This Weekend: December 20–23

Winter solstice is upon us! December 21 marks the shortest period of daylight before days get longer again. (Yes!) From excellent [last-minute] shopping small ideas** to “Santa Paws” events, a Local Gift Guide to shopping local, New Year’s Eve events, and things to do through the holidays, check out what is going on around Cincinnati This Weekend.

  • A complete Local Gift Guide to reference during the holidays can be seen here
  • Click here for New Year’s Eve events going on around Cincinnati

Thursday, December 20

Visit African American Santa at Carew Tower, 4–7p
Santa Paws at Woods Hardware (Lockland), 4–7p#
Wing Night with Renegade Grille at Listermann Brewing Company, 5–9p
Holiday Cookie Decorating Craft Party at The Gruff!, 6–8p
Large Dog Social at PetPeople (West Chester), 6–8p#
Christmas Vacation Trivia at West Side Brewing, 6:30–8p
Caroling on Fountain Square, 7–7:30p
through Sunday, December 23: Family Nights “Krohn by Candlelight” at Krohn Conservatory*
through Monday, December 24: The Nutcracker at Cincinnati Music Hall*

Friday, December 21

Polar Express Day! at Totter’s Otterville, 10a–8p*
Cincinnati Streetcar Food and Culture Tour, 1–4p*
Santa Paws at Woods Hardware (Harrison), 4–7p#
Friday Night Pizza Night featuring Mike Oberst and Lenny Hall live at Christian Moerlein 5–11p
Santa Paws: Pet Photos with Santa at Braxton Brewing, 6–9p#
Caroling on Fountain Square, 7–7:30p
Live Music with Toria & The Eggnoggins at The Wood Bar, 8:30p
and Saturday, December 22: Photos with Santa at Silver Spring House

Saturday, December 22

Santa Paws at Woods Hardware (Cheviot), 10a–1p#
Pet Photos with Santa to Benefit Lucky Tales Rescue at LuLu’s Pet Pantry, 12–4p*#

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park, 1–3p#
Santa Paws at Woods Hardware (Downtown), 3–6p#
March First Brewing’s Christmas Vacation Party, 5–11p
The 2018 Holiday Bright Ride hosted by Cincy Red Bike at Washington Park, 5:45p
Decked Out for the Holidays Party at Grainworks, 7–9p
The Cindicate Christmas Smooth Jazz Saturday Night at 16 Lots, 7–10p
and Sunday, December 23: A Madcap Christmas Carol at Madcap Education Center*

Sunday, December 23

$2 Mimosa Brunch at LouVino: Cincinnati OTR, 10a–2p
You Can Yoga at Rooted Yoga, 11:30a–12:30p*
Procrastinator’s Holiday Market at 3 Points Urban Brewery, 12–5p
Bring Your Own Vinyl Sundays at DogBerry, 12–8p
Josh Eagle Live at Lucius Q, 5–7p

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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