Winterfest marks the beginning of Cleveland’s Holiday Season

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The City of Cleveland’s official Christmas Tree. Powered by Cleveland Public Power. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Last Saturday the City of Cleveland was a buzz of activity as residents and visitors converged on downtown streets for the annual Winterfest Celebration and in support of local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday.

As a sponsor of Winterfest, Cleveland Public Power, and our utility partners – Cleveland Water and Water Pollution Control were in the midst of Playhouse Square activity leading up to the spectacular lighting and fireworks display.

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley flip the switch to light up Playhouse Square. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Walking down Euclid Avenue Saturday began to feel a bit nostalgic – there were thousands of people on both ends of the street checking out the Pop-Up shops on Playhouse Square as well as the shops in the 5th Street Arcade.

Euclid was not the only busy street, as activities were available in the Old Stone Church, Cleveland Public Library, and the restaurants on E. 4th Street were busy as well.

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Cleveland Public Power Deputy Commissioner Joy A. Perry was on hand for the lighting. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

If you didn’t make it downtown last week, why not start this Sunday afternoon in University Circle, with the Holiday CircleFest celebration and then head downtown to view the lights along Playhouse Square and Euclid Avenue.  During CircleFest, more than a dozen of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools open their doors free of charge and offer an afternoon of activities, music, food, fun, and shopping. Visitors can look forward to live performances from talented musicians, craft making, historic displays of holiday toys, storytelling, live animals, the city’s best gingerbread house competition, and much more.

The afternoon ends with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Procession at 5:30 p.m. The Museum describes this as, “A bright and innovative way to warm up your holiday season. Inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival features lantern displays inside the museum and the Environment of Lights installation on Wade Oval.”

All in all, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays” in Cleveland!

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