Cincinnati Holiday Activities 2015



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December 31st and January 1st 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

RICKmas is a fun holiday attraction that provides a place for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate one of the world's favorite toys and see some awesome LEGO displays.

BRICKmas features more than 13 large-scale LEGO displays and is the largest display of its kind in the surrounding states. Two of the more notable displays include a 30 ft. model of the iconic Roebling Bridge and the popular Music Hall display, which will also boast a replica of Washington Park.

The attraction also features an interactive area where children can build their own “brick” masterpieces; color and decorate


December 4-6; December 12-13

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with our live rendition of your favorite holiday special!  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down - Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.


November 14- January 2016

Create a holiday tradition for your family! See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World's Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a "Journey to the North Pole", where you can can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself. See our "Main Street Holiday Trains" displays which offers some beautiful winter train displays that are FREE to the public. Extended Hours! From December 12th through December 23rd and December 26th through December 30th we will remain open until 9pm. The Junction is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day and closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Santa goes on vacation after Christmas.


November 21-January 2

The Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo has become the region's largest and most anticipated holiday event with 2.5 million lights sparkling well past Christmas. The special holiday entertainment, carolers, children's activities, Gingerbread Village, reindeer, train rides, the NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake.


October 30-Febuary 15

The Fountain Square ice rink is located in the center of the redesigned Square, in view of the fountain. At 7,000 square feet, it is about the size of the rink at New York's Rockefeller Center. Amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches, and a heated tent with vending machines for snacks and drinks. Hot drinks and sweets are available at Graeter's on the Square and at Ingredients across the street.


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

Fridays and Saturdays, November 27—December 19, 12-8 p.m.
Sundays, November 29—December 20; 12-6 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, December 21-24, 12-5 p.m.

FREE! Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting.Courtesy of Macy’s.

Visit with an African American Santa from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17!

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

Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine Street, Third Floor

Saturdays, November 2 8, December 5 and 12

Immediately following Macy’s Downtown Dazzle fireworks

FREE! Courtesy of Macy’s.

Weekend Carriage Rides at Macy’s Celebration Station

Boards at corner of Fifth and Race Streets

November 2 7-29, December 5-6, 12-13, noon–5 p.m.

(Final boarding at 4:45 p.m.–please arrive early!)

FREE! Enjoy free horse-drawn trolley carriage rides through the heart of the city. Courtesy of Macy’s.


November 6-January 3

The Cincinnati Museum Center hosts an annual celebration of model trains each holiday season. Enjoy the four-level, multi-train layout with vintage trains traveling through one-of-a-kind towns, through hills and mountains, and across bridges. A four-level layout of simultaneously running trains, two dioramas recreating pages from the Lionel train "wish books," and a display of some of the oldest model trains ever produced inspire visitors of every age. Children will enjoy special activities designed just for them, including a journey by train through a winter wonderland and crafts in the Kids' Corner.



November 20-January 2

Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorns the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There's no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98


November 14-January 3

The 2015 Holiday Show at Krohn is blossoming with the sweet twist of peppermint this season!  Hop on the Poinsettia Express and explore a landscape of swirling trees and striped blooms of deep reds and rich chartreuse.  Candy cane striped amaryllis, crimson poinsettias dappled in white, spiral junipers, and speckled caladiums create a charming floral setting for this year’s interactive train display and botanical architecture.  Trains carrying peppermint candies interweave with fascinating “gingerbread” houses made of all natural materials.  Refresh your holiday spirit with your family and friends this year at Krohn Conservatory!

Visitors will also experience local musicians, the Schmalz Family holiday display, extended “candlelight” hours and great photo opportunities.


November 27th, 6pm-9pm

This annual lighting of the holiday tree, sparkling with more than 20,000 lights and an illuminated, five-foot-tall red star, on Fountain Square officially welcomes the holiday season. Festivities will begin at 6:00pm with live music, food, and music by local bands. Followed by the official tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show!

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Saturday, December 5th, 10am-12pm

Create your own flapjack masterpiece at our pancake buffet, enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities and take photos with the jolly man in the red suit, Santa Claus. Treat your guests to a first class experience with one private hour in Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and the Art of the Brick.



Dec 9th, 6:30PM

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.  It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.



Friday, November 27th, 2015

The holidays just aren’t the holidays until Santa Claus arrives! Join us the day after Thanksgiving as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter at the base of Union Terminal's fountain, turn on the Christmas tree in our Grand Rotunda and usher in the holiday season here at Cincinnati Museum Center. It's a family tradition that you won't want to miss!



