Things to do in Cincinnati This Weekend {December 6-8}

Get ready for lots of holiday markets, all things Santa, Christmas lights, hikes, choirs, and lots more fun in Cincinnati this weekend! Happy December to you all!

Friday December 6 

HELLO, DOLLY! , brought to us by Broadway in Cincinnati, is at the Aronoff Center – now through December 15. After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion — hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

Take the kids to Storytelling with Santa at Glenwood Gardens‘ Gardenview Room* (happening on Fridays through Dec. 20) at either 11:30am or 12:30pm. Santa Claus will be stopping by Highfield Discovery Garden to read the holiday tale, “The Polar Express.” Every child who attends will receive a 30th anniversary edition of “The Polar Express” thanks to the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati. After the story, children will have time to visit with Santa and explore Highfield Discovery Garden. Families are also invited to see the wonder of the Schott Train Display in Highfield Discovery Garden. Be sure to have your cameras ready! Light refreshments of hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Many activities in Highfield Discovery Garden are outside; dress accordingly. $9/person, less for Highfield Discovery Garden passholders. Tickets required.

Head to Waynesville for Christmas in the Village. Stroll in and out of retail and dining storefronts, while listening to barbershop quartets, choirs and musicians. You will be able to take a carriage ride and feel the holiday spirit in the air, all while listening to the clip clapping of the horses hooves and jingle bells. Costume characters will be strolling along the sidewalks throughout the weekend to help bring a smile to your face. Don’t forget jolly old St. Nick! He will be here all weekend long to listen to the requests of all the good boys and girls. This event repeats on both Saturday and Sunday too!

Ohio National has an outdoor Victorian Holiday Village set up each year. Visitors will take a delightful stroll among enchanting miniature Victorian houses decorated with holiday scenes and thousands of lights at Ohio National’s headquarters at the intersection of I-71 and Pfeiffer Rd. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and photos with St. Nick. While the event is free, all guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item (no glass containers, please) to donate to the Freestore Foodbank. Hours are: Friday, 6-8:30 and Saturday, 5-8:30pm.

Christmas Saengerfest will take place in six amazing venues, beautifully decorated for the holidays in and around OTR. On both Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th, each venue host vignette 30 minute performances. More than 20 different musical groups participate across all venues. Performances begin at the top of the hour, starting at 7 pm both Friday and Saturday nights. The last performance of the night starts at 10 pm. For 2019 the participating locations are: Memorial Hall, St Francis Seraph, First Lutheran, OTR Community Church, Prince of Peace Church and Christian Moerlein tap room and Northern Row Brewery & Distillery.

The “Christmas at Glendower” Holiday Tours run Fri-Sun, 12- 4pm until Dec. 29 with extended hours Dec. 7 and 14. Come see Lebanon’s historic Glendower Mansion artfully adorned for the season. The charming touch the interior designers have created in the halls of this elegant estate will leave you warm and ready for the holidays. Tickets available at the door – CASH Only. $10/adult, $6/student. No reservation required unless you have a group of 15 or more.

Fountain Square is hosting a festive shopping experience right in the heart of Cincinnati. The Winter Market is open every Fri-Sun through Dec. 22. The vendor line up changes weekly, but full concessions including beer and wine, along with delicious food from local businesses will be offered to warm you up and fill your belly each day. The market is open Fridays, 4-9pm; Saturdays, 12-9pm; and Sundays, 12-5pm.

Go behind-the-scenes at Rookwood Pottery. Explore Rookwood’s 88,000 square foot production facility in the heart of Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with a guided working factory tour led by resident historian, George Hibben. Tours are offered at 10:30am and 1pm. Reservations required, $10. 

Hamilton’s Christkindlmarkt 2019 runs through Sunday at the Courtyard Marriott (1 Riverfront Plaza in Hamilton, OH 45011).  The festival starts at 6pm Friday with a traditional lantern parade. Children ages 4-11 are welcome to participate in the Children’s Lantern Parade Opening Ceremonies. Lanterns cost $5 and can be kept. The parade starts at Zion Lutheran Church at 212 S. Front Street. Hot chocolate will be served. 

