Unwrap the Holidays at Cleveland Public Library

Get ready to unwrap the joy of the holiday season as Cleveland Public Library presents various enchanting events for the entire family.



Before the tree lighting on Public Square, experience WinterLand 2023 at Cleveland Public Library on Saturday, November 25, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at our Main Library. Take your free holiday pictures, visit the live reindeer, enjoy story time with beloved children’s author and illustrator Bill Cotter, Nutcracker selections by City Ballet of Cleveland, face painting, balloon twisting, live music performances, cozy hot cocoa, and more.

Frosted Winter at Rice

Enjoy viewing live reindeer, crafts, stories, and giveaways as we celebrate another year of literacy, learning, and fun! Wednesday, December 6, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Whether you’re a competitor, spectator, enthusiast, or casual fan, there’s more for you at CPL PLAY! Don’t miss Cleveland’s best Games Culture event at Main Library. Get your hands on the latest games and coolest tech while making new friends and rivals. So, who’s got next? Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Main Library.

Madden 24

This is your chance to prove that you’re the MVP of Madden NFL 24 and win an Xbox Series X.

Street Fighter 6

Don’t get trapped in the corner in Street Fighter 6 or else it’s GG. The winner of this tournament will win an Asus ROG Ally.


Get holiday-ready with TechCentral’s Maker Monday Holiday Workshops, a series of hands-on holiday workshops that include Cricut holiday cards and laser engraver and button-maker projects. Create unique holiday keepsakes to share with your loved ones at Cleveland Public Library’s TechCentral on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. November 20, December 4, 11 and 18, 2023.

Craft your way into the holiday spirit with Holiday Take-and-Make Crafts at our Harvard-Lee branch on Monday, November 20.


Enjoy the second annual Nutcracker Extravaganza with Dance Arts by Regina at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1 at our Carnegie West Branch

City Ballet of Cleveland presents a uniquely Cleveland twist on Tchaikvosky’s holiday classic with presentations of the Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker on Saturday, December 9 at 3:00 pm at Hough Campus.

Get into the holiday spirit with Tri-C’s Creative Arts Academy Holiday Choral Concert at 3:00 p.m. on December 21 in the Louis Stokes Wing Lower Lobby.

Cleveland Public Library’s Black Employee Resource Group is hosting a Kwanzaa Celebration in partnership with Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at our Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch.

Celebrate Three Kings Day from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on January 4, 2024, at our Fulton Branch.

For more information about holiday events and programs at Cleveland Public Library, please visit cpl.org.