Things to do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Cincinnati, Ohio

Looking for something to do in Cincinnati for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? We’ve compiled a list of ideas for you.

And new for this year: we’ve compiled a list of all the Cincinnati area restaurants that will be open for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. Pro tip here: make your reservations!

All Cincinnati Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events listed are for 2021.

Christmas Tree with Ornaments

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, dusk til 10pm. Find our list to tips and more info on the show here.

Holiday in Lights (at Sharon Woods) is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 5:30-10pm. You can purchase your tickets online. You’re able to pay as you go into the drive but they are not accepting cash this year. Find a $1 off coupon here.

Journey Borealis is this year’s light display at Pyramid Sculpture Park and it’s open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 6-10pm

The Fountain Square Ice Rink will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Is this the year to make bumper cars on ice a new tradition? Online reservations are available and recommended (a few spots are already sold out).

Krohn Conservatory is open on Christmas Eve 10am – 5pm. Enjoy this year’s Holiday Show, “Trains and Traditions, A Cincinnati Holiday”. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Be sure to leave some time to visit the Crib of the Nativity, a live nativity scene in the Krohn’s front lawn too!

EnterTRAINment Junction is open on Christmas Eve. They will be closing at 4pm that day.

The Newport Aquarium is open on Christmas Eve. In addition to the aquarium, be sure to see Scuba Santa swim underwater with a tank full of sharks and tell him what you want for Christmas. Meet cheerful elves straight from the North Pole and join in the fun as Scuba Santa fills the Theater with bubbles. Enjoy a Santa Meet and Greet on December 24, 10am-3pm. Hours are 10am-3pm.

The Comboni Mission Center’s Nativity Experience is open on Christmas Eve, 4-6pm. This family-friendly Christmas tradition has delighted generations of visitors for 70+ years.


Krohn Conservatory is open on Christmas Day 10am – 2pm. Enjoy this year’s Holiday Show, “Trains and Traditions, A Cincinnati Holiday”. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Be sure to leave some time to visit the Crib of the Nativity, a live nativity scene in the Krohn’s front lawn too!

The Fountain Square Ice Rink will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Is this the year to make bumper cars on ice a new tradition? Online reservations are available and recommended (a few spots are already sold out).

Holiday in Lights (at Sharon Woods) is open on Christmas Day, 5:30-10pm. You can purchase your tickets online. You’re able to pay as you go into the drive but they are not accepting cash this year. Find a $1 off coupon here.

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island is open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, dusk til 10pm. Find our list to tips and more info on the show here.

Journey Borealis is this year’s display at Pyramid Sculpture Park is open on Christmas Day, 6-10pm.


Aladdin’s Eatery (West Chester and Hyde Park only) will be open until 4pm on Christmas Eve. OTR will be closed.

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington will be open and serving all day on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Galla Park Gastro combines Modern American cuisine and vibe dining experience, with an innovative menu featuring family-style tapas, premium steaks and seafood. They will be open on Christmas Eve from 4 to 10:30pm and on Christmas Day from 8am to 1:30pm. Find them downtown at The Banks – 175 Joe Nuxall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Ivory House will be open (4:30-10pm?) on December 24. Nestled in the historic Westwood Town Hall District, Ivory House sets a new standard for the modern steakhouse experience. Find them at 2998 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45211.

Leyla Mediterranean, a spot that’s combining a love of fine dining and Kurdish food, will be open until 10pm on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call for reservations or carry out. They’re located in the Anderson Towne Center, 7418 Beechmont Ave, Suite 106, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255.

Libby’s Southern Comfort (Covington, Ky) will be open on Christmas Eve until 3pm. Find them at 35 West 8th Street in Covington, Ky. 41011.

MadTree Brewing AND Catch-a-Fire Pizza (MadTree location) will be open on December 24, 11am-4pm.

Melt Revival, a long-standing staple in the Northside community, will be open on Christmas Eve, 11-8pm. Find them at 4100 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45223.

Nation Kitchen and Bar will be serving up brunch (10am – 2pm) at both locations – Pendleton and Westwood.

MOTR Pub will be open until 8pm on Christmas Eve with the kitchen open until 1pm. Be sure to check their site for their proof of vax/negative test policy. MOTR is located at 1345 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Nine Giant Brewpub will be open on the 24th, 11:30am to 5pm. Find them at 6095 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213.

Oakley Fish House serves up a contemporary twist to the iconic dishes served for many years at the former Mt. Adams Fish House. They will be open until 9pm on Dec. 24, 2021. And they take reservations. Oakley Fish House is located at 3036 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45209.

The Pacific Kitchen will be open on Christmas Eve and will be serving their regular menu that day. They’re located at 8300 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, Ohio 45242.

St. Francis Apizza, a neighborhood pizzeria in East Hyde Park, will be open on Dec. 24, 2021 from noon-3pm. Find them at 3392 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45208.

Sugar n’ Spice Diner will serve you up a hearty stack of their “wispy thin pancakes” and other breakfast goodness (plus brunch) on Christmas Eve.

Tony’s of Cincinnati, which began in a small kitchen in Italy and quickly evolved into one of Cincinnati’s premiere dining spots, will be open on Christmas Eve. You’ll find them at 12110 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249.

Zip’s Cafe will be open on Christmas Eve, 11am – 4pm. Enjoy their crowd favorite burgers or chili and make this Cincinnati institution a new tradition!
Zip’s is located at 1036 Delta Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45208


Coppin’s at Hotel Covington will be open and serving all day on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Galla Park Gastro combines Modern American cuisine and vibe dining experience, with an innovative menu featuring family-style tapas, premium steaks and seafood. They will be open on Christmas Eve from 4 to 11pm and on Christmas Day from 8pm-1:30am (limited menu). Find them downtown at The Banks – 175 Joe Nuxall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Leyla Mediterranean, a spot that’s combining a love of fine dining and Kurdish food, will be open until 10pm on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call for reservations or carry out. They’re located in the Anderson Towne Center, 7418 Beechmont Ave, Suite 106, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255.

The Pacific Kitchen will be open on Christmas Day and will be serving their regular menu that day with dim sum service til 10 p.m.

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