Things to do in Cincinnati This Weekend {November 22-24}

The gradual transformation of the Cincinnati area into a winter wonderland – both in actual weather patterns and things to do – continues this weekend. Enjoy lots of Santa sightings, tree lighting ceremonies, a special Thanksgiving sale at The Cone, and much more!

a Zinzinnati Christmas at the Krohn Conservatory
A Zinzinnati Holiday at the Krohn Conservatory, more info here

Things to Do This Weekend:

Friday, November 22:

The oldest and most authentic German Christmas market in the Cincinnati region returns and it is all under enclosed and heated tents! Germania’s Christkindlmarkt offers a variety of shopping with unique German gifts, a petting zoo and carriage rides. There’s delicious homemade German food (pickle soup!), drinks (homemade Gluhwein) and pastries available all weekend long. Various entertainers are on stage throughout the weekend and the children can even get their pictures with St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus. Free parking at event as well as free shuttle bus transportation on Friday and Saturday. The market runs all weekend through Nov. 24. Admission is $3, children 12 and under free.

Winterfest returns to Kings Island tonight in Mason. Take a spin around the International Street fountains turned ice skating rink or watch the live lighting of the 314′ tall Christmas tree of lights (aka the Eiffel Tower). Run into Jack Frost, the Sugar Plum Fairy – even carolers – while making your way to ice carvers at work, classic Kings Island ride attractions, live shows, millions of lights and plentiful holiday treats. There’s live music, games and prizes nightly at Polar Bear Plaza and an artisan village featuring hand crafted products for purchase. Don’t miss Charlie Brown Christmas Town in Planet Snoopy where you and your littles can make a craft, view a live nativity scene, see even more live shows and enjoy rides. Winterfest continues through Dec. 31 on select evenings.

The Christmas Ranch opens for the season tonight. Take a train or wagon ride through the lights, sip a hot chocolate or other treat around the bonfire, stop in one of the seven shops and take a picture with Santa. Admission is $20 per car with a portion benefiting child focused organizations. Open until Dec. 23 starting at 5pm each night except for Thanksgiving.

Get your Cone fix even in the off season with their Thanksgiving Sale. Quarts of ice cream, pumpkin ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter sauce and Amish cream cheese pumpkin rolls will be available for purchase. Pre-orders are offered until Nov. 20 but items are available in the dining room on a first come first serve basis as well. Sale starts Nov. 21 and goes through Nov. 23.

It’s a celebration of everyone’s favorite magical Nordic movie! Explore Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods* as it has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Create a troll, walk through a snowstorm and try Nordic foods as you explore the nature and culture of Scandinavia. This event continues throughout the weekend. 11am-4pm. To find the details, click the link above and go to Nov. 22, 23, or 24 on their calendar.

World famous Floridian grove-to-table citrus from Indian River returns to Cincinnati for one day only. Head to Menards in Evendale for naval oranges, seedless tangerines and ruby red grapefruit from 12:30 – 2pm while supplies last. With every purchase, you will have a chance to win one free year of fruit.

Enjoy the first Downtown Loveland Ladies Night. Participating shops will have light bites, drinks and specials for your holiday shopping needs. Sip and shop your way through these participating boutiques: Alley Boutique, Blume, Busy Bee, Haven Grey and Lemons and Limes Boutique. There is an opportunity to give back too. Please bring a canned food donation for the Loveland Life Pantry. 4-8pm.

March First Brewing is hosting a Stout Blowout with a tap list of 20 strong. 4pm-midnight.

The Ice Rink at Fountain Square will host Friday Night Jams. A rotating DJ will take over the rink from 8-10pm. Friday Night Jams goes through Nov. 22. The Ice Rink is open through Feb., 2020.

Can you Escape from Azkaban? Join The Green Township branch of Cincinnati Library for a Harry Potter themed escape room! Trivia, games and snacks too! Ages 14-18, 7:30-830 pm. Registration required and often sells out.

There are three new exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center opening this weekend: Confinement: Politics of Space and Bodies, Lauren Henkin: Props and Tom Schiff: Surrounded by Art . They’re hosting an Opening Celebration (free and open to all) in the Kaplan Hall Lobby starting at 8pm.

