Fun Cleveland/NEO Weekend Ideas: 12/8/23 – 12/10/23

December 7, 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 8th

Friday Night Lights: Museum of Natural History

Experience Eclipse Fever at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History during this after-hours event. Enjoy the original program in the Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium, 3D movies, engaging science presentations, close encounters with the museum’s animal ambassadors, and guided night walks through the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden. Additionally, join the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s legendary album, The Dark Side of the Moon, with an immersive planetarium experience that promises a mind-bending audiovisual journey. The event continues until 8 p.m.

Guy Torry: Cleveland Improv

Comedian Guy Torry humorously recalls being expelled from class for the very jokes that now earn him a living on television. From comical tales of his “stand-in-line-rage” at the bank to witty observations on generational shifts in sports (highlighting the scarcity of black players in baseball due to the abundance of games), Torry captivates audiences with his energetic delivery of narrative-based humor. Catch him tonight at 6:30 and 9 at the Improv, with shows lined up through Sunday.

Saturday, December 9th

Liz Phair: Cleveland Masonic

Tonight, singer-songwriter Liz Phair graces the stage at TempleLive in Cleveland Masonic to commemorate the 30th anniversary of her 1993 debut album, Exile in Guyville. Presenting the album in its entirety, along with additional hits, she will be accompanied by a full band. The performance promises a significant production, featuring set design collaboration from production designer Kevin Newbury (known for Kansas City Choirboy) and visual artist Natalie Frank. The show kicks off at 8 PM.

Nutcracker Margical Christmas Ballet: Cleveland

Presenting the timeless holiday ballet, this performance features lead dancers hailing from Ukraine’s esteemed opera houses and includes 40 outstanding artists from Japan, Italy, and Turkey. Taking the stage at Music Hall today at both 3 pm and 7 pm, the ensemble introduces inventive choreography that seamlessly merges classical ballet with state-of-the-art circus techniques. Notably, the show spotlights a skilled Cyr Wheel artist, adding an exciting element to the production.

Coventry Land: Coventry Village

Immerse yourself in the enchanting spirit of Christmas with a festive experience inspired by the cherished Candy Land board game. Upon entering the neighborhood, visitors will be presented with a specially crafted “Coventry Land” board game, designed locally. Engage in a delightful adventure by completing various tasks to collect stamps from nearby businesses. This warm and inviting Christmas setting offers a range of activities, including crafting sessions with take-home creations, hot beverage stations, face painting, and memorable photo opportunities with beloved characters such as Olaf, Santa Claus, and the Grinch. Explore and support over 100 local businesses to find the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Don’t miss the excitement of a chili cook-off at 4 p.m. and a lively parade at 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 10th

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Stadium

The Browns are set to face a formidable challenge as the Jacksonville Jaguars visit Browns Stadium today for a 1 p.m. game. With quarterback Trevor Lawrence (who may not be playing due to injury) at the helm, the Jaguars appear to be a playoff-worthy team, despite a significant defeat in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Christmas Walking Tour: Downtown Cleveland

How about a leisurely walk? Join the Downtown Christmas Walking Tour by Tours of Cleveland. This unique tour combines the stories behind Downtown’s iconic architecture with the rich Christmas traditions of Cleveland. Explore Euclid Avenue, delving into the history of renowned Cleveland department stores like Higbee’s, Halle Bros., and relish in the nostalgia of Mr. Jingeling and the Sterling-Linder Christmas tree. Experience the enchanting beauty of Downtown Cleveland during the festive season.

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