Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Cincinnati

Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Cincinnati
By Jessica Wuebbolt


It’s hard to believe it’s the most wonderful time of year again. If you’re looking for great ways to celebrate the season, than check out these holiday events happening in the Cincinnati area.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo is one of the more timeless Cincinnati holiday traditions. Get into the holiday spirit by strolling through over one million lights sparkling all around. At the festival of lights, there are dozens of activities that will be sure to entertain all ages. Some of the festivities include train rides, reindeer, Madcap puppet shows, magical talking elves, and light shows. The Festival of Lights is open until Saturday, January 4.

The Beach Waterpark is another outdoor activity decked out with thousands of spectacular lights. The Beach Waterpark totally transforms the summer water park into a wonderful holiday light display. The Beach Waterpark entertains thousands of guests with many activities such as a skating rink, horse carriage rides, a live nativity, meet and greets with Santa Clause, and a unique toboggan slide. Admission is $15.

The Krohn Conservatory is a great event for all those who prefer to be inside while still celebrating the season. Celebrate the holidays this year as you wonder through hundreds of holiday plants in the Krohn Conservatory. Not only does the Krohn Conservatory feature plants, but also there are interactive train displays. This display features all things Cincinnati such as the Union Terminal. Admissions are $7 for adults and $4 for children.

The Cincinnati Museum is another excellent activity if you would rather be inside then out in the cold. The Cincinnati Museum displays thousands of Duke Energy trains every holiday season to all museum guests. Holiday Junction features dozens of creatively thought out interactive train displays. Not only will adults be amazed at all the train displays, but also children will be entertained by creating their own train displays. Holiday Junction runs until January 5. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children.

If you are looking for a unique option that you’ve never been to, then Scuba Santa Water Wonderland is a great activity for you at Newport Aquarium. Scuba Santa not only amazes guests by entering into the Sharks exhibit, but he interacts with them as well. Another unique perk about Scuba Santa is he reads his own version of “Twas the Night before Christmas.” Admission is free with a Newport Aquarium ticket. Santa’s Water Wonderland runs from 10am to 6pm, through New Year’s Day.

If you are tired of paying all the fees for other holiday activities, than be sure to take advantage of free horse carriage and trolley rides courtesy of Macy’s. This free festivity is not only a great way to take advantage of a normally expensive transportation, but also it’s a unique way to explore the city. Trolley rides run on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. until December 21. Carriage rides are every weekend from noon to 5 p.m.

Ice skating downtown is another inexpensive outdoor option. Ice skating during the holiday season is one of the more popular activities among teenagers in the Tri-State area. This holiday activity is too good to pass up with such a great price. It costs $3 to rent skates and $3 to ice skate. The ice rink is open every weekend until Wednesday, January 1.

From ice skating to trains to interactive light displays, there sure is a little bit of everything to get people of all ages in the mood for the holiday season in Cincinnati.


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