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Holiday Shopping & Events Guide

Seasonal fun offered for the holidays

11/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Tucker Jolly will lead the 33rd annual Tuba Christmas Dec. 22 at E.J. Thomas Hall. He is shown during last years’ concert.
Photo: Krista Galloway
NORTHEAST OHIO — Holiday events and activities help mark the celebrations of the season. The following is a sample of such offerings in the Akron and Cleveland area. Events listed are in chronological order under the pertinent regions.

Hale Farm & Village Holiday Lantern Tours will be offered Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-16 and 19-23.
Photo courtesy of Hale Farm & Village
Greater Akron

• Akron Children’s Hospital’s 31st annual Holiday Tree Festival will be presented at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. in Downtown Akron through Nov. 25. The event features more than 200 decorated full-size trees, wreaths, miniature trees and holiday creations donated by area businesses, organizations, groups and individuals. It also includes local entertainment and 85,000 dazzling lights. All display items are for sale, with proceeds benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital. Viewing hours are Nov. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m., Nov. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

• “Favorite Holiday Memories” will be on display at Hower House, 60 Fir Hill, Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 30. Each room of the mansion features various themes. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 3:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission for the self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $2 for all students and free for children 6 and younger with an adult. For details, call 330-972-6909 or visit www.uakron.edu/howerhse.

• Holiday Window Displays in the Polsky Building on South Main Street in Downtown Akron and at Lock 3, sponsored by the Downtown Akron Partnership, will be available for viewing Nov. 23 through Jan. 6. The displays are created by Cynthia and Lawrence Nixon.

• The Downtown Barberton Christmas Walk and the Lighting of Lake Anna are scheduled for Nov. 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Barberton and at Lake Anna Park. The lighting of the tree and Lake Anna will be at 6 p.m. Other activities will include horse and wagon rides, wandering costumed characters, a live nativity, visits and photos with Santa and live reindeer, ice sculpting, children’s activities, live entertainment with choirs, food and more. For details, call 330-472-0366 or visit www.cityofbarberton.com.

• Ballet Theatre of Ohio will present “Nutcracker” Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and “Nutty Nutcracker” Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., both at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. in Downtown Akron. Tickets range in price from $20 to $42 and are available at the Civic Theatre Box Office by calling 330-253-2488 or online at www.ballettheatreohio.org.

• The 32nd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show will take place Nov. 30 from noon to 7 p.m., Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall in Downtown Akron. Admission is $4 for senior citizens, $4.50 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. For details, visit www.ejthomashall.com.

• Bath’s Hale Farm & Village Holiday Lantern Tours will be offered Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-16 and 19-23 from 6 to 8:20 p.m. With lanterns in hand, participants can take a 90-minute stroll to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Christmas Eve 1862, the first year of the Civil War. Afterward, visitors can enjoy Victorian-era holiday treats in the Jonathan Hale House, which is decorated for the season. Admission is $15 for Western Reserve Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers. Group rates are available for 15 or more people, and reservations are required. Guests are encouraged to dress for the outdoors. To make a reservation, call 330-666-3711, ext. 1720, or email halereser vations@wrhs.org.

• The Norton Historical Society will present an Old-Fashioned Christmas Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Biery House and Museum, 3412 Greenwich Road. The event will include caroling around a pump organ, door prizes and refreshments. Also, displays will be open for viewing. Attendees are invited to bring an older or antique ornament for the Christmas tree. For details, contact Patsy Snyder at 330-825-7572.

• The Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron, 750 White Pond in West Akron, will host the following Chanukah events this holiday season that are open to all members of the community. A Family Chanukah Event will take place Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a musical presentation of the Chanukah story as told by the children of the Early Childhood Department. The cost is $7 per person or $35 per family. Advanced registration is required by calling 330-835-0044. On Dec. 11, a Be’Tay Avon Café-Chanukah Celebration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will feature an old-style Jewish deli with latkes, donuts, entertainment and more. Advanced registration is encouraged by calling 330-835-0056.

• The annual Akron Zoo Trunk Show will take place Dec. 6 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Zoo’s Welcome Center. Twenty-one local artists and vendors will sell animal, gardening or conservation gifts. A portion of the proceeds from every vendor will support the Akron Zoo and its mission. For every $10 purchased, visitors will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for more than 20 prizes. Admission is free. More details and a complete list of participating vendors are at www.akronzoo.org. 

• Christmas in Peninsula will be presented Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations in Downtown Peninsula. Children will be able to see live reindeer, touch their antlers and ask questions. Also, attendees can take holiday photos with Santa and his friends and enjoy carolers, elves, holiday characters, trains, music, storytelling and more. For a complete list of events, visit www.explorepeninsula.com.

