Cincinnati Family Magazine

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October 24, 2021

Ongoing Holiday Events

We gathered the BEST things to do with the family this month to help ring in the holidays!

(Featured Photo: Light up Middletown)

A VERY MERRY GARDEN HOLIDAY KROHN 2020 HOLIDAY SHOW
Continue a beloved holiday tradition with a visit to Krohn’s beautiful holiday show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; open daily through Jan 10, 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (show closes at 2 p.m. on Dec 25); tickets available online, $10 adults, $7 ages 5 – 17, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION
The world’s largest train display with festive touches through January 3, and virtual encounters with Santa through December 23. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; open daily in December, closed Wednesdays in January (closed Christmas Day – early closing (4 p.m.) on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve), Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 12 – 6 p.m.; $17.95 general admission, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

HOLIDAY JUNCTION
The Duke Energy Holiday Trains with 300 rail cars and locomotives plus the LEGO display, Brickopolis. New: a Northern Lights display; a no-touch interactive storybook; and a Holiday Scavenger Hunt. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; Fri – Sun through Jan 3, 2021, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; included with Discovery Ticket, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 – 12, $5.50 toddlers 1 – 2, free for 1 and younger and members; 513- 287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

HOLIDAYS AT BCM
From vintage Christmas vignettes to antique toys to dancing dogs straight out of the pages of a children’s book, families will love the festive memories made at the Behringer-Crawford Museum this year. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Ky; open Tues – Sun in December, check website for special days and hours during the holiday season; $9 adults, $8 seniors 60 +, $5 children, free for members; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS
A Cincinnati holiday tradition from the comfort of your car! Families can listen to holiday tunes while driving an illuminating 1-mile drive-through experience featuring more than 1 million lights and more than 250 holiday light displays. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; Dec 1- Jan 2, 2021; Sun – Thu 6 – 9 p.m., Fri & Sat 5:30 – 10 p.m.; $15 per car, $45 per bus/ 15 passenger vehicles – new this year, no cash will be accepted. Credit card only or pre-order online; 513-769-0393 or holidayinlights.com.

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
Hop in the car and head to Coney for an amazing drive-through holiday experience that features over 1 million lights synchronized to a seasonal soundtrack. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; open nightly through Jan 9, 2021, dusk – 10 p.m.; $7 per person; christmasnightsoflights.com.

JOURNEY BOREALIS HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
Pyramid Hill’s illuminating drive=through holiday show is back with extra local flare. The soundtrack features the Cincinnati Boychoir and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Journey Borealis showcases more than 1 million lights and holiday installations by regional artists including Brave Berlin, creator of BLINK. Residents of Hamilton can join Journey BOREALIS for free every Tuesday — proof of residency required for free admission. See website for details. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; open through Jan 3, 2021; Mon – Thu, 6 – 9 p.m. ($20 per carload); Fri – Sun 6 – 10 p.m. ($25 per carload), any day member pricing $15 per carload; 513-868-1234 or pyramidhill.org.

LIGHT UP THE FAIR
Head down to the fair grounds for a fun family event; this dazzling 1.5-mile-long drive-through light show features half a million lights synchronized to holiday music. Open nightly through Jan 2, 2021; Sun – Thu, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 5:30 – 10 p.m.; Boone County Fair Grounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; $6 per person, free for ages 3 and younger. Online ticket ordering now available; 859-568-4046 or lightupthefair.com.

FREE LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN
Tis’ the season to be jolly during Light Up Middletown’s 21st year! Enjoy twinkling holiday lights while driving through this beautiful 100-acre park. Open in all weather and holidays through New Year’s Eve. Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown; 6 – 10 p.m.; cash donation admission – you set the price; lightupmiddletown.org.

LAND OF ILLUSION CHRISTMAS GLOW
The 4th annual Christmas Glow includes 3.5 million twinkling lights over a 1.5-mile drive. Stay warm in the comfort of your car.Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown; open nightly
 Dec 3 – 24 and 26 – 29; dusk – 10 p.m.; $7 per person. Bring a canned good to receive $2-off admission; 513-423-9960 or landofillusion.com/glow/attractions/christmas-village.

CINCINNATI FIRE MUSEUM SCAVENGER HUNT
Discover the jolly-themed items hidden all around the exhibits – find all of the items that have been tucked away for a small prize. Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court St., Cincinnati; Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed major holidays; $8 adults, $7 seniors 65+, $6 ages 7 – 17 years old, free for ages 6 and younger with admission of an adult or senior; 513-621-5553 or cincyfiremuseum.com.

OMNIMAX AT CMC
Catch a featured film at the OMNIMAX. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; showtimes Thu- Mon, see website for showing schedule; $9 adult, $7 children, $6 member adult, $5 member children; 513- 287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

About the Author

Amanda Ciani

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).