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DECEMBER 2017 THE #1 LOCAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS

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Charlie Harper art exhibit opening at Rowe Woods Nature Center; Great Parks of Hamilton County's Winter Hike Series; Rockin' Jump Cincinnati's Toy Drive; DIY places to make holiday gifts; Christmas at historic landmarks.

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TO SANTA OR NOT TO SANTA? What do you tell your child when he asks if Santa Claus is real? Parents weigh in.

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Our four still believe, but I have a plan in order for when that day comes. I plan to take the questioning child on a date to explain to him that Santa is very much real, but not in the sense of one person. That we are the spirit of Santa. I’ll have my child select a person to buy a gift for and we’ll secretly deliver the gift signed from Santa. I’ll tell him that he’s now a Santa and that he can’t tell anyone or he’s not a Santa anymore. I’m both happy and sad for this day to come.

I say that Santa lives in all of us. Then I take each child on a separate shopping trip and give each $5 to buy a gift for each sibling. I started this when they were very young because their dad kept telling them I was Santa. Our youngest is 11 and still loves shopping for his siblings.

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Tell The Truth I will tell my child “no,” and fill him in on the secret and make sure he becomes a Santa helper, too. Karie Powell

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Ask Him What He Thinks I ask my kids what they think, and they form their own opinions on it. I don’t give gifts from Santa and I don’t use Santa as a tool to get them to behave. We talk less about Santa and more about being a good person, being kind, being caring, etc. Liza Armstrong

Be Honest from the Start We have always been honest. It’s fun to make believe, like when we play dolls and unicorns. Jennifer Meyer

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HIKE FOR SOUP! Doesn’t a nice bowl of hot soup sound good after a hike? RSVP for Great Parks of Hamilton County’s upcoming winter hike series. The challenging hikes, ranging from 4 - 4.5 miles, are held at different parks each week in January and February. Each hike finishes with a hot bowl of yummy soup. Sign up now, the series fills up fast - cost is $7 per person ages 12 and older, free for children under 12. Hikes take place at the following parks: • Winton Woods on Jan. 6 (chicken noodle soup)

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Enjoy a 19th century holiday with a tour of Heritage Village’s historical buildings (inside Sharon Woods at 11450 Lebanon Road), all decked out with traditional decorations from the 1800s. Storytelling, craft making, model train displays, holiday treats, and live music are in store. Admission is $10 adults, $6 ages 5 - 13. Holly Days takes place Dec. 9 - 10 from 12 - 4 p.m. Visit heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

Hillforest (213 Fifth Street, Aurora) is a National Historic Landmark that offers holiday tours showcasing the home’s beautiful and ornate architecture. Enjoy a look at a Victorian Christmas through Dec. 30 — hours are 1 - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun (last tour begins at 4:30 p.m.). Visit them online to learn about special events like a Victorian Christmas Tea Time on Dec. 5, 7 and 9, or the Christmas in the Country Home Tour that includes the historic home Veraestau as well. General admission is $10 adults, $4 ages 7 - 13 (special events are additional and require RSVP). Visit hillforest.org.

The Taft’s (316 Pike St.) annual holiday exhibit, Antique Christmas, returns with antique ornaments, decorations and toys for families to check out. Look at toys that Santa might have left behind in years past like a vintage Lionel toy train set or antique dolls. Enjoy festive decorations, unusual treats and more. Antique Christmas is on display through Jan. 7, 2018. Purchase tickets at taftmuseum. org.

Head to the Promont Mansion (906 Main St., Milford) to tour the 1865-67 Italianate home in all its holiday finery from 1 - 4 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17. The Birds of a Feather exhibit continues Greater Milford Area Historical Society’s 50th anniversary with self-guided tours, costumed docents, raffles and light refreshments. Admission is free. Learn more at milfordhistory.net.

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wo-year-old Bella has a nightly bedtime ritual that includes a couple of stories, prayers and four or five hugs. It’s a pattern that helps her fall asleep easily, according to her mom. Not all toddlers are so easy. It can be exhausting to put a toddler to bed — and keep him there. What’s a parent to do when their child’s sleep — and their own — is disrupted? Danielle Graef, Ph.D., and assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has helpful insights.

BE SMART ABOUT SLEEP “TIMING” Why do toddlers resist bedtime, even when they’re clearly exhausted? “Bedtime refusal — stalling — is most common in toddlers and preschoolers with the transition out of the crib,” Graef says. “As they begin to learn what elicits

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a parent response (asking for an extra hug or saying they need to go to the bathroom, etc.), they assert their independence.” Bedtime refusal is also related to a parent’s expectation about bedtime and what is developmentally appropriate for the child. If parents are inconsistent with bedtime setting or if a child naps too late in the day, night time sleep gets challenged. And sleep “timing” plays a role, too, Graef says. “There is a natural time in the evening for a peak in alertness (sometimes called the ‘second wind’),” says Graef. “Bedtimes at this time result in difficulties settling down and bedtime resistance,” she adds. Graef says to observe when your child is slowing down and showing familiar sleep cues, like yawning. That’s a great indicator for the start of the bedtime ritual. But it’s not always as easy as a routine. Bedtime refusal can go on and on. If it’s persistent, severe,

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“LOVIES” HELP Many moms and dads commiserate about their toddlers who wake in the middle of the night and wander into their parents’ room. It’s a part of life. While some little ones can fall back asleep on their own, many others may cry or call out. “Night awakenings are a normal part of sleep rhythm and can occur several times per night,” says Graef. “Waking is a concern when the child cannot return to sleep independently, requiring parent intervention,” Graef says. But rocking or holding little ones back to sleep can result in a repeated need for those things. Instead, attempt to build up the desire for a different comfort item such as a favorite blanket, “lovie,” or stuffed animal.

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Also, Graef says that parents should leave their child’s room when the child’s drowsy so he can learn to fall asleep on his own. While preschoolers may struggle with sleep because of various fears (being alone in the dark, “monsters,” etc.), schoolaged kids might be sleepless over grades or extended social media use at night, Graef says. And, with the holidays here, sheer excitement can keep kids up at night.

GOOD RITUALS Try to keep your family sleep routines on track, but recognize that life is always ready to throw a curveball. “Keeping a regular schedule can be challenging during the holidays,” Graef says. So, do try to aim for consistency in bedtime routines and wake times. Also, fine tune your child’s bedtime ritual so he can become used to what’s expected of him at night.


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No matter the age, everyone has fun playing with all the games and toys here, where you can check them out and take them home to play, too.

