Fun Cleveland/NEO Weekend Ideas: 12/1/23 – 12/3/23

November 30, 2023

Todd Hall

Cleveland/NEO This Weekend: Our Picks

Looking for some things to do this weekend in Cleveland and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area to make the most of your weekend? There’s so much to see and do, even for those who are already familiar with the area. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a recent transplant, there’s always something new to discover in Cleveland and NEO. So why not get out and explore this weekend?

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Friday, December 1st

Magic of Lights: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Experience the holiday magic with Magic of Lights, a drive-through spectacle at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Immerse yourself in festive scenes and seasonal characters illuminated by cutting-edge LED technology and digital animations. The enchantment awaits daily from 5:30 to 10 p.m. until December 31. Visit the website for ticket details.

Blizzard Bash: Beachland Ballroom

After a four-year break, the WJCU charity concert organized by students from John Carroll University is making a comeback with an in-person event. The proceeds from this year’s Blizzard Bash will go towards supporting the Hunger Network, Cuyahoga County’s largest emergency food provider. The lineup features performances by Indre, the Marcus Smith Band, and Apostle Jone’s Mikey Silas & Friends. The event, which will be DJ’d by Zachary ‘DJ Z13’ Sinutko, Matt Hribar, and others, kicks off tonight at 7 at the Beachland Tavern.

Saturday, December 2nd

12 Bars of Christmas Crawl: Dive Bar Cleveland Downtown

The 7th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl®, taking place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, from 12 pm to 8 pm! Embrace the festive spirit by donning your favorite holiday onesies, Santa suits, ugly sweaters, or elf costumes – it’s the merriest crawl of the year!

Here’s what’s in store for you: A 16oz color-changing Santa stadium cup for all your beverages! The first 50 attendees at registration receive a Christmas light-up necklace (while supplies last)! The first 250 at registration get a Santa Hat (while supplies last)! A wristband for entry and access to exclusive drink/food specials! No cover charges with your ticket purchase! Enjoy drink specials at all participating bars! Witness everyone dressed in outrageously festive costumes! Groups of 10 or more receive up to 25% off!

Participating Bars: Dive Bar, Barley House, The Ivy, Velvet Dog, Rumor, and Nauti Mermaid.

Come celebrate the holidays and revel in all the excitement! Secure your super early bird tickets now for just $12.00!

Light Up Lakewood: Downtown Lakewood

The 17th annual Light Up Lakewood, a cherished tradition in the heart of Downtown Lakewood, is set to bring festive joy on Saturday, December 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. This celebration, proudly sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and organized by LakewoodAlive, promises to infuse the spirit of the season into our city’s vibrant community.

Detroit Avenue will transform into a winter wonderland for this free, family-friendly event, featuring a delightful holiday parade, a magical lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, The Roundstone Beer Garden, the enchanting Holiday Train, live music, mesmerizing ice carvings, steaming hot chocolate, a variety of food trucks, engaging children’s games, and much more.

Guests are encouraged to wander through Lakewood’s downtown district, explore local shops and restaurants, and immerse themselves in the festive ambiance of one of Northeast Ohio’s largest holiday celebrations. Light Up Lakewood stands as a standout event for the entire region.

This event symbolizes Lakewood’s strong sense of community and its longstanding holiday traditions. Attendees will be captivated by the enchanting atmosphere created by twinkling holiday lights, the harmonious melodies of carolers, and the comforting warmth of hot beverages.

Noteworthy highlights include the Indoor Holiday Market, The Roundstone Beer Garden generously sponsored by Roundstone Insurance, the beloved Holiday Parade sponsored by Shinn Law Firm starting at Belle & Detroit Avenues at 5 p.m. and concluding at Arthur Avenue, the anticipated Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at City Center Park, and an unmissable fireworks spectacle at 7 p.m. illuminating Kauffman Park.

Monsters vs. Utica Comets: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

The Monsters will confront the Utica Comets tonight at 6 and tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Sunday, December 3rd

Steve Martin and Martin Short: KeyBank State Theatre

Steve Martin and Martin Short’s “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” is a groundbreaking show that reshapes the comedic landscape in unexpected and profound ways. Featuring two of the most humorous, influential, and acclaimed talents of the last century, the duo’s humor is consistently subversive yet unfolds as a delightful self-deprecating escapade. As comedy maestros, they are driven not only to entertain the audience but also to amuse each other.

The humor in the show is characterized by a rapid-fire delivery, minimal setup, and impactful punchlines that playfully skewer Hollywood and the capricious world of celebrity. However, the comedic brilliance truly takes flight when Martin and Short affectionately (and unrelentingly) roast each other. On stage, their chemistry and timing are a testament to a friendship cultivated over three decades, originating from their first meeting on the set of the 1986 film “Three Amigos.”

These comedic giants have been touring together since 2015, debuting with their inaugural live show, “A Very Stupid Conversation.”

Nuggets at Cavs – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Get ready for an exciting matchup as the Denver Nuggets, last year’s NBA champions, hit the court at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse tonight at 6 for their exclusive regular-season clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs’ formidable big men face a daunting task in containing the sheer talent of Nuggets center Nikola Jokić, who is not only a force to be reckoned with but is also considered by many as the best player in the NBA.

The atmosphere is sure to be electric as fans anticipate the clash between these two powerhouse teams. With the Nuggets making their only regular-season visit to Cleveland, basketball enthusiasts won’t want to miss the chance to witness the action-packed game. Keep an eye on Jokić, whose exceptional skills and court vision make him a game-changer, capable of delivering a stellar performance that could leave a lasting impact on the court.

So, grab your tickets and be part of the excitement as the Denver Nuggets and the Cleveland Cavaliers go head-to-head in what promises to be a thrilling encounter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. It’s a matchup that showcases top-tier basketball talent and guarantees an unforgettable night for NBA fans in Cleveland.

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