Plan Your Cincy Weekend 11/16 – 11/18

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Friday, November 16


KIDS EAT FREE: CINCINNATI CYCLONES

7:30 p.m.

US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati

Cheer on the Cincinnati Cyclones as they take on the Komets. Each child 2-12 years old will receive a free meal voucher, courtesy of John Morrell. How cool!

Cost is $15 and up. Visit cycloneshockey.com for more information.

 

LIGHT UP PICHLER FOUNTAIN

5 – 9 p.m.

Carol Anne’s Carousel, 100 West Mehring Way, Cincinnati

Join Carol Ann’s Carousel to “Light Up Pichler Fountain!” Enjoy rides on the Carousel ($2 per ride), live music, shop with local artisans and join in the excitement to light up a festive tree and kick off the holiday season! Visit cincinnatiparks.com for more information.

 

Saturday, November 17

CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester

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!

Cost is $13.95 Adult, $11.95 Senior 65+, $9.95 children 2-12, free for members and ages 2 and younger. Call 513-898-8000 or visit entertrainmentjunction.com for more information.

 

HOLIDAY DRESS-UP DAY AND FREE PHOTOS

1 – 3 p.m.

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati

Wear your best or silliest holiday attire as you visit Krohn Conservatory. Awards will be given for the most creative and most silly costume. Nickolas Viltrakis will be on-site to take professional photos of you and your family – they will be sent to you in a follow-up email.  

Cost is $7 adults, $4 children 4 – 12. Call 513-421-4086 or visit cincinnatiparks.com for more information.

 

HOLIDAY JUNCTION

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati

Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is pulling into its new home. Now, a new generation can celebrate one of Cincinnati’s most loved holiday traditions. Step into a children’s storybook and get a new perspective on the expanded, more-accessible Duke Energy Holiday Trains.

Admission to Holiday Junction includes entry to Cincinnati History Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science. Cincinnati Museum Center – cost is $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children 3-12, $5.50 toddlers 1-2, free for 1 and under and members. Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum.org for more information.

 

Sunday, November 18

CHRISTKINDLMARKET

12 – 5 p.m.

Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati

The 21st annual Germania Christkindlmarkt celebrates the holidays with German flare including music, food and imported gifts. There will also be carriage rides, a petting zoo, visits from Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas and Krampus.

Cost is $3, free for ages 12 and younger. Visit germaniasociety.com/christkindlmarkt/ for more information.

 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

4 – 9 p.m.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati

The 36th Annual PNC Festival of Lights will once again 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. Prices vary, see website for more information – free for members. Call 513-281-4700 or visit cincinnatizoo.org for more information.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL

6 – 10 p.m.

Pyramid Hill, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton

Be dazzled by thousands of holiday lights all from the comfort of your car. Pyramid Hill features two miles of festive lights in this drive-through light display, including a new art installation by the creator of BLINK Cincinnati, Brave Berlin.

Cost is $25 Fri – Sun, $20 Mon – Thu. Call 513-868-1234 or visit  pyramidhill.org/holiday-lights-on-the-hill for more information.

 

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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