Can you believe the 2015 holiday season is already here? We’ve gathered around the table with slices of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Now, we’re ready to gear up for December, the most holiday-filled month of the year.
If you’ve recently experienced a loss, you may feel less than jolly this year as the holidays begin. But, one way to ease through the grieving period is to get involved, and what better way than through holiday activities around the Cleveland area? Continue reading for 10 events for Cleveland seniors this holiday season.
1. Cleveland Christmas Candle Lighting, Independence
The holiday season is a time to be with your friends and family, but you may find yourself experiencing grief if you’ve lost a loved one this year. The Cornerstone of Hope invites you to light a candle in memory of your loved one on December 12 or 13.
Event details: Cornerstone of Hope, 5905 Brecksville Road, Independence. Event takes place December 12 & 13 at 1 & 3:30 p.m.
2. Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glow, Cleveland
Every year, the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s hosts Glow, a winter spectacular event at the gardens. Bring the grandkids to Glow for train rides and family photos, or stroll the gardens alone to see the decorations. Glow runs until January 3 and special discounts apply for seniors.
Event details: Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland. Open daily 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. from November 27 through January 3.
3. Hanukkah Candle Lightning, Beachwood
All are welcome at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage’s annual Hanukkah Candle Lighting on December 9. Activities at the event include the annual lighting, hands-on activities and sing-a-longs for the children in attendance.
Event details: Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood. December 9 from 5 to 6 p.m.
4. Castle Noel, Medina
Gather up the grandkids and head to the Castle Noel, America’s largest indoor Christmas entertainment attraction! The family will love the extraordinary exhibits, workshops and the chance to meet Santa Claus.
Event details: Castle Noel, 260 S. Court Street, Medina. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 1 – 7 p.m., Friday noon – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Event runs November 21 through January 3.
5. An Evening of Holiday Magic, Akron
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Akron’s Stan Hywett Hall on December 4, 11 or 18. The exceptional night features a dinner drinks and tour of the decorated halls.
Event details: Stan Hywett Hall, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Event open December 4, 11 or 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.
6. Blue Christmas, Middleburg Heights
Join the members of Grace Church on December 12 for a service of remembrance and hope. If you or a loved one has recently experienced a loss in the family, join other grieving individuals for this special church service that is open to anyone in the community.
Event details: Grace Church, 7393 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights. Service held on December 12 at 1 p.m.
7. A Christmas Carol, Cleveland
In the mood to see a show? The holiday season is the perfect time to head to Playhouse Square! Bring your family to the classic tale of a Christmas Carol live on stage.
Event details: Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. Event runs November 28 through December 23 at various times.
8. Candy Cane Festival, Elyria
What candy better signifies the holidays better than candy canes? Check out Pandy Garden’s 13th annual Candy Cane Festival with your friends and family on December 12.
Event details: Pandy’s Garden Center, 41600 Griswold Road, Elyria. Event held on December 12 from noon to 3 p.m.
9. Holiday CircleFest & Hanukkah Celebration, University Circle
Take a trip back in time and remember how you used to celebrate the holidays. The Western Reserve Historical Society celebrates the nostalgic holiday traditions of the past every year. Head to CircleFest to kick off the holiday season on December 6.
Event details: Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland. Event held on December 6 from noon to 5 p.m.
10. Holidays at the Higbee, Cleveland
If you’re looking for a great event to attend alone or with friends and family, visit the Horseshoe Casino’s annual Holidays at the Higbee. The casino is transformed into a holiday wonderland, complete with special décor and giveaways. Holidays at the Higbee runs until December 26.
Event details: Horseshoe Casino, 100 Public Square, Cleveland. Casino is open 24 hours from November 28 through December 26.
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