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There are plenty of things to do in Cincinnati this week to get you in the holiday spirit!


Not sure what to get into this weekend? Want to step away from your normal dinner spot or hang-out with friends? We’ve got you covered. Here is a list of things to do in Cincinnati December 14 – 20.

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Friday  – December 14

Black Cincinnati Cinema Collective
Switch Lighting & Design on 4th

7 p.m.
$50 and up
Enjoy hors-d’oeuvres, a cash bar (one drink included with ticket), a silent auction, award recognitions, live music, film screenings, and much more.


Kathy Wade & Friends
The Greenwich

9 p.m.
“Friday night blues” will feature the Dan Karlsberg Trio. Admission includes appetizers.


Saturday – December 15

Black Santa
Cincinnati Art Museum

Noon – 4 p.m.
Free Entry
Arrive early to visit Santa, tour the many wonderful exhibitions and enjoy lunch in the café. Visitors can also visit the Rosenthal Education Center, for fun, free, interactive activities for kids and their parents. 


City Day Party
Kickbacks Bar & Grill
4 p.m.
Enjoy drink specials and music. Prizes awarded to the city department that shows up with the most coworkers.


Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo
5 p.m.
$3 and up
See 3 million LED lights, watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, marvel at the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. SNAP cardholders can enjoy discounted admission. Save up to 20% with Groupon.


APNET Holiday Party & Donation Drive
Kingsgate Marriott
6 p.m.
APNET will be collecting clothing, shoes, and toiletries to donate to families. Appetizers provided. Cash bar and dinner options available.


Black Nativity
Word of Deliverance

2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
$20 and up
Presented by Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, this family-friendly musical is filled with exhilarating sounds of music, praise and worship, song and dance, energy, costuming, and prophetic storytelling. Showing through Saturday, Dec. 15.


Gary Owen
Taft Theatre

8:30 p.m.
$28 and up
Gary Owen has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Catch Owen’s homecoming comedy show at the Taft Theatre.


Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
Kickbacks Bar & Grill
9 p.m.
APNET will be collecting clothing, shoes, and toiletries to donate to families. Appetizers provided. Cash bar and dinner options available.


Sunday – December 16

Cincinnati Ballet Presents the Nutcracker
Music Hall
$48 and up
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.


Save Yourself Podcast & Live Recording
Conscious Kitchen

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Free Entry
Join the conversation, as they discuss how to create your own destiny and live a purposeful life. Brunch will be served.


Slay to Success Vision Board Party
Beauty Lounge

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Set, pursue, and achieve your goals with words and pictures by completing a vision board before the New Year. Write it. See it. Attract it. Live it.


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Monday – December 17

Male Mentoring Guys w/Ties
Rockdale Academy Elementary School

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Entry
We will teach our young men how to tie a tie, break out in small groups for more personal mentorship, and a small lesson in food and fitness. The group will also be collecting underwear, socks, toiletries, school uniforms, and hats/gloves for all students.


Curvy Cardio Holiday Toast
Curvy Cardio

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$5 and up
Get your workout before the New Year begins. Enjoy a holiday toast and treats to celebrate.


Monday Night Juice Holiday Show
The Loft Cincy

7 p.m.
Free Entry
Get in the Christmas spirit and set New Year’s resolutions by joining a private screening of the Monday Night Juice talk show featuring the CEO of Think About It, LLC.


Tuesday – December 18

REC the Halls
Cincinnati Art Museum

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Entry

Visit the Art Bar to create holiday cards, create custom gift bags and holiday home decorations. There will also be a Holiday Helpfulness donation drive. Each donation qualifies for a chance to win a family membership to the museum.


RENT Musical Tour
Aronoff Center
$31 and up
7:30 p.m.
A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohèmethe musical follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. A lottery is available for cheap tickets.


Wednesday – December 19

Rockdale Winter Spectacular
Rockdale Academy Elementary

12:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Listen to talented students perform Christmas songs along with staff and community members.


Thursday – December 20

Island Christmas Party
The Redmoor
7 p.m.
$5 and up
Team up for an evening of Christmas spirit and island music. Join in on the Christmas carol sing-along during intermission and a special visit from drumming Santa Claus.


Cocoa Brown
Liberty Funny Bone

7:30 p.m.
$15 – $45
Her credits include Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse”, BET’s “Comic View”, “One Mic Stand”, and “Showtime at the Apollo”. Showing through December 22.



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