Family holiday and Christmas events in Cincinnati 2017
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The holiday season is festive and bright in Cincinnati, where kids and adults will enjoy the many family-friendly events in 2017. Take time during the holidays to take the family to see the dazzling lights and to enjoy visits with Santa, Christmas markets, and other seasonal activities.

Light Up the Levee Grand Illumination
Nov. 25-Jan. 2 @ 6:10 p.m.
Newport on the Levee

the Light Up the Levee: Grand Illumination is a vibrant holiday light show of dancing lights synchronized to music and a 50-ft. tall Christmas tree. Take the family to see the glittering holiday lights.  Admission will be free.

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt
Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, & 15-16
Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt brings the tradition of the German Christmas Market to Fountain Square. Visit the open-air market for a leisurely day of shopping.  Admission to the market is free.

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park
Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, & 23 (Saturdays) @ 1 p.m.
Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Take the kids to see Santa Claus and his band of merry elves at Washington Park on Saturdays before Christmas. Children will be able to visit with Santa. Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of the family, and even the family dog, with Santa.

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9 @ 5:45 p.m.
Fountain Square, 525 Vine, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The entire family will enjoy the holiday fun when Santa Claus rappels down the side of the office building to Macy’s rooftop, followed by a display of fireworks. The family-friendly program is free and open to the public.

Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place
Dec. 10, & 17-24 @ Various Times
Macy’s Fountain Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Take the kids to visit with Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place. Take your camera to take a holiday picture with Santa Claus.

O’Keefe’s Ice Rink at Fountain Square
Nov.-Feb. 19 @ Various times
Fountain Square, 525 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Kids and adults will love gliding across the ice at O’Keefe’s Ice Rink. Santa Claus will strap on his skates and join the fun for Santa Skates at noon on weekends before Christmas (Dec. 9-10, 15-26, & 23-24). Admission will be $6, and ice skate rentals will be $4.

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo
Nov. 18-Jan. 1 @ 5 p.m. (closed on 12/25)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220

The Cincinnati Zoo has been transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th Festival of Lights with three million LED lights. The entire family will have fun taking rides on the BB&T Toyland Express, and seeing the Santa Claus, fairies in Fairyland, the Swan Lake lights show, and other festivities. Regular zoo admission prices apply.

Cincinnati Choo Choo
Nov. 25-Jan. 7 @ 10 a.m.
Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The entire family will enjoy the magical holiday show Cincinnati Choo Choo at Krohn Conservatory. The model train will take you back to holiday festivities in the city as it winds through displays of historical buildings and seasonal plants. Admission $4-7, free for children 4 and under.

Crib of the Nativity
Dec. 9-Jan. 1 @ 9 a.m.
Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Crib of the Nativity will be dedicated on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. and will be displayed through Jan. 1. Admission $4-$7, free for children 4 and under.

Family Nights: Krohn’s by Candlelight
Dec. 18-23 @ 5:30 p.m.
Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Krohn Conservatory will be beautifully lit by candlelight for a family-friendly program that will feature visits with Santa Claus and other costumed characters. Admission $4-$7, free for children 4 and under.

Christmas Nights of Lights
Nov. 10-Jan. 1 @ Dusk
Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

The Coney Island Night of Lights is a two and a half mile drive-through display of sparkling lights, animated trees, two light tunnels, toy soldiers, and music. General admission is $6/person, children 3 and under are admitted free. 

The Gift of Lights at The Christmas Ranch
Nov. 17-Dec. 23 @ 5 p.m.
The Christmas Ranch, 3205 S. Waynesville Rd., Morrow, OH 45152

The Christmas Ranch is a walk-through light show, featuring over a million glittering lights to delight the entire family. Train rides on The Reindeer Express and Wagon Rides ($4) are available every evening of the show. Admission is $15-$20/Vehicle.

Christmas Town & Garden of LIghts
Dec. 8-23 & Dec. 26-30 @ 5 p.m.
Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd., Petersburg, KY 41080

Christmas Town is an annual event that celebrates the wonder that surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. The Live Nativity is a realistic recreation of the events on the night of the birth of the Savior. The museum’s botanical gardens are lighted with thousands of multi-colored lights and decorations, so take a leisurely walk to enjoy the decorations. The family-friendly Christmas event also includes live music, a zip line, and more.  Admission is free, $5 parking.

Winterfest at Kings Island
Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 17-23, & 26-20 @ Various Times
Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island, OH 45034

Winterfest is a family-friendly holiday tradition that features millions of sparkling festive entertainment, music, rides, ice skating, and much more. Ticket prices vary. Purchase tickets online to save money on admission.

A Victorian Christmas
Nov. 21-Dec. 30
Hillforest House Museum, 213 Fifth St., Aurora, IN 47001

Take a step back into the past at the Hillforest Victorian House Museum, which is all decked out for the Christmas season.  Tickets are $4.50-$10.