Macy's Light Up the Square
Macy's Light Up the Square is the city's annual kick off to the holiday season and is held on Fountain Square the day after Thanksgiving, with the ceremonial lighting of the Square’s 50-foot Christmas tree, live music by Second Wind, fireworks and an appearance by Santa himself. Perfect your triple-loop (or make a skate-train with a group of friends) at the Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink, stop by Graeter’s for dessert, or grab hot chocolate or munchies from one of the local food trucks while you revel in the good cheer. Nov. 24, 2017.
Macy's Light Up the Square (photo: Jeff Swinger)
Revel in choral performances at venues all around Over-the-Rhine during Christmas Saengerfest. This annual event hearkens to Cincinnati's history as the birthplace of Saengerfest, a German tradition that celebrated choir singing groups, or “Saengerbunds.” More than 10 choirs will fill the spaces of churches, breweries and other performances venues with their sweet harmonies. December 1-2, 2017.
Saengerfest (Adam &amp; Keli Photography)
The official winter warm-up for the Cincinnati Reds, Redsfest is held every year at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown, giving fans the opportunity to mingle with current and former players and coaches, participate in games and activities (there’s stuff for the kids too!) and stock up on Reds gear and hard-to-find memorabilia. December 1-2, 2017.
Cincy Blues & Heritage Festival
Cincy Blues and Heritage Festival
Hosted by the Cincy Blues Society at Duke Energy Convention Center, the Cincy Blues & Heritage Festival is entering its sixth year and draws talent from across the country. The venue’s five stages rotate performances by the headliners and other local and regional bands throughout the weekend. February 2-3, 2018.
Cincy Winter Beerfest
Beer, Fifty West Production Works
Where can you find more than 500 craft beers to sample all in one place? At Cincy Winter Beerfest held at Duke Energy Convention Center. February 2-3, 2018.
Click here for a list of dazzling holiday light festivals.
Written by: Baihley Grandison with updates by Amber Potter