Things to do in Cincinnati This Weekend {December 13-15}

It’s another stellar line-up of weekend events in Cincinnati. The list is long and time’s a tickin’ so get out there and enjoy the season!

Here’s your long list of things to do in Cincinnati for the weekend:

The Christmas tree at Newport on the Levee

Friday, December 13

HELLO, DOLLY!, brought to us by Broadway in Cincinnati, is at the Aronoff Center through Sunday. 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. It is hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Showtimes are Dec. 13 at 8pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 8pm, and Dec. 15 at 1pm & 6:30pm. 

Go behind-the-scenes at Rookwood Pottery on a Friday Tour. 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. Happening at 10:30am and 1pm. Reservations required.

The Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club sets up their annual train display at the Downtown Main Library on Friday, Dec. 13. The display is running through Sunday, Dec. 15. The public is invited to view the model trains and talk to the club members running it. No registration required.

Step back in time for An Old Kentucky Christmas, hosted by First Church of Christ in Burlington, KY. An Old Kentucky Christmas will take you back in time to the simplicity of a colonial Kentucky Christmas: the smell of Grandma’s cookies, the sound of carols and laughter, the joy of watching children, and adults decorating ornaments. Dec. 12-13 from 5-8pm & Dec. 14-15 from 2-8pm.

This is the last night for Ohio National’s annual outdoor Victorian Holiday Village. From 6-8:30pm, visitors can 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.

Jingle and Mingle at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Friday, December 13th from 6pm – midnight. This is Joseph-Beth’s first ever Jingle & Mingle holiday party! This festive evening will feature live music, complimentary hot cocoa & cookies, and a chance to win free books for a year! The raffling will take place each hour and you must be present to win. Bring a friend and enjoy the festive atmosphere while checking off items from your holiday shopping list as we will have special discounts throughout the store. With a store full of books, toys, gifts, & more, you are certain to find something for everyone on your list!

Take the kids to Storytelling with Santa at Glenwood Gardens* (in their Gardenview Room). 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 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 are outside; dress accordingly.   There are two story times: 11:30am and 12:30pm. Registration required. If you miss out on the 13th, they are offering the same storytime on Dec. 20.

Shop the Florence Mall Holiday Market Dec. 13-15. This INDOOR market will feature 20+ crafters, vendors, and business owners set up in the JCP wing, at and around center court, and various other areas in the mall. Holiday Market hours are: Fri. 10am-9pm, Sat. 9am-9pm, Sun. 11am-6pm.

Enjoy a delightful live performance of festive holiday music by the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble* (SUAVE) from 7-8:30pm at the Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve in the Ellenwood Nature Barn. Free. 

It is opening night for Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The show runs Dec. 13-29. What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and more! Three actors (with the help of Santa) send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity. This weekend’s show times: Dec. 13 at 7:30pm and Dec. 14-15 at 2pm & 7:30pm. The 2pm performance on Dec. 15 is ASL interpreted. 

Catch the last weekend of A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Children’s Theatre Taft location, through Dec. 15. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
This weekend’s show times: Dec. 13 at 7:30pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 5pm, Dec. 15 at 2pm.

Cincinnati Black Theatre Company presents, Black Nativity The Musical – Intentional Love Experience, Dec. 13-14. It was originated in 1961 by Langston Hughes and performed Off-Broadway.  This spirited performance of the story of Jesus’ birth is presented with African American flavor. Shows are Dec. 13 at 7:30pm and Dec. 14 at 2p & 7:30pm at Word Of Deliverance on Fresno Road.  

Attend a live nativity – complete with a camel – at Family Christmas Night at Freedom Church Cincinnati in Sharonville. There will be pictures with Santa, activities & crafts for the kids, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and more.  Event is from 6-9pm, is indoor/outdoor, and continues rain or shine. Everything is free.

