Christmas in Cincinnati

For a holiday season that’s full of warmth and surprises, Christmas in Cincinnati should be your destination. Our ideas for what to do in Cincinnati should brighten your December.

Cincinnati Events with Snow, Santa, and Spirit

Fountain Square Ice Rink

Strap on your skates and zoom around the ice at Fountain Square Ice Rink, open for winter fun through February 20. Hang out and grab snacks/drinks, including alcoholic beverages. Plus, every weekend until Christmas, Santa will take the ice at Santa Skates from noon to 1 p.m.

Seasonal Krohn Conservatory Show

Gaze upon a whimsical flower show and Christmas display at Krohn Conservatory. Bold-colored poinsettias will join other strange, interesting, and magical-looking plants for a wonderland of blooms.
Also on show: fantastical train displays, photo ops, and The Schmalz Family Display, an enchanted tribute to the holiday.

Festival of Lights at the Zoo

For this event, the Cincinnati Zoo will be covered in twinkling lights for a Christmas at the Zoo wonderland. Ride a holiday train, visit Fairyland, see a light show, and enjoy s’mores and other festive snacks, too.

EnterTrainment Junction - Christmas Journey

This indoor theme park has a train display, a railroading museum, a play area, and for the holidays, you can wander through the Christmas Journey. Watch elves making toys, visit Mrs. Claus’s kitchen, and see Santa in his study!

Santa’s Workshop

If you’re looking for Christmas things to do, Santa and his elves will be at Washington Square Park every Saturday until the holiday. Visit for free!

Nutcracker at Cincinnati Ballet

Tchaikovsky’s ballet classic will grace the stage at Procter & Gamble Hall. The production is a favorite among Cincinnati events and a magical ride with live orchestra music, aerobatics, visual effects, and more.

Christmas Carol - Playhouse in the Park

The magic of the stage is captured with this rendition of A Christmas Carol. The classic tale is brought to life for performances starting November 23.

Stay with us at Cincinnati Marriott Northeast for close access to these attractions. Try our Liberty Center Package if you plan to do holiday shopping, too – it includes a $25 gift card as well as breakfast in the RC Grille.