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Holidays Downtown

21c Museum Hotel
609 Walnut Street           (513) 578 – 6600
Museum admission FREE and open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Essentially Sunday: Holiday Scrubs and Salts
Dec. 3
Join us in the spa as we learn about winter skin basics. Three DIY products are included in the price.

Jennifer Purdum: Domestic Mori and Trojan Houses
Through January 2018

Andrew Au’s: Banque d’Epoch Eclipse
Through January 2018

American Legacy Tours             (859) 951 – 8560
Tours depart from various locations

Christmas Saengerfest
Dec. 1 and 2
See award winning choirs from the World Choir Games and visit six great venues in Over-The-Rhine.

Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut St.        
(513) 621 – 2787

Sister Act
Nov. 10-18
Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet, presented by Cincinnati Music Theatre.

Straight No Chaser: The Speakeasy Tour
Nov. 25
The captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense...and with a sense of humor.

Brain Candy Live!
Nov. 30
Adam Savage, one of television's most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube's biggest stars, for an evening of crazy toys, incredible tools, and mind-blowing demonstrations.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dec. 3
The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season, presented by 35 Concerts.

Giada Valenti: Love Under The Christmas Tree
Dec. 10
Following her stunning music special on PBS, the singer takes her audience on a romantic journey with a combination of her own interpretations of pop hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s along with holiday favorites.

98° at Christmas
Dec. 15
The quartet will returns with the group’s signature R&B-tinged, four-part harmonies for beloved standards like ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Let It Snow!," and ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’,

Shopkins Live!
Dec. 16
The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage as the beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Dec. 17
Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series.

The Betts House
416 Clark Street, Over –the-Rhine  (513) 651 – 0734

Broadway in Cincinnati
Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.        (513) 241 – 2345

Finding Neverland
Nov. 7 – 19
Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother.

A Christmas Story: The Musical
Dec. 5 – 10
Don't miss the is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. 

Carol Ann’s Carousel
Smale Riverfront Park, 8 W Mehring Way        (513) 357-2621

Artic Blast
Nov. 24-25
Enjoy winter themed crafts, giveaways, and special token deals.

Dec. 22-24
Santa’s coming to Carol Ann’s Carousel for holiday fun and enjoy holiday and winter crafts all weekend. 

Carew Tower
441 Vine Street, Downtown Cincinnati
(513) 579 – 9735

Storytime with Miss Emily
Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
The Taft Theatre, Fifth and Sycamore Streets              (513) 569 – 8080 ext. 10

Dec. 9 – 10, 15 – 17
In this hilarious holiday panto, you’ll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you’ll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent Christmas Ball.

Christ Church Cathedral
318 East Fourth St.                      (513) 621 – 1817

An Advent Procession with Lessons and Carols
Dec. 3

Collegium Cincinnati presents Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 10

A Ceremony of Carols
Dec. 19

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services
Dec. 24 and 25

An Epiphany Procession
Sunday, January 7

The 75th Annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival                (513) 621 – 2627
Dec. 30 – 31

Cincinnati Art Galleries
225 East Sixth St.           (513) 381 – 2128

Panorama of Cincinnati Art
Dec. 2–Jan. 20, 2018
The nation’s leader in selling paintings by the Cincinnati School of Painters for the past 30 years holds a special exhibition with proceeds benefittnig  the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams             (513) 721 – ARTS (2787)

Albrecht Durer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance
Nov. 17, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Commemorating five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a Wittenberg church door, this exhibition explores the impact of the Italian Renaissance and the Reformation through the prints of Albrecht Dürer and his contemporaries.

A Madcap Christmas Carol
Nov. 18 and 19
If you think you know the story of miserly old Scrooge, think again! Madcap turns this ghost story into a fantastically funny tale, bringing your favorite Dickens characters to life with giant puppets and new twists.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
Through Jan. 7, 2018
Working with materials as diverse as metal umbrella ribs, industrial yarns, woven metal, leather strips, and transparent acrylic, Iris van Herpen is one of the most visionary fashion designers of the twenty-first century.

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance
Through January 28, 2018
Contemporary South African artist William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance makes its North American museum premiere at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Ana England: Kinship
Through March 4, 2018
Ana England is fascinated by the foundational and fundamental connections inherent in nature, and believes that if you look closely, you will find that the connections between us are greater than those separating us.

Cincinnati Ballet
Music Hall, 1243 Elm St.                       (513) 621 – 5282

Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker
Dec. 14 – 24
The nationally celebrated holiday tradition returns to Music Hall after 11 years! Embark on a journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, and follow the Snow Queen and her King to the Land of Sweets, waiting to embrace you with treats and exotic celebrations.