It’s the Christmas of your… nightmares?! The Dent Schoolhouse is bringing back A Christmas Nightmare, a Christmas haunted attraction!  The entire schoolhouse is decorated with garland, lights, presents and Christmas trees. But – this time – holiday monsters have taken over the attraction to bring a grizzly twist on this beloved holiday. Remember to dress WARM for this event, open rain or shine and no refunds. Open Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6:30pm – 11pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at door (cash only) for $25. This includes a photo-op with Santa Charlie. Parking is free. 

Winterfest in Green Township is bringing back its popular night of family fun to kick off the holiday season at Nathanael Greene Lodge. Friday from 5-9pm, get photos with Santa, and enjoy carolers, snacks, crafts and storytime with Mrs. Claus. You may even see the Grinch! This is a free event sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s. Parking is limited at Nathanael Greene Lodge. Free Shuttle buses will run from the Green Township Administration Office at 6303 Harrison Avenue beginning at 4:30pm and run thru 9pm. 

Middletown is having a Hot Chocolate Walk for December’s First Friday celebration. From 5-8pm, head to downtown Middletown to eat and shop – all while being treated to free hot chocolate with at least a dozen hot chocolate stops.  There will be Buddy the Elf Peppermint, Unicorn, Nutter Butter, Snow White Chocolate and many others. The event is family friendly but there will be boozy options or mixers available for purchase at some stops. There are limited quantities of free hot chocolate, so first come, first served. To learn all of the tasty stops, pick up your Passport Guide in Governor’s Square (corner of Central and Broad). Stop at them all and win free hot chocolate for a year!   

It is the first Friday of Cincinnati Art Museum’s REC the Halls celebration. The Art Bar will be transformed into a jolly winter wonderland where visitors are invited to create holiday cards with a wide variety of materials, as well as create custom gift bags and holiday home decorations. The event is free and runs Tue.-Sun. through Dec. 29. Open 11a-5p with extended hours on Thursdays until 8pm. 

Redsfest takes over Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7! This two-day celebration of Reds baseball is a Cincinnati tradition celebrating baseball’s first professional team. Meet players and enjoy getting their autographs or listening to them lead story time. You can take a turn in a batting cage or on the mini golf course, meet the mascots and more! Tickets required.  Adults are $17 for a one day pass or $25 for a two day pass. Kids 12 and younger are $7 for one day, $12 for two days. 

Join the Contemporary Arts Center for a new holiday tradition in OTR – Unsilent Night, 5-7pm. Start the night around the fire pits of Washington Park’s Porch. Drink some hot chocolate, create some wearable art for a procession or grab a more adult beverage. Then join a caroling procession that doesn’t require your voice or even the ability to play an instrument —just the use of your phone! At 6:00 pm everyone will press play on their phones or boom boxes and meander through the park and nearby business district. The event will end just in time for you to enjoy Saengerfest or grab dinner with your new friends or family.

The communities of Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge will be hosting the 15th annual Winterfest  from 6-9pm and all are invited. Winterfest is packed with festive and free activities for all ages at Kennedy Heights Arts Center and the KHAC’s Lindner Annex next door. Enjoy a tree lighting, music by Todd Zook Hepburn, student performances, arts and crafts, holiday shopping, food, drink, smores and more.  RSVP is appreciated on Eventbrite.

Don’t miss Edgewood Night at the Holiday Traditions exhibit at the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Residents of Edgewood, Ky. get in for free with proof of residency from 6-8pm.

There is a lot happening at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co. There is a Madcap Puppets presentation of Pinocchio at the College Hill branch at 3:30pm. No registration required. Decorate an ornament at the Hyde Park Branch at 4pm. Ages 10+, no registration required. If you are 13+, test your Star Wars knowledge at the Green Township Branch at 6:30pm with a trivia night. Pizza and prizes provided. Registration is still open. 

