Holiday in Cincinnati

The Can’t-Miss List For Your Winter Holiday In Cincinnati

A true wonderland in winter

It’s official: almost all the leaves have fallen and the trees are covered in snow. Winter is here! You’re eager to run outside and have some fun while still being able to focus on gifts, holiday gatherings and obviously cookies. After Thanksgiving, the winter season has indeed kicked into high gear in Cincinnati. The city is filled with can’t-miss things to do, and most holiday events continue through New Year’s Day.

Some caroling, great shopping, lots of ice-skating, and many light shows. Let Cincinnati dazzle you with free events, awesome restaurants, and unique shops. Get ready to make some fond memories: just check out our list of holiday events you can’t miss.

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Cincinnati Skyline At Night

Fountain Square Ice Rink and Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt

Whether you’re in town for a business trip or a family vacation, the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront offers you an ideal place to begin your adventure. As soon as you’re ready to explore, just find your way amidst the downtown tallest buildings and skate the day away on Fountain Square.


The amenities of this 7,000 square feet rink include skate rental, lockers, benches, and hot drinks to keep you warm during cold days. In the ice-skating rink, admission is $6, and if you need to rent skates, they’re available for $4. Close to the rink, there’s a nice warming tent to rest and enjoy the aroma of freshly baked treats from across the street.

Once you’re done skating around, wander through the modern setting of the Square: you will find it filled with rosy-cheeked families, twinkling lights and the unique atmosphere of the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, Cincinnati’s most authentic German Christmas Market. It opens right after Thanksgiving and lasts four weekends: you’ll find half-timbered houses where you can taste European baked goods, hot spiced wine (but they will call it Glühwein), and handcrafted gifts.

The Krohn Conservatory shows

Since 1933, the Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show is one of the city’s most treasured traditions. Located at 1501 Eden Park Drive, the conservatory is a true Art Deco era building and inside its glass walls, you can find Cincinnati Parks’ renowned showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.

Krohn changes throughout the year with several programs and surprising exhibits such as the ever-popular “Butterfly Show” held in a specially-themed garden.

During the winter, the atmosphere is perfect to dive deep into the holiday spirit. All the special events of the Krohn Conservatory are often described as “pure magic”: they include carolers, activities for kids, reindeer and train rides. So, if you really plan to walk through a beautiful display of red Christmas-y poinsettias and let the festive fun fill you up with unforgettable emotions, just book now your winter break in Cincinnati and save some money with the Radisson Hotel Deals.

Holiday in Cincinnati

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa

Did you know that Santa has a knack for deep-sea diving? Every year, Newport Aquarium is transformed into a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland where you can visit Santa during one of his scuba diving adventures. It will be a magical experience for your kids: they will play with an underwater Saint Nick and a couple of his elves inside a 385,000-gallon shark tank. Your children will get to walk right up to Santa and have a little chat with him through a microphone. Just know that they will present him with their Christmas gift list, so… be ready to open up your wallet!

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