CLEVELAND, Ohio — One week to go till Christmas and there are plenty of holiday-related activities around town to get you in the festive spirit this weekend. But there are some non-holiday events, too, including the return of favorite son Colson Baker, aka Machine Gun Kelly, whose nationwide tour comes to Cleveland on Saturday.
Machine Gun Kelly at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
The rapper-turned-rocker caps off the most successful year of his career with a concert in his hometown. MGK is set to perform songs from his best-selling album “Tickets to My Downfall,” including the hit singles “Forget Me Too” and “My Best Friend’s Ex.” Tickets start at $35.
1 Center Court, Cleveland
8:30 p.m. Dec. 18
Check out the biggest collection of sneakers in the world at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. In the addition to the latest and trendiest footwear, the show also features many rare and hard-to-find shoes. Sneakerheads can buy, sell and trade their kicks and get them authenticated, too. Admission, $25.
300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland
noon-7 p.m., Dec. 18
WinterfestCLE at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Celebrate the holidays at Cleveland’s No. 1 attraction. The Ohio City Singers kick off the festivities with a concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16. The fun continues through the weekend with live holiday music from the Mechanics, festive drinks, seasonal trivia, and last-minute shopping deals. It’s also your last chance to see the Superbowl Halftime exhibit before it closes at the end of the year. Museum admission, $30.
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland
REO Speedwagon at MGM Northfield Park
One of the most popular rock bands of the 1980s returns to Northeast Ohio to perform some of its biggest hits like “Keep On Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Take it on the Run.” Tickets, $115.
8 p.m., Dec. 18
10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield
“A Very Electric Christmas” at Akron Civic Theatre
Lightwire Theater presents this dazzling and luminescent holiday show in the dark about Max, a young bird flying south for the winter who is blown off course and lands in the North Pole. It’s a magical story full of classic holiday music by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, Tchaikovsky and more. Tickets, $20-$55.
182 S. Main St., Akron
12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., Dec. 19
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at E.J. Thomas Performing Hall
Blending new age and rock, this Grammy-winning group led by percussionist and composer Chip Davis continues to thrill fans every holiday season with its rocking performances of Christmas music accompanied by dazzling visual effects. Tickets, $45.
198 Hill Street, Akron
7 p.m., Dec. 19
“Wicked” at Playhouse Square
One of the most beloved musicals of all time tells the story of what happened in the magical Land of Oz before Dorothy before dropped in when Elphaba, who became the Wicked Witch of the West, and Galinda, later Glinda the Good, met and became friends. Enchanting, funny and full of memorable songs like “Popular,” “For Good” and “Defying Gravity.” Tickets, $59-$199.
Key Bank State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Now through Jan. 2
Beachland Holiday Flea
If you’re a music fan or audiophile, or have one on your holiday shopping list, head to the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern where more than 20 vendors will be selling vintage items, vinyl records, cool crafts, unusual items and more. Free admission.
15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 18
Cleveland Orchestra Holiday Concerts
Led by conductor Brett Mitchell and joined by vocalist Capthia Jenkins, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and a few special guests, the Cleveland Orchestra fills Severance Music Center with the sounds of the season, performing a wide variety of festive holiday music.
11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
John Heffron at Hilarities
The season two winner of “Last Comic Standing” is known for his accessible standup act during which he shares the wisdom on relationships and everyday experiences he has gathered from childhood to his life as a married father. Tickets, sold in tables of 2, 4 or 6 people, start at $30.
2035 E. 4th St., Cleveland
Great Lakes Theater presents “A Christmas Carol”
One of Northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions is back as Cleveland’s classic theater company presents Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy banker who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by three ghosts. Tickets, $30-$80.
Mimi Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Now through Dec. 23
“Elf the Musical” at Beck Center for the Arts
Based on the classic film, this professional stage production follows Buddy the Elf on a hilarious and inspiring journey of self-discovery that follows him from the North Pole to New York City. Tickets, $10-$34.
17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood
Now through Jan. 2
“Black Nativity” at Karamu House
The oldest Black producing theater in the country puts its spin on alumnus Langston Hughes’ soulful retelling of the classic nativity story. The uplifting show features a culturally inclusive cast performing gospel, spiritual and jazz versions of traditional Christmas music. Tickets, $20-$45.
2355 E. 89th St., Cleveland
Now through Dec. 24
Cleveland Public Theatre presents “10 Minutes to Midnight: 9 Quirky Plays for the Holidays”
Part variety show, part cabaret, part 10-minute play festival, this unique live show lets you experience all the feelings of the holidays through nine short plays. You’ll sing, you’ll laugh and you might even cry. Tickets sold on a pay-what-you-can-pay basis.
6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
7:30 p.m., Dec. 16-18
“Death by Fruitcake” – A Murder Mystery Brunch
For one fun-filled afternoon, the Music Box Supper Club is transformed into the Fink Family Fruitcake Factory, where a murder has spoiled the company’s annual Christmas party. Help solve the mystery while you enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets, $39.50.
1148 Main Ave, Cleveland
noon, Dec. 18
Wild Winter Lights at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
This annual holiday light spectacular features over one million individual lights illuminating hundreds of displays spread across the zoo. There are also carousel rides, costumed characters, model train displays, ice carvers, live music, a dazzling light show with a 50-foot tree and photos with Santa, of course. Tickets, $18-$20.
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
Now through Dec. 30
Magic of Lights at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
This magical drive-through experience returns to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, where around every corner your favorite holiday scenes and characters are brought to life through spectacular light displays. You can also hop out of the car to meet Santa, decorate a snowman or enjoy seasonal treats at the Jolly Holiday Village. Tickets, $21-$26 per vehicle.
19201 E. Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights
Through Jan. 2
Breakfast with Black Mr. Kringle
Meet Santa and enjoy a delicious holiday spread at Edwin’s Too Restaurant. Black Mr. Kringle and his band of merrymakers will mingle with young diners, take down their Christmas wish lists, pose for photos and lead fun activities. The buffet menu includes a wide selection of pastries, small breakfast plates, desserts and a carving station. Tickets, $35-$49.
13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland
1 p.m., Dec. 18
“Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain” at Cleveland Museum of Art
In a first-of-its-kind exhibition, the museum uses immersive digital technology to take visitors to the floodplains of southern Cambodia to tell the story of one of the most prized items in its collection: a rare, 7th-century sculpture of Krishna. Tickets, $12-15
11150 East Blvd, Cleveland
Now through Jan. 30.
Third Friday at 78th Street Studios
This monthly art walk showcases new exhibits and artwork at the studios and galleries that call “Northeast Ohio’s eclectic arts maze” home. The event also features local vendors, food, adult beverages and live music. Free.
1300 W. 78th St., Cleveland
5-9 p.m., Dec. 17
Enjoy festive fun along the Cuyahoga as Rivergate Park and Merwin’s Wharf are transformed into a holiday village. The event, put on by Cleveland Metroparks, features ice skating, beer garden, retail shop and reservable igloos where you can dine on a special winter menu. Free.
1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland
Now through Jan. 2