Downtown Cleveland Alliance



2009 Winterfest Schedule Announced


The chilly weather is making its return to Northeast Ohio, which means the holiday season is right around the corner. And with the cold comes Winterfest! On Saturday, November 28th, kick off the holiday season with the magic of Winterfest presented by Giant Eagle and GetGo and powered by Cleveland Public Power. Free family events and activities take place all day long, culminating with the traditional lighting ceremony, concert and fireworks on Public Square.

Public Square Festivities

This year, Public Square will be packed with concerts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

  • Free Horse-Drawn Carriage rides (1:00-5:00pm): As a new addition to Winterfest this year, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available in front of Old Stone Church. Take a gentle ride through the city with your family on one of four different carriages.
  • Winterfest Village presented by Dollar Bank (3:00-7:30pm): This year, the Winterfest Village presented by Dollar Bank will be located on the southwest quadrant of Public Square and will include crafts, activities, and hot food and beverages from various Winterfest partners. Radio Disney will be on-site with the Best Snow Day Ever Promotion, where a lucky family will have the chance to win a trip for four to attend the Radio Disney Holiday Concert in Celebration, Florida on December 19th!
  • Winterfest Stage Show & Radio Disney Appearance (3:00-6:00pm): Local artists and bands will play holiday music, the holiday movie classic Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer will be played on the large Public Square screens, and the Radio Disney AM 1260 Road Crew will host a show on-stage with family-friendly games, dancing, karaoke and prizes.
  • Pwinterfest042ublic Square Lighting Ceremony, Concert and Fireworks (6:00-7:10pm): Join Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney, members of Cleveland City Council and Santa for the traditional lighting ceremony on Public Square. Over 500,000 lights on the Square and the City’s Christmas tree will magically come alive as part of the ceremony. The newly renovated top of Terminal Tower will also be part of the lighting ceremony for the first time in several years. Emcees for the ceremony are Q104′s Rebecca Wilde and Alan Fee. After the lighting of Public Square, enjoy live performances by The Singing Angels and Neil Zaza, followed by the Winterfest Fireworks Show, set to live music. This year, the lighting ceremony will not include a carriage parade.
  • Public After-Party, Positively Cleveland Visitors Center at the Higbee Building (7:30 – 8:30pm): Continue the fun after the lighting ceremony with pictures with Santa, free refreshments courtesy of Giant Eagle and live music.

Winterfest Partner Events Throughout Downtown

Multiple events for the entire family take place throughout Downtown all day long. Unless noted, all events are free.

  • Trolley rides to the Christmas Story House at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (10:00am -4:00pm): tickets are $7 for Adults and $5 for children (12 and under)
    • The Renaissance is also offering deluxe overnight accommodations for just $169 (plus tax). Includes…
      • Breakfast for Two (children 12 and under are complimentary)
      • Complimentary parking in the Renaissance garage
      • Screenings of holiday movie classics A Christmas Story & National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in the hotel
      • Christmas Story Gift Bag, Two tickets to A Christmas Story House and Museum plus free trolley transportation to the Christmas Story House (10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday)
  • Hard Rock CafĂ© (10:30am – 1:30pm): “Chillin with the Kringle”, get a chance to hang with Santa, kids get a free cookie, punk rock hair styling and temporary tattoos
  • The Park Building Open House (Noon to 5pm): walk through brand new condominiums and get a glimpse of the first residential building on Public Square in over 100 years. Free Refreshments
  • Tower City Center (All day long): enjoy performances on the Tower City Grand Staircase from 1:00 – 7pm, Gingerbread Lane on Level 2 Bridge, Twigbee Shop on Level 1, Kringle’s Inventionasium on Level 1, Holiday Express Train on Level 1, and a $4.00 special parking rate
  • Lake Erie Monsters vs. Hamilton Bulldogs at Quicken Loans Arena (1:00pm): The Monsters kick-off an exciting day of action at The Q with a showdown vs. Hamilton. This is a ticketed event; tickets are still available.
  • Guitar Hero Challenge at the House of Blues (1:00-5:00pm): compete against other players for the top three spots and a chance to play the final round on the Public Square Stage during the Lighting ceremony festivities. No entry fee
  • Xbox 2k10 Basketball Challenge at Cadillac Ranch (1:00-5:00pm): compete against other players for the top spot. No entry fee
  • Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing (2:00pm): A free performance by the Urban Dance Collective of the Cleveland School of the Arts. Refreshments provided.
  • Cleveland State Men’s Basketball vs. Wichita State at The Wolstein Center (2:00pm): The Vikings entertain the Shockers in a key non-conference game. This is a ticketed event; tickets are still available.
  • winterfest020The Arcade (3:30 – 5:30pm): complimentary hot cocoa and free pictures with Santa on his 1800′s vintage sleigh. Meet characters from Cleveland’s past, including: John D. Rockefeller; Tom Johnson, former Cleveland mayor; and Frances Payne Bolton, the first woman from Ohio to be elected to Congress. Two historic tours of the building and neighborhood: 3:30pm and 4:30pm
  • Old Stone Church (4:00-6:00pm; 7:00pm): concert by international recording artist Tia McGraff (4pm), free cookie reception (5pm), and the annual Old Stone Church Christmas Choir Concert at 7pm, immediately following the Public Square fireworks
  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena (7:30): LeBron, Shaq and the Cavaliers take on Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. This is a ticketed event; tickets are still available.
  • Ice Sculpting on East 4th Street (7:30-9:30pm): Watch as Elegant Ice Creations brings a holiday ice sculpture to life on the street

For more event, concert and fireworks information, log onto Winterfest is presented by Giant Eagle and GetGo and is powered by Cleveland Public Power.

One Comment

  1. soleil58
    Posted November 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Winterfest will not be the same without that beautiful carriage parade of horses. Now Cleveland has no holiday parade whatsoever and there has been on explanations given. We may never see a parade again in this city. What happened to our parade?

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