- The illuminating Holiday Dee-Lites.
At Burton's Holiday Dee-Lites, polar bears golf, elves fish, and Santa Claus kicks field goals. The drive-through light show consists of 200 figures illuminated by more than 500,000 bulbs. It features multiple theme areas, with displays of storybook characters, Santa's workshop, and soldiers guarding a tank. Showstoppers include a 100-foot animated train and a 60-foot sea serpent.
Now in its second year, Dee-Lites drew 40,000 visitors in 2002 -- many of them from nearby Amish communities, where lights of any kind are noteworthy amusements. "Their religious beliefs prevent them from decorating for Christmas, even though they have their own deep-seated traditions to celebrate the holiday," says organizer Jill Vinecourt. Go, and be amazed along with them: Holiday Dee-Lites runs from 6 to 10 p.m. through December 28 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds on North Cheshire Street in Burton. Admission is $10 per car, $20 per van. Call 440-834-0573 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
For his 1926 adaptation of Faust, director F.W. Murnau used every resource his movie studio made available. Elaborate tracking shots, miniature sets, and dazzling special effects elevate the tale of a man and his pact with the devil. And like Murnau's earlier vampire classic, Nosferatu, Faust is overstuffed with moody atmosphere and pioneering cinematic style. Friday's screening -- of a new, fully restored print -- at the art museum features live organ accompaniment by David Drazin. It's at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard). Tickets are $6 to $10; call 216- 421-7340. -- Michael Gallucci
The Cleveland Botanical Garden just got a major makeover, and it's already in line for another one. Beginning Friday, WinterShow transforms the newly renovated venue into a virtual wonderland, complete with a model railroad that greets visitors in the main atrium. Inside are displays of holiday perennials, pine and birch trees, poinsettias, and thousands of tiny white lights. Many hands-on activities -- including workshops on pressed-plant greeting cards and holiday arrangements -- are also planned for kids and adults. Best is the miniature replica of an 1881 locomotive and railroad cars. "There's just something about trains in the winter that's so engaging," says executive director Brian Holley. WinterShow runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Botanical Garden (11030 East Boulevard) through January 4. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids; call 216-721-1600. -- Damian Johnson