How to Host a Party at Your Home without Breaking the Bank

People_Party_Christmas.jpgAt this time of year, many homeowners invite family and friends over to celebrate the holiday season. Fortunately, they don’t have to spend a lot of money to do so. With just a few helpful tips, it’s easy to have a great party and still stay on budget.

One important thing to keep in mind is that when winter arrives, most people aren’t looking for anything too extravagant from the holiday parties they attend. Just getting together to celebrate is what matters. That fact can help to put hosts at ease as it relates to keeping costs down as there are plenty of ways to save money.

Of course, when it comes to staying on budget, it’s important to actually set that budget. When hosts know how much they can afford to spend they can more easily apportion every dollar to make sure they get what they need.

Keeping It Under Control
When hosting parties, one of the biggest mistakes made is the purchasing or preparing of too much food or drink. Take the time to think back to past parties hosted and how much was left over.

Ask guests to bring an appetizer or drink of their choice to create more of a “family” atmosphere that lends to the festivities.

Hosts may also face the issue of having invited too many people. Not only can that approach make for a cramped setting, but it also pushes the budget that much higher. Paring back the invites, even a little bit, can be a great way to save.

Other Helpful Tips
Any food or beverage items that can purchase before the big holiday shopping rush will likely be at least a little bit cheaper than they are a few weeks from now. Snack foods, rather than a full meal, can go a long way toward filling stomachs without requiring a lot of prep time and will probably cost a similar amount.

And when it comes to decorating, hosts shouldn’t feel the pressure to go overboard. Again, this time is more about the people in attendance creating the warm holiday atmosphere rather than wall-to-wall expensive decorations. Often the items they already have on hand will suffice and shouldn’t take too long to set up.

A little planning can go a long way minimizing the need to go too deep into pocket. At the end of the day, a host’s primary focus should be on enjoying this festive time with family and friends.

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December 2017 Festivals and Events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

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It’s December and time to enjoy all of the wonder of the holidays. There is so much to do this month – shows, parades, light shows, plays, luminaries… and more! Take a look at what is happening in December throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. There are over 100 event to attend!

Events in order by date.

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH…

Timeless Memories of Christmas
November 1 – December 31, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Avenue in Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy dinner and live theater with Christmas carols and more!

Antique Christmas
November 3, 2017 – January 7, 2018
316 Pike Street at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments and toys at this festive display.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
November 4 – February 3, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Views artifacts and artwork that spans 400 years of history

Timeless Memories of Christmas at La Comedia
November 8 – December 30, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio
Christmas carols, costumers and holiday fare!

Christmas Night of Lights
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Holiday Junction  featuring Brickopolis
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
1301 Western Avenue at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrate the holiday with motorized trains, LEGO landscaped and whimsical scenes

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
November 11 – January 1, 2018
7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy holiday trains! Entrance fee.

Holiday Toy Trains
November 11, 2017 January 14, 2018
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods
November 17- December 31, 2017
Route 42 Sharon Woods in Sharonville, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Outdoor Christmas lights display to enjoy while driving through Sharon Woods

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 17 – December 31, 2017
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

PNC Festival of Lights
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio
Stroll through themed areas of holiday lights while visiting Fiona and the other zoo animals

Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show
November 18, 2017 –  January 7, 2018
Krohn Conservatory
Train runs through a scenic wonderland of lowers and recreation of iconic Cincinnati landmarks

Victorian Christmas
November 21 – December 30, 2017
Hillforest Victorian House Museum at 213 Fifth Street in Aurora, Indiana
Step back into time and see Christmas as it was celebrated years ago.

A Christmas Carol
November 22 – December 30, 2017
926 Mount Adams Circle at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bah! Humbug!

Light Up Middletown
November 23 – December 31, 2017
Downtown Middletown, Ohio.
Drive-through light display!

LM&M Railroad North Pole Express
November 24 –  December 24, 2017 (select days)
127 S. Mechanic St. at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Nine-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and cocoa

Winterfest
November 24 – December 30, 2017
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Nine winter wonderlands featuring holiday lights, ice skating, rides and seasonal costumed characters

Woodland Lights
November 24 – December 30, 2017 (Closed 12/24 and 12/25)
895 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Countryside Park, Ohio (Washington Township)
Miami Valley’s light festival! Half-mile wooded path of lights. Admission.

