Downtown Events


Unsilent Night

Friday, December 6, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/events/unsilent-night/

Join the Contemporary Arts Center for a new holiday tradition in OTR. Start the night around the fire pits of Washington Park’s Porch. Drink some hot chocolate, create some wearable art for a procession or grab a more adult beverage. Then join a caroling procession that doesn’t require your voice or even the ability to play an instrument —just the use of your phone! At 6:00 pm everyone will press play on their phones or boom boxes and meander through the park and nearby business district. The event will end just in time for you to enjoy Saengerfest or grab dinner with your new friends or family.

Redsfest

Friday, December 6, 3:00PM – 10:30PM

Saturday, December 7, 11:00AM – 10:30PM

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/redsfest

FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest is an offseason event featuring fan interaction with current and former Reds players, interactive games for kids of all ages, hard-to-find memorabilia, autograph signings, Reds merchandise, interactive games and much more! Proceeds from the event benefit the Reds Community Fund.

Christmas Saengerfest

Friday, December 6, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Saturday, December 7, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Over-the-Rhine

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/christmas-saengerfest

Rejoice in the sounds of amazing choirs performing in venues throughout Over-the-Rhine that are beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Venues are within walking distance of each other, but shuttle buses are available.

Santa at Carew Tower

Friday, December 6, 12:00PM – 8:00PM

Saturday, December 7, 12:00PM – 8:00PM

Sunday, December 8, 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.

https://myfountainsquare.com/series/santa-at-carew-tower/

Through December 23.

FREE! Bring your own camera for photos with Santa in a festive North Pole setting on the first floor of the Carew Tower Arcade Thursdays-Sundays from November 29-December 22. Santa will also be at Carew Tower on December 23. Stop by the letter writing station and drop your letter into the Macy’s Believe mailbox that goes straight to Santa at the North Pole.

Winter Market

Friday, December 6, 4:00PM – 9:00PM

Saturday, December 7, 12:00PM – 9:00PM

Sunday, December 8, 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.

https://myfountainsquare.com/series/winter-market/

Through December 22.

This holiday season, we’re bringing a festive shopping experience to the heart of Cincinnati. The Winter Market at Fountain Square will feature regional artisans and crafters in newly designed huts! You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list.

HELLO, DOLLY!

Friday, December 6, 8:00PM

Saturday, December 7, 2:00PM and 8:00PM

Sunday, December 8, 1:00PM and 6:30PM

Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.

https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/hello-dolly

Through December 15.

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls 'the best show of the year!' and the Los Angeles Times says 'distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best'.Director Jerry Zaks’ 'gorgeous' new production (Vogue) is 'making people crazy happy!' (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion -- hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it 'a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!'

Free Streetcar Rides

Saturday, December 14, 8:00AM-1:00Am

Downtown Cincinnati and OTR

https://myfountainsquare.com/series/free-streetcar-rides/

Celebrating the holiday season in the Queen City just became easier with free rides on the Cincinnati Bell Connector on Saturdays running through December 21. The free streetcar rides are made possible by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) and 3CDC.

Yoga & Brunch

Saturday, December 7, 10:30AM – 1:00PM

Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St.

https://taftsbeer.com/events/yoga-brunch-3/

Enjoy a roughly 45-60 minute private yoga class with instruction from nearby Yoga Bar in Taft’s Ale House. We’ll be all decorated for the holidays, so enjoy a peacful class under the lights! At 11:30, head down to Nellie’s Tap Room on the bottom floor of the Ale House and enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Plus, with your ticket comes unlimited pints of Taft’s beer and mimosas until 1PM! Bring a mat, grab a friend or two and kick off your weekend right.

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-brunch-tickets-79367238547

Dad Day @ Rhinegeist Brewery

Saturday, December 7, 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/dad-day-rhinegeist-brewery-0

BYO-Plaid BYO-Dad.

It’s time to dust off your loudest plaid and bulkiest sneakers and joinin the taproom on Saturday, December 7th for our Fifth Annual Dad Day! Stop in and have a Dad on Dad Day with your Dad while you dance awkwardly to bygone boogies and learn a liquid lesson from our hoppy Holiday Ale. DJ’s will be spinning, plaid family photo ops will be available, and everyone will have a chance to win a special Dad Day gift set. Rest up gang—we’ve got a big day ahead of us.

Santa’s Workshop with Santa Galen

Saturday, December 7, 1:00PM-3:00PM

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.

https://washingtonpark.org/series/santas-workshop-2/

Through December 21.

This year, ditch your annual trip to the mall and venture down to Washington Park to see Santa Claus!

Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1p-3p. Stop by the wish-list station where elves will help you write a list to give to Santa when you meet him- or bring yours from home. Bring your family, your dog, your friends, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras! *Please note that this event is free, but you must bring your own camera for photos.*

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle

Saturday, December 7, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.

https://myfountainsquare.com/series/macys-downtown-dazzle/

Through December 21.

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle is one of the biggest highlights of the holiday season. See Santa rappel off of a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with light thanks to a fabulous Rozzi fireworks display.

Holiday Market

Saturday, December 7, 8:00AM – 6:00PM

Sunday, December 8, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Findlay Market, 1801 Race St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/holiday-market-3

Local artisans and craft vendors set up shop at the Market for a weekend filled with holiday cheer, gift shopping, and seasonal food and drink. The Holiday Market is the best place in town to find the perfect local gift for everyone on your list while enjoying holiday entertainment by local choirs and musicians, food demos and samples, and maybe even a surprise visit by Santa Claus and an elf or two.

Santa Skates

Saturday, December 7, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Sunday, December 8, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.

https://myfountainsquare.com/series/santa-skates-2/

Through December 21.

Every Saturday and Sunday from November 30 until December 22, Santa will lace up his skates and join families out on the ice for an hour of holly-jolly fun! Grab your friends, your family and your wish list get down to the Square before Santa makes his way back to the North Pole.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Saturday, December 7, 2:00PM

Sunday, December 8, 2:00PM

Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/charlie-brown-christmas-1

Through December 15.

Back by popular demand, bring your family and celebrate the season with our live rendition of your favorite holiday TV special! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the CBS program debuted on December 9, 1965.

Second Sunday on Main

Sunday, December 8, 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Main St.

https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/second-sunday-main

Street fair on Main featuring craft and food vendors, entertainment, demonstrations and more!