Top Weekend Holiday Events in Cincinnati

It’s a big weekend in Cincinnati as many events kick off for the holiday season! Check out our top picks for November 18-20, 2022:

Coca-Cola Caravan
Friday | 6p-9p | Summit Park

Santa is coming to the Warm 98.5 Ice Rink at Summit Park! The Coca-Cola Caravan will be making a stop at Summit Park on Friday, November 18th from 6-9pm. Free photos with Santa, Santa’s reindeer encounters, share the Warmth Coat Drive for St. Vincent De Paul and sample Frisch’s famous pumpkin pie. The caravan will be making other stops around the city this weekend.

Journey Borealis
Fri-Sun | 6-10p | Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Journey Borealis returns to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum for its 23rd consecutive year.  Previously known as Holiday Lights on the Hill, you can experience Journey Borealis from the comfort of your own car as you make your way through scenic holiday displays, over one million lights, and  featured independent artist installations.

Holiday Whopla
Fri-Sun | All Day | Middletown

Located in historic and charming downtown Middletown, the third annual Middletown Holiday Whopla features a state of the art ice skating rink, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and Holiday Whoville train rides. It is surrounded by larger than life interactive light displays, nestled amongst specialty shops, bars, restaurants, and so much more. Continue a family tradition or start a new one this holiday season!

Festival of Lights
Fri-Sun | 10a-10p | Cincinnati Zoo

In addition to admiring the beauty of 4 million LED lights, visitors can find the 5 Fiona fairies in Fairyland, take in a blacklight puppet show,  marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands!

The North Pole Express
Fri-Sun | time varies | Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

The North Pole Express, operated by the LM&M Railroad, is a magical event where everyone can experience the wonder of the holiday season as they journey down the train tracks of Warren County, Ohio. Passengers spend time with Santa and his elves on the 1 Hour & 15 minute festive train ride!

Walk in the Woods Art Show
Sat-Sun | 10a-5p | Cincinnati Nature Center

Cincinnati Nature Center is excited to host the annual Walk in the Woods exhibition in Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. This holiday exhibition features local artists inspired by the beauty of a walk in the woods expressing themselves through a variety of media: photography, mixed media, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and fiber.

Holiday Bazaar
Sat-Sun | 10a-5p | Queen City Clay

Join QCC for the annual Holiday Bazaar in Norwood for local handmade pottery, art and more. Find holiday gifts, unique pottery and meet local artists in the expansive clay studio. Follow along on social media for special giveaways including tiny clay pots hidden around the city of Cincinnati.

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