Things to do in Cincinnati for December {2020}

December? Where has this year gone?!

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

December Things To Do in Cincinnati

All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do get canceled (thank you, 2020!). 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.

December 2-4: 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 our historic train station. Children will receive a take home craft and a treat bag at the end of the tour.

December 4-5: If 2020 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 is December 4th & 5th. 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

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December 5: Taft Museum of Art will host a Holiday Music Series, 1-2pm (advance ticket purchase required). Celebrate this special time of year with musical accompaniments presented by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, complimentary with admission to the Taft Museum of Art. Meander through the galleries with the holiday music serving as a festive backdrop. This special treat is included with advance purchase of general admission tickets.

December 5: Get outside for this month’s Cincinnati Riverfront Volksmarch. This will be a non-competitive Volksmarch walk of 5K through the gorgeous Cincinnati Riverfront Park System from Smale to Friendship Park along the Ohio River. Start and end at the Moerlein Lager House Restaurant and Brewery. Registration is between 10AM and Noon in the Lager House. Costs to register is $3. See discussion comments on event page for more details. Kids are free.

December 4-6: 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.

December 5-6: Experience a drive-through light display in one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful parks at Price Hill Holiday Glow Up, 7-10pm. Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the entrance/exit. The event is happening at the Dunham Rec Center. Turn into Dunham from Guerley Road. Drive through the park (about ten minutes), then exit onto Guerley. Cones and volunteers will direct traffic.

December 6: The Mariemont Theater is hosting an interactive, sing along version of White Christmas. Crowd participation, singing and surprises and most importantly, SNOW! This Cincinnati tradition is not to be missed! Tickets are limited so don’t delay!

December 7: Head to Streetside Brewery for a Cupcake and Beer Pairing. For this pairing you will recieve 4 mini cupcakes and 2 half pints of Streetside Beer matched perfectly to pair with the flavors of the cupcakes! Advance ticket purchase required.

December 9-12: 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 our historic train station. Children will receive a take home craft and a treat bag at the end of the tour.

December 12: Paul Young Funeral Home will have their nativity scenes set up for the season.

December 12: Taft Museum of Art will host a Holiday Music Series, 1-2pm (advance ticket purchase required). Celebrate this special time of year with musical accompaniments presented by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, complimentary with admission to the Taft Museum of Art. Meander through the galleries with the holiday music serving as a festive backdrop. This special treat is included with advance purchase of general admission tickets.

December 12: Grab some great gifts at The City Flea‘s Holiday Market, held at Washington Park, 4-9pm

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December 13: The Esquire Theater is hosting an interactive, sing along version of White Christmas. Crowd participation, singing and surprises and most importantly, SNOW! This Cincinnati tradition is not to be missed! Tickets are limited so don’t delay!

December 13: It’s a Pioneer Christmas at Keehner Park, 1-4pm. Celebrate the holidays just like the pioneers would have! Pioneer Christmas is a re-creation of a classic 19th century American Christmas party. The event has been a holiday season staple for Butler County families since its inception in the 1990s. Guests who enter the 1833 log cabin at Keehner Park will step back more than 150 years to simpler times. Cozy up to the fireplace and enjoy complimentary treats like molasses cookies and apple cider. Traditional pioneer fare – from venison chili to game meats like buffalo, elk, duck and rabbit – will also be available to taste.
Don’t forget to bring the camera! Santa will be available all afternoon for photos in front of the live Christmas tree. And all children will go home with a candy cane. This event is free and open to the public.

December 18-20: Be swept back in time while visiting Old Historic Loveland during Christmas in Loveland.

December 19: Taft Museum of Art will host a Holiday Music Series, 1-2pm (advance ticket purchase required). Celebrate this special time of year with musical accompaniments presented by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, complimentary with admission to the Taft Museum of Art. Meander through the galleries with the holiday music serving as a festive backdrop. This special treat is included with advance purchase of general admission tickets.

December 19-20Art on Vine – The Holiday Gift Sale at Washington Park

Dec. 22: Christ Church Cathedral Choir will perform Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols VIA LIVESTREAM as part of their Music Live @Lunch series.


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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