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LIST: 20 things to do this weekend in Northeast Ohio, December 15-17

LIST: 20 things to do this weekend in Northeast Ohio, December 15-17
Posted at 11:00 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 11:01:16-05

The holidays are around the corner and Cleveland is mirroring the cheer and bustle through indoor holiday markets, yoga, weekend brunch, Christmas film screenings and holiday lighting displays to escape the winter cold!

Holiday Market at the Screw Factory

Christmas is just weeks away which means buying gifts for that special someone. Screw Factory Artists Lofts is hosting their first annual indoor holiday market featuring local and visiting artists offering everything from handmade jewelry and pottery to paintings and clothing items. The event is free and the organizers are collecting non-perishable items for the Lakewood Community Center.

When:  Friday, December 15 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 13000 Athens Avenue Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Holiday Cleveland Flea

Finish up your holiday shopping at the last Cleveland Flea for the season. Shop local brands and eat from food vendors dishing up some delicious treats.


  • Friday, December 15 from 6-10 p.m. (FREE)
  • Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ( $10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Sunday,  December 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 3333 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, Ohio

Photo: Cleveland Flea

Photos with Santa at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

Pets want to meet Santa, too! Bring your pet to the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter where there will be other dogs and holiday treats!

When: Friday, December 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 16 from 11-3 p.m., Sunday, December 17 from 11-3:00 p.m.

Where: 9500 Sweet Valley Drive Valley View, Ohio 41225

Artists on Art at MOCA

Every month, a local artist provides an in-gallery interpretation of a work at one of MOCA's exhibitions. On Saturday, Paul O'Keeffe, who creates abstract mixed media sculptures offers his perspective. Joining the discussion on Sunday is Jacob Koestler who is an artist and musician using photography and video to take a look at post-industrial Rust Belt cities in the Great Lakes Region.

When: Saturday, December 15 through Sunday, December 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: MOCA | 11400 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Balance & Brews at Masthead Brewing

Start the day off right with a one-hour yoga session at Masthead Brewing followed by post pints of cold beer!  Buy your tickets here.

When: Saturday, December 16 from 10- 11 a.m.

Where: 1261 Superior Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Waiting for a Break Unveiling

Julia Christensen is unveiling a project where she tracked Lake Erie's winter ice as it forms in real time during the winter of 2017-2018. Cameras along Lake Erie placed along the coast provide a live broadcast feed to those watching the winter drama at Cleveland's Public Square. The kiosk will be live on Public Square until June 2018.

When: Saturday, December 16 from 12-3 p.m.

Where: 50 Public Square Suite 803 Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Coquette Patisserie's Holiday Afternoon Tea

When the weather turns cold, a warm refuge is necessary. Chef Culey of Coquette Patisserie is cooking up some French comfort food paired with delicious desserts and hot French press coffee. Tickets for the event sell out fast so buy them here.

When: Sunday, December 17 from 12-7 p.m.

Where: 11607 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

It's a classic performance when the holidays and art performances collide. Witness another performance at the Nutcracker. Buy tickets here.

When: Saturday, December 16 at 3 p.m.

Where: Music Hall at the Cleveland Public Auditorium |East 1201 St Clair East 6th, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Magic of Lights

The holiday season isn't complete without seeing holiday lights. Drive through more than a mile of holiday lights on over 400 displays. More info here.

When: Friday, December 15 through December 17

Where: 7777 Victory Lane North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039

Santa & Ice Cream

Try the new seasonal flavors like Eggnog. peppermint stick, cinnamon and vegan chocolate chip truffle while seeing Santa and getting your picture taken.

When: Sunday, December 17 from 12-2 p.m.

Where: W. 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Jingle Mingle

Shop more than 50 vendors for any last minute holiday gifts from local crafters and businesses. Vendors will be selling jewelry, home decor, crafts and food stands will fulfill your appetite from shopping. Admission is free! 

When: Saturday, December 16 from 9-4 p.m.

Where: 18100 Royalton Road Strongsville, Ohio 441336

Fair Trade and Local Artist Holiday Market

Are you looking for a gift for someone who appreciates a  product that is ethically sourced and made? At this holiday market, vendors such as Fairtrade Coffee, Community Greenhouse Partners and Zolten Wood Designs are selling products from ethically sourced materials.

When: Sunday, December 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Trinity Cathedral | 2230 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44115

North Union Farmers Market

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can get local products and fresh vegetables for your home-cooked meals. This market is indoors so you won't have to bear the cold. Walk through vendors from over nine Ohio counties and meet the growers behind your food.

When:  Saturday, December 16 from 9-1 p.m.

Where: 300 Crocker Park Blvd Westlake, Ohio 44145

Ornament Making Night

Make an ornament that will last throughout the years. Organizers at Relentless Akron provide the wood slices and gourmet drinks and all you have to do is bring a sweet treat and your supplies!

When: Saturday, December 16 from 9-11 a.m.

Where: Relentless Akron | 1878 Killian Road Akron, Ohio 44312

Terrarium or Miniature Garden Workshop

Bring the warm weather inside by making terrariums and mini gardens for your house or office space. Instructors will show you how to create a plant arrangement and plant care. Then, the real fun begins. Children are also welcome to attend. 

When: Saturday, December 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Where: 1015 White Pond Drive Akron, Ohio 44320

Admission: $10. Buy them here.

MoHo CLE Hanukkah Brunch

Celebrate Hanukkah with delicious brunch at MoHo CLE. Did we mention they will be making homemade latkes from scratch!

When: Sunday, December 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Moishe House Cleveland | Public Square Cleveland

Edgewater Hill Holiday Party

Brewnuts will be providing a free donut tasting of their delicious donuts. Bring your favorite holiday cookie for the cookies exchange. There will be holiday music and a photo booth at the event so wear your ugly Christmass sweater! The event is FREE to the neighbors of Edgewater Hill. The winners for the best-decorated house contest will also be announced. RSVP to this event Abbe DeMaio 215-390-0317, Meredith Babel 330-705-9838or via email to

When: Sunday, December 17 from 3-5 p.m.

Where:  Brewnuts | 6501 Detroit Avenue Cleveland, Ohio

21st Annual Neighborhood Christmas Party

Get into the holiday spirit with a holiday party in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Live music from The Ohio Weather Band, free snack bar, food and drink specials and the man himself, Santa giving away gifts and treats!

When: Sunday, December 17 from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Where: The Treehouse | 820 College Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Browns and Bubbles Brunch Buffet

Indulge in some pre-game Browns brunch. Choose from pastries, bagels, oatmeal,  roasted potatoes and a game day cheddar brat to name a few.

When: Sunday, December from 9-1 p.m.

Where: Urban Farmer Cleveland | 1325 E. 6th Street Cleveland, Ohio

The Polar Express 3D- $1 Family Film

This is a Christmas classic enjoyed by those of all ages. Come see this film in 3D with your family or friends. Last year, the movie sold out so buy your tickets early! Buy them here.

When: Saturday, December 16 from 11-1 p.m.

Where: Cedar Lee Theatre | 2163 Lee Road Cleveland Heights, Ohio