Greater Cincinnati Family Fun This Weekend (Dec. 7-Dec. 9)

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 Week of Nov 30 – Dec. 2

Holiday Happenings are in full swing around these parts!  Don’t miss out on one minute of family fun this weekend…we’ve got the hookup right here!


Family Christmas Weekend – Prasco Park – The weekend of Dec. 7-9 Prasco Park welcomes the community to their holiday celebration. They will have ice skating all three days, and photos with Santa on Saturday night from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Fridays are Free Fridays at the NKU Hailie Digital Planetarium.  This week they are showing Seven Wonders.  Travel back in time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they have not been seen for thousands of years.  This show is FREE and family friendly.  For reservations and more information visit NKU Haile Digital Planetarium.

Christmas in Mason is an annual festival that celebrates the spirit of Christmas and the start of the Christmas season.  Hosted by Festivals of Mason this event is always the first Friday of December..this year falling on Dec. 7.  Stroll the streets of downtown Mason and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Christmas Parade featuring the Santa Paws dog parade entries, the Christmas in Mason Pageant winners and, of course, Santa Claus.


The School for Creative & Performing Arts presents The Nutcracker Ballet.  For box office info and show times check out their website.

Can’t get enough of The Nutcracker? Check out Kristin G.’s roundup of 2012 Nutcracker Events in Greater Cincinnati.

Fairfield Twp. Christmas Parade takes place this Saturday at 10:30 AM at the Village at Bridgewater Falls.

Saturday, December 8th at 10am BREAKFAST WITH BLITZEN at the INDEPENDENCE SENIOR CITIZENS & COMMUNITY CENTER:  2001 Jack Wood Parkway in Independence, KY 41051. Come have pancakes & sausage with Blitzen!  Tickets are sold in advance of the breakfast. Cost is $7 per adult and $5 per child. Space is limited to 120 people and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each child will receive an ornament and goody bag filled with candy and other items. Walgreens will be there to take pictures of your child/children with Blitzen. Call Nita Brake at (859) 363-2934 for tickets or more information.

For the hookup on great family holiday happenings in Northern Kentucky see Katie’s post here.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s “Santa’s Toy Factory” -featuring LOCAL 12’s morning team of anchor Bob Herzog and meteorologist John Gumm as the Miser Brothers  and American Idol’s 16 year-old Eben Franckewitz Santa’s Toy Factory takes us on a trip to the North Pole to visit all the hard working elves readying Santa’s Sleigh for his Christmas Eve journey.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday December 7, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday December 8 & 15, 2 p.m. Sunday December 9 at Taft Theatre.  Tickets are priced $7-$25 and are available through

Stroll through Over-the-Rhine with American Legacy’s Spirit of Christmas Tours. You’ll walk through the Gateway Quarter with award-winning guides, visiting churches of local and national significance. Two-hour tour begins at 11 a.m. at 1218 Vine St. Tickets are $20 for each adult, $10 for each child.

The Otto M. Budig Dance Academy will perform excerpts from the Nutcracker at Cincinnati Museum Center and admission is FREE.  Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Reakirt Auditorium.

The Warren County Historical Society  hosts an American Girl Christmas Tea Party!  On Saturday, December 8 join American Girl Dolls Marie Grace and Cecile of Old New Orleans to “play games, win prizes, dine on tea, punch, cookies and other holiday goodies”. $15.00 with advance RSVP, limited to 30 girls ages 8 -12. Call (513) 932-1817 to RSVP.

Caroling in the Quarter on Saturday, December 8.  Come to Over-the-Rhine and enjoy the restaurants and shops as local choirs and roving carolers perform throughout the neighborhood, spreading holiday cheer!

Create Natural Christmas ornaments at The Cincinnati Garden Center on Saturday, December 8 from 9-10:30 AM, 11:30-1 PM and 2-3:30 PM.  Registration required. Cost is $5 per participant.

City Flea Wrapped Up Holiday Market on Saturday, December 8.  A festive nighttime event modeled after European Christkindlmarket mixed with all the standard City Flea elements you have come to love.  Learn more about City Flea:

Create fused glass ornaments for yourself or as a holiday gift at Brazee Street Studios in Oakley, during the Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids are welcome. Cost is $15 per ornament.

Celebrate Grandparents Weekend at the Cincinnati Museum Center having Pancakes with Santa  December 8th 10:00am to noon Cost: $30 for adults, $15 for children, free for children younger than 2 Reservations: Requested by Wednesday, December 5 to (513) 287-7021.

The Sharonville Fine Arts Center presents The Madcap Puppets and their rendition of “Rumplestiltskin” on Saturday, December 8 at 2 PM.  Ages 5-12.  Cost is $3 pre-registered and $5 at the door.  Call 513-554-1014 to register.


The Clifton Cultural Arts center presents Bear Boy by Jesse Mooney-Bullock Puppetworks on Sunday, December 9 at 2 PM.  Free for kids, $5 for adults.  For more information visit their website.

The James A. Ramage Civil War Museum will be hosting their 6th Annual Civil War Christmas this year on December the 9th from 12:00 until 5:00.  For details visit the Ft. Wright website.

Come to Pioneer Days at Keehner Park on December 9th 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Located at the 1833 Log Cabin in the Clearing, visit Santa and bring your camera for pictures; children may bring ornaments to hang on the tree.  Pioneer fare includes buffalo, deer chili, molasses cookies and apple cider.

But wait…there’s more!  There are tons of events happening every weekend in December but I couldn’t possibly say it any better than FFC’s Susan J. already did so here is her list from last week:


Visit Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park from 1 to 3 p.m. He’ll be there this Saturday and every following Saturday until Christmas. Free.

Watch the miniature trains go by at Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center now through January 6. These trains have become a beloved Cincinnati holiday tradition… don’t miss out on building new family memories with this wonderful display.

See even more trains and an indoor Journey to the North Pole at Christmas At EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester. Open daily through December 31 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas).

Take in some of the amazing outdoor holiday light displays throughout the tristate. Our own Karen E. shares details about the best light displays.

Hop aboard the LM&M railroad for a festive holiday train ride. Riders on the North Pole Express get to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, be entertained by Santa’s Elves and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a holiday cookie. Tickets range from free for infants to $20.50 for adults.

Do some figure-eights at U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square. Santa Skates are held on Saturdays and Sundays, noon-1 p.m. Cost is $3 to skate, $3 for skate rental.

So much is happening near downtown — see Amy Q’s post about holiday fun in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.

Tour downtown in a carriage ride from Macy’s Celebration Station, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The carriage boards at the corner of Fifth and Race Street. Free.

Tell Santa what you want for Christmas at Macy’s Fountain Place. Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting. Friday and Saturday, 11a.m. to 8 p.m.  Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Free.

Where else can you see Santa in the tristate? Our own Michelle H. has the Santa scoop in this post.

Peek into the decorated, child-sized buildings of  Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village. Plus, get free cocoa, cookies, 5×7 photos with St. Nick and more. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until 8:30 p.m. Free.


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