4 Family Fun Holiday Events in NEO

I’m so ready to kick off the holiday season in Northeast Ohio! We had such a great time last year going to lots of festive events, so I thought I’d share some of our family favorites with you to help your holiday planning.

Candy Land has gone Wild!


Dates: November 19 – January 1 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve)

Location: Penitentiary Glen Reservation in the Lake Metroparks

What: An indoor, life-sized Candy Land game perfect for kids of all ages

Pro tip: Make sure to snag a deck of cards and actually play your way through the game.

Admission: Free  


Dates: November 25 – December 31 (closed Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day)

Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden

What: Beautifully decorated Christmas trees and gingerbread houses created by local groups and individuals, train rides, live music, and more

Pro tip: Save time to visit the nearby University Circle Rink at Wade Oval too!

Admission: $16 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-12, free for members 

Kringle’s Inventionasium


Dates: November 18 – December 24

Location: Tower City Center

What: A truly imaginative and unique experience that takes you on a journey through Mr. Kringle’s workshop and includes a private audience with Mr. Kringle himself

Pro tip: If your kids are a bit young for the full Inventionasium experience, you can simply do the private audience and photos with Mr. Kringle.

Admission: Prices vary based on date and experience. Click here for more information. 

Deck the Hall


Dates: November 25-27 and December 1-4, 8-23, 26-30

Location: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

What: Beautiful lights, a decorated Manor House, seasonal treats, animated Christmas windows, and more

Pro tip: Bundle up! It’s a lot of outdoor walking to see the lights. And skip the Manor House if you have little ones.

Admission: Sunday-Thursday: $18 for adults, $7 for youth ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under (lower prices for members). Friday-Saturday: $22 for adults, $9 for youth ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under (lower prices for members).

However you celebrate, I hope you find lots of ways to incorporate the incredible culture and unique magic of Northeast Ohio into your holidays!


Jen Rome
Jen Rome

Jen Rome is the author of Why CLE?, a lifestyle blog that is continually providing readers with new answers to why living in Cleveland is so wonderful.

Jen is a born and raise Clevelander who has lived in Washington, DC and Denver, Colorado, but always come back home by choice, not by chance.