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ver the years I’ve experienced Christmas in dif ferent ways, but I always start out with high expectations because I love Christmas. I loved it when I was a child, giving and getting, and now I love sharing it with my family. But there was one Christmas in particular that I’ll never forget. Now that my firstborn’s a freshman in college — I can marvel at the memory. I had my first baby on December 17. It was a bitter cold Friday night and there were lots of holiday parties going on — in fact, my obstetrician was hoping to get to one because at one point during my afternoon labor he gave the order to “up” the pitocin drip in my IV which rapidly increased my contractions. My doctor came in to deliver Alexandra wearing a full body shield ... later it dawned on me that he wore party clothes underneath. But that was just the tip of the memory I recall. I was in and out of the hospital in a speedy 24 hours after a lactation nurse pronounced us good to go — but we were not. At home alone with Alexandra, I didn’t know she wasn’t latching on. I popped a pacifier in her mouth. I held her in my Baby Bjorn front ways and vacuummed because my in laws were soon to arrive. I was crazy, sleep deprived ... and something more ... ignorant? How much I loved this little baby, but how much I wanted everything to be perfect. And for my family to see me as a success! I was way of f. Alexandra was NOT getting what she needed and soon we were both choking with tears and frustration — at just about the time my mom-in-law pulled into town. Here I was, trying to be the picture of perfect and I was an utter failure. I was determined to breastfeed, but I couldn’t relax. Over the phone the lactation consultant told me heating pads would help as would ice. That confused me further. I had no Christmas presents, was behind on decorating and baking and everything was caving in around me — including my expectations. That’s when I stopped everything and took to my bed with the baby . We would nurse until the cows came home. Round the clock. When she actually clamped down — latched — it was a new mother miracle. Come Christmas Eve, my mom-in-law had wonderful things simmering in the kitchen, piles of packages she had brought under the tree and I was only beginning to get the knack of breastfeeding ... finally experiencing let down, but still a mess. An over-achiever, I was nursing every hour and having a hard time getting used to not being available for anything else. When my husband came home from work that night, I coaxed him into a private meeting in our bedroom, him standing, me in the covers with our infant. “I have no presents! W e don’t have anything to give anyone!,” I wailed. I was falling apart. He was young, working hard, putting in long hours, his hair was every which way , tie askew, and all he wanted to do was sit at home with his wife and new baby and parents and enjoy the fire and Christmas Eve. “All right!” He said, wanting me to be happy , “I’m going to Wal Mart!” I don’t think I ever loved him so much as I did at that moment. Out he went into the craziness that is Wal Mart on Christmas Eve and he did it all. He wrapped everything, too and put it all under the tree, then did the stockings, too. While his parents slept, and while I curled on the sofa by the light of the Christmas tree nursing our precious baby girl, he finished up with the presents then sat with me, arm around us, and we just stared at the tree. This was our first Christmas as a young family . W e would be OK. And it was the BEST Christmas ever.

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And don’t forget to pick up a few holiday gifts in the Friends’ Shop on the Mezzanine, including kids’ toys, journals and hand-bags inspired by the Little Golden Books series. Check out the Dazzle Days schedule — we hope to see you there! • Zak Morgan and CCM Tenor Will Reed will perform on Saturday, Dec. 1. • Madcap Puppets will make an appear on Saturday, Dec. 8, along with costumed characters from the Little Golden Books series, including Scuffy the Tug Boat, Poky Little Puppy, and Saggy Baggy Elephant. • Visit with Library mascots Rufus and Red, and catch a performance from David Kisor on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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ACETAMINOPHEN ADVICE In the summer of 2011, some makers of liquid acetaminophen revised their infant and children products to contain a standard amount of medicine. Prior to that, infant’s medicine was three times as strong as the children’ s version. Why the change? “Overdoses were happening,” says Rosy Thind, M.D. with Group Health Associates in Finneytown. She explains that parents were giving toddlers and kids the same medicine they were giving to their infants, and not realizing that the infant drops were more concentrated so that infants didn’t have to consume as much liquid. The concentration of the infant drops is now diluted to match the children’s concentration (160mg/5mL), so be sure to check the dosing amounts before administering any medication. Of course, it’s always best to consult your pediatrician before giving your child any kind of OTC pain or fever reliever . Thind advises parents to steer clear of ibuprofen for babies under 6 months, as there haven’t been any real studies to test the ef fects. She also says parents should not give acetaminophen to infants under 2 months of age. “If they display symptoms like a fever or are irritable, then they need to be seen, as they could have a serious infection.” Parents should always call their pediatrician if their infant under 2 months of age has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher , and call if your child’s fever reaches 103 degrees. Thind also advises that parents take into consideration how their child appears. “Do they perk up after some medication? What other symptoms are present?” she says.

HELP AT HOME Thind says it is OK to give an OTC medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen along with a doctor ’s prescription – just make sure your pediatrician knows about it. “It’ s OK with antibiotics, there’ s no drug interaction,” she says, adding that antibiotics won’t be prescribed for a cold caused by a virus. Which unfortunately means that your little guy or gal is going to have to suf fer through it. But there are some home remedies that might help ease his or her symptoms, along with acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fevers or pain. Thind says a teaspoon of honey for kids over 1 year is good for congestion and coughs, and tea or warm soup is a good way to thin mucous. “Parents can also sit in a steamy bathroom with their child and read a book.” You can also break out the vaporizer or humidifier. “Either one is helpful for colds caused by a virus,” says Thind, “as they both put moisture in the air.” Vaporizers typically put out warm steam, while humidifiers provide a cool mist. Make sure you keep them clean, though! “Mold can build up if they’re not cleaned and drained,” says Thind, adding that parents should always read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning guidelines.

A WORD ON PREVENTION The most important thing you can do this cold season? “Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands!” says Thind. She suggests a good trick to teach your kids: sing the Alphabet Song while scrubbing their hands (ALL of their hands, including palms, fingers, backs of hands and wrists). When they reach the last letter, they’re done. “And regular soap is fine, it doesn’t have to be anti-bacterial,” she says, adding that hand sanitizers are OK to use a couple times throughout the day , but always wash your hands at a sink whenever you can.

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“It’s been an adjustment for everybody,” says Kim. Just working out all the logistics can be a real challenge for the family. “We try to make everybody happy by planning times to celebrate with all the families involved, but then, we make it a priority to have Christmas Day as our time to be together and be our own family,” she adds. Kim feels it’s best to try and keep things simple. For example, rather than attempting to address other family traditions or customs, Craig and Kim have found that starting their own traditions has worked for them. “We do our own thing, and open our gifts Christmas morning,” Kim says. “Then we follow that with a nice family breakfast at home. We just spend the day together enjoying each other and it helps ease the stress of the holidays. The children can enjoy their gifts and not have to jump up and go somewhere else. They can count on that one day to be our special day.”

Be Flexi ble with the K IDS’ Needs “It can be a juggling act to manage a normal two-household schedule,” says Sharon James, divorce and family mediator with Beech Acres Parenting Center, which offers parent and/or couples coaching and mediation. “Add to this child-care arrangements, visiting extended family members, vacations, celebrations, and you have quite the challenge. Advanced planning and communication is key. Send a list of your child’s activities — parties, child-care while out of school — to the other parent, along with the times that your family will be celebrating and ask to know their plans so you can create a holiday schedule that is confirmed well in advance and that works for everyone.” It’s crucial for parents to be particularly sensitive to the needs of their children during the holidays. “This is not the time to insist on equal time down to the minute,” says James. “They are not going to remember that Dad had 30 minutes more with them on Christmas morning. They WILL remember if it created tension and conflict between their parents. Unanticipated snags in plans may mean you have to change things around a bit to accommodate. It is important to be respectful of planned events at your child’s other home and make sure that children are there on time; it is equally important not to make an issue of changes that will allow your children to enjoy the holiday.” James also believes it’s a good idea for a blended family to start new holiday traditions. “Keep some family traditions from both sides,” she says. “A family meeting can help you brainstorm things you’d like to hang on to as well as ways to create new traditions that represent the union of your blended family. If you’ve always opened gifts on Christmas morning, but your stepchildren’s family opened them on Christmas Eve, do a little of each. Different ways to decorate a tree? Have two. There are no rules.” She also recommends that parents play to their family members’ strengths. “If your stepson enjoys hanging lights and your daughter is a creative gift-wrapper, place them in charge of those tasks. When children are making contributions and their talents are acknowledged and appreciated, they gain confidence and a sense of belonging — all key to the success of blending families.”

