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Top Cincinnati Events December 2016

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Top Cincinnati Events December 2016

Published Dec 5, 2016
Updated Jan 1, 2017

As the holiday season rushes headlong to its peak, Cincinnati offers a wide variety of events for the entire family, from a traditional German-style holiday market to the magical Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo to the zany Scuba Santa event at Newport Aquarium and more! We hope you enjoy our roundup of the top events in Cincinnati this month!

A Whimsical Wonderland Holiday Show – Krohn Conservatory / Thru Jan. 8
This year the holiday show at Krohn Conservatory has a whimsical new twist involving poinsettias of many hues, including royal blue, orange and deep purple, as well as the traditional red variety. Also, the show will feature a train display and fanciful pompom junipers, globe amaranths and cheerful powder puff plants will join the existing botanical architecture. Adults $7. Children 5 and up $4. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free.

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt – Fountain Square / Thru Dec. 20
Visit the fifth annual Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, an authentic German experience and one of the premier holiday events in downtown Cincinnati. Held on historic Fountain Square, the event coincides with Macy’s Light Up the Square festivities, which includes the annual lighting of the holiday tee and draws thousands of people from throughout the region. Featured vendors include local artisans, traditional German fare, hot spiced wine and much more. Open Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

North Pole Express / Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad / Thru Dec. 24
Enjoy a local Christmastime tradition and join families from throughout the greater Cincinnati area on a magical train ride with Santa Claus himself. The LM&M Railroad station is decked out in seasonal lights and other decorations, and hot chocolate with cookies will be served on the platform as you wait to board. The one-hour journey includes time to interact with Santa and his elves and concludes with a chance to visit historic downtown Lebanon. $32 for adults. $28 for seniors ages 62 and older, as well as children ages 2-16 years. Infants one year or younger are free.

PNC Festival of Lights / Through Jan. 2017
Each year for the holidays, the Cincinnati Zoo is adorned with more than 2.5 million LED lights for this much-loved event. Now in its 34th year, the PNC Festival of Lights also features a Madcap black light puppet show, rides on the BB&T Toyland Express, fairies, a spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake and two decadent S’mores-n-More stands. New this year, Santa will also be around for visits starting at 4 p.m. on event days. Admission starts at $18 at the gate for adults. Check online for special discounts and packages.

U.S. Bank Ice Rink / Through Feb. 20 2017
This popular outdoor ice arena is open from Halloween through Presidents’ Day each year and features skate rentals, a full-service bar and concessions tent with hot and cold snacks, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available during rink hours. Visitors will also enjoy a 60-degree warming tent, a viewing platform with benches, tables and chairs, as well as a variety of nearby restaurants, including Graeter’s, Servatii’s, Palomino, McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s and Rock Bottom Brewery.

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa – Newport Aquarium / Thru Dec. 31
Discover the magic of exploring the holidays from underneath the sea at Newport Aquarium in an experience that is fun for kids of all ages. Scuba Santa fills his air tank with bubbles and sends them throughout the Aquarium to dance to holiday music and create a beautiful Water Wonderland in Shark Ray Bay Theater, where visitors can even meet Scuba Santa in person. Hint: Check out the special Breakfast with Scuba Santa event Dec. 11th!

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