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December 7, 2021

We have a WICKED cool roundup of events happening this week...

Best Bet Events | November 15 – 21

Make plans with your family; see what's happening in Cincinnati this week!

mon 15

WARM 98.5 ICE RINK AT SUMMIT PARK 

Hit the ice with the family after school for ice skating at Summit Park! Summit Park , 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $7 per person, includes skate rental; 513-745-6259 or http://www.summitparkblueash.com.

tue 16

TOT TUESDAYS! THANKSGIVING (register) 

Get a jump start on celebrating turkey day with stories, crafts and a treat.   Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; $1 craft fee per child, plus admission, $9 adults, $8 seniors 60+, $5 children, free for members; (859) 491- 4003 or http://bcmuseum.org.

wed 17

WICKED 

Discover what happened in the Land of Oz… from a different angle.  Aronoff Center , 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; see website for additional showtimes; starting at $43; 513-621-2787 or https://cincinnati.broadway.com/shows/wicked/.

thu 18

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: PILGRIM ADVENTURES 

Visit with a pilgrim and pretend to be on the Mayflower traveling to the new land. Then learn about 3-Sister’s Gardens, turkeys and make a pilgrim hat and napkin rings. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; walk-ins welcome; valid vehicle permit required for entry; 15138675835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.

fri 19

LAYERS OF CREATIVITY AT CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER (21+) Enjoy an evening of light bites, creative cocktails, explosive programming and exclusive access to world-class exhibits.  Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; $225 general admission ticket; 513-287-7000 or https://www.cincymuseum.org/layers/.

JOURNEY BOREALIS HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW

Gather the family and get ready for a 2.5 mile drive-through experience like no other! Journey Borealis showcases over 1 million lights and absolutely amazing holiday installations by regional artists including Brave Berlin, creator of BLINK. The 2021 soundtrack will feature the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra, and Cincinnati Boychoir. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park , 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $20 per carload Mon – Thu, $25 per carload Fri – Sun; 513-868-1234 or http://journeyborealis.com.

PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 

The 39th PNC Festival of Lights will be just as special and memorable as ever! Families can enjoy familiar favorites like the holiday light displays (there are over 4 million lights glowing!), Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, Madcap Winter Wonders,  Toyland Express Train rides, finding Fiona Fairy statues, roasting s’more sand so much more. Festival of Lights festivities start at 4 p.m. each evening. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; included in daily admission or membership; 513-281-4700 or http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/festival-of-lights/.

sat 20

FREE LIGHT UP THE LEVEE

Kick off the holiday season with a magical evening of cheer! There will be live music, tasty bites at Bridgeview Box Park, a tree lighting ceremony (6 p.m.), visits with Santa and fireworks, too (6:10 p.m.).  Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or https://www.newportonthelevee.com/light-up-the-levee.

sun 21

NORTH POLE EXPRESS (register) 

Choo, choo! This train ride is full of magical merriment; families will meet friendly elves and say “Hello” to Santa during this jolly 1 hour, 15 minute long train journey! Each child will receive a souvenir bell and a prepackaged cookie to complete the adventure.  Weekday departures: 6 & 8 p.m. Weekend departures: 12, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. LM & M Railroad , 16 East South Street, Lebanon; 12 p.m.; $22 – 26 coach class, $35- 39 deluxe class, $5 infants (under 2, not occupying a seat); 513-933-8022 or https://lebanonrr.com/northpole.

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).