Discover Winter Wonders at  Cleveland Public Library

‘Tis the season to visit Cleveland Public Library to enjoy FREE holiday entertainment with the entire family. Starting Saturday, November 27, Main Library in Downtown Cleveland along with our neighborhood libraries will transform into a winter wonderland.  

Visit one of our neighborhood branches for holiday-themed take-and-make activities, check out holiday cookbooks to find a recipe to wow any dinner party, browse books for craft and gift ideas, or create some holiday cheer with our maker equipment and new Cricut® machines.

Our Winterfest experience at Main Library will kick off at noon on Saturday, November 27. Children and adults are invited to see live reindeer, ice sculpting, take-and-make crafts, and a special visit from Mr. Kringle’s friends. And that’s not all. For the first time, a Cleveland holiday tradition is coming to Library. Families can relish the sights and sounds of the Toy Soldier at two performances at Cleveland Public Library right before the tree lighting in Public Square.


12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Reindeer FarmEastman Reading Garden
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Winter Ice SculptingEastman Reading Garden
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Take-and-Make CraftsEastman Reading Garden
All DayMr. Kringle’s FriendsMain Library
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Toy Soldier PerformanceLouis Stokes Wing Auditorium
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Toy Soldier PerformanceLouis Stokes Wing Auditorium

STORYTIME IN THE SQUARE: Join Cleveland Public Library in Public Square for holiday Storytime every Saturday in December (12/4, 12/11, & 12/18) except Christmas Day. Our librarians will read classic holiday stories from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Author Tiffany D. Jackson

BRIGHT LIGHTS, READING NIGHTS: New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson joins Cleveland Public Library for sweet treats and stories under the lights of the Main Library Eastman Reading Garden. Bright Lights, Reading Nights will be held on Friday, December 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Families are encouraged to join us for this outdoor Storytime complete with Rock Hall-iday tunes, balloon twisting, hot cocoa, peppermint mochas, and popcorn. Jackson will read her book, Santa in the City, and will give away autographed copies while supplies last. The RTA Holiday Trolley will also make a stop at Main Library with a special guest.  

After the Eastman Reading Garden event, attendees will stroll through our pop-up StoryWalk in Public Square while appreciating the colorful lights.

READ & WIN: New Year, another great read. Starting Saturday, January 1, join Cleveland Public Library for the Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. The theme “Read for a Better World!” encourages book lovers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Readers are eligible to win cool prizes. 

The Winter Reading Challenge is open to all. Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up at
  • Track the minutes read and record them on the Beanstack app or website.
  • Tweet about it at #WinterReadCLE, #WinterRead2022, #ReadforaBetterWorld
  • Readers have until Monday, February 28 to complete the challenge requirements.
  • Need something to read? Visit or call Cleveland Public Library to reserve a book today. Need a recommendation? ASK CPL to live chat with a Librarian.

“The holidays are a time for family, food, and fellowship. We encourage everyone to bring their families to Cleveland Public Library to play, learn, and make fabulous memories,” said Erica Marks, Youth Services Program Director at Cleveland Public Library.  

Visit for registration information and a complete list of winter programs and activities at Cleveland Public Library.