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editor's Note

Help make the holidays more about giving.

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cincinnati news

Pottery painting for a cause ... ways to volunteer as a family ... Dream Photo Sessions that give back ... new Play Cafe opens in West Chester ... Pendleton Parlor now open offering scoops of cookie dough.

10 kids' health

Ways to keep your family happy and healthy this holiday season.

FEATURES 13 HAPPY HOLIDAYS GUIDE! There's something for everyone in our round-up of memory-making fun: • Sledding • Ice Skating • Shows • Light Displays • Shopping • Carriage Rides • Tree Farms • Santa Visits • Train Displays

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THINK ABOUT THE GIFT OF GIVING

don’t know if it’s the smell of cinnamon or that initial taste of a milky hot chocolate. Maybe it’s the comfort of dressing up in tons of warm layers and curling up on the couch with your kids. It’s the time of the year where we’re supposed to slow down and take in these special moments. There is just something about the holidays. I look back at holiday memories with my parents and siblings, and it reminds me to continue creating happy moments with my kids. Some memories are funny, some crazy, some bitter sweet. I remember one Christmas where I really wanted a guitar. I asked Santa every night for that guitar and had my hopes high. Christmas morning, I woke up and saw that guitar-shaped gift in the corner, hoping it had my name on it. It didn’t. Turns out, my brother wanted the same thing. Santa thought I wanted a nice TV with a built-in VCR. The thankful child I was, I smiled and didn’t show disappointment. My brother opened up the gift of a beautiful wooden acoustic guitar. Once Christmas morning was over, I hid in my room crying. My brother, being the kind older brother he was, offered me a trade. Guitar for the TV. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. The kind act of giving is better than any gift. It feels so good to give something rather than to take, and it doesn’t have to be big. It’s that kind gesture that radiates a warm feeling to everyone around you. It’s the little things that matter whether we realize it or not. We scurry around each year trying to find the perfect gifts for our kids and family. We finally sit down and watch the ear-to-ear smiles and giddy excitement as they excitedly open gifts. During this tiny moment, everyone is relaxing, having a hot cup of coffee and enjoying this peace after all of the shopping, cooking and rushing. Although not every holiday is perfect and sometimes sickness or family arguments get in the way, it’s those quick, special moments we have to hold onto. Think about the gift of giving this month. Your simple gestures can provide a meal or a cozy winter coat to a family in need. Many light shows, restaurants, grocery stores and theatre shows are giving back this season with your help, too. Take your family to see a light show and you just might be helping a family in need. It’s the season of giving, and my goal is to do more of that. Less running, more giving; less chaos, more family time. Slow down this season and enjoy those special moments and make memories with your family!

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CINCINNATI NEWS By Amanda Ciani

GROWING CHARITY IN KIDS DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE ANIMALS? Most veterinarian offices gladly accept donations of blankets, towels and pet food. Your family can organize a pet food drive to help feed furry friends at a local vet office. IS YOUR CHILD A BOOKWORM? If your family is full of book lovers, the library is the perfect place to volunteer. Teens can help with children’s programs, with shelving books and more. HELP PACK FOOD Local soup kitchens and food distribution centers, including Freestore Foodbank, are always in need of volunteers. At the Freestore Foodbank, children (ages 13 and older; any child under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult) can help sort, package and shelve food for local families in need. Donate your time to help end hunger at 112 East Liberty St. in Cincinnati. Call 513-241-1064 or visit freestorefoodbank.org for more information. SPREAD JOY One way to spread holiday cheer is to volunteer to visit with senior citizens at a local residential facility. Many organizations have holiday parties and seniors enjoy groups caroling for them, playing games and reading stories. You can also find volunteer opportunities for you and your kids through these websites: • Createthegood.org • Volunteermatch.org • Givebackcincinnati.org

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reate a beautiful piece of handpainted artwork and enjoy a slice of pizza and a drink for a good cause. Puzzles Pieces, the one-stop shop for autism and special needs, is partnering with Star Glazers Pottery Café for an evening of fun benefitting the non-profit Building Blocks. Building Blocks provides therapy, housing modifications, medical equipment and more to children with special needs. Star Glazers is bringing all needed supplies to Puzzle Pieces for the special event taking place on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 12 - 2 p.m. for $15 a person. Register for the event by calling Star Glazers at 513-474-6364. Puzzle Pieces (puzzlepiecesohio. com) is located at 11912 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. If you would like to make a charitable donation to Building Blocks, call 513-770-2900 or visit bb4k.org.

A CHILD’S HOPE INTERNATIONAL The Hands Against Hunger program offers a unique opportunity for your family to serve local, regional and international families in need. Food packing events take place every other Saturday on a first-come-first-served basis in order to continually assist those in need. On average, A Child’s Hope International provides 10,000 high-protein meals a day for hungry children in the U.S. and around the world. A Child’s Hope International is located at 2430 East Kemper Road in Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-771-2244 or visit thechildrenarewaiting.org. (please turn the page)

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STAY HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! BY AMANDA HAYWARD

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arolers, laughter, family gatherings and … germs! Staying healthy during the holidays takes a conscious effort. No one likes a runny nose — or worse — when they’re trying to enjoy the holiday season. “Spreading germs increases in the fall and winter because people tend to stay inside, in closer proximity to others,” says John La Count, M.D., a pediatrician at St. Elizabeth Physicians. “These illnesses are spread by droplets, which are produced when people cough.” Make it a habit to get the kids outdoors when the weather is sunny because wet weather causes problems. “When it becomes cold and wet, and we have less sunshine, incident rates for illnesses do increase,” says La Count. “Fall is when it starts to become darker earlier, so people move indoors.” If you dress the kids appropriately, there is no season not to go outside in cold, sunny weather for a little activity. Exercising outdoors rather than indoors is a good prevention mechanism, according to La Count. Whether you play with the kids, or go for a run or a leisurely walk, mother nature can help you steer clear of viruses.

FIGHT THE COMMON COLD And then there’s the good, old common cold. “Rhinovirus [is] the most common, with

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nearly everyone contracting this at some point during the season,” says La Count. “Influenza rates are variable, but generally increase over the fall to winter to include most of the U.S. — we are attempting to encourage universal vaccination to minimize potential spread and to increase herd immunity.” According to La Count, younger children are affected the most by the common cold that causes wheezing and respiratory difficulties. Adults even need a booster every 10 years to maintain a strong immune system. “Make sure you and your children have all recommended vaccinations,” say La Count. “Prevention is the best treatment, and immunization has been extremely protective with a significant cost/benefit ratio.”

