Cincinnati will be taking no time wiping away Halloween next week. It's time to get out the scarves and mistletoe and start prepping for the coming holidays.
On Nov. 2, the very, very large Macy's Holiday tree will descend upon Fountain Square. Sorry, Mike Meyers. Your time is over. It's Gremlins season now.
If it's on-brand for you to listen to Xmas-themed playlists as soon as November hits — no judgment here — take note: From 6-10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 you can witness the tree going up. And if you're really feeling the spirit, at 10 a.m. that same day the University of Cincinnati Health Ice Rink will open to the public for a tree trimming party. Wear some flannel — of the lumberjack variety, not grunge — throw on a scarf, grab some hot cocoa and you'll basically be an extra in one of those Hallmark movies. How very twee.
Though typically $4, skate rental will be free all opening weekend long with the purchase of admission ($6). The rink will be open through Feb. 2, so you'll have plenty of time to hone your skills and maybe not embarrass yourself completely. And if you want to see that tree get lit, come back Nov. 29 for Macy's Light Up the Square (6 p.m.-midnight), which will feature live music, food trucks and Saint Nick himself (or so a press release, er, elf told me).
*An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the date and time for Macy's Light Up The Square