This Weekend: December 6–9

From excellent shopping small opportunities for the holidays** and charitable events, to holiday celebrations and dog friendly fun, check out what is going on around Cincinnati This Weekend. Be sure it includes shopping local for the holiday season, including Ohio Explored’s Ohio Maker Mart Weekend at Urban Artifact featuring over 100 regional vendors!

  • For a full rundown of “Santa Paws” events, click here
  • A complete Local Gift Guide to reference during the holidays can be seen here
  • Also keep your eye out for a list of New Year’s Eve events that will be posted soon

Thursday, December 6

Visit African American Santa at Carew Tower, 4–7pm
Funky Artsy with Truckshop – Open House at Springer School, 5–7:30pm
Wing Night with Renegade Grille at Listermann Brewing Company, 5–9pm
Arrival of St. Nicholas in MainStrasse Village, 6–7pm#
Drink and Draw: Art + Holiday Trivia Night at the Contemporary Arts Center, 6–8pm
through Sunday, December 9: SCPA Presents: The Nutcracker*
through Sunday, December 9: Caroling on Fountain Square (visit the link for a lineup!)

Friday, December 7

Holiday Pictures at WagsPark!, 4–7pm#
Winter in the Woodlands at California Woods Nature Preserve, 6–8pm*
Winterfest 2018 at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6–9pm
Freestore Foodbank Donation Drive on Fountain Square, 7–8pm
Holiday Essex Studios Art Walk, 6–10pm
and Saturday, December 8: A Christmas Nightmare at Dent Schoolhouse, 6pm–12am*
through Sunday, December 9: Holiday Market on Fountain Square

Saturday, December 8

PRM Handmade Market at Pleasant Ridge Montessori, 10am–3pm
Holiday Party Benefiting Habitat for Humanity at 13 Below, 11:30am–12am
Adore-A-Bull Rescue Adoption Event and FREE Pet Photos with Santa at PowerStation Gym, 12–3pm#
Pet Pictures with Santa! hosted by Recycled Doggies at PetSmart (Mason), 12–4pm [free, but donations accepted!]#
Reindog Parade in Mt. Adams, 2–3pm#
Sippin’ with Santa/Toys for Tots at Narrow Path Brewing, 5–9pm
FENNOfashion Holiday Pop-Up Market with Handmade Goods + Wine at Greenshire Commons, 6–9pm
Tacky for a Cause – 2018 at West Side Brewing, 6pm–1am
and Sunday, December 9: Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart at Urban Artifact, 12–6pm

and December 15: Metamora Holiday Special Excursions*
and December 15, 22: Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park, 1–3pm#

Sunday, December 9

$2 Mimosa Brunch at LouVino: Cincinnati OTR, 10am–2pm
Krohn Family Holiday Craft Series at Krohn Conservatory, 1–3pm*
Snowman Scavenger Hunt on Fountain Square (as part of the Holiday Market), 1–3pm

Through the holidays

A Christmas Carol at Playhouse in the Park*
Christmas Nights of Lights – Cincinnati at Coney Island*
The Christmas Ranch*
Krohn Holiday Show: A Crystal Holiday at Krohn Conservatory*
Holiday in Lights SantaLand at Winton Woods*
Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center [free with museum admission]
Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park*
PNC Festival of Lights 2018 at the Cincinnati Zoo*
WinterFest at Kings Island*

All events are linked to their respective Facebook event page or website. Ticketing information, where applicable, is available on the event page, as well as the location, time, and other relevant details.

And, of course, here are some great ongoing events in the city:


The Skystar Wheel’s stay on The Banks has been expanded! Through June 16, experience America’s largest portable observation wheel and the excellent views it has to offer from atop our beautiful riverfront. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. For a feed of Instagram photos, click here.

O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink presented by Fifth Third Bank on Fountain Square is open for the season! 

*Ticket, fee, or admission applicable. Click on the link for more information.
**Shopping small opportunities for the holidays
#Pet friendly event. We always recommend double checking with the business(es) to ensure this is accurate.

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