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ven the walls have fun. Covered with delightful sketches, the happy walls surround playthings for babies, kids, teens and adults. Visitors can play on the floor, at tables, in chairs and on swings that hold up to 800 pounds. “We want to appeal to everyone, young and old,” says founder, Julia Fisher. “Play is so important at every stage of your life.” The Play Library has only street parking nearby, so visitors may find it convenient to use the garage at Washington Park, or to park elsewhere downtown, and take the streetcar. The nonprofit Play Library is free to anyone who wants to visit and play, but there is a membership fee to borrow toys. “I think of it as ‘try it, before you buy it.’ Why put out $30 for a game at Target? You can take out two things at a time here.” Affordable fun is a cornerstone of the Play Library. “Quality toys are often very expensive and out of reach,” Fisher says. “I wanted to create a place so that all families can enjoy these things.” Fond memories of family games also helped inspire the Play Library. “I have great memories of our family playing together. A game’s a great way to connect — you can play, and

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talk in between turns.” Originally from New York City, Fisher was designing toys in Los Angeles when the idea of the Play Library came to her. She worked for manufacturers who used cheap materials to keep prices down, and felt that she “was simply creating a colorful landfill.” Fisher hated that idea, and also remembered how she felt about toys as a kid. “The toys at your friend’s house are always better than your own.” The Play Library solves those problems and at least one more. As everyone knows, kids grow up fast, and they always want something new or different. “We lend everything except for costumes and dolls, because cleanliness is super important.” All items are cleaned with every use, and everything borrowed gets checked and sanitized upon return. “My parents are both doctors,” Fisher says, “so I’m a little germaphobic.” A tour of the Play Library showcases just a fraction of the actual inventory, since toys are rotated to keep things seasonal and fresh for visitors. For example, shelves of games are divided by age and interest, and there’s everything from Trouble, to Ticket to Ride, to game systems that “maybe parents

used to play, and now they can share with their kids.” Educational toys, play sets, remote control toys, and laser tag sets fill the library. “REI even donated tents and camping gear, so kids can go camping or just set up in their backyard ... or living room.” While kids play, caretakers will enjoy perusing the collections. On loan from Chris Ruth, glass cases highlight toys from the past, many created by Cincinnati inventors. The Play-Doh Fun Factory, Spirograph set, and Easy Bake Oven evoke nostalgia, and the Justice League Superhero Playset echoes our Union Terminal’s architecture. Also like the Union Terminal, the Play Library has a ball tube powered by a crank, and a whisper tube that can deliver the softest phrases across the whole room. In addition to all that the Play Library has to deliver, it welcomes anything anyone wants to give. “We take all toy donations. If pieces are missing, we can use what’s there as replacement pieces, or we can repurpose it. There’s no reason Batman shouldn’t play with Snoopy. Nothing should go in a landfill.” Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She’s the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids.

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To Santa or NOT To Santa? By Kerrie McLoughlin

The idea behind Santa was good ... until things got complicated. Nowadays, the truth about Santa stresses parents out. So, what will you tell your kids this year?

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ho knew Santa was such a loaded topic? Most parents can talk rationally about it, but some moms and dads get downright hostile about whether or not they “play” Santa and why, and they will defend their decision to the death! Of course, the Santa decision has much to do with how you grew up, but you also need to consider how your spouse grew up, then take into account your religion, beliefs, how you want to raise your kids and more. Let’s explore both sides of the debate.

THE CASE FOR SANTA I grew up with Santa visiting my house and held onto the idea of him like a dog with a piece of bacon until I was about 13

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years old. When I finally conceded that it was my parents bringing me the presents, I did not feel betrayed or lied to; I was just disappointed that the magic was over. These days you can find my husband and I plotting and planning as Mr. and Mrs. Claus to our own five children. We’ve built family traditions around Santa. For instance, it’s fun to go to the mall to see him, and snuggling up to read ’Twas The Night Before Christmas is always a hit. Don’t forget all the terrific movies and shows that have Santa in them, like Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street. We feel like we’re bringing kids something special when we sneak Santa gifts under the Christmas tree and fill our kids’ stockings on Christmas Eve. We enjoy watching their faces light up when they see

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the tree in the morning. Some kids even get a letter from Santa — and they love when the cookies they left out for him have been eaten. But my kids keep me on my toes with questions about Santa, like: • What if you don’t have a chimney? (Santa comes in however he likes!) • Why didn’t Santa bring me the things I really wanted, like a cell phone and a Barbie Jeep I can ride around the neighborhood? (Santa uses his judgment on what he gives.) • Why is the Santa I visit at the mall different from the Santa that comes to Daddy’s work Christmas party? (Santa has lots and lots and lot of helpers.) • How do reindeer fly? (magic!)


ho-ho-holidays THE CASE AGAINST SANTA You only need to read all of the above to see that being Santa is exhausting, folks. Hiding presents, using different wrapping paper for Santa gifts, writing scribbly like Santa on gift tags, trying to shop without kids around (may I suggest online?!), hiding gifts and more makes it a lot of work. By December 26 I am wiped out, and I understand why many parents don’t want to even get that started! Of course, those on the non-Santa team have better reasons for being there than just not wanting to do a bunch of work. Not wanting to lie to their children is a big reason I heard when I did my informal Facebook poll. I mean, if a kid finds out Santa is a lie, then what else are his parents lying about? Jessica Epley, mom of two boys, said, “I don’t lie to my kids. I tell them they can believe in Santa if they want as Santa is the magic that lives within us.” There’s also the disappointment of finding out there is no Santa when kids at school or family members tell how they do it in their home, so the nonSantas want to understandably avoid that for their child. It’s also difficult to explain to a child, if a financial situation is not great, that Santa could not come this year or could only bring one small gift. Other non-Santas may be Christians who prefer to focus on the true meaning of Christmas instead of on a make-believe person. You might instead talk about Saint Nicholas and his giving spirit and what that means to your family, and concentrate less on the material aspect of Christmas. I’m going to end this debate by telling you something you already know: When you’re a parent you win some, and you lose some. Just do what you think is best as far as Santa is concerned, and you probably won’t be dragged into therapy with your kids … over THIS topic, anyway. Kerrie McLoughlin writes about homeschooling her five kids and life after 40. She’s also quite exhausted from playing Mrs. Claus.

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emember when you didn’t have to worry about being in three or four places at once during the holidays? Here are easy fixes that can hopefully help you enjoy more holiday cheer this year.

before or after Christmas Day for a much more relaxed mood. You would get to take your time opening gifts while enjoying each other’s company. What a time to treasure and look forward to every year!

1. Combine family events. Instead of running to your parents’ house and then to see each of your siblings separately, consider having just one shin-dig at one location when most everyone can attend. To make life even easier, forego the sit-down dinner and choose to go the potluck route. Some people choose to throw a small party at their house every year on the second Friday in December, for example, and have things for the kids to do, like building a gingerbread house or painting ornaments.

6. Do drop in. Elaine St. James, author of Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays, only visits her sister and her family to raise a toast but not to eat. She takes no food for the meal, no gifts, and says to her family, “We’re bringing ourselves and our best wishes for the season.”

2. Consider an Open House. Choose a location, a date, and a convenient time frame when family members can come and go as they please without the pressure of being on time for a meal. Serve finger foods and other easy fare to make it easy on the hostess. 3. Work out far-away destinations ahead of time. Many of us marry people with family out of state or we move out of town due to a job change or other circumstances. When the holidays roll around, it can be difficult to decide how to come together. Work out details well in advance. 4. Negotiate annually. All families are different so it can be practically impossible to please everybody every year. One year your cousin may need to leave early to spend the rest of the day with her husband’s family. Another year it may just work out best to hold the event on a completely different day of the month. Which brings me to … 5. Help your extended family realize that, for example, Christmas can be even nicer when spent on a day other than December 25th. You could get together with your grandparents a couple of weeks

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7. Just stay home. Some make the choice to celebrate Christmas Day at their own home every year. The decision may not be popular, and you might have to defend it every year, but it could be the most relaxing and fun day of your entire year. Just imagine yourself hanging out in comfy sweatpants all day long while you play with your kids and their new toys, games and other gifts. 8. If tensions get high between family members, think of others who may not have any family, or even a home. Consider serving food at a homeless shelter sometime around the holiday or being a bell-ringer for The Salvation Army for a couple of hours. Elaine St. James has another great idea: Make a paper bag lunch with a sandwich, cookies, fruit and juice drink and pass it out to the homeless in your area. These are great opportunities to take your kids along and teach them the true meaning of the holidays. To ensure no feelings are hurt, make sure your family knows they are always welcome to spend holidays at your home (with some notice, of course!). With a little understanding and communication, everyone in your family can have a peaceful holiday season. — Kerrie McLoughlin