Saturday, November 23:

Superpower Dogs opens on Saturday at the OMNIMAX® Theater / Cincinnati Museum Center. Superpower Dogs showcases the lifesaving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. From the waters of the Mediterranean and the waves off California’s coast to the mountains of British Columbia and the savannas of Africa, journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives. Narrated by Chris Evans, the film reveals the astonishing science behind their extraordinary abilities, ensuring that we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again. Discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners in an immersive OMNIMAX® adventure.

You might also like our Christmas Markets and Holiday Craft Shows list!

Experience Santa’s arrival in an exciting way! Northgate Mall’s Santa Parade kicks off at Farbach-Werner Preserve with Santa in a horse drawn carriage. He’ll make his way down Colerain Avenue and be escorted through the mall with a marching band! Warm 98 and the Cincinnati Circus will join in to make it a fun family morning! 9-11am.

Pet Photos with Santa: Santa will be arriving early from the North Pole and heading straight to the FAB FERMENTS Kombucha Tap Room + Store! Join in on Saturday, 12-3pm for Pet Photos with Santa!

The Friends of Findlay Market offers a free bi-monthly tour of the market and today is the day! Whether it’s your first time at the market or you are a seasoned pro, these tours are a great way to gain additional insight into the history, merchants and future plans of Findlay Market. The tour starts at 10am and is open to the first 20 people to sign up.

Have some fun at the library this Saturday. It is Star Wars Family Day at the Madeira branch of the Cincinnati Library. Families can join in to celebrate the Rise of Skywalker with crafts, activities and special visits from the 501 Ohio Garrison of stormtroopers and the Cincinnati Circus Company. No registration required. There is also an “All Things Olaf” event at the Greenhills branch in celebration of the opening of Frozen 2. Children are invited for crafts and other activities at 11 a.m.

Come Activate the Art Museum! Stop by the Contemporary Art Museum’s UnMuseum for this architecture inspired Family Festival based on two of our newest exhibitions. Join us as we build our own pillow forts, design miniature museums, and step into an architect’s shoes for the day!

It’s “Late Night, Date Night” at the Cincinnati Observatory. See what the Observatory is like after hours with a romantic Saturday night out under the stars. You’ll get to use the big telescope to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting) and get a sneak preview of the next season’s planets and stars ahead of everyone else. The program runs rain or shine. If the weather does not permit viewing, they will show you behind the scenes at the Observatory. Space is limited and almost always sells out so register early, $24/person, adults only.

Also of note, The Cincinnati Observatory’s Star Gazers Finale Party is happening from 5-7pm. Star Gazers is the world’s only weekly TV series on naked eye astronomy and Cincinnati Observatory’s own Astronomer, Dean Regas, will say good-bye as co-host of 9 years. A Q&A, memorable episodes, and a viewing of several planets (weather permitting) will take place. Admission is free and registration is NOT required.

Light Up the Levee is back in Newport for its 11th year. This magical evening begins with Santa’s grand helicopter arrival followed by family activities, the season’s first snowfall, the lighting of their 50-foot tree with 1.4 million lights, and more surprises. Cap off the night with an afterparty filled with food, beverage and live music. 5:30 – 10pm.

It’s a Teddy Bear Picnic! Pack up the family, friends, and your favorite stuffed animal for Sharonville Park’s first Teddy Bear Picnic. Participants will be able to enjoy picnic treats and activities, as well as have the chance to paint an ornament for the holiday season. Ornaments will be provided. This event is open to both residents and non-residents. Cost is $8.00 per person. 4-5:30pm

It’s a celebration of everyone’s favorite magical Nordic movie! Explore Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods* as it has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Create a troll, walk through a snowstorm and try Nordic foods as you explore the nature and culture of Scandinavia. This event continues throughout the weekend. 11am-4pm. To find the details, click the link above and go to Nov. 22, 23, or 24 on their calendar.

If you are looking for a live tree lighting and a front row seat to Santa’s arrival, Butler Co. has you covered. In addition to a tree lighting and Santa sighting (starting at 5pm), the Butler County Courthouse (in Hamilton) will have live reindeer, face painting and carriage rides. All free.

Head over to Liberty Center’s free annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Usher in the holiday season with a parade ending in Santa himself counting down to the live lighting of the 51′ tree. Festivities start at 6pm, parade starts at 6:30pm, and the tree lighting is at 7:30pm.

Fountain Square will be hopping this Saturday! The fun starts with “Watch It, Wear It! Inside Out” on the LED board as you skate with special guests in costume on the ice. Admission is $6, skate rental is $4. Later that evening, enjoy Caroling on the Square with The Southern Gateway Chorus a cappella harmony singers, 5p-6p.

