Mr. Kringle Returns to Tower City With Inventionasium

I happen to work downtown and was walking by the old Higbee Building on Public Square when I noticed that the windows are decorated for the holidays. This made me very happy. Particularly the one window complete with a brightly colored animated display. It turned out it was actually a promotion for a holiday activity called Kringle’s Inventionasium in Tower City. Looks like they’re bringing back more of the holiday fun to the downtown mall this season, so I’m really looking forward to bringing the toddler downtown. I went to the website, here’s more info on all of Tower City’s holiday activities this year:

The Toy Soldier, Fairy Godmother & Friends Holiday Show
The “Storybook” show will feature Tower City’s own Toy Soldier, Fairy Godmother, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Rudolph, Frosty, the Prince & Princess as well as a ballerina.

Friday, November 28
Noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays Nov. 29 through Dec. 21
Noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

(Meet and greet follow each show)


“Kringle’s Inventionasium“

Children and adults alike will delight in touring the inter-active, secret inventing lab of Kris Kringle, the toymaker Extraordinaire”!

Kringle’s Iventionasium is free to tour. Visits with Kris Kringle are also free. Charges apply to photos with Mr. Kringle and the Invent-A-Toy activity. Kringle’s also features a gift shop of unique toys and decorations.

Friday, Nov. 28
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fridays: Dec. 5, 12 & 19
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 & 20
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sundays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21
Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Weekdays: Monday, Dec. 15 – Tuesday, Dec. 23
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE interactive tour through Kris Kringle’s Toy inventing lab!

PLUS…Photos with Kris Kringle (Packages available beginning at $10), Invent-A-Toy (a paid activity) and Gift Shop


Bruce the Talking Spruce!

Friday, November 28
Saturdays & Sundays November 29 through December 21
&Monday December 22 & Tuesday December 23

Bruce will be awake during Center Hours (with an occasional short nap)


Holiday Express Train
(November 28 – December 23)
Fridays & Saturdays
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Noon – 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22 & Tuesday, Dec. 23
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

*Saturday, November 29 – Winterfest
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at Guest Services ($2.00 per person). Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.


The Twigbee Shop
Open Center Hours

Children 12 and under can shop for everyone on their list for under $10!

(Located inside of Christmas Corner on Level 1 next to Carvel Ice Cream)


Gingerbread Lane

(Located on Level 2 – Top of Grand Staircase)

A magical new Cleveland holiday tradition is taking shape in ovens all over town…and it is made entirely of gingerbread! November 26 –through December 18 stroll through Gingerbread Lane, a Benefit for Welcome House Inc. at Tower City. The winter-wonderland neighborhood features a baker’s dozen of stunningly decorated gingerbread houses that promise to delight the entire family. Prepared by some of the finest “flour arrangers” in the city, the Gingerbread Lane creations will be a feast for the senses, with brilliant lighting effects, moving parts and of course, the heavenly aroma that reminds us all of holidays past.

November 28 – December 18
Open Center Hours

All of the gingerbread house creations will be auctioned to the public at a Welcome House/VIP Block Party on Thursday, December 18 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., with proceeds going to support the show’s sponsor, Welcome House Inc., the nonprofit housing and residential services provider for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

For tickets or more information, visit

Complimentary Gift Wrap

Saturday, December 13 – Tuesday, December 23

(Located on Level 1 across from Kringle’s Inventionasium)


Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, November 29 – Winterfest Celebration

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(At the Grand Staircase)

More info at:

I personally think the Inventionasium will be fun, and know the toddler will love riding the train (since he already did last week at Southpark!).   Plus, I remember coming downtown for the holidays as a child and look forward to continuing something of a tradition with the toddler.

Until next time,



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