inspired course throughout downtown Cincinnati. The Little Jelly Tot Dash will be held after the 5K and is the perfect short race for your little ones! A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Dragonfly Foundation, an organization that helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families.

Coney Island Opening Day

Where: Coney Island When: May 25, 9 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day

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Kick off the summer at Coney Island with a day full of family fun, cannonballs, laughs and festivities. Relax at the full-service tiki bar and get splashed on at Typhoon Tower, the largest erupting hydro-storm in the world. With incredible waterslides, a pool slide, delicious Cincinnati foods and tons of water to cool off in — you're bound to have a great time!

Cincinnati Winery Tour

Where: Maggiano's When: May 25, 11:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. While we might be known for our breweries here in Cincy, that doesn't mean we're short on spots for wine lovers! Take the Cincinnati Winery Tour this holiday weekend and venture out to three local wineries; Valley Vineyards, Henke Winery and Holtkamp Winery Tasting Room. Bring your family and friends and settle in for a unique and relaxing afternoon!

Light Up Rothenberg

Where: Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden When: May 25, 7-10 p.m. Spend an incredible night under the stars at the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden! This special event will feature delicious food from local restaurants, custom garden cocktails, music in the garden and so much more. Get a chance to see the Cincinnati skyline in a whole new light and make sure to stay for the breathtaking light-up moment at 9:40. All proceeds from the event will support the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden to help them provide enhanced education to students in an outdoor classroom.

Oasis by Daylight

Where: Cincinnati Dinner Trail, Bond Hill When: May 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hop aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train this Memorial Day weekend for a unique opportunity to see their popular route in the daylight! This excursion will depart from Bond Hill and will travel the entire length of the Oasis subdivision between Evendale and downtown Cincinnati. Delicious food will be available during the trip along with some spectacular views. Get your tickets today!

Beyond the Bricks: Outdoor Building Tour of Cincinnati Music Hall

Where: Cincinnati Music Hall When: May 26, 1-2:30 p.m. The Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the most famous buildings in Cincinnati and is even a National Historic Landmark. This weekend, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall's knowledgeable guides will take you "Beyond the Bricks" for a 360-degree walking tour of the glorious architecture, all while teaching you the rich history of the building. Learn about the Music Hall's design, construction, architectural styles, the diverse neighborhood of 1878 and so much more on this unique tour. You can grab your ticket here.

City of Madeira Memorial Day March

Where: McDonald Commons Veteran's Memorial, Madeira When: May 27, 10 a.m. The city of Madeira invites you to join them on their annual silent Memorial Day March. The march will travel north on Miami Avenue and then west on Dawson Road, ending with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at McDonald Commons.

City of Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Where: Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash When: May 27, 10:15 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day Don't miss one of Cincinnati's longest standing traditions: the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade. This annual parade will celebrate its 67th year in 2019, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road. You can watch it go around a 1.6-mile loop, ending at the Veterans' Memorial on Towne Square, where the festivities will conclude with a special ceremony.

VFW Post 10380 Memorial Day Ceremony

Where: Green Township Veterans Park When: May 27, 2-3 p.m. Head over to Green Township for a beautiful, annual Memorial Day ceremony run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380. The family-friendly ceremony will take place in the area's patriotic plaza, Veterans Park, in the shadow of the township's Veterans Tribute Bell and is a great way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  

Happy Memorial Day!

We are so grateful to our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Thank you for your service!

Holiday Shopping in Cleveland: 17 Local Boutiques + Shops We Love

With the ease of online shopping, it may be tempting to throw your entire holiday shopping list into your Amazon shopping cart and call it a night. But what if we told you that Cleveland is home to a bunch of amazing boutiques and shops where you could find unique, handmade gifts — without leaving the comfort of your hometown? By #ShoppingLocal, you can support makers and small businesses from our own backyard, all while purchasing original items that you can't find in a big department store. On this list, you'll find trendy boutiques, pet shops, candle companies and more — so that you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family members. Feel good about your holiday shopping knowing that you've supported a small business this season!