Come down to the East Walnut Hills historic business district for the Walk on Woodburn and Holiday FoodDrive. It is an evening of art, food, music, carolers, drinks, and local shopping. Among the fun as you shop hop: Manifest Gallery is hosting a public reception for a brand new set of exhibits from 6-9pm, there is a holiday cookie exchange with a separate decorating option from 6-8pm at 2809 Woodburn Avenue, and selfies with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Ohio CBD Guy. Help support the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries by bringing canned, boxed foods, and personal care items for their Food Pantry. Many businesses will be offering incentives for your donations. The walk takes place from 6-10pm in the 2500-2800 block of Woodburn Avenue, but each vendor may have abbreviated times for their special events.

Head to Fountain Square’s Ice Rink in your favorite ugly sweater from 7-10pm and rock around the ice rink with Meraki Haus μεράκι spinning tunes for Fountain Square’s Ugly Sweater Party! Bring a gently used coat to donate to their coat drive for free skate rental (a $4 value). Admission is $6. The event is rain or shine, however in severe weather or heavy rain, the event may be canceled via their Facebook page.

Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon in all its glory during Cincinnati Nature Center’s Full Moon Walk: Cold Moon from 7:30-9pm. These night time walks avoid hills, steps, and stream crossings for safety. As it’s night time, the pace is slower, and leaders adjust the walking speed based on their group. While each full moon walk varies, they generally stop periodically for natural history moments, special readings, or simply to admire the shadows cast by the full moon.  Pre-registration required: members $5 & nonmembers $10. Recommended for adults and children 8+, and program participants should meet at the Kiosk in front of the Rowe Woods Visitor Center.


Saturday December 14

It just became easier to celebrate this holiday season in the Queen City. If you find yourself downtown on Saturday, Streetcar rides are free from 8am-1am and next Saturday, Dec. 21, too.

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. Showtimes are: Dec. 13 at 8pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 8pm, and Dec. 15 at 1pm & 6:30pm. 

Bring your cameras, bring your kids… Santa is coming to Busken Bakery! Head to the Hyde Park Busken from 9am to noon on Saturday, Dec 14th for a chance to have donuts with the man in the red suit 🎅.

Start your morning with Barre at the Bar from 10-11a every 2nd and 4th Saturday at Little Miami Brewing Company’s Taproom in Milford. Work every muscle group and torch major calories with a great barre workout. Please bring a mat, towel, water bottle, and your friends! This barre series is FREE but class donations are highly encouraged! 

Come to the Heritage Village Museum located inside Sharon Woods Park*  on Dec. 14 & 15 to meet Mother Christmas and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and fruit. There will be a 10:30am and 11:30am seating each day. This family-friendly holiday experience includes story time and balloon art! Bring your camera for a Mother Christmas photo op! The cost is $7 per adult and $5 per child ages 5-11 for breakfast only or $15 per adult and $8 per child for ages 5-11 for a breakfast and Holly Days combo ticket. Children ages 4 and under are free. Call Lydia at 513-563-9484 to register Dec. 11-13. Last day to register is Friday, December 13th.

Speaking of Holly Days…The Heritage Village Museum’s Holly Days* takes visitors back in time to feel the warmth, the beauty, the sights, sounds and smells of the 19th-century holiday season. Each historical house will be decked out with traditional decorations from the 1800s. Stop by to sample holiday treats and hear holiday music being played at Somerset Church. Children can make traditional holiday crafts. Each day there will be a reenactment of the first Christmas Dinner in Cincinnati –  or as it was known in 1788 – Columbia. Native Americans, settlers, and soldiers all came together for a peaceful holiday celebration. The reenactment of the 1788 Columbia Christmas dinner features period correct food and clothing. 12-4pm. Admission is $10 per adults and $5 per child ages 5-11. Museum members, veterans and active duty military members (with a military I.D.), and children ages 4 and under are free.

Catch the last weekend of A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Children’s Theatre Taft location, through Dec. 15. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This weekend’s show times: Dec. 13 at 7:30pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 5pm, Dec. 15 at  2pm. 