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Kim Williams cites another problem blended families face — making sure that the gift giving is “as even as possible among the children, and that one doesn’t feel that another child gets more.” She adds, “You really have to work hard to make that happen, particularly when the children are getting gifts from other family members.” James advises parents to be mindful of gift-giving messages. “What message do you want to convey to your kids about the meaning of the holidays? You may want to talk with one another about what the children have asked for and share in the cost of the bigger-ticket items and let them know that those gifts are from both Mom and Dad. If there are more gifts at one house than the other and your children comment on that, you might say ‘I am so happy that you enjoyed your Christmas with your mom/dad.’ You cannot change what happens in your ex-spouse’s home. You do have control over how you respond and keeping your child from being placed in the middle.”

Santa v s. the Drei del: Ble nding R eligiou s V iews Concerning the blending of religions, Neal King, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Belmont University, explains that if parents “do marry outside of their church — usually one spouse is not as devout as the other, and either converts or doesn’t really care how the holidays are celebrated.” Also, he adds that children tend to follow their parents, “so the devout spouse leads the way, and the children naturally inherit the beliefs of the spouse who cares the most. In a way, this is good news.” King says he feels that Christmas “means so many different things to so many different people, and this helps the blended family on that holiday, because Christmas is so open and wide — and elastic. It can be a holiday that suits most anybody.” The Mayerson Foundation has developed a unique program for families with blended religious backgrounds, called Fusion Family. In addition to fun events for interfaith families to meet others, like Top Chef Tots or The Passover Free for All, Fusion Family also offers New Traditions, which contains free gifts to help parents and children explore Judaism and its role in their family life. Both interfaith and conversionary families receive free gifts of ritual items and resources to help them learn about and celebrate Jewish holidays. The Mayerson Foundation also offers Shalom Family for families with children ages 12 and younger in which one or both parents are Jewish. Shalom Family hosts large events throughout the year, along with Sensory Sunday, which are free playgroups for families with babies. Shalom Family also provides Shalom Baby Starter Kits. Having a successful family life can be difficult these days for traditional, as well as blended families. Approaching the holidays with care and compromise is perhaps good advice for all of us, no matter what our family situation is. After all, learning how to get along by loving and respecting each other is what it is all about — whatever the season.

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Fisher-Price; fisher-price.com Ages 2 and older; $50 This cool mouse will have your little one dancing all over the living room. Master Moves Mickey performs more than 15 incredible dance moves including a handstand! He prefers fresh batteries to keep his speed up. He talks and plays funky music, too!

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H asbro; hasbrotoyshop.com Ages 3 and older; $56.99 She speaks more than 40 interactive sounds and walks all by herself (on a smooth, flat surface). Little mommies will love teaching her to walk and hearing all she has to say.

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Mattel; shop.mattel.com Ages 3 and older; $50 Dora performs four complete routines that include handstands, backbends, splits and more! She may not be as fast a the real thing, but your child will be amazed to see Dora doing these amazing routines on her own.

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TO MY; tomy.com Ages 3 and older; $49.88 at walmart.com He roars, he moves and he rears up! This dino is more than 12 inches tall and is full of fun phrases for little dino lovers to hear. Control him with a remote control wristband!

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SpinMaster; spinmaster.com; ladeeda.com Ages 5 and older; $19.99 Fashionable and trendy, the LaDeeDa dolls are perfect for little fashionistas. Their funky colors and styles are fun and little girls can be adventurous with their creativity.

F isher-Price; fisher-price.com Ages 3 and older; $89.99 The latest in the Loving Family dollhouses, this one comes with Mom, Dad, toddler and Baby plus accessories. The house boasts working sounds like a toilet flushing, a doorbell and more thanks to three AA batteries. Makes for hours of play.

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Barbie Photo Fashion Doll

Mattel; shop.mattel.com Ages 6 and older; $49.99 Customize her graphic T-shirt by taking pictures with the built-in digital camera (lens is on her back). You can take more than 200 photos and spruce them up with even more graphics, colors and more and see them appear on her torso as part of her shirt. Includes USB cord to connect to your computer so you can download all the photos you take.

Novi Stars

MGA Entertainment; novistars.com Ages 6 and older; $19.99 Truly unique, the Novi Stars dolls are alien-like figures with funky, cool styles and colors. Una Verse (pictured) has a see-through body with water and glitter within and comes with a pet and glow-in-the-dark stand. There are more Novi Stars to choose from and each are different in their own special way.

Illumivor Mecha-Shark

Skyrocket Toys; illumivor.com Ages 6 and older; $89.99 This radical radio-controlled shark lights up the night with ultra cool lights all over its body. As you control its moves over a smooth, flat surface, the bright white teeth chomp away and shows off its side-to-side fin action. Turn off the houselights and have some fun!

John Deere Monster Treads Radio-Control Tractor

ERTL/TOMY; tomy.com Ages 6 and older; $99.99 If your child loves tractors, then this is the ultimate gift of all. It’s a giant compared to other radio-controlled cars and its big wheels allow for it to cover a lot of terrain. With a size of 24x15x14 inches you’ll be thinking big!

Mix & Makeup Lip Shimmer

ALEX Toys; alextoys.com Ages 6 and older; $21.95 Create your own flavor and colors of glittery lip balm with professional ingredients. This set includes five ice-pop shaped containers with key chains, three bottles of color/flavor drops, lip shimmer base, glitter, 28 stickers, mixing cup, stir stick and instructions. If your little girl is into makeup, this will be a blast!

Orbeez RC Ladybug Scooper

Maya Group; orbeezone.com Ages 6 and older; $34.99 These tiny colorful balls grow in water and become something that is unbelievably squishy and fun. The ladybug utilizes sounds and lights as it picks up all the Orbeez. Includes 2,000 Orbeez in 10 colors.

Micro Chargers Jump Track

Moose Enterprise; microchargers.com Ages 6 and older; $29.99 Who would have thought that so much power and speed could come from something so small? These tiny racers are charged in the hand-held chargers and are released onto the track with the push of a button. They can reach incredible speeds and even jump gaps.

Air Hogs RC Battle Tracker

SpinMaster; airhogs.com Ages 8 and older; $99 Battle between a missile-firing automated Robot (he speaks!) and the disc-shooting helicopter includes signal tracking technology, multiple ways to play and remote control capabilities. Defeat the robot before he shoots you down! Safe for indoor play, and expect plenty of fierce action!

Cool Baker Cake Pop Maker

Spin Master/Umagine; umagineactivities.com Ages 6 and older; $24.99 Cake pops are all the rage and kids will love making their own with this kit. These no-bake cake pops come with icing, sprinkles, sticks and all that you need to make them. Mix it up and put them in the fridge for 15 minutes, then you’re ready to decorate. That’s a lot easier than making them the standard way.

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5334 Socialville Foster Road, Mason 513-229-0223 jaconbswelllearning.com • lwu@jacobswelllearning.com Brand new 100,000 sq. ft. facility. Make new friends, keep your minds sharp and intrigued, learn about God’s love and how to extend that love to others. 2012 Summer Olympics theme. Two or three field trips every week. Swimming at a local pool every week. Grades K - 5.

Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 wcaomd.com Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric. Other popular programs: Music for Young Children, a keyboard program for ages 4 and up; Music Pups, for preschoolers with a caregiver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel drum ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes.

ballet tech of ohio

7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville 513-683-6860 ballettechohio.org Students travel from all over the tri-state area to Maineville for the opportunity to be taught by founding director Claudia Rudolf Barrett, and her internationally renowned faculty. ballet tech® of ohio offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. We provide training for those who seek a professional career as well as classes for those who just want to dance.

Ballet Theatre Midwest

3833 Eastern Ave., Spencer Township Hall, Cincinnati 513-520-2334 ballettheatremidwest.com • ballettheatremidwest@fuse.net Ballet Theatre Midwest provides pre-professional classical ballet training and performance program, engaging children’s curriculum, creative dance for 3 and 4 year olds, jazz and musical theater repertoire and adult ballet classes.

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 11444 Deerfield Road, Ste. A, Cincinnati cballet.org The region’s only pre-professional ballet training program combines professional instruction, performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art studios where Cincinnati Ballet Company dancers rehearse. Ballet students frequently interact with company dancers, gaining insight into the life of a professional dancer.

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati 513-287-7055 cincymuseum.org, cincymuseumcenter.org/omnimax Home to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati History Museum, and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theatre – Cincinnati Museum Center offers something for everyone! Museums open everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas. OMNIMAX Theater hours vary. Rotunda Tours available Saturday and Sunday. Extended hours may be added for peak periods and special exhibits. Annual Holiday Junction exhibit Nov. - Jan. Admission included with an All Museums Pass. Visit our website for complete hours and schedules.