Men's and Women's Clothing


Whiskey Grade

20075 Chagrin Boulevard, Shaker Heights Whiskey Grade offers fuel inspired apparel for men and functional, yet chic fashion for women. Here, you'll find items that will look good and get better with time — like a broken-in baseball glove or your favorite pair of denim. They sell pretty much everything from t-shirts and hoodies, leather jackets and hats to backpacks and motorcycle helmets!

Blanc Boutique

3104 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights Founded in 2013, Blanc Boutique is always home to a collection of affordable, upscale and timeless fashion. They offer fashionable options in a variety of different sizes as well as accessories, home decor and more!

Banyan Tree

2242 Professor Avenue, Cleveland Boutiques in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Marina Kolmanovich via Banyan Tree

Fashions at Banyan Tree range from bohemian to minimalist, but as varied as the styles are, they are all equally fabulous. They have three different locations throughout Ohio and offer clothing for women and babies as well as accessories and lifestyle items.


4447 Mayfield Road, South Euclid Krush is just as quirky, colorful and fabulous as it sounds, boasting bold styles cultivated from skateboarding culture, art and streetwear. They hope to affect positive change by giving voice and self-expression through fashion.

Girl Next Door Boutique

19034 Old Detroit Road, Cleveland Laura and Lisa Pikul, both graduates of Kent State University with fashion degrees, moved from California to Ohio in 2005 and brought a bit of the west with them. Girl Next Door embodies the "Cali" lifestyle with their large selection of jeans from independent designers as well as other minimalist, yet comfortable staples, like flowing blouses and dresses.

Mr. Albert's Men's World

618 Prospect Avenue East, Cleveland For the shoe lover in your life you must stop by Mr. Albert's Men's World, one of Cleveland's favorite urban menswear shops! They offer hundreds of different styles of shoes as well as stylish formal wear, hats, belts and more.

Wild Cactus Boutique

2138 West 25th Street, Cleveland Boutiques in Cleveland

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From an early age, owner Leann DiPaola has always been passionate about expressing herself through fashion. Her love for uncovering one-of-a-kind pieces and inspiration from traveling and living between Arizona and California combined to create Wild Cactus Boutique. This shop encompasses a laid back, curated mix of vintage and modern women's clothing, shoes and accessories for everyday wear.


1020 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Since 1932, Clevelanders have flocked to Geiger's for their clothing needs. In addition to their great selection of high-quality clothing for the whole family — they also offer gear for snow sports, camping, traveling, team sports and cycling.

Evie Lou

2509 Professor Avenue, Cleveland It's all about comfort at Evie Lou. Their style is classic and professional with a comfortable twist from high-end designers. With their collection of handcrafted clothing as well as jewelry, handbags, wallets and more — you're sure to find something that fits either your own personal style or someone you love's.

Blush Boutique

1783 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights Cleveland Boutiques

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Focusing on sophisticated yet casual looks, Blush Boutique features an incredible selection of women's fashion, jewelry and accessories. They love to put emphasis on smaller fashion lines and emerging talent from all over the country, so no matter what you buy from Blush you'll be supporting an independent designer!  

Home Goods and Gifts


10906 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland We know you love your pets and want your furbabies to be just as stylish as you! At Pet-Tique you can purchase all different types of apparel for your pets, from simple sweaters to Halloween costumes. They also offer a great selection of trendy collars, pet accessories, cat and dog food and other pet supplies.

Room Service

20178 West 25th Street, Cleveland Boutiques in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Kyle Kresge via Room Service

Established in 2007 and owned by two artists, Jennie Doran and Andrew Worm, Room Service is a shop committed to displaying the goods and stories from makers, designers and artisans from all around the world. Here you'll find handcrafted home goods, apothecary items, apparel, accessories and more — it's almost impossible to leave empty handed!

Something Different Gallery

1899 W 25th Street, Cleveland "Find your perfect thing," is the mantra Something Different is founded on. This eclectic shop boasts a vast array of home decor, jewelry, custom framing, drinkware, clocks, kitchen items, clothing all from independent makers.

Artful Living

1364 West 67th Street, Cleveland This home essentials boutique is located in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland. Walk through their garden and into a room filled to the brim full of handcrafted art. They feature local and national artists of ceramics, photography, glass, oils and so much more! You're sure to find a unique and special piece for your home at Artful Living.

