Holiday CircleFest expands to two days in University Circle, adds market
Posted November 13, 2017 in Articles
Author: Laura DeMarco
Holiday CircleFest, one of Cleveland's most unique local winter events, is growing. For the first time, the University Circle holiday extravaganza will take place over two days: Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.
"We're expanding Holiday CircleFest, we wanted to take it to two days. We took a look at many winter festivals around the world, notably Montreal.
"We thought, 'Let's make a weekend of it, let's take advantage of the fact that Cleveland is a four-season city," says Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Incorporated.
In addition to adding an extra day, a Holiday Market and an outdoor restaurant will also be new this year.
Saturday will feature University Circle's first outdoor Holiday Market, with a variety of local artisans.
On Sunday, University Circle museums, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations will be open free of charge, as is tradition at 24th annual winter festival. Many will also have special activities and performance. Shuttles will take visitors to participating venues,
Both days will feature outdoor festivities on Wade Oval, including skating with Santa on The Rink at Wade Oval and ice carving. Table 45 will be hosting an outdoor restaurant with "mincemeat pies, warm wine and a little slice of Cleveland - pierogies and sausage," says Ronayne.
CircleFest will conclude Sunday evening with the annual Winter Lights Lantern Procession, presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art. New this year will be a tree-lighting prior to the lanterns.
"We'll be doing an illumination of the central tree in Wade Oval just before the procession," says Ronayne. "We're really making this a whole weekend festival."
CircleFest, sponsored by PNC Bank, will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 and 1 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Free museum admission is from 1 -5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Rink at Wade Oval will open Thanksgiving week. It runs from Friday, Nov.24 through Sunday, March 4, 2018. Admission is $2 and skate rentals are $3Back to News