Holiday CircleFest

December 7th - 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Experience Cleveland’s cultural treasures free of charge at the 21st Annual Holiday CircleFest on Sunday, December 7, 2014. This event is the perfect way to start the holiday season, and to introduce family and friends to University Circle, Cleveland’s neighborhood without borders.

Free skating at The Rink at Wade Oval from Noon - 7pm.  Skate Rentals $3.

From 1:00-5:30 p.m., 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. Looking for the perfect holiday gift? There’s no better place to shop than Holiday CircleFest.

Outside, Wade Oval becomes Cleveland’s Central Park with free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations, The Rink at Wade Oval (from 1:00-7:00 p.m.). From 5:30-6:00 p.m., the activities will conclude with The Cleveland Museum of Art’s dramatic Winter Lights Lantern Procession. 


Activities & Participating Organizations

University Circle Inc.
(food for purchase)
Noon-7:00 p.m. – The Rink at Wade Oval (free admission, skate rentals $3)
1:00-7:00 p.m. – Enjoy a meal from Cleveland’s famous food trucks on Wade Oval, or refreshments from the Wade Oval Information Center. Students from Montessori High School will have a s'mores bar, simple baked goods, and hot beverages.
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Free horse-drawn carriage rides. The carriage rides will begin on Wade Oval across from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
1:00, 2:00, 3:00, & 4:00 p.m. – Ice carving demonstrations by Elegant Ice on Wade Oval
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland
(free parking, food for purchase, shopping)
1:00-4:30 p.m. – Explore, Play and Imagine throughout The Children’s Museum
1:00-4:30 p.m. – Mini CMC Snow Globes: Create your own CMC keepsake snow globe - no water needed - at that the Museum, Free during Holiday CircleFest
1:00-4:30 p.m. – CMC Sweet Treats Sale – CMC Staff Bakes! Support Technology at the CMC by enjoying our special homemade holiday treats (including hot beverages) at bake sale prices!
1:00-4:00 p.m. – A visit with Santa Claus and souvenir framed photo is $5
Church of the Covenant
(free parking, free food, shopping)
Noon-2:00 p.m. – The Covenant Cache (Resale Shop)
1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. – Carillon Tower Tours and Demonstration
4:00 p.m. – CircleFest Carol Sing, featuring the Covenant Choir, Covenant Handbell Choir, Case Concert Choir, and University Circle Symphony Orchestra
MOCA Cleveland
(food for purchase, shopping)
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Ferran Adria: Notes on Creativity and Kirk Mangus: Things Love
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – ArtSquad Plays Activity Space: activities for looking, thinking, and sharing about the art on view
Noon-3:00 p.m. – Art Making: Design New Tools
1:00 p.m. – One Hour, One Work
2:30 and 3:30 p.m. – Highlights Tours
3:30 p.m. - Cleveland School of the Arts Holiday Performance
The Lake View Cemetery
(free parking, free food)
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Ornaments for Our Animal Friends: Make animal-friendly ornaments which can be hung on outside trees to feed our birds. Meet us at the Euclid Gate.
The Corner Alley at Uptown
Noon-Midnight – Bring your family & friends for a fun game of bowling! Kids (12 & under) will receive a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Cleveland Institute of Music
(free parking, food for purchase)
1:00-6:00 p.m. – CIM Holiday Photo Stop in Pogue Lobby
1:00 p.m. – Peter & the Wolf | CIM Chamber Orchestra with guest narrator
1:45 p.m. – Excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite | CIM Harp Ensemble with narrator;
Yolanda Kondonassis, director
2:15 p.m. – CIM Sato Center for Suzuki Studies | Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass students; Kimberly Meier-Sims, director
2:45 p.m. – Jingle Brass | CIM Brass Ensembles; Ed Zadrozny, director
3:45 p.m. – CIM Carolers
4:00 p.m. – Performers from the CIM Preparatory division and Young Artist Program
6:00 p.m. – Intensive String Quartet Seminar Gala Concert
The Music Settlement
(food for purchase, shopping)
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Community Sing-Along
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Bake sale and gently used instrument donation drive
1:00-1:20 p.m. – Flautrageous Flute Choir (Recital Hall)
1:00-1:50 p.m. – Inlet Dance Theatre (Dance Studio)
1:00-2:20 p.m. – Rock & Blues Academy Performances by Montessori students (Faculty Lounge)
1:30-2:05 p.m. – Suzuki Program Students (Recital Hall)
2:15-2:30 p.m. – Beginning Chamber Orchestra (Recital Hall)
2:35-2:50 p.m. – Junior Chamber Orchestra (Recital Hall)
2:30-4:50 p.m. – Student Solos (Faculty Lounge)
3:00-3:20 p.m. – Centennial Strings (Recital Hall)
3:30-4:20 p.m. – J@MS-Jazz at The Music Settlement (Recital Hall)
