Enjoy the Snowy Season with these Excellent Outdoor Adventures
In Northeast Ohio, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities that celebrate snow. Just visit Cleveland’s winter sports mecca, Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort (www.bmbw.com), which celebrated 50 years of skiing in 2013. With 88 total skiable acres, these adjacent resorts reside in the majestic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, offering skiing, snowboarding, and the Polar Blast Snow Tubing park at Brandywine, which has 20 lanes and conveyer lifts for tubing enthusiasts of all ages.
If nostalgic sled rides are more your style, try tobogganing at the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville (www.clevelandmetroparks.com/main/toboggan-chutes.aspx). Fulfill your need for downhill speed with two 1,000-ft, refrigerated ice chutes ready every weekend.
Speaking of ice (or rather a silicon-based polymer that looks and works like ice), the Rink at Wade Oval is a unique faux ice skating rink right next to Cleveland’s cultural epicenter, University Circle (www.universitycircle.org). Admission is free and skate rentals are only $3.
Work up a similar sweat snowshoeing or cross-country skiing throughout the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, starting at the Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake Shelter (www.nps.gov/cuva). Gear rental is available daily when conditions are ideal.
– Kelly Pickerel
The alarm sounds; you hit snooze one too many times and have to rush off to work. The routine of the work week is back. The holidays are over; friends and family have gone home. Don’t let yourself fall into that post-holiday funk. Spend the weekend at some of these great events.
More events can be found on our searchable calendar.
Now-1/19: Disney on Ice Presents: Let’s Celebrate- Quicken Loans Arena, Historic Gateway District, Downtown
Most likely the kids are back in school and they too are itching for that vacation time back. Quell that fidgeting by taking them to see Disney on Ice Presents: Let’s Celebrate. It is one colossal party on ice with all your Disney friends. Hang out with Disney villains on a Halloween hunt and enjoy celebrating a Very Merry Unbirthday Party. Bring the kids to enjoy this magic medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe.
1/10: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lantern Hike- Ledges Shelter, Peninsula
It might be cold and snowy, but that is when the parks can be the most beautiful. By lantern light they are even prettier and even a bit mysterious. Experience what the trees and underbrush look like by the glow of a lantern as you join the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lantern Hikes. Take a 2.2-mile hike along the hilly unpaved Ledges Trail, and afterward, warm up by a roaring campfire with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
1/12: Elvis Birthday Tribute – State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Downtown
Did you grow up watching Elvis take over the music scene with his swaying hips? Or, are you just a huge fan of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll?” On Jan. 8, it is Elvis’s 79th Birthday and, of course, you need to celebrate it in style. Join the Elvis Recreators at the State Theatre for an Elvis Birthday Tribute. The concert covers the four main eras of Elvis Presley’s musical history. With songs from the “Rock-A-Billy Elvis Years” to the “Las Vegas Jumpsuit Years,” there is no better way to celebrate the King’s birthday.
Now-1/12: Chicago – Palace Theater, PlayhouseSquare, Downtown
Now- 1/12: The Cleveland Orchestra Presents: Julia Fischer Plays the Brahms – Severance Hall, University Circle
1/7: CAVS vs. Philadelphia 76ers – Quicken Loans Arena, Historic Gateway District, Downtown
1/8: Jay Z – Quicken Loans Arena, Historic Gateway District, Downtown
1/10: Yentl – Allen Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Downtown
1/10: 18th Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off (Semi-Finals) – House of Blues, Historic Gateway District, Downtown
1/11: Nitro Circus Live – The Wolstein Center, Campus District, Downtown
1/12: Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch – House of Blues, Historic Gateway District, Downtown
For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.
– Brittney Rzucidlo
Happy New Year! It’s time to get 2014 started. Kick your year off with these weekend events.
More events can be found on our searchable calendar.
Now-1/5: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition – Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland
Only one weekend remains for you to take in all that the Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition has to offer. Experience first-hand the extensive and difficult journey of the Titanic through more than 250 authentic artifacts from articles of clothing to the china used on the ship with the logo of the White Star Line. Walk away from this exhibition with a new appreciation for a historical event you thought you knew so well.
Well, 2013 is just about complete. Whether it has been the best year ever or “just one of those years,” it deserves to end with a few great memories. Check out some of these events for the best way to add a few last smiles and laughs to this year.
