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Creative ideas for holidays in Cleveland

December 6, 2012

By Stephanie Metzger

With the holidays fast approaching and winter break starting soon, you may find yourself with extra free time. Instead of spending that time glued to the Xbox or TV, consider some of the activities and events occurring in the area.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is featuring Winter Waterland until Jan. 1. The aquarium has been transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring holiday lights and music. The feature is included with the aquarium’s general price of admission, which is $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children.


If you find yourself free on a Thursday night, head to The Q to catch a Lake Erie Monsters hockey match. Thirsty Thursday features beers for $2 and margaritas for $5 in addition to discount ticket prices as part of College I.D. night.
Kyrie Irving may be out for the time being, but the Cavs season continues. Dec. 21 is

“Mayan Calendar Survivors Night” at The Q as the Cavs host the Indiana Pacers, and Dec. 28 is “Wild Thing Wig Night” where you can get your own Anderson Varejao wig as the Cavs take on the Atlanta Hawks.

Also keep in mind that the last Browns’ home game is Dec. 16 as they host the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. If anything, you can at least say you saw RGIII play.
See the infamous leg lamp for yourself during a tour of the house from the classic movie “A Christmas Story.”

The house, located on 3159 W. 11 St., is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Ohio Dance Theatre is presenting the Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker” at Lorain County Community College from Dec. 14-16. Tickets start at $18 and are available at tickets.lorainccc.edu.

The world-renowned Trans-Siberian Orchestra visits The Q on Dec. 26 as part of their “Last Christmas Eve” tour. A portion of every ticket sale will go to the St. Augustine Hunger Center. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at the Quicken Loans Arena box office.

Also visiting The Q is Disney on Ice, which features a spectacular of various Disney characters and songs on ice skates. The show is scheduled to run from Jan. 11-21. Ticket prices vary from $15-70 and can also be purchased at the Quicken Loans Arena box office.

If you know younger children, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is hosting the Polar Express experience until Dec. 20.

Passengers aboard the train are served hot cocoa and cookies while “elves” read the “Polar Express” aloud on the journey to the North Pole. Tickets are $42 per person and can be purchased at cvsr.com.

There are plenty of things to see and do around the greater Cleveland area this time of year. Get creative and explore areas of the city that you’ve never been. The holidays are meant for stories and memories, and Cleveland offers limitless ways to make some.