TAKE ACTION Staying up to date on vaccinations is a good way to stay healthy, but there is more to it than that. Spreading germs happens by simply shaking your neighbor’s hand or going to a crowded birthday party where one kid has a tiny cough. Sometimes it is inevitable, but taking the right preventive precautions can decrease any chances of catching a cold. By all means, teach your kids to wash their hands often during the colder months; always before hand-to-mouth activities such as eating cookies and treats. And sneeze and cough into elbows — it’s a big way to avoid spreading germs!

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with bleach wipes to kill viruses and bacteria. 7. Use soap and water rather than alcohol-based cleansers to decrease the risk of transmission. 8. If you or your child become sick with fever, stay home until symptoms have resolved to avoid spreading to others.

— John La Count, M.D.

Amanda Hayward is editor for this publication and mother of two.


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ot cocoa, ice skating, sled riding, lights — oh what fun! What’s on your “good” list this year? This magical season only happens once per year, so make the best of it! Go crazy, grab the family and make memories. That’s what it’s all about, right? (please turn the page)

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Holiday Guide

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Will there be snow over the holidays? Grab your sleds and head out! Keehner Park 7411 Barret Road, West Chester westchesteroh.org Grab sleds and give a big hill a whirl. Midpointe Library’s Library on Wheels often shows up full of books, too. For details, call 513-4244918 or e-mail libraryonwheels@ midpointelibrary.org. Mt. Storm Park 700 Lafayette Ave., Cincinnati cincinnatiparks.com Known for its awesome snow hill, the 57-acre historical park has a beautiful overlook of the Clifton Skyline and Millcreek Valley. Dress warmly and bring a large thermos filled with steamy-hot cocoa.

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Perfect North Slopes 19074 Perfect Place Lane Lawrenceburg 812-537-3754 • perfectnorth.com Big and little slopes, snowboarding, skiing and more. A variety of lessons are available for ages 4 and older, and the first lesson includes a lift ticket. For updates on opening day, follow Perfect North on Facebook. Stanberry Park 2221 Oxford Ave., Cincinnati cincinnatiparks.com Known for more than it’s picturesque trails winding through 125 acres of nature, Stanberry Park is also one of Cincinnati’s hot spots for sledding. Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-4513 • greatparks.org One of Cincinnati’s oldest parks, it’s also a super-popular sledding spot. A valid Great Parks permit is required to enter the park.

Devou Park 1201 Park Drive, Covington covingtonky.gov Rolling hills and a beautiful landscape make this a sledding spot favorite. The “hot spot” is the hill near the concert bowl. Big Bone Lick State Park 3380 Beaver Road, Union parks.ky.gov Wintry sledding hills, and Big Bone Lick is popular for hiking, too.

Ice Skating

Lace those skates and head to a local rink. Summit Park 4335 Glendale Milford Road Blue Ash • 513-745-8443 summitparkblueash.com This 130-acre world-class park has an ice skating rink perfect for everyone — especially for beginners. Open through Feb. 18, hours vary post- and pre-holiday; check the website for updates.

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O’Keefe’s Ice Rink Fountain Square 520 Vine St., Cincinnati 513-621-4400 myfountainsquare.com/ice-rink/ A large rink smack dab in the middle of Downtown Cincinnati, go for a few laps around the rink then enjoy the warm tent stocked with treats and drinks. Enjoy “Santa Skates” every Sat. and Sun. through Dec. 22; open daily through Feb. 18. Admission is $6; $4 skate rental. For rink status, call 513-381-0782. Sports Plus 10765 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-769-1010 sportsplusohio.com The indoor ice rink includes a new smoothie café, entertainment and skating lessons. A skate pass is $10; skate rental free with pass. Call ahead or check the website for public skating dates and times.


Snow Flake Ice Skating Kings Island WinterFest 6300 Kings Island Drive Kings Island • 513-754-5700 visitkingsisland.com The Royal Fountain magically turns into the Snow Flake Lake Ice experience on International Street. Polar bears welcome guests then skate around, too. Open through Dec. 31, skating requires an additional fee. Kids 10 and under must be with someone 14 or older. Northland Ice Skating Northland Ice Center 10400 Reading Road, Evendale 513-563-0001 northlandicecenter.com Skate year-round at Cincinnati’s first indoor ice rink (where the Cyclones practice!) Enjoy music, the disco ball and ice skating or hockey lessons for all ages. Call 513-563-0008 or e-mail therink@northlandicecenter.com for lesson information. Find public skate details onlline. Kettering Ice Center 2900 Glengarry Drive, Dayton 937-296-2587 • playkettering.org Enjoy leisurely skating or try ice hockey. Open skates are available at various times, in addition to lessons. Visit the website for up-to-date information.

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Holiday Shows

Add a little entertainment to your Christmas list this year. Check! A Christmas Carol Playhouse in the Park Marx Theatre 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-345-2242 • cincyplay.com Watch Ebenezer Scrooge transform as he travels through the past, present and future. Through Dec. 29. Tickets start at $35. A Christmas Story Covedale Center for the Performing Arts 4990 Glenway Ave. Cincinnati 513-241-6550 cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com “You’ll shoot your eye out kid!” We’ve heard that before! A Christmas Story follows Ralphie on his quest to get the one thing he

wants for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun. Through Dec. 23, Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat 8 p.m.; and Sun 2 p.m. Cost is $29 adults, $26 seniors, students and children. Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker Cincinnati Ballet at Music Hall 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati cballet.org/nutcracker Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker dances its magic with music by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Put this dazzling classic on your family’s calendar this year, Dec. 13 - 24. Tickets start at $36. A Christmas Carol Cincinnati Kinderballet 513-481-0092 • avoballet.org Your family will love seeing the Kinderballet’s free production of A Christmas Carol. Stick around for interactive storytelling. Dec. 11, 7 p.m. at the Boone County Main Library (1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington); Dec. 16, 2 p.m. at the Kenton County Erlanger Branch Library (401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger). Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer Music Hall 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati 513-621-2787 • cincinnatiarts.org Jingle all the way with organist

