Things to do in Cincinnati for December {2022}

December? Where has this year gone?!

2022 may be coming to a close but there’s still a lot to celebrate in Cincinnati for the month of December! From historic tours to sing along movies to outdoor markets, this curated list of things to do should keep you busy this month!

winter scence with trees and lights for things to do in Cincinnati in December

The list below is date specific for Cincinnati in December, 2022.

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Drive Through Christmas Light Shows (plus walk thru too!)
Christmas Craft Shows
Where to Find a Live Nativity Scene
Breakfast with Santa

December 1-3: The Heritage Village Museum hosts 19th Century Holiday Guided Tours (advanced ticket purchase required). Celebrate the season with a holiday guided tour of the Village! Visit Kemper House, Fetter General Store, Schram Print Shop, Vorhes House, Chester Park Train Station, Elk Lick House, and Hayner House and learn how Christmas celebrations changed and evolved over the course of the 19th century in Southwestern Ohio. See glimpses of the earliest Christmases of Cincinnati, the impact of the Civil War on celebrations, and the new traditions introduced by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert an ocean away. Discover popular 19th century gifts and how they would have been purchased, the early history of Christmas cards, and how the holidays impacted transportation during the 1800s. Guests will be treated to the beauty and simplicity of historic decorations and see some G-scale model trains in their historic train station. 

December 2-3: The annual Dark Charge Winter Block Party is happening in and around Braxton Brewing in Covington, Ky. Celebrate community, rich history, and the 2022 Dark Charge release.

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December 2-4: Head to Waynesville for Christmas in the Village. Stroll in and out of retail and dining storefronts, while listening to charolers, choirs, and musicians.

December 3-4: Winter Market at Washington Park returns with regional artisans and crafters in cozily designed huts! You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list. Vendors will vary from weekend to weekend so visit often!

December 3-4: Findlay Market’s annual Holiday Market is happening too! They will have dozens of farmers and outdoor vendors plus over 50 full-time merchants selling holiday gifts, food and decor. Jane’s will be open, serving beers and festive cocktails. They will also be selling beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths and garland. Shoppers will receive a FREE commemorative 2022 Findlay Market ornament locally produced by Lucca with every tree purchase. Bundle up, grab your friends and support small businesses this holiday season!

December 3-4: It’s time for the annual Newport’s historic East Row Victorian Christmas Tours and Tea. Tour homes decorated for Christmas, explore the outside light displays and stained glass windows, enjoy a Christmas Victorian Tea, and visit the local establishments for a drink or a meal.

December 3: The 2022 Holiday Light Contest and Light Up St. Bernard is happening from 6 to 9pm. Participating homes will be officially judged on Saturday, December 3rd, from 6 -8:30 PM, by spectators who are asked to place a canned good(s) in the container located outside of their favorite decorated home. Who are these spectators? YOU ARE!!! Whether you are traveling by foot (strongly encouraged), or in a vehicle, please plan to get out with your family and enjoy this event and support the hard work of your neighbors. First place will be awarded to the home that has the most canned goods in their container at 8:30 on Saturday evening. All canned goods will then be donated to St. Clement’s Food Pantry.
Map available (see site above).

December 3: Lebanon’s 32nd Annual Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival returns. There will be two horse-drawn carriage parades this year: a daylight parade at 1 pm and their traditional candlelight parade at 7 pm. Enjoy a Christmas Festival (starting at 10am), visits with Santa, shopping, food, lights, and more.

December 3: It’s “Dad Day” at Rhinegeist! Their hoppy holiday ale returns and they’re celebrating all things Dad! In addition to the classic plaid photo backdrop for the annual photo op, this year’s Dad Day features a diverse shopping & art experience curated by Nigel Agboh (Small World Market)! Holiday-themed cocktails, FIND THE PICKLE (if you know, you know), and more Dad Day fun for the whole famdamily!

December 3: The Comboni Mission Center invites you to Breakfast in Bethlehem, 8:30am-11am. Visitors will get an early viewing of the animated Nativity before it’s open for the its 75th season. For $5 per person ($20 per family) guests will also enjoy: a pancake breakfast, games, crafts, facepainting, shopping in the Christmas Boutique, and museum tours. RSVP required (see link above).

December 3: Head to Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village for a Candlelight Walk. Go back to a time when Christmas time was celebrated in the most basic of ways. All of their buildings will be open for the public to go through and once it gets dark the whole village will be lit up by candle light along the paths between the buildings and within the buildings themselves. $5 per person

December 3: Head to Fountain Square for Downtown Dazzle. See Santa rappel from a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with a fabulous fireworks display! 6pm = music and festivities; 7pm = Downtown Dazzle show begins. Be sure to make reservations if you want to ice skate.

December 3: Strap on your walking shoes for the Hamilton German Village Christmas Walk. This quaint village has been decked out, cheered up, dressed beautifully for your visit. Although homes will not be open, they have added many vendors, extra outdoor music, and food to the event! Stroll through the streets to be enchanted with the Holiday Spirit.

