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2015 Holiday Lighting Ceremonies in Northeast Ohio + Cleveland Suburbs

2015 Holiday Lighting Ceremonies in Northeast Ohio + Cleveland Suburbs

It's beginning to feel less fall like...

As I look out at Lake Erie on this gorgeous sunny day and see a bright blue sky, it's hard to imagine snow will be coming soon. Sadly, snow is inevitable in Northeast Ohio, but so are all of the fun holiday lighting activities!

Last year, we went to three lighting ceremonies plus Holiday Circlefest. There are two that we really loved and one that was just okay. It could have been so much better. Maybe, we'll try it again.

Here are our Holiday Lighting favorites in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio + a Calendar of events for the rest of the year

Crocker Park's Annual Tree Lighting - November 21, 2015

Crocker Park's Annual Tree Lighting - November 21, 2015

Crocker Park and Light up Lakewood were our favorites! Santa was shot from a cannon and we got our pictures taken in a gigantic snow globe. 

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List of events at Crocker Park

5 pm: Performance by community groups on the Main Stage as well as family-friendly activities and costumed characters throughout Crocker Park

6:45 pm: Main Stage presentation hosted by Jen Toohey & Tim Richards from Christmas 102’s Jen & Tim in the Morning

7 pm: Musical performance by Chrissie Fit

7:15 pm: Magical act by magician Stephen Knight

7:30 pm: Help Santa Claus countdown to light up Crocker Park with a brand new Tree Lighting Extravaganza!

*Scheduled times are subject to change

After the Holiday Tree Lighting, visit the MetroHealth Santa House, located in the East Park (between Cheesecake Factory and Vieng’s)

Light Up Lakewood - December 5, 2015

Light Up Lakewood

Light Up Lakewood is a festival, with a parade, and fireworks! Plus, an all-day event featuring many of Lakewood's favorite establishments. If you only go to one - this is the one you really need to take the family to see!

Detroit Avenue will transform into a pedestrian only winter wonderland of activity including

• The main stage showcasing the talents of live bands and student performers

• Pictures with Santa Claus

• Street performers and costumed characters

• Indoor and outdoor crafts, games and activities for the entire family

• Shopping specials offered by select businesses and vendors located within the festival grounds

• A centralized food court with vendors, food trucks and much more

• An indoor Vendor Village for you to warm up and purchase some of the finest crafts and holiday treats.

Holiday CircleFest - December 6, 2015

Holiday CircleFest

Holiday CircleFest is when Wade Oval kicks off the holidays, opens the ice rink, and shows of holiday decorations. The museums are all free and there are even events planned in Wade Oval like ice sculpting and carriage rides. I must admit, we spend a great deal of time at the botanical gardens but this year - ice skating!

Holiday Lighting Ceremonies in Northeast Ohio's Cleveland Suburbs

The Holiday Lighting Calendar is not a complete list of holiday lighting events but ones I have found. If you would like to add yours - please email me. Be sure to call any event prior to attending, just in case I have some information wrong or it was canceled.

How does your community kick off the holidays?

Thank you

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