Holiday Guide Mark Herman as he plays seasonal favorites. Sit back and enjoy with your family and friends, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Santa Claus: The Musical The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at the Taft Theatre 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati thechildrenstheatre.com Santa decides to retire after 1,000 years of faithful service, but the elves stop at nothing to find him a replacement. Be amused at the jolly and energetic story of a designer, Nick, and his tech-savvy daughter, Beatrice, as they go on a journey together to save Christmas. Dec. 8 16. Performance times are Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat - Sun 2 and 5 p.m. Tickets $10 - $35. Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells The Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater, MEMO Memorial Hall 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati 513-977-8838 Everyone’s favorite first grader is here for the holidays. Junie B. Jones brings a heartwarming message to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Dec. 8. 10 a.m., 12 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $13. Reindeer Games The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com During the “Cookies with Santa” event (1 - 5 p.m.) enjoy a special performance of Reindeer Games (2 and 4 p.m.) Tickets are $35 per person; free for ages 1 and younger. The event includes crafts, a treat and photo ops with Santa (bring your camera).

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Christmas Night of Lights Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati • 513-232-8230 coneyislandpark.com Watch candy canes dance, see glimmering snowflakes, largerthan-life trees and tunnels of lights synchronized to tunes on your radio. Through Jan. 6. $6 per person, free for ages 3 and younger. Land of Illusion Christmas Glow 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown glow.landofillusion.com A beautiful mile with millions of lights in a Christmas Around the World drive-thru experience. Visit with Santa at the Christmas Village Santa Workshop and have a hot cocoa around the covered fire pit. Through Dec. 31; Mon - Thu and Sun 6 - 10 p.m.; Fri and Sat 6 - 11 p.m. $16 per vehicle or $45 for passenger vehicles with 10 or more people. PNC Festival of Lights Cincinnati Botanical Zoo and Gardens 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati cincinnatizoo.org The largest light show around, the zoo turns into a “Wild Wonderland” of 3 million LED lights. Take a ride on the BB&T Toyland Express, see Santa’s reindeer, listen to stories from Mrs. Claus and more. New this year are visits with Santa before the light shows kicks off. Through Jan. 1. Mon - Thu 4 - 9 p.m.; Fri and Sat 4 - 10 p.m.; Sun 4 - 9 p.m. Any day tickets $12 - $17; $13 - $17 at the gate, parking is additional.

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Kings Island WinterFest 6300 Kings Island Drive Kings Island • 513-754-5700 visitkingsisland.com Stop in the Candy Cane Cafe for a tasty treat, watch Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular show, listen and sing along to holiday tunes and more. Through Dec. 31. Cardholders are free with their pass. General admission $25 plus taxes or save up to $13 if you buy your ticket online. Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42 513-769-0393 holidayinlights.com Drive slowly along a one-mile wooden trail of lights. Drop by Santaland for cookies and carols in the Sharon Centre (11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville). Through Dec. 31. $15 per vehicle; $45 for buses and 15 passenger vans. Jump on their website for a $2 off admission coupon. Holiday Lights on the Hill Pyramid Hill 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road Hamilton • 513-868-1234 pyramidhill.org Brave Berlin (creators of “Lumenosity” and “Blink,”) brings new lights to the hill. Enjoy a two-mile illuminated car ride. Through Jan. 1. Mon - Thu $20 per carload; Fri - Sun $25 per carload; $15 for members. 2018 Annual Victorian Christmas Tour Movement Church 415 East 8th St., Newport eastrow.org Your family will be delighted by holiday decorations on this walking tour of the beautiful historic homes located in the East Row of Newport, Kentucky. Dec. 1 and 2, 12 - 6 p.m. Advance tickets $16; day-of tickets $18; free for ages 12 and under. Light Up the Fair 2018 Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington 513-256-4085 boonelightingeffects.com View a one-mile stretch of holiday light displays consisting of more than half a million twinkling LED lights set to synchronized music. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. each night. $6 per person (up to four people), $25 per car (five to eight people), $5 per person (nine or more people), free for ages 3 and younger.


Newport on the Levee 1 Levee Way, Newport 859-291-0550 newportonthelevee.com Beautiful holiday decorations and lights. Come visit Newport on the Levee through the New Year to enjoy the winter wonderland and to do some seasonal shopping.

Shopping & Carriage Rides

Make holiday shopping memorable this year! Market Bleu Contemporary Arts Center 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati 513-345-8400 • marketbleu.com Browse handmade products crafted by local artisans at Market Bleu for their Winter Quarter Market, showcasing artisans’ works of art. Dec. 8 from 6 - 10 p.m. Christmas in the Village 10 N. Main St., Waynesville, Ohio waynesvilleohio.com Main Street shops decorated and filled with excitement, lights in the streetscape. Luminaries on Friday and Saturday evenings, carriage rides, entertainment and a visit from old St. Nick. More than 60 stores. Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Dec. 2 from 12 - 5 p.m. Craft Supermarket Holiday Show Music Hall Ballroom 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati craftysupermarket.com More than 100 makers come from all over the midwest for a fun day of buying handmade items while supporting local and regional makers. Demo tables, a live DJ, delicious food and more. The first 100 shoppers get a free tote with swag screen printed by DIY Printing. Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Carriage Rides at Liberty Center 7100 Foundry Row Liberty Township • 513-644-0900 liberty-center.com Bundle up under a cozy blanket and view the light, shops and eats. Carriages start on Sloan Way. Through December 23. Free. Fri - Sat 6 - 9 p.m.; Sun 2 - 6 p.m. Special carriage rides will be offered Dec. 31 from 2 - 6 p.m. Annual Christmas in Loveland 120 W. Loveland Ave. Loveland • 513-683-0150 lovelandoh.com Enjoy hot chocolate on the Polar Express, a live nativity scene, visit with Santa, listen to the Victorian carolers, free performances at the Stage Company, ice carving, carriage rides, face painting, delicious treats and more. Dec. 16 from 4:30 - 9 p.m. Free. FIRST EVER South Lebanon Horse Parade bit.ly/2F39lF0 Watch the horses line up at Roger’s Park for a horse parade through South Lebanon’s historic village. Dec. 15. Horses line up at 4:30 p.m. Parade begins at 5 p.m. Want to ride in the parade? Call or text 513349-6406 (must provide your own horse). Wagons are welcome!

