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The Cincinnati & NKY Moms Guide to Holiday Events {2016}

This, friends, is the holiday guide you have been waiting for! We have organized all of your holiday events both by date and by category. Looking for something to do this weekend? We have you covered. Looking for that specific family favorite? We have you covered!

Are we missing something? (We suppose it’s possible…) Let us know by emailing [email protected]

Timeless Memories of Christmas presented by La Comedia Dinner Theatre

November 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

This festive review features your favorite Christmas carols, dazzling costumes and beautiful sets, and is sure to put you and yours in the Christmas spirit.

A Christmas Carol presented by La Comedia Dinner Theatre

November 2, 2016 - December 31, 2016

See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge on a classic journey of forgiveness and redemption.

Holidazed and Confused Review

November 5, 2016 - December 31, 2016

See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

This riotous send-up filled with seasonal sketches is guaranteed to make you laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!

Cost: Tickets start at $35

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Friday 10a-6p; Saturday 10a-7p; Sunday 10a-5p Early admission is available on Fri and Sat for VIP ticket holders.

Located at the spacious Duke Energy Convention Center, you will see aisle upon aisle of unique, one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores from around the greater Cincinnati area as well as out of state offering you an unparalleled selection of home décor, specialty clothing, personal accouterments and gourmet food from the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show sprinkled throughout the entire Show floor.

Cost for General Admission: $7 online; $9 at the door

Waynesville Hearth Warming Holidays

November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Friday and Saturday 10a-8p; Sunday 12p-5p

Shop, dine and preview fabulous holiday decorating and unique gift-giving ideas. Shops are open for extended hours.

Christmas Light Show at Coney Island

November 11, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Dusk through 10p, nightly including holidays.

This family event features a 2-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows consisting of over one million LED lights, driven by more than ten thousand computer channels. Visitors of all ages will be awed by the larger than life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and fantastic tunnels of lights! In the warmth of your own car, you can sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to each holiday display.

Cost: $6 per person; Children 3 and under are free.

Olde West Chester Christmas Walk

November 12, 2016

7p-8p

The parade runs along Cincinnati-Dayton Road to the West Chester Township Administration Building, where the community tree lighting will take place around 8pm.

FREE

A Whimsical Wonderland Holiday Show at Krohn Conservatory

November 12, 2016 - January 5, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

10a-5p daily

The 2016 Holiday Show at the Krohn Conservatory has a whimsical new twist on holiday tradition! A Whimsical Wonderland invites you to unwrap your wildest imagination and explore poinsettias of a different color! This show will feature poinsettias of royal blue, lively orange, and deep purple that will join the more traditional hues.

The interactive train display and botanical architecture are intensified with fanciful pompom junipers, vibrant globe amaranths, and cheerful powder puff plants.

Cost: Adult $7.00; Children $4.00 (4 and under free)

Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer-Crawford Museum

November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Tuesday-Saturday, 10a-5p; Sunday 1-5p
Closed Mondays and National Holidays

It’s the 25th annual display of holiday toy trains! Lionel and Plasticville trains will chug along more than 250 feet of track, while guests play engineer with 33 interactive accessories. An expanded studio 56 Christmas Carol village display, Thomas the Train, a train raffle and the museum’s amazing Faragher permanent model train exhibit will add to the fun!

Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors (60+), $5 children (3-17)

Miami Township Holiday Parade

November 17, 2016

7p-8p

A festive community event featuring high school marching bands and parade floats, decked out and lit up with holiday lights.

FREE

Liberty Center Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting

November 18, 2016

6p

Entertainment, holiday parade and a holiday light show make this event a great way to kick off the holiday season.

FREE

Germania Christkindlmarkt

November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

Friday 5p-10p; Saturday 11a-10p; Sunday 12p-5p

The Germania Christkindlmarkt: the oldest and most authentic Christkindlmarkt in the Cincinnati region — all under covered, enclosed, heated tents! With holiday entertainment, German music, a children’s lantern parade, petting zoo, caroling children’s groups, and carriage rides. Plus traditional German food (including our famous dill pickle soup), German Bier, Glühwein (hot mulled wine), holiday cocktail bar, German pastries, cookies, and candies.

Cost: $3; Children under 12 are free

The Polar Express at Whitewater Valley Railroad

November 18, 2016 - December 18, 2016

WEEKENDS ONLY!
See website for times and to purchase tickets.

The Polar Express rolls into Connersville’s Grand Central Station this Holiday Season. The Polar Express will come to life when the train departs Connersville’s Grand Central Station for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special visit to the “North Pole” with Santa Claus.

Cost: Tickets start at $32.50 and must be purchased in advance.

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods

November 18, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Sunday – Thursday 6p-9p; Friday – Saturday 5:30p-10p

Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorns the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There’s no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98, round up your friends, family, or a special date, and head to Sharon Woods. It’s that easy.

