Macy's Light Up the Square

Macy's Light Up the Square (photo: Jeff Swinger)
Macy's Light Up the Square (photo: Jeff Swinger)
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, 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 and snacks from one of the local food trucks while you revel in the good cheer. November 23, 2018. 

Christmas Saengerfest

Saengerfest (Adam & Keli Photography)
Saengerfest (Adam & Keli Photography)
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. November 30-December 1, 2018.

Redsfest

Redsfest
Redsfest

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. November 30-December 1, 2018. 

Cincy Winter Beerfest

Fifty West Production Works
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 1-2, 2019.

Cincy Blues & Heritage Festival 

Hosted by the Cincy Blues Society at Duke Energy Convention Center, the Cincy Blues & Heritage Festival 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. 2019 dates TBA.

Click here for a list of dazzling holiday light festivals.

Written by: Baihley Grandison with updates by Amber Potter