Christmas in Cleveland

As always, I am a bit belated in getting up my homage to Cleveland’s Christmas past. This season was such a blur this year. And with the crazy publicity that Lost Cleveland received during this holiday season I don’t know if I ever actually new what the date was until Christmas Day. Anyway, I was walking down Euclid Avenue a few days past when I was struck by a few thoughts…the first being,how beautiful the decorations in Playhouse Square and the annual Festival of Lights at Public Square were this year. My second thought was – what was the Christmas Season like in years past in Cleveland? I found some very spirited photos showing what Christmas used to be like in Cleveland and they are marvelous. And next year I promise to do some more research on Christmas on Euclid Avenue – because I have a sneeky suspicion that are some great photos I did not get to uncover this year.

Hey – are you ready for a Christmas Parade?

Photo provided courtesy of the Cleveland Press Archives.

Where did all these people come from? This photo was taken in 1955 moments before Cleveland’s annual Christmas Parade along Euclid Avenue. This particular shot was at the Cole Shoe Store on the south side of Euclid between East Fourth and Euclid pointing towards Public Square. Very near where House of Blues would be today. The crowd is crazy large.

This photo was snapped very close to where the above photo was taken – East Fourth and Euclid albeit from a different vantage point and different year – 1966. But what a gorgeous street scape. Look at all those signs and Christmas decorations!

Photo provided courtesy of the Cleveland Press Archives.

The next shot is one of my favorite photos in the bunch – it was taken in 1967 under the canopy of the Sterling Linder Store (which would be on the corner of E. 13th and Euclid again looking west toward Public Square).

Photo provided courtesy of Cleveland Press Archives.

Look at all these shoppers! Crazy. Look how bright Euclid Avenue looks with the Halle Building across the street. Very exciting. Speaking of Sterling Linder – it was a Cleveland tradition to take the family to visit this gorgeous department store to view the large Christmas tree that was set up in the lobby.

Photo provided courtesy of the Cleveland Press Archives.

What a magnificent lobby! With the tiered floors looking down on the large Christmas tree. It is a shame that half of this store was torn down to make a surface parking lot. Just doesn’t seem fair to destroy this beautiful building for a few cars, does it? I would love for Cleveland to experience this type of rich Christmas experience in its Downtown area. But until then, we can admire the wonderland that was Christmas in Cleveland.


About Tech Czar
Former "Tech Czar" for the City of Cleveland, fascinated by the civic space, history (Cleveland & Military), entrepreneurship, social media, food and travel. My first book on Cleveland history will be published by History Press ( this fall.

3 Responses to Christmas in Cleveland

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  2. Thanks for the memories of my home town!

  3. Wow, these photos are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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