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2023's last hoorah

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2023’s Last Hoorah!

Send out 2023 with a smile with our Last Hoorah events, featuring tons of family fun!

It is 2023’s Last Hoorah! And there is so much fun to be found around town this week! Lots of last minute lights events, live shows and ways to send out 2023 with a bang. We look forward to spending another year with your family in 2024.


Wednesday, December 27th

2023's last hoorah

FIRE MUSEUM WINTER SCAVENGER HUNTPick up a scavenger card upon entry and search throughout the museum exhibits for important fire related artifacts; find all 12 items to win a fun, wintry prize.  Cincinnati Fire Museum , 315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, Oh ; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 children 7 – 17, free for children 6 and younger. ; 513-621-5553 Tuesdays – Saturdays all month long


Thursday, December 28th

2023's last hoorah

CONEY ISLAND’S NIGHTS OF LIGHTS Families will love driving through the region’s largest synchronized holiday light spectacular where they will experience more than one million lights synchronized to a mix of traditional and rocking holiday music. Visitors of all ages will be awed by larger-than-life Christmas trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes, fantastic tunnels of lights and more. Bid Coney Island a last farewell through December 30th. Coney Island , 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Oh ; 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; $30 Fri – Sun, $25 Mon – Thu (1-8 person vehicles)

HAPPY (ALMOST) NEW YEAR’S PARTY (register) Decorate party masks and make festive decorations to celebrate 2022! Kids will be delighted by the dramatic balloon drop at 11 a.m.  Contemporary Arts Center , 44 E 6th St., Cincinnati, Oh ; 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; $5 non-member children (3 – 8 years old), free for members. ; 513-345-8400


Friday, December 29th

CHIPPIE’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY (register) Ring in the new year with art, crafts and more in this exciting educational program designed for preschoolers and their caregivers.  Behringer-Crawford Museum , 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Ky; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; museum admission + $3 materials fee; 859-491-4003 

2023's last hoorah

CINCINNATI POPS ORCHESTRA- STAR WARS : THE LAST JEDI The Last Jedi will come to life during this theatrical performance. Rey will seek the aid of Luke Skywalker while rising up against Kylo Ren and the First Order. The film will be up on the big screen with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performing John Williams’ acclaimed score. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Oh ; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $26; youth tickets half off with an accompanying adult ticket; 513-744-3344 Shows December 29th and December 30th

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Get ready for the wondrous winter show that always wows; “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve“, features amazing production, staging and exciting effects.  Heritage Bank Center , 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, Oh ; 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $39; 513-421-4111


Saturday, December 30th

2023's last hoorah

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 2024 WORLD TOUR Rim-rattling dunks and side-splitting comedy is coming to Heritage Bank Center; get ready to be wowed with amazing basketball skills and outrageous athleticism during this exciting event.     Heritage Bank Center , 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, Oh; 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.; tickets starting at $38; 513-421-4111 

KINGS ISLAND WINTERFEST Kings Island has been magically transformed into a winter wonderland. Families can go ice skating, bask in the glow of more than five million lights, go on 20 exhilarating rides, enjoy live entertainment and meet lots of friendly holiday characters.  Kings Island , 6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040; 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; $45 at gate general admission, online jr/sr tickets $19.99, online regular tickets $29.99,; (513) 754-5700 Nightly through December 31st


Sunday, December 31st

CINCINNATI CYCLONES NYE FIREWORKS Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Cincinnati Cyclones as they take on the Jacksonville Icemen. Immediately following the game there will be an exciting indoor fireworks show to help ring in 2024!  Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Oh ; 6:00 p.m.; $21 preferred advanced ($23 day of), $33 front row advanced ($35 day of); 513-506-7931

HAPPY ZOO YEAR  Calling all party animals! Come ring in the New Year with the 15th annual Happy Zoo Year event powered by Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers. The kid-friendly, early countdown will take place at 8 p.m. featuring the Zoo’s new 40-foot digital tree.    Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Oh ; 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Happy Zoo Year included with Zoo admission; free for members; 513-281-4700 

FREE OPEN THE DOOR FOR 2024 (register) Ring in the New Year without staying up late! Celebrate with party games, music, a photobooth and crafts. Please register. Main Branch BCPL , 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Ky ; 2:00 p.m.; (859) 342-2665.


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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).