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EDITOR’S NOTE By Susan Day

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hhh!” my big sister hissed at me as we struggled to quietly move through the dark upstairs hallway of our home. It was Julie, Susie, Tod and little Wendy ... we were up early and ready to see what Santa had brought. In our feet pajamas our steps were quiet enough, but we couldn’t help the giggling and excitement. We had hardly slept. I remember getting to the top of the stairs, seeing a soft light down below and hearing a low voice. “Santa’s here! He’s still here!” I whispered loudly enough to get a stiff jab in my side from Tod. We stopped at the top, looked at each other, gulped, then resolved to go. We would meet him. We would finally see the guy himself. We didn’t know what time of day it was, only that we had gotten ourselves up as planned and now here we were. We were going in. Tod led the way, followed by the girls. We moved stealthily, gripping the bannister, staying close to one another, almost moving as one. Then suddenly there was a loud booming voice in our ears that shocked us into frozen statues. “You kids! What are you doing here?! Get back to bed!” It was our father ... and then ... “Oh, Larry!” came from my mother and there was a whirl of activity as they seemed to be flying around the room tossing this and that around, behaving oddly. We were stock still on the stairs, eyes wide, hearts pounding. They stood staring at us and time stood still. What happened next was not anyone’s call because Dad’s face looked grim, not his usual happy demeanor. At once, we kids turned on the stairs fast and charged upward, going back, getting the heck away from the scene. We had been intruders in our own home ... our magical moment turned into a mistake somehow. And yet I remember that and smile. I wonder now what my parents talked about then. My mother, always the more easy going of the two, I’m sure gently scolded my father for taking the moment so seriously. But I think that if my own kids came down the stairs at 2 a.m. on Christmas morning when all I wanted to do was to be in bed instead of assembling a ghastly 50-piece bicycle, I might not be so happy, either. Simple family memories are what make Christmas. I don’t remember what happened after that particular moment, but I DO remember Christmases that had us in our PJs all day long, the sound of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir roaring, “Joy to the World!” the scent of my father’s mulled wine on the stove, my mother’s butter cookies, and that glorious sight of her coming down the stairs with a pile of freshly wrapped presents for us kids. She would lock herself in her room then emerge with this wonderful, shiny sight. Good memory or dicey one, it’s all good. It’s all joy. It’s all love.

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SANTA SIGHTINGS

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he holidays mean baking time, but if you find yourself in a pinch, consider Blue Cocoon’s (9361 Montgomery Road; 513-7911089 or bluecocoonbaby.com) free MOMTIQUE event and COOKIE SWAP — just bring three dozen cookies to Blue Cocoon on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1 - 6 p.m. and join the cookie exchange to take home a variety of treats. While there, enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee or tea and explore the unique holiday gifts. Moms are also invited to a LADIES NIGHT OUT at Whole Foods Market Mason (5805 Deerfield Blvd.; wholefoodsmarket.com/mason) to enjoy an evening of DIY stations for body care and homemade gifts. No RSVP required, just arrive between 6 and 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 for an evening of fun with the girls!

• Visit with Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place (West 5th St., downtown; 513-421-4440; downtowncincinnati.com) on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 20 from 12 - 8 p.m.; Sundays through Dec. 21 from 12 - 6 p.m., and Dec. 22 - 24 from 12 - 5 p.m. Families can meet Macy’s African American Santa on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 3 - 7 p.m. • Photo Ops with Santa at Washington Park (1230 Elm St.; washingtonpark.org) Saturdays through Dec. 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. Bring your camera. • Visit with Santa at The Grove Banquet and Event Center (9158 Winton Road; theartsconnect.us) after a Madcap Puppet Show on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is $1 donation for ArtsConnect. • Santa Visits Pogo Play (10870 Kenwood Road; 513-432-5593; gopogoplay.com) on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 12 - 5 p.m. Enjoy crafts, cookies and more. Admission is $12 ages 3 and older, $5 ages 2 and younger.

CAMPS FOR WINTER BREAK Looking to keep the kids occupied while they’re out of school? Check out the Cincinnati Parks’ offerings: • GIVE A CHEER FOR WINTER Grades K - 3 enjoy cold weather adventures on Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at California Woods Nature Preserve (5400 Kellogg Ave.). Cost is $25 per child. RSVP online by Dec. 23 at cincinnatiparks.com.

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• OUTDOOR WINTER SURVIVOR CAMP: Grades 4 - 6 learn outdoor skills like fire building and campfire cooking on Tuesday, Dec. 23 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Caldwell Nature Preserve (430 W. North Bend Road). Cost is $25 per child. RSVP online or call 513761-4313.

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• Pancake Breakfast with Santa at UC Clermont College (4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 513-558-1215; ucclermont. edu/community_arts) on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a telling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with ArtReach at 10:30 a.m.. Breakfast with Santa is free, admission to the show is $5 - $7. • See Santa at Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Drive; 513-421-5707; cincinnatiparks. com/krohn) from 1 - 3 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 20, 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. Admission is $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, and free ages 4 and younger.

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or parents — and especially moms who put a lot on themselves to create the ‘perfect” holiday season — sometimes the holidays just mean stress! If it’s hard on Mom, it’s hard on everyone, so be sure to carve some soothing “me” time into the season.

Stressful Triggers There are three top triggers for holiday stress, says Sharon James, program manager of the Parent Education Department at Beech Acres Parenting Center. The first is over-planning. “What’s supposed to be fun can be overwhelming and exhausting,” she says. So while you might want to hit up every holiday activity that Greater Cincinnati has to offer, it’s best to know how much fun your kids can tolerate. A second trigger has to do with family gatherings. “There’s a reason why there are so many jokes and movies about it,” laughs

James. Negotiating a roomful of personalities, scheduling visits, and dealing with ex-spouses if necessary, is exhausting. James suggests talking to family members in advance, so everyone knows what to expect. A final trigger for stress is, of course, money, and over-spending. The bottom line, according to James, is to ask yourself what message do you want kids to learn about giving. “What do you want your kids to remember from their childhood once they are older? Is it the gifts they got, or the memories of family, fun times and the games you played?”

Keeping an Eye on Kids As you navigate these triggers, keep in mind that your child might be navigating them, too. Toddlers especially look to parents to learn how to react to a given situation, something James calls “social referencing.” If you fall apart in the face of stress, your child learns that

is the proper way to react. It’s never safe to assume your kids aren’t paying attention to what you say. “Sometimes kids hear parents say things like, ‘What are we going to do now?’ or a figure of speech like ‘This will put us in the poor house,’” says James. Some kids take these things literally, and may spend a lot of time worrying over what you meant. To be fair, it’s not realistic to keep everything under control all the time — comments slip out and sometimes emotions don’t stay in check. If you get upset or argue with your spouse in front of your kids, James suggests that you take a few moments to reassure them, and let them know that even though Mommy and Daddy were upset, everything is OK. For kids who seem to pick up on holiday stress, James has another idea: empower them by letting them make some decisions and accomplish tasks. “Talk to kids,” she says, adding that parents can explain there’s

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Thoughtful Planning It’s all about being mindful, according to James. That may mean letting go of some activities and gifts to make room for the things you really enjoy. Whether it’s going to church on Christmas Eve or volunteering throughout the season, James suggests, “Think about how to make your family values a part of your holiday traditions.” When you incorporate what’s most important to you, rather than rushing to activities or overspending on soon-to-be-forgotten toys, the holidays are sure to be less stressful — maybe even stress-free!

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Holidays in-laws and ex-in-laws are all valid participants of your child’s holiday experience. One teenager says that within one year, she gained five siblings — both step and biological on both sides. She says traveling all of the time got to be tiresome, but then adds, “But celebrating with my family, it is all worth it in the end.” That sentiment of it being “worth it” is what parents should shoot for. It’s a learning experience and may take a few years to get it right. Mom and stepmom Sandra Combs says this was the case for her. In the beginning, her attempts made her feel as if meaningful time together was sacrificed in the logistics of it all. Gavin says she spent many Christmas days eating Chinese and going to the movies alone as a single mom. Her children would leave to spend time with their father on Christmas day. She really enjoyed that time to herself. “It’s just a day. One. Day,” she emphasizes. The kids deserve the chance to spend some of that with the rest of their family. Gavin reminds us that, “Your ex is someone you chose to have kids with. This is your partner in parenting, not a stranger off the street. This person should be a part of the important things for your child.” Sometimes that’s a hard reality to confront. The wounds from a divorce are real and tangible. Now, you have to set those aside and focus on the child, or children. They love you both. The goal is to encourage the relationship with their other parent, even if they say they don’t want to. One teenage boy says, “I don’t feel close to that side of the family.” When he goes to visit for the holiday it feels like an obligation to him.

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“It’s like medicine,” Gavin says, “You don’t ask your kid if they want to take their antibiotics.” Unless the child is in an abusive situation, they don’t have a choice. Knowing their family — all of them — is good for them.

The Tree Once time is negotiated, specific traditions will also require some individual flexibility. Combs says the Christmas tree holds a lot of significance in their family. Most of their ornaments offer memories from the past. Another important tree tradition for her children revolves around taking turns choosing the angel for the top of the tree and the kids know whose turn it is. Her new husband has four children from a previous marriage and the youngest wanted to be part of the angel-picking, too. Combs remembers how difficult it was the first year trying to navigate these things she hadn’t yet considered. How was she to continue these traditions? Should she buy an oversized tree to accommodate more ornaments? Combs admits that during the first year she fumbled a bit. She allowed her new stepson to jump right in and choose the angel, bumping the daughter whose turn it was. Her daughter felt that she was favoring the new stepson. It’s a growing process, one that may take a few holidays to figure out. Be patient with yourself as well as the rest of the family while you figure out what works. For their second Christmas, Combs was able to gather a few items that represented each child and allow them to decorate the tree with these special items. “Just as our family has morphed over the years, so has our tree,” she says.

The Gifts This part takes real communication between the different families. Gavin says she has seen overwhelming and unnecessary competition between parents when it comes to gifts. Dad and step dad Joe Moore says, “It never fails that one parent or the other will buy an awesome gift for their set of children.” When one parent purchases a gift that far exceeds the plans or means of the other parent, it can lead to confusion for the child unless the parents have worked together and know what to expect. The child may wonder if a bigger gift means more love. This can also lead to feelings of jealousy in new step-siblings. For Moore, he wondered if he should feel guilty for spending (or not spending) the money? Should he be able to dictate what his ex-wife buys? Should she have that say-so in his purchasing decisions? The opposite also happens. One young girl who has new biological siblings from both of her parents’ second marriage speaks of the assumptions that are made about her gifts received. “Everyone expects that since I celebrate twice, they only get me a few items while my other siblings get a ton of presents.” It makes her feel left out. Parents should communicate without judgment, to help each other make the holiday fair as well as special. Assumptions will sabotage any holiday. Another gift problem Gavin warns about is the rule some parents have of not allowing the child to take gifts home with them after the holiday. This is really difficult and stressful for the child. If you gave them the gift, the item now belongs to the child. “That’s why it’s called a gift,” Gavin says, “Let them take it.”

