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 These Cincinnati holiday activities will get your jingle bells ringing!


Cincinnati holiday activities will get your family out of the house.

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 some family and friends, or make it a date at one of these Cincinnati holiday activities.


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Featured Holiday Events

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Starting at $32
A re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic. The show combines hip-hop dance and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.


Jesus Christ Superstar

Dec. 6-18
Aronoff Center (Downtown)
Starting at $34.25
Set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas.



Dec. 9-10
New Vision United Methodist Church (Avondale)
Vendors, performances, toys, and more! Masks are required for this event.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr

Dec. 10 through Dec. 19
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Starting at $10
See the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s musical adaptation of the beloved television special.


Black Santa at the Art Museum

Dec. 17, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum (Eden Park)
Free photos by the Christmas tree. Bring your wish lists!



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Celestial Holiday

Now through Jan. 8
Krohn Conservatory (Mt. Adams)
Starting at $7, Children 4 and under are free
Krohn will be transformed into a glowing winter wonderland surrounded by shimmering lights and twinkling stars.


Summit Park Ice Rink

Now through Jan. 8
Summit Park (Blue Ash)
$7 per person
The ice rink will be located underneath Summit Park’s glass canopy. For inexperienced skaters, free skating aids are available for each session while supplies last.


UC Health Ice Rink

Now through Feb. 2
Fountain Square (Downtown)
Starting at $10
The ice rink offers both skating and bumper cars.


Coney Island Christmas Night of Lights

Now through Jan. 2
Coney Island(Anderson)
$7 per person
More than One million twinkling lights synchronized to a mix of traditional and rocking holiday music.


Holiday Junction 

Now through Jan. 2
Cincinnati Museum Center (Queensgate)
$10, Children under 2 and all members free
$2 per person for up to 10 guests. Free parking for one vehicle with a valid EBT or SNAP card
The Duke Energy Holiday Trains have been a Cincinnati holiday staple since 1946, delighting generations.


Christmas at the Junction

Now through Jan. 1
Entertrainment Junction (West Chester)
$16.95, kids 2 and under free
Take your family to see the holiday train display! Then walk thru a winter wonderland to visit Mrs. Claus and chat with Santa.


Holiday Traditions

Now through Jan. 8
Behringer-Crawford Museum (Covington)
Starting at $5
Enjoy train displays, a winter wonderland, and more!


Holidays in Lights 

Now through Dec. 30
Armco Park (Lebanon)
Starting at $7
The holiday-themed lights display showcases everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark.


Festival of Lights

Now through Jan. 8
Cincinnati Zoo (Clifton)
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!


North Pole Express

Select days Now-Dec. 23
LM&M Railway (Lebanon)
Passengers spend time with Santa and his elves on the 1 Hour & 15-minute festive train ride. Train cars are decorated with holiday lights and decorations, adding to the cheer found throughout the event.




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Land of Illusion Christmas Glow

Nov. 22 through Dec. 30
Land of Illusion (Middletown)
Over 3.8 million lights at the 2-mile-long lights display drive-thru.


Light up Middletown Driving Tour

Nov. 24 through Dec. 31
Smith Park (Middletown)
Admission by cash donation – attendees set the price!
Your journey begins with a tunnel of lights.


The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays

Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. 
Aronoff Center for the Arts (Downtown)
Starting at $42.23
Featuring the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth.


Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold

Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. 
Aronoff Center for the Arts (Downtown)
Starting at $38
Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?


Christmas Town

Nov. 25 through Dec. 30
Creation Museum (Petersburg)
$15 per vehicle
Tour the lights garden, see the live nativity, enjoy a holiday dinner, and more.



Nov. 25 through Dec. 31
Kings Island (Mason)
Starting at $29.99
Kings Island transforms into 11 enchanting winter wonderlands.


Downtown Dazzle

Nov. 26 through Dec. 17
Fountain Square (Downtown)
A winter wonderland with holiday lights, an ice-skating rink, caroling, elves, sleighs, and Christmas festivities. Stroll downtown, drink hot cocoa, and enjoy the festive activities.


A Christmas Carol 

Dec. 1 through Dec. 23
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts (West Price Hill)
This musical version of the classic Dickens story is a marvelous way to share the yuletide with family and friends.



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Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Dec. 2 through Dec. 4
Aronoff Center for the Arts (Downtown)
Starting at $33.75
The show features an ensemble of aerial circus acts, sleight-of-hand jugglers, breath-catching acrobatics, and much more.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then some)

Dec. 8 through Dec. 31
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (Over-theRhine)
Starting at $14
What begins as another production of A Christmas Carol, devolves into an irreverent look at beloved holiday classics.


Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer

Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Music Hall (Over-theRhine)
Starting at $27
This festive holiday treat will delight the entire. Featuring jingling sleigh bells, songs of the season, and one-of-a-kind special effects.


Holiday Pops

Dec. 9 through Dec. 11
Music Hall (Over-theRhine)
Starting at $25
Feel the warmth as JMR and the Pops perform beloved holiday classics.


Dec. 10
The Banks (Downtown)
Get a Santa suit and spread holiday cheer!


Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig Holiday Party

Dec. 14 through Dec. 18
The Phoenix (Downtown)
Starting at $60
Carolers and actors will perform for an interactive, festive evening throughout the party. Go back in time and celebrate the cheerful spirit of the season.


Cincinnati Ballet presents The Nutcracker 

Dec. 15 through Dec. 24
Music Hall (Over-theRhine)
Starting at $29
Don’t miss the return of Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition!


Big Band Jingle Jazz

Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m.
The Redmoor (Mt. Lookout)
Enjoy a variety of Christmas classics from some of our most popular programs including Nutcracker Remix, Christmas Time is Here and our tribute to James Brown’s holiday albums, Have a Funky Christmas.


Million Dollar Quartet Christmas

Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Aronoff Center for the Arts (Downtown)
Starting at $39
A jam-packed evening of holiday hits and classic characters guests will not want to miss!


Jonathan Butler’s “O Holy Night” with Grace Kelly

Dec. 23, 8:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Starting at $35
South African singer-songwriter Jonathan Butler and saxophonist Grace Kelly will perform a Christmas jazz special.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Aronoff Center for the Arts (Downtown)
Starting at $39
Experience the magic as the season’s spirit comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.


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Cincinnati holiday activities
Enjoy Cincinnati holiday activities as a family.

These Cincinnati holiday activities will keep families 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!

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

Publisher, The Voice of Black Cincinnati


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