Winter 2014: What To Do In Cincinnati


When you’ve lived in Ohio your entire life, you start to run out of things to do. You’ve done Kings Island and Cedar Point. You basically grew up in a mall and thrived off samples from one of the three Chinese places at the food court. And you are such a pro at driving in the show, you could teach a Nascar driver a thing or two.

209The polar vortex last year had many of us in Cincinnati stuck at home. I thought that moving 45 minutes south meant no more snow and milder winters.

Learning a lesson from last year’s fiasco, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and have an adventure before the next polar vortex buries us alive. Here are some of the top picks:

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

It’s grey during the day and night sets in earlier than we would like. Let’s take advantage of that! If you drive through the right part of Clifton at the right time of evening, you can catch a glimpse of the billions of lights glittering on the hillside. Magical doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Holiday Pops with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Wear red and you’ll fit in just fine with conductor John Morris Russell. What would be a cooler Christmas card for 2015 than a shot of your family, dressed to the nines, in front of Music Hall?

Catch them December 13 through 14.

SantaCon 2015 at Fountain Square

From noon to midnight on December 13, you can join the rest of your fellow Santa fans downtown for SantaCon. Dress code is holly, jolly, and a bowl full of jelly. This Christmas tradition is for the adults that love the spirits of the season.

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle

Also at Fountain Square, this event is for the kid inside us all. While most families will be watching the show from Fountain Square, the best seat in the house is atop the Carew Tower. For just a couple bucks a person, you can watch Santa rappel down the Macy’s building with a reindeer in tow.

Yes, the reindeer rappels on all fours.

What is your favorite thing to do in Cincy at Christmas time?  Share with us below!