If Santa is going to come all the way to the Cincinnati region from the North Pole, we’d better make it worth his while. And he’s making it worth your while to travel to this river region, too! He’s not just waving from a chair at the mall. Oh no, Santa’s putting down the cookies and jumping into the holiday spirit with safe, socially-distanced experiences.

Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland at Newport Aquarium

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium
Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium

November 27 through December 24, 2020
Santa heads underwater with his favorite sea creatures during Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland at Newport Aquarium! Lights and bubbles dance to holiday music in Shark Ray Bay Theater, where Santa swims with a tank full of sharks. The undersea celebration continues with holiday music, lights and more magical bubbles as you journey through the aquarium.

Santa's Arrival at Cincinnati Museum Center

Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center
Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center

November 27 through December 20, 2020
Santa will be at the Cincinnati Museum Center throughout the season to hear what's on your wish list. And he plans to make his grand entrance in style on November 27. This year, kids are invited to have a fireside chat by Santa's Fireplace to share their Christmas wish lists. Santa will be busy at work in the Public Landing, adjacent to Holiday Junction, and can chat with guests through a plexiglass barrier.

Santa Rescue at Cincinnati Fire Museum

Exterior of Cincinnati Fire Museum (photo: Cincinnati Fire Museum)
Cincinnati Fire Museum (photo: Cincinnati Fire Museum)

November 28, 2020
Sometimes even Santa needs a bit of help getting down from all those roofs. The brave firefighters of the Cincinnati Fire Department rescue Santa from the Cincinnati Fire Museum's roof. Families can watch the action from the safety of their cars.

Santa skates on Fountain Square

Fountain Square Ice Rink
Fountain Square Ice Rink

November 28 through December 20, 2020
Lace up your skates and take to the ice alongside Santa himself at the Fountain Square Ice Rink. All that time at the North Pole has made him quite graceful on the ice! Then, thaw out in the warming tent with some hot cocoa! Santa will be skating during the Noon and 2 p.m. skating sessions on Saturdays and Sundays.

Rappelling Santa at Macy's Downtown Dazzle

Macy's Downtown Dazzle
Macy's Downtown Dazzle

CANCELLED IN 2020
FREE! Defying gravity, Santa and his friends rappel down the side of a building to kick off the Downtown Dazzle holiday fireworks on Fountain Square
The 20-minute family-friendly program also features performances from local choirs.