If you are looking for a great way to end 2013 and ring in 2014 check out the New Year’s Eve blog for some great events.
For more ways to light up the holidays in Cleveland, visit www.holidaysincle.com.
Now- 1/5 (weekends): Ice Age 2013 – Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland
Spend the day at an exhibit that will make you love everything this freezing weather has to offer. Ice Age 2013: A Winter Event of Prehistoric Proportions, has everything from ice sculpting and live animals to a kids-only holiday shop. Open only on the weekends it is a great way for the family to explore history with a winter twist, through a number of winter activities and crafts.
Are you #HomeinCLE for the holidays? Make the most of the final weeks of 2013 with these events. Tag your photos #HomeinCLE to help spread holiday cheer as we make our way into 2014. You never know, you could be the recipient of your own major award. One random #HomeinCLE photo will be chosen as the winner of an authentic “A Christmas Story” leg lamp.
For more ways to light up the holidays in Cleveland, visit www.holidaysincle.com.
Everyone’s favorite part of the week is here again, the weekend. Shake off that work week and have some fun. Need some ideas? Why not have a beer at BrewHaHa in Tremont? Or run off some of that stress and excess Thanksgiving weight at The Santa Hustle. Enjoy your free days with one or more of these fun and exciting events.
12/13-15: BrewHaHa in Tremont – Tremont Neighborhood, Cleveland
What better way to wind down from the stress of gift shopping then with holiday cheer in the form of delicious beer? Tremont’s main seasonal event is the perfect way to continue to enjoy this time of year. On Friday, experience the Tremont Brewhop and Tremont Artwalk while Lolly the Trolley drives you from location to location. Then, on Saturday, go for a mile run through the neighborhood dressed as Old Saint Nick for the Santa Shuffle. As you cool down enjoy some of the great specials at the neighborhood restaurants. Finally, on Sunday, the festivities conclude with a holiday concert from the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra at the historic Zion United Church of Christ. After the concert, enjoy a Wine-Down, featuring wine specials from neighborhood wine shops.
12/14: Wrapped in Tradition – Gordon Square Arts District and 78th Street Studios, Detroit Shoreway
Bring the family down to Gordon Square for a holiday event wrapped in tradition and one that will take you back to your own childhood, as you bring the kids to meet Mr. Jingleling. Visit the Cleveland Bazaar Craft Fair inside the 78th Street Studios or the Winter Market inside the Gordon Square Arcade. Cap off the night with some classic holiday fun complete with ice sculpting and horse-drawn carriage rides.
12/15: The Santa Hustle – Castaway Bay, Sandusky
Exercise is said to be a great way to calm the mind. While this is true, during the holidays you need to kick it up a notch. Calm your mind after battling those holiday crowds by dressing as the big jolly man himself and running with thousands of Santas through the streets of Sandusky at the Second Annual Santa Hustle Half Marathon 5K Run/Walk. The race starts at 9am and each participant receives a free Santa hat, beard and customized Santa shirt to wear during the race. After the race, enjoy holiday decorations, seasonal music and an after party.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Cleveland with these hotel packages, restaurant specials, parties and family friendly events. For more holiday happenings visit www.holidaysincle.com.
Cleveland Pops: New Year’s Eve Concert and Dance at Severance Hall, University Circle Neighborhood – Dec. 31, 9pm
Ring in the New Year with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at the 18th annual Cleveland Pops: New Year’s Eve Concert and Dance. Identical twins Will and Anthony Nunziata, will perform their “Broadway Nights” revue alongside the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in an evening of music, dance and laughter. Guests can complete their NYE experience by staying at the Intercontinental Hotel or the Courtyard Marriott University Circle.
Hard Rock Café: Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Hard Rock Café and The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Downtown Cleveland – Dec. 31, 6pm
Join The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and Hard Rock Café Cleveland as they team up to celebrate the beginning of a New Year. The night includes a live performance by the “Hey Monea”, an appetizer buffet, drinks, a champagne toast at midnight, deluxe overnight accommodations and complimentary self-parking,. Reservations required.
Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland-Twinsburg and Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern New Year’s Eve Package, Twinsburg – Dec. 31
Celebrate with the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland-Twinsburg and Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern for their New Year’s Eve package. This package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, a full breakfast for two in the Garden Bar and Grille, late checkout, and dinner for two at Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern ($60.00 gift card). While at Blue Canyon, enjoy live entertainment from 10pm-2am courtesy of “Shock Wave.” The midnight party includes a balloon drop and noise makers. Reservations required.
