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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 of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.

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Christmas Carol
Playhouse in the Park
November 27 – December 29
$30 – $88
Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge’s time-traveling journey with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. Returning for its 29th season, the heartwarming message helps to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) Play
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
December 13 – December 29
$28 – $71
What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more!


Cincinnati Ballet Presents the Nutcracker
Music Hall
December 19 – 29
$48 – $125
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.


Snow Banks
The Banks (Downtown Cincinnati)
January 4 – 26
Enjoy a 50-foot-long snow tube ramp at SkyStar Wheel Snow Park, a snow sledding hill, snow blizzards for snow selfies on the half-hour, a snow lounge with cocktails, horse carriage rides and more! This is family-friendly and tons of fun.


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Continuous events throughout the season

Holiday in Lights
Sharon Woods Park
Through December 31
$15/per vehicle, $45/per bus or 15 passenger van
Holiday in Lights is built with over one million lights and over 250 light displays over a one-mile wooded roadway. Show this $2 off coupon on your phone when you arrive. You can also visit Santaland while you are there.


Christmas at the Junction
EnterTRAINment Junction
Through January 1
$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.


PNC Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Through January 4
$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. SNAP cardholders can also purchase discount tickets for $3 – $6 at the zoo ticketing window.  


A Zinzinnati Holiday
Krohn Conservatory
Through January 5
$0 – $10
Discover the beauty of our city’s German history. Surround yourself with evergreens and poinsettias as you stroll through the historical representations of Cincinnati’s buildings. On view, you will find Atlas Cedar, Lawson Cypress, and an array of Amaryllis such as the lovely Papilio and Red Pearl.


Antique Christmas Tours
Taft Museum of Art
Through January 5
$0 – $12
A guided look at Antique Christmas with Kathy and Stewart “Greg” Gregory, display contributors to this year’s exhibition. FREE for Taft Members; regular admission pricing for non-members.


Christmas Nights of Lights
Coney Island
Through January 5
Enjoy a 2.5-mile display of an amazing light show synchronized to both traditional and rocking holiday music through your car radio. In the warmth of your own car, you can sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to each holiday display. Tickets can be bought at the gate.


Holiday Junction
Cincinnati Museum Center
Through January 5
$0 – $14.50
From the toddler ringing the bell of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains to the teen counting every LEGO brick to the grandparent watching model trains zip through a mini-metropolis, our signature holiday experience brings families together in ageless joy.


Fifth Third Bank Ice Rink
Fountain Square
Through February 2
$4 – $10
Make it a family activity or date night down on the square at the ice rink. Lockers, benches, and concessions are available. Check the calendar for Santa Skate nights and other special events. Santa will skate on the rink each Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. November 29 – December 22.


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Cincinnati holiday activitiesThese 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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  1. Always looking for great activities when I come home for the holidays.
    Thank you ????

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