Plan Your Cincy Weekend 12/21 – 12/24

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Friday, December 21

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

7 p.m.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati

This joyous, time-honored production returns for its 28th season with a cast of nearly 30 actors, elaborate costumes and thrilling special effects.

Tickets start at $35.40.

Call 513-421-3888 or visit cincyplay.com for more information.

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

7:30 p.m.

Xavier University- Gallagher Center Theatre, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati

Don’t miss out on this holiday must see, produced by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra! Join shepherd boy Amahl and his family as they embark on a life-changing encounter with the three Wise Men. Performed by the Madcap Puppets, Pones Inc. dancers, a full choir and opera singers.  

Tickets: $30 Adults, $10 Children and Students.

Visit http://ccocincinnati.org/events-main/amahl/ for more information.

CINCINNATI BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

Performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati

Follow Clara and the Nutcracker Prince on a winter journey to the Land of Sweets with this holiday classic performance. Don’t miss out on a chance to make the Snow Queen and Nutcracker’s acquaintance with a pre-show photo opportunity; meet and greets will take place at the Corbett Tower (third floor of Music Hall) 45 minutes prior to matinee showtimes and 35 minutes prior to evening showtimes.

Tickets start at $36.

Call 513-744-3344 or visit cballet.org/nutcracker/ for more information.

Saturday, December 22

ARE REINDEER REAL?

Programs at 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Glenwood Gardens Highfield Discovery Center, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati

Reindeer are real animals, but can they fly? Learn about reindeer and their closely related kin, including their local cousins, the white-tailed deer.

Program included in admission- $2.50 each + A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information.

Call 513-771-8733 or visit greatparks.org for more information.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

6 p.m.

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

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.  

Tickets range from $19 – $39.

Call 513-933-8022 or visit lebanonrr.com for more information.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

12 p.m.

Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati

Come celebrate winter solstice traditions from across the globe at Cincinnati Museum Center.   Admission cost: $10.50 Adults, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Children 3-12, Free for members and infants under 1.

Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum.org for more information.

Sunday, December 23

ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Taft Museum of Art , 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati

The stockings are hung with care and the halls have all been decked; come celebrate the holidays with Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, toys and decorations!  

Admission: Adults $12 (Free Adult Admission on Sundays), Free for Members and Children 18 and under.  

Call 513-241-0343 or visit http://taftmuseum.org for more information.

KINGS ISLAND WINTERFEST

5 – 10 p.m.

Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Cincinnati

WinterFest is an unforgettable experience with Kings Island transformed into ten 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.  

Online tickets as low as $25.99, visit website for more information

Call 513-754-5700 or visit visitkingsisland.com/ for more information.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

SANTA-BRATION

Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati

Ho, ho, ho! Santa loves to visit Carol Ann’s Carousel. Visit with Santa and enjoy winter themed crafts at this fun event.  

Call 513-381-3756 or visit cincinnatiparks.com for more information.

Monday, December 24

A CRYSTAL HOLIDAY

10 a.m. – 5 p.m

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati

Continue a family tradition! Watch as trains chug past shimmering frozen landscapes and Cincinnati landmarks during Krohn Conservatory’s holiday show, A Crystal Holiday.

Admission: $7 adults, $4 children 5 – 17 years old, Free children 4 and under.

Call 513-421-4086 or visit cincinnatiparks.com for more information.

CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION

10 a.m – 6 p.m.

EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court

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!  

Amission: $13.95 Adult, $11.95 Senior 65+, $9.95 children 2-12, Free for members and children 2 and under.

Call 513-898-8000 or visit entertrainmentjunction.com for more information.

SANTA’S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO SHOPS & CABELA’S

10 a.m. – 5 p.m

Bass Pro Shops, 300 Cincinnati Mills Dr., Cincinnati

Cabela’s, 7250 Cabela Dr., West Chester

Bass Pro Shops has transformed into a magical winter village for it’s 10th annual Santa Wonderland and Cabela’s is celebrating their inaugural year with Santa’s Wonderland.

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!

Call 513-826-5200 or visit basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland-event?storeid=11#schedule-of-events 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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