Drake Planetarium

2060 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati 513-396-5578 drakeplanetarium.org • pbowers@drakeplanetarium.org Come let your imagination soar! Featuring our popular Lego Robotics, Architecture, Crazy Contraptions and Young Builders classes. Science Adventure classes include Rockin’ Rockets, Battle Bots, Engineering, Amusement Park Science and Destination: SPACE.

Fruit of Zion Child Development Center

9180 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, West Chester 513-531-1180 www.fozchild.com • fozcenter@yahoo.com Before-/after-care. Children learn social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills in a positive, supportive environment. Individualized homework assistance is provided. Transportation is available for select schools.

Jelly Bean Junction Learning Centers

1313 Ohio Pike, Amelia 513-753-1500 533 Clough Pike, Cincinnati 513-528-3333 5994 Winton Road, Fairfield 513-939-1876 3277 Montgomery Road, Loveland 513-683-3400 820 US Route 50, Midford 513-576-0786 jellybeanjunction.com Is your child on the right track? Join us for our school age summer camp beginning in June. Children will be attending 2 to 3 engaging and educational field trips each week. We also invite special guests and activities to our centers. Call the location nearest to you for further details about this exciting opportunity.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 kindergardenschool.com Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency.

Langsford Learning Centers

Locations in Blue Ash and West Chester 513-531-7400 weteachreading.com A private educational organization dedicated to developing life-long, independent learners. We have been teaching reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement. Our successful model includes identifying the root cause responsible for the breakdown in reading process and then applying targeted instruction using research-validated approaches.

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 madpottercincinnati.com Pottery painting, parties and special events. Choose a piece, paint it and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

Montessori Academy

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 montacademy.org Providing a supportive learning environment, we focus on individualized education and offer students opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers committed to the success of each student intellectually, socially and emotionally. We encourage self-motivation and an excitement about learning. 7.5 acre campus. State chartered, AMS affiliated. Extended care available. 18 mos. - grade 8.

Paint by the Glass - Canvas and Cocoa

8179 Princeton-Glendale Road, Ste. G, West Chester 513-874-0806 paintbytheglass.com Bring your precious little ones out for a day of painting. Weekend classes for kids are now available, cost is $17.50 (includes all art materials, instruction and a drink/snack). Ages 5 and up. Schedule on-line or call 513-874-1101.

Piano Lessons In Your Home

pianolessonsinyourhome.com 513-860-3540 Offering piano, guitar and voice lessons for all ages in your own home with experienced instructors in the Cincinnati area and in Northern Kentucky. Also offers free recitals, a flexible make-up policy, an extensive music library and flexible scheduling.

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Mason, Liberty Township and Middletown locations 513-767-7134 piedpiperarts.com • musictogether.com All children are musical! From birth, children make sounds and movements in response to the music around them. Our classes help you support their music aptitude. Every week, enjoy 45 minutes of singing and dancing with other music-making families. Then continue at home with our CDs, illustrated songbooks and parent guide DVD. Music Together is an internationally recognized music and movement program. Visit our website to view a descriptive video.

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-984-3770 rockwernacademy.org • dafinell@rockwernacademy.org Rockwern Academy (formerly Yavneh Day School) is Cincinnati’s Jewish community day school serving children preschool - grade 8. Founded in 1952 and located on a beautiful campus in the Kenwood neighborhood, Rockwern prides itself on providing an excellent Jewish and general academic education in a warm and nurturing environment.

School or Rock, Mason

755 Reading Road, Ste. 1, Mason 513-770-1257 mason.schoolofrock.com • mason@schoolofrock.com We get you playing on stage before live audiences at real rock venues with weekly private lessons and weekly show rehearsals. We have programs for kids 7 - 18 and for adults, from beginner to advanced. We teach guitar, bass, drums, piano/keys, and vocal.

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The Southern Gateway Chorus

jimramsey@cinci.rr.com 513-782-8258 The Southern Gateway Chorus, silver medalists at the recent World Choir Games, will be presenting their 11th annual holiday concert, “Little Angels, Little Shepherds” at McAuley High School on Sat. Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The actors will be children, ages 5 - 14 and they sing, too. The chorus also invites me to attend two practices and sing two holiday favorites with the 85-member barbershop chorus. $15 adults, $5 children under 17.

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Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky 513-578-1280 tippitoesdance.com Tippi Toes Dance mission is to develop a love of dancing in children (ages 18 mos. - 3 yrs.) by creating a positive experience that promotes healthy living habits, helps build self-confidence, and a love for others.

CoCo Key Water Resort & Crowne Plaza Cincinnati North Invite you to bring the whole family and join CoCo to SPLASH in the New Year!

CoCo Key Water Resort Cincinnati will be open until 12:30 a.m. on New Years Eve EXCLUSIVELY for our overnight guests. Watch the ball drop with CoCo and enjoy a glass of Sparkling Cider!

Package includes: * Accommodations in Standard Guestroom * Up to four (4) water park passes valid for two (2) days of water park access * Kid friendly dinner buffet in our Grand Ballroom * Breakfast buffet for up to four (4) in our Grand Ballroom the following morning * Music, Duck Race, Games, Story Time and MUCH MORE!

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Hillsdale Campus: 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-728-2400 Doherty Campus: 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati 7hills.org An award-winning independent, non-sectarian and coeducational school serving students two years through grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a college-prep, 21st century curriculum. Informational Coffees in December and January.

Enjoy a night of celebration and fun without leaving the hotel. Swim as early as 2:00 p.m., check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. Access is valid until the water park closes on departure day.

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the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents

santa’s toy factory Dec. 7 - 15

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he Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents a new holiday musical filled with fun. As the elves prepare for Christmas Eve deliveries, they face a dilemma — the “Spirit Meter” is dangerously low! The kindest elf, Wendell, seeks to raise the meter and help Santa’s sleigh rise into the air with songs, dance and a holiday lesson. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St.; $7 - $20. Call 513-569-8080 or visit thechildrenstheatre.com.

Eben Franckewitz and Leo Northart from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Santa’s Toy Factory.

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December events requiring advance registration begin on page 46. HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND FUNDRAISER

Shop from a selection of vendors such as Scentsy candles, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay and more, all while benefiting The Women’s Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky. Covington Fraternal Order of Police, 520 E 18th St., Covington; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2; $2 and/or donate new condition women’s health products, toys or baby items; wccky.org.

SPOTLIGHT: A CHRISTMAS CAROL through Dec. 30

sat 1 ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Please see “Now Playing” on page 44 for details.

BOOKFAIR & AUTHOR SIGNING

Author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand is in for a signing today. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a book or two in support of St. Susanna School. Barnes & Noble, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 10 a.m. book signing; 513-6835599 or bn.com.

CHEVIOT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

There’s something for everyone in this celebration of the holidays — enjoy a live nativity, caroling and holiday treats, storytelling, crafts, photos with Santa, Christmas characters brought magically to life and much more. Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 W estwood Northern Blvd.; 5 - 8 p.m.; 513-662-2048.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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A CHRISTMAS CONCERT FOR HANDS AND STRINGS

The Wayne Martin Puppet Show presents this afternoon revue, featuring more than two-dozen puppets and trick marionettes, including favorites like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and the Jolly Old Elf! Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 1 p.m.; $5; 513241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

Usher in the Christmas season antique ornaments displays, toys and cards. This year’s exhibition features games, garlands, blown-glass ornaments, an Art Deco Christmas display, an antique feather tree adorned with patriotic ornaments and a nostalgic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer display of post-W orld War II Christmas memorabilia. Antique Christmas runs through Jan. 16, 2013. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; free with admission ($10 adults, $8 students and seniors, $4 ages 12 - 17, free ages 11 and younger), admission is free for all on Sundays; 513-684-4515 or taftmuseum.org.

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HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS

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CHRISTMAS AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus while you visit an indoor holiday wonderland that includes holiday train displays, a hobby and toy shop, the walk-through experience Journey to the North Pole, Santa’s house and more. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct.; open daily through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day): Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun noon - 6 p.m., special extended hours Dec. 15 - 30, open until 9 p.m.; closed at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; prices start at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

CINCINNATI ZOO’S PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

It’s the most glow-orious time of year! Head to the Zoo, where more than 2 million LED lights bring a shine to the holiday season. Journey through Fairy Land to the S’Mores-N-More Station, visit with the animals, enjoy performances from Madcap Puppets in the Wings of Wonder Theatre and catch a train ride. W arm up inside the Special FX 4-D Theater, and even get some holiday shopping done. Discounts are available! V isit any area United Dairy Farmers (UDF) and receive half priced admission coupons good for Mon - W ed, through Dec. 11. Discount tickets are also available at any area Kroger, good for $2 off adult and $1 off child admission any day of the event. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 5 - 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 1; free with admission ($15 ages 13 - 61, $10 ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older); cincinnatizoo.org.