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 24 – December 31, 2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Shillito’s Elves
November 24 – December 31, 2017
6940 Madisonville Road in Mariemont, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Remember going downtown to see all of the stores’ window displays? Shillito’s elves and Santa’s workshop are on display – now in Mariemont!

Whispering Christmas
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Fort Saint Clair Park at 135 Camden Road in Eaton, Ohio
View 2 million Christmas lights while driving through.

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display
November 24 – January 2, 2018
The Kettering Tower (Second and Main Streets) in Kettering, Ohio
One-of-a-kind model train display.

Rikes Wonderland Windows
November 25 – December 30, 2017
The Schuster Center at 1W. 2nd Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio
View the Rike’s department store’s holiday window displays with animated elves and lights!

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 25 – December 31,  2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

A Carillon Christmas
November 30 – December 30, 2017
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy Christmas lights, Santa, live music and more!

The Nutcracker
November 30 – December 2, 2017
18 W. Central Parkway at the School for Creative Performing Arts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A holiday tradition!

A Carillon Christmas
November 30 – December 30, 2017
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy Christmas lights, Santa, live music and more!

IN DECEMBER…

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt
November 24 – December 16, 2017 (weekends)
Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Traditional German holiday goodies!

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 25 – December 3, 2017 (Weekends)
December 8 – 30, 2017 (Nightly)
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Christmas Tree Festival
November 29 – December 3, 2017
Lima, Ohio
Enjoy viewing 85 themed Christmas trees.

City of Moraine Tree-Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2017
Moraine, Ohio
Lights, carols, cookies and hot chocolate!

Luminary Walk
December 1, 2017
Forest Field Park at 2100 E. Centerville Station Road in Dayton, Ohio
One-mile candlelit walk through Bill Yeck Park.

Kettering Mayors Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, 2017
3600 Shroyer Road in Kettering, Ohio
Countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree, enjoy treats and the lights of Lincoln Park

Christmas at the Kroc
December 1, 2017
1000 N. Keowee Street in Dayton, Ohio (Salvation Army and Kroc Community Center)
Tree lighting, photos with Santa and more!

The Littlest Angel
December 1-2, 2017
University of Dayton’s  Kennedy Union Boll Theatre at 300 College Park Drive in Dayton, Ohio
Performances by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Homemade Holiday Dayton
December 1-2, 2017
Yellow Cab Tavern at 700 E. 4th Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio
30 artisans will be selling their goods. Enjoy food and displays!

Christmas Saengerfest
December 1-2, 2017
Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Choral performances to enjoy.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10, 2017
Lebanon Theatre Company
Da di da da di da daaaa daaaaa.

Christmas in the Village
December 1-3, 2017
Waynesville, Ohio
Enjoy costumed carolers, Santa and shopping.

Christkindlmarkt
December 1-3, 2017
Courtyard Marriott at 1 Riverfront Plaza in Hamilton, Ohio
Enjoy German everything for the holidays.

Tuna Christmas
December 1-9, 2017
2752 US 42 at Theater 42 in Lebanon, Ohio
Tuna, Texas – the third smallest town in Texas! Enjoy the play!

Awaited – A Christmas Experience
December 1-23, 2017
Crossroads Church at 3500 Madison Road in Oakley, Cincinnati, Ohio
Crossroads Church at 9900 Reading Road in Mason, Ohio
Christmas pageant with live music, singing and acting

Holiday in the Village
December 2, 2017
Downtown Montgomery, Ohio
Tree lighting, too!

Candle Night Walk
December 2, 2017
Pioneer Village at Caesar’s Creek at 3999 Pioneer Village Road in Waynesville, Ohio
All buildings will be lit by candle light!

Winterfest Reimagined
December 2, 2017
The Grove Banquet & Events Center at 9150 Winton Road in Springfield Township, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Parade, petting zoo, ice sculpture, art and more!

Christmas Home Tour in Waynesville
December 2, 2017
Waynesville, Ohio
Historic homes and buildings will be decorated for the holidays.

Crafty Supermarket Holiday Craft Show
December 2, 2017
Music Hall Ball Room in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Handmade marketplace featuring 90+ vendors

Sing Me A Story: A Christmas Carol
December 2, 2017
Aronoff Center on Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Boys Choir will sing many holiday classics

The Moonlight & Mistletoe Festival
December 2, 2017
418 Fairview Drive in Carlisle, Ohio
Enjoy Christmas stories, photos with Santa, live music and a cookie contest.

Luminaria in Mariemont
December 2, 2017
Village of Mariemont in Cincinnati, Ohio
Lit walkways, tree lighting and carriages rides!

