Top 5 Holiday Activities This Week

Use your Thanksgiving break to start the Christmas season early by partaking in one of these Queen City traditions.

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  1. Antique Christmas at Taft Museum of Art is a holiday tradition for many families. See displays, from personal collections of Cincinnati residents and others, which tell a story of holidays past. See 19th- and early 20th-century German paper nativity scenes, themed vintage trees, and antique toys. Through January 6, 2019, 316 Pike St., Downtown, (513) 241-0343, taftmuseum.org
  2. Over the river is the Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Holiday Traditions show. See dozens of miniature train displays, animated, interactive exhibits, and the crown jewel: The Dicken’s Village. The impressive collection is replete with glittering miniature mansions and street scenes of places from Dicken’s famous A Christmas Carol— which takes 100 man-hours to assemble every year. Through January 13, 2019, 1600 Montague Rd., Devou Park, Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcmuseum.org
  3. The Krohn Conservatory’s annual Christmas show never disappoints, but this year’s A Crystal Holiday is truly spectacular. See a train traverse through a miniature Cincinnati, made from natural materials, along with replicas of national monuments like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. Through January 6, 2019, 950 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park, (513) 421-4086, cincinnatiparks.com
  4. The newly renovated Union Terminal houses one of Cincinnati’s favorite seasonal traditions: Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Trains. Celebrate the reopening of the Cincinnati Museum Center by watching trains­— which families have enjoyed since 1946— roll through the hills of a miniature, but grand, Queen City. Through January 27, 2019, 1301 Western Ave., Downtown, (513) 287-7000, cincymuseum.org
  5. Indiana’s Hillforest Mansion has a storied past, which makes it the perect backdrop for a historical Victorian Christmas. Tour the 1855 home of nineteenth-century financier Thomas Gaff, complete with costumed guides and period holiday décor. Through December 30, 2018, 213 Fifth St., Aurora, (812) 926-0087, hillforest.org

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