City of Fort Thomas Holiday Walk Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas ftthomas.org Families can visit with Santa at the firehouse, enjoy a free carriage ride through town and do a little holiday shopping at Fort Thomas businesses. Dec. 2 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. City of Independence Christmas Walk Courthouse Square 5425 Madison Pike, Independence cityofindependence.org Watch a holiday parade with bright floats and characters, then head to the courthouse for a craft and vendor fair featuring local artists and shops. Santa visits, too. Dec. 1 from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Covington Winter Night Bazaar Roebling Point 302 Court St., Covington rcov.org/covingtonnightbazaar A free outdoor holiday market; browse local wares, enjoy sips and small bites from local restaurants and get in the holiday spirit. Dec. 1 from 4 - 10 p.m.

Holiday Guide Tree Farms

Nothing is like cutting down your very own family Christmas tree. Dirr Nurseries Christmas Tree Farm 6066 Goshen Road, Goshen 513-625-2000 • dirrnurseries.com With more than 80 acres of trees, this year there is a large selection of cut-your-own, fresh pre-cut Christmas trees and Ball and Burlap Christmas trees. Nothing beats their White Pine tree. Open daily through Dec. 22.

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An Old Kentucky Christmas 6080 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington 859-586-4673 anoldkentuckychristmas.com Travel back to colonial Kentucky with homemade cookies and candies, carolers singing joyfully and children making crafts, laughing and playing. This free event is sponsored by First Church of Christ. Dec. 6 - 7 from 5 8 p.m.; Dec. 8 - 9 from 2 - 8 p.m. Christmas On Main City of Walton, Main St., Walton cityofwalton.org Enjoy festive floats at the parade at 6 p.m. Local shops will serve treats and hand out goodies, Santa, wagon rides and more Dec. 7 from 5 - 8 p.m.

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Holiday Guide Big Tree Plantation 2544 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow 513-836-0975 bigtreeplantation.com More than 35,000 Christmas trees to choose from. Cut your own or pick from the pre-cut tree lot. On your way out, stop by the Big Tree Plantation Gift Barn for holiday crafts, decorations treats and more. Open daily through Dec. 23. Bartels Farm 4427 Cotton Run Road, Hamilton 513-795-2271 • bartelsfarm.com A family owned farm, each tree is treated with individual attention occupying 10 acres on the farm. Open through Dec. 2, Fri and Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 12 - 5 p.m. Station Road Farm 6749 Station Road, West Chester 513-777-3650 stationroadfarmandlandscaping. com You’ll love the fresh-cut Fraser Fir variety wrapped and ready to place in your cozy home. The Christmas shop is filled with decorations, wreaths, candles, handmade bows and more. Open weekends in December. Kinman Farms 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington 859-689-2682 • kinmanfarms.com bBrowse fresh-cut trees, handmade wreaths and unique items in the holiday gift barn. View the winter wonderland display, meet friendly farm animals, sip hot cocoa and enjoy cookies.

Santa Visits

Grab your cameras and plan for special time with Father Christmas. Breakfast with Santa Voice of America MetroPark 7850 VOA Park Drive West Chester • 513-867-5835 yourmetroparks.net Spend time with Santa and enjoying

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a hot n’ tasty breakfast buffet all at once, plus entertainment by Charlie Cadabra! Sign me up! Don’t forget to grab your very one framed photo with the Big Man himself. Dec. 16, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Adults $14.95, ages 3 - 7 $12.95, free for ages 3 and younger. Register by Dec. 10. Arctic Blast Cookies and Crafts with Santa Community Room at Summit Park 4335 Glendale Milford Road Blue Ash • 513-745-8443 It’s the third annual Cookies andCrafts with Nanny Belle’s! Cookie decorating, story time and writing letters to deployed members of the military. Keep a lookout, Santa just might make an appearance! Pictures available for a small fee. Cookie supplies are first come first serve. Dec. 1, 12 - 2 p.m. Free. Breakfast with Santa Dave and Busters 11775 Commons Drive, Cincinnati 513-719-5306 • evenbrite.com Play games and meet Santa. Dec. 8., 9 - 11 a.m. $19.99 per person, includes buffet, unlimited beverages, photos with Santa, a $10 Power Card and unlimited simulator play. Photos with Santa Bass Pro Shops Cincinnati 300 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati • 513-826-5200 Cabelas 7250 Cabela Drive, West Chester 513-342-5300 basspro.com The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas Village returns to Bass Pro for the 10th year, and for the first time at Cabela’s. Get a free photo with Santa. See website for details. Through Dec. 24. Free photos Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free crafts Mon - Fri 5 - 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun 12 - 5 p.m. Special hours on Dec. 24. Breakfast with Santa The Rusty Bucket Mason 5035 Deerfield Blvd. Mason • 513-339-0150 The Rusty Bucket Dayton 2812 Miamisburg-Centerville Road Dayton • 937-436-2426 myrustybucket.com Includes a hearty breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and toast, plus coffee, juice or milk. Santa will be making his rounds. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Dragonfly

Foundation (Mason); and A Kid Again (Dayton). Seating is limited, go to their website to make a reservation. Dec. 8, 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Storytelling with Santa King Arthur’s Court Toys 3040 Madison Road, Oakley 513-531-4600 • cincysanta.com Gather around and enjoy stories with Santa and photo. Dec. 21 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Free. Breakfast with Santa Scene75 876 OH-28, Milford 937-619-3200 • scene75.com Santa Claus is sledding on down to Scene75 Cincinnati for a breakfast buffet including pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and biscuits and gravy. Dec. 16. Breakfast with Santa ticket, $9; Breakfast pus Bounce Kids Combo, $13 (includes breakfast with Santa, 30-minute Bounce Pass and Scene75 Arcade Card). Register in advance. Breakfast with Santa Applebee’s of Crestview Hills 30 Crestview Hills Road, Crestview 859-341-6708 • bit.ly/2zvUCMI Simon Kenton’s cheerleading squad will be serving up pancakes with special guest, Santa. Dec. 1 from 8 - 10 a.m. $8 per person. Register in advance. Breakfast with Santa Kinman Farms 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington 859-689-2682 • kinmanfarms.com A home-cooked country breakfast featuring biscuits and gravy, eggs, cheesy potato casserole, pancakes, muffins and drinks. Stay and play at the farm. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9. Tickets are $8 adults, free for ages 2 and younger. Register in advance. Hoops for Harvest Breakfast with Santa Dixie Heights High School 3010 Dixie Hwy., Fort Mitchell Join Santa for pancakes, bacon, fruit and juice breakfast then stay for a girl’s high school basketball game. Dec. 1 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 children.

