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Free festive programming at the Cleveland Museum of Art

From exhibitions that can only be seen in Cleveland, world-class art and holiday music, to family activities and holiday-themed nightlife, there’s something for everyone this holiday season at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA).  Create warm memories with your family, friends, and loved ones with our full calendar of events, sure to make spirits bright all season long.  With free daily admission, it’s the ideal place for people of all ages and groups of all sizes.  

Founded in 1916 “for the benefit of all the people forever,” the CMA will host a performance by Grammy-winning artists, a play day full of art making for families, and awe-inspiring exhibitions about animals in Japanese art and the profound impact ancient Egypt has had on fashion designers––all free of charge. 

Highlights include: 
  • A CMA! Play Day celebrating the lantern festival, with family-friendly crafting exercises focused on the mesmerizing beauty of light (Saturday, December 9). 
  • Two concerts by Cleveland’s own internationally acclaimed, Grammy-winning ensemble Apollo’s Fire, bringing to life the music of the past for contemporary audiences (Sundays, December 10 and 17). 
  • A delightful exhibition looking at depictions of animals in Japanese art across 1,500 years (through Tuesday, December 12, 2023) 
  • A revelatory exhibition looking at how fashion designers have interpreted ancient Egyptian dress, funerary process, and religion (through Sunday, January 28, 2024). 
Audiences eager to dig deeper into their programming can purchase tickets to two exhibitions that will only be on view in Cleveland: Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism (through January 15, 2024); and China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta, featuring dozens of treasures borrowed from China that are rarely seen in the US (through January 7, 2024). 

A discounted combination ticket for China’s Southern Paradise and Degas and the Laundress is available through January 7; save $5 total off regular prices for both exhibitions. 
And for anyone looking to spread the joy, the CMA offers gift memberships. You can also visit the beloved Museum Store for a variety of gifts by local artists and global fair-trade companies, books and exhibitions catalogues, and Van Gogh-inspired merchandise—something for everyone on your list. 

The CMA’s current hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The museum is closed Mondays.  Updated hours will be announced as decided. 

Visit for a full list of exhibits and performances.