You can bet on a one-of-a-kind holiday season experience at Rising Star Casino when Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves return for Christmas Casino. Visit with eight live reindeer, marvel at the 20-foot Christmas tree, and meander through customized animated scenes throughout the venue. A German-themed Christmas Market Village includes seasonal items for sale so you can even cross a few names of your Christmas gift list. November 3, 2017-January 2, 2018.
Santaland at Sharon Woods
The Sharon Centre at Sharon Woods is full of holiday magic with family-friendly entertainment including a train display, visits with Santa, sweet treats and shopping at Nature's Niche. Dickens Carolers regale you and yours with traditional holiday melodies, and you can even drive through more than a mile of seasonal lights at Holiday in Lights before visiting Santaland. (There is an admission fee for Holiday in Lights, and a Motor Vehicle Permit fee is required to enter the park for Santaland.) November 17-19 and November 24-December 23, 2017.
Cincideutsch Christkindmarkt on Fountain Square
'Tis the season for shopping! Browse and buy holiday sweets, European baked goods, handmade gifts and seasonal decorations at this traditional German Christmas market held annually on Fountain Square. And don't forget to warm up with some Gluhwein (a.k.a. hot spiced wine). The market is presented by Cincideutsch, a group of German-speaking Cincinnatians who celebrate their German heritage and the city's through events such as this. Friday-Sunday, November 24-December 9, 2017.
Hop on a horse-drawn trolley carriage ride and take in all the seasonal decor throughout downtown Cincinnati. Rides are free courtesy of Macy's. November 24-26, December 2-3 and 9-10, 2017.
Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park
Bring the kids, the dog, your friends – everyone is welcome at Santa's Workshop! The big man himself will be at Washington Park to hear your wish list and pose for photos. Kids will love the hands-on activities, too, like making gifts, ornaments and other crafts. Saturdays, November 25-December 23, 2017.
Macy’s Downtown Dazzle on Fountain Square
Where can you see Santa, a reindeer and an elf rappel down the side of the building? On Fountain Square, of course! Enjoy family-friendly free fun with the aforementioned rappelling Santa, live holiday music by local choirs, and a fireworks display to cap it all off. After the program, take to the ice on the Fountain Square Ice Rink (admission fee and skate rental applies) or head across the street to Macy's Fountain Place to meet with Santa and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus. November 25, December 2 and 9, 2017.
Walk across the pedestrian-only bridge amid 1,000 white and purple lights. The bridge will also feature a lighted tree, projected lighting, seasonal music, wreaths, and scenic views of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. End your evening with dinner and entertainment at Newport on the Levee on the Northern Kentucky end of the bridge. December 1, 2017-January 1, 2018.
Kick off the holiday season with more than 100 horse-drawn carriages parading through the historic town of Lebanon (1 pm and 7 pm). Visit with food and craft vendors before or after the parades, shop the local antique stores, and you can even visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. December 2, 2017.
Crafty Supermarket Holiday Craft Show at Music Hall
Get all your holiday shopping done in a festive and fun atmosphere at Music Hall. The market features more than 90 crafters, artists and designers from around the country. A DJ keeps things upbeat and hands-on craft activities, local food, and a cash bar make this more than just a shopping trip and into a true extravaganza. December 2, 2017.
Christmas Town at Creation Museum
Each year the Creation Museum turns its botanical garden into a dazzling Garden of Lights with thousands of lights and new designs each year. You might even encounter one of the Magi or other biblical characters roaming the garden. Plus, embrace the reason for the season with the annual live nativity. December 8-23 and 26-30, 2017.
Santa-bration at Carol Ann’s Carousel
Housed inside a climate-controlled building with views of the river, Carol Ann's Carousel is a fun activity for the family any day of the year. But this December, kids can also take photos with Santa (December 23 only) and work on holiday and winter crafts. (Small fee to ride the carousel.) December 22-24, 2017.