December 7-9: The Heritage Village Museum hosts 19th Century Holiday Guided Tours (advanced ticket purchase required). Celebrate the season with a holiday guided tour of the Village! Visit Kemper House, Fetter General Store, Schram Print Shop, Vorhes House, Chester Park Train Station, Elk Lick House, and Hayner House and learn how Christmas celebrations changed and evolved over the course of the 19th century in Southwestern Ohio. See glimpses of the earliest Christmases of Cincinnati, the impact of the Civil War on celebrations, and the new traditions introduced by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert an ocean away. Discover popular 19th century gifts and how they would have been purchased, the early history of Christmas cards, and how the holidays impacted transportation during the 1800s. Guests will be treated to the beauty and simplicity of historic decorations and see some G-scale model trains in their historic train station.

December 8: Light Up College Hill is coming on December 8th, 6-8pm! This will be an avenue-wide event with the 3rd annual tree lighting in Patrick’s Park, a train ride for kids, Santa, live reindeer and more! As part of Light Up College Hill festivities, several businesses throughout the district will be hosting special (free!) activities for families and then offering some adult options as well.

December 9-10: If 2022 hasn’t been scary enough for you, take a look at The Dent Schoolhouse’s “A Christmas Nightmare”, a Christmas haunted attraction. They’ll be bringing some of their Halloween haunted house characters in for a grizzly twist on the holiday. This 1 weekend special event, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

December 9: Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer returns at Music Hall for a 7pm show. Celebrate the joys of the season with their annual “Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer” concert in Music Hall’s beautiful and historic Ballroom. This holiday program will be hosted by Local 12 News Anchor, Kyle Inskeep, and will feature renowned theater organist Mark Herman as he fills the Wurlitzer organ with spirit of the season! Vocal performances by The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus singers will ring in their 150th season and dancers from the Otto M. Budig Cincinnati Ballet Academy will delight! Tickets required.

December 9: It’s Christmas Movie Night at Crossroads Oakley. Everyone’s welcome on December 9 for a festive movie about a boy who takes an adventurous train ride! This evening will be full of holiday cheer with popcorn and hot chocolate. You can even come in your best Christmas jammies! Get to know your Crossroads Oakley community and make this big place feel smaller. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the movie begins at 6:30 pm.

December 10-11: Winter Market at Washington Park returns with regional artisans and crafters in cozily designed huts! You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list. Vendors will vary from weekend to weekend so visit often!

December 10-11: Print Like Charley Harper at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Enjoy your hand at screen printing as you pull your own Charley Harper print. Sessions begin every hour; all supplies are provided and include one print. Registration required.

December 10: The Reindog Parade will be brightening up the streets of Mt. Adams starting at 2pm. Santa will lead the parade of dogs in their holiday best accompanied by their two legged friends.

December 10: The jolliest bunch of Santas will be singing some tunes as SantaCon takes on Downtown Cincinnati, OTR, the Banks, PLUS Covington, Newport, and Mt. Adams. The Cure Starts Now is their official charity and they will be supporting them again.

December 10: Head to Fountain Square for Downtown Dazzle. See Santa rappel from a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with a fabulous fireworks display! 6pm = music and festivities; 7pm = Downtown Dazzle show begins. Be sure to make reservations if you want to ice skate.

December 10: Head to Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village for a Candlelight Walk. Go back to a time when Christmas time was celebrated in the most basic of ways. All of their buildings will be open for the public to go through and once it gets dark the whole village will be lit up by candle light along the paths between the buildings and within the buildings themselves. $5 per person

December 11: Head to MadTree for the Winter Market. Shop local in the festive, spruced up taproom. They’ll have vendors specializing in categories such as handcrafted jewelry, woodworking, photography, clothing and home goods to sell their products. 10am-3pm

December 11: Signs and Songs, Holiday Edition will be at the American Sign Museum, 2-4pm. Enjoy the festive glow of the signs and seasonal tunes provided by the Steve Schmidt Band.

December 11Art on Vine – The Holiday Gift Sale at Rhinegeist. 12-7pm

December 17-18: Grab some great gifts at The City Flea‘s Holiday Market, held at Washington Park. Early Birds Mini Market is from 11am-4pm on Saturday, Full Evening Market is 4-9pm on Saturday, and a Daylight Market will be on Sunday, 11am-5pm.

December 17-18: Winter Market at Washington Park returns with regional artisans and crafters in cozily designed huts! You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list. Vendors will vary from weekend to weekend so visit often!

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December 17: Be swept back in time while visiting Old Historic Loveland during Christmas in Loveland. Everything from Jolly Ole’ St. Nick and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole, to a live Nativity scene, to a Winter Wonderland! 4-8pm

December 17: Head to Fountain Square for Downtown Dazzle. See Santa rappel from a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with a fabulous fireworks display! 6pm = music and festivities; 7pm = Downtown Dazzle show begins. Be sure to make reservations if you want to ice skate.

December 18Art on Vine – The Holiday Gift Sale at Rhinegeist. 12-7pm

December 18: Walk it off at the Christmas Bird Count happening at the Cincinnati Nature Center, 8am – noon. You will be part of a team that counts every bird seen, so the more eyes, the better! No experience necessary, just dress to be outdoors for an extended period. 

December 20: It’s a Holiday Cookie Decorating Class at Taft’s Brewpourium (ticket purchase required). Elle, owner of Baked by Elle, will lead you through decorating 2 cookies in a fun Christmas design! She’ll also have a surprise gift for each person. Each ticket is good for one person. Class will last approximately 1 hour. No experience necessary. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Dec. 20: Enjoy a holiday themed “Music Live at Lunch” with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Elizabeth Motter (harp): Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Concertgoers are invited to bring their own lunch –– no food can be purchased at the cathedral. See site for full details.


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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