Cincinnati Parks have a few of options today:
The Crib of the Nativity kicks off its 80th year in Eden Park, adjacent to the Krohn conservatory (opens at 9am). It features live animals and life size wax figures daily until Jan. 5. 
There is a Holiday Skies Planetarium Show at Wolff Planetarium at Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods. Experience the real holiday light show – the winter sky. Discover the mysteries of the Christmas Star, see a bright holiday “wreath” of twinkling lights and hear the tale of the man being pulled across the sky and his three baby goats! Program is open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5 per person. Seating is limited; call 513-751-3679 for registration and payment. 

Saturday December 7 

Head to Fountain Square for Macy’s Downtown Dazzle! See Santa rappel off a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with light thanks to a fabulous Rozzi fireworks display.

Head to Waynesville for Christmas in the Village. Stroll in and out of retail and dining storefronts, while listening to barbershop quartets, choirs and musicians. You will be able to take a carriage ride and feel the holiday spirit in the air, all while listening to the clip clapping of the horses hooves and jingle bells. Costume characters will be strolling along the sidewalks throughout the weekend to help bring a smile to your face. Don’t forget jolly old St. Nick! He will be here all weekend long to listen to the requests of all the good boys and girls. This event repeats on Sunday too!

Enjoy some holiday fun at the Olde West Chester Christmas Walk Parade and Community Tree Lighting. The Merchants of Olde West Chester will host a free, family-friendly community event during the day beginning at 2 p.m. along Cincinnati Dayton Road Activities and it includes photos with Santa, shopping, kids’ games and crafts, a petting zoo, horse-and-wagon rides, food and beverage, live music and more. The Olde West Chester Christmas Walk starts at 7pm with the tree lighting taking place at 8pm.

Christmas Saengerfest will take place in six amazing venues, beautifully decorated for the holidays in and around OTR. On both Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th, each venue host vignette 30 minute performances. More than 20 different musical groups participate across all venues. Performances begin at the top of the hour, starting at 7 pm both Friday and Saturday nights. The last performance of the night starts at 10 pm. For 2019 the participating locations are: Memorial Hall, St Francis Seraph, First Lutheran, OTR Community Church, Prince of Peace Church and Christian Moerlein tap room and Northern Row Brewery & Distillery.

They’ll have a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Anderson Towne Center. Enjoy free food, drinks and entertainment. The event starts at 4pm, Santa arrives at 5pm and the tree lighting is at 6pm.

The Snowman is featured as The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’ Lollipops concert. Get lost in the film as it plays above the stage and the Pops bring Howard Blake’s beautiful score to life.

Findlay Market hosts their annual Holiday Market. Local artisans and craft vendors set up shop at the Market for a weekend filled with holiday cheer, gift shopping and seasonal food and drink. The Holiday Market is the best place in town to find the perfect local gift for everyone on your list while enjoying holiday entertainment by local choirs and musicians, food demos and samples and maybe even a surprise visit by Santa Claus or an elf or two.

Springfield Township is hosting Winterfest. The two day event features puppet shows, arts fair, family entertainment, fireworks and LOTS more.

Get ready for the 25th Annual East Row Victorian Christmas Tour in Newport. Visitors may walk through the homes on the tour which reflect Queen Anne and Italianate architecture styles. Interior features include original staircases, fireplace mantles and woodwork. While garlands and greenery are hardly needed for the homes, the residences will be decorated in their best holiday finery. Besides holiday decor, visitors will see newly renovated kitchens, master suites, bathrooms and other areas. 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents A Charlie Brown Christmas. Celebrate the season with their live rendition of your favorite holiday TV special! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season.

This December, it’s a Queen City Christmas! From Ruth Lyons to Doris Day to Rosemary Clooney, the tri-state has a rich history of brilliant artists worthy of celebrating. Join The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus as they pay tribute to our hometown heroes! Happening on Saturday (8-10pm) and Sunday (2-4pm) at the Carnegie Theatre in Covington. Tickets required.