Step back in time for An Old Kentucky Christmas, hosted by First Church of Christ in Burlington, KY. An Old Kentucky Christmas will take you back in time to the simplicity of a colonial Kentucky Christmas: the smell of Grandma’s cookies, the sound of carols and laughter, the joy of watching children, and adults decorating ornaments. Dec. 12-13 from 5-8pm & Dec. 14-15 from 2-8pm.

It is the first weekend for Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The show runs Dec. 13-29. What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and more! Three actors (with the help of Santa) send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity. This weekend’s show times: Dec. 13 at 7:30pm and Dec. 14-15 at 2pm & 7:30pm. The performance on Dec. 15 at 2pm will have an ASL interpreter present.

Cincinnati Black Theatre Company presents, Black Nativity The Musical – Intentional Love Experience, Dec. 13-14. It was originated in 1961 by Langston Hughes and performed Off-Broadway. This spirited performance of the story of Jesus’ birth is presented with African American flavor. Shows are Dec. 13 at 7:30pm and Dec. 14 at 2p & 7:30pm at Word Of Deliverance on Fresno Road.  

It’s time for the annual Mt. Adams Reindog Parade (find the event info when you click and then scroll way down on that page)! The procession through the streets of Mt. Adams starts at 2pm and will be led by Santa himself, flanked by the Grand Marshall. Every year they have a group of celebrity and sponsor judges that help choose the best costumed dogs for prizes. Costume categories have historically been Small Dogs (under 25 lbs), Large Dogs (25 lbs and over), Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, and Multiple Dogs (2 or more dogs). Be creative – they’re looking for fun, unique, and festive costumes for each category! Food and vendors will be available before the parade, so come on down and join the party ahead of time! Free to register and donations to the SPCA are welcome.

Every Saturday and Sunday, Santa himself joins you for a skate on Fountain Square’s Ice Rink from 12-1pm. Admission is $6.00, skate rentals are $4.00, and children under 55 inches must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice. Don’t forget to take advantage of free Streetcar rides today from 8a-1a. 

The Second Annual South Lebanon Christmas in the Village Horse Parade is today from 4-6:30pm. The parade will begin at 4:30pm at Roger’s Park. This year the parade features three trick riders, the entire court of Disney princesses, and much more!

Head to Fountain Square for Macy’s Downtown Dazzle from 5:30-7pm. This is the next to last Saturday to catch Santa rappelling off of a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with light thanks to a fabulous Rozzi fireworks display. Santa rappels at 6:30pm.   Stay at Fountain Square for ice skating until 10pm, Winter Market at Fountain Square until 9pm, and free photos (bring your own camera!) with Santa at the Carew Tower from 12-8pm. Outdoor events are rain or shine unless in the event of severe weather or heavy rain. All cancellations will be posted on Facebook. Don’t forget to take advantage of free Streetcar rides today from 8am-1am. 

It’s Covington’s Second Annual Ugly Sweater & Reindeer Games Pub Crawl from 7-11:59pm. Grab your ugly holiday outfit for some fun and games as you travel through Covington, KY. There will be games at each bar with your chance to earn points and win great prizes and brewery swag! The reindeer games start at The Hannaford on Madison Avenue where you pick up your score sheets and end at Braxton Brewing Company when points are tallied.  Each bar is given a 45 minute time limit, so be sure to consult the schedule.

Get your best singing voice ready for Cincinnati SantaCon.  Dress up as Santa, join 10,000 other Cincinnati Santas, and hop around to 50+  downtown establishments – all while singing carols. Noon to midnight, starting at Jack Casino. Online registration is $10 (ends Dec. 13 at 11:59pm) and includes official itinerary, wristband, access to drink and snack specials, a donation to pediatric cancer research, and an entry into a grand raffle. Day-of registrations are $15. Final list of wristband pick up locations and participating locations will be released a few days before the event. 