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Divorced Parents Have a Business Relationship Gavin reminds parents that after a divorce (or breakup) you have a business relationship with the other parent of that child. You’re together in the business of raising a child. In conversation, “talk about the business at hand,” she says. When negotiating for holiday time and how visitation and family time will take place, “work within the realm of that business,” she says. “Don’t bring up the past and throw things.” That’s not appropriate in a professional setting. If parents use professionalism as a guiding philosophy, communication won’t get out of hand. Conversation revolves around the needs of the children. This is also true when speaking to the child in the absence of their other parent. Berating your child’s parent has no benefit for the child. Do you think they don’t already know the shortcomings of their own parents? It will only make the child feel defensive. Plus, if the child’s young enough that these shortcomings go unnoticed, is that really a bad thing? “Get your ego out of it,” says Gavin, “Your ego has no place in this business relationship.” Remember to focus your energy on the children and work to make the holiday good for them. When Mom and stepmom Michelle Gillespie reflects on her experiences, she says, “I think, sometimes, that having a blended family during the holidays gives the season more meaning. It takes giving, sharing, and communication to make everything work, and all of the different plans come together for one purpose — family.” J Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is a freelance writer, wife and mother of two girls. Find her on Facebook: facebook.com/ WriterBonnie.


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2. Play with Me Laptop by B. Kids $30 | bkidsfun.com Your little tech baby will love learning with this cute laptop. The touch panel and track ball allows learning about shapes, colors, objects and letters while listening to melodies. There are 40 learning activities in all. Ages 6 - 36 months.

3. Busy Bop by Manhattan Toy Company $18 | manhattantoy.com Little ones can have fun exploring cause and effect with this delightful toy. Every time Baby bops the mouse’s head with the plastic mallet, the multi-colored animalface tower rises higher. Ages 12 months and older.

4. Micro Mini 3-in-1 Scooter by Micro Kickboard $114.99 microkickboard.com This durable scooter changes as your child grows! It starts out with an “O-bar” and toddler seat then evolves into a T-bar once your child’s old enough to balance sans seat. This smooth glide comes in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, purple, green, aqua and red. Ages 1 - 5 years.

5. Parum Pum Pum Drum by B. Toys $34.95 | mybtoys.com Little music makers can march to the beat of their own colorful drum with this parade-ready outfit including a drum with strap, centipede drumsticks, a jingle bell ant, bee maraca and clacker, a caterpillar tambourine and shaker egg. Ages 18 months - 3 years.

6. Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair by Fisher-Price $39.95 | fisher-price.com This sturdy little chair is loaded with songs, phrases, sounds and activities. It’s surprisingly light-weight and offers your little one three levels of play. Ages 1 - 3 years.

7. Mozart Magic Cube by Munchkin $22.99 | munchkin.com This colorful interactive toy lets little ones combine sounds to make pretty symphonies. Use the harp, French horn, piano, flute and violin sounds — what a wonderful way to introduce Baby to the wonders of music! Ages 1 and older.

8. Pull-Back Vehicles by Melissa & Doug $24.99 | melissaanddoug.com Four soft pull-back cars come in this cute item from the popular Melissa & Doug line. Pull’em back on their wheels and watch’em zoom across the floor. The cars have washable fabric surfaces and removable wipe-clean wheels. Ages 9 months and older.

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2. Zoomer Dino and Zoomer Zuppies by Spin Master $99.99 dino $39.99 zuppies (each) zoomerpup.com Kids can share secrets, play interactive games and watch their Zuppies (Candy, Roxy, Scarlet and Spot) share their own secret tricks as they respond to your touch! The more you nurture, the more they share. They play fun, interactive music, have articulated legs and interactive LED eyes that light up bright as you play with them. Boys who love dinosaurs are sure to love the same engagement with Zoomer Dino as you get with the Zuppies. However, he can get angry, spin around, chomp and roar all while balancing on two wheels! Ages 5 and older.

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3. Chatsters by Spin Master $79.99 | chatsters.com Little girls will love this new digital friend, Gabby. She comes with six interactive accessories that unlock games and activities kids can play to their heart’s content. Gabby chats away with her eyes displaying different colors and images. She also says more than 300 unique words and phrases. There’s just so much going on with her. Ages 5 and older.

4. Marvel Battle Masters Figures by Hasbro $14.99 each | hasbro.com If you loved the Rock’em Sock’em game growing up, then introduce your kids to that style of play with the new Marvel Battle Masters. They are controlled nearly the same way and their heads pop up once they’re knocked, too! Available in Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor and more. Ages 5 and older.

5. Lite-Brite Create With Light by Basic Fun $24.99 | basicfun.com Since the late 1960s, Lite-Brite has dazzled kids, and the newest version comes with reusable templates and new peg shapes — dogs, fish, birds, the sun and more — plus four different light effects, including blinking. There are 200 pegs and six templates (you can also play old-school with black paper for freestyle creativity) and a removable storage tray to keep pegs in one place. Ages 4 and older.

6. Super Sorting Pie by Learning Resources $30 | learningresources.com Children love play food, and this bright and cheery pie will inspire pretend play plus learning. Count and sort the assorted fruits while learning colors, too. Everything stores handily into the pie case — a lattice top pie crust fits on top to keep everything together and you’ve gotta love that! Ages 3 and older.

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7. PlayTape by InRoad Toys $8 - $13 | inroadtoys.com Here’s a brilliant idea for young car lovers everywhere! The PlayTape lets you put down road in any room of the house so your little one can drive his cars around no matter where he is. It doesn’t leave adhesive behind, so picking up after play is easy. Ages 3 and older.

8. Radio Flyer Cyclone by Radio Flyer $60 | radioflyer.com Childhood isn’t childhood without your first Radio Flyer! This sturdy wheel-it-yourself in shiny apple red will have your child active and mobile, zooming and spinning and working those arms! Kids can roll in reverse, too, and the 16” wheels provide a smooth ride for the solid steel frame. Let’s go! Ages 3 - 7.


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2. Instax Mini 8 by FujiFilm $99.99 | fujifilm.com The world of instant cameras is taking young photographers on an adventure. Kids can capture the moment with this compact camera and instantly share the mini photos with friends. No more uploading to social media or waiting for development. It’s here. It’s now. It’s handson! Ages 8 and older.

3. Jungle Bridge Play Set by Lego Friends $29.99 | lego.com Your Lego lover can build all kinds of items to use together for imaginative play. This jungle set includes a helicopter, a tree house with a bridge, a safari jeep and small distinctive accessories that have

made Lego popular with kids: it’s in the details! The Junge Bridge Play Set is a great first set for kids ages 7 - 12.

4. Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set by Disney Infinity 2.0 $74.99 | infinity.disney.com Kids will love choosing the character they want to play in this race to stop Loki from freezing New York. Pick your character figure, set it on the base and watch him appear on the screen and play the levels as that character. Available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U. Once you have the base, all you have to do is purchase additional character figures to continue your play. Ages 10 and older.

5. Shark Mania by Spin Master $19.99 | sharkmania. spinmastergames.com Kids race to the end and grab up the gold pieces as fast as they can along this threefoot long game. You want to reach the end before the shark’s fin knocks you off your game! It’s a very fast-paced game with high energy. You’ll be itching to take your turn. Ages 6 and older.

6. Sew Cool Sewing Studio by Spin Master $34.99 | sewcoolworld.com Young fashionistas will love sewing their own creations … without thread! This threadless machine is great for a first time sewing experience. It comes with everything you need to create nine projects from start to end including multiple patterns and pre-cut shapes for purses, pouches, characters and more. Ages 6 and older.

7. Sky Viper Camera Drone Quadcopter by Skyrocket Toys $79.99 | sky-viper.com Kids who love to take pictures and videos will love getting the actions shots from above! Fly this indoor/outdoor remotecontrolled copter drone overhead and capture the view that no one else gets — up to 25,000 pictures. As if flying it wasn’t enough! Ages 12 and older.

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8. Y Fliker LIFT by Yvolution $149.99 | yvolution.com This three-wheeled, self-propelling scooter lets riders (maximum weight of 220 pounds) carve, drift and spin 360 degrees — plus, they can pop wheelies forward and sideways. The scooter uses the same motions as downhill skiing, so kids just need to move their hops and legs to get going and attain speed. The steel frame features internal brake cables, a spinning trick handle bar and angled steering column. Soft hand grips provide comfort, and the quick response hand brake assures safety. The scooter easily folds up for storage and transportation. Choose from black or red. Ages 7 and older.

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BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS for KIDS 2014 By Julie Bookman

If books have been taking a back seat lately, set a goal to find time over the holiday break. Head to your library, where kids can enjoy storytime on a regular basis. Visit us online to find additional books for all ages and for kids ages 6 and older. AGES 0 - 3 Touch and Feel Animal Library (DK Publishing, $19.99)

Three popular “critter” board books from DK are together in a thick cardboard case. Kids are asked to “tickle” the orangutan’s reddish hair, “pet” the velvety fur of the jaguar, “feel” the snake’s scales, the “fluffy” yellow ducklings, and so on. The shiny covers will attract a wee one’s eyes. The construction of each is sturdy as can be.

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The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Scott Magoon (Little, Brown, $18)

It’s time for nighty-night but Mama Nut’s having a heckuva bedtime tug-of-war with her sweet little Wally Nut and Hazel Nut. All of them are just — nuts! From the bestselling author of “Pete the Cat,” this one’s a must for every playful family. Story ends with a Nutty Lullaby you can sing along with; free download at TheNutFamily.com

AGES 3 - 7 Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle, (Chronicle, $16.99)

Color for Baby

Wordless books are hot, and this one’s a standout on ice — with unusually clever lift-the-flaps architecture. In Idle’s “Flora and the Flamingo” (which received a Caldecott Honor last year), the wide-eyed little girl did ballet with the tall pink bird. This time, she glides o’er the ice with a jaunty little penguin. The pair swirl and soar in harmony, but also have their problems with one another — much like any friends do. The graceful animation of the artwork, in muted shades of periwinkle, enhance this quiet story’s sense of wonder.

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Can you find ... a dog with ears that are floppy, or with ears that stick up? In the second book, tots learn basic things about vehicles from cars to fire engines to airplanes. For both, National Geographic employs real photographs and has a neat way of offering details that are basic, yet also more intriguing than obvious. Meant to teach a budding child in a gradual way, this series is built to last.