Browse this OUTDOOR holiday night market – The Covington Winter Night Bazaar -while enjoying a local bite or sip! Shop locally from over 2 dozen local artists and crafters; everything from fine art to handmade soap. Inspired by Covington’s deep European heritage, this year’s theme is Krampus Night. Krampus is a mythical character from Central European folk-lore and is often pictured as a horned beast that is part goat. Thousands of years after emerging from the mists of mythology, the horned holiday creature has found its way to the shores of Covington. 6pm-12am.

Head to Wyoming for a Holiday One Stop Shop at the Wyoming Civic Center. Shop for jewelry, personalized stationery, monogramming, spirit wear and lots more! Enjoy holiday music and food at this event. 10am – 3pm.

Handmade for the Holidays Craft Show will be at the Northgate Mall this weekend. Happening on Saturday (11am-7pm) and Sunday (12-6pm), shop from over 100 local crafters featuring handmade gifts, art, fashion, decor, jewelry and more.

The Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart returns to Urban Artifact this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-6pm). Shop local with 70+ Ohio Made vendors.

Shop with local artisans and craft vendors at the Findlay Market Holiday Market. The Holiday Market is the best place in town to find the perfect local gift for everyone on your list while enjoying holiday entertainment by local choirs and musicians, food demos and samples, and maybe even a surprise visit by Santa Claus and an elf or two. The Holiday Market is located in the Shed (in the north parking lot) and runs Saturday, December 7th from 8am-6pm and Sunday, December 8th from 10am-4pm.

Breakfast with Santa at Withamsville Church of Christ. Make your list and check it twice, let Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice! Wear your jammies for Breakfast With Santa! Join in for: a Christmas craft, Santa letter writing, Christmas pancakes (with sprinkles and whipped cream!) and a visit with Santa. Please bring a small toy to donate to kids less fortunate…leave it unwrapped with the original price tag. Please RSVP in CCB or email office@withamsville.church and let us know you are coming.

The Madcap Puppets are having a special afternoon of cookies with Santa at their Madcap Education Center. Make your own Christmas ornament, sing Christmas carols, learn the Santa shuffle, catch a showing of Madcap’s The Gingerbread Man and get your picture taken with the big man himself. It is an open house style event from 12:30-3:30pm. The Gingerbread Man Puppet shows start at the top of each hour 1-3pm. Tickets are $5 a person or $15 for a family ticket (up to 8 people). 

Is your yoga routine missing kittens?  A yoga with kitties event is happening this morning at Kitty Brew Cat Cafe in Mason. Cats provided. You just bring your mat and spend an hour cleansing your mind. 9-10am, cost is $15 per person plus tax. Reservations needed.

The Niederman Christmas Market at Niederman Family Farm starts Saturday and continues through Dec. 8. The market is open, a bonfire burning and Santa is waiting to see you! It is free to visit and enjoy the bonfire. The market will be open with lots of goodies to purchase like jams, crafts and decorations. Fresh doughnuts, roasted nuts, hot chocolate and kettle corn will be available for purchase.  Sign up online for photos with Santa ($15). In addition to your time with Santa, signing up includes a craft, a cookie to decorate, writing a letter to Santa and a free hot chocolate at the hot chocolate bar. 

The 31st Annual Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival is today. Always on the first Saturday of December and located in Historic Downtown Lebanon, the parade features only horse drawn carriages.  The festival is from 10am until 8pm with food and craft vendors along Mulberry and Mechanic Streets. The parades are at 1pm and 7pm. The evening parade features the horse drawn carriages decked out in holiday lights. 

The Hidden Valley Orchards Ho-Ho-Hayride is here for one more weekend in Lebanon. Enjoy the most unique Santa encounter experience Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. The excursion begins by boarding a tractor drawn wagon for a hayride to the HVO Christmas Cabin. There you will visit with Santa, enjoy a bonfire & your choice of hot chocolate or warm apple cider. Back at the HVO Market there will be face painting, outdoor fire pits, marshmallow roasting, a craft station and holiday music. You are invited to shop the Bakery and Market and enjoy a bite to eat! Bring your camera or phone and our elves will take a picture of you and yours! $13.00 per person ages 4 and up. Do not delay as some hayrides do sell out. Online ticket sales for the hayride close two days prior to the scheduled ride.

