December 15, 2015

Spend Winter Break Touring Cleveland: A list of great events & activities around town this winter

The following blog post is brought to you by Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience. 

Stuck on campus for winter break? Don't worry, there are plenty of things happening on and around campus this winter that can make this break feel like a real getaway!

University Circle features great experiences for students, and all of them are within walking distance of PBL. The Cleveland Museum of Art is featuring a Monet Exhibit until January 5, and Case Western Reserve University students have free entrance to view the artwork. If artwork isn't your style, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is right next door, and they have a World's Largest Dinosaurs Exhibit until January 3.

Looking for a little outdoor fun in the holiday lights? Ice Skating is open in Wade Oval! For only $3, patrons can rent skates and enjoy the festive rink. What’s better, from December 21-3 they have extended holiday hours. If you can't make it then, don't worry because it will be open until March 6. Wade Oval will feature special events at the rink: on Wednesdays in December there will be live music, and on Sunday, January 3, you can learn how to play hockey.

If you are looking for some outdoor adventure, the Cleveland Metroparks puts on many events even in the winter. Check out their calendar and pick out a day to go for a winter hike. If you're not a fan of the cold, they have many indoor events as well--even a winter solstice concert inside their lodge.

Seen a preview for a new movie you'd like to see, but had no time to go and see it? Use winter break as an opportunity to catch up on new releases. There are many movie theaters in the area, such as Tower City Cinemas (available by RTA), Cedar-Lee, and Shaker Square. Want a reason to get dressed up?  Put on your favorite winter formal-wear and make it a night at Playhouse Square. The largest theater district between New York and Chicago, Playhouse Square features eight different theaters, along with fun restaurants (such as the Hofbrauhaus). Check out the event calendar. This district is only a short Healthline ride away. There are also many parking lots, both covered and uncovered, for your convenience.

Cleveland is known to musicians as a great place to play a show. This isn’t just because of the awesome fans but the great venues! Nearly historic local spots such as The Grog Shop, nationally affiliated halls such as the House of Blues, and new, up-and-comers like Happy Dog @ The Euclid Tavern feature a wide variety of bands and artists, and not only on the weekends. The Grog Shop is located in Coventry Village, so before the show you can head on over early and eat great food, browse the shops or get ice cream! House of Blues is located on East Fourth Street, a thriving area in downtown Cleveland that features high-end dining and cozy cocktail lounges, comedy clubs and even the upscale bowling at Corner Alley!

Sports fan? Check out the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Lake Erie Monsters. The Cavaliers are off to one of their best starts yet, and there are plenty of great tickets at reasonable prices. Even if you don't follow basketball, games are fast-paced and fun for anyone. The Lake Erie Monsters are our local minor league hockey team. Not-quite NHL, the games are intense and a great way to spend an evening. Games for both teams take place at the Quicken Loans Arena, and many games have special promotions. Tickets can be purchased through Flash Seats.

There are many events happening in Cleveland this winter. Even though the temperature is dropping there are more fun things to do than ever! So grab a friend and check out all the exciting things this city has to offer. Make Cleveland yours this winter!

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