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All Aboard the Polar Express! 649 Loveland Madeira Road Loveland • 513-369-4476 cincinnatilibrary.org Ride he Polar Express for a day of fun. Dec. 15. Family story time at 10:30 a.m.; craft at 1 p.m.; movie at 2 p.m.; and hot chocolate served throughout the day. Free. Holiday Crafts, Cookie Decorating and Music The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society 6233 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-369-4488 cincinnatilibrary.org Make a holiday craft, decorate cookies and listen to holiday songs performed by members of the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society. Dec. 15. Register in advance. North Pole Express Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad 513-933-8022 llebanonrr.com/northpole Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies on the platform before boarding a train for an hour-long locomotive journey to visit Santa and his elves. Dec. 1 - 2, 7 - 9, 13 - 16, 20 - 23. Departure times: weekdays 6 and 8 p.m.; Sat 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.; Sun 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve 4 and 6 p.m.; Dec. 29 at 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets $19 - $39, free for ages 2 and younger. Christmas Movie and Hot Chocolate Campbell County Public Library Cold Spring Branch 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring 859-781-6166 • cc-pl.org Curl up with hot chocolate enjoy a Christmas movie at the library. Dec. 15 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Registration required. Kenton County Public Library Erlanger Branch 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger 859-962-4000 • kentonlibrary.org Visit with Santa, decorate cookies and make a holiday craft at the library.

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Kenton County Public Library Covington Branch 502 Scott Blvd., Covington 859-962-4000 • kentonlibrary.org Hot cocoa will be served while youngsters craft a holiday gift for a loved one - a hand-painted candle holder. Dec. 21 from 4 - 5 p.m.

Holiday Train Displays

Choo Choo! Go see a special holiday train display this season. A Crystal Holiday Krohn’s Conservatory 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati 513-421-4086 cincinnatiparks.com Model trains chug through a frozen landscape and Applied Imagination’s miniature Cincinnati buildings bring out the city’s history within a beautiful floral atmosphere. Open daily through Jan. 6., 10 a.m - 5 p.m.

Adults $7, children ages 5 - 17 $4, free for ages 4 and younger. Christmas at the Junction EnterTRAINment Junction 7379 Squire Court, West Chester 513-898-8000 entertrainmentjunction.com See the biggest train display in the world and take a journey to the North Pole! Once you reach your destination, visit with Mrs. Claus for a cookie before seeing Santa. Open through Jan. 1; Santa goes on vacation after Christmas. Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org Bring the whole family to explore Holiday Junction. Admission includes the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, and the newly renovated Public Landing (in the History Museum) and Dino Hall (in the Natural History & Science Museum). Daily through Jan. 27, Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; see website

for special holiday hours. Tickets are $14.50 adults, $13.40 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 -12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for members and ages 1 and younger. Train Days Heritage Village Museum 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville 513-563-9484 heritagevillagcincinnati.org Bring little engineers to watch model trains chug through villages, around mountains and through tunnels in large displays inside an actual historic train station and the Hayner House. Dec. 19 - 21 and 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $3 admission, free for members. Holiday Toy Train Display Behringer-Crawford Museum 1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org Interactive components and more than 250 feet of model train tracks. New this year is Wiley Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland, based on the children’s book The Holiday Adventures of Wiley Wahoo & Me! Display goes on through Jan. 13.

Holiday Guide City Days for residents of Edgewood Dec. 7 from 6 - 8 p.m.; Ludlow Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fort Mitchell and Lakeside Park Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Park Hills Dec. 16 from 1 - 5 p.m., where residents can visit the holiday exhibits for free with proof of residency. Cost is $9 adults, $8 seniors 60+, $5 ages 3 - 17, free for members and ages 2 and younger. Holiday Train Display Kenton County Library Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington 859-962-4000 • kentonlibrary.org N-TRAK holiday train displays fill the library with merriment and delight during this fun weekend engagement. Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 2 from 1 - 4 p.m.

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3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 theartworkshopinc.net Art enrichment for kids ages 3 and up. Pottery wheel, clay, drawing, painting and cartooning. Mom and Me, Freestyle (choose your own project) and teen classes offered weekdays and Saturdays.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com Join TCT for our one week long, themed summer camps! Sessions for 6-7yr olds, 8-10 yr olds at our facility on Red Bank Rd. Register online!

Cincinnati Ballet

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

Circus Classes presented by My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus

mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net 859-581-7100 Classes for beginner and intermediate students include unicycle, German wheel, and circus skills class (juggling, wire walking, physical theater, and more). MNTR has been teaching circus arts to youth for more than 20 years. Open House Sep. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Evendale Cultural Arts Center.

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. Summer camp options to be announced soon!

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.

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!

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 have camps for all ages.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT The Campus at Kids First

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-5437 thecampuskf.com The Campus at Kids First is the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority. Located inside Kids First, we combine intentional brain-stimulating physical education with a top-notch academic curriculum to give children an early learning experience like no other.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason ® Days filled with learning and fun are the foundation of our academy’s Life Essentials educational philosophy. We make this foundation part of every facet of our school, from fun activities to the hot nutritious meals we provide every day. We maintain this environment to foster wellbeing and creativity in every child. Accredited by the NAEYC.

The Red Balloon Play and Café

6200 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge redballooncafe.com Classes, events, parties and play café. Visit our Facebook page for our monthly calendar.

St. Gertrude School

6543 Miami Ave, Madeira 513-561-8020 stgertrudesch.org Attentive to each student’s need for intellectual challenges and with innovative learning as a focus, St. Gertrude School cultivates responsibility and problem-solving within a loving and supportive community. Visit us to learn more about academic excellence in the Dominican tradition.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

myy.org 513-362-9622 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.