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GIVE THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCE! Broadway in Cincinnati broadwayincincinnati.com See “Spotlight” this page for details. Behringer Crawford Museum bcmuseum.org Get a 2018 Family Membership for just $75! Cincinnati Art Museum cincinnatiartmuseum.org During December, CAM will offer 10% off all new memberships ($45 individuals, $75 families). Cincinnati Museum Center cincymuseum.org Family Memberships will be $99 next year ($130 for Family Premium). This holiday, Memberships are buy one get one 50%, plus you’ll get six free months. So, a 18-month Family Membership for $99 plus a second 18-month Family Membership for just $50! Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden cincinnatizoo.org Zoo Family Memberships begin at $129 and are on sale for $116 through Dec. 31. Memberships include free parking and discounts on guest passes and food/gift shops. Contemporary Arts Center contemporaryartscenter.org Purchase a family membership for only $65! Newport Aquarium newportaquarium.com Buy three annual passes and get a fourth one for free, now through

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ALL ABOARD FOR HOLIDAY TRAINS! It’s just not the holidays without trains — whether you take a ride on one, or just enjoy a display of model-sized proportions. LM&M Railroad’s North Pole Express 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon 513-933-8022 • lebanonrr.com Take a magical train ride with Santa and his elves. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies before boarding the North Pole Express, then visit with Santa (parents, bring your cameras!), get a souvenir and enjoy a special reading of The Night Before Christmas. Train departs 6 and 8 p.m. weekdays; 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23. Train also departs 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Tickets are $22 - $32 adults, $18 - $28 seniors and ages 2 - 16. Whitewater Valley Railroad’s The Polar Express Grand Central Station, Connersville, IN 765-825-2054 whitewatervalleyrr.org The Polar Express comes to life on a train journey through the quiet countryside to the North Pole where Santa boards for a special visit and gift for all his fans. Trains depart Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Tickets are $35 ages 2 and older. EnterTRAINment Junction’s Christmas at the Junction 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester 513-456-2496 entertrainmentjunction.com Families will enter a 1950s street scene with nostalgic department store display windows before

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venturing into an incredible winter wonderland! Visit the reindeer stables at the North Pole, watch elves make toys in their workshop, stop for a cookie from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and visit Santa in his study. Christmas at the Junction is open through Dec. 31, but Santa will go on vacation after Christmas. Visit website to buy tickets online.

created by Applied Imagination that takes the models overhead and at your feet. Cincinnati Choo Choo is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, with special evening hours until 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 - 23. The Krohn is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 24, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dec. 25. Admission is $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12.

Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show, Cincinnati Choo Choo 1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-5707 cincinnatiparks.com There’s something for everyone at this holiday exhibit that takes you back in time to the city’s holiday festivities and traditions. Check out beautiful poinsettias and fanciful evergreens, along with the train display and historical buildings

Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Holiday Toy Trains 1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org It’s holiday central with more than 250 feet of model train tracks, vintage Lionel and Plasticville trains, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more than 30 guest-activated displays. Plus, families can enjoy a Charles Dickens display, Polar Express readings with local librarians and

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Merry Fun for All at Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center BY AMANDA CIANI

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ake lasting memories with your family by visiting Holiday Junction and Brickopolis at Cincinnati Museum Center. Winter-y decorations and lots of locomotives, including Thomas the tank engine, span this vast 12,000-squarefoot exhibit. Every member of your family will enjoy Holiday Junction — toddlers will love the ride-along train, children will adore the interactive components, and even teenagers will think the Lego creations of Brickopolis are cool! My family has made a tradition out of visiting Holiday Junction! It has been a great holiday destination since my boys were babies, when they would simply enjoy watching trains whizz by. When they were toddlers we would count trains and name their colors. We also marveled over the many train layouts, and picked our favorite miniature houses. The boys usually seek out a house close to the North Pole (because that’s where all the toys are), and I always choose a house by the bakeries and hot cocoa. Now that my boys are a little older, and my family has started building Lego sets of our own, we fully appreciate the art and skill it takes to craft the stories told through Brickopolis. Get more details at cincymuseum.org.

more fun all season long. Exhibit is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 - 5 p.m. Sun through Jan. 14, 2018. Open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 24, and 1 - 5 p.m. Dec. 31. Admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 ages 3 - 17. Wednesdays are Grandparents’ Days — one grandchild gets in free with a grandparent’s paid admission. Heritage Village Museum’s Train Days Inside Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 heritagevillagecincinnati.org Take a break from the hectic holidays and check out the collections of Heritage Village volunteers as they set up their model trains adding to the Great Circle Line & Points North O-Scale Model Railway. Open for viewing 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dec. 20 - 22 and Dec. 29. Admission is $3 ages 12 and older, $1 ages 5 11, and free ages 4 and younger.

FUN FOR THE LITTLES Tots brimming with excitement need wide-open spaces to blow off steam this holiday season, these happenings will give them the space to do so! Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights 3400 Vine St. cincinnatizoo.org Kids can run wild like the animals as the Zoo drapes itself in its annual holiday light show. Check out a Madcap Puppets show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express Train, hear a story from Mrs. Claus, see Santa’s reindeer and plenty of other animals, enjoy live music and search for hidden fairies in Fairyland! Bundle up for a freerange excursion that will let your little ones blow off steam while enjoying the magic of the season. Hours are 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 5 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, through

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Jan. 1. Any day tickets are $12 - $17 online, $13 - $19 at the gate, and parking is additional. Macy’s Downtown Dazzle Fountain Square Fifth and Vine Streets downtowncincinnati.com Head downtown to Fountain Square on Dec. 2 and 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. for a dazzling collection of free and fun activities, including Macy’s Downtown Dazzle (when Santa goes rappelling), story times with Mrs. Claus inside Macy’s Fountain Place, weekend carriage rides, visits with Santa, caroling and more. Newport Aquarium’s Water Wonderland With Scuba Santa 1 Aquarium Way, Newport newportaquarium.com Kids can jump from exhibit to exhibit in the Aquarium, trying out the Shark Bridge, and watch Scuba Santa in an underwater show full of lights, bubbles and dancing. Then meet the Jolly Old Elf one-on-one and tell him all your holiday wishes. Scuba Santa is in town through Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (except Christmas Day). General admission is $24.99 adults, $16.99 ages 2 - 12. MetroParks of Butler County’s Brilliant Bebb Governor Bebb MetroPark 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana 513-867-5835 yourmetroparks.net Brilliant Bebb features an oldfashioned pioneer village with carriage rides, live animals, arts and crafts, family photo opportunities, and of course, visits with Santa for the littles! Hours are 5 - 9 p.m. Dec. 1 - 2, and 4 - 8 p.m. Dec. 3; admission is $10 per car or van.

