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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 Christmas holiday season begins the day after Thanksgiving.  Cincinnati provides festive and 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 acting.


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Featured Events:


Elf the Musical Jr. at Taft Theatre
Through Dec. 12
317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Price: Starts at $26.75
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.


Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer at Music Hall
Dec. 10

1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-theRhine)
Price: $27 – $32
Featuring ballet dancers choreographed to Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker


Hot Chocolate at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater
Dec. 10 – 11
650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Price: $30
Revolution Dance Theater, the local African American dance company, will perform the Nutcracker with an eclectic choreography set to the more soulful sounds of Christmas.


Black Santa at the Art Museum
Dec. 18
953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Eden Park)
Price: Free
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free photos by the Christmas tree. Bring your wish lists!


Q-KIDZ Dance Team Sparkles & Spirit at Memorial Hall 
Dec. 20
1225 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)
Price: $20 – $30
A vibrant celebration of strength, courage, and joy.


Cincinnati Holiday Activities:

A Swingin’ Christmas with the CCJO at Fitton Center for Creative Arts
Dec. 10
101 S Monument Ave, Hamilton, OH 45011(Hamilton)
Featuring 17 big band musicians and sensational jazz vocalist, Mandi Gaines.


Camille Saba Smith and her Swingin’ Wise Men at Findlay Market
Dec. 10
1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-The-Rhine)
Price: Free
Enjoy free live jazz in this indoor holiday wonderland


Hallebration 2021 at New Vision United Methodist Church
Dec. 10-11
4000 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (Paddock Hills)
Price: Free Admission
A meeting place for businesses and community folks to enjoy the holidays.


Black Nativity at World of Deliverance
Dec. 10 – 12
693 Fresno Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240 (Parkdale)
Price: $25 – $30
Articulating not only the story of Jesus’ birth but also the splendiferous sound of Gospel music!

A Magic Cirque Christmas at the Aronoff
Dec. 11
650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Prices start at $39
Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.


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Tinsel & Tango Latino Night with Allegeuzson at Findlay Market
Dec. 11
1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-The-Rhine)
Price: Free
Enjoy free live Latino night in this indoor holiday wonderland


Santacon at the Banks
Dec. 11
The Banks (Downtown)
Price: Free
Cincinnati SantaCon is about spreading holiday cheer!


Cincinnati Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Cincinnati Music Hall
Dec. 16-26
1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-theRhine)
Prices start at $29
Don’t miss the return of Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition!


Josh Strange and the Yuletets at Findlay Market
Dec. 17
1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-The-Rhine)
Price: Free
Enjoy free live jazz in this indoor holiday wonderland


Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Findlay Market
Dec. 18
1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-The-Rhine)
Price: Free
Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and enjoy live music, guest bartending, and more!


A Very Electric Christmas at Memorial Hall
Dec. 21
1225 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)
Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.


Cincinnati Holiday Activities Throughout the Season:


Holiday Pops at Cincinnati Music Hall
Through Dec. 12
1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-theRhine)
Prices start at $25
Music, warmth, laughter, and seasonal inspiration for the entire family.


Downtown Dazzle at Fountain Square
Through Dec. 18
520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Price: Free
A winter wonderland with holiday lights, an ice-skating rink, caroling, elves, sleighs and Christmas festivities. Stroll through downtown, drink hot cocoa and enjoy the festive activities.


Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium
Through Dec. 24
1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071 (Newport)
Prices start at $14.99; Children under 2 are free
Scuba Santa swims with sharks.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then some) by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Through Dec. 26
1195 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-theRhine)
Prices start at $14
A bit of holiday hilarity!


Elf the Musical at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
Through Dec. 26
4990 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238 (West Price Hill)
Price: $31
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his identity.


A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse in the Park
Through Dec. 30
962 Mt Adams Cir, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Mt. Adams)
Prices start at $30
A holiday family favorite!


Christmas Town at Creation Museum
Through Dec. 30
2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd, Petersburg, KY 41080 (Petersburg)
Price: $10 per vehicle
Tour the dazzling garden of lights, reflect on the true meaning of the season at the live nativity, enjoy a special holiday dinner, do some unique gift shopping, and experience more


Holidays in Lights at Sharon Woods
Through Dec. 30
11450 Lebanon Rd, Rte. 42 Sharonville, OH 45241 (Sharonville)
Prices start at $7
An outdoor light display


Lumaze Lights at the Duke Energy Convention Center
Through Dec. 30
525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Prices start at $16.99; Children under 3 get in free
A family-friendly indoor Christmas light festival


Land of Illusion Christmas Glow
Through Dec. 30
8762 Thomas Rd, Middletown, OH 45042 (Middletown)
Price: $7
Our Christmas Glow – Christmas Drive-Thru is here to create memories and celebrate the season with your family!



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Cinderella at Ensemble Theatre
Through Dec. 30
1127 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)
Prices start at $24
A fun spin on the classic fairy tale that demonstrates being smart is a true beauty!


WinterFest at Kings Island
Through Dec. 31
6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040
Price: $45
An atmosphere of warmth and nostalgia.


Elves on Elder at Findlay Market
Through Dec. 31
1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over-The-Rhine)
Price: Free
The Shillito’s Elves will be displayed facing out, so market shoppers and visitors can walk around to view them during market hours.


Light up Middletown Driving Tour
Through Dec. 31
500 Tytus Ave, Middletown, OH 45042 (Middletown)
Price: Admission by cash donation – you set the price!
Your journey begins with a tunnel of lights.


Coney Island Christmas Night of Lights
Through Jan. 2
6201 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230 (Anderson)
Price: $7 per person; $30-$75 for carloads
More than ONE MILLION twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music played through your car stereo.


Christmas at the Junction
Through Jan. 2
7379 Squire Ct, West Chester Township, OH 45069 (West Chester)
Price: $16.95, kids 2 and under free
Take your family to see the Main Street Holiday Trains display! Then Walk thru a Winter Wonderland to visit Mrs. Claus and have a chat with Santa.


Holiday Junction at Union Terminal
Through Jan. 3
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203 (Queensgate)
Price: $10; Children under 2 and all members free
$2 per person for up to 10 guests and free parking for one vehicle with a valid EBT or SNAP card
The no-touch experience features 75 years of historic photos and stories of the trains projected onto a giant storybook!


Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo
Through Jan. 9
3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (Clifton)
Price: Included with zoo admission
$6 per adult, $3 per child, or $40 family membership, and $1 parking with a valid EBT or SNAP card
Lights, animals, holiday cheer and more!


Holiday Traditions at Behringer-Crawford Museum
Through Jan. 9
1600 Montague Rd, Covington, KY 41011 (Covington)
Price: $5 – $9
Eight O-gauge Lionel model trains will circle 250 feet of track, chug chugging beside thirty moving accessories.


Trains and Traditions A Cincinnati Holiday at the Krohn Conservatory
Through Jan. 9
1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Mt. Adams)
Price: $7-$10; Children 4 and under are free
Experience a tapestry of colorful poinsettias, charming garden railways, decorated Christmas trees and ornaments, and beautiful replicas of Cincinnati.


Ice Rink at Fountain Square
Through Feb. 22
520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Price: $10-$15
The ice rink offers skating and bumper cars.



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Cincinnati holiday activities

These Cincinnati holiday activities will keep your family entertained. So, go ahead and pull out those ugly elf and reindeer sweaters. It is time to be jolly. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Many of the events and venues require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Find a location in Hamilton County for free daily COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

If there are any holiday events we have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.




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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


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

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