Each year, families make Cincinnati Museum Center the place for their holiday traditions. This holiday season, wonder, joy and merriment will cover 12,000 square feet of CMC’s special exhibition gallery in Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis. Fan favorites like the Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, the Super-O interactive layout and garden railway trains will return this year. In addition to a variety of train layouts of different sizes and themes, the riding train will be back, letting riders chug along through a winter wonderland.
In addition to favorites from holidays past, Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis will include a blizzard of bricks crafted into custom LEGO creations courtesy of the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO Users Group (OKILUG). From floor to ceiling, 1,800 square feet of LEGO landscapes will feature motorized trains, whimsical scenes with local flavor and a merry amount of surprises tucked into every pip of their environment.
And, of course, Santa will arrive Friday, November 24, ready to listen to the wish lists of kids big and small.
The Duke Energy Holiday Trains will not be on display this season. As crews near the completion of a new gallery for the trains, the 71-year-old track is being carefully disassembled in preparation for the move into the new gallery. The Duke Energy Holiday Trains will reopen in their new gallery for the 2018 holiday season.
Working with materials as diverse as metal umbrella ribs, industrial yarns, woven metal, leather strips, and transparent acrylic, Iris van Herpen is one of the most visionary fashion designers of the twenty-first century. Credited with introducing 3-D printing to fashion, she seamlessly blends hi-tech processes with traditional handwork, creating imaginative sculptural garments. The subject of international acclaim, van Herpen often collaborates with architects, engineers, and other artists, expanding her vision and the possibilities for creative design.
This exhibition will introduce the Tri-state region to van Herpen’s collaborative process that rests at the intersection of art, engineering, architecture and science.
Enjoy free activities for the whole family! The house will be decorated inside and out with lights, garlands, and displays of antique ornaments on old-fashioned feather trees. Enjoy lunch in the Lindner Family Café and do some holiday browsing in the Shop, where you will find gifts for all ages—including the one-size-fits-all Taft membership.
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Make your own wrapping paper and holiday card to take home.
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Bring your camera for photographs with Santa.
Hear holiday stories in the Music Room.
Meet birds from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Traveling Bird Encounter.
Enjoy Christmas melodies with carolers in the galleries.
If the phrase 'male a cappella group' conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses...think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense...and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
After the fireworks, enjoy balloon-twisters and face painters while you cozy up for story time with Mrs. Claus inside Macy’s Fountain Place.
Join host John Morris Russell, the Cincinnati Pops conductor, for traditional holiday music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble and the Young Professionals Choral Collective, along with special guests from the Holiday Character Crew.
Watch Santa reppel down the Huntington Center building to the Macy's rooftop to kick off a spectacular fireworks display. There will be free carriage rides, carolers, and other performances around Fountain Square Friday through Sunday, including on the Cincinnati Bell Connector.
For more information, check out www.downtowncincinnati.com.
Aquatic life has influenced many artists and two of them just happen to be at the CAC right now! Join us in the UnMuseum for an underwater adventure featuring ocean-themed snacks and an deep sea submarine booth. Create a giant wave mural using blue tape, decorate a coral crown or captain’s hat. You can even design your very own wooden boat to sail in our wading pool. Oh, and did we mention The Wave Foundation will have a giant tank with stingrays to pet from 12:00 to 2:00?
For more information, visit http://www.contemporaryartscenter.org/calendar/2017/11/25/macys-family-festival-life-aquatic
The holidays just aren't the holidays until Santa arrives! Join us the day after Thanksgiving as Santa Claus and his family arrive at Union Terminal to turn on the Christmas lights and usher in the holiday season here at Cincinnati Museum Center.
On this day every year, American Express reaches out to small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country to bring attention to their thriving culture in the national community. Be sure to come out and support your local artisans, while making a large dent in your holiday shopping!
For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/
In the face of injustice, music can be a tool to reclaim an artist’s voice. Without words, Tchaikovsky’s heartbreaking Pathétique Symphony expresses his inner turmoil, and Shostakovich’s work rebels against the oppression he faced. As part of our annual One City, One Symphony initiative, we welcome the inimitable Truls Mørk and feature a world premiere by composer Emily Cooley for an evening honoring the visionaries who use music to Speak Truth.
Concerts are at Music Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25. Concert tickets start at $12. Call our box office at 513.381.3300 to ask for our $10 first-timer ticket offer.
For more information, visit https://cincinnatisymphony.org
Join us on Friday, November 24, for the 2017 Macy’s Light Up the Square event. See Santa and his friends rappelling down the side of the Huntington Bank Center to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular fireworks display. This 20–minute family-friendly program features performances from local choirs, cool lighting effects, and a few surprises.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Public Tour: Highlights of the Permanent Collection
Tours offer the highlights of the Cincinnati Art Museum's world-class permanent collection.
Public tours are always FREE and meet in the front lobby.
Join us for the fifth annual Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, an authentic German Christmas market.
Like last year, the market will be held on Fountain Square during Macy’s Light Up the Square, which features the annual lighting of the holiday tree and draws thousands of people from across the region. Featured vendors will include local artisans, traditional German fare, Glühwein (hot spiced wine), and more!
For more information, visit http://cincideutsch.com/cincideutschChristkindlmarkt2016.php.
Findlay Market celebrates the people who make this whole place possible—the customers! Customers who stop by the Market Center during the day can enter a raffle for a chance to win a variety of awesome prizes provided by the merchants.
