Get in the Holiday Spirit at Cleveland Public Library

The Terminal Tower and Public Square in Cleveland Ohio colorfully lit up for ChristmasToy trains, ice skating, reindeers and more will bring cheer to Cleveland families.

‘Tis the season to visit Cleveland Public Library to enjoy FREE holiday entertainment for the entire family. Starting Saturday, November 30, Main Library and the Louis Stokes Wing in downtown Cleveland along with our 27 neighborhood branch libraries will transform into a winter wonderland. From the young to those young at heart, the Library will host several activities and events for a variety of ages.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 30 just in time for Winterfest. Children and adults are invited to hop aboard the Library’s Winterfest experience and check out our Toy Train Depot or get inspired in Imagination Station where families can get creative with crafts and stories. And, that’s not all. There’s also live reindeer, ice sculpting, and an opportunity to pose for a photo with Conductor Comet the Reindeer. Families can also celebrate around the world without ever leaving the city at our Traditional Polish Holiday Program. Cookies and hot cider will be provided.

Schedule of Winterfest Activities at Cleveland Public Library

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Toy Train Depot Louis Stokes Wing,

Lower Level

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Live Reindeer and Ice Sculpting Eastman Reading Garden
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Imagination Station Main Library, 4th Floor
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Conductor Comet the Reindeer Louis Stokes Wing,

Lower Level

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Traditional Polish Holiday Program Main Library, 4th Floor
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Cookies & Hot Cider Louis Stokes Wing,

Indoor Reading Garden

 

Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop in holiday clothing

Mallory Lewis (Daughter of Shari Lewis) and Lamb Chop

The star of Winterfest at Cleveland Public Library is world-renowned sock puppet Lamb Chop. On Saturday, November 30, Mallory Lewis, the daughter of the late puppeteer and ventriloquist Shari Lewis, will present A Lamb Chop Celebration at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Library’s Louis Stokes Wing. Lewis will honor her mother’s achievements over the last six decades through song and dance. “Lamb Chop and I are so excited to be coming to Cleveland! We are thrilled to be performing our favorite show – a true multimedia tribute to my mom,” said Mallory Lewis. Families can register for A Lamb Chop Celebration at cpl.org/winterfest.

Can’t make it downtown? Cleveland Public Library is spreading holiday cheer throughout the city. On Thursday, December 5, the Library is hosting its 3rd Annual Jolly Storytime Trolley at five branch locations: West Park, South, Hough, Memorial Nottingham and Union. Families will learn about the adventures in The Polar Express and revel in the holiday spirit through song while sipping on hot chocolate. Jolly Storytime Trolley will pick up every half hour at each branch library from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Registration is required for this activity.

Looking for something to do on a Sunday? Head over to Cleveland Public Library – Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch located at 1962 Stokes Boulevard on Sunday, December 8 from 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. to celebrate Holiday CircleFest in University Circle. The MLK Branch will have face-painting, balloon art, crafts and more for the entire family. Attendees will also enjoy the smooth sounds of Cleveland Native and Jazz Trumpeter Kamal Abdul-Alim.

And, the FREE fun for all doesn’t stop there. From gift wrapping to classic movies, the Library has something for everyone this holiday season.  Check out what’s happening in your neighborhood library in the UpNext Winter Program Guide.