Cost: $13 per vehicle ($45 for buses and 15 passenger vans)

Holiday Lights on Pyramid Hill

November 18, 2016 - January 1, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

Open Daily Including Holidays; Mon–Thurs 6p-9p; Fri-Sun 6p-10p

Take a leisurely drive that winds through acres of sculptures covered in lights.

Cost: $20 per vehicle Mon-Thur; $25 per vehicle Fri-Sun

Holiday in Lights 5K Run/Walk

November 19

5 p.m. at Sharon Woods

Get into the holiday spirit at the 8th Annual Holiday in Lights 5K Run/Walk at Sharon Woods. This impressive, fun course winds through beautiful Sharon Woods and features the final mile through Holiday in Lights at dusk.

Cost: Pre-registration is $27 ($22 for kids 12 and under). Register online at before 11:59p.m. on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016.

PNC Festival of Lights at The Cincinnati Zoo

November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

Sunday-Thursday 5-9p, Friday & Saturday 5-10p

Enjoy a NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, Gingerbread Village, S’mores-N-More location by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village and near the 4-D Theate, Madcap Puppets’ black-light show, Santa (through 12/23), strolling entertainment, themed areas, toyland Express train ride, Fairyland – find the 5 hidden fairies, Holiday Post Office, visits with Mrs. Claus

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Cost for General Admission: Adults $16; $12 kids 2-12; $12 seniors 62+; $10 for parking

A Christmas Carol presented by Playhouse in the Park

November 23, 2016 - December 31, 2016

See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Give your spirits a lift with this must-see family event and Cincinnati Playhouse classic.

Cost: Tickets start at $35

Light Up Middletown

November 24, 2016 - December 31, 2016

6p-10p, nightly (including holidays)

A driving tour which includes holiday themed areas including Santa’s sleigh, a train, animated swans, penguin village and a hot air balloon. Admission by donation.

FREE

Macy's Light Up the Square

November 25, 2016

5-11p

Festivities will begin at 5:00pm with live music from Second Wind and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Fountain Square will also feature plenty of food, music, ice skating and a fireworks show that’s sure to be a “blast!”

FREE

Cincinnati Winterfair

November 25, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Friday and Saturday 10a-5p; Sunday 11a-4p

Fine arts and crafts made in American studios.

Cost: $7

BRICKmas

November 25, 2016 - December 24, 2016

Check link for days and times.

Holiday attraction that provides place for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate one of world’s favorite toys and see some awesome LEGO displays.

Cost: $10 per person, reservations required.

The Christmas Ranch

November 25, 2016 - December 31, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

5-9p Sun-Thurs, 5-10p Fri-Sat (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Enjoy this spectacular walk-thru Christmas wonderland that boasts 1 million dancing Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music. There are Christmas shops, Santa’s bakery, train and wagon rides, and pictures with Santa!

Cost: $15 per vehicle on Mon-Thurs; $20 per vehicle Fri-Sun

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa

November 25, 2016 - December 31, 2016

11a-4p

Discover the magic of Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa® as Newport Aquarium presents a holiday celebration under the sea. It’s an experience that’s overflowing with enchantment and fun experiences the whole family will love. 

Cost: $23.99 adults; 15.99 children

Fairfield Avenue Christmas Walk

November 26, 2016 - November 27, 2016

10a-6p

Escape the craziness of the big box retailers and shop in our festive downtown for eclectic gifts while gaining an opportunity to win awesome prizes.

Macy's Downtown Dazzle

November 26, 2016 - December 10, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

Saturdays 5:45p

Santa rappels down the side of the 525 Vine Building office tower to the Macy’s rooftop at Fountain Square to kick off holiday fireworks display. The 20-minute family-friendly program also features holiday music.

The Polar Express at LM&M Railroad

November 26, 2016 - December 24, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

WEEKENDS ONLY!
See website for times and to purchase tickets.

The LM&M Railroad has reimagined and improved the North Pole Express experience. For the first time, a choice of either first class or coach seating will be offered.

The train will not make a stop at the North Pole. Instead, Santa along with his elves will visit passenger in comfort onboard the train. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available in the Lebanon station area while you wait for your train. Activities and entertainment will also be available in the Lebanon station area.

The train ride will be 1 hour long. Passengers may spend as much time as they would like in the station area before and after the ride.

Cost: Tickets start at $22 for adults and $18 for children and must be purchased in advance.

Santa's Workshop at Washington Park

November 26, 2016 - December 24, 2016

1p-3p

Join Santa and is merry band of Elves on Saturdays in Washington Park to make gifts, ornaments and other fun creations. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!