Flower Child

11508 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland Cleveland shops

Photo courtesy of Flower Child Vintage

Vintage lovers — you're going to want to check out Flower Child! Since 1999, they've been Cleveland's premier vintage and mid-century department store. From funky furniture, art and housewares to clothes and accessories to match, Flower Child transforms shopping into a time-traveling experience.

Cleveland in a Box

530 Euclid Avenue #40, Cleveland If you're looking for a unique gift to give any Cleveland lover — Cleveland in a Box is perfect! This unique shop allows you to fill a box with either five or 10 items from their vast selection of Cleveland goods and ship it to U.S. and military addresses for free! They've partnered with some of the city's most iconic and oldest institutions so that they could create an assortment of favorite items that Clevelanders of all ages can't do without. You can even build a box online here.

Cleveland Candle Company

1810 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights You can never go wrong with a good candle. The Cleveland Candle Company allows you to create your own candle or you can choose from their selection of pre-poured natural soy candles in more than 100 fragrances. Perfect as a fun date night or as an original holiday gift!  

Happy Shopping!


23 Must-Do Cincinnati Area Holiday Events

During the holidays the Cincinnati area turns into a winter wonderland. Snow blankets the city and downtown is adorned with millions of twinkling lights. Between the festivals, holiday markets, theater performances and light displays, it's hard to decide how to celebrate. To make it a little easier, we put together a list of our most anticipated events of the season. There are opportunities to get a little gift shopping done, experience some magical shows and even watch Santa swim with sharks. We guarantee there's something for everyone in the Queen City this holiday season, so get the family together and hit the town!  

A Crystal Holiday

Where: Krohn Conservatory When: November 10-January 6, Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Holiday Events Discover a shimmering frozen landscape at Krohn Conservatory 2018 Holiday Show — A Crystal Holiday! Come out and watch trains chug through a miniature Cincinnati constructed from natural materials. This year, the conservatory will also be featuring National Park Service structures from around the country such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and more!

Holiday in Lights

Where: Sharon Woods When: November 16-December 31, Sunday-Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Cincinnati Holidays

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Santa and his elves are once again taking over the Sharon Woods as the Holiday in Lights drive-through display returns. Constructed on over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday-themed displays will depict all of your favorite holiday characters. There's no need to even get out of your car to enjoy this special sight!

Lights at The Christmas Ranch

Where: The Christmas Ranch When: November 16-December 23, Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving No matter how you decide to spend your holiday — The Christmas Ranch is a must-see Christmas destination! Featured on Good Morning America and HGTV, the light display at The Christmas Ranch is one of the most famous in the country. Come out and experience this magical sight! Then, stop by one of the Christmas shops, Santa's Bakery and Cafe, get a picture with Santa and take a ride on a train or wagon. You do not want to miss this Ohio holiday tradition!

North Pole Express

Where: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad When: November 16-December 29, Times Vary Take a ride with Santa Claus to the North Pole! During an hour-long journey, Santa and his elves will make their way through the train and visit with each family. Every child will receive a bell from Santa's sleigh along with a cookie and hot chocolate. You don't want to miss this magical holiday experience! Reservations are required.

Holiday Lights on the Hill

Where: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park When: November 16-January 1, Monday-Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday-Sunday 6-10 p.m. cincinnati holiday events Experience over 2 miles of incredible light displays from the comfort of your own car! This year, the creative directors behind Luminosity and Blink will be partnering with Pyramid Hill to bring you something new and exciting. You won't want to miss it!

Christmas at the Junction

Where: EnterTRAINment Junction When: November 17-January 1, Sundays 12-6 p.m. This year, create a new holiday tradition for your family at EnterTRAINment Junction. During Christmas at the Junction, you can see the magic of Christmas at the home of the World's Largest Indoor Train Display. Afterward, journey to the North Pole to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa!

PNC Festival of Lights

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo When: November 17-January 1, Sunday-Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4-10 p.m. PNC-Festival-of-Lights

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Voted #1 Zoo Lights in the Country by USA Today, the PNC Festival of Lights is back again for a magical night of festive fun. In addition to admiring over 3 million lights, visitors can also watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, experience the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake and even visit with Santa himself!