The welcome surprise here is the low price for this boxed set, another winner in the Art for Baby series. Each of four books folds out accordian-style. Famous works by contemporary artists have been reproduced on both sides of each book. The 40 or so works, each one handily identified, are organized by dominant color, so there’s one book for green, red, yellow and blue. Among the artists represented: Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Henri Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein. Brilliant concept.

by Keith Richards, art by Theodora Dupree Richards (Little Brown, $18)

A quirky array of pen-and-ink plus collage art by Richards’ daughter creates a burst of love, nostalgia and energy as the iconic rocker relates “The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,” the book’s subtitle. Richards was heavily influenced by his Granddad Dupree, who “would hum whole symphonies.” Parents will adore this as least as much as their kids. Includes a CD featuring the Rolling Stones musician.

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Mighty dads, strong and tall, Help their children, young and small. Do you know a youngster who, at the moment, chiefly cares about cars, trucks, tanks and such? From the creator of “Pete the Cat,” the vibrant art in primary colors bursts with action and personality. Main message: that strong dads (vehicle “characters” here) teach their tykes all sorts of things and also provide protection, hugs, cheers, love. In this rhyming romp, a child is introduced to the bulldozer, crane, cement mixer and more.

Nelson, one of the most gifted and lauded artists in the field, strikes again. His gorgeous dark paintings lend a soothing quality to this story of Baby Bear, who is lost in the forest and must rely on help from other animals and also learn to trust his instincts. “When I am lost, I sit very still and try to listen to my heart,” is advice from the gigantic Moose, who seems to stare smack into the eyes of any young listener. “It speaks as softly and as sweetly as a gentle breeze. And it is never wrong. It will lead you home.”

The Book With No Pictures

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Maybe you’ve heard of this one from the writer, director and actor (he played Ryan on “The Office”), because it’s been hanging out at the No. 1 spot on picture-book bestseller lists even though there are zero pictures. This giggles-galore achievement embraces the notion of just being goofy together. Get set for those in your household to go around reciting things such as “Glurr-Ga-Wocko ma-GRUMPH-a-doo!”

AGES 4 - 8 The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99)

Yikes and yippee, here comes the little Hug Machine – and no one or no thing (even if it’s spiky) is exempt from his stretched-out arms and sweet embrace. His hugs “make the biggest feel small” and “the smallest feel big.” Campbell’s expressive watercolor images are so full of love you might just start hugging this adorable book.

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Sometimes it takes a little while for a friendship to find its footing — especially when two are so different. Such is the case with Pig and Bug. We adore Latimer’s playful pictures, which provide much to enjoy and ponder.

Stella’s Starliner by Rosemary Wells (Candlewick Press, $15.99)

Tiny, portable homes are trending these days, yes? The incomparable Wells, author of some 120 picture books, delivers another bright charmer. Here, the little fox girl Stella lives in a small house on wheels that’s “as silver as a comet in the sky.” Weasels tease her about it, and hurt her feelings. But she comes to learn she has everything she needs in life. The things that matter, that is. Julie Bookman is an award-winning editor and journalist and a true-life book fairy.

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ARTS Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester 8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester wcaomd.com

Encore Performing Arts 3320 Tylersville Road, Hamilton encoreperformingarts.net

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The Mad Potter Madeira 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira madpottercincinnati.com

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Mason Dance Center 600-B Reading Road, Mason masondance.com

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Midwest Elite Dance Center 11329 Ohio Pike Amela midwestelitedance.com

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The Music Factory Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati themusicfactoryonline.com

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Premier Tumbling and Dance 679 Loveland Maderia Road, Loveland premiertumblinganddance.com

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Queen City Music Studio 1021 Delta Ave. Cincinnati queencitymusicstudio.com

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Year round private lessons in piano, most musical instruments, and voice, as well as group dance and music programs with Spring recitals. Music Pups, Young Musicians, Angelina Ballerina, and Mommy and Me classes are popular and fun for preschoolers. Call to schedule a risk-free introductory lesson.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati/ArtReach Performance Venue at The Taft Theater 5th & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati thechildrenstheatre.com

513-569-8080

Offering professional theatrical productions for families and students with productions timed for young patrons. ArtReach offers touring productions, while WorkShops feature educational outreach programs. Learning the Craft Classes are six-week sessions of drama, vocal music, and dance classes for students at all levels of ability and interest. The staff of professionals teaches children 6 - 18 yrs. the techniques and principles behind the art of musical theater.

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy 1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 11444 Deerfield Road, Ste. A, Cincinnati cballet.org

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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 Gymnastic Academy 3635 Woodridge Blvd., Fairfield cincinnatigymnastics.com

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It is our goal to provide a fun, safe, and loving environment in which each child knows he or she is valued. We are constantly finding ways to teach new skills, circuits, gym safety, social interaction, self confidence and most importantly that gymnastics is exciting! Every moment is an opportunity for growth both mentally and physically.

Cincinnati Strings cincinnatistrings.com • info@cincinnatistrings.com

Available for students across the tri-state area by fitting into the schedule of today’s busy families. Our teachers come to you once a week to provide highly individualized instruction based on your child’s unique needs and goals. Lessons in the home provide a comfortable and relaxed environment conducive to optimal learning. With experienced teachers, frequent recitals, group classes, instrument maintenance and learning materials inclusive, we bring the complete music academy experience directly to your doorstep.

dela Arts Place 3833 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati delaartsplace.com

Our mission is to offer dance classes of the highest quality to the young and seasoned, novice and expert. To encourage creativity, experimentation and cooperation within the dance community! Offering ballet,point, tap, jazz, modern contemporary, hip-hop and pas de deux.

Accepting new students now! Our curriculum for dancers of all ages includes ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and tumbling, taught by university-trained professionals. We have two recitals per year, Christmas and Spring. We have competition teams as well as recreational dancers who want to dance just for fun.

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Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone, ages 3 - adult, to discover the joys of dance. Register now for fall classes. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.

Midwest Elite Dance Center takes pride in providing the best possible service to each individual student. Motivated by their passion for the art of dance, the Midwest Elite Dance Center staff feels that they need to pass on their traditions, their skills and their knowledge to the young dancers of today. Their 12,000 sq.ft. center is just five miles from I-275 and Beechmont Ave.

The Music Factory provides music education for children 6 mos. - 5 yrs. taught on-site at your preschool, daycare or summer camp! Locally-owned and operated by degreed teachers.

Would you like your children to participate in a wholesome activity that promotes good health and athleticism while building confidence and self-esteem? Try Premier Tumbling and Dance. We offer a variety of classes including tumbling, acro, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pre-school and after-school programs, as well as adult fitness classes. Recreational or competitive dance teams. Serving the Cincinnati area with our newly updated 20,000 sq. ft. dance studio.

Offering classes for ages 2 - adult! Piano, voice, violin, cello, drums, guitar, brass, ukulele, winds and acting classes are offered at our studio located near Hyde Park. Also offered are early childhood classes, private and group lessons and in-home lessons. Enroll anytime with no registration fees or try a free trial lesson! What separates QCMS from others is our instructors are handpicked.

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Tippi Toes Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati

513-578-1280

Online registration begins Aug. 4 on our website. Classes run September 2014 - May 2015. Come join us for a fantastic year in Toddler & Me; Baby Ballet; Ballet, Tap, & Jazz; and Hip-Hop classes! Annual recital is in May.

Toedtman School of Music toedtmanschoolofmusic.com 513-772-7900

The oldest music studio in Cincinnati. We provide private lessons for students of all ages (2 - 99). We offer lessons in piano, violin, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, classical guitar, double bass, visual art, and banjo.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Aloha Learning 6671 Western Row, Mason alohamindmath.com/mason • mason@aloha-usa.com

513-445-4820

Aloha’s Reading/Writing Program is an after-school, instructor-led program with an emphasis on writing and goes beyond the child’s current school curriculum to foster literacy, providing meaningful opportunities for practice and application. Small group classes ensure step-by-step instruction from a qualified and trained teacher. ALOHA’s research-based methods are proven to enhance the child’s math, reading and writing skills.

The Campus at Kids First 7900 E Kemper Road, Cincinnati thecampuskf.com • info@thecampuskf.com

513-629-KIDS (5437)

An early earning center for active kids ages infant through Kindergarten. For 40 years, the Kids First Sports Center family has been dedicated to our mission of helping kids grow into happy, healthy, responsible adults. It’s true, Campus Kids receive the area’s finest academic and physical education, but your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

Central Montessori Academy 1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati centralmontessoriacademy.com

513-742-5800

Discover an authentic Montessori environment where children are invited to grow and develop from preschool through sixth grade. At CMA, each child has an opportunity to discover a love of learning, in a small and caring community. Small class sizes allow each student to progress at an individual pace. Part-time preschool, extended day, and summer programs are available. Our school is a place of discovery, curiosity, respect and enthusiasm. Come take a tour and see for yourself!

Children’s Meeting House Montessori House 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland cmhschool.com

513-683-4757

Celebrating over 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 yrs. Offering half- and full-day preschool and full-day kindergarten, before- and after-school care, and after-school enrichment options that provide a natural complement to the instructional day. Each classroom is a partnership of two full-time Montessori-credentialed teachers and multi-age communities that enable students to work at a pace conducive to individual learning. Please call to schedule a tour. Open House Oct. 19, 2 - 4 p.m.

Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati countryday.net

513-561-7298

CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available.

Creative Tots Mason 6408 Thornberry, Mason

513-770-6776

A small private preschool providing toddler, early 3’s, preschool, pre-K programs and summer camp. Spanish, music, art and yoga enrichment available. Low class ratios. We believe children flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Committed to creating a warm, caring and supportive atmosphere. To discover a new approach to preschool, visit our website and schedule a tour.

The Gardner School 9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati thegardnerschool.com

513-985-9444

An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-day kindergarten. Our early childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language, the Be Smart Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

The Goddard School 754 Reading Road, Mason 513-398-2777 1280 Nagel Road, Anderson Township 513-474-5292 goddardschool.com/mason-ioh • goddardschool.com/anderson-townshipoh

clean, safe, nurturing environment and talented teachers foster a lifelong love of learning and long-term success in school and in life for students ages 6 wks. - 10 yrs. Programs for infant - private kindergarten and before and after school. Spanish, yoga, language arts, sign language, math, science, art, music, fitness, nutrition and character enrichment. Fun summer camps!

Kinder Garden School 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester kindergardenschool.com

513-791-4300 513-874-3100

Liberty Bible Academy 4900 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason lbatoday.org

513-754-1234

MathWizard Learning Center 7940 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason mathwizard.net • mason@mathwizard.net

513-229-0029

Celebrating 10 great years! 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.

Liberty Bible Academy, founded in 1984, is located on a beautiful 12-acre campus in Mason (close to Deerfield Town Center). LBA offers small classes in a safe, nurturing and character-building environment. In 2013-2014 students scored in the top 14% nationally and middle school students scored on an average of four grade levels above the national average. LBA seeks to develop Christ-like servant leaders who will embrace Christ’s call to transform their world.