Explore Ohio National Financial Services’ annual glittering Victorian Holiday Village on its opening weekend. Visitors will take a delightful stroll among enchanting miniature Victorian houses decorated with holiday scenes and thousands of lights at Ohio National’s headquarters at the intersection of I-71 and Pfeiffer Rd. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and photos with St. Nick. While the event is free, all guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item (no glass containers, please) to donate to the Freestore Foodbank.

Come to the Monkey Bar and Grille for Dog Gone Christmas! Featured are pictures with Santa and  ornament making from 2:30p-6p. At 6pm they will have a live nativity with hot chocolate bar and Sweet Station. Raffles will run 2:30pm to 9pm. 

Light Up Madeira is today. Shop local businesses from 10am to 6pm. Enjoy FREE carriage rides and hot chocolate at Depot Barbecue. There will be Carolers and music performances at the fountain followed by the tree lighting at 6!

The fun continues at Summit Park in Blue Ash today. Arctic Blast Cookies & Crafts is back for another year! Have some winter fun while decorating cookies with Nanny Belle’s and making winter crafts. The family fun will take place in the Summit Park North Tower Room from 12-2pm. Free and open to the public. 

It’s the Christmas of your… nightmares?! The Dent Schoolhouse is bringing back A Christmas Nightmare, a Christmas haunted attraction!  The entire schoolhouse is decorated with garland, lights, presents and Christmas trees. But – this time – holiday monsters have taken over the attraction to bring a grizzly twist on this beloved holiday. Remember to dress WARM for this event, open rain or shine and no refunds. Open Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, 6:30pm – 11pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at door (cash only) for $25. This includes a photo-op with Santa Charlie. Parking is free. 

Christkindlmarkt 2019, Hamilton’s only Christmas Market, runs through Sunday at the Courtyard Marriott at 1 Riverfront Plaza in Hamilton, OH 45011 from 11am-10pm. 

Celebrate Karrikin’s first year with Cincinnati’s most beloved guest chefs and bartenders, sparkling spirit releases each hour including a brand new one, hand crafted cocktails, Karrikin’s own craft beer, music, giveaways and a fundraiser benefiting The Dragonfly Foundation. The fun starts at 11am. No ticket needed. 

The Fort Mitchell, Kentucky Historic Business District hosts its annual Tree Lighting event tonight from 5-8pm. The celebration will start in the historic district with a holiday walk where you can walk business to business for a variety of free activities, crafts and yummy treats. Then make your way to the City Building at 6:30pm. Santa will be waiting and providing an array of activities, crafts and refreshments. The Lighting of the Tree Ceremony will take place at 7:45pm to end the evening.

It is Family First Saturday at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Spend the day with your family and celebrate their special exhibition, The Levee: A Photographer in the American South, with free activities for the whole family from 1-4pm. Enjoy a special scavenger hunt, performances, hands-on art-making and more. Enjoy special preschool activities from 11:00am–1:00pm. Say Cheese Photo Booth is providing a photo booth for the event. FREE. Reservations not required.

Redsfest takes over Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7! This two-day celebration of Reds baseball is a Cincinnati tradition celebrating baseball’s first professional team. Meet players and enjoy getting their autographs or listening to them lead story time. You can take a turn in a batting cage or on the mini golf course, meet the mascots and more! Tickets required.  Adults are $17 for a one day pass or $25 for a two day pass. Kids 12 and younger are $7 for one day, $12 for two days. 

The ever popular Late Night Date Night at the Cincinnati Observatory is back for a special two weekend run on Dec. 7 and 14, 10:30pm-Midnight. Come see what the Observatory is like after hours during this romantic Saturday night out under the stars. You’ll get to use the oldest big telescope in the U.S. to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting). Get a sneak preview of next season’s planets and stars ahead of everyone else. If the weather does not permit viewing, they’ll have fun showing you around the universe behind the scenes at the Observatory. Admission is $25 per person. Space is limited. Adults only. Don’t hesitate because this event usually sells out. To make reservations, sign up online or call 513-321-5186.

