You could wait in a tortuously long line at the mall to see the big guy, or you could queue up in a more civilized locale.
Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center
Your child loves trains. Your child loves Santa Claus (or maybe you love capturing the annual horror inspired by depositing your toddler on his lap). Win-win (she’ll forgive you in her twenties). Santa will stick around Holiday Junction until December 24, at which point he’ll return to the North Pole for a cookie cleanse.
Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park
The perfect spot for a selfie with Santa. Between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays in December in Washington Park, Santa and his elves will be making gifts, ornaments, and smiling for the iPhone-toting masses.
Don’t ask me to explain to your kids how he’s in two places at once, but the one and only Claus will also be posing for pictures at Krohn Conservatory on December 13 and 20 between 1 and 3 p.m., and during Krohn by Candlelight on 11 December, between 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Santa Trolley at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Climb aboard the Santa Trolley at the Price Hill Branch Library at 4 p.m. on December 17 or the Avondale Branch Library on December 18 to get a picture with Santa Claus and a little gift.
Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland at the Newport Aquarium
Jolly old St. Nick has really stepped up his game. With daily dive shows featuring Scuba Santa and his aquatic pals in a shark tank reading a special version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the opportunity to meet the man in red and get a photograph, Newport Aquarium’s Scuba Santa is clearly the most tireless fella of the bunch. Festivities continue through January 1. For specific show times, visit their website.