Many parents are seeking new alternatives to their child’s academic success. MathWizard recognizes the value parents place on education – and we are here to help. Our unique approach provides students in pre-kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to achieve all of their academic goals in math, English and science.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason montacademy.org 513-398-7773

Celebrating 27 years of offering Montessori education in the Greater Cincinnati area. Providing a supportive learning environment, the school focuses on individualized education, through which students are offered opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers are committed to the success of each student. Self-motivation and an excitement about learning are encouraged. 7.5 acre campus! Extended care available.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian 5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati prpc.org

513-631-0170

Rockwern Academy 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati rockwernacademy.org

513-984-3770

Saint Ursula Academy 1339 East McMillan St., Cincinnati saintursula.org • admissions@saintursula.org

513-961-3410

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati summitcds.org

513-871-4700

Professionally qualified teachers develop programs rich in language experiences and reading and math readiness to encourage in each child a love of learning, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and independence as a learner.

A premiere Jewish day school focused on academic excellence since 1952. Educating students from 18 mos. - grade 8. Rockwern Academy is a community of learners where students, families and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child is free to rise to challenges and soar, academically and personally. Rockwern Academy has created a culture of excellence, reflected by our teachers, programs, curriculum and our commitment to fostering a love of Jewish life and learning.

Our reputation for superior academics, unique campus and welcoming atmosphere are why students from 90 area grade schools choose Saint Ursula each year! We nurture young women to become confident leaders who are ready to achieve their goals and dreams. Students develop friendships, work with talented teachers and pursue their interests in clubs, student service organizations and athletic programs. We are committed to educating students to become women of faith, integrity and courage.

Founded in 1890, the area’s only Catholic, independent co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12. Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Character Education program. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence in Montessori education!

FITNESS/SPORTS Bear Paddle Swim Lessons bearpaddle.com

Hubbard Family Swim School 7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati hubbardswim.com

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Hubbard Family Swim School’s international reputation for excellence is a result of our passion for teaching and our learn-to-swim techniques. We are committed to provide swim lessons that build comfort and confidence in a child centered environment while making them safer around water. Join us for weekly classes.

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mon 1 CHRISTMAS AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION

Enjoy the magic of Christmas during a “Journey to the North Pole” where you meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself. Check out the “Main Street Holiday Trains” display which offers beautiful winter train scenes, and create a new holiday tradition for your family. Exhibit is open through Jan. 4 (Santa takes a rest after Christmas!); hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12 - 6 p.m. Sunday. Extended hours available in December. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; admission begins at $9.95; 513-8988000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

HOLIDAY JUNCTION

DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48. KROHN HOLIDAY SHOW: MAGIC AND MISTLETOE

All aboard for another exciting Krohn Holiday Show! This year’s exhibit features the return of the interactive train display and thousands of colorful poinsettias, cyclamen and tropical flowers. Enjoy local musicians, the Schmalz Family holiday display, extended “candlelight” hours, strategically placed baskets of mistletoe and plenty of great photo opportunities, along with special events for the whole family throughout the season. Exhibit remains open through Jan. 4; hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily with special evening hours until 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 11, 16 and 18. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

MUMMIES OF THE WORLD

Come face to face with the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts in this exhibit, opening today. Learn how science can help shed a light on history, and explore never-beforeseen objects and specimens from South America, Europe and Egypt, and see how mummification has take place all over the globe. Exhibit remains open through April 26, 2015; hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; $19.50 adults, $12.50 children and member adults, $17.50 seniors, $8.50 member children; 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

This classic Cincinnati holiday tradition, featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, is a welcome sight to old and young eyes alike, and includes plenty of special events and fun for all. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

It’s the 23rd annual display of holiday toy trains! Lionel and Plasticville trains chug along more than 250 feet of track, while guests play engineer with 33 interactive accessories. An expanded studio 56 Christmas Carol village display, Thomas the Train, a train raffle and the museum’s amazing Faragher permanent model train exhibit will add to the fun! Exhibit runs through Jan. 18; special holiday hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 22 and 29, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Christmas and New Year’s Days. Closed on Thanksgiving, and Wednesdays are Grandparents’ Day, one child is admitted free with each paying grandparent! BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

It’s a Greater Cincinnati holiday tradition — see the Zoo with new eyes as it glows with Christmas spirit! Check out the new Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, visit the S’mores-N-More station by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village, enjoy a Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show, visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), strolling entertainment, the North Polar Express Train Ride, and search for the five hidden fairies in Fairyland! Open through Jan. 3; 5 - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Photo by Mark Dumont. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; free with admission (general admission $15 ages 13 - 61, $11 ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older), $9 parking; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org.

SCUBA SANTA

Scuba Santa makes his return to the Newport Aquarium! Check him out as he scuba dives, talks to you from underwater (with help from an elf), and leads kids in a special holiday story. Visit his post office to write a letter, and more fun. Scuba Santa will be in town through Jan. 1, visit the site for a schedule. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; free with admission ($23 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12, free ages younger than 2); 800-406-3474 or newportaquarium. com.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL

Visit this outdoor museum and sculpture park for a breathtaking holiday scene — a million-plus lights decorate the park and its enormous sculptures to create a festive and unique look that the whole family will enjoy. The lights will remain on display through Jan. 4; hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m. Friday - Sunday. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; $20 per carload Monday - Thursday, $25 per carload Friday - Sunday, $15 members; 513-868-1234 or pyramidhill.org.

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ome out for a Cincinnati holiday tradition! Enjoy more than a mile of fantastic seasonal lights all from the warmth of your car. See more than 120 moving and standing holiday-themed figures depicting everything from Santa to the 12 Days of Christmas. After your tour of Holiday in Lights, head inside Sharon Centre for some more holiday magic. Enjoy live family friendly entertainment, share your wish list with Santa, check out the train display, do some holiday shopping at Nature’s Niche and pick up a sweet treat at Mrs. Claus’ Confectionaries. Holiday in Lights is open 6 - 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, now through Dec. 31. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $13 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans. Call 513-769-0393 or visit holidayinlights.com.

It’s a holiday tradition, skating around the U.S. Bank Ice Rink in Fountain Square. So strap on your skates and enjoy a visit downtown, where the holiday spirit is on full display. Plus, be sure to meet Santa, as he takes a spin around the ice at 12 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. Ice Rink hours of operation: Now through Jan. 1, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday, 2 10 p.m. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. From Jan. 2 - Feb. 15, hours are 12 - 6 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 2 - 10 p.m. Friday, and 12 - 10 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Bank Ice Rink, Fountain Square, West 5th St.; $3 admission, $3 skate rental; myfountainsquare.com.

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Educators and non-profit organizations are invited to this warehouse sale with books starting as low as $1.99, from preschool to high school levels. JosephBeth Booksellers, 5030 Oaklawn Drive; 4 p.m. Dec. 2 - 3; csmith@josephbeth.com or tinyurl.com/jbwarehousesale2. (please turn the page)

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daily listings HILLFOREST VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Visit Hillforest Museum, decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays, including a look at vintage toys. Exhibit will be open Tuesday - Sunday through Dec. 30; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hillforest Museum, 213 5th Street, Aurora; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $3 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger); 812-926-0087 or hillforest.org.

wed 3 ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

Bring the whole family to experience the wonder and joy of beautiful antique ornaments, holiday decorations and toys of the past, including feather trees, 1930s and 1940s glass ornaments, and a special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TV special. Exhibit will remain open through Jan. 4; hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; free with admission ($10 adults, $8 seniors, students and teachers, $4 ages 12 - 17, free ages 11 and younger); admission is free on Sundays; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum. org.

DINOSAURS

Did dinosaurs ever live in the Discovery Garden? Which ones ate meat and which ones ate plants? Get the answers to these and other dinosaur questions. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 3 - 14. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

thu 4 FREE A CINCINNATI NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS STORY TIME

blue manatee welcomes Cincinnati author and illustrator duo, Nadine Huffman and Marilyn Lebhar, for a reading and signing of their book, A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas. Based on the true story of a child awaiting his new sibling while experiencing many of our city’s holiday traditions. 100 percent of the book’s proceeds go to area adoption organizations. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48. HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 34 for details.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: GLASS ART

Design a fused glass ornament using a variety of colorful and safe glass components. Glass projects will be taken to Brazee Street School of Glass for firing overnight, and available for pickup the following week. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 5 FREE A BLUEGRASS HOLIDAY

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers return for an evening of bluegrass music, just in time for the holidays. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 6:30 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

BRILLIANT BEBB: ILLUMINATED PIONEER VILLAGE

Take in the sights, sounds and scents of the season! The historic Pioneer Village is decorated with thousands of mini-lights and luminaries. Enjoy entertainment, kids’ crafts, family photos on the authentic sleigh, and visit with arts and crafts vendors situated within the cabins. Governor Bebb Metropark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Dec. 5 - 6; $10 per car or van, $20 per bus (15 or more people); 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE CAROLING IN THE PARK

Listen to the sounds of the holidays as local choirs perform at the bandstand. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 6 - 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20; washingtonpark.org.

FALL DANCE CONCERT

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCM’s Department of Dance with this concert of mixed repertoire, featuring the ballets of guest choreographers and works by CCM Dance faculty members. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 3 p.m. Dec. 7; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

GOT-AUTISM’S TOY SALE

Shop a full selection of educational toys, games, sensory play items and more, and be sure to get an autographed photo of Bengal Legend Quarterback Ken Anderson! Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Ken Anderson Foundation for Adults With Autism. Got-Autism, 10052

Commerce Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 513-881-6363 or got-autism.com.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Enjoy live performances by the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society and the Colerain High School Chamber Orchestra. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

Join “Mr. Christmas” himself, John Morris Russell, for this annual family tradition! Tony-winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Pops for traditional and contemporary holiday favorites, along with performances from local singers and dancers, as well as a visit from Santa himself! Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 13, 2 p.m. Dec. 14; adult tickets start at $25, kids’ tickets are $10; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatipops.org.

FREE HOLIDAYS ON LUDLOW

Join this free, family-friendly event to celebrate the spirit of the season with neighborhood businesses and friends, featuring free carriage rides, strolling carolers, shopping, refreshments and photos with Santa! Clifton Plaza, Ludlow Ave.; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-861-0815 or uptownconsortium.org.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Catch a ride on the Metro’s Holly Jolly Trolley, which travels along Fourth, Fifth, Pike and Elm Streets in downtown Cincinnati during the height of the holiday season. Downtown Cincinnati, 4th St.; Dec. 5 - 7, 12 - 14, 19 - 24; 513421-4440 or downtowncincinnati.com.

FREE OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Please see “Spotlight” on page 39 for details.

FREE POP-UP WINTER

Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends and explore the magical wonderland along Ludlow Avenue, as transformed by area artists. Storefronts of neighborhood businesses will be transformed into winter fairytales and revealed in a light-up parade. Clifton Plaza, Ludlow Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; facebook. com/popup.cincy.

