Friday, November 16, 2012

Candy Cane Cruise Comes Back

Convertibles and Jeeps are invited take their tops down Friday, December 7, to combine the joy of a neighborhood car cruise with the joy of the holiday season in the annual Candy Cane Cruise on East 185th Street. Friday, Dec. 7.

Conceived as a “modern sleigh ride,” this unique celebration fills the stretch of Cleveland’s venerable East 185th Street with the spirit of the season. Local businesses and retailers that comprise the economic heart and soul of the neighborhood add to the festivities with treats, specials and entertainment. 

Northeast Shores Development Corp. has sponsored the event on East 185th Street since 2010.  Denise Lorek, community organizer for the group, says, “The Candy Cane Cruise is a great time for everybody. We love the seeing the variety of participants who come to cruise the neighborhood and explore East 185th Street. There are cars full of kids, cars with pets, vintage cars, contemporary convertibles and even ‘honorary’ convertibles where ordinary cars cruise with windows down and sunroofs open.”

The Candy Cane Cruise tradition was born in Cleveland in 2008 with the Candy Cane Cruise on Clifton Boulevard. Candy Cane Cruise Founder Dominic Bonacci says, “Cleveland is such a great car town and there are Jeeps and convertibles on the road year-round. We’re simply providing an opportunity to come out from under those tops to enjoy the seasonal decoration and atmosphere.” 

The Candy Cane Cruise begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and is free for spectators who want to view the vehicles along East 185th Street between Lakeshore Boulevard and Interstate 90 as well as enjoy the many specials being offered by neighborhood merchants.

No streets will be closed for the event.

Registration for convertibles, Jeep and other vehicle drivers is $5 per vehicle and can be made by calling (216) 481-7660 or visiting

For all the details, visit

Want to see previous years’ cruises? High-res photos are available at

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