Visionarium

3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-417-8491 visionariumcincy.com Room On The Moon — weekly art classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. All ages welcome. $10/person. Different art activities at each session. Please see website for details.

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SPORTS/FITNESS Buckner Martial Arts

8216 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester 513-779-2413 bucknermartialarts.com Voted the best martial arts studio in Cincinnati, we combine defense skills with personal development. Students progress quickly while learning leadership and strong values under the teaching of master instructors. Free uniform with class sign-up.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL SELECT DATES THROUGH DEC. 29

This joyous, time-honored production returns for its 28th season with a cast of nearly 30 actors, elaborate costumes and thrilling special effects. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Cir., Cincinnati; 2 or 7 p.m. on select dates through Dec. 29; Tickets start at $35. Call 513-421-3888 or visit cincyplay.com. cincinnatifamilymagazine.com • nkyfamily.com

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sat 1 ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Based on the beloved, imaginative tale by Lewis Carroll, this modern retelling is the toe-tapping story of a lost girl, a cool cat, a wild hare and the original “dancing queen.” Written by creative team Joseph McDonough and David Kisor and featuring an updated score and exuberant colorful costumes, this beloved musical will delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St., Cincinnati; 2 and 7 p.m. through Dec. 30; $59 adults, $27 children; 513421-3555 or ensemblecincinnati.org/ shows/alice-in-wonderland-18.

FREE CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE 2018

Browse the historic village storefronts for holiday gifts, enjoy a delicious hot meal, take a carriage ride with your family as strolling carolers sing and be sure to visit with Santa Claus. Historic

FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. Waynesville, Main St., Waynesville; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 513-897-8855 or waynesvilleshops.com/place/christmasin-the-village.

FREE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

Stop by the library to make a Christmas countdown chain, a festive button and take a guess at the candy counting game. Miami Township Library, 8 N. Miami Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 513-369-6050 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE HOLIDAY ONE STOP SHOP

Kick off your holiday shopping with a day of shopping that supports local vendors at this holiday bazaar. Shop for jewelry, personalized stationery, monogramming, spirit wear and more. Enjoy holiday music and food, too. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave., Cincinnati, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; wyomingohio.gov.

FREE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Santa tells a story before meeting all of the kids to hear what they want for Christmas. The Chris Comer Trio performs holiday favorites from 12:30 1:30 p.m. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE INDEPENDENCE CHRISTMAS WALK

Take a stroll and visit local businesses during this annual Christmas Walk. From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. you can enjoy a royal visit with Frozen characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf, too (“chilling” with Frozen friends sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library). Courthouse Square, 5425 Madison Pike, Independence; 6 - 9 p.m.; cityofindependence.org.

FREE MODEL TRAINS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

N-TRAK takes over the Covington Branch library with its annual model train display with specially designed holiday scenery. Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP WINTERFEST

Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities including a parade, an eight-cottage winter village, a Charley Harper gift shop, photos with Santa, an arts and craft show, petting zoo, hayrides, puppet show, orchestra concert and more. Admission is free with a donation of a new or used coat, canned goods or new toy that will support local charities. Springfield Township, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 7 p.m.; 513-5222108 or theartsconnect.us/winterfest.

FREE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Visit the Victorian Holiday Village to start your jolly season right. There will be hot cocoa, cookies and goodies for the kids; be sure to get a festive family photo with Santa. Ohio National Financial Services, 1 Financial Way, Cincinnati; 5 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-794-6100 or facebook. com/ohionational.

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njoy singing and dancing, humor and joy, magic and music with the Holiday Pops. Share the holiday cheer by bringing new or gently used coats, hats, gloves or socks to the concert to benefit City Gospel Mission. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; Tickets start at $25 adults, $15 children. Call 513-381-3300 or visit cincinnatisymphony.org. 26

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ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

Celebrate the holidays with Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, toys and decorations through Jan. 7 during regular business hours; Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults (free adult admission on Sundays), free for members and ages 18 and younger; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org.

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CELEBRATE HANNUKAH

Kick off the Hannukah season with PJ Library. Explore the Conservatory’s holiday show, make Hanukkah crafts and light the menorah together for the first night of Hannukah. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 3 - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12; 513421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com.

KINGS ISLAND WINTERFEST

Enjoy 10 enchanting winter wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower turned into a magical Christmas tree, more than 5 million lights, up to 19 rides including Mystic Timbers, live entertainment and holiday characters spreading merriment. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; 5 - 10 p.m.; Online tickets as low as $25.99, visit website for more information; 513-754-5700 or visitkingsisland.com.

FREE MODEL TRAINS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

N-TRAK takes over the Covington Branch library with its annual model train display with specially designed holiday scenery. Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859-9624000 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE SANTA CLAUS, CRAFTS AND COOKIES!

Bring the whole family for a festive day of fun. Visit with Santa and dancers from Kinderballet’s production of The Christmas Carol, decorate cookies, create holiday crafts and more. Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 859-9624000 or kentonlibrary.org.

mon 3 CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION

Create memories that last a lifetime when you see the magic of the holidays at the world’s largest train display. Then take a journey to the North Pole to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $13.95 adult, $11.95 senior 65+, $9.95 ages 2 - 12, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

tue 4 A CRYSTAL HOLIDAY

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information. Presented by Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com.

wed 5 FREE HANUKKAH STORY TIME

Spin the dreidel, hear stories, sing songs and have fun with your friends at Blue Manatee. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3049 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS & SANTALAND

Enjoy more than a mile of fantastic seasonal lights all from the warmth of your car through Dec. 31. See more than 120 moving and standing figures depicting everything from Santa to the 12 Days of Christmas. Fri Sun, head inside to the Sharon Centre for family-friendly entertainment with Santaland. Share your wish list with Santa, check out the train display, do some holiday shopping and pick up a sweet treat. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $15 per car, $45 per bus/15 passenger vehicles; 513769-0393 or holidayinlights.com.

FREE LETTERS TO SANTA, LETTERS FROM SANTA

Drop off your own letter to Santa at a special mailbox located at the Kenton County Public Libraries, Kenton County Courthouse or the Kenton County Animal Shelter. Mail your letter by Dec. 5, and Santa will respond by Christmas. KCPL, Kenton County Court House, Kenton County Animal Shelter; check local business times at kcpl.org.

