Christmas and Holiday Things to Do in Cincinnati

Ring in the holiday season with these fun Christmas and Holiday “Things to do” in Cincinnati!

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50+ Holiday and Christmas Things to do in Cincinnati

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Feel the magic that the holidays bring as you step inside Santaland at Sharon Woods! Take a photo with Santa, meet Mr. Scrooge, enjoy the Dicken’s Carolers and more. Get details at https://www.greatparks.org/calendar/special-events/santaland.

ONGOING things to do:

Misc. Christmas and Holiday Things to Do in Cincinnati:

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art, November 3, 2017 through January 7, 2018 (free on Sundays)

Fountain Square Ice Rink, opens Oct. 28, 2017

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo,  Nov. 18 – Jan. 1

Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show -The Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show, through Jan. 7, 2018

Afternoon Tea at the Taft Museum of Art: Create a truly memorable experience with a viewing of Antique Christmas and Elegant Geometry, followed by a festive, elegant tea. Enjoy holiday savories and sweets as you sip your favorite tea. A harpist will add to your enjoyment. Advance registration required.

Niederman Family Farm’s Christmas Display, through Dec. 30, 2017

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction, Nov. 11 – Dec. 31, 2017

Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer-Crawford Museum, through Jan. 14, 2018

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle: Each Saturday Santa rappels down the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular fireworks display. This 20-minute family-friendly program also features performances from local choirs. Then, come inside to Macy’s Fountain Place to warm-up with holiday fun. Happening November 25, December 2 and 9; 6:30pm (choirs start at 5:45 pm)

Santa’s Workshop will be set up on Saturdays in Washington Park, November 25-December 23rd. Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!

‘A Franciscan Christmas’ at Christian Moerlein Event Center: You’ll see a Christmas Creche display featuring nativities from around the world.  Fr. Joachim’s model trains, a Dickens Christmas village, a huge Santa Claus display, and lots and lots of decorated Christmas trees with comfortable chairs where you can sit and enjoy a beverage or food from the Christian Moerlein Taproom.

 

See the Lights:

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31; it’s an outdoor light display at Sharon Woods, enjoy from the comfort of your car

Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31; Hours: Mon-Thurs, 6-9pm ($20/car) and Fri, Sat, Sun 6-10pm ($25/car); Members are $15 any day.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo,  Nov. 18 – Jan. 1

Light up the Levee Light Show at Newport on the Levee, Nov. 21 +

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum, December 15-23 and 26-30, 2017

Christmas Nights of Lights is at Coney Island through January 1, 2018

 

Christmas Shows and Performing Arts:

A Christmas Story, the Musical (from Broadway Across America) is at the Aronoff Center, Dec. 5-10

The Dancing Princesses is at the Ensemble Theatre, Nov. 29 – Dec. 30

The Nutcracker from the Cincinnati Ballet, Dec. 14-24 at Music Hall

A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse in the Park, Nov. 22 – Dec. 30

Awaited, A Christmas Experience at Crossroads, Dec. 1-23

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Dec. 21-31

 

Live Nativity Scenes in Cincinnati:

Live Nativity in front of the Krohn Conservatory, Dec. 9 – Jan. 1, 2018. 9am – 9pm.

Paul Young Funeral Home Nativity Opens Dec. 9

Manger at St. Francis Seraph, Daily 1-7pm through Jan. 6.

The Comboni Nativity Experience nightly 6-9 p.m. December 15-30. It is open 4-6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Special Afternoon hours 2-4 p.m. December 20 and 27. Closed Christmas Day.

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum; December 15–23 and December 26–30, 2017, each evening from 5–8 p.m.

 

December Things to do in Cincinnati:

December 1 and 2: Christmas Saengerfest

December 1-3: Christmas in the Village, Waynesville

Dec. 2: The Crafty Supermarket is at the Music Hall Ballroom. 11am-6pm.

December 2: Lebanon Christmas Parade and Festival, Festival starts at 10am, ends at 8pm; two horse-drawn carriage parades: a daylight parade at 1:00pm and the traditional candlelight parade at 7:00pm.

Dec. 2: Findlay Market hosts their Holiday Market

Dec. 2-3: East Row Victorian Christmas Tour, Newport.

Dec. 3: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Musical is at the Aronoff Center

December 6: The traditional German Saint Nicholas arrives on horseback  with goodies for all; Mainstrasse in Covington, starts at 6pm

Dec. TBD: Krohn by Candlelight – Enjoy the beauty of the Krohn exhibit by the light of holiday twinkle.

