We’re in the thick of the holiday season, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed at all.the.holiday.things Cincinnati has to offer, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re recapping all our holiday features, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
Tree farms? Santa pics? Local gift guides? Drive-thru light displays? Check, check, check and check.
Behold: Cincinnati Parent’s Epic Holiday Roundup:
First thing’s first: do you have a Christmas tree?
You can’t do the holidays without a tree! Or a fresh wreath. We recommend venturing up to Butler County for a tree from Bartels Farm!
Have you seen Santa yet?
He’s all over the Queen City! Pictures with Santa are a must. As are brunches, lunches, skate sessions and train rides. (Our favorite Santa sighting is also the most unique: Scuba Santa at the Newport Aquarium!)
Holiday Bucket List Musts
There’s no shortage of family fun around the holidays in Cincinnati. Here are 11 can’t-miss holiday traditions, including Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Antique Christmas at the Taft. Or go under-the-radar with these little-known festivities. Of course, WinterFest is back at Kings Island – and it’s an awesome celebration of all things holidays! And ice skating on Fountain Square is always a good idea.
Wondering what all this holiday fun will cost you? Not to worry! Here are 50 free things to do in Cincinnati this holiday season and 22 free and festive things to do this December in Cincinnati.
Trains, trains, trains
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a festive train display, and there are lots from which to choo-choose in Cincy! Krohn Conservatory’s annual holiday show does not disappoint; Cincinnati Choo Choo boasts some of the most unique train displays in town, with the cars rolling through hand-built, plant-based replicas of Cincy’s most beautiful buildings! Meanwhile, Holiday Junction Featuring Brickopolis (pictured) at the Cincinnati Museum Center is everything we could ever wish for, and more: Santa, trains and an 1,800 square foot holiday LEGO (train and city) display!
Enjoy the Arts
Cincinnati is known for its arts scene, and the holidays are the perfect time to enjoy the arts. From holiday standards from the Cincinnati Pops and A Christmas Carol at Playhouse in the Park, to new and fun features like The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Cinderella, there’s truly something for everyone.
Christmas Lights for
Cincinnati knows how to do Christmas lights. Prepare to be dazzled by one of these epic Holiday Lights Displays – for families, we especially love drive-thru displays: Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Lights, Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill and Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods are excellent choices!
Shopping Made Simple
Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Our Local Holiday Shopping Guide has you covered! Or make a day out of shopping, with this epic OTR Holiday Fun Guide. You could also give the gift of a class or experience at one of these local venues. Crafty kids, meanwhile, need to check out one of these Yelp-approved make-and-paint pottery studios.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something to wear (Cincy moms, we’re talking to you!), stay on trend (and on budget!) with a new-to-you holiday styles from Clothes Mentor!
A Break During Holiday Break
Winter break is a much-needed break from school for kids; for parents, not so much. After the Big Day, make sure your kids stay entertained all Winter Break long at one of these 15 Awesome Winter Break Camps in Cincinnati.
Phew! It truly is the most wonderful time of year here in Cincinnati – get out and enjoy!