4:30-4:50 p.m. – Advanced Chamber Orchestra with CORE (Cleveland Orchestra Resident Ensemble) Quartet (Recital Hall)
Magnolia Clubhouse
(paid parking, food for purchase, shopping)
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Stop by Bloomin’, the upscale resale shop. There will be many special items for sale including art, jewelry, decorative items, china, and furniture – wonderful finds for unique holiday gifts. Bloomin’ is operated by and is for the benefit of the Magnolia Clubhouse.
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Homemade scones and cookies, together with hot chocolate, tea, and coffee will be sold in our café.
Hawken School Sally & Bob Gries Center
(free food)
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Oppositions: An exploration of avant-garde and traditional artists in Cleveland during the early twentieth century. Presented by Hawken and ARTneo in celebration of Hawken’s Centennial.
1:00 & 3:00 p.m. - Hawken Lower School theatrical performance of Hansel & Gretel and the Creepy Woods.
The Junior League of Cleveland
(free parking, shopping)
1:00-5:00 p.m. - The weather is cooling and there is a crispness in the air. It’s that time of year again to prepare for the joy and merriment of the season. To start off the season in a festive way, attend the Junior League of Cleveland’s Children’s Holiday Shop and Treasures in the Attic at Holiday CircleFest!
If you are looking for a way to include children into the holiday spirit, the JLC’s Children’s Holiday Shop is the perfect solution. Children can bring a hat, pair of gloves, or scarf to donate to a foster care child in need and get the opportunity to decorate a holiday cookie to take home.
While the children are making cookies and wrapping their gifts to a child in need, parents can enjoy light refreshments at a reasonable price and shop at our Treasures in the Attic sale to find that perfect holiday gift. Treasures in the Attic has holiday items, silver, crystal, linens, furs, jewelry (real and costume), vintage clothing, and household accessories.
All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Cleveland mission and programs that support our current signature initiative, youth aging out of foster care.
Mt. Zion Congregational Church
(free parking, food for purchase, shopping)
1:00-5:00 p.m. – The Annual Craft Fair will showcase craft and retail vendors for all of your holiday shopping needs.
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Refreshments will be available for a nominal fee.
Western Reserve Historical Society & Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
(paid parking, food for purchase, shopping)
Noon-5:00 p.m. – Join WRHS for Celebrations: Holiday Traditions in Cleveland. Re-live holiday nostalgia of downtown Cleveland by visiting a winter wonderland scene featuring the Higbee’s mechanical window display characters of the 1950s and 1960s. Climb aboard and ride the recently-restored Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel. Ride tokens can be purchased for $3.00. Discover the traditions of Hanukkah and make a craft for the “festival of light” with our partner, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Want more? Experience our newest exhibits of local history. Explore In Grand Style and witness the luxury of Cleveland’s Gilded Age in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing. Don’t miss out on 1964: When Browns Town was Title Town, the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection and much, much more! Visitors can also warm up with a cup of cocoa and a snack, and take advantage of the Museum Store’s unique selection of holiday gifts.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
(paid parking, food for purchase, shopping)
1:00-5:00 p.m. - New exhibit: Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Snowflake-making
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Mammoth and Mastodon Craft
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Please Touch Carts
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Winter-themed Planetarium Shows ($)
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Cookies and hot chocolate for purchase
2:30 & 3:30 p.m. – CMSD Choir Performance
The Cleveland Museum of Art
(paid parking, food for purchase, shopping)
1:00–3:00 p.m. – Night Scenes: Create scenes that celebrate winter in the city.
1:00-3:00 p.m. – Life Stories: In the spirit of Jacob Lawrence, who depicted events from the life of Toussaint L’Overture, share a moment from your life.
1:00-3:00 p.m. – Sources of Light Art Cart
1:00-3:00 p.m. – Wanna Be in Pictures? Picture yourself in CMA works of art using distance learning technology.
1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. – Guided Tours
1:30–4:30 p.m. – Jazz in the Atrium
1:30 p.m. – Hawken Jazz Band
2:30 p.m. – Townsmen Orchestra
3:30 p.m. – The Progeny (Shaw High School students)
