Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Very CLE Christmas

Confession: I grew up in Northeast Ohio, and I've been to the Lake Erie Islands once. And that one time was as an adult.

Then I realized I was never able to attend the tree lighting downtown or watch fireworks at Edgewater Park over Fourth of July.

Geez, I felt like a sheltered child, only knowing the suburban malls on the east side. (I kid, I kid. Kinda.)

I have now made it a priority for Amara to experience all Cleveland has to offer. Some events have become an annual tradition. Others are absolutely new to us. But either way, we're looking forward to a great December. Not to mention, I'm looking forward to saying adios to 2012.

So where can you find us?

Cleveland Botanical Garden

University Circle is one of my favorite spots in Cleveland. It's gorgeous any time of year. But I cannot wait to take Amara to Glow for some winter fun. Think carolers, train rides, gingerbread houses combined with the beauty of the Botanical Gardens. 

But what I am most excited for is the Treetop Shop. Anyone else remember visiting Mr. Jingeling at Higbee's then shopping for family with the elves? This is like sharing a part of my childhood with Amara. Kids enter a tree house where elves help them pick out gifts. Love it!

Glow opens Friday and runs until the end of the year

Holiday Tree Festival

John S. Knight Center

No, this is not technically Cleveland. And no, being from the Chagrin Valley, I had never heard about this festival until a few weeks ago. But once I did learn about Akron Children's Hospital's annual Holiday Tree Festival, I knew I had to take Amara.

Imagine more than 400 trees decorated for the holidays and proceeds from each tree sale fund patient programs and research at the hospital. Oh, and did I mention admission to view the trees is free? But you'll have to hurry. The trees are on display now until Sunday, November 25.

Public Square

The event Amara and I look forward to the most during the holiday season is Winterfest downtown. I haven't been lucky enough to attend any tree lighting ceremony outside of Crocker Park (yes, another one of those deprived-as-a-sheltered-child things) so I wanted to make sure Amara would see our cool city lit up in grand style.Winterfest is an all day extravaganza taking place this Saturday.

So where will we see you in the upcoming weeks?

Disclosure: I was provided tickets by the Cleveland Botanical Garden to experience GLOW. Akron Children's Hospital is a client, although I am not directly associated with Holiday Tree Festival. As always, opinions are my own.


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