Carriage Rides


Part of the Gardens’ Centennial Celebration
Sponsored by Cleveland World Festival, Famicos Foundation and Shamrock Carriages

Clevelanders can celebrate the holiday season and enjoy the magnificent winter wonderland of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens from the perspective of a horse-drawn carriage this winter. Holiday Carriage Rides, available Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. beginning Saturday, Dec. 5 and running through Sunday, Jan. 3, will offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime winter experience.

The Holiday Carriage Rides are designed to create memorable, special moments with family and friends, with a beautiful fireplace where you can get warm before the ride, hot chocolate and hot cider to drink, and blankets to cuddle under as a carriage takes you through the beautiful, pristine gardens and vast fields. Sponsored by the Cleveland World Festival, Famicos Foundation and Shamrock Carriages, the Holiday Carriage Rides are part of a year of special events that celebrate the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial. A special kickoff event for young people in the neighborhood on Saturday, December 5 from noon to 2 p.m. will feature free hot chocolate and snacks and the chance to roast marshmallows in the fireplace.

The Holiday Carriage Rides leave from the Upper Italian Garden (990 East Blvd.). The cost of each ride, which accommodates up to five persons, is $25 or $50, depending on the length of the route. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Famicos One World Theatre Camp, which takes place during the summer at Michael R. White School in Cleveland. For further information, call (216) 791-6476 x269. NO reservations.

“We are delighted to build upon the success of the Cleveland World Festival and bring visitors to the Cultural Gardens throughout the year,” says John Anoliefo, executive director of Famicos Foundation. “We hope this fun winter event in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Rockefeller Park will be enjoyed by the Glenville community as well as attract a whole new group of Clevelanders who will return to this unique and beautiful urban respite year-round, resulting in a neighborhood renaissance.”

“The Cultural Gardens are a Cleveland treasure,” says James Levin, executive director of the Cleveland World Festival. “Since we began the summer festivals in 2013, this amazing under-known and underused resource has begun to gain appreciation as an urban oasis, and we want to offer the community an opportunity to enjoy it year-round. Peter Leneghan of Shamrock Carriage is one of the best in the business… having worked in New York City’s Central Park, and we hope to create an unforgettable holiday-themed experience for young and old!”

Says Leneghan, “Our mission is to show off the Cleveland Cultural Gardens while bringing a piece of my home country of Ireland and the experience of Central Park. I take great pride in making each ride a marquee event!”


About Shamrock Carriages

Ever since owner Peter Leneghan came to the United States from Ireland, he dreamed of returning home. During his tenure in New York City, he discovered the way to do so: carriage rides. The Central Park staple for nearly 80 years, carriage rides have become a nostalgic way to view the scenery from a different perspective. After building up his landmark bar and restaurant Stone Mad Pub in the Gordon Arts District, Pete ventured out to fulfill his dreams. Thus, Shamrock Carriages ( was born in downtown Cleveland in 2012. Pete now runs two carriages, Mario and Danny Boy, with Jimmy Coppola out of the old Cleveland Mounted Police stables.

Contact Info
For more information regarding volunteering, applying to be a vendor or a performer, signing up for sporting events, or the Festival in general, please email us at

James Levin, Executive Director

Randi Cone, Public Relations


Donations can be mailed to:

Famicos Foundation
1325 Ansel Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106

Please include "Cleveland World Festival" on the memo line on the check.