Top 5 Reasons to Pick Cleveland as Your TSO Destination
An all expenses paid trip to see the phenomenon that is basically Christmas live in concert? What's not to love?!
Jen, Jeff and I are all kind of bummed that Trans-Siberian Orchestra is skipping the Treasure Valley for the second year in a row and we know you are too. That's why we put our heads together and decided that another incredible LITE-FM flyaway to one of their concerts was in order! The only problem? We just couldn't decide which city to send you to, so we're giving you the choice.
Would you like to get out of the cold weather and see them in New Orleans, LA? (The average December high there is 64º.) Pick NOLA, and we'll throw in a dinner for two and a carriage ride in with your tickets.
Or would you rather see them in Cleveland, OH? I'm a little biased when it comes to "The Land" because I grew up an hour south of there! Before you poo poo Northeast Ohio in December (yes, thanks to Lake Erie, the snowbelt and lake effect snow are real things,) know that we'll kick in two tickets to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and two tickets to see the house where A Christmas Story was filmed.
You know what else you have in Cleveland? "Michelle in the Morning's in the know, OH-IO secret guide to The Land." That's a really long name, but here's five reasons to consider Cleveland when you get in to win our Trans-Siberian Orchestra get away!
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert is at Quicken Loans Arena (home of the Cleveland Cavaliers) on Friday, December 29th. The Q is connected to a casino called "JACK." The casino is actually "The Higbee Building" from A Christmas Story.
They play tribute to the movie every year with the Holidays at the Higbee display every year. The display includes a huge tree featuring scenes from the movie. JACK is also home to several A Christmas Story themed slot machines.
I joke that all I do when I'm in Ohio on vacation is eat chicken wings and watch football, but it's true! On any given night you can find me enjoying some of the best chicken wings in the entire country, an order of Magna Fries piled high with cheese, bacon and chives and a Great Lakes Christmas Ale at Quaker Steak and Lube.
Originally founded in nearby Sharon, PA the famous wing destination has locations all over Northeast Ohio, including one at Quicken Loans Arena! Stop in before or after the concert and try an order of Arizona Ranch wings, the fries I mentioned and a Christmas Ale. If you ask nice enough, they may serve you the best Christmas beer in Ohio in a frosty glass with a cinnamon-sugar rim!
Within walking distance from The Q, Public Square lets you experience the magic of Christmas in the big city! It's got a beautiful light display you can walk through and if the mood strikes you, you can show off your Tara Lipinski skills on the Cleveland Foundation Skate Rink! Admission is cheap and skates are available to rent.
Public Square was renovated before the 2016 GOP National Convention and is simply breathtaking!
At least that's what this immaculate, five story glass building reminds me of! Built in 1890, The Arcade building on Euclid Ave is now home to a Hyatt Regency Hotel, retailers and a food court.
It's also home to a bar we found after a Cavs game last year called "The Chocolate Bar" that serves up incredible food, spiked chocolate cocktails and the most amazing flour-less chocolate cake you'll ever taste!
I've got so many childhood memories of going to Tower City with my aunt and little sister! The huge shopping center's centerpiece are some really cool jumping fountains! The tricks the dancing water plays are way different than what you see at The Village at Meridian.
Buy yourself the gifts you really wanted when you stop through Tower City. It's connected to the concert venue through a series of enclosed bridges!