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A Return to Winterfest at Kings Island BY AMANDA CIANI

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or years I have heard my parents reminisce about the holiday memories they made “back in the day” at Kings Island Winter Fest. Now I am excited to make lasting memories with my little family as Winter Fest returns to Kings Island in 2017! After browsing through everything offered at Winter Fest, I can see why my parents loved it so much. Winter Fest has something for everyone in your whole family! For those who want to take things a little slow, at a caroler’s pace, simply stroll through the park and enjoy the lights, including the 314-foot Eiffel Tower Christmas tree. You can also take in one of the holiday shows (there’s more than a dozen to choose from), sip some hot cocoa, and do some holiday shopping! For those who like to go go go, like a prancing reindeer, you can ride up to 17 rides, take a spin on ice skates, or even go sledding! The whole family can sit down for a hot meal from a variety of restaurants (I want to check out the all-you-caneat buffet), decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, enjoy ice carvers working their magic, and finally write a letter to Santa before meeting the man in red himself. I am really looking forward to doing all there is to do, and seeing all there is to see at Winter Fest! Winter Fest is open select nights through Dec. 30 at Kings Island in Mason. Cardholders are free with their passes, and tickets start at $25 plus taxes — or even lower if you attend with a group of 15 or more! Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. Call 513-754-5700 or visit kingsisland.com for more information.

Washington Park’s Santa’s Workshop 1230 Elm St. washingtonpark.org Head to Washington Park for Santa’s Workshop on Saturdays in December from 1 - 3 p.m. (through Dec. 23). Kids can stop by the wish-list station where elves help them write a list for Santa, then they can meet the Jolly Old Elf himself. Be sure to bring your cameras for an afternoon of memories. The Christmas Ranch 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow thechristmasranch.com It’s a whimsical place full of fun for all ages, including a million Christmas lights, train and wagon rides, letters from Santa, Christmas shops and more. Hours are 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 5 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat. Admission is $15 per vehicle Mon - Thu, $20 per vehicle Fri - Sun. Victorian Holiday Village Ohio National Financial Services, Pfeiffer Road in Blue Ash facebook.com/ohionational Bring the family to view charming Victorian houses and buildings, take a free photo with St. Nick (one per family), enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and free goodies for the littles! Hours are 6 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 7 and 8, and 5 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Light Shows Drive-thru light shows are perfect for little kids — they can stay comfy in the warmth of their car while enjoying the sights and sounds of the season! Try one of these: • Sharon Woods’ Holiday in Lights (11450 Lebanon Road; holidayinlights.com): Drive more than a mile of seasonal light displays showing everything from Santa to the 12 Days of Christmas. Afterwards, hop out of the car and head into the Sharon Centre for Santaland where kids can meet

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the Man of the Hour, enjoy treats, crafts and more. Hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, through Dec. 31 (Santaland ends after Christmas); cost is $13 per car. • Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum’s Holiday in Lights (1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; pyramidhill.org) features a two-mile drive through the outdoor museum to see the sculptures decorated in lights. Hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu, 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sun through Dec. 21; cost is $20 per car Mon Thu, $25 per car Fri - Sun. • Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Lights (6201 Kellogg Ave.; coneyislandpark.com) features a light show synchronized to holiday music you can listen to on your car radio while you drive through glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and tunnels of lights. Open nightly at dusk through 10 p.m.; admission is $6 per person, free ages 3 and younger. • Smith Park’s Light Up Middletown (500 Tytus Ave.; lightupmiddletown.org) includes a dazzling holiday display and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus every Fri and Sat from 7 - 9 p.m. through Dec. 23. Hours are 6 - 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31; admission is by donation.

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SANTA VISITS Christmas isn’t Christmas without a visit with the Man in Red! Breakfast With Father Christmas Heritage Village Museum inside Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 heritagevillagecincinnati.org Step back in time and enjoy breakfast, story time, and the chance to meet Father Christmas. Held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9; $8 ages 12 and older (three children under 12 included with each paid adult). Crafting With Santa Liberty Heights Church, 7904 Princeton Road, Liberty Township liberty-township.com RSVP and bring a camera to watch the kids make a craft with Santa on Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. Visit web site for price. Photos With Santa Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township liberty-center.com Take a photo with Santa by the fireplace - get a 5x7 for $5 or bring your own camera for a free snap. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun, through Dec. 16. From Dec. 17 - 23, hours are 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Dec. 24.

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Breakfast With Santa Joseph Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Road 513-396-8960 • josephbeth.com Enjoy a pancake breakfast, some Christmas crafts, and a meet-andgreet with Santa at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2 and 9. Tickets ($15.95 adults, $9.95 ages 12 and younger, free ages 2 and younger) must be purchased in advance. Pancakes With Santa Little Miami High School 3001 E US Highway 22 and 3 513-899-3781 breakfastwithsantalmhs.eventbrite. com Enjoy a pancake bar, make a craft with Santa’s elves, and then visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before checking out the Holly Jolly Holiday Fair. Held 8 - 11 a.m. Dec. 9; tickets are $7. Breakfast With Santa Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive West Chester • 513-867-5835 yourmetroparks.net RSVP by Dec. 11 for a yummy buffet breakfast, entertainment from Charlie Cadabra, and a visit with Santa! Held 12:30 - 3 p.m. Dec. 16; tickets are $14.95 ages 8 and older, $12.95 ages 3 - 7. Brunch With Santa Winton Woods 10245 Winton Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org RSVP for a buffet brunch and a chance for the kids to tell Santa what’s on their wish lists and take a complimentary photo. Held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; tickets are $18.35 adults, $8.75 ages 2 - 12, plus tax.

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Santa Visits Macy’s Macy’s Fountain Place Fountain Square downtowncincinnati.com Bring your camera for a fun pick with Santa as little ones tell him all their holiday wishes. Santa is all ears from 12 - 8 p.m. Fri and Sat through Dec. 16, 12 - 6 p.m. Sun through Dec. 17, and 12 - 5 p.m. Mon - Sun, Dec. 18 - 24.

Santa-Bration Carol Ann’s Carousel 8 W. Mehring Way cincinnatiparks.com Santa’s coming to the Carousel bring the kids for holiday crafts, a picture with Santa (cell phones only, please) and enter to win a Parks goodie bag! From 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 22 - 24. Carousel tickets are $2 per ride.

Photos With Santa Newport on the Levee 1 Levee Way, Newport newportonthelevee.com Sit with Santa and share your holiday wishes — take your own photos, or choose from a professional photo package. 12 - 5 p.m. weekends through Dec. 23.

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Traditional favorites are on the calendar this season, along with a few new shows! A Christmas Story: The Musical Aronoff Center for the Arts 650 Walnut St. 513-621-2787 cincinnatiarts.org Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200shot Range Model Air Rifle. Audiences will love this hilarious tale of Ralphie’s quest to secure the coveted gift in this musical based on the classic film. Performances run Dec. 5 - 10; tickets start at $30.


Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. cballet.org The Cincinnati Ballet returns to Music Hall for their annual production of the timeless classic featuring a young Clara who finds herself in the midst of a wonderful holiday adventure complete with a Nutcracker Prince, a Sugarplum Fairy, and the Land of Sweets! Performances run Dec. 14 - 24; tickets start at $36. A Christmas Carol Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 962 Mt. Adams Circle cincyplay.com It’s an annual favorite that combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life the familiar tale of Scrooge and his last chance at redemption by four ghosts. Performances run through Dec. 30; tickets start at $40. Cinderella The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at Taft Theatre Fifth and Sycamore Streets 800-745-3000 thechildrenstheatre.com The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents a classic fairytale set to popular music that will have boys and girls laughing with audience participation, side-splitting humor and outlandish characters, all performed as a holiday “panto.” Performances take place 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17; tickets start at $10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Aronoff Center for the Arts 650 Walnut St. 513-621-2787 cincinnatiarts.org The original television classic comes to life on the stage! Watch as both Rudolph and Hermey the Elf learn valuable lessons about how being different can often be a

very good thing. Performance takes place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3; tickets are $32 - $62. Mason Dance Center’s The Nutcracker: All Jazzed Up! Mason High School 6100 Mason Montgomery Road masondance.com The Mason Dance Center will present a fun take on the classic story with a jazzy version that blends with the traditional tale. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Mason High School After Prom. Performances take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 10; tickets are $10. Holiday Pops Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. 513-381-3300 cincinnatisymphony.org The Cincinnati Pops have come home to Music Hall for a joyful blend of holiday favorites for the whole family. Let your holiday spirits soar with special guest Denzal Sinclaire, the Classical Roots Choir and the May Festival Chorus. Performances take place 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. Dec. 10; tickets start at $25 for adults, and are $15 for children. The Dancing Princesses Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati 1127 Vine St. ensemblecincinnati.org Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night, but each morning, the princesses’ shoes are worn to tatters. In order to solve the mystery, he resorts to drastic measures in a heartfelt and humorous take on the classic fairy tale. Performances run through Dec. 30; tickets are $27 - $55.