Paul Young Funeral Home will host their annual Christmas Open House from 4-7pm. This is the opening of their life-sized nativity and the Open House event includes carriage rides, live music from the Yuletide Brass Quartet, live reindeer, food vendors and more. All free.

Mt. Healthy is hosting a free city-wide Christmas event for the whole family. There are 20+ locations within the city and a lot of choices for shopping, crafts, music, and food. Among them are: Native Moon Apothecary serving a Christmas tea blend 11am-5pm, a free pancake breakfast from 10am-noon at the Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church, a Santa visit with crafts and refreshments from 2-3pm at the Mt. Healthy History Museum, and a free ornament at the Soul Luxe Boutique from noon – 4pm. There is even a neighborhood ornament exchange from 3-5pm. The first hour is for those who brought ornaments to swap; the last hour is for those that do not have decorations to swap but still need some holiday cheer for their house! Most of the fun takes place between 9a-6pm, but each store has separate times for their special events. Here is the map showing venues and free parking.

Be swept back in time while visiting Old Historic Loveland during Christmas in Loveland. Enjoy everything from Jolly Ole’ St. Nick and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole, to a live Nativity scene, to a Winter Wonderland from 4-9pm! Be sure to attend a free show courtesy of Loveland’s award winning community theatre, Loveland Stage Company. A free family-friendly production of An Olde Fashioned Christmas starts at 5p, 6p, and 7pm on Dec. 14.  

Grab some great gifts at The City Flea‘s Holiday Market, held at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, 4-9pm. This is the urban flea market’s last market until Spring 2020.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the free Streetcar rides today from 8a-1a.

Shop the Florence Mall Holiday Market Dec. 13-15. This INDOOR market will feature 20+ crafters, vendors, and business owners set up in the JCP wing, at and around center court, and various other areas in the mall. Open for shopping: Fri. 10a-9p, Sat. 9a-9p, Sun. 11a-6p.

Head to Bellevue’s Party Source for their Holiday Maker’s Market.
Maker’s Mark will be dipping bottles of Maker’s for purchase and serving cocktails. Festive beers and Eli’s BBQ will be available to sip on and fill your belly while you shop 35 local vendors with a variety of items available.  This event will be held outside in the back parking lot under an enclosed heated tent. 2-5pm, free to attend.

Voted 2019’s Best New Night Market, Market Bleu, returns this weekend to the Contemporary Arts Center from 6-10pm, only a block away from Fountain Square. Enjoy a drink and peruse some of the region’s most unique artisans and handcrafted products – just in time for the perfect last minute holiday gift. Free admission. 

Come out to Taft’s Brewpourium for their Holiday Market, 11:30am – 5pm. Check out 35 local vendors onsite selling everything from plants and succulents, to fresh coffee, hand-made wood work, home decor, sweet treats and more!

There is a live nativity at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church located at 11981 Pippin Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231. Live animals, delicious food, and games for the kids. 5-8pm. Free.

It is opening night for The Comboni Nativity Experience at 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255. From 6-9pm watch the animated Nativity, do some Christmas shopping in the Mission Market and Christmas Boutique, tour the Mission Museum with artifacts from countries where the Comboni Missionaries are in service, and view Nativity displays from around the world. The event continues through Dec. 30, but is closed on Christmas Eve. Free, but donations for area food banks gratefully accepted. You can also join the Comboni Missionaries for Breakfast in Bethlehem Dec. 14 from 9-11am. For just $2 per person ($10 max per family) you’ll get: an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast, the opportunity to view the animated Nativity scene before it is opened to the public, crafts for kids, face painting, and tours of the mission museum. To RSVP or for more information call 513-474-4997.

The Madcap Puppets present a whimsical journey of laughter, wonder, and just down right silliness in Holiday Hijinks! at the Madcap Education Center.  In a fast-paced afternoon of pure family entertainment, this special holiday show is a throwback to the days of Vaudeville as Sir Pat-Trick performs feats of mind-blowing magic and sleight of hand, along with vaudeville style juggling, slap stick, and audience participation. Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! Shows are Dec. 14 at 11am & 1pm and Dec. 15 at 1p & 3pm. Tickets required.

