Holiday “to-do’s”

Hello Cleveland and welcome to the official 2010 holiday season. Now that the turkey decorations have been put away and the leftovers are pretty gobbled up… it’s time to start planning your December to-do list.

With the help of my friend Cara; she and I assembled this list of activities that you can do (with and without small “elves.”)

Hopefully one, maybe two of these holiday events will spark an interest to you. Enjoy!

  1. Holiday Tea or Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz Carlton. Get your best dress on, crumpets included!
  2. Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland (west) 80+ indie craft vendors NEVER disappoint!
  3. Lolly the Trolley holiday light tour. Bundle up and bring a flask of your favorite are awesome.
  4. A Christmas Story House. Enough said. If you’d like to bid for a chance to stay in the house with three  of your favorite friends on Christmas, check out this ebay auction. Also, did you know BAC is the official Chinese restaurant to the House? Stop by with your ticket and receive 10% off your meal.
  5. Enjoy some Christmas Ale at Great Lakes Brewery. You aren’t a true Clevelander until you’ve had a pint or two.
  6. After a long day of shopping- unwind with a spiked “Hot Chocolate Social” at Prosperity Social Club.
  7. For those looking for a festive non-alcoholic holiday drink- the Campfire mocha and many other holiday drinks from Caribou Coffee will not disappoint. Visit their website for a coupon and this recipe for this Holly Jolly Coffee cake!
  8. Bring your little animals to Breakfast with Santa at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo…where the animals live.
  9. Pettiti’s Garden Centers, visit and get your photo taken with Santa during “Holly Days,” Saturdays and Sundays though December 12th from 12-3pm
  10. Tower City Center hosts The 21st Annual Toy Soldier and Fairy Godmother Holiday Show, complete with photos with Santa, Kringle’s Inventionasium and the Twigbee shop.
  11. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad– Polar Express and a few other events still available. Fun for the entire family.
  12. Cleveland Metroparks,  Too many events to pick from but Tobogganing looks to be a fun holiday stress relief.
  13. Donate or volunteer with the City Mission. EVERYONE should  benefit during the holiday.
  14. The restored Terminal Tower observation deck has been popular this year, and is being reopened on weekends through December. It will be open Saturdays in half-hour increments between noon and 4pm. To go on the observation deck you can buy tickets ahead of time online at
  15. Check out your local community theaters,  schools and churches for free concerts or book your seat for the Singing Angels-Cleveland’s own world class youth chorus!
  16. Enjoy time with family and friends!

I’m sure there are many other events to do around town. What are your holiday faves?