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FREE DOWNTOWN DAZZLE DAYS AT THE LIBRARY

Bring the whole gang for crafts, refreshments from Kroger, a look at the library’ s exhibit Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books , Storybook Trees and a live performance from Zak Morgan and CCM Tenor Will Reed. Main Library, 800 Vine St.; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

Get into a Parisian style holiday spirit with a scavenger hunt through the CAM, a Kinderballet production of A Christmas Carol and some art-making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Enjoy a winter wonderland of lights from the comfort of your car — take a drive through Sharon W oods’ Holiday in Lights, presented by the Alleen Company. More than a mile of roadway features seasonal displays adorning hundreds of trees and more than 120 moving and standing holiday figures showcasing everything from Santa and his elves to Godzilla! Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and - 10 p.m. Fri Sat through Dec. 31; $12 per car or $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans; 513-769-0393 or holidayinlights. com.

HOLIDAY JUNCTION

Holiday Junction, featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, is ready to roll all month long. Enjoy an amazing train display in a festive atmosphere, with a full calendar of activities for the young and young at heart. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, 1 1 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun through Dec. 31; allmuseums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

Bring the gang to explore the holiday toy train exhibit that includes more than 250 feet of tract, Lionel trains and an interactive layout. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; through Jan. 13; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

JERSEY BOYS

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LASER SHOWS AT DRAKE PLANETARIUM

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FREE LEBANON CARRIAGE PARADE & CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Welcome in the holidays with Lebanon’ s 24th annual celebration, including a horse-drawn carriage parade, free carriage rides from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., street vendors, live entertainment, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Downtown Lebanon, S. Broadway St.; 10 a.m.; 513-932-1100 or lebanonchamber.org.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

Enjoy live music from local choirs, watch Santa Claus rappel down the side of the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop, ooh and ahh at fireworks and then enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus. Fountain Square, Vine St.; 5:45 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15; 513-421-4400 or downtowncincinnati.com.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Take a train ride to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and get a small gift. Stop at the Holiday Post Express to color pictures or write a letter to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and a cup of hot chocolate while you are entertained by Santa’s Elves. There will be an additional 7 p.m. departures Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23; $20.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

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Holiday activities, crafts, snacks, and performances by Zak Morgan, Madcap Puppets, and David Kisor. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturdays, December 1, 8 & 15 Visit the Golden Legacy & Wonderland of Fairytales Exhibits Don’t Miss the Library’s Storybook Trees Library Friends’ Shop Unique gifts & holiday cards. Visit www.CincinnatiLibrary.org Park for $2 a day weekends at the Garfield Garage

DECEMBER 14~23, 2012 ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS Gema Diaz & Liang Fu | Photography: Peter Mueller

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December events requiring advance registration begin on page 46. OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Back for its 11th year, the Victorian Holiday Village from Ohio National features child-sized houses decorated with lights and holiday scenes, and the Century House, a replica of a Habitat for Humanity home -- a hat tip to Ohio National’s 100th anniversary commitment to build ten new homes in the Cincinnati area over the next five years. Enjoy cocoa and cookies and free photos with Santa while you visit. Southeast corner of Pfeif fer Road and I-71 exchange; 5 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 - 7; ohionational.com.

PEOPLE & PARKS OF THE 60s

Take a trip back in time and check out an exhibit that showcases the people and parks of the 1960s, along with live music and a special kids’ holiday craft (crafts available for a small fee). Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

SANTA VISITS THE KROHN

The Krohn Conservatory welcomes Santa for some afternoon and evening visits during the Trains, Trestles and Traditions exhibit. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, and 22; free with admission ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger); cincinnatiparks. com.

SANTALAND

Santa’s back and he’s taking over Sharon W oods! After you’ve toured the Holiday in Lights display , hop out of your car for nightly entertainment, including The Dickens Carolers, Santa’s Confectionaries, the Nature’s Niche Gift Shop, a train display and photos with Santa ($5). Santaland is open through Dec. 23 — activities vary each night, be sure to check the web site for a complete schedule! Sharon W oods, 11450 Lebanon Road; free with admission to Holiday in Lights ($12 per car , $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans); 513-769-0393 or holidayinlights.com.

SCUBA SANTA AT NEWPORT AQUARIUM

Did you know Santa can scuba? He loves it so much he’s scuba diving all through the holiday season. Check him out as he dives underwater and shares his favorite holiday story. Families can also enjoy the Reindeer Roundup game, visit Scuba Santa’ s Post Of fice and write a letter and more. Scuba Santa will be around through Jan. 1! Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; extended hours Dec. 26 - 31 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $23 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12, free ages 1 and younger; 800-406-3474 or newportaquarium.com.

FREE SNOWMAN STORY TIME

Read about the magic of snowmen and create a craft to take home or display on the Story Stage. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or bn.com.

TRAINS, TRESTLES AND TRADITIONS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 42 for details.

FREE WINTERFEST

Enjoy an afternoon of family fun with Madcap Puppets (1 p.m.), activities (2 - 4 p.m.), photos with Santa, hay rides, crafts and games, a model train display and face painting. Bring a new or gently used children’ s book for the book exchange. Sponsored by Target and Cherry Blossom Studios. Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; free, but donations are appreciated; 513-522-1410.

sun 2 BOOKFAIR

Get some holiday shopping done while enjoying the talents of students from St. V incent Ferrer as they fundraise for their school programs. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or bn.com.

CAROL SING WITH THE CINCINNATI BOYCHOIR

Get into the holiday spirit and sing along with the Cincinnati Boychoir, as they present an afternoon of holiday music for the whole family . Crestview Presbyterian Church, 9463 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester; 4 p.m.; $5; 513-396-7664 or cincinnatiboychoir.org.

FREE FUN WITH THE NUTCRACKER

Cincinnati Ballet and Frisch’ s join together in support of the annual holiday favorite Frisch’ s Presents The Nutcracker for a 90-minute radio remote with W ARM98. Tickets to The Nutcracker and various prizes will be given away by both WARM98 and Cincinnati Ballet! Frisch’s, 9070 Plainfield Road; 10 a.m. - 1 1:30 a.m.; cballet.org.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND FUNDRAISER

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Cut, glue and make something marvelous to give as a gift for the holidays or to decorate your own home. Crafts range in price from 50 cents to $2. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC AND DANCE SHOWCASE

Bring the family for a festive, one-hour show featuring local performing groups such as the Finneytown High School Chorale, the Winton W oods High School Jazz Band and the Cincinnati Dance Crew. Admission is free, courtesy of the Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center , but donations of new and gently used winter coats for the St. Vincent de Paul winter coat drive are appreciated. Finneytown High School, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace; 3 p.m.; cincinnatidance.com.

FREE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WALK

Join your neighbors and local businesses for the annual Home for the Holidays W alk — enjoy a festive atmosphere and activities while you stroll along the avenue. S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.; 859-572-1225 or ftthomas.org.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

OUTDOOR SOCIAL

Join others in the Nature Playscape and bring your favorite mug for some hot cocoa and winter nature fun. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

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WINTER CRAFTS

Ages 3 - 12 can make up to two winter-themed crafts to take home. Seasongood Nature Center , Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; $1 per craft, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

mon 3 SPOUTS INSTITUTE: SONGS AND STORIES

Ages 0 - 3 are invited for a morning of stories, songs and finger-plays in a research-based literacy development program. Duke Energy Children’ s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 W estern Ave.; 10:15 a.m. - 1 1 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

tue 4 FREE A NUTCRACKER STORY TIME

Cincinnati Ballet’s own Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy join a special story time with Miss Heather. While you’re there, be sure to enter to win tickets to Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker. IKEA, 9500 IKEA Way, West Chester; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; cballet.org.

