This is the time of year when you can drive through virtually any neighborhood in the region and enjoy Christmas light displays outside people’s homes for free. CLE on the Cheap is all about having fun on a budget, as you know, so we endorse this practice.
Most locals know about Seabury Avenue in Fairview Park, where virtually every house participates in a coordinated luminous effort that brings visitors in cars and on foot every holiday season. News 5, the local ABC affiliate, has highlighted that display (although it erroneously refers to the city as Fairview, Ohio) and several others in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Stark counties.
You can visit any of these neighborhoods on your own time and at your own pace for just the price of the gas that gets you there. But if you’re looking for a more coordinated tour where you can focus your attention on the lights while someone else drives, you might like the Jingle Bells Night of Lights Tour.
The two-hour tour begins at PJ McIntyre’s Irish Pub in Cleveland’s Kamm's Corners neighborhood and its stops include Seabury Avenue, Public Square and A Christmas Story House. Tours leave at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28. The final two tours of the season leave at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4.
The cost is $22 for people 13 and older and $15 for those 12 and younger with a minimum of 10 passengers. And you can BYOB in a soft-sided cooler, although ID is required to bring alcohol aboard. Get more details and register here.
Dress for the weather and photo ops.