Santa’s Goody Bag Band will be doing a mini tour tonight before the main tour next weekend. Come to Silver Spring House in Symmes Township at 5:30pm or Mac’s Pizza Pub in Landen at 7pm on Dec. 14. Plan to have a meal and enjoy the sounds of Christmas! The band’s tour mission is to raise money for the Shriner’s Hospital and other charities/organizations which serve children in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

Join the talented artists at The Rookwood’s OTR location for a Holiday Ornament Hands-On Tour. The 11:30 am tour, followed by the hands-on experience at 12:30 pm, has a few spots left. All others are sold out, so act fast. Rookwood artists will guide guests through the slip cast process to fill the molds to create the Aria Bird Ornament. Demolding and trimming the mold seams will be a part of this hands-on immersion tour experience. All guests will receive a free surprise gift from Santa. Guests can credit their tour ticket ($10) toward a purchase in our showroom when they spend $25 or more.  Recommended age is 8+.

It is National Wreaths Across America Day. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum is one of 1,000+ nationwide cemeteries that carry out coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies from 12-1pm. Our country’s fallen heroes will be honored with a wreath at the gravesite, and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.  If you are interested in being a wreath sponsor or volunteer for wreath laying, please call Wanda at 513-505-6871 or Kerry at 513-505-6857. At this time, they are at 14% coverage. 

It is the next to last Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park. Saturdays through December 21, Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in the Washington Park Porch making gifts, ornaments, and other fun creations from 1-3pm. Stop by the wish-list station where elves will help you write a list to give to Santa when you meet him- or bring yours from home. Bring your family, your dog, your friends, but most of all–be sure to bring your cameras! Please note that this event is free, but you must bring your own camera for photos.

Join Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) docents for a half-hour guided tour of the 21C Museum Hotel galleries followed by a half-hour tour of the Contemporary Arts Center exhibitions. After the tour, explore the CAC on your own since your tour includes free museum admission. Meet in the lobby of the 21C, 1pm. Free.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is teeming with free fun things to do on this second Saturday of the month. From 11am-12pm, there is a docent-led audio description tour of Women Breaking Boundaries for visitors who are blind or partially sighted and their families. Specially trained docents will provide detailed information about the works of art as well as touchable touring tools. Free and reservations are not required. From 11:30am-1pm, explore the character strength of hope.  You will explore ways you can cultivate and embody it in your personal and creative lives. It is family-friendly, hands-on, fun, and inspiring afternoon. Visitors should meet in the Rosenthal Education Center. Free, reservation recommended. From 1-4:30pm, The Voice of Black Cincinnati presents Cincinnati Black Santa. He will greet children of all ages and listen to Christmas wish lists. Parents can take photos, or photos will be taken by the Voice of Black Cincinnati’s photographer and shared on its Facebook page. Free. From 1-2pm, a sketching tour of animals begins. Discover new ways of looking by drawing the museum’s collection with the help of a knowledgeable docent. Sketching materials provided. Visitors should meet in the main lobby. Free.

Come for the free carriage rides, stay for a chance to earn an exclusive Sharonville ornament! Christmas on the Loop is from 10am-2pm in Sharonville. Start at Depot Square, visit 12 out of 17 participating businesses, and receive a limited edition Sharonville ornament. There will also be a children’s scavenger hunt. List of participating vendors can be found here.

Stop by the Esquire Theatre in Clifton for some holiday horror. There are two showings of Krampus: Dec. 13 at 9:30pm and Dec. 14 at 1:30pm. Krampus is the opposite of all the Santa warm and fuzzies. He is a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers – especially children. 

Esquire in Clifton is hosting their first ever A Christmas Story interactive event from 7-9pm for $12. Dress up and quote along! 