a traditional production of A Christmas Carol that devolves into a funny look at all our pop culture Christmas favorites, like Rudolph, Frosty and Charlie Brown. Performances run Dec. 21 - 31; tickets are $41. MVBT Presents The Nutcracker Fairfield Community Arts Center 411 Wessel Drive 513-867-5348 • fairfield-city.org Christmas Eve is a night of enchantment for Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince in this performance from the Miami Valley Ballet Theatre. Performances take place 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 ages 10 and younger.

Annie Covedale Center for the Performing Arts 4990 Glenway Ave. 513-241-6550 cincinnatilandmarkproductions. com It’s the classic tale of a red-headed orphan who turns a millionaire’s life upside down and inside out as she charms him into helping her find her parents, and ultimately, a place in his heart just for her. Performances run through Dec. 23; tickets range from $26 - $29.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com New facility offering additional classes in drama, vocal music, and dance-specific studios for the ever-growing performing arts classes offered by TCTC. A small 150-seat performance space will also be a key component, along with a costume shop and expanded rehearsal space for both MainStage productions as well as ArtReach touring shows.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy

1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cbacademy@cballet.org cballet.org/academy Building foundations for a future for students from 2 - 92 through the joy of dance and a strong connection to the area’s preeminent ballet company.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Arts Classes

Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road, Cincinnati 859-581-7100 Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net Our 21st year! Skills taught include unicycle, German wheel, tight wire, rolling globe, juggling, Chinese yo yo, hooping, and more for ages 7 - 18. Circus Fun classes for ages 4 - 7. My Nose Turns Red is the area’s only non-profit dedicated to youth circus. Register by May 1 for early bird discount.

The Mad Potter Madeira

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

Mason Dance Center

600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 masondance.com Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. Summer camps forming soon – sign up now!

SDA Studios

7398 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Township 513-779-0135 sdastudios@aol.com We are committed to finding and nurturing the beautiful dancer in every student by providing a comprehensive dance learning experience based upon a solid foundation of technique training and quality performing opportunities. We work hard to provide a safe, wholesome, positive, and challenging atmosphere of friendship, guidance, and encouragement that enables our students to achieve their highest potential and become the very best dancer they can be. We believe in our students and we believe in ballet!

Star Glazers

starglazers.com 513-474-6364 Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess!

Tippi Toes

Multiple Cincinnati Locations tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive, and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression, and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem. Open enrollment throughout the year – it’s never too late to join!

West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics

8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. We are home to over 50 highly qualified, professional, and nurturing instructors.

Bethany School

555 Albion Ave., Glendale 513-771-7462 bethanyschool.org Offering a one-of-a-kind educational experience for grades K - 8 including a dedicated faculty, a rigourous curriculum, and a strong sense of “family” and community. Dedicated to the development of the “whole child” and fostering the spirit, the mind, and the “heart” of our students. Offering a wide array of academic enrichment, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. With our small class sizes, our teachers get to know each student well and help each one reach his or her fullest potential.

The Campus at Kids First

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-5437 thecampuskf.com Private, full-day Kindergarten! Located inside the nationally acclaimed Kids First Sports Center, we offer the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 wks. - Kindergarten. As the only early learning center in the area to make physical education a priority, we give your child an academic edge by integrating a physical education curriculum into every child’s daily schedule. Campus Kids receive the most well-rounded physical and academic education, but your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

Cincinnati Country Day School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 countryday.net 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.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason Welcome to Camp Adventure, designed for children 2 - 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts and crafts, food, games, and more. Camp Adventure participants will enjoy many hands-on, self-directed activities. Camp Atlantis will give your child the opportunity to spend the summer exploring their connection to the world around them during field trips and weekly activities such as Foamtastic, Cool Critters, and Charlie Cadabra.

Royalmont Academy

200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-745-0555 royalmont.org Private preK - grade 12 Catholic school located in Mason. The school is located within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Royalmont is divided into a half-day and all-day preschool, a K - 8 division, and the Royalmont Academy Classical Preparatory High School.

Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 summitcds.org 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!

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

myy.org 513-362-YMCA (9622) At the Y, we ensure that children and teens reach their full potential by helping them grow physically, mentally, and socially. Leadership and academic enrichment programs include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.

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A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

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ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

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BRILLIANT BEBB

Enjoy an illuminated pioneer village, a visit with Father Christmas, carriage rides, live animals, arts and crafts vendors, family photo opportunities and more. Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 5 - 9 p.m. Dec. 1 - 2, 4 - 8 p.m. Dec. 3; $10 per car/van plus a valid motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE BURLINGTON CHRISTMAS

Enjoy a Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 1, visit with Santa Claus, listen to some live music, and enjoy loads of holiday activities all weekend long, including a Santa Paws Parade, a train display, tasty treats and DIY crafts. City of Burlington; 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. Dec. 2 - 3; historicburlingtonky.com.

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Catherine Palace is back at the KSB Miniatures Collection and decorated for the holidays! See the special exhibit depicting the lavish Russian castle at Christmas along with hundreds of other 1/12-scale buildings and fine art miniatures all celebrating the season. Open through Jan. 20, 2018. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, 215 Sutton St., Maysville; $10 adults, $2 students; 606-564-5865 or ksbminiaturescollection.com.

FREE CHILDREN’S STORY TIME

Enjoy stories, songs, puppets and fun in the Children’s Discovery Center. Discovery Center, Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; 513-644-0900 or liberty-center.com.

FREE CHRISTKINDLMARKT

Enjoy German beer, food, music, wares and other art vendors. Hamilton Marriott, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton; 6 - 10 p.m. Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 3; hamilton-city.org.

CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION

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FREE CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

Explore Christmas past as downtown Waynesville celebrates the holidays with traditional decor, entertainment, a visit from Santa, carriage rides, carolers and more. Downtown Waynesville; 12 p.m. Dec. 1 - 3; waynesvilleohio.com.

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

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CHRISTMAS SAENGERFEST

Visit six great venues in Over-the-Rhine and enjoy performances from awardwinning choirs. Shuttle buses will be available to take patrons from venue to venue. Over-the-Rhine; 7 - 11 p.m. Dec. 1, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Dec. 2; $30 - $60; christmassaengerfest.com.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

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FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

Explore the history and festivities of this time of year with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else, you’ll gain a newfound respect for the traditions that bind us together during this magical season. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers ; 513-863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

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HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL

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Enjoy a live performance from the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society and the Colerain High School Chamber Orchestra. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

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KROHN HOLIDAY SHOW: THE CINCINNATI CHOO CHOO

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LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN

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FREE LOVE, TRIANGLE STORY TIME

Author Marcie Colleen shares her new book, Love, Triangle, followed by a signing. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

NATURE ART

Use the colors of fall to get inspired — examine art inspired by nature and make some art of your own to take home. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Nov. 29 - Dec. 10. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the parks; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

FREE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Budding astronomers enjoy a look at the night skies in a full dome show: Back to the Moon (Dec. 1); Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Dec. 8); Astrophotography (Dec. 15). Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m.; 859-572-5600 or nku.edu.