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REDSFEST

It’s the official winter warm-up for the Cincinnati Reds! Visit the convention center and catch past, current and future players for autographs, games and activities and more. Redsfest benefits the Reds Community Fund, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through baseball-themed outreach efforts. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; Dec. 5 - 6; kids tickets start at $8, adult tickets start at $17; cincinnati.reds. mlb.com.

FREE SLEEPING BEAUTY STORY TIME

Join others for stories, songs and fairies from Ensemble Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

THE NUTCRACKER JAZZED UP

It’s a jazzy twist on a classic favorite from de la Arts Place — this production combines Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite with Tchaikovsky’s classic composition for a production that will have you tapping your toes and revisiting New York City in the 1940s for the first act, while the second act takes audiences to the Kingdom of the Sweets featuring traditional ballet choreography. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 6; $32.75 - $37.75; 513-621-2787 or delaartsplace.com.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

The Polar Express rolls into Connersville this holiday season — take a journey through the quiet countryside for a special visit to the North Pole with Santa Claus! Train runs Friday Sunday, through Dec. 14, please see web site for departure times. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; tickets start at $29; 765825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Bring your cameras for a family photo with Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place! Santa is available Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 20 from 12 - 8 p.m.; Sundays through Dec. 21 from 12 - 6 p.m., and Dec. 22 - 24 from 12 - 5 p.m. Families can meet Macy’s AfricanAmerican Santa on Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 3 - 7 p.m. Macy’s Fountain Place, West 5th St.; 513-421-4440 or downtowncincinnati.com.

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DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48. FREE CAROLING IN THE PARK

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE CLAY ALLIANCE HOLIDAY FAIR

Join Clay Alliance for the fifth annual juried art show, featuring handmade ceramic goods by more than 30 of the alliance’s members. Select from a variety of handmade gifts, there will be pieces to fit every budget. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; admission and parking are free; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

ENCORE PERFORMING ARTS’ CHRISTMAS RECITAL

Enjoy a holiday performance by the students of Encore as they put you into the spirit of the season with their talent! Monroe High School, 118 Ohio Ave., Monroe; 2 p.m.; $10; 513-892-2609 or encoreperformingarts.net.

FALL DANCE CONCERT Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

What’s going on at the CAM? A lot! Enjoy performances, artist demos, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours and art activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FEAST OF CAROLS

Bring family and friends to CCM and welcome the December holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s own choirs and guest choirs. Corbett Auditorim, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 6 - 7; $12 general public, $6 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

THE GRINCH

the Cincinnati Pops, along with members of the Cincinnati Ballet (Dec. 13). Then head inside Macy’s for a special story time with Mrs. Claus and more holiday fun! Fountain Square, Downtown, West 5th St.; 6:30 p.m.; 513-421-4440 or downtowncincinnati.com.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Take a train ride to the North Pole and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, where each child will receive a small gift. Stop at the Holiday Post Office to color pictures or write a letter to Santa, and enjoy a holiday cookie and a cup of hot chocolate while you are entertained by Santa’s talented elves. Departure dates and times include 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 7, 12 - 14, 19 - 22, with special departures at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, 19 and 22, and 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $20.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free infants 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Head to the park for a visit with Santa and his merry band of elves — make a gift, an ornament and other fun creations. Be sure to bring your cameras! Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20; washingtonpark.org.

Dramakinetics performs this play about a mischievous Dr. Seuss character for ages 5 and older. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

THE KROHN ZONE: THE EVERGREEN ADVISOR AND HOLIDAY FLOWER TIPS

The horticultural team at the Krohn shares information about choices for holiday decorating and how to care for your seasonal blooming flowers in this workshop. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

THE NUTCRACKER

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy presents excerpts from The Nutcracker in this special performance — journey through the land of Sweets and Sugarplum fairies in this abbreviated version of a favorite classic. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; free with museum admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free infants); 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

THE NUTCRACKER JAZZED UP

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

TREE OF LIFE PRENATAL YOGA

Drop in as your schedule allows for these prenatal yoga sessions. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:30 a.m.; $10 per class; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDES

Enjoy a horse-drawn trolley carriage ride through the heart of the city weekends through Dec. 14. Final boarding begins at 4:45 p.m. Macy’s Celebration Station, West 5th St.; 12 - 5 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14; 513-421-4440 or downtowncincinnati. com.

WINTERFEST

Enjoy a performance from Madcap Puppets at 1 p.m., followed by an appearance from Santa. Photographers from Cherry Blossom Studios will be on hand to take free photos! Stick around to make a present, play some games, have your face painted, listen to a story with Mrs. Claus and go on a hay wagon ride. Then stop by a station to write and send cards to veterans in a local VA hospital before joining a headphone dance party. The Grove Banquet and Event Center, 9158 Winton Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; $1 donation for ArtsConnect is appreciated; theartsconnect.us.

The Blessed Sacrament Church bell ringers’ choir performs Christmas melodies this afternoon. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 3 - 3:30 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

HILLFOREST HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Catch Santa rappelling down the side of the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a fireworks display. Enjoy a variety of live performances, including a visit from the Snow Queen from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (Dec. 6), and John Morris Russell and

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

BELL RINGERS’ CONCERT

Willkommen! Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

THE POLAR EXPRESS

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FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Bring the family to tour Hillforest’s Victorian Christmas exhibit, featuring costumed docents, holiday refreshments, and periodic entertainment. Hillforest, 213 5th St., Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $3 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger); 812-926-0087 or hillforest.org.

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FREE Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village Dec. 5, 11 and 12

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heck out this outdoor event for the entire family, including new houses to view, a free photo with St. Nick (one per family), free hot cocoa and cookies, and free goodies for the little ones. Ohio National Building, Pfeiffer Road; 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 6, 11 and 12, 5 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6; a nonperishable food item for the Freestore Foodbank is appreciated. Visit ohionational.com.

FREE BLUE COCOON’S MOMTIQUE AND COOKIE SWAP

Join other moms for an afternoon of support and shopping for unique holiday gifts. No time for baking? Bring three dozen cookies for a cookie exchange and take home dozens of other types, all while enjoying free coffee, hot chocolate or tea. Blue Cocoon, 9361 Montgomery Road; 1 - 6 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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daily listings FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ART STOP

Families are invited to visit with a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries every Sunday at 3 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FEAST OF CAROLS

Please see Dec. 6 for details.

HOLIDAY HOOPLA

Head to Pogo Play for an afternoon of holiday fun, including shopping with local craft vendors, craft projects of your own, cookie decorating, open jump on the six incredible inflatables, and of course, that guy in the red suit will be on the scene for Christmas lists and pictures! Pogo Play, 10870 Kenwood Road; 12 - 5 p.m.; $12 ages 3 and older, $5 ages 2 and younger; 513-432-5593 or gopogoplay.com.

FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC

All ages are invited to enjoy a performance of holiday music from the choir at St. Mary’s School. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Please see Dec. 6 for details.

ST. THERESA BRASS

Bring your family for a wonderful live music performance in the midst of the Krohn’s Holiday Show, Magic and Mistletoe. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDES Please see Dec. 6 for details.

mon 8 FREE WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

The Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble perform traditional and contemporary band music. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 7 p.m.; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48.

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GAITHER CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING

KROHN BY CANDLELIGHT

Enjoy the beauty of the Krohn exhibit by the light of holiday twinkle. Santa visits and Viltrakis Photography will provide a free holiday family photo on Dec. 11 from 5:30 - 7 p.m., and various musical groups will perform live each night. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5 - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 11, 16 and 18; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

FREE MEET THE GRINCH STORY TIME

Read Dr. Seuss’ classic tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with a very special guest — the Grinch himself! After the story, kids can have their picture taken with the Grinch. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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Bill Gaither brings the Gaither Christmas Homecoming back to Greater Cincinnati — this year’s tour features the Gaither Vocal Band, the Martins, Mark Lowry, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start a $26.50 (applicable fees may apply); 859-2922890 or bankofkentuckycenter.com.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE MIGHTY WURLITZER

There’s nothing like the sound of the Albee Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer — it’s an orchestra and more, all in one organ. Join organist Mark Herman, the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy, and a choir of voices, for a holiday performance sure to please all ages. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.; tickets start at $25; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

KROHN BY CANDLELIGHT

Please see Dec. 9 for details.

FREE BRASS CHOIR CONCERT

The area’s finest young brass musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for a brass choir. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM, University of Cincinnati, Jefferson Ave.; 8 p.m.; 513556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

FREE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE

Bring the family as the Turkeyfoot Drama Club performs selections from their winter musical, Yes, Virginia, along with the vocal jazz group, and the school band. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 7 p.m.; 859912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

thu 11 FREE AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS

Bring the family and visit the Christmas Pioneer Village where you can explore the candle maker’s shop, the woodworker’s bench, taste Grandma’s cookies, and more 1800s nostalgia. Visit outdoor shops where kids can play some pioneer games, decorate their own cookies, hand-dip a candle, and make an ornament. Then enjoy the petting zoo and a horse-drawn carriage ride, followed by live music, a free family portrait, and a Candlelight Service. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 6 - 9 p.m. Dec. 11 - 12, 3 - 9 p.m. Dec. 13 - 14; 859-586-4673 or anoldkentuckychristmas.com.

FREE OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Please see “Spotlight” on page 39 for details.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: MAKE IT, TAKE IT HOLIDAY GIFTS

Kids can explore their crafty side with homemade gifts, wrapping paper and holiday decorations. Lots of DIY stations will let the little ones make heartfelt items for the people they love! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 12 FREE AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS

Please see Dec. 11 for details.

FREE CAROLING IN THE PARK

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

CCM PREPARATORY BALLET

The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages 9 through adults, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 7:30 p.m. Dec.

12 and 13; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-5564183 or ccm.uc.edu.

FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

It’s Christmas Eve and the anticipation is building in this presentation of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas from ArtReach, a division of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Presents, lights, milk and cookies ... are you ever too old for family traditions? Based on the poem by Clement Clark Moore, this adaptation celebrates the joy of family and the magic of holiday stories, reminding everyone what Christmas is all about. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton; $10 adult members, $12 adult non-members, free children 16 and younger (free with purchase of adult ticket and must live in same household as adult, otherwise $5 child members, $6 child nonmembers); 513-863-8873, ext. 110 or fittoncenter. org.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Enjoy a live performance of festive holiday music by local group SUAVE, the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE LIGHT UP OTR

It’s the fourth annual Light Up Over-The-Rhine! Celebrate the community and its new developments, including the restaurants and storefronts that contribute to the neighborhood’s vibrant culture. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 5 - 10 p.m.; washingtonpark.org.

FREE LIVE JAZZ

The Ron Purdon Quintet performs live jazz and swing music for audiences of all ages this evening. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Please see Dec. 6 for details.

FREE OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

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daily listings ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Please see Calendar opener on page 33 for details.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: THE CHRISTMAS ATTIC

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

sat 13 FREE AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Music, mischief and miracles combine in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Learn more about the show, meet cast members (including a largerthan-life puppet), and hear selections from the performance. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS

Please see Dec. 11 for details.

DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48. campus, Jefferson Ave.; 2 p.m., 5 p.m.; $12 general public, $6 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm. uc.edu.

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

HOLLY DAYS

Take a walk around the historical buildings of the Heritage Village Museum and enjoy traditional decorations from the 1800s, storytelling, crafts, model train displays, music and holiday treats. Heritage Village Museum inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 12 - 4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 11, free ages 4 and younger; 513563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

FREE JAZZ CONCERT

This jazz concert features the CCM Prep Jazz ensembles and combos. Mary Emery Hall 3250, CCM, University of Cincinnati Campus, Jefferson Ave.; 4 p.m.; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

LIVE NATIVITY AT THE KROHN

Western & Southern Financial Group sponsors this year’s live nativity at the Krohn Conservatory’s holiday show, Magic and Mistletoe. Nativity remains on display through Jan. 1 — be sure to join the dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 14! Krohn Conservatory, 1501

Eden Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE LIVE NATIVITY

Enjoy a live nativity scene with animals you can pet and feed, along with Christmas carols, cookies and hot chocolate. Join other families and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas holiday. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 Maple St.; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513821-0987.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

Pleas see Dec. 6 for details.

MEET AT METROPARKS: WINTER HOLIDAY FUN

Snowflakes, icicles, Jack Frost and more! Take a hike and explore nature in winter. Also at Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield) at 2 p.m. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 10 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE CAROLING IN THE PARK

SANTA VISITS KROHN

Bring the tots for a special visit with Santa during the Krohn Conservatory’s holiday show, Magic and Mistletoe. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE SNOWMAN’S STORY

Who’s that wandering the shelves? It’s Will Hillenbrand! Visit with him as he works as a guest bookseller, sharing his favorite reads and his new book, Snowman’s Story. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 11 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Hola! Learn some simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and song. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Please see calendar opener on page 33 for details.

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES TOUR

FREE WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDES

Take a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and hands-on activities for the whole family. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 20 and 27; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Please see Dec. 6 for details.

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FROZEN IN TIME HOLIDAY SHOW

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Please see Dec. 6 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 12 for details.

The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across Greater Cincinnati, perform holiday songs from around the world. Corbett Auditorim, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

CCM PREPARATORY BALLET

HOLIDAY CONCERT

Please see Dec. 6 for details.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

The Queen City Figure Skating Club presents this fun show featuring holiday music through the decades, along with music from everyone’s favorite movie, Frozen! Enjoy individual and group performances from the members of this local club. Northland Ice Rink, 10400 Reading Road; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; admission is a donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item; qcfsc. com.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

SPOTLIGHT: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Christmas Attic Friday, Dec. 12

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he Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents their rock opera, The Christmas Attic, live for the first time during their Winter Tour 2014. The story begins when a young girl’s curiosity leads her to a magical night in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 4 p.m.; ticket prices vary. Visit usbankarena. com for details.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, based on the enchanting poem by Clement Clark Moore. Celebrate the joy of family and the magic of holiday stories, reminding everyone what Christmas is all about. Best for grades K - 8. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS

Please see Dec. 11 for details.


DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48. FREE BLUE COCOON DIAPER EXCHANGE

Moms are invited to peruse new and used diapers of every variety and print, as well as diapering accessories like disposable liners, detergent, wipes and more. Interested in selling? Each swapper will be provided tags from Blue Cocoon to fill out and price items. Blue Cocoon sells, you pick up your payment and any unsold items will be donated. Blue Cocoon charges 50 cents per sold item to cover credit card fees. Blue Cocoon, 9361 Montgomery Road; 1 - 5 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby. com.

FREE CINCINNATI JUNIOR STRINGS CONCERT

Cincinnati’s first string ensemble for middle school students presents its annual concert, featuring music by a variety of composers. Muntz Theatre, UC Blue Ash Campus, 9555 Plainfield Road; 3 p.m.; 513-556-4183 or ccm. uc.edu.

ENCHANTED WORLDS

Pipsqueak Theater presents this fun and merry holiday show that includes a Madcap Puppet performance of Long Lost Stories! Kids can enjoy decorating giant cookies, face painting, holiday crafts, a photo booth and loads of family fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance; doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the show begins at 11 a.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 and 21; $8, free ages younger than 2; 513-731-8000 or facebook.com/pipsqueaktheater.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ART STOP Please see Dec. 7 for details.

HANDBELL CHOIR

Bring the family for a live music performance from The Blessed Sacrament Handbell Choir, then enjoy a look at the Krohn Conservatory’s holiday show, Magic and Mistletoe. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1:30 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT

MUSE, the Cincinnati Women’s Choir, will present a collection of holiday songs the whole family will enjoy. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 2:30 p.m.; 513-2410343 or taftmuseum.org.

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

HOLLY DAYS

Please see Dec. 13 for details.

FREE JAZZ BAND

The Blue Night Jazz Band performs live jazz standards this afternoon. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 3 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE LUMINARIA: NIGHT LIGHTS AT THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY

Cincinnati Observatory opens its buildings and telescopes for the general public. Cruise from Mount Lookout Square to the Observatory for carolers, stargazing, a spacey gift shop, and hot drinks. Viewing of Mars is available early and then the telescopes will focus on the stars (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Please see Dec. 6 for details.

FREE SWEET AND LOWS

Help welcome the ladies of The Sweet and Lows for a special Christmas performance inspired by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, and The Andrews Sisters. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 1 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

THE NUTCRACKER ALL JAZZED UP!

Enjoy the 13th annual performance of The Nutcracker - All Jazzed Up! from the Mason Dance Center. This edgy take on the classic ballet is sure to delight both young and old. Proceeds from the performances will benefit the Mason High School After Prom. Mason High School Theater, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 1 p.m., 4 p.m.; ticket prices to be determined; 513398-0353 or masondance.com.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDES Please see Dec. 6 for details.

mon 15 LADIES NIGHT OUT

Head to the cafe for a fun and creative evening featuring several DIY stations for body care and homemade gifts. The first 25 attendees get a free goodie bag! Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 6 - 8 p.m.;

prices vary per table; 513-398-9358 or wholefoodsmarket.com/mason.

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The Cincinnati Women’s Choir MUSE offers holiday selections this evening. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

The Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild spins some festive winter tales to spice up the season. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

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FREE MUSE PERFORMANCE

CHRISTMAS WITH AMY GRANT AND THE CINCINNATI POPS

The popular Amy Grant returns for a one-night-only performance at Music Hall. Celebrate the season with your favorite holiday songs performed by the Pops and Ms. Grant, a multi-platinum and Grammy-winning recording artist. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $35; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatipops.org.

KROHN BY CANDLELIGHT

Please see Dec. 9 for details.

wed 17 FREE HOLIDAY PARTY

It’s time to celebrate! Enjoy snacks, games and prizes during the annual Elmwood Place Holiday Party! Elmwood Place Branch Library, 6120 Vine St.; 4 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE STORYTIME WITH SANTA

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 45 for details.

FREE CAROLING IN THE PARK

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE CAROLS WITH MISS KATIE AND MISS SARAH

Join seasoned story timer Miss Katie and Manatots extraordinaire Miss Sarah for some holiday cheer! blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6 - 6:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and song. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Preschoolers are invited for a special story time with Santa, including songs, activities and fun. Harrison Branch Library, New Haven Road, Harrison; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; 513-369-4442 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

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KROHN BY CANDLELIGHT

Please see Dec. 9 for details.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: ROBOT WORKSHOP

Loose Parts Project is back! Build giant robot sculptures from recycled material, learn about Nam June Paik’s Metrobot, discover how to create a scribble bot, and practice some robot moves with help from Modo Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

Please see Dec. 6 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

A CHRISTMAS PUPPET PROGRAM

Celebrate the real gift of Christmas with Lynn Somers and Friends. Take time out from your last-minute Christmas preparations to attend a special family program of “Muppet style” puppets and music presenting the original Christmas message. For children and families of all ages. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 12:30 p.m.; $10, may be purchased an hour before show time; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

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DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48. FREE AUTHOR SIGNING

Jinny Berten’s Christmas tale, Cincinnati Christmas, is a Queen City classic, and her newest book, Henri, is sure to be the same. Hear about the donkey who wants nothing more than to be in the Christmas play — but first, he’s got to hem in his hee-haws! Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE CAROLING IN THE PARK

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE CHRISTMAS STORY TIME AND PARTY

Join others ages 10 and younger for a ho-ho-holiday party and story time, complete with crafts, songs and goodies! Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 10:30 a.m.; 859912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

DRUMMING ON THE LONGEST NIGHT

Drum, dance or just listen as families celebrate the winter solstice with drums and other percussion instruments. Bring your own, or borrow one from the Nature Center. Best for teens and adults, younger are children are welcome, but parents may want to bring earplugs. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 6 for details.

SNOWFLAKE CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Bring the family by to make a few snowflake crafts — make up to three crafts to take home. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 per craft, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

WINTER SOLSTICE

Celebrate the return of the sun during the Winter Solstice — hike to campfires and fireplaces and enjoy Celtic music and dancing with the band Dark Moll, a horse-drawn carriage ride, a drumming circle, a scavenger hunt in the Nature PlayScape, crafts, cookies and hot chocolate and more. Guests are invited to enter a submission into the Gingerbread Contest — all submissions must be nature-themed and registered in advance. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 12 - 4 p.m.; $7 adult members, $3 child members, $10 adult nonmembers, $5 child nonmembers; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

sun 21 AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

ENCHANTED WORLDS Please see Dec. 14 for details.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ART STOP Please see Dec. 7 for details.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra teams up with the May Festival Chorus for a presentation of the famous Messiah. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 2 p.m.; tickets start at $12; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Ages 5 - 12 can make a craft all about the holiday season and winter. Make up to two crafts to take home! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 per craft, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the parkr; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES TOUR Please see Dec. 7 for details.

Enjoy a performance of holiday music featuring Suzuki Cello. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

Magician Tim Williams uses ordinary objects to create exciting illusions for ages 5 and older. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Please see Dec. 6 for details.

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Please see Dec. 6 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

mon 22 AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Please see Dec. 6 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

tue 23 FREE HOMESCHOOL POETRY GROUP

Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written on the LePage Stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

MAGIC SHOW

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC

The Florence Community Chorus will perform this afternoon with plenty of Christmas cheer! JosephBeth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 2 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

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Amahl and the Night Visitors Dec. 19, 21 and 22

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he Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra presents this unique production featuring larger-than-life puppets created by the renowned Madcap Puppets. The opera by Gian Carlo Menotti is just 50 minutes in length, and tells the tale of shepherd boy Amahl, his mother, and their miraculous, life-changing encounter with Three Wise Men in search of the Christ Child. Gallagher Center Theater, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 21 and 22; $25 adults, $10 students. Call 513-723-1182 or visit ccocincinnati.org.