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thu 6 FREE LLAMA LLAMA PAJAMA STORY TIME

Wear your favorite pajamas to this fun story time. To spread holiday cheer, bring a pair of pajamas to donate as your “cost of admission.” For each pair of pajamas you donate, you will be entered to win a Llama Llama doll. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 p.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: PRESENTS FOR THE FARM ANIMALS

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Help make presents for the farm animals and other feathered and furry friends inside the warm Augspurger House, then head outside to gift your presents to the animals. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; Free plus a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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THURSDAY ART PLAY: OOEY, GOOEY ART

Draw with slime, experiment with sticky sculptures and paint with slippery goo. Stick around for some kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum following each Art Play session. For children ages 3 - 6. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Discover what plants are evergreen and which are used as familiar holiday decorations. Glenwood Gardens/ Highfield Discovery Center, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.; $2.50 admission per person, program included plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-771-8733 or greatparks.org.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL

View thousands of holiday lights from the comfort of your car on this two-mile drive through light display including a new art installation by the creator of BLINK Cincinnati, Brave Berlin. Pyramid Hill, 1763 Cleves Hamilton Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 10 p.m.; $25 Fri - Sun, $20 Mon -

HOLIDAY POPS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 26 for details.

sat 8 FREE CHRISTMAS ON MAIN

Warm up inside after the Walton Parade and listen to holiday melodies performed by the Walton-Verona High School Select Choir and create tasty reindeer food. Walton Branch, 21 S. Main St., Walton; 6 - 8 p.m.; bcpl.org.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Please see “Spotlight” on this page for details.

FREE MARKET BLEU

Browse handmade products crafted by local artisans at Market Bleu, held at the beautiful Contemporary Arts Center. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati; 6 - 10 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or marketbleu.com.

FREE WINTER WILDLIFE WATCHING

Drop in to explore ways wildlife spends the cold months and the signs they leave behind. Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center, 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-3674774 or greatparks.org.

FREE WYOMING’S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

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he 36th Annual PNC Festival of Lights transforms the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden into a “Wild Wonderland.” Bask in the glow of 3 million LED lights, watch a Mad Cap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairy Land, marvel at the spectacular Swan Lake show and enjoy seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores. Be sure to visit Santa Claus each day starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festival festivities begin. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, 4 - 10 p.m.; through Jan. 1, 2019; prices and hours vary, see website for more information; free for members. Call 513-281-4700 or visit cincinnatizoo.org. 28

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The City of Wyoming and the Junior Woman’s Club “Light Up Wyoming” bring you an evening of horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa in the gazebo, holiday shopping, holiday music, ice carver demonstrations and food. Welcome the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the Civic Center which features holiday music, dance, desserts, hot chocolate and more. Make a gingerbread house for $10. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave., Cincinnati; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-6794640 or wyomingohio.gov.

sun 9 HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

The 27th annual train display dazzles and delights families with more than 30 animated, guestoperated features and 250 feet of track rolling through busy cities and snowy countrysides. Also on display is Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland, a kidsized animated exhibit based on The Holiday Adventures of Wiley Wahoo & Me, the Dickens Village and more.

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Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 1 - 5 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 seniors 60+, $5 children, free for members; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE LUMINARIA AT CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY

The streets of Mount Lookout are filled with holiday lights and merry carolers during the 43rd annual tradition, Luminaria. Make your way to the Cincinnati Observatory for stargazing through the historic telescope (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-321-8771 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

MELE KALIKIMAKA

Celebrate the holidays Hawaiian style with special crafts and free leis for the first 200 guests. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com.

THE NUTCRACKER: ALL JAZZED UP!

The Mason Dance Center’s 17th annual benefit performance is back. This colorful performance brings a little jazz to this classical story the whole family will adore. All ticket proceeds go to the Mason High School After Prom. William Mason High School, 6100 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Lebanon; 1 and 4 p.m.; $10; tickets on sale through Dec. 8 at https://bit.ly/2Qy5oJD.

SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME: ZAK MORGAN

Enjoy a Zak Morgan concert that is both interactive and full of humorous wordplay. This performance is presented by the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and is followed by a festive reception. Fun for all ages. Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free for children; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

mon 10 FREE GINGERBREAD ZOMBIES

Gingerbread men in gingerbread houses, beware! Teens make gingerbread zombies. Bond Hill Branch, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4445 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE JINGLE BELL ROCK

All of the games and crafts feature jingle bells. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.


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tue 11 FREE CHRISTMAS TOWN AT THE CREATION MUSEUM

Visit the Creation Museum to see festive Christmas lights. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg; 5 - 8:30 p.m.; $5 parking; 800-721-2298 or creationmuseum.org.

wed 12 FREE REC READS

Get your little ones excited for art with this 30-minute class in the Rosenthal Education Center. Young artists hear artthemed stories, sing songs and explore the world around them through sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE WEEKLY STORY TIMES

Enjoy weekly story times at Joseph Beth Booksellers, featuring interactive songs, beloved children’s books and more. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; 513396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

thu 13 FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: WINTER WREATHS

Construct a winter wreath out of natural materials from the farm. Make a wreath to share with the animals and one to take home, too. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; free plus a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: GIFT MAKING

Bring your little one to Art Play and make one-of-a-kind presents sure to make a loved one smile. Stick around for kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum following each Art Play session. For children ages 3 - 6. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 children, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 14 FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

SUAVE (the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble) performs festive holiday music during this delightful live show. FarbachWerner Nature Preserve Ellenwood Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Road, Colerain Township; 7 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

FREE RON PURDON QUINTET

Enjoy live jazz and swing standards while you pick up some new reading material. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

sat 15 FREE ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS!