FREE SANTA VISITS MACY’S

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SANTALAND

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THE POLAR EXPRESS

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FREE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

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WATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA

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FREE ARTSWAVE CINCY SINGS CAROLERS

Enjoy holiday tunes at Fountain Square from choirs that competed in this year’s Cincy Sings competition. Fountain Square, West 5th St.; 3 - 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9; downtowncincinnati.com.

BIRD COUNT WARM UP

Brush up on your birding skills in a “practice” count. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 10 - 11 a.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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BIRD SCAVENGER HUNT

Learn basic bird observation skills and search for common backyard birds during this indoor scavenger hunt. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 12 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.

BIRDS OF PREY, NIGHT & DAY

Meet two raptor ambassadors and learn about these amazing hunters of the sky. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 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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Enjoy family fun story time with the “animals” at noon, and receive a free child’s book, courtesy of the Cincinnati Children’s Reach Out and Read Cincinnati Program! For all those budding readers, make a special bookmark, and enjoy other cool crafts. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 W. Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $2 per person per ride; cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY

Enjoy a live nativity, ornament-making for kids, carriage rides, carolers and more in this annual celebration of the season. Downtown Paintsville; 606-789-2600 or visitpainstvilleky.com.

FAMILY HOLIDAY DIY CRAFTS

Stop by each Saturday for a series of homemade holiday fun with a new, natural craft each week, then check out the Krohn’s annual holiday show! Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

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Welcome the holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’S, UC’s and CCC’s choirs. Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati Campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 2 and 5 p.m., Dec. 2 - 3; $15 - $20 adults, $10 - $15 students; 513556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE GRINCH STORY TIME

It’s a very special story time with a very special guest — the Grinch himself! Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 10:30 a.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

FREE HIP, HIPPO, HOORAY FOR FIONA

Meet author Jan Sherbin, who discusses and signs her book that makes a perfect gift for fans of the Cincinnati Zoo’s lovable baby hippo, Fiona. A portion of each book’s proceeds benefits the Zoo. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 12 p.m.; 513-7552258.

FREE HOLIDAY BABY FAIR

Expecting moms, new moms and those considering becoming a mom are invited to this baby fair to gather info about the amenities of Mercy Health West. Mercy Health West Hospital, 3300 Mercy Health Blvd.; 2 - 4 p.m.; mercy.com.

FREE HOLIDAY MAGIC SHOPPING EXPO

Check out handmade crafts, jewelry, holiday decorations, healthy living products and more. Four Points by Sheraton, 7500 Tylers Place Blvd., West Chester; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; jstorrevents. com.

HOLIDAY ONE STOP SHOP

Head to the Civic Center to pick up some holiday gifts for friends and family. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave.; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; wyomingohio. gov.

HOPEFUL HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

Visit with crafters and vendors selling wood crafts, jewelry and more. Plus, drop off the kids at Kiddie Winter Wonderland for games and fun while you shop. Hopeful Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Florence; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $1 admission, $5 per child for Kiddie Winter Wonderland (family max is $15); 859-647-1105 or hopefulchurch.org.

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FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE LIGHT UP FAIRFIELD

Head to the park for holiday treats, market vendors, live music, crafts and more, all capped off when Santa lights up the Big Tree! Village Green Park, 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 1 - 6 p.m.; 513867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

See our “Holiday Guide” beginning on page 19 for details.

FREE MANATOTS

Enjoy books, songs and laughs on the LePage Stage! blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Wed, Fri and Sat in Dec.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

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FREE SANTA’S WORKSHOP

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SING ME A STORY

The Cincinnati Boychoir celebrates the holidays with a performance featuring holiday favorites and everyone’s favorite miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 5 p.m.; $20 - $35; cincinnatiboychoir.org.

SUPERMOON 2017

Some full moons are closer to the Earth than others, making them appear about 14% bigger in the sky than the smallest Moon. Check it out or yourself at the Observatory — bring blankets and lawn chairs for a picnic and get a tour of the historic telescopes and buildings. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 5 - 8 p.m.; $5; 513-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory. org.

FREE WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDES

Enjoy a free horse-drawn trolley carriage ride through the heart of the city. Macy’s Celebration Station, West 5th St.; 12 5 p.m. Sat and Sun through Dec. 10; downtowncincinnati.com.

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BIRDS OF PREY

Explore the high-flying world of raptors — bring your cameras! Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY

Tour both Hillforest and Veraestau’s historic homes, learn from costumed docents, and enjoy holiday refreshments and entertainment. Hillforest Museum, 213 5th St., Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m.; $8 $15; 812-926-0087 or hillforest.org.

GREAT OAKS TRAIL HIKE

Travel up and down hills through a hardwood forest where active woodpeckers and beaver evidence have been spotted. Great Oaks Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 12:30 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 HAL WALKER CONCERT

A veteran solo performer, Hal Walker is truly one of kind. With a soaring baritone voice, he sings soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity and the creative process, and he improvises and composes on unique musical instruments that you’ve probably never seen before. The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 4:30 p.m.; thecarnegiecenter.org.

HARBOR LOOP HIKE

Travel the paved trail in search of signs of nocturnal animals and winter birds. Harbor Pavilion, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2:30 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.

NKU DANCE PREP

Please see “Spotlight” on page 33 for details.

Springfield Township and ArtsConnect will celebrate the season with a festival full of fun, including a Madcap Puppet Show, a concert from the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra, a Winter Village to roam, activities and concessions, hay rides, a petting zoo, ice sculpture demos, photos with Santa and much more. Springfield Township, 12 p.m.; donations of cash or canned goods, coats and toys will be accepted for entry; 513-522-2108 or theartsconnect. us/winterfest.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

See our “Holiday Guide” beginning on page 19 for details.

FREE OHIO EXPLORED HOLIDAY MAKER MART

Shop this holiday market featuring crafts, ceramics, fine art, glass, jewelry, home goods and more from more than 100 local artists and makers from across Ohio. Urban Artifact & Chase School, 1660 Blue Rock St.; 1 - 6 p.m.; ohioexplored.com/ohiomakermart.

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SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM

Learn how farm animals stay warm when it’s cold outside and meet a few animals in person! Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

FREE THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY CRAFT EXPO

Check out one-of-a-kind holiday items from jewelry to home decor and more. Hilton Cincinnati Airport, 7373 Turfway Road, Florence; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; jstorrevents.com .

Mon 4

FREE A CHRISTMAS CAROL PARLOUR GAMES

Play the games Mr. Scrooge’s nephew and his family would have enjoyed during the holidays and have a cup of tea. Greenhills Branch Library, 8 Enfield St.; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-369-4441 or cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup.

FREE FOLK ART ORNAMENT CRAFT

Join Sherry DeWald to create some wooden folk art ornaments to hang on your tree! Mt. Washington Branch Library, 2049 Beechmont Ave.; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-369-6033 or cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup.

