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 taking action.
Fifth Third Bank Ice Rink
November 2 – 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.
Antique Christmas Tours
Taft Museum of Art
November 8 – 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
November 8 – 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.
Cincinnati Museum Center
November 8 – 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.
A Zinzinnati Holiday
November 9 – 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.
Holiday in Lights
Sharon Woods Park
November 16 – December 31
$15/per vehicle, $45/per bus or 15 passenger van
Holiday in Lights is built with over 1 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
November 16 – 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
November 16 – 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.
A Magical Cirque Christmas
$30 – $65
experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live.
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.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
$37.75 – $51.75
It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve & Other Stories
U.S. Bank Arena
4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
$49.50 – $80
Returning with all-new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, of Yuletide season tours. The show is based on the triple-platinum album that follows a story set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back what is the best representative of humanity.
Macy’s Light Up the Square
Festivities will begin with live music and a special appearance by Santa Claus. There will be food trucks, music, ice skating, and a fireworks show that’s sure to be a “blast”!
Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
November 30 & December 7, 14 & 21
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. This is always a favorite of Cincinnati holiday activities.
Holiday Season Kickoff
Taft Museum of Art
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The house will be decorated inside and out with lights, garlands, and displays of antique ornaments on old-fashioned feather trees. Make your own holiday ornaments, take pictures with Santa and more!
A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 7 – 16
$10 – $35
Don’t miss the beloved TV special coming to life with the whole Peanuts gang! This production features Local 12’s own Bob Herzog as Man’s Best Friend, Snoopy!
Have a Funky Christmas
$10 – $20
Throughout his illustrious career, James Brown – the Godfather of Soul – recorded several holiday albums filled with funk, fun and yuletide cheer. Join the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra as it unveils all new arrangements of this music and other festive holiday favorites.
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 of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more!
The Voice of Black Cincinnati Presents Black Santa
Cincinnati Art Museum
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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.
Cincinnati Ballet Presents the Nutcracker
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.
December 20 – 23
$25 – $100
Awaited is the creative retelling of the Christmas story brought to life on stage by over 80 performers. Featuring original choreography and music, along with favorite holiday classics, this family-friendly production reminds you why Christmas is the ultimate season of hope.
A Merry Spliffmas
$5 – $10
Grammy-nominated rapper behind “Because I Got High”, Afroman, performs showcase of laid-back hits with See You In The Funnies and Toybox Killer. Currently, Groupon has discount tickets for $7.
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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