Local businesses and organizations are offering fun holiday social and cultural activities for Heights seniors and their families. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Please call ahead to confirm times, make reservations and inquire about handicapped accessibility if needed.
Happy holidays to all of our readers, and best wishes for a wonderful new year!
McGregor will present several holiday events: a Holiday Christmas Concert with the Hillcrest Band on Dec. 2, 7 p.m.; Music for Sam Fosh on Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m.; a Winter Choir Concert on Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m., a Market Bazaar offering holiday gifts, keepsakes and baked goods on Dec. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and a performance by the McGregor Pace Choir on Dec. 22, 11:30 a.m. (14900 Private Drive, Cleveland, 216-851-8200)
On Dec. 5, Coventry Village will host the Cleveland Bazaar on Coventry, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., featuring wares from more than 70 artisan craft makers as well as Coventry shops. (1854 Coventry Road and 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-556-0927)
Also on Dec. 5, Church of the Saviour will hold its annual Advent Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a silent auction, food, live music and activities for children. (2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-8880)
The 22nd annual Holiday CircleFest will take place in University Circle on Dec. 6, 1–5:30 p.m. More than a dozen museums, gardens, galleries, churches and schools will provide activities—music, food, fun and shopping. From 1–7 p.m., the Rink at Wade Oval will be the site of ice skating and ice-carving demonstrations. Festivities will conclude with the Winter Lights Lantern Procession at The Cleveland Museum of Art, 5:30–6 p.m. (10820 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-791-3900)
The Stone Gardens Assisted Living Residence will hold its annual Rock for All Ages Chanukah concert with Noah Budin on Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. (27090 Cedar Road, Beachwood, 216-292-0070)
Ten Thousand Villages will host a Shop to Support Heights Community Congress (HCC) event on Dec. 11, 6–8 p.m. The store will donate 15 percent of net sales to HCC. (12425 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-575-1058)
The Coventry Village Festival will be held Dec. 12, noon to 10 p.m., and is part of the second-annual Holiday Stroll, taking place in the Coventry Village, Cedar Fairmount, and Cedar Lee shopping districts. (See article for details). Events include live music, community caroling, arts events, “ugly sweater” contests, holiday movie showings, and complimentary gift wrapping. Lolly the Trolley will provide free transportation between the three shopping districts, 4–8 p.m.
The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland will present A Festival of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 13, 4 p.m.; a Unified Service [featuring] Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 20, 10 a.m.; a Christmas Nativity Pageant with live animals on Dec. 24, 7 p.m., and a candlelight service on Dec. 24, 11 p.m. (3630 Fairmount Blvd., Shaker Heights, 216-932-7480)
At 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, 15 and 16, Nighttown will present its 10th annual Musical Theater Project performance of “A Christmas Cabaret in Cleveland.” This show features performances of well-known classics and hidden gems, as well as a few sing-alongs. Call 216-245-8687 for tickets ($41 to $45). (12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights)
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will hold the 115th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the longest-running citizen science survey in the world that provides critical data on bird population trends. Bird walks will be held to locate and identify resident winter birds. Registration required. (2600 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights, 216-321-5935)
The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center will host a Winter Centerpiece Workshop on Dec. 22, 11 a.m. Fresh greens will be provided to create decorations suitable for any holiday. Registration required; $7 fee. (1 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-691-7377)
On Dec. 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Maltz Museum will offer “Give What You Can, Pay What You Can” admission. Bring a canned-good donation and/or pay what you can toward museum admission. There will be a screening of the film “Orchestra of Exiles” at 2 p.m., and a make-and-take craft project for kids (registration required). All canned goods will be donated to the Semach Sedek Kosher Food Bank and Pantry, and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-593-0575)
The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center will hold its annual New Year’s party on Jan. 7, noon to 3 p.m. A catered lunch, musical entertainment and a raffle will be provided. Registration required; $12 admission.