Niederman Family Farm Christmas Display

November 27, 2016 - December 30, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

Sunday-Thursday 6-9pm; Friday-Saturday 6-10pm

Live animals, thousands of lights, Christmas music, decorated trees and hot chocolate make exploring this family farm a true holiday treat.

FREE

The Nights Before Christmas presented by the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts

December 1, 2016 - December 23, 2016

See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

A glorious new musical for Christmastime! Filled with romance, heartbreak and mystery, The Nights Before Christmas reveals the dramatic life of Clement C. Moore and the writing of the poem that defined the joy of Christmas for the world, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical

December 2, 2016

7p

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Cost: Tickets start at $32

Holiday Pops

December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Back where it all began in the Taft Theatre with John Morris Russell’s beloved Home for the Holidays program, join us to make new family memories with a joyful and soulful blend of holiday favorites, featuring American Idol show-stopper Melinda Doolittle. Kids will enjoy costumed characters and candy canes in the lobby, an appearance by St. Nick himsel

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Awaited: A Christmas Experience

December 2, 2016 - December 23, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

See website for showtimes.
Awaited is a creative retelling of the Christmas story, produced and hosted at Crossroads church.

Ticket are free, but are required for the show.

FREE

Lebanon Christmas Parade

December 3, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

10a-8p

Lebanon’s largest annual event, always held the first Saturday in December. More than 100 antique carriages pulled by majestic Clydesdales, Percherons, and many other breeds of horses parade through the charming streets of Historic Downtown Lebanon. Early birds line the streets for an afternoon parade, while those who attend the evening procession are treated to a candlelit spectacle. Parade Times 1p and 7p (candlelit parade).

FREE

Sing me a Story - How the Grinch Stole Christmas presented by the Cincinnati Boychoir

December 3, 2016

5p

This is a holiday tradition not to miss: join us as we tell the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with more than 150 singers on stage, orchestra, and special guests Bob Herzog and Kathy Wade. Hear and sing along with favorite holiday songs, and feel your heart grow three sizes as the Grinch finds his holiday cheer!

Cost: Tickets start at $15

Light Up Fairfield

December 3, 2016

3p-6p

Help Santa welcome the holiday season and light up the big tree at the Village Green Amphitheater. Activities include a holiday market with local vendors, caroling, ornament crafting and a children’s story time. Click the link for the schedule of events.

FREE

Go Santa Go 5K

December 3

9a

Blue Ash area run for Cancer Support Community.

Jingle Bell 5K

December 3

10a
 
This 5K run/walk is two flat loops around the scenic lake at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio. Santa suits, elf ears, antlers, groups of reindeer, red noses, etc. all encouraged!

Milk & Cookies with Santa presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Saturday 4:30p-7:30p & Sunday 1p-4p

The Reindeer will bring Santa and his sleigh to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 4015 Red Bank Road. Bring your child(ren) and take their picture with Santa. There will be crafts and refreshments served.

Cost: $15.00 cost per person in advance, tickets at the door will be $20.00 cost per person.

German Village Christmas Walk

December 4, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

12p-5p

Carriage bells on horse drawn carriages will ring in the annual Christmas walk in German Village. Large toy soldiers will be on display and village ambassadors will welcome and assist you as you wander the village. Listen to strolling musicians in Dickens attire, take a carriage ride, buy roasted nuts and other tasty treats along the way. You can tour St. Julie Billiart Church, private residences, and historic buildings and businesses decorated in full Victorian splendor. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase crafts and gifts and visit with Santa and his reindeer.

FREE

Family Christmas Weekend at Prasco Park

December 9, 2016 - December 11, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

See Facebook Page for most up to dates times and details.

There will be free ice skating and family fun all weekend. Photos with Santa will take place on Saturday & Sunday (registration required and opens November 14th).

FREE

The Nutcracker Cincinnati Ballet

December 9, 2016 - December 18, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

See website for showtimes.

Accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, presented since 1974, is Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition. Revel in the magic as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince meet exciting characters, absorb the bright colors of the favorite divertissements and enjoy the classic adventure of The Nutcracker.

Ticket prices begin at $32

Live Nativity at Krohn Conservatory

December 9, 2016 - January 2, 2017

9a-9p

Dedication ceremony on December 10 at 3p

FREE

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

December 10, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

3p-5p

Cincinnati Moms Blog is partnering with the Cincinnati Art Museum to bring you the 2nd Annual Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Family fun and Christmas classics combined with a chance to enjoy the Art Museum makes for a magical holiday afternoon.

Cost: Tickets start at $8 per child; children under 2 are free.

Mt. Adams Reindog Parade

December 10, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

2p

The procession through the streets of Mt. Adams will be led by Santa himself. Food and vendors will be available before the parade, so join the party ahead of time! Every year a group of celebrity and sponsor judges that help us choose the best costumed dogs for prizes.

