CLEVELAND, Ohio - Looking to get out of the house after Thanksgiving dinner is over? There’s plenty to do across the area this weekend beyond turkey and stuffing. From holiday shows to lighting displays and live music, here are some of the highlights of events taking place in Cleveland and Akron this weekend.
Alton Brown: Live!
TV food personality returns to Northeast Ohio with his new culinary-based variety stage show ‘Beyond the Eats’ featuring comedy, music and, of course, cooking.
EJ Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street, Akron
7:30 p.m., Nov. 25
Cleveland Orchestra performs “The Firebird”
Led by conductor Thomas Søndergård, the orchestra will play Stravinsky’s complete ballet score. Stefan Jackiw opens the evening with Britten’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Single tickets start at $24.
Severance Music Center, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
7:30 p.m., Nov. 25; 8 p.m., Nov. 26; 3 p.m., Nov. 27
Welcome Santa Holiday Parade
35th annual holiday parade kicks off for the first time at night this year. The parade begins at the intersection of South Main and Cedar streets and travels north on South Main Street until Bowery Street. After the parade, the city will host the annual tree lighting ceremony and fireworks display at Lock 3.
6 p.m., Nov. 25
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical adaptation. Tickets $27. Discounts available for seniors, students and children ten years and younger.
The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby
7:30 p.m., Nov. 25 and 2 p.m., Nov. 26-27
Cleveland Metroparks’ Tobogganing
Snow or now, take a plunge down twin, 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes in the Metropark’s Mill Stream Reservation. This season, all tickets are timed reservations that must be purchased online. Tickets for this weekend on sale now. See the website for restrictions and dates when upcoming reserved tickets will be available. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for children 11 and under and are good for multiple rides on the day of visit only.
The Chalet, 16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville
Noon - 5 p.m., Nov. 25-27
Explore realistic dinosaur exhibits featuring rides, crafts, a chance to dig for fossils and much more. Tickets for preferred time slots available in advance. Prices vary based on demand.
I-X Center, Cleveland
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 25-26, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Nov. 27
Magic of Lights
Featuring more than a mile of holiday light displays, photos with Santa, ice skating and more holiday activities. Advance tickets $26 per standard vehicle. Gate tickets are $30 (weekdays) or $35 (weekends). Prices increase $5 starting Dec. 10.
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 E. Bagley Road, Berea
5:30 - 10 p.m. through Jan. 1
The band returns to Cleveland for a post-holiday concert at the House of Blues with special guests Truslow and Hollin Kings. Tickets $25-39.50. General admission is standing room only.
House Of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
7 p.m., Nov. 25
A Celtic Christmas
Tomáseen Foley’s classic holiday show recreates the night before Christmas in an Irish farmhouse in the 1950s. Featuring traditional Irish Christmas carols, dancing stories and more. Tickets: $20-89.
Hanna Theatre, 2067 E. 14 St., Cleveland
7:30 p.m., Nov. 26
Ballet Theatre of Ohio presents this holiday classic. Family photo opportunities and boutique also available. Reserved tickets: $40-50.
Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S Main St., Akron
2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Nov. 26 and 2 p.m., Nov. 27
Carlos Jones and The P.L.U.S. Band
Cleveland reggae legend takes the stage with The P.L.U.S Band. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 DOS.
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland
7:30 p.m., Nov. 26
An Evening with Harry Connick Jr.
Celebrate the season with an evening holiday classics and original songs from Grammy Award-winning singer Harry Connick Jr. Tickets $55-150.
KeyBank State Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland
8 p.m., Nov. 25
“A Christmas Carol”
Great Lakes Theater brings back a Northeast Ohio holiday tradition with this adaptation of the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charles Dickens. Tickets $30-80.
Mimi Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Runs Nov. 25 - Dec. 23rd; 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Fridays; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays
Twinkle in the 216
Indoor and outdoor holiday displays paying tribute to Cleveland’s historic neighborhood character. Included with regular garden admission.
Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland
During regular hours of operation through Dec. 31; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
Deck the Hall
Another holiday tradition returns for 2022. Tour the grounds featuring more than a million holiday lights while the manor house is decorated with traditional displays, and some whimsical items mixed in as well.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 North Portage Path, Akron
3-9 p.m., Nov. 25 - Dec. 30
Wild Winter Lights at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with hundreds of festive displays located throughout the park. Featuring over 1.5 million lights, the themed areas include Candyland, Enchanted Forest, Starry Skies and Future for Wildlife Trail. Guests can also take photos with the big fella at Santa’s Workshop. Walk and drive-thru options available. Tickets, $22 a person or $57-$66 per car.
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
Now through Dec. 30
The zoo is light up with over 1 million lights as many of the animals will remain on display for the event. Guests can enjoy visits with Santa (through 12/23), holiday music and treats and much more. Tickets are $8-15 in advance or $11-18 at the door.
Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron
Now through Dec. 30
Great Lakes Science Center’s special exhibits
The science center introduces a new pair of hands-on exhibits the whole family will enjoy. “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious” invites younger members of the family can George’s world for a fun adventure featuring interactive math, science and engineering. “Run! Jump Fly! Adventures in Action” encourages families to rediscover the fun of physical activities in a non-competitive environment. Try out Kung Fu, surfing, climbing and more activities. Both exhibits are included with regular admission.
GLSC, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland
Now through Jan. 8
Candy Land Gone to the Birds
Lake County Metroparks transforms Penitentiary Glen Reservation into a life-sized game board of Candy Land but with an avian twist for the winter. More than a game, the enchanted display is full of fun activities, learning opportunities and, of course, birds. Free.
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov 25 - Jan. 1
Cleveland Monsters vs. Toronto Marlies
Burn off some of that pumpkin pie by cheering on the Monsters as they host Toronto at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland
7 p.m., Nov. 25 and 4 p.m., Nov. 26
WinterLand Cleveland kick-off party and tree-lighting ceremony
Kick off Cleveland’s annual Christmas celebration with the traditional tree lighting ceremony downtown. The evening will also feature live music and entertainment, food trucks, fireworks, ice skating and much more. Additional events take place inside Tower City
Public Square, Downtown Cleveland
4-7 p.m., Nov. 26
Browns vs. Buccaneers
Tom Brady makes what could be his last visit to Cleveland as the Browns host the Buccaneers at FirstEnergy Stadium.
100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland
1 p.m., Nov. 27
Cleveland Pops Holiday Spectacular!
The Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Pops Chorus present an afternoon of traditional and popular holiday music for the whole family. Tickets: $19 - 45.
Connor Palace Theatre, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
2 p.m., Nov. 27
Soweto Gospel Choir
Grammy-winning choir pays tribute to South Africa’s Freedom Movement and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States with “Hope - It’s Been a Long Time Coming.” Rescheduled date. Tickets from original concert will be honored. Tickets start at $19.
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street, Akron
7:30 p.m., Nov. 27
Part of the Broadway in Akron series, this musical comedy features a score by Tony winner David Yazbek. Tickets start at $20.
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street, Akron
7:30 p.m., Nov. 29-30
Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Watch as Darius Garland, Donavan Mitchell, Kevin Love and the rest of the Cavs host James Harden, Joel Embiid and the 76ers.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, 1 Center Court, Cleveland
7:30 p.m., Nov. 30