FREE HOLIDAY CHORAL

The Young Professional Choral Collective will perform a selection of holiday music this afternoon. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE METRO’S HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

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A DULCIMER HOLIDAY

The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society provides sweet tunes this afternoon at the Krohn. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

WINTER BREAK FUN DAYS

Don’t let cabin fever get you! Bring the family to the park for an indoor scavenger hunt and some games. Kids can make up to two crafts to take home. Visitor Center, 9001 Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Ave.; 12 - 4 p.m. Dec. 26 and 27; $1 per craft, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

sat 27 FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES TOUR Please see Dec. 13 for details.

WINTER BREAK FUN DAYS Please see Dec. 26 for details.

WINTER REJUVENATION

Join the naturalist for a hike and take in the sights of winter. Wear sturdy shoes and warm layers. Kingfisher Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

WINTER WONDERLAND WALK

Join the naturalist for a hike to see how animals and plants survive the winter. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

sun 28 FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ART STOP Please see Dec. 7 for details.

DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 48. and fashion your own from recycled items, water, and the power of a blender. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

WINTER DISCOVERY HUNT

Learn about nature in winter by following a list of clues to lead you on your path. Pick up your hunt sheet between 1 and 3 p.m. and return the completed sheet by 4 p.m. for a prize. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

mon 29 FREE A SNOWY DAY

Join others to hear the story A Snowy Day, followed by a snowy craft. Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Ave.; 3 p.m.; 513-369-4474 or cincinnatilibrary. org.

FREE WINTER WONDERLAND CRAFTING

Make your own intricate snowflake or dream of spring with a tie-dye flower. Corryville Branch Library, 2802 Vine St.; 1 p.m. Dec. 29 - 31; 513-369-6034 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

tue 30 FREE HOLIDAY HIP HOP

Dance in the New Year with Steve Irwin in the Children’s Learning Center! Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.; 3 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE WINTER WONDERLAND CRAFTING Please see Dec. 29 for details.

wed 31 FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

Ages 2 - 5 and their adults are invited to this open house program that includes interactive learning stations, story tellers, and a hands-on art project. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

NOW PLAYING A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Playhouse’s version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale combines faithful storytelling with stage magic to bring to life the story of a sinner who receives one last chance at redemption by four very persuasive ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he realizes that many have done much to improve his life, and that it might not be too late to change his miserly ways. A family favorite with a heartwarming message that is suitable for all ages 5 and older. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Dec. 28; ticket prices vary, please see site for details; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

ELF THE MUSICAL

When Buddy learns that he is not actually an elf, he sets off to New York City to find his father, who turns out to be a “cranky workaholic” who wants nothing to do with Buddy or Christmas. But Buddy won’t be deterred, and he is soon making friends with his step-mother and half-brother, and a co-worker at Macy’s. Laugh along as he brings the spirit of Christmas to jaded New Yorkers on stage and audiences alike! Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Dec. 2 - 7; tickets start at $37.75; cincinnati.broadway. com.

FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

It’s a holiday tradition that delights generation after generation! Bring the kids to enjoy the Cincinnati Ballet’s take on the timeless story of a world where sugarplums dance, rats are kings, and toys come to life. A young girl goes on the adventure of a lifetime to meet a Nutcracker Prince and plenty of memorable characters. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Dec. 19 - 27; Sugar Plum Parades take place on Dec. 23 and 26; tickets start at $32; 513-621-5282 or cballet.org.

FREE WINTER WONDERLAND CRAFTING

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

One of the most beloved holiday stories of all time, this musical adaptation from LaComedia shares the tale of a man who claims to be the real Santa Claus, and the troubles that follow. Fortunately, miracles do happen, even on 34th Street! LaComedia Dinner Theater, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro; through Dec. 31; ticket prices vary, please see site for details; 800-6779505 or lacomedia.com.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

The Ensemble Theatre presents its annual holiday production in this tale of romance, comedy, action, rock n’ roll, overprotective parents, three wacky fairies and one wicked one, and a dragon with an attitude. Don’t miss this contemporary twist on a classic tale from the creators of past productions of Cinderella and Snow White. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; Dec. 3 Jan. 4; $18 - $44; 513-421-3555 or ensemblecincinnati.org.

THE SNOW QUEEN

The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents this tale of a prince and princess who are torn apart by a powerful witch who can freeze hearts. When she steals Prince Kai, the Princess Gerda and her friends must battle winter forces to find him. Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 13, 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13; tickets start at $10; 513-5698080, ext. 10 or thechildrenstheatre. com.

TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL

America’s favorite girl singer comes home in this inspiring musical biography co-written by Cincinnatibased playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. Rosemary’s journey starts with her Cincinnati childhood and rise to Hollywood stardom and continues beyond a battle with depression to a comeback. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Dec. 28; ticket prices vary, please see site for details; 513-4213888 or cincyplay.com.

Please see Dec. 29 for details.

PAPERMAKING

Ancient people made paper from papyrus. Learn the secrets of the art of papermaking during this open house,

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• FREE Ashland Avenue Buddy Break RSVP to Stephanie.BuddyBreak@outlook.com. Buddy Break is a respite program for families with children with special needs, ages 2 - 16. Children participate with a one-on-one “buddy” in a variety of age-appropriate activities while parents get a much-needed break. 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

AVON WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 4235 Paddock Road 513-861-3435 • cincinnatiparks.com

• American Heritage Girls Insect-a Inspect-a Badge RSVP by Dec. 1. Cover all the requirements for this creepy badge and learn about various insects, how they’re grouped, their life cycles and habitats and more. For Tenderhearts and Explorers. 4 - 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5; $5 per girl.

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

Polar Express Story Times Local librarians present readings from the classic children’s book, The Polar Express. 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17.

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL 10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • trihealth.com

• Toilet Training Without the Tears Frustrated by your child’s resistance to use the potty? Don’t know where to begin? Join this program that discusses signs of readiness in your child, common mistakes, relapses and whether or not a reward system is right for your family. Held at Good Samaritan Hospital, 375 Dixmyth Ave. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 6; $30. • Birthing With Ease Join this unique childbirth education series that focuses on the peacefulness and empowering nature of childbirth. 6:45 p.m. beginning Dec. 3; $200 for eight-week package.

BLUE COCOON

9393 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • bluecocoonbaby.com • FREE Preview Class: Come Sign With Me! Parents and babies learn every day signs to help advance language development and understand needs and wants. 11 a.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m. Dec. 13. • FREE Preview Class: Mommy & Me Yoga Moms and babies ages 6 weeks to pre-walkers bond and relax together in a yoga class. 11 a.m. Dec. 8 and 15. • FREE Preview Class: Kids Yoga Ages 5 - 8 are invited for a special yoga class (younger siblings welcome)! 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. • FREE Preview Class: Prenatal Yoga Expecting moms learn to relax and stay fit throughout their pregnancy as well as prepare for labor and learn to promote your baby’s health. 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. • FREE Preview Class: Creative Movement Ages 12 months - 2.5 years are invited to an introductory class using props and music to introduce toddlers to rhythm and music cues. 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11:30 Dec. 20.

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• FREE Preview Class: Ballet/Jazz Ages 3 - 5 get acquainted with basic feet and body movement positions taught in ballet and jazz dance styles. This class incorporates many of the same elements of creative movement with a more classic dance approach. 5:45 p.m. Dec. 10 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20. • FREE Preview Class: BabyWearing Ballet This 45-minute post-natal fitness class is designed to help the new mother strengthen, tone and stretch her body while strengthening her bond with her baby. 6:45 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20.

CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE

5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 • cincinnatiparks.com Winter in the Woodlands Families and adults can follow a luminaria-lit trail on this self-guided walk through the forest. Then decorate home-baked holiday cookies, make crafts and enjoy some lively music by a crackling fire. Parking is limited, please carpool as much as possible. 6 - 8 p.m. Dec. 5; $5 per person.

• FREE Preview Class: Tummy Time This class incorporates baby massage, reflexology and baby yoga with tummy time position to help your baby’s experience be fun and relaxing. Please bring a blanket. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

• Give a Cheer for Winter! RSVP by Dec. 23. Grades K - 3 are invited for some cold weather adventures, nature activities and animal encounters, followed by hot cocoa by the fire. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30; $25 per child.

• FREE Preview Class: Baby Yoga Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For parents, this class is an opportunity to meet other moms, get support and learn about your baby’s emerging personality. No yoga experience is required. 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16.

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• FREE Preview Class: Toddler’s Acting Out Drama Class This 45-minute Mommy & Me style class is for ages 1 - 2.5 years and explores a new theme each week with song, dance and a new adventure. Dressing up is encouraged! 3 p.m. Dec. 18. • FREE Preview Class: Little Showstoppers Drama Class Ages 3 - 5 explore well-known stories using movement, voice and their imaginations. Students perform a short play for parents at the end of class. 4 p.m. Dec. 18.

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE

3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • bluemanateebooks.com • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli and have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity with your child. 10 - 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22; $7. • Miss Meghan’s Music Ages up to 4 years are invited to join Miss Meghan to sing songs and have fun. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11; $10.

BURNET WOODS, TRAILSIDE NATURE CENTER

3400 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • cincinnatiparks.com • Winter Break Camp RSVP by Dec. 26. Grades K - 3 celebrate the quiet calm of winter and ring in the New Year. Play seasonal games, make a craft and enjoy a story. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 29; $25 per child.

CALDWELL NATURE PRESERVE

430 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 • cincinnatiparks.com Holiday Wreath Making RSVP by Dec. 11. Make a beautiful masterpiece for the holidays with help from a professional florist. 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 13; $30 per person. • Outdoor Winter Survivor Camp Grades 4 - 6 learn some outdoor skills in winter such as fire building and campfire cooking. Please dress for the weather; space is limited. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23; $25 per child.

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Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 explore the scents of the season in this program that includes songs, crafts, snacks and more. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17; $3. • In the Dark: Night Hike Winter is a great time to investigate the night — find out what’s in the dark when the sun goes down. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM

953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • cincinnatiartmuseum.org • Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and their parents are invited to an art class led by a local artist, followed by a gallery tour. 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 20; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER

4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • theplaceforfamilies.com • CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Rock n Rollers, The Pottery Train, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train, Tree of Life prenatal yoga, and more. Class package prices vary. • Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of carrying your baby in a wrap or sling, and get some tips on finding a carrier that works for you. 12:45 p.m. Dec. 13; donations appreciated.

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PLAN AHEAD • Breastfeeding From the Beginning Join a certified lactation consultant for tips and ways to simplify infant care, nighttime parenting and more. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 16; $30. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Learn about the ease and benefits of cloth diapering with the city’s only diaper service, Good Natured Baby. 12:45 p.m. Dec. 20.

CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org

All-museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free infants

• Explorer’s University: Geometry in Nature Ages 9 - 15 discover the math and patterns present in nature, from nautilus shells to bird feathers. 2 - 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13; call for price.

