Around Cleveland: A T-rex Named Sue and Numerous Holiday Festivities
Posted 11.13.06As the bright hues of October fade into the cold grey skies of November, there is still plenty to do in Cleveland! Walk over to the Natural History Museum to see a unique dinosaur exhibition. Or start feeling some holiday cheer at a number of Cleveland-area festivities designed to warm your hearts.
A T-rex Named Sue
Introduce yourself to a giant-sized blast from the past at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History! Running from November 11, 2006 – April 15, 2007, A T-rex Named Sue allows visitors to view and interact with a full-sized cast of the world’s largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. Sue is an impressive 42-feet long and 12-feet high and will delight visitors of all ages. In addition to the skeleton, the exhibit also includes interactive displays, touchable replicas, and various tools to help budding scientists learn more about paleontology.
While you’re visiting Sue, don’t forget to Meet Jane, the Juvenile Tyrannosaur! Jane, the Museum of Natural History’s newest permanent addition, is a life-sized skeletal cast of a juvenile Tyrannosaur from the Late Cretaceous period. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Sue and say a hearty welcome to Jane!
The Start of the Holiday Season!
The holiday season is just around the corner! To help you get in the festive spirit, attend the 23rd Annual Winterfest Holiday Program in downtown Cleveland. The celebrations begin with the annual Holiday Lighting of Public Square on Saturday, November 25th at 6:00 pm when Public Square is dramatically lit with holiday lights. Visitors can partake in a number of free activities including entertainment, music and dance. The Public Square lighting will be followed by fireworks as well as an antique horse and carriage parade, featuring 50 carriages drawn by magnificent Clydesdales and other horses. After the parade, head into the BP Tower for a public party or into numerous other venues for additional entertainment. Don’t be left out of the excitement as Cleveland kicks into high energy for the holidays!
Looking for something closer to campus? How about the Holiday CircleFest? Held on December 3rd from 1:00-5:30 pm, the annual Holiday CircleFest is a day-long celebration featuring music, entertainment, and lots of holiday shopping among over 20 different University Circle museums, gardens, galleries, and churches. After a day of fun and activities, visitors can watch the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Festival along Wade Oval from 5:30-6:00 pm. This spectacular procession includes dancers, musicians, and artists – all with lit lanterns to usher in the holiday season.
Want to experience a step back in time? Then journey to the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio. An extremely popular Northeast Ohio event, the annual Hale Farm & Village Lantern Tours offer visitors a glimpse of the Village of Wheatfield, circa 1861. Using traditional lanterns for light, visitors are taken on a guided tour through the village, including “homes” around the village green, gaining insight into historical celebrations from a variety of village residents. Tours are held on Fridays and Saturdays in December (8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 December). Come learn how our current holiday traditions were established by our Connecticut “Western Reserve” forefathers.