Christmas Activities for the Whole Family

November 29, 2018

Kid-friendly holiday events near Euclid, OH

The holiday season is a great reminder to take some time to make some memories with our children before they get older. In northeast Ohio, we’re very lucky that our area hosts a variety of events that provide us the perfect opportunities to do just that. From life-size board games to music and light shows, we have put together a list of some of the best local kid-friendly Christmas activities to fill the whole family with holiday cheer and precious memories.


Holiday festivals are the perfect way to welcome the season and enjoy some family time. These have plenty of kid-friendly activities, as well as entertainment for the older kids and adults in the family.

Big Bang Family Holiday Breakfast

Big Bang Family Holiday Breakfast

The Big Bang’s Family Holiday Breakfast is back this year and it features real live snow princesses for the little ones. Other features are dueling pianos, sing-alongs, kid crafts, face painting, cookie and snow flake decorating stations, and of course, a breakfast buffet!

  • Price: Adult tickets $20, kid tickets $15, kids under 3 enter for free!
  • Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar 1163 Front Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113
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Wickliffe’s Tree-mendous Wonderland

Wickliffe’s Tree-mendous Wonderland

Haven’t gotten your Christmas tree yet? Wickliffe has you covered! At this event, you can find fresh Christmas trees and wreaths for sale, as well as other little crafts and ornaments. There will also be kids activities, raffles, music, and food! 

25th Annual Holiday CircleFest

25th Annual Holiday CircleFest

University Circle Inc. is bring the holiday cheer once more by hosting their 25th CircleFest. Some of the attractions that make this 3-day festival one of the most popular in the area are the ice skating rink, holiday market, horse-drawn carriage, pictures with Santa.. and much more!

Christmas Light Shows

There is something about streets decorated with Christmas lights that instantly lifts your spirit. Fortunately for us, we have more than one Christmas light show to enjoy nearby!

Light Up Lakewood

Light Up Lakewood 2018

Light Up Lakewood is the holiday extravaganza of your dreams. It starts with a pizza lunch with Santa and ends with music, carolers, and holiday lights. You won’t want to miss the holiday market, parade, Santa visit, or fireworks! 

Jack Frost Festival of Lights

jack frost festival of lights 2018

Businesses and organizations around the community come together to create a beautiful float parade that culminates with the tree lighting and fireworks. After the parade, families can enjoy musical entertainment, free cocoa and cookies, ice skating, inflatable games, and more.

Christmas Lights in Cleveland’s Public Square

Christmas Lights in Cleveland’s Public Square

While Winterfest already took place earlier this month, you can still admire the beautiful holiday lights that decorate Public Square. 

GE's Nela Park Holiday Light Display

GE’s Nela Park holiday light display

Six blocks of Christmas lights with more than 500,000 LED lights and a replica of the National Christmas Tree located in Washington D.C. create a true winter wonderland right here in northeast Ohio.

Glow at Cleveland Botanical Garden

Mother and son admiring trees in Glow Village

Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, whimsical gingerbread houses, train rides, holiday lights, and much more make Glow by the Cleveland Botanical Garden a true local holiday tradition that you can’t miss!

  • Price: Adults $16, children 3 – 12 $12, children 2 or under enter free
  • Date: Now – January 5, 2018 (click here for times and special hours)
  • Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Free Christmas Family Activities

Organizations throughout our area offer great holiday entertainment for free. We have found some of the best free activities around Euclid and Cleveland to enjoy with your family this holiday season.

Jolly Storytime Trolley

lolly the trolley cleveland oh

The Cleveland Public Library is presenting once again their Jolly Storytime Trolley with Lolly the Trolley. Bring the whole family and experience the joy of riding in an old-timey trolley while enjoying holiday stories, sing-alongs, and a guided tour of the city.

Reserve your spot here.

Pictures with Santa

Pictures with santa euclid oh

Still looking for a holiday photo to use for your Christmas cards this year? Bring your kids to this 100% free photo session with Santa! The event, sponsored by Keller Williams, will also feature a letter writing station, a coloring and crafts station, and snacks!

Life Size Candy Land

Candy land life size cleveland oh

Did you like playing Candy Land when you were a kid? If yes, then this event is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is once again creating a giant version of the popular board game for families to enjoy. In addition to the main attraction, there will also be activities throughout the day such as scavenger hunts, campfires with s’mores, photo ops with farm animals, and snacks, to name a few!

We hope you enjoyed this round up of holiday festivities and that it gave you some ideas for things to do with your kids this holiday season. Cheers!

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