See the Shillito Elves This Holiday Season!

The beloved Shillito Elves will be back for the Christmas Season! And you’ll get two places to see the elves – in the windows downtown at the Foundry AND in an indoor experience in Mariemont.

That’s right – you can visit TWO displays of the Shillito Elves this year. Read all about it below…

Shillito Elves in a sewing room display in Mariemont Ohio
photo credit to Santa’s Workshop featuring the Shillito Elves

Shillito Elves at Santa’s Workshop in Mariemont

“Santa’s Workshop featuring the Shillito Elves” will open in Mariemont on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023.

This indoor display is at 6940 Madisonville Rd., across from the Mariemont Inn and next to LaRosa’s.

This spot will feature over 60 elves hard at work, crafting toys with care. See the elves in 14 largely original scenes of Santa’s Workshop.

Santa’s Workshop featuring the Shillito Elves will be in Mariemont from Nov. 24 to December 30, 2023.
Hours for this indoor display are Thursdays and Fridays 2pm to 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 7:30pm throughout the season (closed Mondays-Wednesdays). They will have limited hours on Christmas Eve (TBD) and will be closed on Christmas Day.

Admission is $5. Parking is free.

Details found at the event’s website

Shillito elves in a mailroom display in Mariemont, Ohio
Shillito Elves in the mailroom, photo credit to Santa’s Workshop

Shillito Elves at the Foundry, downtown Cincinnati

Starting November 24, 2023 you’ll find more of the Shillito Elves on display in The Foundry’s windows along 5th Street, just down the street from Fountain Square.

Vintage Shillito Elves display, elves in slumber

Make a day of it with ice skating and bumper cars on ice at the Fountain Square Ice Rink, see the giant Christmas tree, and take the streetcar around town for your own hot chocolate tour (see our list of downtown favorites here).

People on the street, looking at the Shillito Elves in the window, downtown Cincinnati

See the Shillito Elves in the windows at the Foundry from Nov. 24, 2023 until January 2, 2024.
The displays can be seen at any time and will be animated during the following hours: Monday – Friday: 11am-1pm and 4-9pm; Sat. and Sun.: 11am-9pm.

Details found at the event’s website

FAQ’s About the Shillito Elves in Cincinnati:

What are the Shillito Elves??? For those of you who aren’t familiar… These elves made their debut back in the 1950’s as part of the Shillito window displays. Shillito’s was Cincinnati’s very first department store.

Two displays? Why aren’t they all together? From what we’ve read, the elves went up for auction in the early 2000’s and they were not all purchased by the same person.

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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!