December 13, 2019

The Most Festive Things To Do in Cincinnati This Holiday Season

The holidays are among us and the Queen City has plenty to do to get in the spirit. From ice skating and boozy bar crawls to markets, light displays and more, here are a few festive ways to spend this holiday season.
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Zapf's Christmas Display in North College Hill
Every Christmas, a slice of suburban North College Hill becomes awash in a glorious twinkling, festive glow. Zapf’s Christmas Display has been lighting up the neighborhood since 1970, originally created by Bill "Santa Z" Zapf. After Bill died in 2008, his son — who has the same name — kept the tradition alive. Roll up to 2032 Galbraith Road and you’ll be greeted by an an array of illuminated figures: reindeer, cheery snowmen, suited-up Santas and candy canes. Twinkling lights pepper trees and line the house’s borders; even an iteration of A Christmas Story’s infamous leg lamp glows in a window. 2032 Galbraith Road, North College Hill
Photo via Facebook.com/ZapfsChristmasDisplay

Zapf's Christmas Display in North College Hill

Every Christmas, a slice of suburban North College Hill becomes awash in a glorious twinkling, festive glow. Zapf’s Christmas Display has been lighting up the neighborhood since 1970, originally created by Bill "Santa Z" Zapf. After Bill died in 2008, his son — who has the same name — kept the tradition alive. Roll up to 2032 Galbraith Road and you’ll be greeted by an an array of illuminated figures: reindeer, cheery snowmen, suited-up Santas and candy canes. Twinkling lights pepper trees and line the house’s borders; even an iteration of A Christmas Story’s infamous leg lamp glows in a window. 2032 Galbraith Road, North College Hill
Photo via Facebook.com/ZapfsChristmasDisplay
Zapf's Christmas Display in North College Hill
Every Christmas, a slice of suburban North College Hill becomes awash in a glorious twinkling, festive glow. Zapf’s Christmas Display has been lighting up the neighborhood since 1970, originally created by Bill "Santa Z" Zapf. After Bill died in 2008, his son — who has the same name — kept the tradition alive. Roll up to 2032 Galbraith Road and you’ll be greeted by an an array of illuminated figures: reindeer, cheery snowmen, suited-up Santas and candy canes. Twinkling lights pepper trees and line the house’s borders; even an iteration of A Christmas Story’s infamous leg lamp glows in a window. 2032 Galbraith Road, North College Hill
Photo via Facebook.com/ZapfsChristmasDisplay

Zapf's Christmas Display in North College Hill

Every Christmas, a slice of suburban North College Hill becomes awash in a glorious twinkling, festive glow. Zapf’s Christmas Display has been lighting up the neighborhood since 1970, originally created by Bill "Santa Z" Zapf. After Bill died in 2008, his son — who has the same name — kept the tradition alive. Roll up to 2032 Galbraith Road and you’ll be greeted by an an array of illuminated figures: reindeer, cheery snowmen, suited-up Santas and candy canes. Twinkling lights pepper trees and line the house’s borders; even an iteration of A Christmas Story’s infamous leg lamp glows in a window. 2032 Galbraith Road, North College Hill
Photo via Facebook.com/ZapfsChristmasDisplay
Kings Island WinterFest
WinterFest is back! Kings Island’s nostalgic winter wonderland returns this year, complete with festive food and drinks, special holiday shows and ice skating underneath a Christmas tree-bedecked Eiffel Tower. There will be an artisan village selling holiday crafts, booze-infused hot beverages, ice carvers, carriage rides and even blue hot chocolate.
Through Jan. 1. Tickets start at $27.99. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.
Photo: Megan Waddel

Kings Island WinterFest

WinterFest is back! Kings Island’s nostalgic winter wonderland returns this year, complete with festive food and drinks, special holiday shows and ice skating underneath a Christmas tree-bedecked Eiffel Tower. There will be an artisan village selling holiday crafts, booze-infused hot beverages, ice carvers, carriage rides and even blue hot chocolate. Through Jan. 1. Tickets start at $27.99. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.
Photo: Megan Waddel
Elf Trivia Night at Sam Adams
Head to the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom for some Elf trivia. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams of six or less. 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Free admission. Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom, 1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine.
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Elf Trivia Night at Sam Adams