FREE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Enjoy holiday tunes, visit with Santa, take a sleigh ride and watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd.; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; 859-647-5439 or florence-ky.gov.

wed 5 FREE TINY TOTS

Bring your tots ages 18 months - 2 years for a morning storytime with books, finger plays, songs and playtime. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 US 42, Union; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

FREE TODDLER TIME

Bring ages 2 - 3 to the library for a “fly away” storytime. Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Ft. Thomas; 11 a.m.; 859572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

thu 6 FREE ARRIVAL OF ST. NICHOLAS

Bring your kids to the Goose Girl Fountain to watch St. Nicholas arrive on horseback. Each kid will receive a gift from the jolly man and free hot chocolate and cookies. Goose Girl Fountain, Mainstrasse, Main St., Covington; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; mainstrasse.org.

FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY PHOTOS

Viltrakis Photography provides free family holiday photos using the Krohn’s holiday show as a stunning backdrop. Presented by Friends of Krohn. Krohn Conservatory , 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 and older , free ages 4 and younger); cincinnatiparks.com.

SANTA VISITS THE KROHN

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

SCPA PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

Please see “Now Playing” on page 44 for details.

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SPOTLIGHT: PRESENTING THE NUTCRACKER Saturday, Dec. 8

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laudia Rudolph Barrett’s ballet tech of ohio presents a family friendly version of the classic, The Nutcracker, featuring students and guest artists. Little Miami High School, 3001 U.S. 22, Morrow; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Call 513-6836860 or visit ballettechohio.org.

sat 8 A VERY MADCAP PUPPET SHOW

Madcap Puppets presents their version of Rumpelstiltskin this afternoon, during which the audience will find out what happens when you make a promise you just can’t keep. Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road; 2 p.m.; free to members, $3 ages 5 - 12 in advance, $5 at the door; 513-554-1014 or sharonvillefinearts.org.

FREE BOAR’S HEAD AND YULE LOG FESTIVAL

Tickets distributed today for this annual holiday treat. Families from around Greater Cincinnati join the congregation of Christ Church Cathedral for a traditional festival featuring music, processions and more. Two tickets will be provided to each person age 18 or older . Performances will take place at 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 29 and 2:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 30. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E 4th St.; 8 a.m.; 513-621-2627 or boarsheadfestival.com.

BOOKFAIR & AUTHOR SIGNING

Author Cathy Leggett is in to sign her new book, A Wedding Homerun in Loveland, OH. While you’re there, pick up a book or two in support of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Barnes & Noble, 9891 W aterstone Blvd.; 3 p.m. book signing; 513-683-5599 or bn.com.

FREE CANDY CANE HUNT

Bring the little sleuths to go on a candy cane hunt this afternoon! Goebel Park, Philadelphia St., Covington; 2 p.m.; mainstrasse.org.

FREE CONCERT FOR KIDS

THURSDAY ART PLAY

Ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers can welcome the cold weather with some art projects that are all about snow and ice. Create your own snow monster sculpture, paint with ice sticks and capture your winter wonderland with a tiny snow globe. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St.; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors and students, free ages younger than 5); 513345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

THURSDAY NIGHTS WITH LIGHTS

Enjoy the beauty of the Krohn exhibit by night, and munch on hot chocolate and holiday treats. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger); cincinnatiparks. com.

fri 7 BOOKFAIR

Support Cincinnati Country Day School during this bookfair and enjoy music, fun and games. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 513794-9320 or bn.com.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Enjoy a live performance from the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society, followed by the Colerain High School Orchestra. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Rd, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

HOLIDAY POPS

JMR and the Cincinnati Pops welcome grammywinning recording artist Amy Grant to Music Hall for a performance full of traditional holiday favorites and music from her Christmas albums. Enjoy photo ops, costumed characters and other pre-concert entertainment to make the event truly family-friendly. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9; tickets start at $25, with $10 tickets for ages 6 - 17 on Dec. 9; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

PEACE & PERSPECTIVE

The Cincinnati Boychoir performs new and old works from solstice celebrations around the world to inspire an atmosphere of reflection and renewal. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.; 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 4 p.m. Dec. 9; $10 adults, $7 seniors and students; 513-396-7664 or cincinnatiboychoir.org.

FREE POLAR EXPRESS STORY TIME

Come dressed in your PJs and join an annual reading of The Polar Express to welcome the holiday spirit. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or bn.com.

REDSFEST

It’s the “winter warmup” for the Cincinnati Reds. Bring the kids for games, activities, and a chance to meet current and former stars of the Reds. Redsfest benefits the Reds Community Fund, which aims to improve the lives of kids using baseball-themed outreach programs. Duke Energy Convention Center , 525 Elm St., 3 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 1 1 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8; two-day passes $25 adults, $12 ages 3 - 12; single-day passes $17 adults, $7 ages 3 - 12; 525 or reds.com.

blue manatee welcomes Joel Caithamer back to the LePage Stage where he’ll mix in some seasonal songs with his standard set of silly tunes. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1 1:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE DAZZLE DAYS AT THE LIBRARY

Join Cincinnati Family and NKY Family at the library for a dazzling afternoon of crafts, costumed character visits from the Golden Books series (including Scuffy the Tug Boat, Poky Little Pupp y and Saggy Baggy Elephant ), and a live performance from Madcap Puppets. Main Library, 800 Vine St.; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FEAST OF CAROLS

Welcome the holidays with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s choirs and guest choirs, including the May Festival Youth Chorus, School for the Creative and Performing Arts Chorale, and the Winton W oods High School Varsity Ensemble. Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati, Jefferson Ave.; 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 9; $12 adults, $6 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-6638 or ccm.uc.edu.

FREE FROM THE NUTCRACKER

The Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet performs a short piece from the classic holiday story of The Nutcracker. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:45 a.m. - 1 1:30 a.m.; cballet.org/ academy.

HOLIDAY POPS

Please see Dec. 7 for details.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

SANTA’S TOY FACTORY

Please see Calendar opener on page 31 for details. (the “Calendar” continues on page 38)

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SPOTLIGHT: FREE MENORAH OF FREEDOM Tuesday, Dec. 11

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ublic dignitaries and community leaders attend a ceremonial kindling of a giant Menorah during an event that features Chanukah treats, live music, a children’s raffle and pictures with Judah the Maccabee. Deerfield Towne Center, 5505 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Call 513-234-0777 or visit jdiscovery.com.

FREE MIRACLE AT THE MALL

What do store mannequins, Muzak, a homeless woman and mall singers have to with Christmas? Enjoy a heartwarming Christmas musical and dramatic presentation for the entire family , featuring Friends of the Groom, a professional Christian Theatre Company and the Montgomery Assembly of God Choir . Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road; 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9; admission is free but tickets are required; 513-4280477 or montgomeryag.org.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

FREE NUTCRACKER CRAFTS

Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy join families for a holiday craft. IKEA, 9500 IKEA Way, West Chester; 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.; cballet.org.

PRESENTING THE NUTCRACKER

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

REDSFEST

Pipsqueak Theater presents a fun-time creative kids adventure starring popular children’ s entertainer, The Madcap Puppets performing Rumplestiltskin. The Madcap Puppets entertain with their hilarious, zany story of a timeless battle between good and bad, right and wrong, chocolate and vanilla, and the enduring quest to laugh, sing and dance, act silly , and ultimately discover the truth. Kids, parents and performers all join in the fun. Don’t miss Santa’ s Workshop with crafting, giant cookie decorating, and creating letters to Santa. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. Dec. 9 and 16; $7; 513-731-8000 or the20thcenturytheatre.com.

SLEEP, STAY OR MOVE AWAY

Barnes & Noble, 9891 W aterstone Blvd.; 2 p.m.; 513683-5599 or bn.com.

FREE CINCINNATI CIVIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Enjoy a free holiday music concert from one of the oldest all-volunteer orchestras in the United States. The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road; 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; 513-552-1410.

FAMILY HOT CHOCOLATE HIKE

Mix your own hot chocolate and take a walk along the inner loop of the Shaker Trace Trail. Bring a mug — the parks will supply the ingredients, along with a recipe to take home. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater ForeSt., 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 p.m.; $1 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FEAST OF CAROLS

Please see Dec. 8 for details.

HOLIDAY POPS

Please see Dec. 7 for details.

SANTA VISITS THE KROHN

FREE MAY FESTIVAL YOUTH CHORUS PERFORMANCE

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Hola! Learn some basic Spanish vocabulary with stories and songs. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE WINTER WONDERLAND STORY TIME

Make a craft and read some snowy stories that make you yearn for the fireplace. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or bn.com.

sun 9 FREE AUTHOR SIGNING

Author Nadine Huf fman and illustrator Marilyn Lebhar are in the store to sign their book, A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas. While you’re there, pick up a book or two in support of The Montessori Academy of Cincinnati.