Light Up Middletown

Where: Smith Park When: November 22-December 31, Daily 6-10 p.m. While this is a free event, donations are welcome at Light Up Middletown this year. This driving tour spans through a 100-acre park, completely adorned in sparkling LED lights. Several themed displays will be featured, including a floating sea serpent, Santa's workshop, helicopters, Penguin Village and so much more!

A Christmas Carol

Where: Marx Theatre When: November 21-December 29, Times Vary A Christmas tradition for the whole family, "A Christmas Carol" is a perfect way to spend a night this holiday season. The faithful storytelling along with spellbinding stage magic makes this show one of the Playhouse's most popular productions every year!

Santa's Arrival at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Where: Cincinnati Museum Center When: November 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CMC-Santa Experience Santa's grand Cincinnati entrance at the Cincinnati Museum Center this season. Before he settles in to visit with children, he'll be arriving by helicopter while visitors enjoy music from Chris Comer Trio. Afterward, there will be a Santa welcome celebration in the Rotunda!

Arctic Blast at Carol Ann's Carousel

Where: Carol Ann's Carousel When: November 23-24, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Have fun while learning at Carol Ann's Carousel this holiday season! At this family event, learn the basics of ornithology (the study of birds) and all about penguins and their habitats. There will also be crafts, giveaways and so much more!

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt

Where: Fountain Square When: November 23-25 and November 30-December 1, 12-5 p.m. Cincinnati Holiday Guide

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Come out and experience the seventh annual Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, an authentic German Christmas market in downtown Cincinnati. Peruse local artisans selling traditional German fare, hot spiced wine and more, all while surrounded by gorgeous Christmas lights!

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa

Where: Newport Aquarium When: November 23-December 31, Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cincinnati Scuba Santa

Photo courtesy of the Newport Aquarium

In this unique holiday event, you can watch Santa as he swims with sharks at the Newport Aquarium! While you're there, don't forget to check out all of the other incredible attractions like Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus, the Amazon Tunnel, The Stingray Hideaway and more. General admission ticket required.

Kings Island Winterfest

Where: Kings Island Park & Ride When: November 23-December 31, Times Vary This holiday season, Kings Island will transform into an enchanting wonderland! With more than 5 million beautiful lights hung throughout the park, as well as festive features such as an ice skating rink, 19 rides including Mystic Timbers, live entertainment and even guest appearances from all of your favorite holiday characters.

Holiday Artisan Market

Where: The Carnegie When: November 24, Doors open at 12 p.m. Kick off your holiday shopping this year at the Holiday Artisan Market. Shop handcrafted gifts and unique finds from local artists! Come out and support independent artmakers and purchase goods you can feel good about giving.

Macy's Downtown Dazzle

Where: Fountain Square When: November 24-December 8, Saturdays starting at 5:30 p.m. Cincinnati Holiday Christmas

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See Santa and his friends rappel down the side of the Huntington Bank Center to the Fountain Place rooftop, followed by a spectacular fireworks display! Each week, they'll host a different musical guest or ensemble including the Young Professionals Choral Collective, Macy's Choral Ensemble and more! While you're there, don't forget to stop by and visit Mrs. Claus for storytime at Carew Tower, get a picture with Santa and enjoy a free ride on the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

Santa Skates

Where: Fountain Square Ice Rink When: November 24-December 8, Saturdays and Sundays 12-1 p.m. We bet you didn't know that in addition to being great at gift giving, Santa is also an accomplished ice skater. So, strap on your skates and come out and see Santa as he takes his turn on the ice this holiday season at the Fountain Square Ice Rink!

Holiday Kick-Off

Where: Taft Museum of Art When: November 25, 11:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Season Kickoff there will be free activities for the whole family! Enjoy gorgeous decorations, fun take-home crafts, photos with Santa, holiday stories, lunch in the Linder Family Cafe and even meet a penguin from the Newport Aquarium! Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Victorian Holiday Village

Where: Ohio National Financial Services When: November 30-December 1 and December 6-7, Times Vary Victorian-Holiday-Village Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Ohio National Financial Services via Fred Haaser Photography

This memorable event features thousands of twinkling lights, fully decorated miniature Victorian-style homes and buildings, entertainment, free cocoa and cookies, and a complimentary 5x7 photo with Santa! While this family-friendly event is free, bring a non-perishable food item (no glass jars, please) with you to donate to the Freestore Foodbank.