FREE

Mariemont Luminaria

December 10, 2016

5:30p-8p

A festive night of lights as Luminaria light up the Village of Mariemont! Gather in the Old Town Center for the lighting of our Christmas tree, carriage rides, a visit from Santa and more!

Click button to order your luminary kit.

FREE

Newtown Winterfest

December 10, 2016

4p-8:30p

Horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday characters and caroling by local children’s choirs and a live nativity scene will transform the evening into an old town hallmark village atmosphere. Popular food vendors, face painting, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, a petting zoo, pony rides and pictures with Santa. Santa and Mrs. Claus will begin taking photos with your children at 4:30pm. Fire pits will be placed about for all to enjoy the warmth of the holiday spirit.

FREE

Jingle Bell Run

December 10

Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Run in support of The Arthritis Foundation.

Holly Days at the Heritage Village Museum

December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

12p-4p

Enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas with live music, Victorian crafts to make, storytelling, and holiday treats!

Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for children 5-11; Children under 5 and museum members are free.
(Check the website for a coupon!)

Christmas on the Corner in Monroe

December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

5p-8p

Mix some history into your holiday festivities this year. Visitors will enjoy live entertainment for all ages, period exhibits, beautiful vintage decorations, unique gift ideas and can take a tour of the museum. Of course, Christmas isn’t complete without Mrs. Claus and her delicious cookies, and Santa listening to the wish lists of children.

Elf the Musical, JR.

December 10 - 12, 2016 & December 16 - 18, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

See website for showtimes.

Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Ticket prices begin at $10

Christmas Town

December 16, 2016 - December 30, 2016

5p-8p; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The Creation Museum is celebrating with a free live nativity scene and garden of lights. Inside the museum, guests can check out the exhibits and stop by the planetarium to learn about the Christmas star.

Cost for museum admission: $7.95

Ice Rink at Fountain Square

December 16, 2016 - January 2, 2017

Mon–Sun 9a to 11p

Fountain Square Ice Rink is an outdoor ice arena that takes over Fountain Square from Halloween through Presidents’ Day of each year. (See website for earlier season hours.) Concessions, a warming tent and viewing platform with benches are available. And Santa skates on weekends! Children under 55 inches must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice. Admission and skate rental close one hour before the rink closes.

Cost: $6.00 admission and $4.00 skate rental.

Egg Nog Jog

December 17

10a

Come to Mt. Adams to the 24rd annual holiday tradition. Scenic and challenging course begins at Jerome and St. Gregory and winds through Mt. Adams and Eden Park offering spectacular views of the city. Details to come soon.

City Flea Holiday Market

December 17, 2016

5p-10p

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place in Washington Park. The Flea is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience the city in a unique and engaging way. Vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios. Something for everyone!

FREE

Over the Rhine Christmas with the Pops

December 20, 2016

7:30p

In this special performance, Over The Rhine will bring their unique voice and folk style to familiar holiday favorites as well as songs of their own—a perfect winter concert for the intimate warmth of the Taft Theatre.

Ticket prices begin at $25

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 21, 2016

4p & 8p

You don’t want to miss this traditional holiday performance. Attendees are in for an amazing laser light show and musical experience. Prices vary, see website to purchase tickets.

Cost: Tickets start at $39.50

The Snowman with the Pops

December 23, 2016

7:30p

The heart-warming animated Christmas film The Snowman has been a beloved staple of family holiday entertainment for over 30 years. Your Cincinnati Pops perform Howard Blake’s beautiful score live as the movie plays in high definition over the stage.

Cost: Tickets start at $15

A Whimsical Wonderland Holiday Show at Krohn Conservatory

November 12, 2016 - January 5, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

10a-5p daily

The 2016 Holiday Show at the Krohn Conservatory has a whimsical new twist on holiday tradition! A Whimsical Wonderland invites you to unwrap your wildest imagination and explore poinsettias of a different color! This show will feature poinsettias of royal blue, lively orange, and deep purple that will join the more traditional hues.

The interactive train display and botanical architecture are intensified with fanciful pompom junipers, vibrant globe amaranths, and cheerful powder puff plants.

Cost: Adult $7.00; Children $4.00 (4 and under free)

PNC Festival of Lights at The Cincinnati Zoo

November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

Sunday-Thursday 5-9p, Friday & Saturday 5-10p

Enjoy a NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, Gingerbread Village, S’mores-N-More location by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village and near the 4-D Theate, Madcap Puppets’ black-light show, Santa (through 12/23), strolling entertainment, themed areas, toyland Express train ride, Fairyland – find the 5 hidden fairies, Holiday Post Office, visits with Mrs. Claus

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Cost for General Admission: Adults $16; $12 kids 2-12; $12 seniors 62+; $10 for parking

Macy's Light Up the Square

November 25, 2016

5-11p

Festivities will begin at 5:00pm with live music from Second Wind and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Fountain Square will also feature plenty of food, music, ice skating and a fireworks show that’s sure to be a “blast!”