Windows on the River: New Year’s Eve 2013 and Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland-Downtown, W. Bank, the Flats – Dec. 31
This New Year’s Eve, Windows on the River’s NYE Party offers an open bar, hot hors d’ouevres, party favors, free parking and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP tickets give you all of that and access into the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, VIP lounge with top shelf liquor and beer, a souvenir picture in the aquarium, a “swag bag” and more. In partnership with the Hilton Garden Inn, a shuttle service will be provided. Reservations Required.
New Year’s Eve at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake – Dec. 31
Celebrate the New Year at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Enjoy a lavish dinner for two in Horizons restaurant, a 5-hour open bar, live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight with a big screen view of the ball drop, gala celebration with favors and endless snack bar, an overnight night stay, breakfast for two the following morning and a late check-out. Advance reservations required.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland –Dec. 31, 6:30pm-2am
Ring in 2014 in style by dining on an elegant five-course prix-fixe meal at The Ritz-Carlton’s award-winning restaurant, MUSE. Then, head to the intimate and festive Lobby Lounge on 6 to celebrate the New Year with live music, dancing and party favors. The Lobby Lounge on 6 offers a menu of light dishes and a vast selection of spirits as you toast your way in the New Year. This music and dancing is open and available to the public.
The holiday season is officially here and with all the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year, if you’re not careful, you’ll miss it. Take some time to slow things down this weekend to experience Cleveland’s festive glow at these events.
12/7: Tinsel Town – PlayhouseSquare, Downtown Cleveland
What better way is there to dive into the holidays then with a hot chocolate bar and cookie decorating? Not to mention holiday crafts, pictures with Santa and more. Bring the family to the beautifully-decorated Palace Theatre lobby for simple holiday fun at Tinsel Town. All the proceeds benefit community engagement and education programs at PlayhouseSquare.
12/7- Ohio City Holiday Festival – Market District, Ohio City
There are some classic holiday activities we all love, seeing Santa, Christmas carolers and finding the perfect gift for someone. Ohio City Holiday Festival puts all your classic holiday fun in one place. Browse holiday goods, take photos with Santa, enjoy mulled Christmas ale, horse drawn carriage rides and pick out this year’s Christmas tree.
12/8: Holiday CircleFest – Cleveland, University Circle Neighborhood
Infuse your holiday with some cultural fun. On Sunday, Dec. 8 Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood transforms into a winter wonderland with something for everyone to enjoy. At the 20th annual CircleFest, visitors can experience many of the museums and cultural institutions all day long for free. Outside, enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations, the Rink at Wade Oval, live music, Santa and his sleigh complete with live reindeer, a gingerbread house competition, shopping and more. The evening concludes with the gorgeous and dramatic Winter Lights Lantern Procession put on by the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, the leftovers are awaiting you in the refrigerator. You’ve spent time catching up with friends and enjoying time with loved ones. Holiday music is officially playing in every store and on your favorite radio stations. Now is the time to dive into the holiday season with some of these fantastic events.
More events can be found on our searchable calendar. And don’t forget, tag all of your holiday photos with #HomeinCLE for your chance to win an authentic “A Christmas Story” leg lamp. Learn more here.
11/29-12/1– The Rink at Wade Oval: Opening Weekend, Wade Oval Park, University Circle Neighborhood
Your shopping mission has been accomplished. Without starting one fight you got that toaster for $2 and that television at 80 percent off. Why not reward yourself with a calm outing of ice skating at The Rink at Wade Oval, one of Cleveland’s only outdoor ice skating rinks? The Rink at Wade Oval opens Thanksgiving weekend and runs through March 17th, free of charge(skate rental is $3 or you can bring your own). Whether you can barely stand up or you do triple axles in your spare time, The Rink at Wade Oval is the perfect complement to all the holiday events in University Circle. On Wednesdays throughout December, The Rink at Wade Oval will feature outdoor concerts, movie nights and even Skate with Santa.
11/30: Winterfest – Public Square, Downtown Cleveland
Now that the first official snow has fallen, it finally feels right to start getting into the holiday spirit. Need a way to kick-start the holidays? Check out some of these unique and fun events that will make you appreciate that it is that snowy time of year again.
Looking for more events to get into a festive holiday mood? Check out our calendar.