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Cleveland’s Holiday Wonders

by Audrey Lee

Nov 11, 2021

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Once Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season will be in full swing. Red and green will be on every storefront and holiday music will echo through halls and radios. Cleveland celebrates the season in style with winter fun for everyone.


Operating Nov. 27–February 2022 Winterfest starts the holiday season with bang. A tree lighting and holiday displays throughout Cleveland’s downtown streets are flicked on for visitors to enjoy. Over the holiday months, musical performances, ice skating, guided tours and special events take over Cleveland’s Public Square.


Fans of the holiday classic A Christmas Story, tour the house where Ralphie and Randy lived. Visitors can book a stay in the house for an unforgettable Christmas vacation. See the backyard where Ralphie defeated Black Bart, try on the iconic pink bunny pajamas and hide under the sink like Randy.


Cleveland Botanical Garden
Step inside “A Garden Holiday” at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Open Nov. 20–Jan. 2, 2022, visitors can be fully immersed in a winter wonderland of towering lighted trees, colorful plants and festive gingerbread sculptures. On weekends Dec. 20–31, guests can grab a cup of hot cocoa, listen to a story, roast marshmallows and join in on community crafts while visiting the gardens.


Metroparks Zoo
Bundle up and head to the Metroparks Zoo for the Wild Winter Lights display. More than 1 million lights illuminate the zoo’s grounds for a magical park visit featuring a 50-foot-tall tree. Costume characters, a carousel, model trains, ice carvers and live music come together for a holiday treat. Drive through and walk-through experiences are available for families to enjoy.


Winter Riverfest
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Cleveland Metroparks hosts a winter wonderland celebration at Rivergate Park. Located right along the Cuyahoga River, guests 21 years of age and older can enjoy a refreshing beer next to fire pits at a beer garden. Families can enjoy shopping and a unique, heated igloo dining experience at Merwin’s Wharf. With a maximum of eight people per igloo, the entire family can join in on a shared meal. Reservations must be made in advance.


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Nov 5, 2021

Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

Arguably the best part of Christmas morning is opening the contents of your stocking. Gifts in these sacks are usually items  you need regularly, from toothbrushes to hand sanitizer, gift cards and warm fuzzy socks. Consider these eco-friendly products to help make the world a better place.

A Suite Ride at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.

Destinations / North America
Nov 2, 2021

Triple Creek Ranch Adds Escape Room to All-Inclusive Experiences

Triple Creek Ranch, in Montana, added an Escape Room to its collection of experiences available for guests. The on-site Escape Room boasts a theme designed around the rich history of Montana, its Bitterroot Valley and the ranch’s West Fork Road, part of a stagecoach route in the late 1800s. Guests solve puzzles to find a lost treasure and the exit, and it will be available year-round, included in the ranch’s nightly rate.

Oct 20, 2021

Thanksgiving Turkey Alternatives

Rumors are floating around about a possible turkey shortage this November, so 2021 can be the year you serve something different that the family will still enjoy. Test these recipes in the upcoming weeks for a turkey dinner alternative.

Age Specific / Kids
Oct 5, 2021

Enjoy Halloween Classics on the National Harbor Waterfront Plaza in October

Movies on the Potomac are back at National Harbor, in Maryland, offering a variety of Halloween classics during the entire month of October. Every Sunday, 4–6 p.m., National Harbor will show a free movie on the Waterfront Plaza big screen, located at 150 National Plaza.

Oct 4, 2021

Winnie the Pooh Takes Times Square

Broadway is open once again with new shows ready to captivate audiences. Starting Oct. 21, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh will begin performances at Theatre Row. Take the family through the Hundred Acre Woods for a magical outing.