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Christmas Eve events help entertain Northeast Ohio families as many remain isolated by pandemic

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Posted at 9:10 AM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 11:14:05-05

CLEVELAND — If you're looking to get out of the house, the Christmas Story House and Museum is hosting families on Christmas Eve until 3 p.m.

What about hitting the slopes?

The Snow Trails in Mansfield opens at 9 a.m. Thursday and close at 5 p.m. Special pricing on tickets will be offered all day.

Metroparks has also a few options for you and your family.

The Toboggan Chutes and Chalet in Strongsville will be open from noon until 4 p.m. on Thursday. However, you will need a reservation to get in due to limited capacity.

You can also check out Winter Riverfest at Rivergate Park. The event continues Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can go ice skating, check out light displays, grab a drink at the beer garden or distance yourself from everyone at the igloo village set up at Merwin’s Warf.

But if you still have an itch to shop, check out the Westside Market. The shops will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p-m Christmas Eve before closing for Christmas. There are more than 80 vendors inside the Cleveland landmark and they are all hoping more shoppers stop by to help them kick off the new year.

“It's going to help us get into January because January is always a struggle anyway,” Don Whitaker, West Side Market Tenant Association President.