December 8: Afternoon Tea at the Taft Museum of Art: Create a truly memorable experience with a viewing of Antique Christmas and Elegant Geometry, followed by a festive, elegant tea. Enjoy holiday savories and sweets as you sip your favorite tea. A harpist will add to your enjoyment.

December 9: Mt. Adams Reindog Parade, parade starts at 2pm (registration to be in parade starts earlier – see site)

December 9: Cincinnati SantaCon – Dress up as Santa and join a few other Cincinnati Santas to visit a few downtown establishments and sing carols; noon to midnight starting at Jack Casino.

December 9-10: Holly Days at the Heritage Village Museum, noon to 4pm

December 16: Afternoon Tea at the Taft Museum of Art: Create a truly memorable experience with a viewing of Antique Christmas and Elegant Geometry, followed by a festive, elegant tea. Enjoy holiday savories and sweets as you sip your favorite tea. A harpist will add to your enjoyment.

December 16: the City Flea returns for a their Holiday Market at Washington Park, 5-10pm

December 17: Art on Vine – The Holiday Gift Sale at Rhinegeist, noon – 7pm

Dec. 19: Christ Church Cathedral Choir performing Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols

Dec. 22: Afternoon Tea at the Taft Museum of Art: Create a truly memorable experience with a viewing of Antique Christmas and Elegant Geometry, followed by a festive, elegant tea. Enjoy holiday savories and sweets as you sip your favorite tea. A harpist will add to your enjoyment.

Dec. 28: Afternoon Tea at the Taft Museum of Art: Create a truly memorable experience with a viewing of Antique Christmas and Elegant Geometry, followed by a festive, elegant tea. Enjoy holiday savories and sweets as you sip your favorite tea. A harpist will add to your enjoyment.

 

November Things to Do in Cincinnati:

Nov. 4: Head to Fountain Square for “Watch It and Wear It” – a family-friendly movie on the LED board and extend a royal welcome to Cinderella who will be greeting guests at the ice rink along with her step-sisters, and her evil step-mother!. This week’s movie is “Cinderella”. Come dressed as your favorite character or with the theme of the movie.  noon – 3pm.

Nov. date TBD: Watch the big Christmas tree being installed at Fountain Square today!

Nov. 11: Head to Fountain Square for “Watch It and Wear It” – a family-friendly movie on the LED board. This week’s movie is “The Batman LEGO Movie’. Come dressed as your favorite character or with the theme of the movie. Batman will be hanging out and greeting guests at the ice rink along with his friends- and maybe even a villian will make an appearance!

Nov. 10-12: Shop ’til you drop at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

Nov. 18: Head to Fountain Square for “Watch It and Wear It” – a family-friendly movie on the LED board. This week’s movie is “Frozen”. Come dressed as your favorite character or with the theme of the movie. We will extend a royal welcome to the Ice Princesses who will be greeting guests at the ice rink along with her friends!

Nov. 17-19: Christkindlmarkt at Germania

Nov. 10-11: Celebrate the season at the Rookwood Pottery Holiday Open House ⋙ Featuring the new 2017 holiday gift items, tours, refreshments + more! Stay tuned for details on tours, sneak peeks for new products, + more holiday treats to come!

Nov. 19: Third Sunday Funday at the Taft Museum of Art – Magic In the Air. Magician Brett Sears will dazzle the crowds with his up-close magic from 1–2 p.m. and perform amazing feats in an all-new show at 2:30 p.m.

Nov. TBD : Turkey Bowl at Fountain Square

Nov. 21: Light Up the Levee Grand Illumination, 5:30-7:30pm at Newport on the Levee; Head to the Levee for an evening of holiday music, holiday treats and hot cocoa, a visit from Santa, ice sculpting demonstrations, hula-hooping elves, prizes, and more!  All of this leads to 1.4 million twinkling lights being turned on to illuminate the Levee’s 50 ft. tree!

Nov. 23: the 108th Annual Thanksgiving Day 10K Race, 9am, starts and finishes at Paul Brown Stadium

Nov. 24: Macy’s Light Up The Square; Festivities start at 6pm, Fountain Square, downtown; Includes live music, food and ice skating – followed by the official tree lighting ceremony and a fantastic fireworks show.

Nov. 26: Holiday Season Kick Off at the Taft Museum of Art, 11am-4pm, Enjoy free activities for the whole family, bring your camera for pics with Santa, make an ornament, carolers, and more.