Cincinnati Bell Connector      (513) 621-4455
Dec. 2, 9, and 16.
Ride the streetcar to holiday events and enjoy carolers from the Young Professional Choral Collective.

Cincinnati Bengals 

Paul Brown Stadium        (513) 621 – 8383

Nov. 26 vs. Browns

Dec. 4 vs. Steelers

Dec. 10 vs. Bears

Dec. 24 vs. Lions

The Cincinnati Boychoir
Jarson – Kaplan Theatre, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street    (513) 396 – 7664

Extraordinary Stories: A Christmas Carol
Dec. 2
The two hundred members of the Cincinnati Boychoir’s help put you in the giving spirit with a fun retelling of the Dickens classic, with guest performers Bob Herzog & Kathy Wade.

Cincinnati Cyclones
U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown Cincinnati       (513) 421 – 7825

NYE Fireworks: Cyclones vs. Beast
Dec. 31

Cincinnati Fire Museum
315 West Court St.     (513) 621 – 5553

Cincinnati Metro
go –                        (513) 621 – 4455
Bus service to many arts, parks, museums, and entertainment venues in the area along Route 1.

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave.                       (513) 287 – 7099

Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis
On view through January 5
This holiday season, wonder, joy and merriment will cover 12,000 square feet of CMC’s special exhibition gallery in Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis

Santa’s Arrival and Union Terminal Tree Lighting
Nov. 24
Santa will arrive to Union Terminal on November 24, 2017, ready to read wish lists and light up our Christmas tree!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
719 1195 Elm St.  (513) 381 – 2273

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Nov. 17 – Dec. 9
Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Aunt Polly, Sid, Becky Thatcher—the whole gang is together in Mark Twain’s iconic piece of Americana.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Dec. 21 – 31
What begins as a traditional production of A Christmas Carol soon devolves into a slightly irreverent, but undeniably adoring look at pop culture Christmas faves.

Cincinnati Symphony & Pops Orchestra
Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street  (513) 381 – 3300


An Evening of Jazz with Gregory Porter
Nov. 19
Twice awarded the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Gregory Porter makes his Cincinnati Pops debut for an evening of soulful baritone and poetic delivery. 

Holiday Pops with Denzal Sinclaire
Dec. 8 – 10
Cincinnati’s smash-hit holiday tradition comes home to Music Hall with special guest Denzal Sinclaire, dancers and singers from the Classical Roots Choir and May Festival Chorus.

Special Concert: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Dec. 28 – 30
Momentous scenes from the film play on a giant screen in high-definition while John Williams’ unforgettable score is performed by your Cincinnati Pops. 

New Year’s Eve: A New Stage in History
Dec. 31
Featuring the vintage-style vocals of jazz smash Morgan James, as seen with Postmodern Jukebox.


Paavo Järvi + Grieg's Piano Concerto
Nov. 18 – 19
CSO Music Director Laureate Paavo Järvi returns to conduct Schumann’s expansive Third Symphony.

One City, One Symphony: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
Nov. 24 – 25
In the face of injustice, music can be a tool to reclaim an artist’s voice. Without words, Tchaikovsky’s heartbreaking Pathétique Symphony expresses his inner turmoil

Andrey Boreyko Conducts Pictures at an Exhibition
Dec. 2 – 3
This concert is a brass lover’s dream. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a treasured suite of orchestral scenes, with Norwegian superstar trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. 

Sir Andrew Davis Celebrates CSO’s History
January 6 – 7
The world-renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis leads the CSO in a program that links luminaries from the CSO’s past. 

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown Cincinnati      (513) 765 – 7923

Red to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues
Presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Contemporary Arts Center
44 East Sixth St.        (513) 345 – 8400

Macy's Family Festival: Life Aquatic
Nov. 25
Aquatic life has influenced many artists and two of them are at CAC right now! Visit the UnMuseum for an underwater adventure featuring ocean-themed snacks and an deep sea submarine booth. 

One Night One Craft: Needle Felted Ornaments
Dec. 6
Looking for the perfect handmade gift for the animal lover in your life? Learn how to transform felt into the likeness of your four-legged friend.

Thursday Art Play: Winter Wonderland
Dec. 7
Bring your babies cause it’s cold outside! Join us for some winter themed art making with ice painting, igloo fort building and even an indoor snowball fight. 

Thursday Art Play: Gift Maker Station
Dec. 21
On the lookout for some handmade gifts this holiday season? Bring your little one to Art Play and make some one-of-a kind presents sure to make a loved one smile. 

