by Frank Lewis
On Saturday, the Cleveland Botanical Garden (11030 East Blvd., 216.721.1600) opens its annual WinterShow featuring a giant tree, model trains, holiday plants, a special display of amaryllis in the Costa Rica Glasshouse and its signature exhibit of lavish gingerbread houses. It’s free with Garden admission — $7.50 adults, $3 ages 3-12. It runs through January 3. Skating on nearby Wade Oval begins Saturday. Check the web site for hours. Admission is free, skate rental is $3.
And starting with the official tree-lighting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, you can stop in at the Cleveland Play House (8500 Euclid Ave., 216.795.7000) to ooh and aah over the 50 locally sponsored, professionally decorated trees adorning the lobbies for the annual Festival of Trees. The trees will be on display every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas through January 3. It’s free. — Anastasia Pantsios