Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? I feel like I was just stuffing myself with turkey and now in less than 25 days it’s Christmas! Hold on to your hats parents there are a lot of fun things to do in Cleveland around Christmas with the Kids. Kids love Christmas so why not try some of these fun activities and get into the holiday spirit. You only have 3 weekends left! Happy Holidays!

1.) “A Christmas Carol” by the Great Lakes Theater Festival


Seeing “The Christmas Carol” at the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square is a Cleveland Tradition. For 2013, the Great Lakes Theater Festival production of the classic Dickens story will run from November 29 to December 22. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Playhouse Square box office at 216 241-6000.

2.) Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden
This is a very beautiful event. We took the kids last year. For the 2013 holiday season, the Garden will transforms itself into a winter fantasyland. Features include many gingerbread houses, some professional some contest entries, lights, trees, and other holiday events. Of course, the wonderful Garden shop was loaded with special holiday gift items. This was fun and so pretty. They had quite a few kid activities. A wish tree, a treetop shop that the kids could pick out a gift.

The Boys at Glow last year at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Boys at Glow last year at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

3.) Kringles Inventionasium
This is a must-see for the kids! Kringle’s Inventionasium is located at Tower City. This place is awesome. It’s like you visited Dr. Seuss’s Christmas. It’s fun toy factory type experience where children can work with Kris Kringle’s personal team of inventors to test and develop new toys. Each child gets a lab coat to wear while visiting the four Inventionasium departments. Hands-on activities are available as well as the opportunity for children to create their own toy! You also can get pictures with the real Santa (for a price of course). Tour prices are between $8-$15. Kids under 3 are free. The tours run November 29-30, December 1, 4-8,11-23. Times 10 am – 8 pm Daily, 11 am – 7 pm Sundays.

The Boys last year at Kringle’s Inventionasium at Tower City

The Boys last year at Kringle’s Inventionasium at Tower City

4.) Country Lights at Lake Farmpark
For the holiday season, Lake Farmpark becomes a winter wonderland with horsedrawn wagon rides through the festive landscape, a Santa’s workshop for kids, a grove of decorated trees in the visitors’ center, and frequent visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 2013 dates are November 30-December 1 and December 3-23. Admission is $5 – $7 and tickets go on sale November 1 to Lake County residents and November 12 to out-of-county residents. Call 880 366-FARM for more information.

5.) A Christmas Story House
A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. They are open year round. Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sundays: 12pm-5pm. Adults: $10.00 Children 7 to 12: $6.00 (Children 6 & under: FREE) Seniors: $8.00 Admissions information: (216) 298-4919 or info@achristmasstoryhouse.com

6.) Winter Waterland at the Cleveland Aquarium
The Cleveland Aquarium, located in the Powerhouse on the west bank of the Flats, is transforming itself into a winter, water wonderland for the holidays, with lights and decorations, special animal displays, crafts, live music and appearances by King Neptune himself. The aquarium is open from 10am to 4pm daily with extended hours on Wednesday until 7pm. Admission to the event is free with regular aquarium admission.

7.) Castle Noel in Medina
Castle Noel is America’s largest indoor year round Christmas entertainment attraction! Direct from Hollywood the entire Christmas Movieland prop and costume collection. Over 2 million dollars of animated New York City department store Christmas windows. Climb Santa Claus moutain and Slide back down after the getting your picture with Santa. Elf labs fun for little kids, a blizzard vortex tunnel, 25 Christmas trees and thousand of lights. MONDAY : Closed -SPECIAL OPEN 12/23/2013 from 10-7 only, TUESDAY : Noon-8pm, WEDNESDAY: Noon-8pm, THURSDAY: 11am – 8pm, FRIDAY: 11am – 9pm, SATURDAY: 9am – 9pm, SUNDAY: 11am – 8pm.
Visit www.castlenoel.com for prices.

8.) Christmas at Hale Farm
The holiday season at Hale Farm, in Bath, harkens back to the 19th century with Lantern Tours of the historic site, all decked in traditional fashion for the holidays. The dates for 2013 are December 7, 13-15, and 18-23.

9.) Go Check out Some Christmas Lights
I love Christmas lights and this is one activity that is usually free. Check out the website Find Time for Fun to locate Christmas lights in Northeast Ohio.

10.) Cleveland Orchestra Holiday Concerts
The Cleveland Orchestra and Orchestra Chorus present a series of holiday concerts each year, featuring all of the old, favorite carols. For 2013, the concerts will be December 13-15 and 18-22 at Severance Hall. Ticket prices vary.

11.) CVSR The Polar Express


All Aboard! Wear your PJs and get aboard the Polar Express. The award-winning book comes to life on this magical journey to the North Pole and back. All passengers will enjoy hot cocoa and a cookie, served by your personal chefs in each car. Elves will read the story to you on the way to the North Pole to pick up Santa! While Santa visits each car, elves will lead you and your family in Christmas Carols and spread merriment!The Polar Express will be offered November 15 – December 20th, 2013 departing from the Rockside Station in Independence and the Akron Northside Station. The trips will depart at 7 pm for a 2 hour round trip.

I am sure I forgot something! What are your favorite activities or places to visit around the holidays? Please share below and we can add it to the list.