Top 5 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: December 3-5


1. East Row Victorian Christmas Tour

Kentucky’s second largest historic district is just across the river in Newport, and you’ll see a wide variety of distinct architectural styles – including Queen Anne, Italianate, and American Four Square – on this walking tour self-guided through the tree-lined streets of the East Row neighborhood. The tour includes six seasonally decorated private residences open to the public, plus dozens more house exteriors illuminated by holiday exhibits, as well as beautifully illuminated stained glass windows. Light fixtures will line sidewalks throughout the neighborhood, and visitors can enjoy a Saturday block party along Seventh Street with food trucks and live music.

Tickets for the visit are $ 10, free for children under 12. You can collect your tickets on the day of the event at Roebling Books (601 Overton St.) or order them in advance through the website. The East Row Victorian Christmas Tour runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

'Light in the Forest' Cincinnati Nature Center sparkles with soft lights reflecting a theme of tranquility, peace and inspiration.  Throughout the tour you will enjoy music, bonfires, vacation shopping, and the historic Kippendorf Lodge and Abner Hollow Hut.

2. Light in the forest

Families and friends can create a new winter tradition as they explore the enchanting spectacle of lights and illuminated trees in the beautifully lit Rowe Woods Forest at the Cincinnati Nature Center (4949 Tealtown Road, Milford). This is not your typical holiday light show. Light in the Forest produces original works of art in motion using the natural environment as a canvas. You’ll enjoy the facilities of Brave Berlin – the creative team behind Luminosity and Blink – as well as warm bonfires, live music, a historic home with nature-inspired decorations, and holiday shopping. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the Winter Wonders Holiday Art Show, which features over 100 works by Charley Harper and artists who pay homage to his iconic style.

Light in the Forest is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday To Sunday until January 2, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Due to space restrictions, tickets are sold by timed entry in half-hour blocks. Scan the QR code on the spot to access the route map, which is a one-way circular trail approximately one mile long. Tickets cost $ 12, kids $ 7.

The horse-drawn carriage parade and the Lebanon Christmas festival feature more than 100 horse-drawn carriages.

3. Parade and festival of horse-drawn carriages in Lebanon

The pandemic halted the horse-drawn carriage parade and festival in 2020, but the clack of the horses will resonate again throughout downtown Lebanon when this time-honored family tradition returns for its 32nd year. Saturday. The holiday festivities run from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, starting with performances and a visit from Santa, followed by a daytime parade at 1:00 pm and the traditional candlelight parade starting at 7:00 pm. parade route includes Broadway, Main, Cherry and Warren streets and Oakwood Ave. and includes food and craft vendors located along Mulberry Street.

Kids can have their picture taken with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in Bicentennial Park (corner of Mulberry and Cherry) from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m., and there are lots of lovely shops to browse. The official 2021 Car Parade keepsake ornament can be purchased at BrickHouse on Broadway (15 N. Broadway).

John Morris Russell, conductor.

4. Holiday Pops

Cincinnati’s beloved Holiday Concert returns to in-person performances at the majestic Music Hall this year with music, warmth, laughter and seasonal inspiration for the whole family. John Morris Russell leads the Cincinnati Pops, the Holiday Pops Chorale – which includes members of the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir, the May Festival Chorus and the May Festival Youth Chorus – and singers Aubrey Logan and Michael Preacely through a packed holiday schedule. traditional and classical music. and popular music is sure to get you into the holiday spirit, while students at Cincinnati Studio for Dance add an exciting visual dimension.

For those unable to attend in person, the concert will also be streamed live on the CSO website, Pops YouTube channel and Pops Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. on December 11. Tickets for Holiday Pops start at $ 25. The shows take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday this weekend and next weekend. The Music Hall is located at 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

Pincinnati will take place December 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate.

5. Pincinnati: Big Cincinnati Pinball Show

Leave your quarters at home, as you can play over 150 pinball machines as many times as you want in Pincinnati, a Pinball Expo and Tournament heading to Holiday Inn Eastgate this weekend. You will find old machines from the 30s, classics from the 60s and 70s, and many current gems awaiting your skill test. Greater Cincinnati pinball fans will have the chance to compete with other players in daily tournaments for cash prizes, and there are also opportunities to try out super rare tables, several custom machines, and even a prototype. or two. Wondering if your favorite will be there? A list is available on the website.

Admission is $ 25 per day or $ 60 for the whole weekend. Children 12 and under enter free with a paying adult. Pincinnati operates from 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 am-midnight Saturday and 10 am-4pm Sunday at Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township.

Honorable mention: Queen City Visual Narrative: An Exploration of Cincinnati’s Iconography

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Cincinnati”? Eighteen local and regional artists will tell you that we are more than just sports and chili teams. The spirit of the city lies in its people, in the hidden gems scattered throughout the city and in its rich history. This new exhibit highlights both the city’s highly recognizable landmarks and lesser-known iconography, which combine to paint a picture of what makes Cincinnati the “Queen City”.

Opening of the exhibition from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to 1628 Ltd. (11 Garfield Place, downtown). Reception is free, but reservation is required as there is a maximum of 40 people allowed per viewing session (noon, 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.). Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. The exhibition is visible until February 25.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions celebrates the spirit of the season with a production of Elf The Musical at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.  26.

Honorable mention: “Elf The Musical”

Based on the beloved holiday movie, this hilarious fish out of the water comedy follows Buddy, a potential elf who doesn’t know he’s in fact a human until his enormous size and weak abilities. toy making forces him to face the truth. Courtesy of Santa Claus, Buddy embarks on a journey to find his true identity.

Two regional theater companies bring this magical Christmas play to life for the holidays. You can attend “Elf The Musical” at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts (4990 Glenway Ave., West Price Hill) until December 26 (no Christmas Eve or Christmas Day performance). Tickets cost $ 31, $ 28 for seniors, students, and kids. For tickets, call 513-241-6550 or visit

For Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, “Elf The Musical Jr” from the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati. takes to the Taft Theater stage until December 12, with shows this weekend at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Masks are mandatory for all ticket holders aged 2 and over, regardless of their vaccination status. Taft Theater is located at 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. Tickets are $ 10 to $ 40.


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