December 04, 2019

21 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Week (Dec. 4-10)

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WEDNESDAY 04
ATTRACTION: PNC Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights is back for its 37th year of wintery amazement. Voted the No. 1 zoo light show in the country by readers of USA Today, 3 million LED lights (that’s 284 miles of lights) transform the zoo into a dazzling display of color and festive cheer. New this year is an immersive Northern Lights experience and Fiona’s Fairyland, where five fairy hippopotamuses will be hidden for visitors to find. Ride the Toyland Express train past the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, snack at the two S’mores-n-More stations, meet the “royal sisters” at the Frozen Wonderland, catch a Madcap black light puppet show and snap a pic with Santa, who will start taking visitors an hour before the festival begins. Whatever you do, make sure to do it with a cup of hot cocoa (spiked or not) in hand.
Through Jan. 4. Free with zoo admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

WEDNESDAY 04

ATTRACTION: PNC Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights is back for its 37th year of wintery amazement. Voted the No. 1 zoo light show in the country by readers of USA Today, 3 million LED lights (that’s 284 miles of lights) transform the zoo into a dazzling display of color and festive cheer. New this year is an immersive Northern Lights experience and Fiona’s Fairyland, where five fairy hippopotamuses will be hidden for visitors to find. Ride the Toyland Express train past the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, snack at the two S’mores-n-More stations, meet the “royal sisters” at the Frozen Wonderland, catch a Madcap black light puppet show and snap a pic with Santa, who will start taking visitors an hour before the festival begins. Whatever you do, make sure to do it with a cup of hot cocoa (spiked or not) in hand. Through Jan. 4. Free with zoo admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
WEDNESDAY 04
ATTRACTION: A Zinzinnati Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
The Krohn’s annual holiday display’s theme is A Zinzinnati Holiday and the conservatory’s cache of tropical and lush green plants will be complemented by “representations of Cincinnati’s historical architecture,” fragrant holiday floral displays, model trains and mini Cincinnati buildings constructed out of whimsical natural materials.  
Through Jan. 5. $10 adults; $7 youth; free ages 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com.
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Parks

WEDNESDAY 04

ATTRACTION: A Zinzinnati Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
The Krohn’s annual holiday display’s theme is A Zinzinnati Holiday and the conservatory’s cache of tropical and lush green plants will be complemented by “representations of Cincinnati’s historical architecture,” fragrant holiday floral displays, model trains and mini Cincinnati buildings constructed out of whimsical natural materials. Through Jan. 5. $10 adults; $7 youth; free ages 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com.
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Parks
WEDNESDAY 04
ONSTAGE: The Naughty List
OTRImprov is bringing its “unscripted holiday dinner show” back to Arnold’s Bar & Grill for the eighth year. The improv comedy troupe will be lambasting everything we love and hate about the holidays using audience suggestions. OTRImprov (a Best Of Cincinnati Best Improv Troupe winner multiple year’s running) will be creating scenes on the fly with games, jokes and some seasonal cheer. “The Naughty List provides an incredibly unique holiday entertainment experience, where no performance is ever the same as the last but all of them ensure that you get a say in how the evening goes, whether you’re a Buddy the Elf or an Ebeneezer Scrooge,” says director Chris Wesselman. Arnold’s will also be offering an a la carte menu before the show.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4; Tuesday, Dec. 10; Wednesday, Dec. 11; Tuesday, Dec. 17; Wednesday, Dec. 18; and Thursday, Dec. 19. $10 Dec. 4; $20 all other shows. Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, OTRimprov.com.
Photo: OTRImprov

WEDNESDAY 04

ONSTAGE: The Naughty List
OTRImprov is bringing its “unscripted holiday dinner show” back to Arnold’s Bar & Grill for the eighth year. The improv comedy troupe will be lambasting everything we love and hate about the holidays using audience suggestions. OTRImprov (a Best Of Cincinnati Best Improv Troupe winner multiple year’s running) will be creating scenes on the fly with games, jokes and some seasonal cheer. “The Naughty List provides an incredibly unique holiday entertainment experience, where no performance is ever the same as the last but all of them ensure that you get a say in how the evening goes, whether you’re a Buddy the Elf or an Ebeneezer Scrooge,” says director Chris Wesselman. Arnold’s will also be offering an a la carte menu before the show. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4; Tuesday, Dec. 10; Wednesday, Dec. 11; Tuesday, Dec. 17; Wednesday, Dec. 18; and Thursday, Dec. 19. $10 Dec. 4; $20 all other shows. Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, OTRimprov.com.
Photo: OTRImprov
WEDNESDAY 04
EVENT: Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum lights up for the 20th year. The Holiday Lights on the Hill drive-thru light display features two-and-a-half miles of creative, glowing scenes and an additional new projection-mapped sculptural installation overseen by Brave Berlin, part of the team behind the BLINK art and light festival. This is the park’s second year collaborating with Brave Berlin and this year’s display is a stepping-stone to the park’s Journey BOREALIS, a “top-tier art and holiday destination,” arriving in November 2020.
Through Jan. 5. $20 per car load Monday-Thursday; $25 per car load Friday-Sunday. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, pyramidhill.org
Photo: Nick Daggy