Team USA Winterfest
December 2, 2017
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Meet some athletes for Team USA and enjoy interactive experiences! Free s’mores.

Light Up Madeira
December 2, 2017
Downtown Madeira, Ohio
Carolers, hot chocolate, carriage rides and more!

Lebanon Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival
December 2, 2017
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio
The carriage parade is held in the afternoon and evening. Enjoy holiday shopping

Victorian Christmas Tour
December 2-3, 2017
East Row Historic District in Newport, Kentucky
Tour homes decked out for the season!

CCM’s Feast of Carols
December 2-3, 2017
Corbett Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy holiday music from the chamber choir, concert orchestra, men’s and women’s choruses and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir as well as a few more guest choirs

Redsfest
December 2-3, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Meet the players and enjoy seeing everything that is the Cincinnati Reds!

Brrrbon Holiday Dinner Cruise
December 2-16, 2017 (Saturdays)
BB Riverboats
Taste premium regional bourbons and enjoy a buffet of holidays favorites with festive music.

Santa’s Workshop
December 2-23, 2017 (Saturdays 1-3pm)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Visit with Santa Claus!

Holiday Music Under the Dome
December 3, 2017
1786 Burlington Pike at the Boone County Main Library in Burlington, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday music!

Sweet Sounds of the Holidays 
December 3, 2017
Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3939 Stonebridge Road in Kettering, Ohio
Enjoy music from the Kettering Children’s Choir Chorale, Bach Society Chorus and more!

Model Train Show
December 3, 2017
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
See some exhibits from local clubs.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – the Musical
December 3, 2017
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
You’ll go down in history!

Ultimate Holiday Craft Expo 2017
December 3, 2017
Hilton Cincinnati Airport at 7373 Turfway Road in Florence, Kentucky
Enjoy shopping for holiday gifts

A Christmas Story
December 5-10, 2017
650 Walnut Street at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
You’ll shoot your eye out!

Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer
December 7, 2017
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
All of your holiday favorites from a Wurlitzer organ!

Batesville’s 8th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
December 7, 2017
S. Main St. and W. George St. in downtown Batesville, Indiana
Enjoy cocoa and treats who you take a carriage ride and listen to local school bands and choirs. Santa will also be stopping by to say hello!

Swingin Holiday Celebration
December 8-9, 2017
Schuster Performing Arts Center at 1 W. Second Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio
the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing holiday classics!

An Acoustic Christmas with Over the Rhine
December 8-10, 2017
Memorial Hall at 1225 Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Holiday music from Over the Rhine

Holiday Pops
December 8-10, 2017
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the music along with dancers and singers.

ChristmasTown at the Museum
December 8-23 and 26-30, 2017
Creation Museum at 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road in Petersburg, Kentucky
Holiday lights and more.

10th Annual White Christmas Parade
December 9, 2017
Augusta, Kentucky
Enjoy the parade, holiday lights and Santa!

CCM Ensemble-in-Residence Cincinnati Children’s Choir Holiday Concert
December 9, 2017
229 CCM Blvd. at Corbett Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the holiday music!

The Illusionists: Live From Broadway
December 9, 2017
Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Jaw-dropping performances of grand illusion

Reindog Parade
December 9, 2017
The Monastery Event Center in Mt. Adams in Cincinnati, Ohio
Pooches and their owners dress up for the holidays!

Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market
December 9, 2017
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Browse for gifts!

Deerfield Township Tree Lighting
December 9, 2017
Deerfield Towne Center at 5085 Deerfield Blvd., Deerfield Township (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Horse-carriage rides, crafts, music and Santa!

Cincinnati SantaCon
December 9, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Bar-crawl throughout downtown Cincinnati while wearing a Santa suit!

Holly Days
December 9-10, 2017
Heritage Village Museum-at Sharon Woods
Travel back in time for a 19th century holiday with craft making, train displays, music, treats and more!

Mistletoe Magic
December 9-10, 2017
Dayton Convention Center at 22 E. Fifth Street in Dayton, Ohio
View fine artisans, gourmet food while doing your holiday shopping!

Cinderella
December 9-17, 2017
317 E. Fifth Street at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A classic fairytale in modern way!

Giada Valenti: Love Under the Christmas Tree
December 10, 2017
Aronoff Center on Elm Street in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy many holiday classics!