November 29: Want to throw the best holiday party ever? A chef, a cheesemonger and a bartender will teach you everything you need to know at Findlay Kitchen’s “A Very Merry Holiday Cocktail Party”. In this class, they’ll take classic party foods and update them with a modern touch. You’ll get hands-on experience making delicious appetizers that are easy and filling. Then, you’ll learn how to make a gorgeous cheeseboard that will impress your guests. Finally, one of Cincinnati’s best bartenders has crafted two signature cocktails exclusively for the class and he will teach you how to make them. 6-9pm

November 30: Crafts, Cocktails, and Clause at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum;  Mark your calendar and check it twice because you do not want to miss an evening with Kris Kringle. Enjoy spiked eggnog and cocktails as you work alongside your children and CMC Santa himself to build something special this holiday season. You’ll also get exclusive access to Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Let your children’s creativity flow through their fingertips as they learn through play and make fun crafts sure to spread holiday cheer. Enjoy light refreshments, cocktails for the adults, hot cocoa for the children and joy for all. Free valet parking available. Spots are limited and RSVPs are necessary by November 22! 

 

 

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.

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24 Comments

    • I definitely recommend checking out Awaited. This is not your ordinary Nativity play. Free cookies, hot cocoa and more before the show. Then a broadway quality spectacular that is easily on par with anything you would see at the Aronoff. And it’s all free. There’s no “big ask” for money and no “hard sell” to try to convince you to change churches or anything like that. Just an unforgettable retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of the angels. Great music, great effects and an inner warmth that puts you in just-the-right spirit for Christmas. Over 50,000 people saw the show last year. Because of such high demand, the number of shows is being doubled so over 100,000 can see it this year. I’d still make sure to order tickets early to be sure you get some. Sorry for the long commentary, I’ve just never met anyone who doesn’t love this show after seeing it!

  1. Yet again, an amazing resource! Thank you so much for all the amazing information you provide!

    PS: This will also make our work a bit easier as we prep more holiday activities for the Geocaching community. 🙂

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas!

  2. Don’t forget the Barn Quilt Trail right across the river all over Boone County. We have 80 up now. They can be viewed 365 days a year any time during the day. Free. Go to website BooneBarnQuilts.com for locations. These are quilt blocks painted on boards on barns. All can be seen from the road.

    Love your site. Thanks!!!

    Joyce Foley

  3. November 14 please join the Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary for their 59th annual fundraiser and doll auction at the Armstrong Chapel United Church in Indian Hill for a.silent auction, live auction, doll accessories and hand made items. Music and refreshments with homemade cookies will be served.
    Event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 11:00. Silent auction 11:00 to 12:30. Live auction begins at 12:45.
    50 yd line tickets to the St.Louis, Baltimore & Houston games available in the auctions. See 700 dressed dolls on display to be given to needy children this Christmas. It’s a fun event, come with friends.

  4. Victorian Holidays at William Howard Taft National Historic Site are free! On Saturday December 19th, everyone is invited to join us from 11 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. for our special Father Christmas event. During this time children and adults will be delighted to learn about the traditions of Christmas and will make holiday crafts to take home with them. Father Christmas will be here taking photos with everyone and all children will receive a free photograph. Free carriage rides starting at 1:00 pm.

    Our Victorian Holiday Celebration will culminate on Sunday, January 3rd, when the annual New Year’s Open House will be hosted by The Friends of the William Howard Taft Birthplace. Everyone is invited to visit the Taft House from 1 to 4 p.m. to enjoy holiday refreshments with The Friends — just as guests would have during the 1850’s. All events are entirely free and open to the public!
    William Howard Taft National Historic Site is located at 2038 Auburn Avenue and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. year round. Visit the Directions page for instructions on how to get to the park.

  5. Can you add our new exhibit of children’s books?

    Once Upon A Time: The Mysterious World of Children’s Stories is on display in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library from Nov. 18 to Jan. 8, 2017. Covering four centuries and featuring traditional fables, chapbooks, nursery rhymes and fairy tales from the Public Library’s rich book collection, this exhibition is sure to delight the whole family.

    The Cincinnati Room’s special hours are: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 513-369-6900. Visit http://www.CincinnatiLibrary.org/programs/exhibits.html.

  6. There is also a Live Nativity, at Loveland United Methodist Church. This event is free to the public, and hot chocolate and cookies are provided. It is a rebuilt town of Bethlehem where visitors are guided through the scenes by Luke in the retelling of the Birth of Jesus.

    http://www.lovelandumc.org/

    Friday December 2nd 6pm-9pm
    Saturday December 3rd 6pm-9pm
    Sunday December 4th 4pm-7pm

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