Sunday December 15

Today is the last chance to catch HELLO, DOLLY!, brought to us by Broadway in Cincinnati, at the Aronoff Center. 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. Showtimes are Dec. 13 at 8pm, Dec 14 at 2pm & 8pm, Dec. 15 1pm & 6:30pm.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22 Santa himself joins you for a skate on Fountain Square’s Ice Rink from 12-1pm. Admission is $6.00, skate rentals are $4.00, and children under 55 inches must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice.

Come to the Heritage Village Museum located inside Sharon Woods Park*  on Dec. 14 & 15 to meet Mother Christmas and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and fruit. There will be a 10:30am and 11:30am seating each day. This family-friendly holiday experience includes story time and balloon art! Bring your camera for a Mother Christmas photo op! The cost is $7 per adult and $5 per child ages 5-11 for breakfast only or $15 per adult and $8 per child for ages 5-11 for a breakfast and Holly Days combo ticket. Children ages 4 and under are free. Call Lydia at 513-563-9484 to register Dec. 11-13. Last day to register is Friday, December 13th.

Speaking of Holly Days…The Heritage Village Museum’s Holly Days* takes visitors back in time to feel the warmth, the beauty, the sights, sounds and smells of the 19th-century holiday season. Each historical house will be decked out with traditional decorations from the 1800s. Stop by to sample holiday treats and hear holiday music being played at Somerset Church. Children can make traditional holiday crafts. Each day there will be a reenactment of the first Christmas Dinner in Cincinnati –  or as it was known in 1788 – Columbia. Native Americans, settlers, and soldiers all came together for a peaceful holiday celebration. The reenactment of the 1788 Columbia Christmas dinner features period correct food and clothing. Dec. 14 &15 from 12-4pm. Admission is $10 per adults and $5 per child ages 5-11. Museum members, veterans and active duty military members (with a military I.D.), and children ages 4 and under are free.

Catch the last weekend of A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Children’s Theatre, through Dec. 15. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This weekend’s show times: Dec. 13 at 7:30pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 5pm, Dec. 15 at  2pm.

The Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club sets up their annual train display at the Downtown Main Library on Friday, Dec. 13. The display is running through Sunday, Dec. 15. The public is invited to view the model trains and talk to the club members running it. Plus come out for the free Holiday Concert with the Chris Comer Trio 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Downtown Main Library and enjoy holiday music performed by the Chris Comer Trio. No registration required.

Step back in time for An Old Kentucky Christmas, hosted by First Church of Christ in Burlington, KY. An Old Kentucky Christmas will take you back in time to the simplicity of a colonial Kentucky Christmas: the smell of Grandma’s cookies, the sound of carols and laughter, the joy of watching children, and adults decorating ornaments. Dec. 12-13 from 5-8pm & Dec. 14-15 from 2-8pm. 

It is the first weekend for Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The show runs Dec. 13-29. What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and more! Three actors (with the help of Santa) send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity. This weekend’s show times: Dec. 13 at 7:30pm and Dec. 14-15 at 2pm & 7:30pm. Dec. 15 at 2pm is ASL interpreted.

The Madcap Puppets present a whimsical journey of laughter, wonder, and just down right silliness in Holiday Hijinks! at the Madcap Education Center.  In a fast-paced afternoon of pure family entertainment, this special holiday show is a throwback to the days of Vaudeville as Sir Pat-Trick performs feats of mind-blowing magic and sleight of hand, along with vaudeville style juggling, slap stick, and audience participation. Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! Shows are Dec. 14 at 11am & 1pm and Dec. 15 at 1p & 3pm. Tickets required.

Meet Santa in the Taproom at Fredboard Brewing on Blue Ash from 2-4pm.
Enjoy a family friendly event when Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause come to the brewery. There will be kids games and movies in their private event space, and hot chocolate and cookies for sale by Smoked Out Cincy. Santa asks you please consider a donation to The Shriners Hospitals for Children during the event. Seating is first come first serve, no table reservations. Parents, for your little ones, please consider bringing a booster seat.

