Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati. This quaint Ohio city with its green surroundings and gorgeous diversity in architecture is a great place to spend the season, whether as a visiting tourist, a short return to visit friends and family, or as a local looking for things to do around home. No matter your reason or the length of your stay in Cincinnati, all can enjoy the holidays in this town, read on for some of our favorite holiday season events here around the ‘Athens of the West’.

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

Enjoy shopping for gifts among hundreds of artisan and home operations at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market! One-of-a-kind souvenirs and ornaments, handmade clothing and decor, and endless mouthwatering holiday season treats are just some of the things you’ll find here. Handmade jams, gingerbread, chocolate, cakes, and peppermint are joined by local produce such as country hams and apple pies. (For the foodies reading, we didn’t forget you.) Bring the whole group to the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market to get Christmas shopping done early and pick up some truly unique items!

North Pole Express

For locals and those renting a car while in the Cincinnati area, take the drive out to Lebanon and enjoy the North Pole Express! This 75-minute ride is a magical and immersive journey through Holiday tradition with family and friends, up and down the train tracks of Warren County alongside Santa and his elves! Whether sightseeing, storytelling, or just a unique and charming experience is what you seek, the North Pole Express is a great option for travelers of all groups and ages. But be sure to search and book in advance, this event only grows more popular each year.

Santa at the Newport Aquarium

As if the Newport Aquarium didn’t already offer so much to see and experience, each holiday season an unexpected face joins these aquatic residents of the Cincinnati area, Santa Claus! Indeed, between completing the Christmas lists of people around the world and making his worldwide trek the night of Christmas Eve, Santa Claus also finds the time to pop into the watery world of the Newport Aquarium and celebrate the holidays with the Cincinnati community. Come see Santa Claus among other hundreds of rare species and the dedicated staff of the Newport Aquarium in this inspiring and unique spectacle!

Fountain Square Ice Skating

The joys of ice skating have been a timeless tradition since its inception, and indeed, Cincinnati is no exception to this. Lace up your skates and don your winter clothing for a fun time on the public rinks open every day through the holiday season, enjoying the exhilarating air and brisk holiday fun. On occasion, wacky bumper cars also join the mix, so families and younger travelers be on the lookout! Bring the whole party to Fountain Square and enjoy the classic holiday season tradition of ice skating for a memorable and fun time outdoors.

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