Enjoy this list of the best local events and things to do this weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. This list includes weekend events, festivals, shows, family friendly things to do, and more.
All event details were accurate at the time of this posting but event details do occasionally change. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door.
Things to Do This Weekend in Cincinnati, December 2-3
Waynesville’s Christmas in the Village is happening Friday – Sunday in Waynesville. Experience small town charm during the holidays with 1300 luminaries on Friday and Saturday, strolling characters, photo ops, cookies and cocoa, and of course, entertainment…both in a heated tent and strolling around Main Street! Santa arrives on firetruck on Friday and Saturday too!!
The East Row Historic District’s Annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour will offer the opportunity to tour the inside of a selection of unique homes in the East Row Historic District. The event is happening on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the event or online before Dec. 2 at 8pm.
The 34th Annual Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade will be on Saturday. There are two parades, one at 1pm and one at 7pm. Stick around and enjoy the festival that does along with it, 10am – 8pm.
Findlay Market is hosting their annual Holiday Market on Saturday, 8am-6pm. They will have a bustling Outdoor Market filled with unique gifts along with their 50+ full-time businesses stocked with food, drinks, décor and handmade goods. The CSO will be there with their Music Lab, 10am-noon (Race St. Station). Cincinnati Circus Company will be offering face painting from 11am to 1pm. Play Library will have games from noon to 2pm. And the Young Professional Choral Collective will be wandering the market from 12:30-2pm.
Get some shopping done at the 12th Annual Holiday One Stop Shop on Saturday at the Wyoming Civic Center, 10am-3pm. Shop for jewelry, personalized stationery, monogramming, spirit wear, and lots more! Enjoy holiday music and food at this event.
The Comboni Mission Center invites you to Breakfast in Bethlehem, 8:30am-11am. Visitors will get an early viewing of the animated Nativity before it’s open for the its 75th season. For $5 per person ($20 per family) guests will also enjoy: a pancake breakfast, games, crafts, face painting, shopping in the Christmas Boutique, and museum tours. RSVP required (see link above).
The American Sign Museum hosts Family Day: Holiday Fun on Saturday, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Check out this year’s holiday display made by a local sign painter and get a fun, family photo. Make your own holiday craft to take home, meet Santa (11am-1pm), and snack on some treats while enjoying a hilarious holiday improv show by Comedy Sportz (noon – 1pm). Free with admission to the museum.
Dust off your favorite ugly sweater and enjoy this weekend’s warmer weather with the Cincinnati Riverfront Volksmarch on Saturday. Registration is from 10am to noon and you can start your walk after registering.
Hamilton’s Christkindlmarkt will be on Saturday, 11am-9pm at the Butler County Fairgrounds. The event features German themed food, drink, and entertainment plus 50+ artisan vendors! $2 per person 12 & up and free parking!
A Holiday Craft Show will be happening at the Blue Ash Rec Center on Saturday, 10am-3pm.
Now is THE TIME to experience the drive through light displays. See ALL the area drive through light shows here.
Saturday is Dad Day 2023 at Rhinegeist, noon to 6pm. That’s right – Dad is back in the taproom on Dec. 2. The day features holiday-themed cocktails, FIND THE PICKLE (if you know, you know), and more Dad Day fun for the whole famdamily.
Take the kids to see Santa at Washington Park as part of their “Santa’s Workshop“, happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-2pm. Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park. Bring your family, your dog, your friends, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras! *Please note that this event is free, but you must bring your own camera for photos.*
Downtown Dazzle is happening at Fountain Square, Saturday, 6-8:30pm. See Santa rappel from a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with a fabulous fireworks display! And don’t miss the Shillito Elves, on display at the Foundry (across 5th Street) starting this weekend.
Cincinnati Parks will have free Nature Encounters at the Trailside Nature Center / Burnet Woods on Saturday, 1-2pm. This week’s theme is Pine Trees and Pinecone Birdfeeders. Head over to Trailside for a discussion on pine trees and pinecones. They’ll discuss the different uses of pine trees throughout history and you will have the opportunity to make a pinecone bird feeder to attract birds to your winter yard.
Findlay Market’s Holiday Market continues on Sunday, 10am-4pm. They will have a bustling Outdoor Market filled with unique gifts along with their 50+ full-time businesses stocked with food, drinks, décor and handmade goods. A Balloon Artist will be there from Cincinnati Circus Company 11am to 1pm. Play Library will have games from 10am to noon. And the Young Professional Choral Collective will be wandering the market from 12:30-2pm.
Light up Fairfax will be happening at the Fairfax Municipal Building and Rec Center, Sunday, 4-9pm. The Rec Center will be full of crafters and vendors, 4-8pm. They’ll have a tree lighting at 6pm followed by wagon rides throughout the Village, a visit from Frosty and Santa, and more. Admission is a plate full of cookies!
MadTree Brewing hosts a Winter Market on Sunday, 10am-3pm. Head over to find locally crafted and sourced goods that make the perfect gift for all your favorite folks.
The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra will have a Holiday Concert at The Grove Event Center on Sunday, 4-6pm. The concert titled “Holiday Favorites from Around the World” will celebrate the season with many recognizable selections, including German Carol Festival, French Christmas Suite, Jesu Bambino from Italy and the Ukrainian carol, Carol of the Bells, in an arrangement conceived by Shari Lewis and her puppet, Lamb Chop. Admission is free, donations accepted.
Head to the Taft Museum of Art on Sunday for Holiday Family Funday | German Christmas, 10am – 4pm. Explore the Taft’s decked out halls and celebrate the holidays with the whole family at this free event. You can decorate your very own Christmas Pickle Ornament, enjoy live music, explore the museum, and more.
The Cincy German Band will present a holiday music performance at the Taft Museum of Art on Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm. Enjoy the musical stylings of Vereins Musikanten at this free event.
The Ludlow Flea and Craft Fair will be at Bircus Brewing on Sunday, 11am-5pm. The event includes handmade goods, baked goods, jewelry, vintage items, and more. Bircus Brewing Co will be slinging pizzas and brews as well as Bloody Marys. The Flea is free and open to the public.
All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.