IBEW volunteers light up Cleveland’s Playhouse Square for Christmas

In just a few days, parts of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square will officially transform into a winter wonderland.

In early November, around 90 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38 helped transform Playhouse Square into a holiday spectacular in preparation for the annual Winterfest celebration.

For the second year in a row, construction on Cleveland’s Public Square has moved the Winterfest display to Playhouse Square, as the colorful lights will soon sparkle and light-up Euclid Ave., from Public Square to Playhouse Square.

Members of the local, and even some of their children, spent two Saturdays installing Christmas lights and a variety of light displays on everything from trees and light poles to buildings.

IBEW Local 38 members Erick Scanlon, Lee Svoboda, and Mike Bremmer string Christmas lights around a tree in downtown Cleveland in preparation for the Winterfest celebration.

IBEW Local 38 members Erick Scanlon, Lee Svoboda, and Mike Bremmer string Christmas lights around a tree in downtown Cleveland in preparation for the Winterfest celebration.

Forget Santa’s elves, there is no better group to hang Christmas lights than a group of electricians.

On just two Saturdays, the lighting professionals of Local 38 installed more than 20,000 lights and other decorations down the Euclid Ave. corridor to help make memories for people of all ages.

The Winterfest tradition draws thousands of people downtown each year for the lighting ceremony and thousands more who come down during the Christmas season to look at the lights and displays. Winterfest is a family holiday tradition for many Northeast Ohio families – all thanks to the men and women from Cleveland’s IBEW local.

According to Local 38 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Dennis Meaney, this is what helps drive Local 38 volunteers to continue a tradition started long ago to light up the city for Christmas.

Winterfest is Saturday, November 28 at Playhouse Square. For a complete listing of Winterfest activities, visit the Downtown Cleveland Alliance website: http://www.downtowncleveland.com/events/winterfest.aspx.

 

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