The O.F.F. (Oakley Fancy Flea) Market is setting up shop inside MadTree Brewing for a two day winter market event on Nov. 23 and 24 from 10-4pm daily. So drink a beer and have a pizza – all while knocking out your holiday shopping list!

Christkindlmarkt continues with a Breakfast with Santa opportunity on Saturday morning – reservations and fee required. Then, in the evening, either bring your own lantern or purchase one there for a Children’s Lantern Parade!

Sunday, November 24:

Women’s History Walking Tour: Do you know the stories of the women of Over-the-Rhine? This tour explores women’s lives and work in Over-the-Rhine, from German-speaking immigrants in the mid-1800s up to African American women who moved to Over-the-Rhine in the 1960s. It explores topics important to women’s history—work for women, childbirth and motherhood, and social activism. This tour begins at 1230 Race Street, by the 13th Street intersection. Free but registration is required and tour capacity is limited to 20.

It’s time for Friendsgiving at Brink Brewing Co. Gather round their community table for an evening of good food, beer, and making friends! They will provide the turkey and gravy! Free to attend, but please bring a SIDE TO SHARE. Also in the spirit of giving they will be COLLECTING COATS for the homeless to be donated to St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati. 5-9pm.

It’s a celebration of everyone’s favorite magical Nordic movie! Explore Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods* as it has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Create a troll, walk through a snowstorm and try Nordic foods as you explore the nature and culture of Scandinavia. This event continues throughout the weekend. 11am-4pm. To find the details, click the link above and go to Nov. 22, 23, or 24 on their calendar.

There is a food festival in Lebanon today. The Taste of Lebanon Mediterranean Food Fall Festival serves up some tasty cuisine from noon until 7pm – one day only. There is live entertainment, shopping, dine-in and carry-out options. Taste delicious and freshly prepared Mediterranean cuisine, like Kibbee, Tabouleh, Baklawa/Baklava, Grape Leaves, Falafel and much more! Vegetarian options are available. Free admission and parking.

Sunday is Santa Cares Day at Kenwood Town Centre. Santa Cares Day is a sensory friendly for families with kids with autism and other special needs. The event provides early access and extra time to visit and take photos with Santa. Visit Santa at Kenwood Towne Centre from 8:30am to 10:30am. Participating shopping centers will open their “photos with Santa” experience early, before the general public, to accommodate Santa Cares Day visitors. In the spirit of the season, Lifetime will be providing complimentary photo packages to all guests during this event on November 24th. Spots are filling up and registration is required.

A Santa Cares Sensory Friendly Event is happening at Eastgate Mall as well. People within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa. Please reserve your complimentary time slot. Families are encouraged to arrive at any time during their scheduled 15-minute time period. Upon arrival, one of Santa’s helpers will provide you with a number, so that your family doesn’t have to stand in a line until they are ready for you. The event will be held at Santa’s Workshop. Visits with Santa are free, and photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event. 9am-11am. Spots are filling up and registration is required.

Take a tour of Cincinnati’s first suburb – Mt. Adams! Mt. Adams offers a Guided Walking Tour from 1-3pm starting at Mt. Adams Bar and Grill. Learn a lot of history, where to dine, and visit several Mt. Adams iconic locations. Reservations required. Tickets are $10.

The oldest and most authentic German Christmas market in the Cincinnati region returns and it is all under enclosed and heated tents! Germania’s Christkindlmarkt offers a variety of shopping with unique German gifts, a petting zoo and carriage rides. There’s delicious homemade German food (pickle soup!), drinks (homemade Gluhwein) and pastries available all weekend long. Various entertainers are on stage throughout the weekend and the children can even get their pictures with St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus. Free parking at event as well as free shuttle bus transportation on Friday and Saturday. The market runs all weekend through Nov. 24. Admission is $3, children 12 and under free.

The O.F.F. (Oakley Fancy Flea) Market is setting up shop inside MadTree Brewing for a two day winter market event on Nov. 23 and 24 from 10-4pm daily. So drink a beer and have a pizza – all while knocking out your holiday shopping list!

Plan Ahead:

Things to do in Cincinnati over Thanksgiving Weekend
things to do at Christmas time in Cincinnati
December Things To Do in Cincinnati

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.

* Valid Motor Vehicle Permits are required for every vehicle entering a Great Park of Hamilton County.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.