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12 Days of CLE: Counting down to the holiday, Northeast Ohio style

From now until Christmas, Front Row features local businesses, events, and touching holiday stories from our area.

CLEVELAND — We are counting down to the Christmas holiday on Front Row. And similar to the 12 Days of Christmas, we are presenting our 12 Days of CLE.

From now until Christmas, we will feature local businesses, events, and special holiday stories happening in our area. 

The tenth day of CLE: 

We've told you -- TikTok is taking the world by storm and can turn an ordinary person into a celebrity overnight. On our tenth day of CLE, we introduce you to two teens--one of which is from Northeast Ohio-- who are doing just that -- capitalizing on the social media craze.

Meet Symonne Harrison and Nick Bencivengo, better known as "Snick," a singing-songwriting duo with more than 10 million followers across social media platforms. Symonne, a North Royalton native, is known for her fashion and music accounts. 

Sara Shookman sat down with them to discuss how they are making their dreams become real and what's ahead!

The ninth day of CLE:

3News has developed an amazing relationship with the kids and educators at Cleveland's Charles Dickens Elementary School as part of our Education Station feature. So this holiday season, WKYC Studios decided to adopt a few families that have had some serious challenges this year.

Today, Jay Crawford helped deliver giffts to two Dickens families selected by the school's principal. It was great to see the kids light up as we delivered truckloads of presents. This was a station-wide effort as WKYC team members donated all of the money needed as well as the gifts. Every child got every item on their wish list.  

The eighth day of CLE:

We bring you LEGO aficianado and Avon Lake native Scott Chapin. Scott is taking his love of LEGOs and his hometown to the next level in his latest creation: A 776-brick model of the iconic leg lamp from the holiday classic "A Christmas Story."

It started as a pandemic project and took him approximately 20-30 hours to build. Chapin says this was the most complicated project he's created, just behind Progressive Field. 

But he needs your help! Chapin entered the leg lamp into an official LEGO creation competition and needs to get to 10,000 votes for LEGO to consider his piece to become a real set that can be bought in stores. 

Click here to cast your vote.

The seventh day of CLE:

Who makes a list and checks it twice, wears a red suit and swims with sharks?

It's Scuba Claus! And he's back at the Cleveland Aquarium. Santa is hitting the salt water for a special meet and greet. 

Kids can get in their last minute Christmas wishes and even get a picture with Mr. Claus, all while exploring the aquarium. 

The event runs through Wednesday and tickets are available online. 

Editor's Note: We took the sixth day of CLE off for the weekend :)

The fifth day of CLE:

The Karamu House is the oldest producing African American theatre in the nation. And it's right in our backyard.

This year they're welcoming back a favorite, Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity," just in time for Christmas.

The story is returning to its roots, as Hughes is a Karamu House alum. "Black Nativity" tells a unique story. What's even more unique is the band behind the live music. 

The live band actually performs in a remote location during performances and is streamed into the theater where the production is going on, never to be seen. 

There are several performances before Christmas, however tickets went fast and have sold out.

The fourth day of CLE:

On the fourth day of CLE, what was supposed to be a normal day on the job turned into a day of giving for a local hauling and removal service. 

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling was called to the scene to clean out a storage unit in Brooklyn Heights, but when they opened it up, they found hundreds of boxes of new toys, clothing and bedding. Instead of getting rid of it, they asked their client if they could donate the items.

They were given the thumbs up, and the goodies are now going to two local non-profits: Toys for Tots, and Akron Snow Angels, with the latter delivering clothing, bedding and other items to the homeless.

The third day of CLE:

On the third day of CLE, wrap yourself up in artwork! The Van Gogh exhibit in Cleveland has been wildly popular these last few months. Now, one downtown hotel is taking that excitement a step further.

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel on East 9th Street now has a Van Gogh-themed suite you can book. The living room, bedroom, even the bathroom are wrapped in the iconic Van Gogh artwork. The bedroom comes with great views of downtown. 

Best of all, Cleveland company Liquid Image Corporation of America made it all happen. "We had to take, one piece of art from each room and make it fit onto multiple wall, which is pretty tricky. So we had to disect the painting, and move things around so that three dimensionally, it looked good," says Mike Wiertel of Liquid Image.

The Van Gogh room is one of a few special date-night packages the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit offers.

The second day of CLE:

On the second day of CLE, we have a beautiful lights display. But behind the shine, there's a backstory.

The winter wonderland is at Summer House Restaurant in Lakewood. While it features more than 250,000 lights, the orange and white Christmas tree is the star of the show. Those colors are the favorite of Mikey George, in memory of the 16-year-old with Down syndrome who lost his battle with leukemia in 2019. 

As a tribute, 100% of the profits from Summer House are donated to Awakening Angels, a local charity that supports children and adults with Down syndrome and autism. You can dine in, enjoy the lights, and give back to charity from now through January 31. 

The first day of CLE:

We bring you the story of LegoHeadz Barber Saloon on Broadview Road in Old Brooklyn. At this time every year, owner Marlon Brown gives back to the community. It all started with a coat donation and pick-up center in the shop. This year, they've expanded to an outside grocery story for those in the community. It's made from an empty cash register shelf and is a combination of out-of-pocket items and donations from those around town. 

LegoHeadz is partnering up with The Noun Beauty Salon for a yearly Christmas toy drive. From now through December 19th, you can bring in a new pre-packaged toy for $5 off.

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