Don’t wait for the snow to get you in the mood. These Cincinnati holiday activities will get your jingle bells ringing!
The holiday season is here and providing endless cheerful activities for your entire family to enjoy. From ice skating to plays to carolers and iconic trains there is something for all ages to love. So, grab your family, friends or make it a date at one of these Cincinnati holiday activities. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to taking action.
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Cincinnati Ballet Presents the Nutcracker
December 13 – 24
$48 – $125
This show features a young African American female ballerina starring as Clara! Embark on a journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, and follow the Snow Queen and her King to the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier are waiting to embrace you with treats and exotic celebrations. Purchase tickets online.
Carol Ann’s Carousel
December 21 – 23
Santa’s coming to Carol Ann’s Carousel for the holiday! Enjoy family-fun holiday and winter-themed crafts all weekend. Take a selfie with Santa December 22nd from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.! Enter for your chance to win a Park’s goodie bag!
Playhouse in the Park
Playing until December 30
$30 – $96
The Playhouse’s version of A Christmas Carol combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life its familiar story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he views with new eyes, his past, present and the possibilities of the future. As he witnesses all those who have improved his life.
Behringer-Crawford Museum Holiday Toy Trains
Open until December 31
$5 – $9
The exhibit includes over 250 feet of model train tracks, vintage Lionel and Plasticville trains, Thomas the Tank Engine and more than 30 moving, interactive displays. Be sure to check their list of holiday carolers and dance troupes.
Holidays at Main
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (All branches)
Open until January 1
Enjoy winter crafts, sugar cones Christmas trees, holiday ornaments, stocking decoration and more Check out their calendar and see what all The Public Library has to offer this holiday season.
PNC Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Open until January 1
$12 – $25 (regular zoo admission)
In addition to admiring the beauty of 3 million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m. Discount tickets can be purchased at Kroger.
Christmas at the Junction
Open until January 2
$0 – $13.95
Create a holiday tradition for your family! See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World’s Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a “Journey to the North Pole”, where you can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself.
A Crystal Holiday
Open Until January 6
$0 – $7
Discover a shimmering frozen landscape at Krohn Conservatory’s 2018 Holiday Show – A Crystal Holiday. Enjoy the fragrant evergreens and holiday florals. Immerse yourself in the sounds of trains chugging through a miniature Cincinnati constructed from natural materials.
Open until January 6
$0 – $10
This year’s exhibition features elaborate 19th- and early 20th-century German paper nativity scenes; turn-of-the-century table settings of fine china adorned with festive holly patterns; woolly sheep and small wooden toys from 19th-century Germany; an antique feather tree hung with fruit ornaments in glass; and yet more trees—trees bedecked, respectively, with fairy figures, with Japanese Santas, early wax ornaments, and angels. Everyone is free on Sundays.
Cincinnati Museum Center
Open until January 27
$0 – $14.50
Step inside a children’s storybook. Take a snowy walk and build a snowman under the mesmerizing northern lights. Walk among a blizzard of bricks in a custom-built LEGO wonderland. Let Santa know what you’re hoping for this year. Increased accessibility for little ones and expanded train layouts, including Thomas, Carlisle & Finch, Lionel and a riding train, will round out a visit.
Fifth Third Bank Ice Rink
Open until February 18
$4 – $10
Make it a family activity or date night down on the square at the ice rink. Lockers, benches and concession are available. Check the calendar for Santa Skate nights and other special events. A 50% off discount coupon is available for multiple admissions on Cincysavers.
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Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
December 1 & 8
Each Saturday Santa rappels down the Huntington Center at 525 Vine St., to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular fireworks display. This 20-minute family-friendly program also features performances from local choirs. Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Ride the Holiday Connector
December 1, 8 & 15
Ride the Cincinnati Bell Connector for free and enjoy caroling from Young Professionals Choral Collective and ArtsWave’s CincySings Choirs from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Santa Claus: The Musical
December 8 – 17
$10 – $30
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Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer
$24 – $27
Join organist Mark Herman playing all your seasonal favorites with the one of a kind special effects and jingling bells of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ as special guest emcee Evans Mirageas sets off the holiday spirit. Shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
$10 – $20
Now THIS is how Cincinnati jazz lovers kick off the holidays! Featuring works ranging from Count Basie’s “Jingle Bells” to classics like “White Christmas” and “Zat You Santa Claus?,” the CCJO will ensure your holidays are merry and bright.
Holiday Concert Celebration
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
December 13 – 15
Enjoy a holiday concert from the William Howard Taft Elementary STEM School, arts and crafts and hot apple cider. Invite your family and friends for a Victorian holiday.
Pictures with Black Santa
Cincinnati Art Museum
Black Santa will make a stop at the Cincinnati Art Museum from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. He will be greeting children of all ages, reviewing their Christmas lists and taking pictures by the tree. Parents are welcome to take their own pictures, as well as download hi-resolution images from The Voice of Black Cincinnati Facebook page from our photographer.
Black Nurses Rock 1st Annual Toy Drive
Woodlawn Recreation Center
Free Entry with a donation of toy or coat
The event will showcase local vendors, food, music, games and a Kid’s Corner. Cincinnati Black Nurses Rock ask that all donated toys or coats be new. Their goal is to provide 200 kids with either a new toy or coat on Christmas. All donations will go to local charities.
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These Cincinnati holiday activities will keep your family entertained. Not to mention all the holiday décor ideas you’ll want to try at home. So, go ahead and pull out those ugly elf and reindeer sweaters. It is time to be jolly! If there are any holiday events we have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.
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