Over-The-Rhine Hosts Holiday Fun for The Whole Family (Giveaway Closed)

Giveaway closed: Thank you to everyone who entered. Congratulations to FFC reader Patricia Lee!


The holiday season may be one of the busiest times of year, but it’s also one of the best times for getting out and spending some special quality time with your family.  Over the past few years the transformation of the Over-The-Rhine area downtown has been amazing and it has really transformed into a shopping & dining destination. Did you know Over-the_Rhine is now home to more than 60 locally owned businesses ranging from boutiques and galleries to a green grocer, bookstore, coffee shops, theatres, and restaurants?

This year Over-the-Rhine is breaking out the holiday cheer and hosting a series of great, family-friendly holiday activities. Families will find everything from great shopping at stores like Mica 12/v & Park + Vine, to dining options like Venice on Vine and Lavomatic to theatre performances and carolers in the street!

An overview of this year’s planned festivities:

Holidays in the Bag

Head down on Friday, November 25 (Black Friday) for the fourth annual Holidays in the Bag shopping event. Avoid the crazy malls and pick up unique gifts from locally owned businesses.  That day, purchase a new, reusable holiday shopping bag at Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway or other retail shops in OTR (Monday, November 21 – Friday, November 25), and when retailers see you have the bag, you’ll get a 20% discount! Proceeds from the sales of the holiday bags benefit the Freestore Foodbank.

December Holiday Festivities

The annual Main Street Stroll & Shop (December 3 – 4) will start the month followed by Caroling in the Quarter and “Wrapped Up” The City Flea (December 10), Light Up OTR (December 16) and Final Friday before Christmas (December 23).

Luminaries on Display

Luminaries will light the way each weekend along Vine Street, 12th Street and Main Street and white lights will be strung from the light posts. The “Segway Santa” and a cycling Santa will also be out and about on the weekends spreading holiday cheer. 

See Snow White

FFC advertiser, Ensemble Theater,  will premiere Snow White this holiday season, an all new musical based on the classic fairy tale. Runs November 30 – December 31 (stay tuned for more information about the show and for a chance to enter to win tickets!).


So as you can see, there is a TON happening in Over-the-Rhine this season.  For more information on all of the events & activities we’ve mentioned head over to the OTR Gateway website for itineraries highlighting new holiday traditions, details on local shopping events, and information about more traditional activities for kids.

Now, the fun part. To help get you started, the good folks at 3CDC have given us a $25 Over-The-Rhine gift card to give away to one lucky Family Friendly Cincinnati reader!


 (Please leave a separate comment for each entry)

    1. Tell us how you think you’d spend your gift card. Would you hit up a specific retailer, perhaps it would go towards tickets to a theatre performance or maybe lunch out?
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    3. Hang with us over on Facebook;
    4. Join our new Community Forum!

That’s it. Four ways to enter, one entry for each completed! Giveaway ends Saturday, November 26th at 1pm. Winner will be selected using a random number generator and contacted via email.

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  4. Cheryl says

    I would use the giftcard to shop at Park + Vine. I’ve been wanting to try their lunch and I think a gift card would entice some friends to join me!

  5. Patty says

    Since I’ll be doing a bunch of shopping in OTR anyhow, I figure the giftcard would be all mine! Maybe a break for lunch while I’m out or a print I have my eyes on at MiCA.

  6. angel says

    Im new to the city and would LOVE to be able to experence some of what the old school new transofmation has to offer :)

  7. Samantha L. says

    I’ve always wanted to try A TAVOLA pizza and I’d probably go to park+vine or any of the amazing shops are gateway quarter (a pop-up shop this year?) to get some christmas shopping done! (or just something for myself !! )

  8. Alice Stuart says

    I would use the gift card to take my family out to dinner after we see Snow White at the Ensemble. It is our holiday tradition to go see their holiday production.