Greater Cincinnati Family Fun this Weekend (Dec 14-16)

There are just way too many fun things going on around Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky this holiday season!  Check out this list, and then sit down with the family and make a game plan…see how many fun holiday adventures you can squeeze into one weekend!


Snow Globe Craft at the Carrico/Ft. Thomas branch of the Campbell County Library Saturday December 15 at 10 for ages 11-18.  No registration required.  Make a globe to keep for yourself or to give as a gift.

Holiday Open House at Cupcake Crazy in Kenwood on Saturday from 9a-4p at 7458 Montgomery Road (near Kenwood Mall) .  Bring the whole family!  Sample cupcakes, deck the halls and the munchkins can decorate their own cupcake!  See their Facebook page for all the details!

Super Saturday!  Make a Gingerbread House at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Library on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2pm.  Make a Gingerbread House you can eat!  All ages welcome, registration required (go to the Campbell Co. Library website to register or for more info.).  Snacks provided.

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

Saturday, December 15 4-8pm AERIAL ELVES ACROBAT SHOW at NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE with the Cincinnati Circus. Acrobats will be performing indoors from silks suspended from the roof of the Levee.


Saturday, December 15th 5th ANNUAL WHITE CHRISTMAS PARADE in AUGUSTA. There will be a reindeer costume contest for children under age 10 at 4pm at the Firehouse in Augusta, and a parade at 6pm on Main Street. Then it’s back to the firehouse to visit with Santa! See the Augusta website for all the details on this fun-filled evening!

 Nutcracker Luncheon :: Sat. December 15 11am – 1pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center.  See the Cincinnati Ballet Website for all the details and to order tickets, and to see all the details about Nutcracker performances at the Aronoff Center.

Christmas in Loveland :: Sat. Dec. 15 – 4 – 9 p.m.  Come out for horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa, caroling, a visit with St. Nick and more!  Read all about it on this site.  They claim there will even be chestnuts roasting on an open fire!  Sounds fun!

Get more ideas for Holiday Fun Up North from our own Kristin G.

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.

Watch Santa rappel down the side of the 525 Vine Building, a downtown office tower, to the Macy’s rooftop at Fountain Square to kick off a spectacular holiday fireworks display during Macy’s Downtown Dazzle. The excitement begins at 5:45 p.m. Free.


Pictures with Santa at the Frank Duvaneck Arts & Cultural Center (1232 Greenup Street, Covington KY)  on Sunday, December 16 1-4pm.  Crafts, Snacks & FREE Pictures with Santa!  Sponsored by the Covington-Kenton County Jaycees.

The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up! Sunday, December 16th (1 & 4 pm) presented by the Mason Dance Center at Mason High School.   All proceeds go towards the Mason High School After Prom.  Get the scoop on their website.

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



Friday, Dec. 14 (5-8p) and Saturday, Dec. 15 (12-5p) 7th Street Makers Market
presented by Make Covington Pop.  at the Artisan’s Enterprise Center (AEC) 27 W. 7th Steet Covington, KY  Don’t miss this family-friendly event where you can meet local artists, bakers & makers.  And BONUS…there will be Food Trucks there on Friday!  Free parking.  Complimentary gift wrapping station sponsored by:  Awesome Collective of Covington & Keep Covington Beautiful

Lego Holiday Display :: at  the Cold Spring Library Saturday, December 15 1-5 p.m. and Sunday, December 16, 1-5 p.m. Come see awesome Lego displays made by sister & brother Bettina Adams and Kenneth Smith.  You’ll see such wonders as a Medieval Village, a giant Ferris Wheel and much more!  Perfect for all ages!

Christmas Saengerfestival in Historic Over the Rhine (Friday & Saturday) will feature over 20 of the region’s best choirs singing in 6 beautiful venues in Over the Rhine, including several churches.

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 the Behringer Crawford MuseumHoliday 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.




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