Ride along the Polar Express for a day of fun. Family story time at 10:30 a.m., craft at 1 p.m., movie at 2 p.m. and hot chocolate served all throughout the day. Loveland Branch, 649 LovelandMadeira Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; 513-369-4476 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

SPOTLIGHT

FREE COOKIES & ORNAMENTS AT THE LIBRARY

WATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA Through Monday, Dec. 31

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ake memories by visiting the only underwater Santa in Greater Cincinnati. Scuba Santa is at the Aquarium for a holiday dive in an enchanted Water Wonderland, surrounded by lights and bubbles and even dancing. Meet Scuba Santa one-on-one, or write your holiday wishes on a magic bubble and drop it in his mailbox. Scuba Santa will be in town through Dec. 31, except Christmas Day. Newport Aquarium, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $24.99 adults, $17.99 ages 2 - 12, free for members. Call 800-4063474 or visit newportaquarium.com. 30

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Decorate delicious cookies and make a special holiday ornament. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 1 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

STAR WARS NIGHT AT THE CYCLONES

The force is strong with the Cincinnati Cyclones as they take on the Wichita Thunder for Star Wars Night. Some of your favorite characters from the movie franchise are on site and the Cyclones wear special Star Wars inspired jerseys. US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $15 and up; 513-421-4111 or cycloneshockey.com.

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sun 16 FREE HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Children celebrate the holiday season with a fun craft that’s perfect to gift to a loved one or keep as a decoration. Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 per craft, payable at the door plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE KINDERBALLET PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Your family will love seeing the Kinderballet’s production of A Christmas Carol at the library. Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 2 - 3 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary. org.

mon 17 FREE HOLIDAY FAMILY FILMS

Bring your family to the library for a holiday movie marathon. Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

WATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA

Please see “Spotlight” on this page for details.

tue 18 A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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wed 19 ARE REINDEER REAL?

Reindeer are real animals, but can they fly? Learn about reindeer and their closely related kin, including their local cousins, the white-tailed deer. Glenwood Gardens Highfield Discovery Center, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.; program included in admission — $2.50 each plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-771-8733 or greatparks.org.


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thu 20 THURSDAY ART PLAY: HELLO WINTER!

Join the CAC for winter-themed art making with snow globes, igloo building and even an indoor snowball fight. Warm up at the complimentary hot chocolate bar and help yourself to a marshmallow or two. Stick around for kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum following each Art Play session. For children ages 3 - 6. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 children, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 21 FREE COCOA & CRAFTS

Warm up with hot cocoa and make a hand-painted candle holder. Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 4 5 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary. org.

POLAR EXPRESS DAY AT TOTTER’S OTTERVILLE

Wear your most festive PJ’s to enjoy special themed crafts, treats, a hot cocoa bar, special Christmas activities and of course to watch the classic movie, Polar Express. Santa will also be making a special visit. Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Dr., Covington; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $8.95 children, free for adults; 859-491-1441 or facebook.com/ tottersotterville.

sat 22 FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION AT THE CAM

This program is designed for families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities to explore the museum in a comfortable environment. Families will be given a map indicating multisensory learning centers, which are led by specially trained docents. Be sure to stop by the Rosenthal Education Center to participate in an all-ability art making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Come celebrate winter solstice traditions from across the globe. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 12 p.m.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, free for members and infants younger than 1; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

sun 23 FREE SANTABRATION

Visit with Santa and enjoy winter-themed crafts. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks. com.

mon 24 NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies on the platform before boarding a train for an hour-long locomotive journey to visit Santa and his elves. See website for additional event dates and times. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; 4 & 6 p.m.; $19 - $39; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

FREE SANTA’S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA’s

Visit Santa’s Wonderland daily through Christmas Eve. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have transformed into magical winter villages. Children are welcome to test out Santa’s toys (like Lincoln logs building blocks, remote control trucks and more), make a craft (see website for details and times) and get a free photo with the jolly old elf himself. Bass Pro Shops, 300 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati; Cabela’s, 7250 Cabela Drive, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-826-5200 or basspro.com and cabelas.com.

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Merry Christmas! FREE LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN

Enjoy twinkling holiday lights from the comfort of your car as you drive through this 100-acre park. Visit Fri - Sat from 7 - 9 p.m. to meet Santa. Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown; 6 - 10 p.m. through New Year’s Eve; Choose your donation and set your own price; lightupmiddletown.org/home.aspx.

wed 26 DULCIMER PERFORMANCE

Enjoy beautiful dulcimer music at the seasonal Krohn Conservatory show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7 adults,

$4 ages 5 - 12; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com.

thu 27 FREE FROZEN SINGALONG

“Let It Go” and sing along with Anna and Elsa while watching the movie on the big screen. Anna and Elsa visit the library and watch the movie, too. Snacks are provided and costumes are encouraged. Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 2 - 4 p.m.; 859962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: ALMOST NEW YEARS PARTY!

Stop by for a toddler-friendly New Year’s bash. Decorate party top hats for the big day, do some firework painting and sip on celebratory sparkling apple juice. Don’t miss the countdown and dramatic balloon drop at 11 a.m. in the UnMuseum. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 children, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 28 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE IN CONCERT

Cars fly, trees fight back and monsters are loose on the big screen with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Enjoy Harry’s second year at Hogwart’s as the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs every note of John William’s unforgettable score. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $25; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

sat 29 FREE NEW YEAR’S GLOBETROT

Experience how various cultures from around the world celebrate this beloved holiday with different New Year’s activities and a sampling of cultural fares. Miami Whitewater Forest Visitors Center, 9001 Mt. Hope Road,

Harrison; 12 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-367-4774 or greatparks.org.

FREE NOON YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Bring your little ones to celebrate the NOON year with snacks, games and a balloon drop. Newport Branch, 901 E. Sixth St., Newport; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

sun 30 FREE WINTER STROLL

Join a nature interpreter on the 1.6-mile Trout Lily Trail. Withrow Nature Center, 7075 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

mon 31 HAPPY NOON YEAR AT TOTTER’S OTTERVILLE

Join Totter’s Otterville for a special, kidfriendly New Year’s Eve countdown at noon instead of midnight. Totter’s Otterville, 4314 Boron Drive, Covington; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $8.95 children, free for adults; 859-491-1441 or facebook. com/tottersotterville.

FREE INTERNATIONAL NEW YEARS EVE

Ring in the New Year in the newly restored Rotunda. Explore celebratory customs, games and music from all over the globe. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, free for members and infants younger than 1; 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE NOON YEAR’S EVE

Welcome in the New Year with festivities at noon at the library. Scheben Branch, 8899 US-42, Union; 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl. org.

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