Mt. Lookout Luminaria
December 10, 2017
M. Lookout in Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive slowly while gazing at the holiday lights and lumunaries in Mt. Lookout

The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer
December 10, 2017
7245 US 42 at Florence Library in Florence, Kentucky
Enjoy Christmas carols and holiday songs.

Kettering Children’s Choir Community Holiday Concert
December 10, 2017
Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church at 3939 Stonebridge Road in Kettering, Ohio
The Kettering Children’s Choir Chorus Chorale, Concert Choir and Capella will be singing

Mistletoe Magic Holiday Marketplace
December 10-11, 2017
Downtown Dayton Convention Center at 25 E. 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio
Shop for gifts! Santa will be there, too!

A Christmas Story 
December 12-17, 2017
Victoria Theatre at 138 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio
You’ll shoot your eye out!

Chanukah Wonderland (Menorah Lighting)
December 14, 2017
Deerfield Towne Center at 5085 Deerfield Blvd., Deerfield Township (Cincinnati, Ohio
Tradition treats, petting zoo and music!

A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 14-17, 2017
Sinclair College’s Blair Hall Theatre at 444 E. Third Street in Dayton, Ohio
A classic – live!

Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker
December 14-24, 2017
1241 Elm Street in Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Holiday fantasy from the Cincinnati Ballet!

98 Degrees at Christmas
December 15, 2017
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Nick and Drew Lachey along with other band members will be singing holiday tunes.

Winter on the Bricks
December 15, 2017
Downtown Osgood, Indiana
Light displays along Brick Street, along with Santa, carolers, hot  chocolate and cookies!

The Nutcracker with the Dayton Ballet
December 15-23, 2017
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St. in downtown Dayton, Ohio
A holiday tradition to watch and enjoy!

City Flea Unwrapped Holiday Market
December 16, 2017
1230 Elm Street in Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Outdoor marketing with vendors and food!

Handel’s Messiah
December 17, 2017
St. Anne’s Church at 6461 Tylersville Road in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy music from  Collegium Cincinnati

Handels Messiah
December 17, 2017
Westminster Presbyterian Church at 125 N. Wilkinson Street in Dayton, Ohio
Presentation by the Dayton Philharmonic.

Mt. Adams Luminaria
December 17, 2017
Throughout Mt. Adams in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the lights while strolling through Mt. Adams

Christmas with Jennifer Nettles
December 19, 2017
Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy holiday music

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2017
December 21, 2017
US Bank Area in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A rockin’ way to enjoy holiday music!

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)
December 21-31, 2017
1195 Elm Street at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy all of your Christmas favorite stories told in an adult fashion. (Not for kids)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Concert
December 28-30, 2107
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Listen to the music and view some of the scenes!

The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival
December 30-31, 2017
Christ Church at 318 E. Fourth Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A yearly tradition. 14 century English attire in a Christmas pageant.

Happy Zoo Year
December 31, 2017
3400 Vine Street at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio
Early Zoo countdown with Rozzi fireworks.

New Year’s Eve: A New Stage in History
December 31, 2017
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Vintage-style songs a la poster-modern jukebox

New Year’s Eve Fireworks with the Cyclones
December 31, 2017
US Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch the Cyclones play ice hockey followed with indoor fireworks

Harlem GlobeTrotters
December 31, 2017
Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy all kinds of basketball tricks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Homeowners This Thanksgiving

Piece of Pumpkin PieWith Thanksgiving just weeks away, homeowners can never be short of tips and helpful suggestions for those little set backs that come with travel or hosting for the holiday. One of the easiest ways to make sure all cheerful efforts go according to plan is to sit down and make up a schedule for the event. Ensuring all relatives know when to get there is one thing, but hosts also need to ensure they know when to start their food preparation, put out the dishes, and so on, to make sure nothing gets derailed.

Simple Tips
The process of shopping for a feast can be difficult. It’s not easy to balance catering to various dietary needs and remain within budget. Sitting down and figuring out exactly what to buy in advance for your menu will help avoid overspending and purchasing unnecessary traditional Thanksgiving food staples.

Hosts should also be open to the idea of not having to go it alone. Asking friends or family to bring a dish or two – even something as simple as snacks for before or after the main course can reduce stress and shopping time.

In addition, it’s okay to ask for help when it comes to setting up the dining room table and washing dishes. Guests are usually more than happy to lend a helping hand.

Take it Easy When Traveling
No matter what time of year, taking a long road trip or heading to the airport can be trying. With millions of Americans
doing the same thing at this time of year amps up that stress factor. Perhaps consider traveling during off peak times. Taking an extra day to make the trip out or back is a great way to avoid traffic jams, long lines at airport security, and the general ups and downs of travel. 