FREE

Macy's Downtown Dazzle

November 26, 2016 - December 10, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

Saturdays 5:45p

Santa rappels down the side of the 525 Vine Building office tower to the Macy’s rooftop at Fountain Square to kick off holiday fireworks display. The 20-minute family-friendly program also features holiday music.

FREE

Live Nativity at Krohn Conservatory

December 9, 2016 - January 2, 2017

9a-9p

Dedication ceremony on December 10 at 3p

FREE

Ice Rink at Fountain Square

December 16, 2016 - January 2, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

Mon–Sun 9a to 11p

Fountain Square Ice Rink is an outdoor ice arena that takes over Fountain Square from Halloween through Presidents’ Day of each year. (See website for earlier season hours.) Concessions, a warming tent and viewing platform with benches are available. And Santa skates on weekends! Children under 55 inches must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice. Admission and skate rental close one hour before the rink closes.

Cost: $6.00 admission and $4.00 skate rental.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction

November 12, 2016 - January 3, 2017

Extended hours for the holiday displays, see website for details.

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 can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself. See the “Main Street Holiday Trains” which offers some beautiful winter train displays.

Cost: $13.95 adults, $11.95 seniors, $9.95 children; children 2 and under are free.

A Whimsical Wonderland Holiday Show at Krohn Conservatory

November 12, 2016 - January 5, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

The 2016 Holiday Show at the Krohn Conservatory has a whimsical new twist on holiday tradition! A Whimsical Wonderland invites you to unwrap your wildest imagination and explore poinsettias of a different color! This show will feature poinsettias of royal blue, lively orange, and deep purple that will join the more traditional hues.

The interactive train display and botanical architecture are intensified with fanciful pompom junipers, vibrant globe amaranths, and cheerful powder puff plants.

Cost: Adult $7.00; Children $4.00 (4 and under free)

Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer-Crawford Museum

November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Tuesday-Saturday, 10a-5p; Sunday 1-5p
Closed Mondays and National Holidays

It’s the 25th annual display of holiday toy trains! Lionel and Plasticville trains will chug along more than 250 feet of track, while guests play engineer with 33 interactive accessories. An expanded studio 56 Christmas Carol village display, Thomas the Train, a train raffle and the museum’s amazing Faragher permanent model train exhibit will add to the fun!

Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors (60+), $5 children (3-17)

The Polar Express at Whitewater Valley Railroad

November 18, 2016 - December 18, 2016

WEEKENDS ONLY!
See website for times and to purchase tickets.

The Polar Express rolls into Connersville’s Grand Central Station this Holiday Season. The Polar Express will come to life when the train departs Connersville’s Grand Central Station for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special visit to the “North Pole” with Santa Claus.

Cost: Tickets start at $32.50 and must be purchased in advance.

The Polar Express at LM&M Railroad

November 26, 2016 - December 24, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

WEEKENDS ONLY!
See website for times and to purchase tickets.

The LM&M Railroad has reimagined and improved the North Pole Express experience. For the first time, a choice of either first class or coach seating will be offered.

The train will not make a stop at the North Pole. Instead, Santa along with his elves will visit passenger in comfort onboard the train. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available in the Lebanon station area while you wait for your train. Activities and entertainment will also be available in the Lebanon station area.

The train ride will be 1 hour long. Passengers may spend as much time as they would like in the station area before and after the ride.

Cost: Tickets start at $22 for adults and $18 for children and must be purchased in advance.

Christmas Light Show at Coney Island

November 11, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Dusk through 10p, nightly including holidays.

This family event features a 2-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows consisting of over one million LED lights, driven by more than ten thousand computer channels. Visitors of all ages will be awed by the larger than life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and fantastic tunnels of lights! In the warmth of your own car, you can sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to each holiday display.

Cost: $6 per person; Children 3 and under are free.

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods

November 18, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Sunday – Thursday 6p-9p; Friday – Saturday 5:30p-10p

Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorns the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There’s no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98, round up your friends, family, or a special date, and head to Sharon Woods. It’s that easy.

Cost: $13 per vehicle ($45 for buses and 15 passenger vans)

Holiday Lights on Pyramid Hill

November 18, 2016 - January 1, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

Open Daily Including Holidays; Mon–Thurs 6p-9p; Fri-Sun 6p-10p

Take a leisurely drive that winds through acres of sculptures covered in lights.

