See Christmas lights in nature, head on a holiday scavenger hunt, see if you’re a pinball wizard, shop local for holiday gifts, find an excuse to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater, and tour historic homes at these weekend events happening in Greater Cincinnati.
Milford’s Rowe Woods are aglow at the Cincinnati Nature Center’s family friendly holiday light show. In addition to classic holiday lights, Brave Berlin, the good folks behind BLINK and other popular local light displays, project imaginative scenes in the natural surroundings. Don’t miss the holiday pop-up shop at the Visitor’s Center for unique gifts.
Dec 2–Jan 1, 5–9 pm, Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford
Holiday Scavenger Hunt in Oakley
Search through The Shops of Oakley Square at this holiday weekend scavenger hunt for the whole family. While you shop, grab your passport with instructions for what to locate within each of the participating shops, including Aglamesis Bros. Ice Cream, Astute Furnishings, Deeper Roots Coffee, Oakley Wines, The Spotted Goose, and Threads Boutique. You can also enter a raffle for a special Shops of Oakley Square Prize Package. Stop by Sunday to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Dec 3–5, noon–6 pm, The Shops of Oakley Square, 3046 Madison Rd., Oakley
Check out this showcase of vintage pinball machines at Greater Cincinnati’s pinball expo. Try your luck on more than 120 machines from the 1970s to the present (each is free to play, so save your quarters), or test yourself against other pinball wizards in a Pincinnati tournament.
Dec 3–5, Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Eastgate
Have a pint and some pizza as you browse 24 local vendors at this pop-up holiday market at Taft Brewporium. If you buy anything from one of the 24 local vendors (find the full list here), you’ll receive $1 off pints the rest of the day.
Dec 4, 11:30 am–3:30 pm, Taft’s Brewporium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
Don your tackiest Christmas sweater and head out on this 5K Volksmarch Saturday. This month’s non-competitive walk winds from Moerlein Lager House through downtown’s riverfront parks. Be sure to stick around for the raffle from the Moerlein store.
Dec 4, 10 am–1 pm, Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown
Keep wearing your ugly sweater and head to this holiday bar crawl at Over-the-Rhine mainstays like Mr. Pitiful’s, Pins, Revel, Below Zero Lounge, Eatery OTR, The Drinkery, and OTR Live. Your ticket includes a free T-shirt, an Ugly Sweater Crawl koozie, a lanyard with a Holiday Scavenger Hunt card, discounted drinks, admission to the afterparty, and more. Don’t miss the Christmas movie trivia live stream with chances to win sweet prizes.
Dec 4, noon–9 pm, multiple locations in Over-the-Rhine
Travel back to the Victorian era for this holiday home tour in Newport’s East Row Historic District. Six homes will be open to walk through, or you can drive by beautiful historic homes decorated with massive light installations, projections, lasers, and inflatables. Pick up tickets and take-away tea at Roebling Point Books & Coffee’s Newport location.
Dec 4 & 5, 3–7 pm, Roebling Point Books & Coffee, 601 Overton St., Newport