Head to the library for some fun events today – everything from reading aloud to a therapy dog in order to practice your reading skills (Greenhills branch) to making dog and cat toys for a local animal rescue (Cheviot branch). Both are no registration required. There is an adult only craft (Maderia branch) with registration still open. You can have a personal encounter with an African penguin (Reading branch) with no registration required. You can even meet Dog Man at a Character Party (North Central branch) with no registration required. All of this is happening at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co. today.  

It is the fifth annual Dad Day at Rhinegeist from 12-6p. Enjoy Rhinegeist’s special brew called, Dad. There will be a DJ, plaid family photo ops and everyone will have a chance to win a special Dad Day gift set. Get a family photo ($30) taken in the annex from 12-3pm! Reservations come with a printed photo, keepsake ornament and a pint. Hot cider, hot cocoa, sweet treats and a coloring/craft station will be on hand for the kids. Additional photos, ornaments and beer will be available for purchase. Please register on Eventbrite to snag a spot.

Sunday December 8

Head to Waynesville for Christmas in the Village. Stroll in and out of retail and dining storefronts, while listening to barbershop quartets, choirs and musicians. You will be able to take a carriage ride and feel the holiday spirit in the air, all while listening to the clip clapping of the horses hooves and jingle bells. Costume characters will be strolling along the sidewalks throughout the weekend to help bring a smile to your face. Don’t forget jolly old St. Nick! He will be here all weekend long to listen to the requests of all the good boys and girls.

Findlay Market hosts their annual Holiday Market. Local artisans and craft vendors set up shop at the Market for a weekend filled with holiday cheer, gift shopping and seasonal food and drink. The Holiday Market is the best place in town to find the perfect local gift for everyone on your list while enjoying holiday entertainment by local choirs and musicians, food demos and samples and maybe even a surprise visit by Santa Claus and an elf or two.

HELLO, DOLLY! , brought to us by Broadway in Cincinnati, is at the Aronoff Center – now through December 15. After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion — hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

Springfield Township is hosting Winterfest. The two day event features puppet shows, arts fair, family entertainment, fireworks and LOTS more.

Get ready for the 25th Annual East Row Victorian Christmas Tour in Newport. Visitors may walk through the homes on the tour which reflect Queen Anne and Italianate architecture styles. Interior features include original staircases, fireplace mantles and woodwork. While garlands and greenery are hardly needed for the homes, the residences will be decorated in their best holiday finery. Besides holiday decor, visitors will see newly renovated kitchens, master suites, bathrooms and other areas. 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents A Charlie Brown Christmas. Celebrate the season with their live rendition of your favorite holiday TV special! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season.

This December, it’s a Queen City Christmas! From Ruth Lyons to Doris Day to Rosemary Clooney, the tri-state has a rich history of brilliant artists worthy of celebrating. Join The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus as they pay tribute to our hometown heroes! Happening on Saturday (8-10pm) and Sunday (2-4pm) at the Carnegie Theatre in Covington. Tickets required.

Matthew 25:Ministries is throwing a Family Holiday Bash, 2-5pm. Their facility will be transformed into a Christmas Wonderland, including crafts, arcade games, giant board games, laser tag, superheroes, princesses and pictures with Santa! Admission to the event is free, including refreshments, with donations being accepted to support A Kid Again’s work with children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart returns to Urban Artifact this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-6pm). Shop local with 70+ Ohio Made vendors.

Come out and explore Miami Whitewater Forest* during the quieter time of year. Stretch your legs with a scavenger hunt and explore all of the interesting things happening in nature during this season at the Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center. Free, 11a-1pm.

Catch the last day of the Niederman Christmas Market at Niederman Family Farm on Sunday. The market is open, a bonfire burning and Santa is waiting to see you! It is free to visit and enjoy the bonfire. The market will be open with lots of goodies to purchase like jams, crafts and decorations. Fresh doughnuts, roasted nuts, hot chocolate and kettle corn will be available for purchase.  Sign up online to for photos with Santa ($15). In addition to your time with Santa, signing up includes a craft, a cookie to decorate, writing a letter to Santa and a free hot chocolate at the hot chocolate bar.

