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Cleveland Botanical Garden's WinterShow

It used to be a tradition for families to go downtown to see the spectacular holiday window displays in department stores. With those stores now history, the Cleveland Botanical Garden's annual WinterShow recreates some of that period charm. The Garden is already a pretty magical place, with its 10 designed garden spaces for strolling or reflecting. The WinterShow, running this year from November 21 through January 4, ups the ante. Not only are the premises augmented with decorations, poinsettias, pine trees, twinkling lights toys and miniature trains, but it features something kids seldom get to see outside of their storybooks: gingerbread houses. The centerpiece of the WinterShow is its extensive display of lavishly decorated pastry buildings, designed both by professionals and amateurs. The Garden offers workshops for those amateurs who need to learn the basics of fabricating such a creation. (11030 East Blvd., 216.721.1600, cbgarden.org) — Pantsios

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