Tue 5

FREE MANATOTZZZ

Enjoy great books, easy laughs and sweet songs! Sleepy Bee Cafe, 3098 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10 - 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

NATURE STORIES

Enjoy stories, songs and activities about the natural world. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 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.

Wed 6

FREE REC READS

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed books, songs and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


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FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE SHOP LOCAL

Meet Mason-area merchants and home sales representatives and get a little holiday shopping done while supporting local businesses. Mason Community Center, 6050 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-229-8555 or imaginemason. org.

Thu 7

FREE AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS

Take a step back in time to enjoy a colonial Kentucky Christmas with the smell of Grandma’s cookies, the sound of carols, horse-drawn carriage rides, ornament-decorating and more oldfashioned fun. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 5 - 8 p.m. Dec. 7 - 8, 2 - 8 p.m. Dec. 9 - 10; 859-586-4673 or anoldkentuckychristmas.com.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE MIGHTY WURLITZER

It’s an orchestra and more, all in one organ. Listen to your holiday favorites with all the bells, whistles and special effects that only an instrument like the Mighty Wurlitzer can provide. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.; $26 adults, $21 students and seniors; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts. org.

FREE STORY TIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Join Miss Alicia for stories and fun, then stick around with your littlest readers for Manababies at 10:30 a.m. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

TAFT JR: HOLIDAY FUN

Ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers enjoy holiday fun with a story, an ornament-making activity, and an exploration of the toys and decorations of the Taft’s Antique Christmas display. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; free for members and children, $10 in advance for nonmembers, $12 day of event; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: WINTER WONDERLAND

Join in for some winter themed art making with ice painting, igloo fort building, and even an indoor snowball fight. Warm up with some hot chocolate and some kid-friendly yoga! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

WINTER IS FOR THE BIRDS

Help make presents for the birds and learn how they survive the cold winter days. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

Fri 8

FREE CINCINNATI BIRTH & PARENTING NETWORK

Greater Cincinnati families can meet CBPN members and fellow families to learn more about birthing options in the area, including childbirth educators, doulas, massage therapists, midwives and more. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Enjoy a live performance of holiday tunes from 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.

CLOTH DIAPERING 101

Learn the basics of cloth diapering including cost, care, quantity and more. Stick around for Cloth Diapering 102 at 4 p.m. for a more intense look (cost for 102 is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3 p.m.; 513791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

CRIB OF THE NATIVITY

Join the dedication ceremony of the Crib of Nativity at the Krohn, sponsored by the Western & Southern Fund, then enjoy the display through Jan. 1, 2018. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE DELHI TOWNSHIP HOLIDAY MARKET

Peruse the wares of local vendors, including homemade candles, crafts, soaps, baked goods and more. Delhi Township Holiday Market, 647 Neeb Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-451-3300 or facebook.com/ events/330046060798356/.

HOLIDAY CONCERT

The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the TriState, perform holiday songs from around the globe. Corbett Auditorium,

CCM, University of Cincinnati Campus, Corry Blvd.; 2 p.m., 5 p.m.; $15 general, $10 students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

FREE HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Watch Santa arrive by fire truck, then help count down to flip the switch to light the towering Christmas tree! Deerfield Towne Center, 5085 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 5 - 7 p.m.; deerfieldtownecenter.com.

HOLLY DAYS

See “Local News” page 10 for details.

FREE IN MY WORLD

Author Chuck Aardema presents his debut children’s book, In My World — a colorful picture book sure to please the little ones. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 1 p.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE LIGHT UP WYOMING

Celebrate the season with friends and fun, and enjoy the City’s lights at the Civic Center and Village Green. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; wyomingohio.gov.

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HOLIDAY POPS

See our “Holiday Guide” beginning on page 19 for details.

SPOTLIGHT

FREE MANABEBES

Bring your smallest readers for a fun introduction to Spanish with finger plays, rhymes, songs and bouncy times. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Sat 9

CAROUSEL BINGO

Bring the kids for a day of Bingo with the “animals” of the carousel and a chance to win some awesome prizes. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 West Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $2 per person per ride; cincinnatiparks.com.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

Learn about the holiday customs and decorations of the various immigrant groups that settled in this area, then craft your own holiday decoration and enjoy a snack. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m.; $5 craft fee per person; 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

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FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. MT. ADAMS REINDOG PARADE

Bring the pups in the family for a fun parade to celebrate the holidays. Registration fees will benefit the SPCA Cincinnati. The Monastery, 1055 Saint Paul Place; 12:45 p.m.; please see web site for prices; mtadamstoday.com.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Hola! Use stories and songs to learn some basic Spanish vocabulary. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Sun 10

CRAFT-A-THON

Bring the gang and nurture your creative side with paint, glitter, glue and more to make a special holiday gift. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 12 - 4 p.m.; 50 cents - $5 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 LUMINARIA

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FREE PIONEER CHRISTMAS

Celebrate the holidays, pioneer-style! The Cabin in the Clearning will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration with Santa. Keehner Park, 7211 Barret Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; westchesteroh.org.

SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME

Explore the history and festivities surrounding our favorite time of the year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a different holiday during the season, you will gain a newfound respect for the traditions that bind this magical season together through the song and dance of TCT On Tour actors. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 1 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM

Make your own thaumatripe and take a spin while learning about this fun pioneer toy. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

STROLLING CAROLERS

Carolers in 1800s garb from Cincinnati’s Old West Festival will fill the halls with holiday song. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

THE NUTCRACKER ALL JAZZED UP

See our “Holiday Guide” beginning on page 19 for details.

Mon 11

FREE DADDY & ME

Ages 0 - 6 and their fathers, uncles, grandfathers and male caregivers are invited to this program to have fun together, learning through play. Newport Branch Library, 901 East 6th St.; 6:15 - 7 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE GINGERBREAD HOUSES FOR TEENS

Teens are invited for the annual Gingerbread House Making program in which they will take their creation home. Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave.; 10 - 11 a.m.; 513-3696029 or cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/ signup.

Tue 12

FREE HANUKKAH STORY TIME

Celebrate Hanukkah with stories, songs and spinning the dreidel with friends. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Thu 14

A WHIRLIN’ GOOD TIME

Take a whirl on the Carousel — get unlimited rides for just $6 today. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 W. Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $6; cincinnatiparks. com.

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM

Learn about historic winter holidays and how they were celebrated on farms. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: CORAL CREATIONS

Learn about artist Glenn Kaino’s work and then make some art of your own inspired by a unique underwater experiment. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

HOLIDAY GIVING AT LAZER KRAZE

Bring in two cans of vegetables to help a family in need and receive a free laser tag mission or 30 minute jump session good for the same day. All items will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank. For ages 4 and older. Also at the Erlanger location (1335 Donaldson Road; 859-371-5729). Lazer Kraze, 7082 Columbia Road, Maineville; 4 - 6 p.m. Dec. 12 - 15; 513-339-1030 or lazerkraze.com.

Fri 15

98 DEGREES AT CHRISTMAS

The famous quartet releases their first full-length album in four years, Let it Snow, via Ume, and features beloved standards of the season. Head to the Aronoff to hear the songs performed live in the band’s signature R&B style. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m.; $50 - $70; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

FREE CAROLING AT THE MANATEE

Sing Christmas carols and other holiday songs with your friends! blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE WORKS BY THE CAC’S ART HANDLING TEAM

This exhibition features individual and collaborative works by the Contemporary Arts Center’s art handling team, “Crew.” Working behind the scenes to ensure that artwork is handled safely and strict deadlines are met, Crew has installed some of the city’s most groundbreaking exhibitions. As artists themselves, the daily presence of contemporary art serves as inspiration for their own work. Exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 12, 2018. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

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ARE REINDEER REALLY REAL?