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PEACE & PERSPECTIVE

Please see Dec. 7 for details.

PIPSQUEAK THEATER’S CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 7 for details. Please see Dec. 1 for details.

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

Enjoy seasonal music, choral selections, and solo repertoire from the May Festival Youth Chorus under the direction of James Bagwell, and featuring talented high school students from throughout Greater Cincinnati. Because of the popularity of this concert, admission tickets will be distributed at the museum on the day of the concert beginning at 11:30 a.m., limit four per person. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 2:30 p.m.; 513-6844515 or taftmuseum.org.

FREE MIRACLE AT THE MALL

Please see Dec. 8 for details.

NATURE IN WINTER HIKE

Join the naturalist for a hike to discover how nature copes with winter . Playground, Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave.; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

Meet some local wildlife and learn how different animals cope with winter. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

FREE THE BELL RINGER SIGNING

Author and illustrator Robert Brubaker reads, discusses and signs his holiday book, The Bell Ringer , a tale of a young thief who steals a bell ringer ’s charity bucket. But when an elf comes the rescue, the bandit is forced to learn a valuable lesson. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

mon 10 SPROUTS INSTITUTE: MISS MEGHAN’S MUSIC

Based on the Musikgarten curriculum, this program introduces ages 2 - 5 to music concepts using movement, instruments and children’ s imaginations. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 a.m. - 1 1 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

tue 11 FREE MENORAH OF FREEDOM

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wed 12 WINTER ART

Snow, frost and ice have inspired artists for centuries. Follow their lead and make an inspired piece of winter art to take home. Programs are weather dependent, please call ahead. Activity times begin at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. W ed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun. through Dec. 30. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513771-8733 or greatparks.org.

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December events requiring advance registration begin on page 46. HOLIDAY CONCERT

The 350 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the tri-state area, perform holiday songs from around the globe. Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati, Jefferson Ave.; 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-6638 or ccm.uc.edu.

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his version of the classic tale has been re-envisioned just for Cincinnati audiences from Cincinnati Ballet’s Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan. Follow Clara as she journeys through battling mice and a swirl of snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where joy and wonder await her. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; tickets start at $31. Call 513-621-5282 or visit cballet.com.

LITTLE ANGELS, LITTLE SHEPHERDS

The Southern Gateway Chorus, Silver Medalists at the recent World Choir Games, presents their 1 1th annual holiday concert. McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave.; 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $20 adults, $5 ages 15 and younger; 513-782-8258 or jimramsey@cinci.rr.com.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

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MESSIAH IN MASON

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra annually performs the timeless classic Messiah by George Frideric Handel, and for the second year in a row , the Orchestra is taking this holiday tradition beyond Music Hall and into the community. In addition to the famous Hallelujah chorus that many audiences opt to sing along with, talented vocal soloists — soprano Arianna Zukerman, mezzo soprano Phyllis Pancella, tenor Nicholas Phan and bass Kevin Burdette — along with the worldrenowned May Festival Chorus present the first part of this narrative which tells the Christmas story . Christ’s Church at Mason, 5165 W estern Row Road, Mason; 7:30 p.m.; $25 adults, $10 children; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

thu 13 HANDBELL CONCERT

The Florence United Methodist Church Handbell Ensemble performs this evening during Krohn’ s annual holiday floral show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger); cincinnatiparks.com.

THE MIGHTY WURLITZER

The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall presents this holiday concert, featuring American Theatre Organ Society’s 2012 Theatre Organist of the Year, Mark Herman, along with special guests like the School for Creative & Performing Arts’ choir and Santa! Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; $20 - $25; 513-6212787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

SANTA VISITS THE KROHN

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

fri 14 CALICO CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

Students from the University of Cincinnati, CollegeConservatory of Music Preparatory Department presents excerpts from the famous ballet of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15; $5; 513-558-1215 or ucclermont. edu.

FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

GAITHER CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING

Enjoy multi-Grammy award-winning artist Bill Gaither ’s music spectacular, featuring The Gaither V ocal Band and feel-good Gospel music. Bank of Kentucky Center , Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $28.50; $10 parking; 859-442-2652 or bankofkentuckycenter.com.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Enjoy a live performance of festive holiday music from SUAVE, the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

FREE LUMINARY WALK

Take an evening stroll along the luminary-lit trail then head inside the lodge to warm up with crafts, live music by Ear Candy and Steve Featherston, and have your picture taken with Santa! Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Batavia; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or clermontparks. org.

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FREE OHIO CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS

Participants highlight the Buckeye State with stories and crafts today. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or bn.com.

SANTA VISITS THE KROHN

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

sun 16 DRIVE THRU NATIVITY

Enjoy a traditional nativity scene from the warmth of your car. Church of the Saviour, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 5:30 - 9 p.m.; cos-umc.org.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Families can get in the mood with crafts ranging from snowflake ornaments to little gift boxes. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

PIPSQUEAK THEATER’S CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 14 for details.

Please see Dec. 9 for details.

FREE DAZZLE DAYS AT THE LIBRARY

TOY MENORAH

Celebrate the holiday season at the library . Enjoy crafts, refreshments from Kroger , visits with Library mascots Rufus and Red, and catch a performance from David Kisor. Main Library, 800 Vine St.; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; 513369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

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Learn about Chanukah through a hands-on activity — visitors help build a menorah with toys that will be donated to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 11:45 a.m.; all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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mon 17 SPROUTS INSTITUTE: SIGNING SAFARI

Ages 9 months - 3 years and their caregivers are invited for a morning of singing, signing and rhyming with a certified Child Sign Language Specialist. Duke Energy Children’ s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 10:15 a.m. - 1 1 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

tue 18 TOT TUESDAY

Bring your tot for stories, crafts and fun, then be sure to explore the Holiday Toy Train exhibit and check out the interactive play stations. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

wed 19 FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

Ages 2 - 5 and their grownups are invited for four cozy story stops in the galleries, followed by a stop in Artworld for a holiday art project. Finish up your morning at the Terrace Cafe for a small fee. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 1 1:30 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

thu 20 SANTA VISITS THE KROHN

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

STAR GARLAND CLASS

Ages 6 and older can learn how to make a star garland from old holiday and other greeting cards. Construct a garland up to four feet long to take home! Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 20 - 22; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

WINTER FESTIVAL STORIES

The Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild spins some festive winter stories to spice up the season. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

fri 21 AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 40 for details.

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December events requiring advance registration begin on page 46. NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

SPOTLIGHT: TRAINS, TRESTLES AND TRADITIONS through Jan. 6, 2013

SANTA VISITS THE KROHN

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

STAR GARLAND CLASS

Please see Dec. 20 for details.

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he Krohn’s popular holiday show returns with colorful blooms, a train and holiday light experience, poinsettias and plenty of special activities. The show will also feature landmark buildings and bridges made entirely out of natural materials. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6, 2013. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger. Visit cincinnatiparks.com.

A TRADITIONAL NUTCRACKER

Ballet Theatre Midwest presents a classic version of everyone’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker. Audiences will especially enjoy some new additions this year , including a Russian hoop dancer and a Chinese ribbon dancer, as well as traditional appearances from Herr Drosselmeyer, Clara, the Toy Tin Soldier, waltzing snowflakes and more. Walter C. Deyes S.J. Performance Center, St. Xavier High School, 600 W North Bend Road; 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23; $20 adults, $15 children and seniors; 513-520-2334 or ballettheatremidwest.com.

DRUMMING ON THE LONGEST NIGHT

Families are invited to drum, dance or just listen while the CNC celebrates the winter solstice. Bring an instrument or borrow one (please note that young children might find the noise level uncomfortable and may need earplugs). Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children ; 513-831-171 1 or cincynature. org.

STAR GARLAND CLASS

Please see Dec. 20 for details.

WINTER SOLSTICE: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Celebrate winter holidays from around the world with hands-on activities about holidays like Hanukkah, Diwali, the Chinese New Year and more. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 W estern Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; allmuseums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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NORTH POLE EXPRESS

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The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society plays sweet tunes on mountain dulcimers while you enjoy the Krohn’ s holiday exhibit, Trains, Trestles and Traditions. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger); cincinnatiparks. com.

A TRADITIONAL NUTCRACKER Please see Dec. 21 for details.

