CHAGRIN FALLS — In years past, the holiday season and all of its attractions has been sponsored by a single organization. This year, however, it is a collaborative of downtown merchants, arts organizations, civic groups and village government who will make things merry and bright. 

Councilwoman Angela DeBernardo, holiday coordinator, said there will be a lot to do, see and take part in during the next four weeks. 

What’s new this year is something called “The Nutcracker Hunt.” Mrs. DeBernardo hopes it will become an annual tradition and fun for all ages. 

“We’ve placed 18, 2-foot-tall vintage nutcrackers in the shops and restaurants throughout the village and are asking people while they are shopping or just exploring town to see if they can match the names of each nutcracker pictured on their ‘hunt card’ with the place they were found.” 

Mrs. DeBernardo explained clues are available by asking a helpful shopkeeper or by going online. Printable “hunt cards and hint sheets” are also available beginning Nov. 29. 

“Those who find 12 of the 18 nutcrackers will receive a vintage wooden nutcracker ornament when they present their completed hunt card,” she said, adding they will be automatically entered into a raffle for a mystery gift bag held at this year’s Popcorn Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve. 

 The Nutcracker Hunt is sponsored by the merchants of Chagrin Falls, and the Village of Chagrin Falls is sponsoring the nutcracker contest. 

Holiday kick-off weekend

Nov. 29 – Cary and the Dissidents provide holiday music from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Chagrin Valley Jaycees host the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Triangle Park, 6:30-7 p.m. Chagrin Arts’ Pop-up Sing-along “All I Want For Christmas Is You” starts after the tree lighting. The day includes the opening of Give Chagrin Valley’s Holly Hall (Chagrin Falls Township Hall), 83 N. Main St. with complimentary cookies, cocoa, a train display and children’s crafts.

Nov. 30 – For Small Business Saturday, parking meter fees will be suspended; look for shopping deals on meters instead. Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce Pancake Breakfast will be at Township Hall at 9.a.m. Shops open at 10 a.m. and there will be strolling carolers. Holly Hall will have cookies and cocoa, a holiday train display, children’s crafts and a mini tree display and Santa Claus visits from 12-4 p.m. 

Dec. 1 – Cookies and cocoa, a holiday train display, children’s crafts and a mini tree display continue at Holly Hall. Complimentary carriage rides will be provided at the Shopping Plaza; contact Dazzle for timed ticketing. Santa will visit Holly Hall from 12-4 p.m.

Seasonal celebration schedule

Santa visits Holly Hall (Chagrin Falls Township Hall, 83 N. Main St.) on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7-8, and 14-15 from 12-4 p.m. 

A Mini Tree and Wreath Auction will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 at Holly Hall. 

Complimentary horse and carriage rides take place Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 in the shopping plaza. Check in at the Dazzle store for information.

 Gingerbread Tea Children’s Show is Dec. 7 and 8 at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River St. Call 440-247-8955 for tickets. 

Concerts at Holly Hall include Chagrin Falls Choirs on Dec. 7 and the Tiger Beats on Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The intermediate school choir performs at 11:30 a.m., middle school at 12:30 p.m. and the high school at 1:30 p.m..

Special guests at Holly Hall will include Flower Entertainment balloon art on Dec. 1 and a princess visit on Dec. 14. 

The Chagrin Falls Historical Society, 87 E. Washington St., will host their holiday open house on Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. 

 Chagrin Studio Orchestra’s Annual Wassail Concert is at CVLT on Dec. 20-22 at 8 p.m. 

CVLT performs “Annie” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 15 

For last minute fun on Dec. 20-22, Saturday parking fees will be suspended, and there will be pop-up visits with Santa and the Grinch, free gift wrapping at Holly Hall and strolling carolers.

A veteran reporter and columnist, Barbara Christian has been covering Chagrin Falls since 1967 and is currently responsible for Chagrin Falls village events, government and school board news along with her weekly column "Window on Main Street."

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