Enjoying the winter holiday season in Northeast Ohio doesn't have to be expensive. There are more than a dozen Cleveland holiday activities and attractions that don't cost a dime. The best known of these is Winterfest, the tree-lighting ceremony and concert on Public Square, but there are many other free holiday activities if you known where to look. All of the activities listed below are free.
Nela Park, located along Noble Road in East Cleveland seven miles east of downtown Cleveland, was the world's first industrial park. The 92-acre campus is home to General Electric's Lighting Division and employs around 1200, but it is best known for its annual holiday light display. The lights go on in early December and stay until New Year's Day. They are best viewed from Noble Road.
Winterfest at Public Square
Winterfest is Cleveland's annual holiday tree-lighting event. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Public Square, Winterfest events include a variety of musical presentations, fireworks, carriage rides around the square, and an opportunity to visit with Santa.
Each year on the first Sunday of December, the museums and cultural institutions of University Circle welcome the holiday season with an afternoon open house. Many of the area's 30 attractions offer free or discounted admission and area museums, churches, and schools feature special activities, live entertainment, refreshments, and shopping opportunities.
The merchants of Cleveland's Larchmere Boulevard antique district celebrate the season each year the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving with a street party and sale. There's music, food, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Don't miss the Bizarre Bazaar, located in the former Sylvia Ullman's American Crafts store. It's filled with two dozen craftspeople selling jewelry, crafts, t-shirts, pottery and other cool stuff.