5 Things to do in Cincinnati the Week Before Christmas

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the Queen City,
The elves and Cincinnati Parents were all very busy!

It’s Christmas crunch time, Cincinnati Parents! With the big day just one week away, there’s an abundance of festive, family friendly fun to be had. Today, we’re recapping all of our holiday features for your reference. Think of this as your Holiday Bucket List — 5 things to do in Cincinnati the week before Christmas:


Get your shopping done

Do you have your Christmas tree yet? Gifts for the kids from these fab local businesses? Gift cards to these Yelp-approved craft hubs? Holiday outfits for the kids? Baking supplies for those Christmas cookies? Click on the links and finish up your shopping!

See the lights

Whether you bundle up and enjoy a time-honored Cincinnati tradition, or crank the tunes as you drive through through Sharon Woods, holiday lights are a festive and sentimental part of the holidays.

Enjoy the arts

There are so many world-class shows in Cincinnati this holiday season. This weekend, catch the final performances of Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Elf Jr. Older teens and parents will love the Shakespeare Company’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!), your littles will love the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Lollipops concerts, while audiences of all ages will enjoy Playhouse in the Park’s A Christmas Carol.

Visit Santa

He’s riding the North Pole Express at LM&M Railroad. Swimming with the fish at Newport Aquarium. Greeting guests at the Zoo. Make sure your kids get some QT with Santa at one of the many local venues he’s visiting in Cincinnati this season.

Make a new family tradition

Ice skating at Fountain Square. Antique Christmas at the Taft. The Shillito’s Elves. A Whimsical Wonderland at Krohn Conservatory. There are so many holiday experiences you can only find in Cincinnati. For more ideas, be sure to peruse 10 Under the Radar Holiday Events in Cincinnati and 10 Can’t-Miss Holiday Events in Cincinnati.

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Savor the season over the next week at these fantastic, family fun events in Cincinnati. For a full list of happenings around town, be sure to check our Online Calendar.

Featured image roll call (clockwise from top left): Antique Christmas at the Taft, The North Pole Express at LM&M Railroad, A Whimsical Wonderland at Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Santa’s Workshop with The Shillito’s Elves, Santaland at Sharon Woods.

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