Fill your calendar this month with these family-friendly holiday events. For even more seasonal happenings, visit Northeast Ohio Parent’s event page at northeastohioparent.com/events.
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
Santa Express Train Rides. Ride the train to Santa’s Place, enjoy a group story, and have one-on-one time with Santa. Noon-5 p.m. through 12/18. Ohio Station Outlets, 9911 Avon Lake Road, Lodi, 330-948-1239, ohiostationoutlets.com
A Gingerbread Celebration. Enjoy a gingerbread adventure through the nature center with themed crafts and activities. Noon-5 p.m. through 12/18. Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 330-722-9364 medinacountyparks.com
Snack with Santa and the Animals. This holiday tradition includes animal encounters, visits with Santa, a variety of snacks, entertainment, and crafts. 3-5 p.m. through 12/18. Akron Zoo, 504 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org
A Charlie Brown Christmas. The cherished holiday classic comes to life in the faithful adaptation of the animated television special. Friday, Saturday and Sunday showings. Magical Theatre Company, 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, magicaltheatre.org
Fruitcakes – A Heartwarming Christmas Comedy. A hilarious celebration of small town life that will make you appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. Geauga Theater, 101 Water St., Chardon, 440-286-2255, geaugatheater.org
White Christmas – The Musical. Relive the days of yuletide yore with memorable music, a heartwarming story and a whole lot of throwback holiday cheer. Ewing Hall, 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, metroparks.cc
The Polar Express. Wear pajamas to hear a reading of The Polar Express on a journey to the North Pole. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 800-468-4070, cvsr.com
Festival of Trees. Get into the spirit of the season with this beloved annual holiday tradition. Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, playhousesquare.org
Holidays at the Mansion. Visit this 28-room Victorian Mansion featuring a 40-tree winter wonderland. 1-4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 1-8 p.m.