Art on Vine is back with their Holiday Market from noon to 7pm. This month is their holiday gift sale where 70 vendors will gather at Rhinegeist at 1910 Elm Street. Meet the artists, free to attend, and kid friendly.

Shop the Florence Mall Holiday Market Dec. 13-15. This INDOOR market will feature 20+ crafters, vendors, and business owners set up in the JCP wing, at and around center court, and various other areas in the mall. Open for shopping: Fri. 10a-9p, Sat. 9a-9p, Sun. 11a-6p. 

There are two Holiday Pop Up Shops left at Sonder Brewing in Mason. Dec. 15 and 22. Stop by the taproom between 11am-3pm, grab some holiday gifts from local vendors, get some brunch, and enjoy a brew! Vendors change weekly. 

Find unique gifts for your family and friends this holiday season at Mayerson JCC’s inaugural Holiday Shuk from 11am-3pm. Experience an Israeli-style market where local vendors and artisans will be selling Judaica, jewelry, and other hand-crafted goods. Kids can enjoy a special kids-only section where they can get gifts for all of their loved ones! 

There is a free Christmas show Featuring Cincinnati’s own Frisch Marionettes Company. Come to 13 Below Brewery from 2-5pm as the company performs a free production of Holiday Punch. If this is your first introduction to the Frisch Marionettes Company, you are in for a treat of a unique stageshow. Inspired by his time in New York at the Puppetworks permanent theaters, Kevin Frisch brought the traditional styles of 19th century European puppetry back to Cincinnati. He  strives to bring one of the great old world arts to you and put delight on your child’s face. Every Marionette is designed, carved, and sewn right here in Cincinnati.

Let Rookwood Pottery in OTR and Murray’s Cheese help you build the perfect charcuterie board for holiday entertaining with their Setting Your Holiday Table Event. The experts at Murray’s Cheese will share how to create a beautiful meat and cheese board sure to be a crowd favorite this season! Guests will have the opportunity to sample all of the ingredients as they sip on an array of complimentary refreshments . Each guest will take home a personal shopping list curated by Murray’s experts for effortless entertaining. There are two times available: 12–1pm & 3–4pm. Guests can credit their tour ticket ($10) toward a purchase in the showroom when you spend $25 or more. Tickets required via Eventbrite. 

De-stress from holiday hustle and bustle with an enchanting choral performance by Belle Voci, a Cincinnati Youth Choir alumni chorus. This free performance will be held in the Great Hall at the Cincinnati Art Museum from 3-4pm. 

There is a Meet The Artist Reception from 1–3pm at the Rowe Woods Visitor Center at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Presenting more than 100 serigraphs and lithographs by the late Cincinnati based American Modernist Artist, Charley Harper. Known for his particular style of wildlife prints, this “Woodland Wonders” art show will also feature an array of artwork created by local artists who pay homage to one of America’s most beloved artists and his iconic style. Meet Brett Harper (Charley’s son), DeVere Burt, John Ruthven, and others.   Get a 2020 release Charley Harper print for free with $50 purchase at the art exhibition. Free to members; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate of $9/adult, $4/children 4-12, $6 Senior / active military. 

How about an island holiday getaway from all this cold weather? Come to St. Paul Community UMC in Madeira for a special steel drum island concert event from 3-4pm.  With unique twists on your favorite yuletide tunes and a couple original Christmas songs, this concert features the sounds of steel drums, ukuleles, and other island-inspired musical elements.   Free and open to the public.

Santa Paws is coming to town and he’s stopping at The Party Source in Bellevue! Come get a snapshot of your furry friend sitting right on Santa’s lap Sunday, December 15 from 3:30 pm- to 5:00pm. Photos will be taken by a photographer and uploaded to a Facebook page within days, or you are welcome to use your own phone or camera. Photos are free, but cash donations to Stray Animal Adoption Program Adoptable Animals are appreciated. Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be on-site with samples, doggy swag is available for anyone who donates, and several pet centered treat vendors will be in attendance. 


*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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