Catch the last day of the Hidden Valley Orchards Ho-Ho-Hayride in Lebanon. Enjoy the most unique Santa encounter experience. The excursion begins by boarding a tractor drawn wagon for a hayride to the HVO Christmas Cabin. There you will visit with Santa, enjoy a bonfire & your choice of hot chocolate or warm apple cider. Back at the HVO Market, there will be face painting, outdoor fire pits, marshmallow roasting, a craft station and holiday music. You are invited to shop the Bakery and Market and enjoy a bite to eat! Bring your camera or phone and our elves will take a picture of you and yours! $13.00 per person ages 4 and up. Do not delay as some hayrides do sell out. Online ticket sales for the hayride close two days prior to the scheduled ride.

Cincinnati hasn’t forgotten the fur kids this holiday season! Bring your furry friend to join in the holiday fun with the Santa Paws event at Tri County Mall from 10-noon. Santa Paws will take a professional picture of your pet with a backdrop and digitally insert Santa into the photo to ensure the perfect holiday photo! Come to the lounge area near the main entrance. 

It is the last day for Christkindlmarkt 2019, Hamilton’s only Christmas Market, at the Courtyard Marriott at 1 Riverfront Plaza in Hamilton, OH 45011. 11am-5pm. 

Come out and play at the Contemporary Arts Center’s newest family program, Play Cafe! Drop by the museum from 10am-noon for a giant play date your littles will love. The lobby will be transformed into a family-friendly creative space filled with sensory stations and curated toys designed to inspire exploratory learning.  Check out, Fausto, CAC’s new restaurant in the museum’s lobby serving morning bites and lattes.  Families can play for free! During Play Café kid sized toasts are available at kid friendly prices. Play Café is designed specifically for children ages 0-6 years of age, however older siblings are welcome. Downtown Cincinnati parking meters are free until 2pm! As always, viewing all galleries are free so check those out while there. 

Today is the final Beat The Board Cornhole Tournament of the year at Fretboard Brewing since they will be launching a cornhole league in early 2020. First toss is at 1pm, no entry fee and prizes are available. Walk-ins welcome, but they would appreciate knowing if you’re planning to come – so RSVP or sign-up at the bar. 

It is time for the Second Sunday Family Showtime at Clifton Cultural Arts Center. This month, Bah Humbug! A One-Man Christmas Carol (presented by TCT on Tour: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati) , is featured. Join them for the latest in their monthly series of lively, family-focused musical and theatrical performances. Shows start at 2pm and a festive reception follows. No advance tickets are sold for these shows. Tickets will be available for purchase from the CCAC Box Office starting at 1:30pm on the day of the performance. $5/per adults, children are free. 

Civil War Christmas is 12pm-5pm at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum in Fort Wright, Ky. The museum will be decorated using natural materials like our ancestors used during the nineteenth century.  Learn how Civil War soldiers celebrated the holiday. Enjoy their special exhibit of vintage Christmas ornaments and quilts. This is a FREE, family-friendly event, with children’s activities.  Help make ornaments and take one home! Listen to live period music by Don and Esther Drewry.

Go hiking for your health with Roads, Rivers, and Trails at the Cincinnati Nature Center 2-3:30pm. Preregistration required. Geared for adults and ages 8 and up with an adult. Free for members, $9 for non-member adults, $4 for non-member children.  

The Hiking Club of Cincinnati Parks Foundation (free to join!) will be exploring Mt. Airy Forest’s beautiful trails with a hike from 8-930am. The hike starts and ends at Everybody’s Treehouse in Mt. Airy Forest. Come prepared with water, hiking shoes and optional walking stick. The hike will not happen in heavy rain or lightening. 


*Great Parks for Hamilton County requires a Motor Vehicle Permit for entrance to the parks.

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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