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Winterfest kicks off holiday season in Downtown Cleveland

Posted at 11:33 AM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 11:33:38-05

CLEVELAND — Thanksgiving has come and gone and the holiday season is upon us. Downtown Cleveland will get festive on Saturday as Winterfest 2020 kicks things off.

On Saturday beginning at 7 p.m., Winterfest will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony at Public Square. However, to prevent large gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be virtual.

While guests won’t be attending the tree lighting this year, they can visit Public Square to check out the light displays throughout the season.

Each night, Public Square will feature light shows from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Public Square. Families can enjoy the light and sound shows three times per hour any day of the week, Winterfest said.

JACK Casino will have its windows decorated with holiday displays, a tribute to the department store days when its building was home to Higbee’s. Other historic buildings in the city will also have windows displays for visitors to enjoy.

All visitors are expected to follow all state and local laws regarding wearing a face mask or covering, social distancing and avoiding large group gatherings.

While downtown enjoying the holiday lights, Winterfest encourages dining at or taking out food from one of Cleveland’s many establishments, hundreds of which have committed to providing safe, healthy and convenient dining during the pandemic.

For a list of locations, click here.

In addition to enjoying some tasty Cleveland delicacies, those visiting the downtown light display can also get some holiday shopping done by shopping small in Downtown Cleveland.

Winterfest has created an online catalog of some of the unique items from local small businesses.

To learn more about Winterfest 2020, click here.