WEDNESDAY 04

EVENT: Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum lights up for the 20th year. The Holiday Lights on the Hill drive-thru light display features two-and-a-half miles of creative, glowing scenes and an additional new projection-mapped sculptural installation overseen by Brave Berlin, part of the team behind the BLINK art and light festival. This is the park’s second year collaborating with Brave Berlin and this year’s display is a stepping-stone to the park’s Journey BOREALIS, a “top-tier art and holiday destination,” arriving in November 2020. Through Jan. 5. $20 per car load Monday-Thursday; $25 per car load Friday-Sunday. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, pyramidhill.org
Photo: Nick Daggy
WEDNESDAY 04
EVENT: Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
Instead of braving the chilly weather to check out some holiday lights, kick back in your car and take a joy ride through a mile-long stretch of Sharon Woods. Dial the radio to Warm 98 — the illuminations are synchronized to the music. New this year are Pixel light displays and more lighted trees. After or before, take the kiddos to the wonder-filled Santaland, open through Dec. 23. A portion of proceeds benefit A Child’s Hope International to help feed children around the globe. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through Dec. 31. $15 per vehicle. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, holidayinlights.com.
Photo: facebook.com/HolidayinLights

WEDNESDAY 04

EVENT: Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
Instead of braving the chilly weather to check out some holiday lights, kick back in your car and take a joy ride through a mile-long stretch of Sharon Woods. Dial the radio to Warm 98 — the illuminations are synchronized to the music. New this year are Pixel light displays and more lighted trees. After or before, take the kiddos to the wonder-filled Santaland, open through Dec. 23. A portion of proceeds benefit A Child’s Hope International to help feed children around the globe. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through Dec. 31. $15 per vehicle. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, holidayinlights.com.
Photo: facebook.com/HolidayinLights
THURSDAY 05
ONSTAGE: Merry Wives of Windsor
Cincy Shakes’ Merry Wives of Windsor is a farce that follows Sir John Falstaff and his attempts to woo two wealthy wives. Through Dec. 7. $28-$66. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography

THURSDAY 05

ONSTAGE: Merry Wives of Windsor
Cincy Shakes’ Merry Wives of Windsor is a farce that follows Sir John Falstaff and his attempts to woo two wealthy wives. Through Dec. 7. $28-$66. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincyshakes.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
THURSDAY 05
ONSTAGE: A Christmas Carol 
The tradition returns. Watch as the miserly Scrooge miraculously transforms his view of humanity (just in time for Christmas), realizing it’s never too late to change your ways. Through Dec. 29. $30-$98. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography

THURSDAY 05

ONSTAGE: A Christmas Carol
The tradition returns. Watch as the miserly Scrooge miraculously transforms his view of humanity (just in time for Christmas), realizing it’s never too late to change your ways. Through Dec. 29. $30-$98. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Mount Adams, cincyplay.com.
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
FRIDAY 06
MUSIC: The Skivvies 
The Undie Rock duo bring their “I Touch My Elf” holiday show to Ludlow Garage
8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, $15-$35, Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., ludlowgaragecincinnati.com. 
Photo: Jacqueline Patton Photography

FRIDAY 06

MUSIC: The Skivvies
The Undie Rock duo bring their “I Touch My Elf” holiday show to Ludlow Garage 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, $15-$35, Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave., ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.
Photo: Jacqueline Patton Photography
FRIDAY 06
EVENT: A Christmas Nightmare at The Dent Schoolhouse
The ghouls of favorite horror attraction the Dent Schoolhouse get in the holiday spirit with A Christmas Nightmare, a freaky yuletide take on the classic haunt. Dent’s classrooms and hallways will be illuminated with lights, garlands and Christmas trees, while willing participants wander through scenes staffed with evil Christmas creatures. Krampus and his twisted cohorts will be deciding if you’ve been naughty or nice, and Charlie the janitor will be Santa Charlie; admission tickets include a photo op. 
6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7; 6-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. $25-$55. The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, frightsite.com.
Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse

FRIDAY 06

EVENT: A Christmas Nightmare at The Dent Schoolhouse
The ghouls of favorite horror attraction the Dent Schoolhouse get in the holiday spirit with A Christmas Nightmare, a freaky yuletide take on the classic haunt. Dent’s classrooms and hallways will be illuminated with lights, garlands and Christmas trees, while willing participants wander through scenes staffed with evil Christmas creatures. Krampus and his twisted cohorts will be deciding if you’ve been naughty or nice, and Charlie the janitor will be Santa Charlie; admission tickets include a photo op. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7; 6-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. $25-$55. The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, frightsite.com.
Photo: Provided by Dent Schoolhouse
FRIDAY 06
EVENT: Redsfest 2019
Reds fans have a chance to get up close and personal with some of their favorite players during Redsfest 2019. Major leaguers, minor leaguers, coaches, broadcasters and alumni slated to appear include Luis Castillo, Joey Votto, Kyle Farmer, Marty Brennaman, Eric Davis, Todd Benzinger, Thom Brennaman, plus tons more (see a full list online). There will also be activities spread throughout the event like batting cages, speed pitch, a mascot meeting room and third-floor kids fun zone. And expect plenty of merch and memorabilia booths.
3-10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. $25 adults two-day; $17 adults single day; $12 kids two-day; $7 kids single day. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, mlb.com/reds/fans/redsfest.
Photo: facebook.com/events/700484377044128

FRIDAY 06

EVENT: Redsfest 2019
Reds fans have a chance to get up close and personal with some of their favorite players during Redsfest 2019. Major leaguers, minor leaguers, coaches, broadcasters and alumni slated to appear include Luis Castillo, Joey Votto, Kyle Farmer, Marty Brennaman, Eric Davis, Todd Benzinger, Thom Brennaman, plus tons more (see a full list online). There will also be activities spread throughout the event like batting cages, speed pitch, a mascot meeting room and third-floor kids fun zone. And expect plenty of merch and memorabilia booths. 3-10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. $25 adults two-day; $17 adults single day; $12 kids two-day; $7 kids single day. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, mlb.com/reds/fans/redsfest.
Photo: facebook.com/events/700484377044128