Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend {January 3-5}

Happy New Year! There’s not a whole lot happening in Cincinnati this weekend BUT it is a great time to catch a few of the things you may have missed over the holidays!

This is the last weekend to catch the following:
Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Trains is at Cincinnati Museum Center through Sunday
A Zinzinnati Holiday at the Krohn Conservatory ends on Sunday
The Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo ends on Saturday
Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island ends on Sunday
Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art ends Sunday

Cincinnati Zoo's Penguin Days begin on Sunday

Friday, January 3:

It’s time for Throwback Weekend AND The Teddy Toss with The Cincinnati Cyclones. Enjoy $12 tickets, $1 John Morrell Hotdogs, Donatos Pizza, Soda, and Beer. Plus bring a gently loved teddy bear to throw onto the ice after the Cyclones first goal. Doors open at 6:30 and the puck drops at 7:30pm. There is a note on the page that says ” Online orders are charged additional service fees. All Tickets increase $2 on gameday“. {details}

Enjoy a new experience – Snow at the Banks! Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. are free and only include the Frontgate Snow Lounge with fire pit seating, snow blizzards on the half hour, sing-a-longs from your favorite radio stations and beer/wine (for purchase). No other snow attractions are open on Friday evenings. See Saturday and Sunday listings below to enjoy the full event. {details}

Friday is your last chance to catch Train Days at the Heritage Village Museum (at Sharon Woods*), 10am – 2pm. Watch model trains chug through villages, around mountains, and through tunnels in these large model train displays inside an actual historic train station and Hayner House. At least 10 trains will be operating and they will include N, HO, O, and S scale model trains. Admission is $3. Museum members, veterans and active duty military members (with a military I.D.), and children ages 4 and under are free. {details}

Get a behind the scenes look at the operations of Rookwood Pottery when you take one of their Friday Tours (10am and 1pm). 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. Registraion required. {details}

Saturday, January 4:

Family First Siesta: Spend the day with your family and celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museum’s special exhibition, Treasures of the Spanish World, with free and fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy a special scavenger hunt, performances, hands-on art-making and more. Enjoy special preschool activities from 11:00 a.m–1:00 p.m. Free, no reservations required. {details}

Enjoy a New Year’s Refresh Day at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Learn new skills, exercise your creativity, and get outside with your family and friends during this day-long celebration. A variety of programs will be offered throughout the day to help you get a head start on your resolutions. From mindfulness activities, to winter hikes, to crafts and reading suggestions, you are sure to find something to start your new year on a new leaf. Fun for all ages, programs will take place snow or shine! {details}

Enjoy a new experience – Snow at the Banks! Being called the “Greatest Show in Snow in Cincinnati”, the event features live snow demonstrations by an Academy Award-winning special effects producer including the Frisch’s Big Boy Snow Tube Run, a 50-foot long snow tube ramp at SkyStar Wheel Snow Park with rides for purchase, a snow sledding hill, snow blizzards for snow selfies on the half hour, a snow lounge with cocktails, horse carriage rides by the Cincinnati Auto Expo, hockey skill challenges by the Cincinnati Cyclones, and ice sculpture carvings at Great American Ball Park. Bars and restaurants will offer special cocktails, menus and entertainment. Cost is $5 per wristband per person (all ages). The event is happening on Saturdays (12-8pm) and Sundays (12-6pm) in January. Tickets required. {details}

The Cin City Reptile Show will be at the Holiday Inn in West Chester, 10am-4pm. See 1000’s of exotic repitels, amphibians, inverts, and more. Admission charged, kids under 10 get in free. {details}

Sunday, January 5:

Head to MadTree Brewing for Sunday Bluegrass, 12-3pm. Enjoy the sounds of The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and enjoy a cold one! {details}

Penguin Days begin today at the Cincinnati Zoo. Enjoy discounted admission to the zoo and enjoy various animal encounters (weather dependent). {details}

Enjoy a new experience – Snow at the Banks! Being called the “Greatest Show in Snow in Cincinnati”, the event features live snow demonstrations by an Academy Award-winning special effects producer including the Frisch’s Big Boy Snow Tube Run, a 50-foot long snow tube ramp at SkyStar Wheel Snow Park with rides for purchase, a snow sledding hill, snow blizzards for snow selfies on the half hour, a snow lounge with cocktails, horse carriage rides by the Cincinnati Auto Expo, hockey skill challenges by the Cincinnati Cyclones, and ice sculpture carvings at Great American Ball Park. Bars and restaurants will offer special cocktails, menus and entertainment. Cost is $5 per wristband per person (all ages). The event is happening on Saturdays (12-8pm) and Sundays (12-6pm) in January. Tickets required. {details}

A Sunday birdwatching group will meet at Burnet Woods, 9-10:30am. Beginner & experienced birders welcome! Meet by the lake in front of Trailside Nature Center on Brookline Avenue. Bring your own binoculars if possible. Suggested entrance to park is Ludlow Avenue entrance. Walks are led by knowledgeable local birders and are an excellent opportunity to learn for new birdwatchers. Please note that the Nature Center will not be open and park restrooms have been closed for the Winter months. {details}


*Great Parks of 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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