Need something to do to work off those Thanksgiving dinner calories? Not into fighting the Black Friday crowds at the local mall? Try the special events for a break from the holiday food!
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – Spend Thanksgiving at the Zoo! Open from 10am – 5pm with free admission and special feedings and demonstrations throughout the day. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH. Phone: 216-661-6500. Website: www.clemetzoo.com
A Christmas Story Convention – November 26-27, 2010 Join actors from the movie “A Christmas Story” for two days of fun! Tour the house where the movie was filmed and take your shot at the BB range in the back yard, ride the original fire truck used in the movie, participate in a character look-a-like parade, attend a screening of the movie and more. Visit www.achristmastoryhouse.com for details.
“A Dickens of a Christmas” – November 26-28, 2010 at Stan Hywet Hall. The manor house and gardens at Stan Hywet Hall is decorated to reflect a picturesque holiday right out of a Dickens novel. Events include music every night, Santa in his workshop, evening lightning show, re-creation of “A Christmas Carol” in the manor, the aroma of mulled cider and spices and more. Can’t make it on thanksgiving weekend? Don’t worry this special event takes place through December 30th. Consult www.stanhywet.org for details. Located at 714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH. Phone: 330-836-5533.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – November 28. Join the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their annual holiday concert in Cleveland. A blend of progressive rock and classical music the band has become noted their reworking of classics such as “O Holy Night”, “Carole of the Bells”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” along with original music. Their concerts have become recognized for their over the top lighting and pyrotechnic display as well as their music. Performances are at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. To purchase tickets please visit www.theqarena.com.
Indian’s Snow Days – New this year is the transformation of Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians) from a ballpark to a winter play. Attractions include ice-skating, snow tubing, walking trail, children’s play area concessions area and fire pit. Opening day is Friday, November 26. The event will run through January 2, 2011. See www.cleveland.indians.mlb.com for more details.
Winterfest – No Thanksgiving weekend in Cleveland is complete with out attending Winterfest on Saturday in Public Square. Visitors to the event will take in ice sculpting, free horse drawn carriage rides, fireworks, the parade culminating with the lighting of the Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa. The event begins at 3:00pm.
Complete your Thanksgiving weekend by taking the holiday sights and sounds and that the city of Cleveland and the surrounding area have to offer.