November 28th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Who needs long lines, pricey photo sets, grumpy kids? This year, ditch your annual trip to the mall and venture down to Washington Park. Why? To see Santa Claus of course!

That’s right — every Saturday in December, Santa and is merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm, Santa. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!

2015 Activity Schedule:

November 28th: Rudolph & Friends

Activity: Create your own “Reindeer Games” board game with Happen, Inc. or explore Mr. Cowpie’s winter animal education farm.

December 5th: Carol Karaoke

Activity: Build your own “Holiday Ornament” board game with Happen, Inc. or sing carols with Melodic Connections.

December 12th: Frozen Fun

Activity: Make your own wrapping paper with Happen, Inc. or take photos with your favorite characters from Frozen.

December 19th: Let It Snow

Activity: Design your own holiday stocking with Happen, Inc. or enjoy story time with the Cincinnati Public Library


Opening November 20th!

Snow Tubing is a fun and exciting wintertime activity that brings people together and creates amazing memories. It is just like sledding – only it’s faster and more accessible. Beach Mountain has OVER 100,000 Christmas lights on our property!


November 27-December 31

Located on five beautiful acres, The Christmas Ranch offers visitors more than 1 million dancing lights which are synchronized to music using state-of-the-art technology! This true winter wonderland has been featured nationally on HGTV and ABC's Good Morning America!

WaterWonderland_ScubaSanta015.ashxWATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA 

November 27-December 31

Discover the magic of the all-NEW Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa® as Newport Aquarium presents a holiday celebration under the sea. It’s an experience that's overflowing with enchantment and fun new experiences the whole family will love.

Join the fun as Scuba Santa fills his air tank with magic bubbles - and sends them throughout the Aquarium creating an enchanted Water Wonderland. Be amazed as you're surrounded by lights and bubbles dancing to holiday music in Shark Ray Bay Theater, where you'll also have the opportunity to meet Scuba Santa one-on-one.

The undersea celebration continues with holiday music and more magical bubbles as you journey through the Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, where the ceiling is filled with hundreds of twinkling sea creature lights. The white gators in Gator Alley are having fun with a truckload of seasonal cheer and special decorations. Now even Mighty Mike loves the holidays. It’s squiggly wiggly jiggly fun in the Jellyfish Gallery as the jellyfish dance and float in rhythm to their very own holiday soundtrack creating a living light show.

The all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa is a truly wondrous experience where families connect and interact with the magic of an undersea holiday celebration.

whitewater-polar-expressWHITEWATER VALLEY RAILROAD

All Abroad The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride

November 20 - December 20

The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole. The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) comes to life when the train departs Connersville's Grand Central Station for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special stop at the "North Pole" to allow Santa Claus to board the POLAR EXPRESS. Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie while listening and reading along with the magical story.

Experience the joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at the "North Pole," where Santa Claus and his helpers will be waiting. Santa will board the POLAR EXPRESS(TM) where he will greet each child and hand them the special first gift of Christmas during the return to the station. You will surely want to make this an annual holiday tradition.


Santa Claus Limited

Saturday November 28, 2015

Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville to pick up Santa Claus along the way. Once on board Santa will come and visit with each child on the train. Train departs at 9:30am, 11:45am and 2pm. Purchase Santa Claus Limited Tickets ONLINE or call 765-825-2054 To Order By Phone.

(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)

Holiday bonus and gift ideas for your nanny!

What should I give my nanny for a holiday bonus- This time of year we get a lot of inquiries from our wonderful families on what an appropriate holiday gift would be for their nanny.

Your holiday gift can depend on several factors:

  • How long has your nanny been with your family?
  • Is she your full-time nanny or just an occasional fill in or babysitter?
  • Are you happy with the job your nanny is doing and do you want to keep her with your family for the long-term?

The typical rule of thumb for a regular nanny that works full or part-time hours is one to two weeks of pay. Families will also often give extra paid days off around the holidays as an added bonus. If you just have an occasional sitter or fill in nanny, a gift card for a massage, restaurant you know she likes or a handbag you know she has been eyeing are all appreciated gifts!

I also always suggest giving the nanny a handmade gift from your children. Nannies become nannies because they love children so they always appreciate a handmade picture frame with a picture of your child, a Christmas ornament made by your child or any other cute holiday craft you come up with!

At the end of the day, a holiday gift is a generous bonus and an opportunity for you to show your nanny how much you value their contribution to your family. Any gift that you feel is appropriate will be appreciated and accepted happily by your nanny.