For those Clevelanders who were raised here on the North Coast, I am sure you have a lot of special holiday memories associated with this city and you now have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday traditions and nostalgia of Cleveland when you pay a visit the the Cleveland History Center and tour their “Celebrations: Holiday Traditions in the Western Reserve” exhibit running from November 27 through the end of the year. And if you come on Friday, November 27, you can also enjoy a Gingerbread Tea & Tour included with your admission.
Presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society, this Holiday Traditions event gives visitors the chance to stroll past Higbee’s department store window displays of the past and tour two historic mansions dressed in their holiday finery. Weekends during the holiday season will also feature different Cleveland ethnic holiday celebrations and activities and Make & Take Crafts. And while you are there, be sure to stop by Weber’s stand and treat yourself and your family to a frosted malt.
Visitors to the museum on Friday, November 27 will also have the chance to partake of a Gingerbread Tea and then take a tour of the facility (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Tours are approximately 50 minutes in length and registration is not required. However, you should sign up as soon as you arrive at the Cleveland History Center as space is limited. Tours will be offered at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost of the tea and tour are included in your museum admission.
And don’t leave the museum without taking a ride on the restored and operational Euclid Beach Carousel. With your paid admission you will receive two tokens to ride the carousel. Restored by Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, the carousel features 58 hand-carved horses that are hand-painted to represent a wide range of decorations and themes. Additional rides are $3 apiece.
The carousel was the 19th carousel created by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. After Euclid Beach Park closed 46 years ago (1969), the ride was moved to an amusement park in Maine. The carousel finally made a return to the Cleveland area and has been lovingly restored to its original beauty by skilled artisans. All of the horses are the original horses except for four and the chariots are also original. One of the chariots has been modified for handicapped access. The carousel is the largest artifact owned by the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Hours for the Cleveland History Center are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for veterans and $5 for children (3-12). Children 2 and under are free. There is a parking fee.
For more information about the Holiday Traditions exhibit, the Gingerbread Tea & Tour or the museum in general, call 216-721-5722 or get online at www.wrhs.org. The Cleveland History Center is located at 10825 East Blvd. in Cleveland, Ohio.