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Christmas in Cleveland

Your Guide to Holiday Festivities in Northeast Ohio

December 13, 2017

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When that lake effect snow blows in off of Lake Erie, the Cleveland region transforms into a stunning winter wonderland. Step outside and enjoy the scenery at one of Northeast Ohio’s many amazing holiday festivals!

It’s been looking a lot like Christmas in the Cleveland area for a couple of months now, but the calendar has finally caught up with the weather! Whether you’ve lived in the area for generations or HER Realtors is still helping you find your perfect home for the holidays, these winter festivals are sure to fill you with Christmas cheer!

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We’ve picked out the best festivals for you and yours this holiday season in:

  • Picturesque Parma
  • Stunning Strongsville
  • Wintry Westlake
  • And Cleveland itself, of course!
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Holiday Festivals in Parma

St. Nick Show

For the last 13 years, the St. Nick Show has been the go-to place for holiday crafts, hand-made home decor, and delicious treats, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon!

A photograph of a St. John's Byzantine Catholic Cathedral on a snowy day in Parma
The gorgeous Cathedral of St. John is the perfect backdrop to this fun festival. Image courtesy of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of Parma’s Facebook page.

This year’s St. Nick Show will be held on Saturday, December 9 to Sunday, December 10 and feature more than 200 local artists on two floors of the beautiful and historic Byzantine Cathedral of St. John. Tickets are available online, but don’t wait too long, or they might sell out!

Christmas Craft Show

Are you caught up on your holiday shopping? If you’ve still got a few gifts lingering on your Christmas list, the Christmas Craft Show at Ridgewood United Methodist Church is the perfect place to do a little last-minute holiday shopping.

Several center pieces featuring holiday figurines like snowmen and reindeer sit on a table decorated with white fluff to look like snow.
Check out these adorable centerpieces and other festive gifts at the Christmas Craft Show. Image courtesy of Ridgewood United Methodist Church’s Facebook page.

You can find plenty of unique presents for friends and family, or maybe even a little something for yourself. The show takes place from 11am to 4pm on Friday, December 16, and admission is completely free, leaving you a bigger shopping budget!

Holiday Festivals in Strongsville

Jingle Mingle Craft and Vendor Show

This year’s Jingle Mingle is sure to be a holly jolly hit-- with more than 50 confirmed vendors including Scentsy, Pampered Chef, and LuLaRoe, you’re sure to find a gift for everyone on your list! Jingle Mingle will be hosted at the Walter F. Ernfelt Recreation Center on Saturday, December 16 from 9am to 4pm, giving you plenty of time to shop til you drop.

Jingle Mingle Craft and Vendor Show tex banner indicating that the event will take place on December 16 from 9am to 4pm
With more than 50 vendors and free admission, Jingle Mingle is not a festival you’ll want to miss! Image courtesy of Jingle Mingle Facebook event page.

Jingle Mingle focuses on local crafters and small businesses, so this event is a great opportunity to support your hometown’s creative community. Best of all, admission is free, so feel free to invite every shopaholic you know to tag along!

Holiday Festivals in Westlake

Holiday Bazaar

The Lakewood Elks Lodge will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, December 17 from 11am to 4pm. The Westlake Holiday Bazaar boasts dozens of local vendors. If you’re looking for crafted items, direct sales vendors, handmade jewelry, or yummy holiday treats, this is the place to be!

A young girl takes a selfie with Santa Claus
Don't miss a visit from the man in red himself at the Westlake Holiday Bazaar on December 17.

As if the opportunity to find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift you’ve been searching for weren’t enough, a little elf told us that ol’ Saint Nick himself might make an appearance! This is definitely not a festival to miss.

Holiday Festivals in Cleveland

The Cleveland Holiday Markets

Cleveland’s weekend markets are generally fantastic-- full of friends, food, and all sorts of interesting vendors-- but you haven’t seen anything yet! The holiday market takes everything up a notch with hands-on workshops, evening holiday parties, choir performances, and limited edition holiday items. That’s what we’d call extra festive.

An old fashioned red lantern sits in a snowdrift surrounded by decorative pinecones and berries.
The Cleveland Holiday Flea Market and Maker Market are festive fun for the whole family!

Check out the Cleveland Holiday Flea Market from December 8 - 10 for a traditional flea market experience, or stop by the Maker Market for a slightly craftier option December 15 - 17. Event times and admission pricing varies over the course of the weekend, so be sure to check out the Cleveland Market website for full details.

Jingle Bell Rock and Shop

Cleveland’s Jingle Bell Rock and Shop puts a festive spin on your traditional flea market. Presented by The Grog Shop, Artful Cleveland, Coventry Village, and B Side Liquor Lounge, the Jingle Bell Rock and Shop is family-friendly flea market event that puts the OY in Joy.

A logo for the Jingle Bell Rock and Shop featuring a record against a green background
Stop by Jingle Bell Rock and Shop for a remix of your traditional holiday flea market that has something to offer for the whole family. Image courtesy of the Jingle Bell Rock and Shop Facebook event page.

Find out if you’re on the naughty or nice list, rock out to holiday jams played by a local DJ, or enjoy grown-up hot chocolate while you shop. With vendors like Chocolate 76 Handmade Chocolates and Tidal Cool clothing company, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

We hope that the festivals on this list have inspired you to get out and explore your local shopping scene. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season and plenty of bargains on unique, locally sourced gifts for everyone on your list!

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