Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holiday Idea #2

Holiday Idea #2

One of the prettiest sites in Northern Ohio is all of our beautiful holiday lights. We are passionate about our lighting displays, from those personal yards filled with thousand of holidays lights and plastic ornaments, to whole neighborhood streets lit up with holiday music playing. And yes, we even have those homes stepping into the new age by having the newest "blow-up" creation on the market. (Some holiday traditions are hard to accept - does anyone have a pin? Ha Ha)

One great way to see the lights of the area is by taking a ride on Lolly the Trolley. Trolley Tours offer a Tinsel, Tales, and Trees ride. The tour is a narrated One Hour City Sightseeing Tour featuring the past, present and future of Cleveland while viewing the area lights. You will see and learn about North Coast Harbor, Public Square, Downtown, the Warehouse District, Gateway and the Playhouse Square Theater District. Then it’s off to the Cleveland Play House Festival of Trees to stroll indoors among the delightful decorator-designed “themed trees” and to gather ideas for your holiday house! The public tour is approximately 2 hours long.

Additional information may be found by going to http://www.lollytrolley.com/
Reservations are required for all tours.Call 216-771-4484 or 1-800-848-0173Press "0" for a friendly voice!

Holiday Christmas Ideas

I don’t know what it is about an early powder white snowfall that makes us northern Ohioians get all excited for the holidays. Maybe because there is just so much to do to keep us busy. I am not talking about shopping, however we have plenty of that. I am talking about taking tours of holiday lights, visiting the zoo on a cold winter day, tubing in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and going to see those old favorite holiday plays and concerts.

So as the Editor-in-Chief of the Northern Ohio Tourism site, I would like to take this time to start to offer some of our “Favorite Things” do in northern Ohio for the holidays. And remember when the day is finished you can always go home and make some wonderful hot chocolate with marshmallows and dream about sugar plums coming in the days ahead.

Holiday Idea # 1

Our first holiday idea starts with taking a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The railroad offers wonderful holiday trips - one is the Christmas Tree Adventure. Starting December 6th, you can take a train ride to Heritage Farms and pick out a beautiful Christmas Tree. You get to cut the tree your self or pick one out that is already cut. The staff then tags it, bags it, and it's on the train with you, no worries! There is also time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants in Peninusla. The train runs the last weekend in November and the first 2 weekends in December. Fee: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+), $12 for children (3-12). Departure is from Rockside Station at 10:15 am on December 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2008.

Another favorite train ride of ours is the Jingeling's Holiday Express. Starting December 6, 2008 the rairoad offers a holiday trip with a holiday icon of our area. Mr. Jingeling" joins the for a train ride. “Mr. Jingeling”, who is the “Keeper of the Keys” to Santa’s toy shop will be passing out his magical keys on this holiday ride.

For additional information about the above events, visit http://www.cvsr.com/ for details and reservations.