Playhouse Square to kick-off holiday season with Winterfest 2015

November 18th, 2015



The magic of the holiday season will be brought to life in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, Nov. 28 with the celebration of Winterfest 2015 at Playhouse Square.


Presented by Huntington Bank and sponsored by a number of Cleveland corporations, Winterfest 2015 will be a popular destination for anyone looking to celebrate the holiday season.


The main events will be taking place at Playhouse Square under the outdoor chandelier.


According to, Meghan Tinker, the strategic communications specialist at the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, is excited for the festival to “take advantage of the space and to celebrate the beauty that the chandelier brings to downtown.”


Included in the events at Playhouse Square will be a Holiday Pop-Up Shop at East and 14th Street from 1:00-6:30 p.m. where local artisans will be selling products. Within that time frame there will also be a variety of food trucks located on Huron Ave. and Euclid Ave.


Also at Playhouse Square, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Winterfest Children’s Stage, Fusion. There will be family-friendly holiday entertainment presented by two special performances from the Talespinner Theater of Peter and the Wolf between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.


The main attraction of the festival, however, will be the official lighting of Downtown Cleveland from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Guided by hosts Mark Nolan and Nicole Marcellino, the lighting will include shows from Humble G the Fiddla and Old Skool, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself followed by a fireworks show.


After the firework show, from 6:30- 7:30 p.m., the Hanna Theatre will be hosting a public after party, where attendees can indulge in free cookies and hot cocoa and take photos with Santa.


The festival will also be graced with the first annual Keep It Local Cleveland Winter Market from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Arcade.


The Cleveland Magazine, 107.3 the Wave, and The Arcade  have come together to bring a variety of verified local Cleveland Businesses to the festival, including local restaurants, boutiques, health and wellness vendors and live entertainment.


Among those events happening at Playhouse Square, there will be many other festivities happening all over downtown, such as The Cleveland Bazaar, an indie marketplace found at the 5th Street Arcades. Here, shoppers can purchases a variety of handmade items from over 75 local artists.


Tower City will be hosting The Toy Soldier & Fairy Godmother Holiday Show at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The Grand Staircase,  as well as carols from Old Stone Choir in the Portico and other places at Tower City from 3:30-4:00 p.m.


Many other attractions can be found at the Cleveland Public Library, including a performance from the Beautiful Bells River Valley Ringers Hand Bell Chorus from 12:00-1:00 p.m., live reindeer and ice sculpture art in the reading garden from 1:00- 3:00 p.m., a show from the Holiday Tuba Ensemble including a lighting ceremony, concert and fireworks with cookies and cider from 2:00- 3:30 p.m. and a holiday performance from the Cleveland School of Ballet at 4:00 p.m.


This event will be a great way to showcase local businesses and artist, providing a safe, fun way for families and friends to enjoy the beauty of downtown.


“We really want people to enjoy all of downtown for the holidays,” Tinker says. “We want them to come down and spend their time exploring downtown and celebrating traditions that Downtown Cleveland is known for.”


Editor’s Note: To view a full schedule of events, visit Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s Winterfest page at Information from and was used in this report.