The holidays are almost here and Family Friendly Cincinnati has a great list of things for you and your family to do to ring in the holiday season! There’s quite a list here, so get out a pen and make a list of all the fun things you want to do this weekend!
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**Keep in mind, if the weather is snowy you should check to make sure any event you are attending is still going on by contacting the organizations hosting the events.
Friday , December 6th at 6pm SAINT NICHOLAS ARRIVES at the Goose Girl Fountain in MainStrasse Village, with gifts for the children. Hot Chocolate & Cookies will be served. Then stroll the Main Strasse Village visiting the fabulous shops and restaurants. Come back to the Goose Girl Fountain from 7-11pm for Christmas Karaoke!
Friday, December 6th at 6pm TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE in MAYSVILLE :: Marching bands, floats, and of course Santa Claus himself! See the City of Maysville website for all the details.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS Friday, December 6, 2013 • 8:00 PM Cincinnati Arts Association Aronoff Center • Procter & Gamble Hall $22.00 – $37.00 Internationally renowned a capella ensemble SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK presents a one-of-a-kind seasonal concert, celebrating music from many faiths and religions of the globe through stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African, and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. The repertoire includes traditional holiday standards such as “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and more, all blended with new holiday favorites. $5-OFF DISCOUNT TICKETS: CincinnatiArts.org/promotions (use promo code ROCK)
A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas story time December 6, 4-5 pm blue manatee bookstore Free To celebrate Christmas and the greatest gift of all – adoption, blue manatee welcomes Cincinnati author and illustrator duo, Nadine Huffman and Marilyn Lebhar, for a reading of their book, A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas. Based on a true story, a child awaits his new sibling while experiencing many of our city’s holiday traditions. 100% of the book’s proceeds go to area adoption organizations.
Open House – Ornaments December 7, 10am – 1pm Brazee Street School of Glass $15 Celebrate the holidays by making ornaments with your family! Bring your parents, grandparents, siblings, and children to this introductory class and create fused glass ornaments for each other or someone you love. Open to all ages (we suggest 4+), kids young and old! Ornaments fired and ready in time for the holidays. No experience necessary.
Grinch-mas! December 7, 2-3pm blue manatee bookstore Free Meet the Grinch and grow your heart three sizes this holiday season! Join us as we celebrate the true meaning of the holidays with a Seuss classic about the power of good cheer and a big heart. Hear “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss, and take a picture with the star of the book! Children are encouraged to come in costume.
Independence Christmas Walk ~ The First Saturday in December brings this sweet holiday tradition in Independence. Check out the City of Independence website for more details.
Breakfast with Santa December 7, 2013; 10 am – 1 pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-to-benefit-the-boys-and-girls-club-of-clermont-county-tickets-9403713761 RSVP Event Center, 453 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, Ohio 45140 $15 Adults; $7 Kids Please join us for this fun event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County! We will have games, crafts, music, food, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and entertainment! Please pre-order your tickets via eventbrite.
Sunday, December 8th at 1:30pm HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA at the ERLANGER LIBRARY ~ Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa from 1:30-2:30. Crafts while supplies last. Follow the KCPL on Facebook to keep up with all the great things they do. And check out the KCPL Events Calendar for more Holiday Fun!
SOG Teens: Into to Glass Bead Making December 8 12-4pm and Dec. 12 5:30-6:30pm Brazee Street School of Glass $90 Calling all young bead makers! Your budding glass artist will learn the basics of glass bead making, participating in an art form with nearly 30,000 years of history. In this weekend workshop, students will learn how to create round beads, square beads, and dot beads as they build comfort and control on the torch. Ages 11 and up, no experience necessary. Bead making on Sunday, Bead pick up & cleaning on Thursday.
PEOPLE AND PET PHOTOS :: by Rescue Angels in the Main Strasse Village on Sunday, December 8th from 2-5pm.
All Weekend Long ::
Holiday Toy Trains at the BehringerCrawford Museum in Devou Park. With 250 feet of train track, over thirty push buttons, countless miniature buildings, several zooming trains, and a layer of fluffy fake white snow, the Behringer Crawford Holiday Toy Train provides families with a great day of fun. The Behringer Crawford Museum is located in Devou Park at 1600 Montague Road. 859-491-4003. For the 2013 Holiday Season the Toy Trains will be on display until January 19, 2014. For more information see our post about the Behringer Crawford Toy Train Display.
Santa’s Workshop 6940 Madisonville Road, across from the Mariemont Inn in the Village of Mariemont The historic Shillito’s Elves have moved to Mariemont and are opening the workshop for public tours. Bring your letters to mail to Santa and see us fast at work! Pictures with Santa are available on Saturdays and Sundays. Dates and times to visit Santa and his elves are: November 29 – December 29. Wed – Fri 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sat – Sun 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Admission $4, children under 3 are free A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House Visit us at: http://www.thesantaworkshop.
Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th ~ CHRISTMAS TREE SALE in the MainStrasse Village, come get your fresh cut trees and wreaths at a reasonable cost on the 6th Street Promenade. On Saturday (12/7) you can enjoy live music with local favorites The Turkeys by the Goose Girl Fountain from 2-6pm.
PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo ~ Bundle up and head to the zoo to visit the animals, see countless lights twinkling in the night, drink hot chocolate and maybe even sing some carols! Visit the Cincinnati Zoo website for all the details.
RedsFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center on December 6 & 7 ~ Fun activities for all ages with our favorite Cincinnati Reds!
Friday December 6th – Sunday, December 8th BURLINGTON CHRISTMAS :: See Historic Burlington’s website for more details about this event, and other holiday events they have going on all weekend long, like music, a pet parade, a train show, cookie decorating and more! There will even be special holiday hours at shops & restaurants in Burlington. Sounds like a fun weekend!