Welcome Santa Holiday Parade

Who doesnít love a parade? The annual Welcome Santa Holiday Parade steps off at 11 a.m. with more than 75 units marching up South Main Street, including bands, floats, costumed characters, dance groups and area organizations. After the parade visit Lock 3 to see Santa and check out the ice skating, the Reindeer Run sledding hill and new mini golf course.

Annual wine tasting at Galaxy

More than 100 wines will be featured at the annual Holiday Wine Tasting at the Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth, at 7 p.m. Included will be food stations, live music, cooking demonstrations, and a silent auction to benefit the Salvation Army. The cost is $75. For reservations, go to www.galaxyrestaurant.com or call 330-334-3663. And to encourage responsible tasting, the Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn & Suites nearby are offering special room rates for the night; just mention the Holiday Wine Festival.

Cleveland hosts Winterfest

Clevelandís free, family-oriented Winterfest begins at 10 a.m. with events all around downtown, including shopping, carriage rides, entertainment, food, the Winterfest Village in Playhouse Square and the Festival of Trees in the Allen Theatre. Lighting ceremonies start at 5 p.m. with music, fireworks and an appearance from Santa. Later in the evening, adults can enjoy wine, beer and cuisine from downtown restaurants at the Winter Wine & Ale Fest at 925 Euclid Ave. Tickets to that event are $65.