Thursday Art Play: New Years Party!
Dec. 28  
Happy (almost) New Years! Stop by for a fabulous toddler-friendly New Year's bash! We’ll be decorating party top hats, doing some firework painting, and sipping on celebratory sparkling apple juice. 

Covenant-First Presbyterian Churh
717 Elm Street       (877) 704 – 8190

A Lesson in Carols Mars Hill
Dec. 7

O Holy Night Christmas Concert
Dec. 8

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street       (877) 704 – 8190

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
Nov. 10 – 12       

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
1127 Vine Street, Over-the-Rhine               (513) 421 – 3555

The Dancing Princesses
Nov. 29 – Dec. 30 
A new, family-friendly musical to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season, in a whimsical adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a kingdom where an enchanting mystery is afoot!.

Findlay Market
1801 Race Street, Over-the-Rhine            (513) – 665 – 4839
FREE! Visit Findlay Market all holiday season for exciting activities for the whole family!  Shop local and win prizes.

Customer Appreciation Day
Nov. 24

Holiday Market
Dec. 2 & 3

Fountain Square
Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets               (513) 621 – 4400

The O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink, Presented by Fifth Third Bank
Monday - Thursday        12p to 10p
Friday   12p to 11p
Saturday           9a to 11p
Sunday 9a to 9p

Holiday Hours (Dec 15 - Jan 1):
Monday - Sunday: 9a to 11p

Light Up the Square    
Nov. 24

The Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt 
Nov. 25–27, Dec. 1–3, 8–10

Santa Skates   
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 25- Dec. 24

New Year's Eve        
Dec. 31

Humler & Nolan Auction
225 E. Sixth Stree            (513) 381 – 2041

Holiday Sale 2017
Nov. 5 and 6

Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson Street, Over-the-Rhine                         (513) 300 – 5669

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere
Nov. 25–Dec. 17
 A dark urban fantasy adventure from a modern literary master.

The Naughty List by OTRimprov 
Arnold’s, 210 East Eighth St.
Dec. 12–14, 19–21, and 26–28
Join Know Theatre at Arnold’s Bar & Grill for a holiday show that is a little bit naughty, and a little bit nice, created each evening OTRimprov.

Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams

Cincinnati Choo Choo
Nov. 18–Jan. 7, 2018
Discover the magic of being home for the holidays aboard the Cincinnati Choo Choo at Krohn Conservatory!  The 2017 Holiday Show will bring you back in time to holiday festivities in the city and remind you of the best family traditions. 

JACK Casino Cincinnati
1000 Broadway         (513) 252 – 0777

Dionne Warwick
Nov. 18

Lloyd Library
917 Plum St.    (513) 721-3707

Winter Greens: Seasonal Illustrations
Dec. 1
Celebrate the opening of the Lloyd Library and Museum’s latest exhibition, Winter Greens, featuring historic images of evergreens, the plants that help brighten the short days of winter. 

Wreath Making Workshop with Jeremy Johnson
Dec. 6
Usher in the holiday season by creating a unique wreath led by artist Jeremy Johnson. Registration fee includes materials for your take home wreath. 

Lloyd Library Holiday Open House 
Slip away from the hectic activities of the holidays to experience peace and calm when visiting one of Cincinnati’s premier research libraries, explore its latest exhibition, and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. 

Memorial Hall
1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine      (513) 977.8838

Junie B. Jones, The Musical Presented by Theatreworks USA
Nov. 18
TheatreworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It’s all about me, Junie B. Jones! 

An Acoustic Christmas With Over The Rhine
Dec. 8-10
Performing as a trio, the band returns for their annual Christmas show, "leaning into three-part harmonies and making an intimate but hopefully holy ruckus."

VAE: Candlelit Christmas
Dec. 16 and 17
Warm up your winter with the lush tones of the VAE. Director Emeritus Earl Rivers returns to lead VAE and guests Canterbury Brass in a concert of cherished holiday selections by candlelight.

Millennium Hotel
150 W. Fifth St.     (513) 352-2100

Breakfast with Santa
December 9 and 16 

Music Hall
1241 Elm St.     (513) 621–2787

Happy Holidays with The Mighty Wurlitzer
Dec. 7
There’s nothing quite like the unique sound of the Albee Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer, Featuring award-winning organist Walt Strony, vocalist Nancy James and the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way       (513) 333 – 7739

The Kinsey African American Art & History
Collection Exhibition

Through February 2018
The collection features work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Mayhew alongside archival material related to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston and Malcolm X.

The Rosa Parks Experience
Now on view
This immersive new virtual reality experience, designed by Möbius Virtual Foundry, was created to teach a new generation about the Civil Rights Movement from the first person perspective.