Can reindeer really fly? Learn about reindeer and their related kin, including the white-tailed deer. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 13 - 23. 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.

FREE LUMINARIA Sunday, Dec. 10

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s Mount Lookout lights up for the holidays, families are invited to stop by the Observatory to tour the buildings and get a look at the night sky through telescopes (weather permitting), all while enjoying carolers and more. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Call 513-321-5186 or visit cincinnatiobservatory.org.

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Sat 16

BABYWEARING 101

Learn about the different kinds of carriers and wraps and try out a few samples. Stick around for Babywearing 102 at 3:30 p.m. for more on safety and wrap materials (cost for 102 is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

FREE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Join Miami Valley Audubon for a winter bird count in the parks — all levels of birders are welcome to join in. Miami University Ecology Research Center, 5806 Somerville Road, Oxford; 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FROZEN FOLLIES

The Wump Mucket Puppets tell the stories of The Many Names of Santa Claus and The Great Marshmallow Harvest today. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Drop by to make crafts all about the holiday season and winter. Ages 5 - 12 can make up to two crafts to take home. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m. Dec. 16 - 17; $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 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT PROMONT

See “Local News” page 10 for details.

IN SEARCH OF SIGNS

Bring the family to search for signs of wildlife as they cope with the cold of winter. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

FREE LIVE NATIVITY

Enjoy animals from Honey Hills Farm that kids can pet and feed, along with free coffee or hot chocolate and cookies, as well as live musical performances to celebrate Christmas! Forestville Baptist Church, 1311 Nagel Road; 4 - 8 p.m. Dec. 16 - 17; 513474-3884 or forestvillebaptist.com.

SPOTLIGHT

SHOPKINS LIVE!

Please see “Things to Do” opener on page 29 for details.

FREE SIGN LANGUAGE STORY TIME

Bring your little ones to learn some simple signs through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE THE CITY FLEA

Head to the park for the City Flea’s annual holiday market where you can pick up some unique (and local) gifts for family and friends. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 5 - 10 p.m.; thecityflea. com.

THE POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY

The magic of the Polar Express arrives at the Levee — wear your PJs for a special screening of the film, complete with hot cocoa, cookies and popcorn. IMAX Theater, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 16 - 17; $8; newportonthelevee.com.

Sun 17 CRAFT FAIR

Find a wide variety of handmade and unique gifts, holiday items, home decor, accessories, food and more. Proceeds from this event support youth who will travel to Houston, Texas this summer to attend the annual churchwide youth gathering and perform community service projects. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2718 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $3; 859-331-4694 or facebook.com/ events/825274130967268/?active_ tab=about.

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

Enjoy Christmas classics along with select compositions from award-winning Chip Davis, as the group celebrates 30 years of holiday music live on stage. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7 p.m.; $38.50 - $78.50; 513621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

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Furry friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati will be in the store for customers of all ages to meet and read to in order to practice their reading skills. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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SOAP ON A ROPE

Learn how early farmers made their own soap, and then try making your own. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

Mon 18

FAMILY NIGHTS KROHN BY CANDLELIGHT

Enjoy the beauty of the Krohn exhibit by the light of holiday twinkle with live music, and other special programs, including visits with Santa and other costumed characters. Get a complete schedule at the website. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5 - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 - 23; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/calendar.

Tue 19

TOT TUESDAY: HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Deck the halls and the walls and the tree with keepsake holiday crafts created by you and your toddler. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 craft fee plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

Wed 20 TRAIN DAYS

See our “Holiday Guide” beginning on page 19 for details.

Thu 21

PRESENTS FOR THE ANIMALS

Stop by to make presents for the chickens and rabbits on the farm! Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: GIFT MAKER STATION

Bring your little ones to make some oneof-a-kind presents that are sure to make a loved one smile, then stick around for some kid-friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Questions? Call: 513-945-0002 or Email: discoverycenter@pg.com

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The TSO returns to Cincinnati in a performance designed for audiences of all ages, as they present “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 4 p.m., 8 p.m.; tickets start at $42; trans-siberian.com.

WEE WONDER ABOUT ANIMALS AT NIGHT

Ages 3 - 5 learn about what comes out at night while we sleep using activities, crafts and a story. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; $7 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.

Fri 22

SANTA-BRATION

Santa’s coming to the Carousel! Bring the kids for holiday and winter crafts, a pic with the Jolly Old Elf (bring your cell phone, no cameras, please), and enter for a chance to win a Parks goodie bag. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 West Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 22 - 24; $2 per person per ride; cincinnatiparks.com.

Sat 23

WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT

Keep warm while hunting for treasure inside the Seasongood Nature Center! Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 12 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 24

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Mon 25

Merry Christmas!

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DULCIMER PERFORMANCE

Make plans to attend this music event with the beautiful and unique sounds performed by members of the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society, then enjoy the Krohn’s annual holiday show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

Wed 27 RAILS AND RIVERS CONCERT

It’s American folk, bluegrass and ragtime with Jake Speed and his fiddle player, who will perform original Cincinnati songs about trains and riverboats. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

TRAILSIDE SCAVENGER HUNT

Pick up your challenge sheet, search for items on the list, and return it for a prize. Ellenwood Nature Barn, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 1 p.m. Dec. 27 - 30; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

WALK THE LIGHTS NIGHT

Start your New Year’s Resolution early with some festive exercise and stroll through the Holiday in Lights — strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 10 p.m.; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the parks; 513-521-7275 or holidayinlights.com.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

Preschoolers and their grown-ups enjoy learning stations in the galleries, story time, and an art project. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

WINTER BREAK NIGHT HIKE

Walk off that Christmas meal with a night hike designed for the whole family. Forest Run MetroPark, 1810 New London Road, Hamilton; 6 - 8 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

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Even though it’s cold out, plants are still all around — a few even stay green all winter long. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 27 - Jan. 7. 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 28

ANIMAL MEET AND GREET

Stop by for a short meeting with a local animal and learn how they survive the winter. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Dec. 28 - 29; 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.

ANIMAL TALES

Join the naturalist for a nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.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.

HARRY POTTER: IN CONCERT

Fifteen years ago Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone enchanted audiences and now it’s returning, for the first time ever, with the music of a live symphony orchestra. Momentous scenes from the film play on a giant screen in high-definition while John Williams’ unforgettable score is performed by the Cincinnati Pops. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 - 29, 7 p.m. Dec. 30; tickets start at $25; 513-3813300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: NEW YEAR’S PARTY

Happy (almost) New Year! Stop by for a fun bash and decorate a party top hat, do some firework painting, sip some sparkling apple juice, and join a countdown and balloon drop at 11 a.m.! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

Fri 29

ANIMALS ALIVE

Discover some of the animals that call the park home and meet a few up close! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton

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THE BOAR’S HEAD AND YULE LOG FESTIVAL

One of the oldest continuing festivals of the Christmas season, this event features a large cast, music, an impressive procession and more. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St.; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 30, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 31; tickets available beginning Dec. 9, two tickets per person; 513-621-2627 or boarsheadfestival.com.

WINTER CRAFTS

Stop by to take a break from the cold and make a winter-themed craft. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. - 1 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.

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Happy New Year’s Eve! ADVANCED ORIENTEERING

Join Orienteering Cincinnati, Inc. for this advanced night navigation adventure. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 7 - 11:30 p.m.; $7 OCIN members, $10 nonmembers; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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