Cost: $20 per vehicle Mon-Thur; $25 per vehicle Fri-Sun

PNC Festival of Lights at The Cincinnati Zoo

November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017

CMB Team Favorite

Sunday-Thursday 5-9p, Friday & Saturday 5-10p

Enjoy a NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, Gingerbread Village, S’mores-N-More location by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village and near the 4-D Theate, Madcap Puppets’ black-light show, Santa (through 12/23), strolling entertainment, themed areas, toyland Express train ride, Fairyland – find the 5 hidden fairies, Holiday Post Office, visits with Mrs. Claus

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Cost for General Admission: Adults $16; $12 kids 2-12; $12 seniors 62+; $10 for parking

Light Up Middletown

November 24, 2016 - December 31, 2016

6p-10p, nightly (including holidays)

A driving tour which includes holiday themed areas including Santa’s sleigh, a train, animated swans, penguin village and a hot air balloon. Admission by donation.

FREE

The Christmas Ranch

November 25, 2016 - December 31, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

5-9p Sun-Thurs, 5-10p Fri-Sat (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Enjoy this spectacular walk-thru Christmas wonderland that boasts 1 million dancing Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music. There are Christmas shops, Santa’s bakery, train and wagon rides, and pictures with Santa!

Cost: $15 per vehicle on Mon-Thurs; $20 per vehicle Fri-Sun

Niederman Family Farm Christmas Display

November 27, 2016 - December 30, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

Sunday-Thursday 6-9pm; Friday-Saturday 6-10pm

Live animals, thousands of lights, Christmas music, decorated trees and hot chocolate make exploring this family farm a true holiday treat.

FREE

Timeless Memories of Christmas presented by La Comedia Dinner Theatre

November 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

See website for showtimes and to purchase tickets.

This festive review features your favorite Christmas carols, dazzling costumes and beautiful sets, and is sure to put you and yours in the Christmas spirit.

A Christmas Carol presented by La Comedia Dinner Theatre

November 2, 2016 - December 31, 2016

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Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge on a classic journey of forgiveness and redemption.

Holidazed and Confused Review

November 5, 2016 - December 31, 2016

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This riotous send-up filled with seasonal sketches is guaranteed to make you laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!

Cost: Tickets start at $35

A Christmas Carol presented by Playhouse in the Park

November 23, 2016 - December 31, 2016

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Give your spirits a lift with this must-see family event and Cincinnati Playhouse classic.

Cost: Tickets start at $35

The Nights Before Christmas presented by the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts

December 1, 2016 - December 23, 2016

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A glorious new musical for Christmastime! Filled with romance, heartbreak and mystery, The Nights Before Christmas reveals the dramatic life of Clement C. Moore and the writing of the poem that defined the joy of Christmas for the world, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical

December 2, 2016

7p

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Cost: Tickets start at $32

Holiday Pops

December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

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Back where it all began in the Taft Theatre with John Morris Russell’s beloved Home for the Holidays program, join us to make new family memories with a joyful and soulful blend of holiday favorites, featuring American Idol show-stopper Melinda Doolittle. Kids will enjoy costumed characters and candy canes in the lobby, an appearance by St. Nick himsel

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Awaited: A Christmas Experience

December 2, 2016 - December 23, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

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Awaited is a creative retelling of the Christmas story, produced and hosted at Crossroads church.

Ticket are free, but are required for the show.

FREE

Sing me a Story - How the Grinch Stole Christmas presented by the Cincinnati Boychoir

December 3, 2016

5p

This is a holiday tradition not to miss: join us as we tell the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with more than 150 singers on stage, orchestra, and special guests Bob Herzog and Kathy Wade. Hear and sing along with favorite holiday songs, and feel your heart grow three sizes as the Grinch finds his holiday cheer!

Cost: Tickets start at $15

The Nutcracker Cincinnati Ballet

December 9, 2016 - December 18, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

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Accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, presented since 1974, is Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition. Revel in the magic as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince meet exciting characters, absorb the bright colors of the favorite divertissements and enjoy the classic adventure of The Nutcracker.

Ticket prices begin at $32

Elf the Musical, JR.

December 10 - 12, 2016 & December 16 - 18, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

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Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Ticket prices begin at $10

Expectations of Christmas at The Ensemble Theatre

December 12, 2016

7p

Did you know that the most popular of all Christmas treats, the candy cane, originated from the staff carried by St. Nicholas? That poinsettias are native to Mexico and became popular at Christmas because of their red and green color? These and other facts, stories, and songs of the season are shared during Expectations of Christmas, a special one-night only show that features some of Ensemble Theatre’s most recognizable actors.

Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit Tender Mercies, which provides permanent and transitional housing for the homeless with histories of chronic mental illness.

Over the Rhine Christmas with the Pops

December 20, 2016

7:30p

In this special performance, Over The Rhine will bring their unique voice and folk style to familiar holiday favorites as well as songs of their own—a perfect winter concert for the intimate warmth of the Taft Theatre.

