Things to Do Over Christmas Break

Are you searching for something to do over Christmas Break?

Winter break is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’re ready to pack up the family and head out for some fun in Cincinnati! From arts and crafts to play time, outside, inside… this list of winter break fun is sure to keep you all entertained!

Fiona at Festival of Lights

Check out these suggestions for Winter Break activities that occur late in December, 2021 into early January, 2022.

You can WALK the Lights – Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods on December 29, 2021, 5:30-9pm. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through this 1-mile trail of seasonal lights featuring over 1 million lights and over 250 light displays. The lights will be closed to vehicle traffic on this night. The price for admission is $7 per person. You must pre-purchase your tickets for 2021.

Lace up your ice skates! The Fountain Square Ice Rink is open through February, 2022. Make their Bumper Cars on Ice a Winter Break tradition!

And did you know that Summit Park has an ice rink too? The Ice Rink at Summit Park is open through January 3, 2022. first-come, first-served. Admission must be purchased for each session at the rink. Free skating aids are also available for each session while supplies last.

Check out more spots for ice skating (and roller skating!) here.

Get creative at the Makerspace located at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. This is a great spot, full of tools and all kinds of apparatus to help you move your crafty visions into reality.

Dinosaur Hall at Cincinnati Museum Center

Explore all of the great spaces within the Cincinnati Museum Center. From the Dinosaur Hall to the Science Interactives to the Natural History Museum, there’s fun to last an entire day! They are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

In case you didn’t hit all of these up BEFORE Christmas:

Christmas Nights of Lights is at Coney Island through January 2, 2022. This is one of our favorite light shows in town and one that we never miss. If you didn’t make it out to see this one before Christmas, it would make a great way to spend a Winter Break evening! With two and a half miles to drive through, your family can see displays and light shows made of over a million lights driven by more than forty thousand computer channels. And the music is synchronized so get ready to turn it up!

Christmas Trains in Cincinnati

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is at Cincinnati Museum Center through January 2, 2022. With more than 300 rail cars and 60 locomotives, The Duke Energy Train display is massive. You can watch the trains from the walkway above (great views!) or you can stand right beside the set as the trains traverse 1,000+ feet of track. Plus there’s an entire room full of LEGO® creations including a multi-block city with surrounding trains and track. See if you can find Union Terminal, Music Hall and the Roebling Bridge recreated with LEGO® bricks!

Don’t miss our ideas for things to do in Cincinnati for New Year’s Eve too! Includes a list for kids/families AND adults only.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo continues through Jan. 9, 2022. The Cincinnati Zoo will still be shining bright as it’s once again transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 39th annual PNC Festival of Lights! In addition to admiring the beauty of 4 million LED lights, visitors can ride the North Polar Express train ride, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands.

Krohn Conservatory A Zinzinnati Holiday

The Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show for 2021 is “Trains and Traditions, A Cincinnati Holiday” and it will be open November 6, 2021- January 9, 2022. Experience a tapestry of colorful poinsettias, charming garden railways and beautiful replicas of Cincinnati landmarks created out of “Botanical Architecture” by local artisans; Applied Imagination. Krohn Conservatory is where holiday traditions take place in the warmth of the tropics.

We have a full list of indoor playgrounds for your break! See them here.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction, open until Jan. 2, 2022. See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World’s Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a “Journey to the North Pole”, where you can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself.

Journey Borealis is the light show at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. This 2.5 mile drive through is a one-of-a-kind holiday light spectacular features more than 1,000,000 lights and holiday art installations. This drivable tour of the park provides a safe, contactless experience for the whole family to enjoy. Open through Jan. 2, 2022.

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