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BRIGHT IDEAS: GINGERBREAD ARCHITECTS

WINTER BREAK FUN DAYS

Look at traditional and non-traditional gingerbread houses and make a unique (but totally edible) structure. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

Don’t let cabin fever get you! Bring the family to the park to join an indoor scavenger hunt, games and crafts to take home. V isitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 27 - 28; $1 per craft, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

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Keep warm while hunting for cool treasures hidden inside the nature center. Find them all and win a prize! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Bonjour! Use stories and songs to learn some simple French vocabulary. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FULL MOON HIKE

Join a night hike to take in the light of the full moon and perhaps meet a few nocturnal animals that live in the park. Winton Centre, Winton W oods, 10245 Winton Road; 6 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

WINTER BREAK FUN DAYS Please see Dec. 27 for details.

FREE MISS KELLY’S LAST STORY TIME

Say farewell to Miss Kelly, who reads her favorite stories and help design great crafts. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or bn.com.

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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT

They’ve been innovators of the game for decades, now you can introduce your family to the fun and tricks of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. This year, the fans can decide the rules of the game — just vote online at harlemglobetrotters.com and then see what happens! U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 2 p.m.; tickets start at $25; usbankarena.com.

FREE ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S STORY TIME

Ring in the New Year a little early with new storyteller Miss Rachel! Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or bn.com.

WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT

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Small Hands Christmas Wreath Spend some good, quality family time and make a special craft for the holidays.

What You’ll Need Green construction paper Scissors & Glue Ribbons, sequins, glitter, etc.

What You’ll Do

Hunt for signs of winter by following a list of directives and clues — record your experience by writing and drawing in a nature journal. Return your completed hunt to the Visitor Center by 4 p.m. for a prize. V isitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.; $3 per nature journal, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 12 - 3 p.m. Dec. 29 - 30; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

now playing ALICE IN WONDERLAND

The ETC presents this magical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic story - follow Alice along as she encounters a cool cat, a wild hare, and the Queen of Hearts, aka, the original “Dancing Queen.” Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1 127 Vine St.; through Dec. 30; $38 - $42 adults, $16 ages 12 and younger; 513-421-3555 or ensemblecincinnati.org.

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra presents a heartwarming opera featuring the story of Amahl and his life-changing encounter with Three Wise Men seeking the Christ Child. Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy.; Dec. 21 - 23; $15 - $25; ccocincinnati.org.

1. Trace your child’s open hand about 8 – 10 on green construction paper.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

2. Cut out the hand shapes. Arrange the hands in a circle with the wrists overlapping and the fingers pointing out.

CINDERELLA

3. Glue into position to form a wreath shape. 4. Decorate! Add ribbons, bows, stickers, glitter or sequins to complete the wreath.

Please see “Spotlight” on page 30 for details. Cinderella becomes a Christmas fantasia, complete with a Christmas Ball and based on the famous Rodgers & Ha mmerstein version, originally presented on television in 1957 and starring Julie Andrews. Covedale Cente r for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Dec. 23; $23 adults, $20 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

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mon 31 HAPPY ZOO YEAR

Ring in the 2013 Zoo Year with a bunch of “party animals” at the Zoo. Meet Father Time and Baby Zoo Year during a one-of-a-kind meet and greet, and enjoy an early Zoo Year Countdown at 8:55 p.m., complete with party favors and Rozzi’s fireworks. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 V ine St.; 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; free with admission ($15 ages 13 - 61, $10 for ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older); cincinnatizoo.org.

December events requiring advance registration begin on page 46. JERSEY BOYS

Fans of the Four Seasons will enjoy a trip down memory lane in this production that details the story of the group, and those new to the quartet will enjoy classic songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and much more. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; through Dec. 9; tickets start at $28; 513-621ARTS (2787) or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

LASER SHOWS AT DRAKE PLANETARIUM

Lovers of dazzling light displays and music won’t want to skip a visit to Drake Planetarium this month — it’ s packed full of laser shows, including a Holiday Laser Show featuring holiday tunes and a choreographed light show . Or check out a Rock Laser Show, featuring the sounds of Metallica, Pink Floyd and other heavy hitters. Laser POP includes current favorites like Maroon 5, Gnarls Barkley, while Laser Hip Hop features Kanye W est and the Black Eyed Peas. There’s even a hat tip to the 80s with Laser Retro. Family-friendly shows include Legends of the Night Sky, an introduction to the myths and stories behind the stars. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave., Norwood (the top floor of Norwood High School); show times vary, visit site for schedule; $8 in advance or $10 at the door; 513-396-5578 or drakeplanetarium.org.

SANTA’S TOY FACTORY

Please see Calendar opener on page 31 for details.

SCPA PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

Bring the family for the classic story of a young girl’s Christmas Eve dream that ends with a handsome prince and the Kingdom of Sweets, featuring dance majors from the SCP A. Corbett Theater, School for Creative & Performing Arts, 108 W est Central Pkwy.; Dec. 6 - 9; $15; scpak12.org.

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• Communication Workshop for Parents Learn how to build strong family relationships using smart communication skills that help you avoid frustrating conflicts. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13; also Dec. 17 at the Glenmore location (3325 Glenmore Ave.); $15.

BEHRINGER CRAWFORD MUSEUM 1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org

• Polar Express Readings Bring your little ones dressed in their PJs for a reading of the classic story , hot chocolate and cookies, a special gift from Santa, and the Holiday Toy Trains exhibit. 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17).

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• Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm a fussy newborn during this two-hour workshop. 6:45 p.m. Dec. 10; $50 per couple (includes a Parent Kit and DVD).

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • bluemanateebooks.com

• Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Ms. Kelli with your little ones ages 2 - 4 on Mondays to listen to a good book followed by an art-making activity. 10 a.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17; $5. • Miss Meghan’s Music Ages 3 and younger and their grownups are invited for music, movement and fun times together. 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13; $8.

BLYSS STUDIO

102 Wooster Pike, Milford, OH • 513-516-7366 • Children’s Snowflake Art With Reva Ages 4 - 8 will learn about focus and symmetry while forming sixsided figures, and learn about how snowflakes are shaped and can be imperfectly beautiful - just like us! 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15; $10 or $15 per family . • Prenatal Wisdom Workshop II Mothers and fathers will build the foundation of their birthing experience through yoga exercise and relaxation. 1:30 - 4 p.m. Dec. 29; $35 per family.

BRIDGEWATER FALLS

Bypass 4 and Princeton Road, Fairfield shopbridgewaterfalls.com • Breakfast With Santa You’re invited for a morning treat with Santa — be sure to bring your camera for free photos. Space is limited! Held at Max & Erma’ s on Dec. 1 and Chili’s Grill & Bar on Dec. 15; 9 a.m.; $10 adults, $8 ages 2 - 12.

BURNET WOODS, TRAILSIDE NATURE CENTER 3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • cincinnatiparks.com

• Winter Break Camp Grades K - 3 can explore the quiet calm of winter and ring in the New Year with a hike, games, crafts and a story. Pack a lunch and dress for the weather. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28; $20.

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These events require advanced registration. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

CALDWELL NATURE PRESERVE

400 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 • cincinnatiparks.com • Outdoor Winter Survivor Camp Grades 4 - 6 can learn some neat outdoor skills, like fire building, camp fire cooking, and an Amazing Camp Race. Enjoy tin foil lunches (materials needed will be e-mailed in advance) and be sure to dress for the weather. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27; $20 per child. • Owl Prowl Find out who is out and about this time of year! An indoor presentation will allow you to get close to some live owls, then join some hands-on activities and an outdoor night hike. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28; $5.

CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 • cincinnatiparks.com

• FREE Working Without Weaning Listen to one mom’s tips on transitioning back to work while still breastfeeding. 12:45 p.m. Dec. 15.

CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER

1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7021 • cincymuseum.org • Pancakes With Santa Join a special brunch, featuring a decorate-your-own pancake buffet, holiday carols from The Mistletones, family-friendly activities and photos with Santa. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 8; $30 adults, $15 children, free ages 1 and younger. • Holidate Celebrate the holidays with your little ones, including baked treats from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, hot cocoa and a special performance from the Nutcracker by Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9; $12 members, $15 nonmembers.

• Winter in the Woodlands Paid reservations by Dec. 1 for Dec. 7 event, Dec. 5 for Dec. 14 event. Follow a luminaria-lit trail on a self-guided walk through the forest, then decorate your home-baked holiday cookies, make crafts and enjoy acoustic music. 6 - 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; $5.

• The North Pole Pajama Party Don your PJs for hot cocoa, cookies and a visit with Santa. Check out the Holiday Junction exhibit, play some games, make a craft, and enjoy a performance of The Gift of the Magi from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21; $18 members, $28 nonmembers.

• Winter Break Camp Ages 5 - 12 are invited for indoor and outdoor activities like hiking, games and crafts. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and Jan. 3; $20.

