Christmas Casino at Rising Star Casino

The Links at Rising Star Casino
The Links at Rising Star Casino

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 lavish Christmas decor, and meander through customized animated scenes throughout the venue while sipping on free egg nog. 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 8, 2018-January 2, 2019.

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt on Fountain Square

Christkindlmarkt at Night
Christkindlmarkt at Night

'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. November 23-25 and November 30-December 1, 2018.

Christmas Town at Creation Museum

Christmas Town at Creation Museum
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. November 23-December 30, 2018. (You can also enjoy free holiday activities at the museum's other attraction, The Ark Encounter, during ChristmasTime at the Ark.)

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park

Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop

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 24-December 22, 2018.

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle on Fountain Square

Macy's Downtown Dazzle
Macy's Downtown Dazzle

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 to Carew Tower for Story Time with Mrs. Claus, complete with cookies and crafts. November 24, December 1 and 8, 2018.

Caroling on the Connector

Cincinnati Bell Connector
Cincinnati Bell Connector

Join the Young Professionals Choral Collective and ArtsWave's CincySings Choir on the Cincinnati Bell Connector for holiday tunes while you enjoy a free ride on the streetcar to take in the festive sites around downtown from 3 to 5 p.m. November 24, December 1, December 8 and December 15, 2018.

Christmas in the Village

Ornament (photo: Michael C. Potter)
Ornament (photo: Michael C. Potter)

Head north to Waynesville for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration with holiday decor, luminaries, carriage rides, choirs, barbershop quartets, visits from Old St. Nick and shopping. November 30-December 2, 2018.

Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival

Lebanon Holiday Parade
Lebanon Holiday Parade

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 1, 2018.

Crafty Supermarket Holiday Craft Show at Music Hall

Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show
Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show

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 1, 2018.

Reindog Parade

Reindog Parade, Mt Adams
Reindog Parade, Mt Adams

Our four-legged pals parade through Mt. Adams all dressed up in holiday cheer! Bring your dog to be in the parade (registration fee applies), or simply come and cheer on all of the adorable canines while exploring the picturesque neighborhood on the hill. December 8, 2018.

Santa-bration at Carol Ann’s Carousel

Carol Ann's Carousel
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 and work on holiday and winter crafts. (Carousel ride fee still applies.) December 21-23, 2018.

Purple People Bridge Christmas Walk

Purple People Bridge sunrise
Purple People Bridge sunrise

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. 2018 dates TBA.