• Jingle Jazz, a jazzy celebration of the holiday season featuring Joe Augustine, Patty LaNasa, Jack Schantz and others from The University of Akron School of Music, will take place Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Ticket prices are $6 for students and $12 for others and are available at the Thomas Hall Box Office or by calling 330-972-7570.

• The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Holiday Pops concert will take place Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre. Conductor Carl Topilow (Cleveland Pops) returns with his red clarinet to lead the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a festive evening of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. The family event will include a visit from Santa and free candy canes. Tickets range in price from $20 to $52 and are available by contacting the Civic Box Office at 330-253-2488 or through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

• The Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza and Variety Show will be presented at the Akron Civic Theatre Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The show also will include The Strange Familiar, The Juke Hounds, Tracey Thomas and Yankee Bravo performing a wide variety of holiday favorites. Tickets for the show are $20 for reserved seating or $15 for general admission and are available at the Civic Theatre Box Office by calling 330-253-2488 or through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

• The Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association’s (CVNPA) annual Festival of Lights is set for Dec. 21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center, located at 3675 Oak Hill Road in Peninsula. Visitors are invited to take a candle-lit stroll through the woods, sample the holiday traditions that include demonstrations, crafts and desserts to learn about the various holiday celebrations of Christmas, St. Lucia, Bodhi Day, Chanukah, Saturnalia, Choimus, Boar’s Head and Yule Log, among others. Prior to a stroll, guests can enjoy a dinner catered by executive chef Larkin Rogers and served at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 800-642-3297, ext. 100. The cost is $27 per person for ages 12 and older, $22 for CVNPA members and $7 for children ages 5-11. For more details and to register, call 330-657-2796 or visit www.conservan cyforcvnp.org/events/general- park/information/Festival-of-Lights.

• The 33rd annual Tuba Christmas will take place Dec. 22 at noon and 2:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Admission is free, and the event will feature a sing-along with hundreds of decorated tubas. The cost for low brass musicians who want to participate is $5. To register, contact Tucker Jolly at 330-972-6641 or via email at trjolly@uakron.edu.

Greater Cleveland

• A Christmas Story House and Museum, now restored to its movie splendor, is located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. The house museum features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Admission costs $6 for children ages 7-12, $8 for seniors and $10 for adults. For more details, call 216-298-4919 or visit www.achristmasstory house.com.

• The Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glow runs through Dec. 31 and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The re-imagined WinterShow presents decorated trees and gingerbread houses, a 25-foot evergreen decked with more than 40 poinsettias, the new Garden Express train ride, a Wishing Tree and live music. The event is $12 for adult nonmembers, $6 for children nonmembers and free for members. For details, call 216-721-1600 or visit www.cbgarden.org.

• Winterfest in Public Square will take place Nov. 24 beginning at 1 p.m. in Downtown Cleveland. The event will include free horse-drawn carriage rides, the Radio Disney Stage Show, photos with Santa, live reindeer, Bruce the Talking Spruce, the Toy Solider and Fairy Godmother Holiday Show, animal close encounters, craft activities, concerts, ice sculptures and lighting the city’s Christmas tree and Terminal Tower at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.down towncleveland.com/winterfest or call 216-621-3300.

• Cleveland Orchestra holiday concerts at Severance Hall in Cleveland will be presented Dec. 1-23 and include: The Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” the “Christmas Concert” and PNC Holiday Musical Rainbow programs for families, including “Music of Chanukah,” “Kwanzaa Celebration” and “Christmas Brass Quintet.” Call 216-231-7373 or visit www.clevelandorchestra.com for details and tickets.

• University Circle’s annual Holiday CircleFest will take place Dec. 2 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Wade Oval. More than 20 of University Circle’s museums, gardens, galleries, churches and schools will open their doors free of charge and offer activities, music, food and shopping. Indoor activities will include craft making, historic displays of holiday toys, storytelling, a singing Santa, live reindeer and a gingerbread house competition. Outdoors will be free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations and skating on the Rink at Wade Oval. The afternoon will conclude with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Procession at 5:30 p.m. For details, call 216-791-3900 or visit www.universitycircle.org.

Medina County

• Christmas in the Colonies will present Christmas Around the World Nov. 23-25 at the Medina County Community Center, 725 Lafayette Road. The 32th annual event will include gifts and holiday decorations from 100 exhibitors, as well as visits with Santa, an opportunity to make a Christmas ornament, entertainment with balloon sculptures, pianist Duane Carlson, an Alpaca exhibit and food. Hours are Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 60 and older, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. For more details, visit www.christmasinthecolonies.com.

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