Downtown Events

Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Events

December 15, 2017

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Visit with Santa

Ho ! Ho! Ho! It’s Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place

505 Vine Street

December 15 and 16, 12 – 8 pm

December 17, 12 – 6 pm

December 18 – 24, 12 – 5 pmFREE! Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting on the first floor.


Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street

Friday, Dec. 15, 4 and 8 p.m.

A special 4 p.m. performance has been added with proceeds going to help Elizabeth 'Ellie' Richardson recover from her injuries.  Ellie is the manager of Lachey’s Bar.


In five short years -- from 1997 to 2002 – 98°sold a staggering 10 million records, scored a chart-topping single, ‘Thank God I Found You’, with Mariah Carey and Joe, and collaborated with their collective idol, Stevie Wonder, on ‘True to Your Heart’, for the 1998 animated Disney film Mulan. Their four-million-selling album, 98° and Rising (1998, Motown), spawned the top-5 favorites ‘Because of You’, ‘I Do’, and ‘The Hardest Thing’, while 2000’s Revelation (Universal Records), which sold two million copies, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded a trio of hits, ‘Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)’, ‘My Everything’ and ‘The Way You Want Me To’. 


Let It Snow is 98°’s first new album in four years and features 12 Christmas songs such as the title track, “Let It Snow,”  “What Christmas Means To Me,” originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, “Little Saint Nick,” and “Run Rudolph Run.”



Weekend Carriage Rides at Macy’s Celebration Station

Boards at corner of Fifth and Race Streets

December 16 and 17 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

(Final boarding at 4:45 p.m.–please arrive early!)

FREE! Enjoy free horse-drawn trolley carriage rides through the heart of the city.



Pop Shop Friends & Family Happy Hour

Dec. 16, 3 – 5 p.m.

816 Main Street


The Downtown Cincy Holiday Pop Shop programs runs to Jan.5, 2018 at 816 Main St. The Pop Shop is open Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. with four vendors.  There will be a happy hour on December 16 from 3 to 5 pm with light bites and drinks.


·       FUSE Theory sells hand-dyed apparel and accessories.

·       Wall Arts offers oil paintings, t-shirts and accessories influenced by pop culture.

·       Kylie Meiser Photography and Design sells paper products including journals and prints.

·       Woven in Wonder creates unique woven wall hangings and other handmade goods by local designer Allison Poweleit.



City Flea

Washington Park

1230 Elm Street

Dec. 16 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Stroll outdoors through Washington Park under the twinkle lights and shop at over 100 different vendors where you will find unique gift ideas for everyone – wood carved items, jewelry, vintage finds, posters, homemade foods, clothing, stationary, ceramics, candles, plus food trucks, hot drinks, and holiday tunes.  It’s free to stroll!



Vocal Arts Ensemble: Candlelit Christmas

Memorial Hall

1225 Elm Street Dec. 16 and 17Warm up your winter with the lush tones of the Vocal Arts Ensemble Director Emeritus Earl Rivers returns to lead VAE and guests Canterbury Brass in a concert of cherished holiday selections by candlelight.



Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street

Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.


Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

The show features Mannheim Steamroller classics, along with dazzling multimedia effects.




The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Frisch’s Big Boy

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.

Performances through Dec. 24



Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker, now in its 44th annual season, returns to the newly-renovated Music Hall from December 14 through 24, with even more performances this year. The stunning production is set to the Tchaikovsky’s sensational holiday score performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. It also features more than 100 children from the Tristate dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company.


The Nutcracker is the beloved holiday story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a fantastical journey after she receives a nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. With her Nutcracker Prince, Clara travels through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way.



The Naughty List

Arnold’s Bar & Grill

210 E. Eighth Street

Through Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.


OTRimprov’s annual holiday show that’s mostly naughty and slightly nice is now playing at Arnold’s Bar & Grill.


Starting from audience suggestions, OTRi’s award-winning improvisers transport you to magical lands and create scenes you’re unlikely to forget. Whether they are rewriting a beloved carol in front of your eyes, showing how Santa should handle unexpected gift requests, or reimagining your favorite holiday stories in magical ways, The Naughty List will fill your holidays with side-splitting laughs. Bring your cheer or your humbug; either way, you’ll help craft the incomparable experience only OTRimprov can provide.


Please arrive between 6 and 7 p.m. to be seated and place your dinner order. Performances last about 90 minutes.



Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Otto M. Budig Theater

1195 Elm Street

December 21 – 31


This show is not recommended for anyone young enough to still believe in Santa...


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s holiday smash hit is back—bigger and better than ever. What begins as a traditional production of A Christmas Carol soon devolves into a slightly irreverent, but undeniably adoring look at all our pop culture Christmas favorites including Rudolph, Frosty, and good ol’ Charlie Brown.


Three actors (with the help of a slightly tipsy Santa) lampoon everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90 minutes of high-octane jollity and frivolity.


Midici Restaurant – now open

The Neopolitian Pizza Company

595 Race Street

Now open for lunch and dinner

Serving pizza the way Italians made it over 300 years ago in a wood-fired ovens featuring their specialty the Margherita. Also serving salads including Greek, Caesar and Italian, plus appetizers, wine and beer.



Carol Ann’s Carousel’s Santa-bration

Dec. 22-24Smale Riverfront Park, 8 W Mehring Way         

Santa’s coming to Carol Ann’s Carousel for holiday fun and enjoy holiday and winter crafts all weekend.




Cincinnati Pops Orchestra presents

A Special Concert: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneDec. 28 – 30

Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street Momentous scenes from the film play on a giant screen in high-definition while John Williams’ unforgettable score performed by the Cincinnati Pops.



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