For more information, visit http://www.findlaymarket.org/events/customer-appreciation-day
Join us for Art After Dark: Transforming Fashion as we celebrate the opening of special exhibition Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion with live music from Black Signal and DJ Mowgli, live performances from local artists, specialty cocktails, food for purchase and exclusive access to the entire museum the night before Thanksgiving.
Free admission and free parking. No RSVP required. Arrive early or consider using Uber/Lyft for the best parking options. #artafterdarkcincy
The Fountain Square Ice Rink is an outdoor ice arena that takes over Fountain Square from Halloween through Presidents’ Day of each year. The venue features admissions and rental tents with 600 pairs of skates; a full service bar and concessions tent with hot and cold snacks, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available during all rink hours; 60’ warming tent/viewing platform with benches, tables and chairs, and an ice-resurfacer with storage tent for easy on/off access to ice and 15-minute cleaning time.
Thanksgiving Holiday Break - Wednesday-Sunday, November 23-27, 9am to 11pm
Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Aunt Polly, Sid, Becky Thatcher—the whole gang is together in Mark Twain’s iconic piece of Americana. Set in the small, fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, during the mid-1800s, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer offers a little bit of everything: boyish adventure, faked deaths, grave robbing, murder, buried treasure, haunted houses, and more. Come check it out, and if you’re lucky we might just let you help whitewash the fence.
For more information and ticket purchase, visit http://cincyshakes.com/on-stage/the-adventures-of-tom-sawyer/
The Red Door Project opens doors for the artist in all of us. Each month there is an open call to artists to submit artwork based on a theme. Artists will receive a portion of the proceeds. Anyone can create art. Believe it and come celebrate artist in you.
Memorial Hall has been closed for over a year for a comprehensive renovation and modernization and this will be the first time the public will be invited in to the beautifully renovated space!
This year, venture down to Washington Park to see Santa Claus!
Every Saturday, November 26-December 24th, Santa and is merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm, Santa. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!
Branford Marsalis, celebrated saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master, takes center stage for this year’s One City, One Symphony weekend. This year, One City, One Symphony focuses on the theme of home and features a program of all-American music—just in time for Thanksgiving. Programmed works are by three supreme musical storytellers, Bernstein, Copland and Williams. Concerts are at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26. Concert tickets start at $12. Call our box office at 513.381.3300 to ask for our $10 first-timer ticket offer.
Join us for a special pre-concert happy hour, Drink, Draw + Listen, at the Contemporary Arts Center on Fri, November 25 from 5:30-7:30 PM.
For more information, visit http://cincinnatisymphony.org/onecity.
Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve with friends and family at the Cincinnati Art Museum during Art After Dark: Kentucky Renaissance. Enjoy free bourbon tastings from New Riff Distilling, free admission to special exhibitions including “Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth”, food for purchase from Eli’s BBQ and live music from the Part-Time Gentlemen.
About Art After Dark: Art After Dark is a FREE event. RSVP not required. Paring at CAM is FREE. Arrive early for the best parking options.
Come explore our hub for innovation, Union Hall. This is the home of Cintrifuse, The Brandery and CincyTech - just a few of the players in our StartupCincy community. Learn more about how Greater Cincinnati has risen from flyover country to a force to be reckoned with on the national startup scene. We will have tours every 30 min and representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Welcome (back) to StartupCincy!
We've created a new holiday experience for our guests this year in the Duke Energy Children's Museum! Join us as we transform it into a magical winter wonderland that will allow you and your family to continue making holiday memories – complete with Santa’s arrival and tree lighting on November 25, train layouts in the Children’s Museum and daily programming.
Open Daily: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving)
November 25 & 26: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Experience a myth-busting exhibition that has captivated millions of people around the world, as the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America comes to Cincinnati. Explore the rich, often-misunderstood Viking culture through a rare collection of artifacts and fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries that gives you a real look into the lives of Vikings and shows why they continue to capture our imagination.
Now Open through April 2017
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving)
The Passport highlights what's new and attractive about Cincinnati's urban core, particularly along the new Cincinnati Bell Connector route. By encouraging participants to visit local restaurants, bars, retailers, and entertainment venues in Downtown & Over-the-Rhine, they will be re-introduced to the region and discover all that Cincinnati has to offer and why it's a great place to call "home."
Be sure to pick up your Passport at one of the participating businesses, visit the locations and get stamps! Turn in your fully stamped passport for a chance to win amazing prizes! Click here for more details.
Cincy Pop Shop is an opportunity for future Cincinnati business owners to find accessible, affordable, and flexible spaces that allow them to create, expand, and nurture their small business with relatively low risk. Vendors will receive free rent until Dec. 31, 2016 in selected retail spaces on the arcade level of Cincinnati’s iconic Carew Tower.
Participating vendors include:
Barcode Glam, Chapeau Couture, Green Box Wrapping, and Sarah Center
(in the former Travel Leader space, first floor by Mabley Place garage)
Mon- Fri: 11-6
Davis Cookies, Jenco Brothers Candy, and Flying Pig Store
(in the former Radio Shack space)
Mon- Wed: 11-6
Thurs- Fri: 11-7
Sat- Sun: 11-4
Tronk Designs (by Hathaway’s, across from the stairs to the Hilton)
Mon- Friday: 11-6