You may not see pretty little snowflakes or fluffy white snow when you look around, but you will see people celebrating Christmas. If you haven’t caught on yet, Christmas in July has become a fun and very special tradition right here in Cleveland Plus.
And, really, what’s not to love about this newly created holiday? Restaurants, bars and attractions are all getting into the holiday spirit by serving holiday food, creating Christmas-themed promotions, showing holiday cartoons and even offering the opportunity to meet Santa Claus himself!
So, for all you Christmas lovers out there, get your ho-ho-ho on in Cleveland Plus by caroling to some classics, tipping back a frothy mug of Christmas ale and noshing on delectable Christmas cookies that we won’t see again until December.
It’s time to say “Feliz Navidad” this Christmas in July:
A Christmas Story House
Open year round, check website for hours
3159 W 11th St Cleveland, OH 44109
If you’re in the Christmas spirit, get to A Christmas Story House, open year-round, which features movie memorabilia and the opportunity to meet actor Ian Petrella who played Ralphie’s little brother, Randy, in the classic Christmas film.
Buckeye Beer Engine
15315 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
Join Buckeye Beer Engine as they serve a plethora of Christmas ales including Lagunitas Brown Sugga, Sierra Nevada, Troeg’s Mad Elf and Weyerbacher Winter Ale to name just a few.
Christmas in July Classic Car/Motorcycle & Craft Show
July 30, 10am-4pm
425 Crestview Drive Boardman, OH 44512
Bethel Lutheran Youth Group is putting on its annual Christmas in July event, The Classic Car/Motorcycle & Craft Show. Experience great food, raffles, a DJ, auction and other fun activities with your friends and family.
Fat Head’s Brewery
24581 Lorain Road North Olmsted, OH 44070
It’s not Christmas without a tall, frosty mug of Christmas Ale. Get to Fat Head’s Brewery where they’re taping the kegs on their beloved Christmas Ale now until the end of July (while supplies last).
Great Lakes Burning River Fest
July 23, 6-11pm; July 24, 1-6pm.
Historic Guard Station, Whiskey Island
Enjoy Christmas in July with the Great Lakes Brewing Company during Burning River Fest. The Brewery features its uber-popular Christmas Ale, not to mention there will be great food and more than 30 bands performing.
688 Dover Center Road, Westlake, OH 44145
Get ready for Christmas in July weekend at the IronWood Café. The bar and restaurants hosts their “Christmas in July Weekend Pre-Game Party,” which includes a Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale keg tap at 4pm along with a DJ and barbeque.
Melt Bar & Grilled
14718 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107
Both beloved Melt Bar & Grilled locations are offering up a wide selection of Christmas ales including Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Don’t leave without trying their specialty grilled cheese sandwich of the month – the massive macaroni melt!
Mentor Parks and Recreation
July 25, 1-4pm
Eleanor B. Garfield pool, 7967 Mentor Avenue Mentor, OH
Join Mentor Parks and Recreation for an afternoon filled with fun activities for the kids. Not only will the children get a chance to play, swim and win prizes, but they’ll also have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.
Punderson Nature Center
July 17, 1pm – late evening
338 Newbury OH 44065 (PO Box 338)
Want to experience a family-friendly Christmas in July? Get to Punderson State park where they’ll celebrate the holiday in the park’s campground with a day filled with games, prizes, ice cream and a movie showing at 9pm.
Put-In-Bay OH, 43456
Christmas in July is one of Put-In-Bay’s biggest events of the year. The community exemplifies the pure spirit of Christmas by showcasing decorations throughout the small town. The event which occurs from July 21-24, includes live musicians, a parade and themed nights at restaurants and local businesses. The event attracts a lot of attention, which is why you’re encouraged to book your stay as soon as possible.
Rocky River Brewing Co.
July 15-31 (while supplies last)
21290 Center Ridge Road, Cleveland, OH 44116
As a way of celebrating Christmas in July, Rocky River Brewing Company is offering its delicious Christmas Ale until the end of the month (or until supplies last). Don’t miss it.
Scene Magazine Ale Fest
July 23 12-5pm
Lincoln Park, Cleveland OH
Tickets are on sale now for this annual beer tasting in the eclectic neighborhood of Tremont. This happy-go-lucky event includes food, music, games and more than 100 different types of beer. A not-to-be-missed summer event.
West Park Station
17015 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44111
Join West Park Station in the bustling neighborhood of West Park on July 23 as they celebrate Christmas in July by serving Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale.
Willoughby Brewing Co.
4057 Erie Street Willoughby, OH 44094
Get to Willoughby Brewing Company July 18 for a day of Christmas music and $3 pints of their signature Christmas Ale.
Winking Lizard Tavern
811 Huron Road East, Cleveland, OH 44115
To commemorate Christmas in July, the Winking Lizard Tavern will serve some of the most popular Christmas ales including Avery’s Jubilation, Great Lakes Brewery Company Christmas Ale and Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas.
- Submitted by Gaby Smith, Communications Intern