Celebrate Chanukah

Where: The Jewish Discovery Center When: December 2-10, 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Chanukah with the Jewish Discovery Center this year. Enjoy watching the grand Menorah lighting, participating in a Kahoot game night, playing laser tag and so much more! For a full itinerary of events, check out the Jewish Discovery website.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Where: Memorial Hall OTR When: December 8, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone's favorite first grader is back again in a live performance adapted from the extremely popular series by Barbara Park. All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. Except, how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, as her Secret Santa gift recipient? But wait — this is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves… or is it? This fun play will be fun for your whole family!

The Nutcracker

Where: Cincinnati Music Hall When: December 13-24, Times Vary The Nutcracker Cincinnati Ballet's holiday triumph returns once again to the Cincinnati Music Hall, complete with gorgeous sets and costumes and set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score. Embark on a journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince during a family tradition that can't be missed!

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Where: The Otto M. Budig Theater When: December 14-30, Times Vary The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is back again with tons of festive cheer and a little bit of cynicism. What begins as another annual production of "A Christmas Carol' soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite holiday classics including "It's a Wonderful Life", "Frosty and Snowman", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and more! Get your tickets now!  

Happy Holidays!

Which event are you the most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

21 Essential Columbus Holiday Events You Should Mark on Your Calendar

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time to break out the holiday decorations and start planning out your itinerary. This time of year, Columbus is bursting with festive events all perfect for getting you and your family into the holiday spirit! We've rounded up 21-holiday events in Columbus that we are most looking forward to this year! From watching breathtaking ballerinas perform to viewing awe-inspiring light displays — we're sure you'll find something to be jolly about this holiday season!

Holiday Hoopla

Where: Shadowbox Live When: November 15 – December 29, Times Vary Called the "granddaddy of all holiday shows", this hilarious holiday performance mixes sketch comedy with seasonal music and features the send-up The Santa Babies. This is Shadowbox Live's longest running show and has been entertaining audiences for a quarter of a century! You don't want to miss it!


Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium When: November 16 – January 6, Sunday – Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. This is an event you won't want to miss out on! This family tradition is continuing for its 30th year — come out and see beautiful light displays along with your favorite animals. There will also be animated light shows, a visit from Rudolph and his friends, the Polar Bear Express, Camel Rides and more!

Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Where: Hanby House Historic Site When: November 17, 12-4:30 p.m. Have a unique photo taken in the decorated parlor of the Hanby House! Wear your own festive clothing, or use the Civil War era costumes provided. It will be perfect for your holiday card or just for fun!

Conservatory Aglow

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory at Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory When: November 17 – January 2, Times Vary The biggest and brightest holiday show at the Franklin Park Conservatory returns again! Artfully placed light installations highlight the lush horticulture displays within the interior biomes and courtyards. The Paul Busse model railway, hand blown glass ornament trees and poinsettia trees provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. They will also be offering adult libations and seasonal food to help get you in the holiday spirit!

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: November 23-25, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol

Photo courtesy of Omaha Community Playhouse

This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", brought to you by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, features thrilling ensemble music, beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs that people of all ages will enjoy!

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill

Where: The Historic Clifton Mill When: November 23 – December 31, Everyday 5-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve 5-8 p.m. Featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is one of the finest light displays in the country! With over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges it truly is a legendary sight! There is even a 100-foot "waterfall" of twinkling lights. Don't miss this incredible sight!

Dragon Lights — Columbus Illuminates the Holiday Season

Where: Ohio State Fairgrounds When: November 23 – January 6, Tuesdays – Sundays 5:30-10 p.m. Dragon Lights

Photo courtesy of Tianyu Arts & Culture

See the Ohio State Fairgrounds in a whole new light this year! With over 40 larger-than-life handmade lanterns covered with hand painted silk, you'll be able to witness a light show created by more than 20,000 twinkling LED lights! It's a display unlike any other! 