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CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM

953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-ARTS (2787) • cincinnatiartmuseum.org • Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 can smell, feel, listen and look at the CAM’s collection in a hands-on experience for them and their caregivers. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Dec. 14; $10 per parent/child members, $20 per pair non-members, $3/$6 for each additional person.

CINCINNATI BALLET/DUKE ENERGY CENTER 525 Elm St. • 513-621-5282 • cballet.org/nutlunch

• Children’s Nutcracker Luncheon Enjoy a kidfriendly lunch and selections from Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, as danced by students from the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy. After the performance, kids can gather on the dance floor for a Rat King Parade. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 15; $35 children, $50 adults.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • theplaceforfamilies.com

• Belly Blessings Henna belly painting is believed to offer protection, love and positive energy to an expecting mother and her baby. Pick a design you like and use non-toxic henna paints. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16; $25. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Learn about the benefits of cloth diapering - it’ s not as messy as you think! 12:45 p.m. Dec. 8. • FREE Angel’s Paws Learn how to help your children cope with the loss of a pet from Tammy Wynn, owner of Angel’s Paws, an end-of-life care service for pets and the people who love them. 12:45 p.m. Dec. 1.

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org

• Home for the Holiday Families work together to create a one-of-a-kind birdhouse to take home or give as a gift. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 9; $15 per birdhouse plus admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military).

CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN 3400 Vine St. • cincinnatizoo.org

• Signing Safari Goes to the Zoo Staff from Signing Safari and the Cincinnati Zoo join forces for an hourlong program featuring weather, nature and animals signs. Enjoy visits with animals as well as singing, stories and more. 9:30 or 11 a.m. Dec. 8, 11, 14 or 15; $17 members, $20 nonmembers.

FARBACH WERNER NATURE PRESERVE

3455 Poole Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Taffy Pull RSVP by Dec. 10. Join an old-fashioned taffy pull — pull and pull the candy until it is just right for cutting and wrapping to take home! 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 15; $5. • Legend of the Christmas Spider RSVP by Dec. 13. The German legend of the Christmas Spider recounts the origin of the use of tinsel to decorate Christmas trees. There will also be a special visit from a spider guest and kids and adults will make a spider ornament. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19; $5.

FREESTORE FOODBANK CUTOMER CONNECTION CENTER

112 East Liberty St. • 513-482-7550 fsfbmedia.org/beta/take-action/volunteer • Help With the Holidays Volunteers help in several ways, including providing directions to customers, carrying and packing holiday boxes, and more. It takes hundreds of volunteers each day, your help is

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call ahead to reserve your child’s spot! (These events require advance registration!)

needed! 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 12 - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 12 - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21.

LABOITEAUX WOODS

5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • cincinnatiparks.com • Holiday Craft Workshop Bring the family for crafts with natural materials, with a little help from the staf f. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 or 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8; $5.

KENNEDY HEIGHTS ART CENTER 6546 Montgomery Road 513-631-4278 • kennedyarts.org

• Winter Break Art Camps Keep kids occupied while on winter break with art camps that range from Hooooliday Owls to a Family Workshop to Shadow Puppetry and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 27 and 28, and Jan. 2, 3 and 4; $25 per participant ($10 for after care from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.).

MAYERSON JCC

8485 Ridge Road • 513-761-7500 • jointhej.org • FREE One Candle for Tzedakah Concert and Hanukkah Party Ages 8 and younger can celebrate Hanukkah with a child-friendly classical music concert, followed by an instrument “petting zoo,” crafts, stories, snacks and games. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to children in need. A program of the Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas at the JCC. In partnership with PJ Library and Hebrew Union College. 4 - 6 p.m. Dec. 9. • Winter Break Camp: Around the World in 8 Days! Explore the world’s best sports, foods and crafts. Grades K - 6 will enjoy the waterpark, gym, Game Room and art room. Bring a lunch with drink, swimsuit and towel and closed-toe shoes. Parents must complete a Medical Authorization Form for each child. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 26, 27, 28 and 31; $48 members ($40 siblings), $58 nonmembers ($50 siblings), additional fees for before and after care. • Kids’ New Year’s Eve Overnight RSVP by Dec. 27. Grades K - 6 ring in the New Year with a ball drop, noisemakers and a special bubbly toast, as well as fun in the waterpark, gym, bounce house, a movie and a yummy breakfast. Bring a swim suit, towel, sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste. Parents must complete a Medical Authorization Form. 7 p.m. Dec. 31 - 8 a.m. Jan. 1; $35 members ($30 siblings), $45 nonmembers ($40 siblings).

MIAMI WHITEWATER FOREST

9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Cardinal Chat RSVP by Dec. 11. Ages 2 - 4 learn about the Northern Cardinal, Ohio’s state bird, then join a story time and a craft. 11 a.m. Dec. 14; $5.

MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

3036 Werk Road • 513-661-2740, ext. 346 motherofmercy.org/christmasoncampus • Christmas On Campus Girls in grade 8 are invited for a holiday sleepover that includes a pizza party , holiday activities, a movie, gifts and more. 8 p.m. Dec. 7 - 8 a.m. Dec. 8; $5.

NORTHMINSTER CHILDREN’S CO-OP 703 Compton Road nmdonutswithsanta@yahoo.com

• Donuts With Santa RSVP for a morning with the Jolly Man himself! Enjoy donuts and drinks, a makeyour-own-ornament craft, cookie decorating, face painting, stories, games, a visit with Santa and more. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Dec. 15; $4 adults, $6 children.

RENTSCHLER FOREST METROPARK

3876 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Fairfield 513-867-5835 • yourmetroparks.net • Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 and their parents are invited to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 19; $2 per child.

SHALOM FAMILY

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7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 • yourmetroparks.net • Santa’s Workshop Visit with Santa, enjoy some yummy food, entertainment, activities and crafts. 1 4 p.m. Dec. 9; $12 adults, $9 ages 4 - 12, free ages younger than 4. • Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 and their parents are invited to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the holidays. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 20; $2 per child.

WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Holidays On The Farm RSVP by Dec. 3. Ages 2 - 5 will celebrate the coming holidays with the farm animals. Please dress for the weather! 9:30 - 1 1 a.m. Dec. 4 or 5; $10 per child, free first adult, $10 per extra adult. • Knot This! RSVP by Dec. 6. Learn to tie a few useful knots and then work your skills on a practice rope. 1 p.m. Dec. 9; $6.

• FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 23.

• Brunch With Santa Enjoy a buffet with your family, while your little ones visit with Santa and receive a complimentary photo. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16; $14.95 adults, $7.95 ages 2 - 12, plus tax.

• FREE Mini Maccabees RSVP by Nov. 29. It’s a Festival of Lights celebration at Union Terminal’s Train Station! Climb, crawl and explore and make your own Maccabee shield, join a story time, the Mini Maccabee Kiddie Costume Corner, make memories in the Time Capsule Photo Booth, and much more. Open to families with children 12 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center.

• Moonrise Night Navigation RSVP by Dec. 26. Go outside for a quick lesson on compasses and evening orienteering on the glowing course. Best for ages 8 and older. 5 p.m. Dec. 28; $7.

SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY

2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700, ext. 261 • summitcds.org • Montessori Interview RSVP for your little one to participate in a Montessori interview. 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4.

UC HEALTH - UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 • universityhospital.uchealth.com • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to sign up for a range of childbirth education classes, including Infant CPR on Dec. 3; Maternity Tours on Dec. 3, 4, 12, 13 and 17; Sibling Class on Dec. 3; Prepared Childbirth on Dec. 5 and 12; Breastfeeding on Dec. 13; Prepared Childbirth at W est Chester campus Dec. 15; Baby Care Basics on Dec. 17, and Cesarean Section on Dec. 18. Meet in the lobby; prices range from free maternity unit tours to $80.

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• Holiday Farm Camp RSVP by Dec. 17. Explore Parky’s Farm while prepping for the holidays - visit the animals, go on a hike, make some crafts and play both indoor and outdoor games. Bring a packed lunch and wear some warm winter clothing. This is a drop-off camp for ages 5 - 10. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 20 or 21; $20 per child per day or $35 per child for both days.

WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Family New Year’s Eve Nature Celebration RSVP by Dec. 26. Enjoy music, games, crafts and more to kick off the New Year in a natural way. Live animal programs and John Louis of On the Edge of Illusion will entertain you before the New Year’s ball is dropped at a kid-friendly 9 p.m. 6 p.m. Dec. 31; $4 per person ages 2 and older.

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