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Spending the Holidays in Cincinnati

Your guide to spending the holidays in the Queen City this year

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You don’t have to go far, to holiday well. Stay close to home this holiday season and enjoy the best the Queen City in December has to offer!

photo: Corsi Tree Farm // Cincinnati Magazine

Searching for the perfect tree? Make lasting memories with the family and cut down your own tree at Berninger Christmas Trees & Wreaths, Corsi Tree Farm or Big Tree Plantation. Not a Griswold kind of family? Let someone else do the work and pick up a tree at Burger Farm.

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What would the holidays be without the lights? Experience Winter Wonderland at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Festival of Lights (open Nov 23 thru Dec 23; reservations required). Or take a ride through the 2-mile light show display at Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Light (open Nov 6 – Jan 9). Bundle up and take a family walk across the pedestrian-only Purple People Bridge & Newport Levee for Winter Lights, River Nights. Experience nature in a whole new light with Cincinnati Nature Center’s Light in the Forest (open December 3 – January 3, Thursdays through Sundays, 5-9 pm; reservations required).

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Thirsty? Experience The Overlook Lodge in Pleasant Ridge has been transformed into a magical holiday-themed wonderland. Safely gather and enjoy festive cocktails at the bar’s “Miracle” pop-up event now through December 27. Reservations required.

photo: Cincinnati Museum Center

From holiday scavenger hunts and Northern Lights displays to tiny, wintery LEGO villages of whimsy and the mini model train metropolis of The Duke Energy Holiday Trains, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Holiday Junction is filled with holiday magic for the whole family. After, visit Scuba Santa and his sea creature neighbors at the Newport Aquarium’s Water Wonderland. At night, lace up your skates and show off your moves at the Fountain Square ice skating rink. When you’re done, warm up with a cup of cocoa from Graeter’s – we know their specialty is ice cream, but trust us, they know a thing or two about hot chocolate too!

pictured: ‘Connected Through the Generations’ mural at 225 W. Court Street by Molly Costello

With holidays right around the corner, that means holiday gifts are right around the corner too! Need some help with your holiday shopping list? Shop ’til you drop at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market or the Findlay Holiday Market and support Cincinnati’s small local businesses. Fan of the Queen City mural scene? Be sure to snag some swag and awesome art bundles from ArtWorks Cincinnati – bonus, every purchase you make is invested back into our creative community!

Not ready for the holiday festivities to stop? Spend the holidays with our flock! See what’s happening with the Yellow Penguins next month.

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