With Thanksgiving weekend just days away, the Tri-State area is bustling with holiday activities and events. Here’s a listing of free events around the Tri-State that start this weekend. Enjoy!
Macy’s Downtown Dazzle: We all know Santa is adept at chimney climbing, but what about rappelling?! On November 30th, December 7th, and December 14th, Santa will rappel down the side of the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop at Fountain Square. Santa begins his rappelling act at 6:30, and the evening is rounded out with a festive fireworks display and holiday music.
Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place: Santa will be visiting at Macy’s Fountain Place this Christmas season beginning on Friday, November 29th. Parents are invited to bring their own personal cameras to take a free photo with Santa amid a North Pole setting. For the dates and times of Santa’s arrival, call Macy’s at Fountain Place.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus: Mrs. Claus will be making a special guest appearance at Macy’s Fountain Place following the Dazzle Fireworks on November 30th, December 7th, and December 14th. This event begins at 7 p.m. each evening, and participants will enjoy a Christmas story, craft activities, and of course, free cookies.
Weekend Carriage Rides: Macy’s is once again presenting free horse-drawn carriage rides through the heart of Cincinnati this Christmas season. The carriage boards at Fifth and Race Street on November 29th and 30th as well as December 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd. Boarding begins at noon, and the final boarding call is at 4:45 p.m.
Holly Jolly Downtown Trolley: Festive trolleys will provide weekend shuttle service in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati. The trolleys will be available from noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29th and Saturdays through December 21st. You can find more information regarding times and locations of the trolley service on the Cincinnati USA website.
Christmas Town at the Creation Museum: The Creation Museum has recreated the Bethlehem village with a live nativity, specially constructed stables, and a first century marketplace. In addition, the gardens and trails of the Creation Museum house a spectacular display of thousands of Christmas lights. For the dates and times of this event, check out the Creation Museum’s website.
Light Up the Levee: The Newport Levee in Newport will feature LED lights dancing in synchronization this holiday season. This holiday light show will be running through January 5th.
Niederman Farm Christmas Walk: Relive the history of the first Christmas when you visit the massive outdoor display at Niederman Farm. Afterwards, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies with your loved ones. This display is open to the public every night from Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, December 30th. Be sure to check out the Niederman Farm website for hours and directions.
Lowe’s Build & Grow Train Engine Event: Stop by your local Lowe’s store location to take part in their Build & Grow Clinic on Saturday, December 14thfrom 10-11 a.m. Children, along with their parents, are invited to make a Train Engine. Check out the Lowe’s website to register for this event.
Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Home Depot is sponsoring a free kids’ workshop on Saturday, December 7th. Children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to make a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Board from 9 a.m. until noon. In addition, each participant will receive a child-sized orange apron and an achievement pin.
LEGO Rocking Horse Mini Model Building Event: Stop by your local LEGO Store on Tuesday, December 3rd to build a free Rocking Horse Mini Model. This event will take place at 5 p.m. while supplies last.
Macy’s Light Up the Square: The Macy’s Light Up the Square Event will take place on Friday, November 29th from 6-9 p.m. This event includes the official tree lighting ceremony and musical performances.
Live Nativity Display: The Tylersville Road Christian Church is featuring a Live Nativity Display this Christmas season. This display will be open on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th from 6-9 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Non-perishable items and cash donations will be accepted to benefit the Neighbors in Need Program.