Downtown Cincinnati Dazzles for the Holidays

Downtown Cincinnati will offer more than 30 free holiday activities this season, including the return of the popular Macy’s Downtown Dazzle on Saturday, November 26, December 3 and 10 along with free visits and photos with Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place beginning November 25.

Each Saturday during Macy’s Downtown Dazzle, Santa, Rudolph and an Elf rappel down the side of the Huntington Center at 6:30 p.m., followed by a spectacular Rozzi’s fireworks display that wraps up this 20-minute family-friendly program.

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle

Fountain Square (Corner of Fifth and Vine Streets in Downtown Cincinnati)
Saturdays, November 26, December 3, 10; 6:30 p.m. (choirs at 5:45 p.m.)
See Santa and his friends rappelling down the side of the Huntington Center to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular fireworks display. This 20-minute family-friendly program features performances from local choirs, cool lighting effects, and a few surprises. Free!

Story time with Mrs. Claus at Macy’s Fountain Place

Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine Street, Downtown Cincinnati
Saturdays, November 26, December 3, 10, 7:15 p.m.
After the fireworks, enjoy balloon-twisters and face painters while you cozy up for story time with Mrs. Claus inside Macy’s Fountain Place. Free!

Weekend Carriage Rides at Macy’s Celebration Station

Boards at corner of Fifth and Race Streets, Downtown Cincinnati
November 25-27; Dec. 3-4; and Dec. 10-11. Noon–5 p.m. (Final boarding at 4:45 p.m.—please arrive early!)
Enjoy free horse-drawn trolley carriage rides through the heart of the city. Free!

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place!

Fridays and Saturdays, November 25—December 17, 12-8 p.m.
Sundays, November 27—December 18; 12-6 p.m.
Monday – Saturday, December 19-24, 12-5 p.m.
Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting. Free!

Rookwood Pottery Commemorative Ornament 2016

Available exclusively at Macy’s Fountain Place beginning Thursday, November 24, this commemorative ornament commissioned by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and designed and created by the Rookwood Pottery Co. depicts the historic Carew Tower. Limited supply.

Stop by Macy’s on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for exclusive Rookwood Tile Signings by artist Gary Simon, making your gift an heirloom to remember.

Downtown Gift Card: The Perfect Holiday Gift

The Downtown Gift Card returns as a great holiday gift that can be used at more than 200 establishments in downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Findlay Market, and The Banks. Gift cards are always available on line at, at the Downtown Cincinnati Inc. office at 35 East Seventh Street, Suite 202, and at Findlay Market and can be purchased in any denomination from $5 to $500.

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