There’s so much to do and so little time before the end of the year! Make the most of the fun filled season with our picks for the best events and things to do December.
A Garden Holiday at Cleveland Botanical Garden
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Cleveland Botanical Garden!
Join us for A Garden Holiday Saturday, November 20th through Sunday, January 2nd.
Kick-off the season with festive holiday plants and beautifully decorated trees in our gardens. Be reminded of holiday traditions filled with flora that adorn our home, the herbs, and spices that fill our kitchens, or the fruits and vegetables that we feast on.
Children (and the young at heart) will enjoy special play areas both indoors and out, complete with seasonal crafts, games, indoor curling, and more.
On weekends and every day between Dec. 20 – Dec 31, outdoor activities may include hot cocoa storytime, marshmallow roasting, and community crafts. Be sure to get a picture in front of our stunning 16-foot-tall tree, with handcrafted decorations by a local artisan!
Look at Christmas Lights
Northeast Ohio is home to some AMAZING Christmas lights – drive thru displays, community light festivals, neighborhood houses all decked out. Pick up some hot cocoa, turn on the holiday music and drive around to see these over the top Christmas light displays.
Cut Down Your Christmas Tree
There is something magical about a Christmas tree twinkling in the corner of our living room. Support local farmers and head to the fields at one of these charming local Christmas tree farms. Remember to recycle your tree once the holiday is over.
Can't Miss Holiday Celebrations
December is bursting at the seams with Christmas events. Head out early in the season to take in a Christmas parade or festival including community tree lighting ceremonies. Experience the first Christmas in new ways by visiting a Live Nativity. Get dressed up and attend a Christmas concerts or live performance or go to see the Nutcracker Ballet.
Seek Out Santa
If your littles are anxious to share their wish list with Santa we have good news – he’s easy to find! Make reservations now to enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa. Get your matching outfits ready to take pictures with Santa. Have your kids write a letter and then surprise them with a letter from Santa. And purchase your tickets now to experience the magic of Kringle's Inventionasium.
Shop Local During the Holidays
Support small business, local markets & craft shows. Check out our experience gift guide for amazing gifts that keep on giving all year long. One of our favorite gifts to give is a membership to a local museum or the zoo. It gives families a go-to outing all year long and supports the cultural institutions that make Northeast Ohio great.
Celebrate the Start of Winter
December 21 marks the official first day of winter. Of course the weather in Northeast Ohio can be very unpredictable, especially in December. Whatever the temperature is this year, dress for the weather and head out for a winter hike to kick off the start of the season. Hit the trails by Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation. Bring bird seed for the wildlife you'll see hiking at Firestone Metro Park.
Ring in the New Year
End the year on a high note with these fun filled ways to celebrate New Year's Eve, including many fun events taking place across Northeast Ohio and ways that you can celebrate the holiday at home.
Looking for more ideas & inspiration? Check out our Holiday Fun Guide filled with 100+ things to do during the holiday season, or if you are looking for non holiday events, out Winter Fun Guide has you covered.