With so many adult responsibilities, slowing down to catch the holiday vibes can be tougher than hanging lights on one pesky tree. But these three can’t-miss December festivities will help you embrace the season.
Ma & Pa's Gift Shack
Leave that plastic monstrosity of a tree in the attic. Instead head to Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack in Burton to snag a real pre-cut Fraser fir tree ($50-$60). With a purchase, a free horse-drawn carriage through a winter wonderland is the star-on-top that elevates this Burton spot beyond your corner tree lot. 15161 Main Market Road, Burton, 440-548- 5521, maandpas.com
Nightmare Before Christmas
We can’t settle the age-old debate on whether Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or a Christmas flick, but we can get behind watching it this time of year. Lock3’s free, annual outdoor viewing Dec. 21 includes drink specials and more. 200 S. Main St., Akron, 330-375-2877, lock3live.com
Three things come to mind when we think Christmas: Santa, Hallmark movies and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The jolly rockers bring the Christmas Eve and Other Stories tour to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Dec. 27. Even though the two concerts ($49.50-$80) are after the big day, hits such as “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” keep you in the spirit. 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 888-894-9424, rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com