Illuminating Shopping

Where: Historic Old Worthington When: November 29, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a festive evening with family and friends while shopping and dining in historic Old Worthington! Local retailers will be open late and offering specials on their products. Plan to make this long-standing tradition a part of your 2018 holiday schedule!

Home for the Holidays Columbus Jazz Orchestra

Where: Southern Theatre When: November 29 – December 2, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Holiday Events in Columbus The Columbus Jazz Orchestra promises an evening of festive music to get you in the holiday spirit, and a good time for the whole family!

Holiday Pops

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: November 30 – December 2, Times Vary A great annual tradition continues as Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in some of the season's most-loved holiday songs and carols. Rumor has it that Santa will also be making an appearance!

Columbus Winterfair

Where: Ohio State Fairground, Bricker Building Winterfair When: November 30 – December 2, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Get your holiday shopping done early this year! Browse the holiday artists' market and find unique handcrafted items. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, woods, glass, painting and more!

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley

Where: Westies Tavern When: November 30 – December 30, Everyday except for Christmas Eve and Christmas at 5:30 p.m. This adult holiday event is perfect for those who want to see all of the beautiful Columbus light displays in one night! Start off at Westies Tavern for a check in and enjoy a small appetizer, then get whisked off on a four-hour tour that includes stops like the Columbus Zoo Wildlights, towns such as Dublin and Upper Arlington, a drive through downtown Columbus and more! Tickets are required.


Where: Bicentennial Park When: December 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. WinterFest is a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks! Artist Rayland Baxter will be headlining the event! Volunteers will be selling hand-crafted bowls as part of the Empty Bowls initiative which supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank!

DIY Festive Holiday Wreath Making

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The Wells Barn When: December 1, 1-3 p.m. Learn how to create a festive wreath, perfect for your front door throughout the holiday season. A varied selection of greenery, cones, berries and other plant material will be available for you to make your unique holiday decoration! Registration is required.

Village Lights

Where: Historic German Village When: December 2, 5-9 p.m. Visit the historic streets of German Village to discover a world of lights and holiday magic! Follow luminaries from shop to shop and start checking off your holiday gift list. Businesses will be open late with holiday specials. At StriezelMarkt on the Platz, you'll find vendors, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice carvings, live music and more! Plus, the holiday lights display will be breathtaking!

The Piano Guys

Where: The Palace Theatre When: December 6, 7:30 p.m. The Piano Guys became an internet sensation in 2011 by way of their immensely successful series of original music videos, featuring a blend of classical and pop music. On December 6, The Piano Guys will be playing select songs from their 2017 album "Christmas Together" at the Palace Theatre. It's sure to be a wonderful time for the whole family!

Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

Where: Ohio Statehouse When: December 6, 5:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with this annual Statehouse event! This family-friendly celebration will feature a tree lighting, carolers, refreshments, community mascots and a visit from Santa himself!

The Nutcracker

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: December 7-23, Times Vary

Photo by Jennifer Zmunda, courtesy of BalletMet

BalletMet's Nutcracker is the perfect way to take a break from the hectic holiday season. Gorgeous costumes and sets, along with magnificent dancing will make this performance one you won't soon forget!

Holiday Lights Tour

Where: Columbus City Adventures When: December 7-27, Times Vary Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with Columbus City Aventures, as you take a two-hour bus tour through Columbus to see all of the fantastic light displays! Stops include the Grand Illumination along the Scioto Mile, the Festival Lights at Columbus Commons and a special stop to stroll through Christmas Corner!

Santa in the Caboose

Where: Hillard Historical Village When: December 9, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Holiday Events This kid-friendly holiday event features a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music, refreshments, beautiful lights and the opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa from the 1800's! This historical take on Christmas will provide your family with endless fun and memories!

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas

Where: The Palace Theatre When: December 9, 8 p.m. Come out and see John Legend live in concert where he'll perform classic holiday songs such as "Silver Bells", "Christmas Time is Here" and "By Christmas Eve" from his new album "A Legendary Christmas".  

Happy Holidays!

Did we miss your favorite Columbus holiday event? Let us know in the comments!  

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