Over -the-Rhine Merchants

Vine and Main Streets, Over – the – Rhine
Check website for events, dates and times.

Black Friday Shopping Event
Participating Merchants in Over-the-Rhine
Nov. 24

OTR aGlow
Nov. 24–Dec. 31

OTR Chamber Holiday Final Friday
Nov. 24

AmEx Small Business Saturday 
Nov. 25

OTR Holiday Home Tour
Dec. 1 and 2

Second Sunday on Main: Winterfest Edition
Dec. 10

OTR Rail Dog Parade
Dec. 10

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County        (513) 369-6900
Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Downtown Cincinnati

Cincinnati Northern Hills Railroad Club Model Trains
Dec. 1-3
The Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club will host its annual holiday train display, sponsored by Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.  

Living on the Air in Cincinnati: Cincinnati’s  Broadcasting History
Through Jan. 2018
The Library is partnering with Media Heritage on an exhibit celebrating Cincinnati’s radio and television history, and features photographs and original artifacts from local shows and stations.  

Work-Shop-Save Night
Dec. 5
Downtown workers, shoppers and savers can relax, savor, and enjoy special holiday savings at this annual Library Friend’s Shop experience. 

Twelve Days of Christmas
Dec. 12–23
Visit the Friends' Shop Facebook page for details!

Red Roost Tavern        (513) 354 – 4025                 
Hyatt Cincinnati, 151 West Fifth St, Downtown Cincinnati

Christmas Brunch
Dec. 25

Redsfest            (513)765 – 7000
Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Downtown Cincinnati

Dec. 1 and 2

The Restaurants at Palm Court    (513) 421 – 9100
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street, Downtown Cincinnati

Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Nov. 24

Dickens Brunch
Sunday, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and  23

Christmas Day Brunch
Dec. 25

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral       (513) 421 – 5354
325 West Eighth St.

Advent Lessons and Carols
Dec. 3

Christmas Masses including Midnight Mass
Dec. 24 and 25

Downtown and Over – the – Rhine
Dec. 9, 2017

School for Creative & Performing Arts                                             (513) 363 – 8100
108 West Central Parkway

The Nutcracker
Nov. 30 – Dec. 3

Taft Museum of Art               (513) 241 – 0343
316 Pike Street, Downtown Cincinnati

Antique Christmas
Through January 7

Fill yourself with holiday cheer by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys.

Antique Christmas Tour with the Collectors
Nov. 18 and 29, Dec. 14

Holiday Season Kickoff
Nov. 26
Enjoy free activities for the whole family!                       

Taft Jr.: Holiday Fun
Dec. 7
Enjoy a holiday story, make an ornament, and explore the toys and decorations of the Taft’s Antique Christmas display.

Afternoon Tea
Dec. 8, 16, 22 and 28
Celebrate the holidays with an elegant, festive  afternoon tea! Sip your favorite tea and enjoy seasonal savories and sweets.

Taft Theatre     (513) 721 – 8883
317 East Fifth Street

The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
Nov. 14

Jen Kirkman
Nov. 16

Wild Kratts Live!
Nov. 17

Nick Offerman
Nov. 18

Kamasi Washington
Nov. 28

Gary Owen
Dec. 2

Christmas With Jennifer Nettles
Dec. 19

96 Rocks Mistletoe Rock Show
Dec. 20

Thanksgiving Day Race, 108th Annual
Paul Brown Stadium, Downtown Cincinnati
Nov. 23, 2017, 9 a.m.

U.S. Bank Arena            (513) 421 – 4111
U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Downtown Cincinnati

Jim Gaffigan
Nov. 30

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Dec. 21

The Harlem Globetrotters
Dec. 29

Washington Park       (513) 621 – 4400
1230 Elm Street, Over – the – Rhine

Santa’s Workshop
Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16
Every Saturday in December, Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations.

Team USA Winterfest
Dec. 2
Enjoy Team USA athlete meet and greets, interactive experiences, and more on the road to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018.

City Flea Holiday Market
Dec. 16

(513) 621-ARTS [2787]
    Nov 10 - 18 , 2017
    Aronoff Center
    Jarson-Kaplan Theater
    Buy Tickets
    $ 26.00 
    $ 23.00
    Cincinnati Music Theatre



Subscription packages available beginning Monday, August 7. Click here to purchase.

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet!

(513) 621-ARTS [2787]
    Nov 10 - 18 , 2017
    Aronoff Center
    Jarson-Kaplan Theater
    Buy Tickets
    $ 26.00 
    $ 23.00
    Cincinnati Music Theatre



Subscription packages available beginning Monday, August 7. Click here to purchase.

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet

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