Cincinnati holiday traditions are in full force! Take a break from the usual trains and lights for a few fun experiences happening this weekend only!
Visit local businesses filled with activities and refreshments. Stroll amongst the luminary-lined Main Street in Willamsburg, taking in the sights and sounds of the holidays with family and friends! Visit Santa at the North Pole and enjoy the many train displays throughout town!
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.
Families and adults can follow a beautiful, luminaria-lit trail on a leisurely self-guided hike through the forest of California Woods. Decorate your own home-baked holiday cookies, make crafts, listen to storytelling at the cabin or sit by a crackling fire enjoying lively acoustic music by Ceol Mohr.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles with a brilliant and whimsical family holiday spectacular at the Aronoff. This annual tradition wraps a Broadway-style production around an infusion of contemporary circus arts. As lights dim and the music swells, audiences will have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads as a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life.
This sensory friendly event at the Heritage Village Museum allows families/groups of up to eight people to have a private half hour session in the Christmas Cottage. Visitors will spend time with Father Christmas and enjoy a craft and a cookie. Bring your camera for photo ops. Running every half an hour from 10a-3p. *Cover photo by Heritage Village Museum A Quiet Christmas.
Let’s boogie! The Cincinnati Art Museum is celebrating the Beyond Bollywood Exhibition with a day filled with twisting and twirling for the whole family. Pick up an agenda and a family scavenger hunt at the front desk, then enjoy hands-on preschool activities starting at 11 am in the Great Hall, and docent-led activities throughout the museum starting at noon. Don’t miss a family-friendly dance performance featuring dance students from the Cultural Centre of India, the Nrityarpana School of Indian Classical Dance, and students of Kanupriya Sharma beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall! Plus hands-on art-making in the Rosenthal Education Center and the My CAM custom scavenger hunts are available all day.
Hidden Valley Orchard Ho-Ho-Hayride features a unique Santa experience including a tractor drawn hayride to the HVO Creekside Christmas Cabin, Bonfire, Hot Cocoa and sounds of the season. HVO Crate Room and the COOP Cocoa Barn will be open! HVO will be serving hot lunch if you would love to partake! The Center Barn will be bustling with holiday cheer & seasonal goodies as well as a holiday coloring station open for the kiddos! Have the kids bring their letters for Santa, he will be collecting them at the Christmas Cabin. Enjoy toasting marshmallows on the patio when you return from your visit with Santa!