Around Cleveland: A Christmas Story House and Akron's First Night Celebration
Are looking for something fun to do during the holiday season? Do you want to spend an afternoon with your family and friends touring a piece of American culture? If so, then check out the newly-opened A Christmas Story House! Do you want to welcome 2007 with a visual performing arts extravaganza? Then head to Akron’s First Night celebration!
Debuting in 1983, “A Christmas Story” movie takes place in a 1940s Midwest town. Ralphie, the nine-year old main character, is hoping for a Red Rider BB gun and the movie follows all of his foibles in high style. Of note to Clevelanders, the original house used in the movie is located right here on the west side! Having been recently restored, A Christmas Story House is open to the public for tours. After your tour, you can cross the street to the official A Christmas Story Museum which includes original props, costumes and memorabilia from the movie. You can even purchase a replica of the famous “leg lamp!”
Not sure what do for New Year’s Eve? Looking for an evening-long fun-filled celebration? Want a family-friendly event? Then look no further than First Night Akron! Billed as “a major visual performing arts festival,” First Night Akron is a massive celebration of the New Year through various forms of performing arts. Held at over 20 venues in downtown Akron, participants enjoy bands, chorale ensembles, laser light shows, magicians, and more. Naturally, at the stroke of midnight there is a huge fireworks display. Have fun ringing in 2007!