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.

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium

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

November 23-December 31, 2018
Santa heads underwater with his favorite sea creatures! Lights and bubbles dance to holiday music in Shark Ray Bay Theater, where you'll also have the opportunity to meet Scuba Santa one-on-one. The undersea celebration continues with holiday music 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 23, 2018
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 entrance in style, arriving by helicopter with a welcome reception in the Rotunda. If you can't make it to his big arrival celebration, Santa will be at Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains November 23-December 24, 2018.

Rappelling Santa at Macy's Downtown Dazzle

Macy's Downtown Dazzle
Macy's Downtown Dazzle

November 24, December 1 and December 8, 2018
FREE! Defying gravity, Santa and his friends rappel down the side of a building to kick off the Downtown Dazzle holiday fireworks on Fountain SquareThe 20-minute family-friendly program also features performances from local choirs.

Santa skates on Fountain Square

Fountain Square Ice Rink
Fountain Square Ice Rink

Saturdays & Sundays, November 24-December 23, 2018
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! You can also visit and take photos with Mr. Claus and enjoy some delicious breakfast carbs from The Bagelry during Bagels with Santa on November 24, 2018.