Head to the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom for some Elf trivia. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams of six or less. 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Free admission. Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom, 1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo via Facebook/EventPage
Ice Rink at Fountain Square
Whether you’re a professional skater or someone who can barely stand on skates, this slice of winter wonderland on Fountain Square is open to everyone. Skate rental is available and concessions include snacks, hot chocolate and alcohol. Santa skates select weekends in December.Through Feb. 2. $6 admission; $4 skate rental. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown.
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Ice Rink at Fountain Square

Whether you’re a professional skater or someone who can barely stand on skates, this slice of winter wonderland on Fountain Square is open to everyone. Skate rental is available and concessions include snacks, hot chocolate and alcohol. Santa skates select weekends in December.Through Feb. 2. $6 admission; $4 skate rental. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown.
Photo via myfountainsquare.com
Gremlins and Gremlins 2 at the Esquire Theatre
Catch a double-feature of Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch at the Esquire. A kid gets a new fuzzy pet and breaks some important rules, unleashing a bunch of mischievous monsters on an unsuspecting small town. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21; Gremlins 2: The New Batch 10 p.m. Dec. 20 and 4:20 p.m. Dec. 21. $10.25 adults; $7.75 seniors and kids. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.
Photo: Emerson Swoger

Gremlins and Gremlins 2 at the Esquire Theatre

Catch a double-feature of Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch at the Esquire. A kid gets a new fuzzy pet and breaks some important rules, unleashing a bunch of mischievous monsters on an unsuspecting small town. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21; Gremlins 2: The New Batch 10 p.m. Dec. 20 and 4:20 p.m. Dec. 21. $10.25 adults; $7.75 seniors and kids. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.
Photo: Emerson Swoger
OTR A-Glow
Presented by LM&M Railroad, this hour-long train to the North Pole features cookies, hot chocolate and an appearance from Santa and his elves.Through Dec. 31. Free. Over-the-Rhine.
Photo via Facebook/OTRaglow

OTR A-Glow

Presented by LM&M Railroad, this hour-long train to the North Pole features cookies, hot chocolate and an appearance from Santa and his elves.Through Dec. 31. Free. Over-the-Rhine.
Photo via Facebook/OTRaglow
The Pedal Wagon Polar Bear Express
While the weather outside is frightful, pedaling on the Polar Bear Express is a cheerful way to warm up your body temp. The 15-passenger pedal-powered wagon stops at local bars in downtown and OTR for drink specials. An electrically assisted wagon is available upon request. BYOB onboard. Through February 2020. $29 adults weekends; $25 adults weekdays; $255 private ride. Pedal Wagon, 1114 Bunker Alley, Over-the-Rhine.
Photo via Facebook/PedalWagonCincinnati

The Pedal Wagon Polar Bear Express

While the weather outside is frightful, pedaling on the Polar Bear Express is a cheerful way to warm up your body temp. The 15-passenger pedal-powered wagon stops at local bars in downtown and OTR for drink specials. An electrically assisted wagon is available upon request. BYOB onboard. Through February 2020. $29 adults weekends; $25 adults weekdays; $255 private ride. Pedal Wagon, 1114 Bunker Alley, Over-the-Rhine.
Photo via Facebook/PedalWagonCincinnati
Light Up the Levee
Newport on the Levee will transform into a whimsical holiday haven during this year's season-long Winter Wonder event, bringing local vendors, holiday lights, a 500-foot Christmas tree, entertainment and Santa himself to the plaza. Through Dec. 28. Village on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport.
Photo via Facebook.com/LightUpTheLevee

Light Up the Levee

Newport on the Levee will transform into a whimsical holiday haven during this year's season-long Winter Wonder event, bringing local vendors, holiday lights, a 500-foot Christmas tree, entertainment and Santa himself to the plaza. Through Dec. 28. Village on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport.
Photo via Facebook.com/LightUpTheLevee
A Zinzinnati Holiday at the 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
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Parks

A Zinzinnati Holiday at the 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
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Parks