2:00 p.m. – Guided Tour: Forbidden Games (free exhibition ticket required)
2:00-4:30 p.m. – Lantern-making Workshop: Make a simple lantern to carry in the procession.
5:30 p.m. – Lantern Procession: Led by giant puppets and dancers, starts at CMA north entrance and processes through Environment of Lights on Wade Oval.
6:00-6:30 p.m. – Cookies and Cocoa and Performance Installation: Follow us back to the atrium after the procession.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
(paid parking, food for purchase, shopping)
1:00-6:00 p.m. – Garden open featuring GLOW 2014 (First 4000 guest admission tickets FREE)
1:00-6:00 p.m. – GLOW Tree-Top Shop Children’s Shopping ($)
1:00-6:00 p.m. – GLOW Gingerbread Haus – Buy and Build ($)
1:00-6:00 p.m. – GLOW Garden Express Train Rides ($)
1:00-6:00 p.m. – Garden Store Holiday Shopping ($)
1:00-6:00 p.m. – Eleanor Squire Library Book Sale ($)
2:00-4:00 p.m. – GLOW Seasonal Music Performances
2:00-4:00 p.m. – Children’s Seasonal Craft
Cleveland Institute of Art
(free & paid parking, shopping)
12:30-6:00 p.m. – Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from CIA’s Annual Student Holiday Sale. Choose from ceramics, glass, jewelry, clothing, ornaments, paper goods, enamelware, fine art, and accessories, all of which have been made by CIA’s talented students.
Park Lane Villa
(free food)
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Enjoy family-friendly activities such as crafts
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Tours of the property
Judson Manor
(free parking, food for purchase, shopping)
1:00-4:00 p.m. – Shop with local vendors for gifts, jewelry, and more
1:00-3:00 p.m. – Have festive fun decorating cookies
1:00-1:45 p.m. & 3:15-4:00 p.m. – Musical performances by The River Valley Bell Ringers
1:45-3:15 p.m. – Musical performance by Accordionist Pat Tamburro
University Circle United Methodist Church with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Ensembles
3:30-3:55 p.m. – Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Chamber Group
4:00-4:30 p.m. – Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Preparatory Chorus
4:35-5:00 p.m. – Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Chamber Group
5:05-5:35 p.m. – Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
(free parking, free food)
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Children’s Holiday Craft
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Face painting
1:30-3:30 p.m. – The Twista Girl Balloon Twister
1:30 p.m. – Cleveland School of the Arts Choir
2:45 p.m. – Cleveland School of the Arts Dance Troupe
4:00 p.m. – The Joshua Trio
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
(free parking, free food, shopping)
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Join us for a Cookie Decorating Party hosted by Brand Castle! Children and adults of all ages can create (and eat) masterpieces on themed sugar cookies. Take a photo with your special cookie creation to show off your unique designs and enter contests to win prizes!
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Tour the Conference Center at the Ronald McDonald House and learn about available rental space.
1:00-5:30 p.m. – Purchase a holiday baking kit from Brand Castle, including: Giant Ninja Gingerbread Cookie Kit, Rudolph Gingerbread House Kit, Melty Snowmen Cookie Kit, Salted Caramel Brownie Mix, and Dreidel Sugar Cookie Kit. We will also be selling Ronald McDonald House logo merchandise. Complimentary gift wrapping available!
3:00 p.m. – Enjoy a magical experience with Ronald McDonald and be dazzled as he performs a special holiday magic show!
Cleveland Sight Center
(free parking, free food, shopping)
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Come to the Cleveland Sight Center for a make-and-take craft done under blindfold (Holiday Penguin). Decorate a holiday cookie without using your eyes.
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Cookies and cocoa will be served.

Shuttle Bus

From 12:30-6:30 p.m., hop on the FREE shuttle bus and see how many places you can get to! The shuttle bus will stop at the following locations:
1. The Children's Museum of Cleveland
2. Church of the Covenant
3. MOCA Cleveland
4. The Lake View Cemetery
5. The Corner Alley
6. Cleveland Institute of Music
7. The Music Settlement & Magnolia Clubhouse
8. Hawken School Sally & Bob Gries Center, The Junior League of Cleveland, and Mt. Zion Congregational Church
9. Western Reserve Historical Society
10. Cleveland Museum of Natural History
11. Cleveland Museum of Art
12. Park Lane Villa
13. Judson Manor & University Circle United Methodist Church
14. Cleveland Public Library, MLK Jr. Branch
15. Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
16. Cleveland Sight Center

One loop on the shuttle will take approximately 30 minutes.

Images: Downie Photography & University Circle Inc.

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