Ticket prices begin at $25

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 21, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

4p & 8p

You don’t want to miss this traditional holiday performance. Attendees are in for an amazing laser light show and musical experience. Prices vary, see website to purchase tickets.

Cost: Tickets start at $39.50

The Snowman with the Pops

December 23, 2016

7:30p

The heart-warming animated Christmas film The Snowman has been a beloved staple of family holiday entertainment for over 30 years. Your Cincinnati Pops perform Howard Blake’s beautiful score live as the movie plays in high definition over the stage.

Cost: Tickets start at $15

Olde West Chester Christmas Walk

November 12, 2016

7p-8p

The parade runs along Cincinnati-Dayton Road to the West Chester Township Administration Building, where the community tree lighting will take place around 8pm.

FREE

Miami Township Holiday Parade

November 17, 2016

7p-8p

A festive community event featuring high school marching bands and parade floats, decked out and lit up with holiday lights.

FREE

Liberty Center Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting

November 18, 2016

6p

Entertainment, holiday parade and a holiday light show make this event a great way to kick off the holiday season.

FREE

BRICKmas

November 25, 2016 - December 24, 2016

Check link for days and times.

Holiday attraction that provides place for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate one of world’s favorite toys and see some awesome LEGO displays.

Cost: $10 per person, reservations required.

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa

November 25, 2016 - December 31, 2016

11a-4p

Discover the magic of Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa® as Newport Aquarium presents a holiday celebration under the sea. It’s an experience that’s overflowing with enchantment and fun experiences the whole family will love. 

Cost: $23.99 adults; 15.99 children

Santa's Workshop at Washington Park

November 26, 2016 - December 24, 2016

1p-3p

Join Santa and is merry band of Elves on Saturdays in Washington Park to make gifts, ornaments and other fun creations. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!

FREE

Christmas in the Village

December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016

5p-9p

Step back in time and visit Waynesville this weekend for our holiday celebration.  We will have 1300 luminaries, horse drawn carriage rides, costume characters, strolling choirs and barbershop quartets, heated entertainment tent and more.  Don’t forget the delightful dining and shopping to complete your experience!  With over 70+ retail and dining establishments you will quickly cross off your shopping list with unique and wonderful gifts. 

FREE

Lebanon Christmas Parade

December 3, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

10a-8p

Lebanon’s largest annual event, always held the first Saturday in December. More than 100 antique carriages pulled by majestic Clydesdales, Percherons, and many other breeds of horses parade through the charming streets of Historic Downtown Lebanon. Early birds line the streets for an afternoon parade, while those who attend the evening procession are treated to a candlelit spectacle. Parade Times 1p and 7p (candlelit parade).

FREE

Light Up Fairfield

December 3, 2016

3p-6p

Help Santa welcome the holiday season and light up the big tree at the Village Green Amphitheater. Activities include a holiday market with local vendors, caroling, ornament crafting and a children’s story time. Click the link for the schedule of events.

FREE

Milk & Cookies with Santa presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Saturday 4:30p-7:30p & Sunday 1p-4p

The Reindeer will bring Santa and his sleigh to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 4015 Red Bank Road. Bring your child(ren) and take their picture with Santa. There will be crafts and refreshments served.

Cost: $15.00 cost per person in advance, tickets at the door will be $20.00 cost per person.

German Village Christmas Walk

December 4, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

12p-5p

Carriage bells on horse drawn carriages will ring in the annual Christmas walk in German Village. Large toy soldiers will be on display and village ambassadors will welcome and assist you as you wander the village. Listen to strolling musicians in Dickens attire, take a carriage ride, buy roasted nuts and other tasty treats along the way. You can tour St. Julie Billiart Church, private residences, and historic buildings and businesses decorated in full Victorian splendor. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase crafts and gifts and visit with Santa and his reindeer.

FREE

Family Christmas Weekend at Prasco Park

December 9, 2016 - December 11, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

See Facebook Page for most up to dates times and details.

There will be free ice skating and family fun all weekend. Photos with Santa will take place on Saturday & Sunday (registration required and opens November 14th).

FREE

Story Time with Mrs. Claus presented by Cincinnati Moms Blog

December 10, 2016

3p-5p

Cincinnati Moms Blog is partnering with the Cincinnati Art Museum to bring you the 2nd Annual Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Family fun and Christmas classics combined with a chance to enjoy the Art Museum makes for a magical holiday afternoon.

Mt. Adams Reindog Parade

December 10, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

2p

The procession through the streets of Mt. Adams will be led by Santa himself. Food and vendors will be available before the parade, so join the party ahead of time! Every year a group of celebrity and sponsor judges that help us choose the best costumed dogs for prizes.

FREE

Mariemont Luminaria

December 10, 2016

5:30p-8p

A festive night of lights as Luminaria light up the Village of Mariemont! Gather in the Old Town Center for the lighting of our Christmas tree, carriage rides, a visit from Santa and more!