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CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT! These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

Breakfast With The Grinch Everyone’s favorite holiday grump is coming to the Bronte Bistro, and his heart is full of Christmas spirit and he wants to share it with families of all ages. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and learn all about Whoville. 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13; $14.95 adults, $9.95 ages 1 - 12.

JOSEPH BETH CRESTVIEW HILLS 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills 859-912-7860 • josephbeth.com

Santa Lunch Join Santa and Give a Mouse a Cookie for lunch, crafts, pictures and fun! 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6; $8.95 children, $12.95 Gives Back member adults, $13.95 Gives Back nonmember adults. Grinch Lunch Bring the little ones to meet the Grinch as he comes to lunch, makes some crafts, poses for pictures and tries to steal Christmas! 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13; $8.95 children, $12.95 Gives Back member adults, $13.95 Gives Back nonmember adults.

• FREE Indoor Ice Disco Dance Party Hanukkah is almost here! Lace up your skates and celebrate with Shalom Family. Families in the Jewish Community are invited to come in from the cold and get warm and cozy with some whimsical winter activities, including an indoor ice rink (skates included), a live DJ and light show, a snowboard simulator, face painting, balloon artistry, photo booth, make-your-own driedel snow globe, and Frozen inspired cupcakes! Plus, there will be a hot chocolate bar, snow cones, jelly donuts, a traditional Hanukkah treat, and much more! This event is open to families in the Jewish Community with children 12 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Older siblings and grandparents are always welcome. 3 p.m. Dec. 14; held at the RSVP Event Center, 453 Wards Corner Road, Loveland.

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• What’s the Weather? RSVP by Dec. 10. Ages 2 - 4 will learn all about the weather, followed by a story and a craft. 11 a.m. Dec. 12; $6.

• DIY Recycled Birdfeeders RSVP by Dec. 1. Start winter bird watching and make your own birdfeeder out of recycled materials. Best for ages 5 and older with adult assistance. 3 - 4 p.m. Dec. 6; free with admission.

• Holiday Camp-a-Palooza Sign up kids ages 5 - 12 for plenty of fun, including gymnastics, swimming, crafts, basketball, field trips, new friends and more. Camp themes vary by date, visit site for details. Dec. 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, 31, and Jan. 2; $69 - $75 each day, before and after care available for an additional fee.

QUEEN CITY MUSIC STUDIO

• Ohio Young Birders Club Ages 12 - 18 who are interested in birding are invited to this club that meets monthly. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 13; an online registration fee of $10 is required to join the club.

FARBACH WERNER NATURE PRESERVE 3455 Poole Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Taffy Pull RSVP by Dec. 18. Join an old-fashioned taffy pull, and take a sample home! 1 p.m. Dec. 20.

FREESTORE FOODBANK

112 East Liberty St. 513-482-7557 • freestorefoodbank.org trollins@freestorefoodbank.org Christmas Food Distribution Volunteers ages 10 and older are invited to help the Freestore Foodbank distribute boxes of food for a Christmas meal to families in the Tri-State. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23.

HILLFOREST

213 Fifth St., Aurora, IN 812-926-0087 • hillforest.org Victorian Christmas Tea Times Tour Hillforest’s Victorian Christmas exhibit and enjoy a festive three-course tea in the Hillforest parlors featuring delicious seasonal treats and flavored tea. 1 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 and 11; $25 members, $28 nonmembers.

JOSEPH BETH CINCINNATI

2692 Madison Road 513-396-8960 • josephbeth.com

LABOITEAUX WOODS NATURE PRESERVE

5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • cincinnatiparks.com Holiday Craft Workshop RSVP by Dec. 5. Bring the family to enjoy crafts with a nature theme ages 4 and older can choose what to make and get a little help from staff. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 or 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6; $5 per person. • Winter Break Camp RSVP by Dec. 5. Daisy, Brownie and First Year Junior Scouts can make a variety of crafts with materials from Nature’s cupboard. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Dec. 6; $5 per person.

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• FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children 2 years and younger and in which at least one parent is Jewish. The programs are free and always include a snack. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event! Dates and times are subject to change, please check the web site for updates and to RSVP. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation and Mayerson JCC. Held at The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road, Mason. Call for dates and times.

Breakfast With Santa Space is limited for this fun morning that includes a tasty breakfast and a visit with the Jolly Old Elf! 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6; $14.95 adults, $9.95 ages 1 - 12.

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1021 Delta Ave. • 513-201-8593 queencitymusicstudio.com • FREE Trial Music Lesson RSVP for a free, 30-minute music lesson in piano, violin, voice, guitar, Little Mozarts (piano and early childhood), ukulele, drums, viola, flute, trumpet and trombone. Limited availability, please call to schedule an appointment.

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11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

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Christmas at Balmoral RSVP by Dec. 12 at 513-563-9484. Join the festivities at Balmoral Castle. Meet Margaret Cummins, head housekeeper during the reign of Queen Victoria, as she prepares for the arrival of the royal couple and their nine children. Bring your lunch, and dessert and drinks will be provided. Held at Heritage Village Museum inside Sharon Woods. 12 p.m. Dec. 16; $17 members, $20 non-members. • Wee Wonder About Squirrels RSVP by Dec. 16. Ages 3 - 5 learn about squirrels with stories, crafts and songs. 11 a.m. Dec. 18; $6.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SENIOR & COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER 9158 Winton Road 513-522-1410 • theartsconnect.us

• Art and Wine Wednesday Whether you’re new to painting or experienced with a brush, this class led by a professional artist will give you beautiful artwork to hang on your wall. 1 - 4 p.m. Dec. 3; $45 (includes supplies and one glass of wine, coffee or soda may be substituted).

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Candy Cane Creations Use candy canes to create fun holiday projects after listening to a holiday story. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 - 12. Holiday Party Listen to a holiday story than play some Christmas Bingo, where everyone is a winner. Then enjoy a yummy treat! 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 - 19, 22 - 23. • New Year Celebration Get ready for the New Year with party masks and noise makers, followed by a parade around Otterville. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 29 - 31. • Tea Party Young ladies and gents are invited for “tea” (otherwise known as orange drink) and cookies and a lesson in manners. Wear your best tea attire! 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 29 - 31.

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Holiday Cookie Decorating Listen to a holiday story, then decorate a freshly baked cookie. 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 19.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI MEDICAL CENTER 234 Goodman St. 7700 University Drive, West Chester 513-584-2229 • uchealth.com

• Childbirth Classes Expecting parents can take a variety of workshops, including Baby Care Basics (Dec. 1); Prepared Childbirth Workshop (Dec. 6); Breastfeeding (Dec. 9); Infant CPR & Safety (Dec. 11); Baby Care Basics & Infant CRP and Safety Combo (Dec. 15); Baby Care Basics & Infant CPR and Safety for Adoptive Parents (Dec. 23 at West Chester Hospital); and maternity tours (Dec. 1 and 15).

VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 • yourmetroparks.net

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Santa’s Brunch RSVP for this fun event that includes a yummy buffet, entertainment from the students at CCM, and a visit with Santa himself! A framed photo of your visit with Santa will be available for a small fee. 12:30 - 3 p.m. Dec. 7; call for prices. • Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 explore nature in winter through crafts, songs, stories and snacks. 1 p.m. Dec. 18; $3.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET MASON 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/mason

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healthy eating through crafts. Themes for this month include: Crazy for Cranberries (Dec. 3); Snowflakes (Dec. 10); Pomegranates (Dec. 17); Holiday Fun (Dec. 24). All programs begin at 10 a.m. Festive Holiday Appetizers Cooking Class Learn to make some delicious appetizers that will wow your guests. Kids are welcome to tag along! 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4; $5. • Health Starts Here Winter Supper Club Join a fourcourse meal in the café and taste delicious seasonal creations from the in-house chefs. 6 p.m. Dec. 8; $20.

John Morris Russell and the Pops offer a holiday concert beginning Dec. 5.

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• Outdoor Archery RSVP by Dec. 4. Try your skills with a compound bow and learn more about archery. For ages 8 and older. 1 p.m. Dec. 6; $15. Brunch With Santa Enjoy a delicious buffet and omelet bar, and visit with Santa. Each child will receive one complimentary photo. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; $16.75 adults, $8 ages 2 - 12, plus tax. • Growing Up a Farm Kid RSVP by Dec. 7. Ages 2 - 5 and an adult will help the animals on the farm celebrate the holidays. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Dec. 9 and 10; $10 per child plus one adult free, $5 for each additional adult. • Intro to Backpacking RSVP by Dec. 9. Enjoy an indoor presentation on the basics of backpacking including pre-trip prep and must-have essentials. 7 p.m. Dec. 11; $6. • Intro to Rock Climbing RSVP by Dec. 16. Join an indoor presentation that covers everything from equipment to history, then learn to tie a figure eight follow through and get started on the vertical road. 7 p.m. Dec. 18; $6.

WOLFF PLANETARIUM AT TRAILSIDE NATURE CENTER, BURNET WOODS 3400 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 or cincinnatiparks.com

• A Homeschool Planetarium Show Learn the stories behind Orion, the Big and Little Dippers, and other constellations, as well as how stars form and function, star types, and more. Students will receive materials to construct star charts for nighttime viewing at home. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 11; $5 per person. Holiday Skies Discover the mysteries of the Christmas Star, see a bright holiday “wreath” of twinkling lights, and hear the tale of the man being pulled across the sky. Best for ages 5 and older. Seating is limited. 7 p.m. Dec. 12; $5 per person.

8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Evergreen Centerpieces RSVP by Dec. 2. Ages 12 and older can make a beautiful holiday centerpiece with fresh evergreens while enjoying light refreshments. Bring gloves and pruners if you have them. 2 p.m. Dec. 2; $22. • Family New Year’s Eve Celebration RSVP by Dec. 28. Kick off the New Year with music, games, crafts and more. Meet live animals and enjoy magician John Louis and balloonist Lewis Petrushko. The ball drops at 7 p.m. to music by the Boylan Family Band. 4 - 7 p.m. Dec. 31; $5.

WYOMING FINE ARTS CENTER 322 Wyoming Ave. 513-948-1900 • musicartdance.org

• Corks and Classes Bring your friends and a libation for an art class led by an educator who will guide you step-by-step through a featured painting on canvas. Provide your own flare and be an artist for the evening! Ages 10 and older are also welcome. Themes for December include Polar Bear and Penguin (Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.); Santa in the Snow (Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.); Snowman (Dec. 13, 10 a.m.) and Santa Belly (Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.). All classes are $35. • Colors and Cupcakes Ages 7 and older are invited for a step-by-step class that will help them paint a beautiful winter scene. 2 - 4 p.m. Dec. 13; $35.

YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI 5000 YMCA Drive, Blue Ash myy.org • ahuckaby@cincinnatiymca.org

• FREE Autism Family Night Sign up for a special holiday celebration that is open to all families with a member on the autism spectrum. 6 - 9 p.m. Dec. 6.

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