Top 5 Free Holiday Events This Week

  1. Love a good light show but don’t want to pay to play? Light up the Levee is your (free) ticket to a good time. The lights adorning the riverwalk “dance” to festive music every 20 minutes from 6:10-11:50pm; grab the family and head on down. Now through January 2, 2018, Newport,
  2. See the sights of the city from a different vantage point during a Purple People Bridge Christmas Walk. A thousand lights adorn the bridge, along with a tree, wreaths and light projections. With the skyline as a backdrop, you’ll experience a festive holiday feeling anywhere you look. Now through January 1, 2018, 859-655-7700
  3. Relish in some old-timey fun at Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village. Kid-sized Victorian houses, free cookies and cocoa, and pictures with Santa make this your new favorite family tradition. Dec 7-8, 2017, Ohio National Financial Services Headquarters, One Financial Way,
  4. Santaland at Sharon Woods is happening every evening from now through December 23, so it’s the perfect place for a free (with park admission) and quick evening-energy-burn for the kids. Train displays, photos with Santa, and holiday treats available from 6-9pm. Bonus: Holiday in Lights is happening at Sharon Woods as well. Take the whole family for a tour of their famous light display for $13 a car, then round out the evening with some entertainment in Santaland. Sharon Woods, 513-769-0393,
  5. Browse the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt with Gluhwein (hot spiced wine) in glove for the perfect holiday gifts. The open-air market offers European-style baked goods and unique handmade decorations available for purchase. Or, just take in the traditional German experience on Cincinnati’s own Fountain Square. Dec 8-9, 2017,



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