Click button to order your luminary kit.

FREE

Newtown Winterfest

December 10, 2016

4p-8:30p

Horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday characters and caroling by local children’s choirs and a live nativity scene will transform the evening into an old town hallmark village atmosphere. Popular food vendors, face painting, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, a petting zoo, pony rides and pictures with Santa. Santa and Mrs. Claus will begin taking photos with your children at 4:30pm. Fire pits will be placed about for all to enjoy the warmth of the holiday spirit.

FREE

Christmas on the Corner in Monroe

December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

5p-8p

Mix some history into your holiday festivities this year. Visitors will enjoy live entertainment for all ages, period exhibits, beautiful vintage decorations, unique gift ideas and can take a tour of the museum. Of course, Christmas isn’t complete without Mrs. Claus and her delicious cookies, and Santa listening to the wish lists of children.

FREE

Holly Days at the Heritage Village Museum

December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

12p-4p

Enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas with live music, Victorian crafts to make, storytelling, and holiday treats!

Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for children 5-11; Children under 5 and museum members are free.
(Check the website for a coupon!)

Christmas Town

December 16, 2016 - December 30, 2016

5p-8p; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The Creation Museum is celebrating with a free live nativity scene and garden of lights. Inside the museum, guests can check out the exhibits and stop by the planetarium to learn about the Christmas star.

Cost for museum admission: $7.95

Holiday in Lights 5K Run/Walk

November 19

5 p.m. at Sharon Woods

Get into the holiday spirit at the 8th Annual Holiday in Lights 5K Run/Walk at Sharon Woods. This impressive, fun course winds through beautiful Sharon Woods and features the final mile through Holiday in Lights at dusk.

Cost: Pre-registration is $27 ($22 for kids 12 and under). Register online at before 11:59p.m. on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016.

Go Santa Go 5K

December 3

9a

Blue Ash area run for Cancer Support Community.

Jingle Bell 5K

December 3

10a
 
This 5K run/walk is two flat loops around the scenic lake at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio. Santa suits, elf ears, antlers, groups of reindeer, red noses, etc. all encouraged!

Jingle Bell Run

December 10

Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Run in support of The Arthritis Foundation.

Egg Nog Jog

December 17

10a

Come to Mt. Adams to the 24rd annual holiday tradition. Scenic and challenging course begins at Jerome and St. Gregory and winds through Mt. Adams and Eden Park offering spectacular views of the city. Details to come soon.

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Friday 10a-6p; Saturday 10a-7p; Sunday 10a-5p Early admission is available on Fri and Sat for VIP ticket holders.

Located at the spacious Duke Energy Convention Center, you will see aisle upon aisle of unique, one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores from around the greater Cincinnati area as well as out of state offering you an unparalleled selection of home décor, specialty clothing, personal accouterments and gourmet food from the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show sprinkled throughout the entire Show floor.

Cost for General Admission: $7 online; $9 at the door

Waynesville Hearth Warming Holidays

November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Friday and Saturday 10a-8p; Sunday 12p-5p

Shop, dine and preview fabulous holiday decorating and unique gift-giving ideas. Shops are open for extended hours.

FREE

Holiday Shopping Expo at the Lawrenceburg Event Center

November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016

Friday 2p-8p; Saturday 9a-7p; Sunday 9a-4p

This is your chance to get all of our Holiday Shopping done in one stop! Pictures with Santa; live reindeerdDisplay from Whitetail Acres Tree Farm; local group performances; wine tasting & much more!

Cost: $5; Children under 12 are free

Germania Christkindlmarkt

November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016

CMB Team Favorite

Friday 5p-10p; Saturday 11a-10p; Sunday 12p-5p

The Germania Christkindlmarkt: the oldest and most authentic Christkindlmarkt in the Cincinnati region — all under covered, enclosed, heated tents! With holiday entertainment, German music, a children’s lantern parade, petting zoo, caroling children’s groups, and carriage rides. Plus traditional German food (including our famous dill pickle soup), German Bier, Glühwein (hot mulled wine), holiday cocktail bar, German pastries, cookies, and candies.

Cost: $3; Children under 12 are free

Cincinnati Winterfair

November 25, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Friday and Saturday 10a-5p; Sunday 11a-4p

Fine arts and crafts made in American studios.

Cost: $7

Fairfield Avenue Christmas Walk

November 26, 2016 - November 27, 2016

10a-6p

Escape the craziness of the big box retailers and shop in our festive downtown for eclectic gifts while gaining an opportunity to win awesome prizes.

FREE

City Flea Holiday Market

December 17, 2016

5p-10p

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place in Washington Park. The Flea is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience the city in a unique and engaging way. Vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios. Something for everyone!

FREE

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