The more preparation anyone puts into the holiday season, the better off they will be allowing them to remain calm, cool and collected when issues inevitably arise. A big part of enjoying Thanksgiving is to accept that issues will arise, have a plan in place and remember what this holiday is truly all about – a time to connect with the ones that matter the most.

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Local Fun Things to Do throughout November!


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Looking for funs things to during November? There are still fun fall events happening as well as some festive winter holiday things to do towards the end of the month. Here is our list of November festivals and events for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Events are listed by date.

Timeless Memories of Christmas
November 1 – December 31, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Avenue in Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy dinner and live theater with Christmas carols and more!

Antique Christmas
November 3, 2017 – January 7, 2018
316 Pike Street at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments and toys at this festive display.

Hearth Warming Holidays
November 3-5, 2017
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Shop and collect recipes to make a cookbook.

Pumpkin Chuck
November 4, 2017
221 Oxford Avenue at Stanbery Park in Mt. Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bring your pumpkins and watch them fly!  Music and food.

Lawrenceburg Whiskey City Festival
November 4, 2017
91 Walnut St. at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy whiskey, music and food! Admission fee.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
November 4, 2017 – February 3, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Views artifacts and artwork that spans 400 years of history

St. Aloysius Shandon Fall Festival and Turkey Shoot
November 5, 2017
3350 Chapel Road in Shandon, Ohio
All-you-can-eat turkey dinner.

Timeless Memories of Christmas at La Comedia
November 8 – December 30, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio
Christmas carols, costumers and holiday fare!

Elf the Musical
November 9, 2017
Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Watch Buddy find his birth father.

Springfield Car Show and Swap Meet
November 10, 2017
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Find the part you need!

Kettering National A Cappella Fest
November 10-11, 2017
3301 Shroyer Road in Ketting, Ohio
(singing): Listing to people singing with no instruments!

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic and bluegrass music.

Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio
Over 90 wineries will be sharing over 400 wines. Enjoy live music, too.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic musical groups.

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
November 10-12, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
350 boutiques will be tempting your pocketbook!

47th Annual Dayton Book Fair
November 10-13, 2017
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 1043 South Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
100,000 books (records, magazines, movies and games) will be available for purchase!

Holiday Junction  featuring Brickopolis
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
1301 Western Avenue at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrate the holiday with motorized trains, LEGO landscaped and whimsical scenes

Christmas Night of Lights
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Big Beers Barley Wines Beer Fest
November 11, 2017
500 Belmont Park North at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio
Premium boutique beer festival.

St. Martin of Tours Martinfest
November 11, 2017
3720 St. Martin Place in Cheviot in Cincinnati,  Ohio
Raffles, catered dinner and more.

Miss Ohio USA Pageant
November 11-12, 2017
Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Art Center in Springfield, Ohio
Witness the Miss Ohio USA and Miss Ohio Teen USA pageants.

Dayton Cat Fanciers Show
November 11-12, 2017
McAfee Sports Center at 1321 Research Park Drive in Beavercreek, Ohio
View all kinds of breeds. Meow.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival
November 11-12, 2017
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy samplings, music and elegant pastrics. Admission fee.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
November 11 – December 31, 2017
7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy holiday trains! Entrance fee.

Holiday Toy Trains
November 11, 2017 January 14, 2018
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

5th Annual Sunman Celebrates the Season
November 17, 2017
Sunman Legion Post 337 at 412 Eastern Avenue in Sunman, Indiana
Parade, hot chocolate and Santa! Craft fair at the Legion Post.

Sugarplum Festival of Trees
November 17-19, 2017
Dayton Masonic Center at 525 Riverview Drive in Dayton, Ohio
Browse and bid on amazingly decorated trees.

Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival
November 17-19, 2017
Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, entertainment, 5k run, crafts and more!

Christmas in Historic Springboro
November 17-19, 2017
Downtown Springboro, Ohio
Music, artisans, food and more!

Christkindlmarkt
November 17-19, 2017
Germania Society of Cincinnati at 3529 W. Kemper Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
Heated tents with German music, children’s lantern parade, petting zoo, German food and drinks as well as German ornaments available for purchase.

The Christmas Ranch
November 17 – December 23, 2017
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods
November 17- December 31, 2017
Route 42 Sharon Woods in Sharonville, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Outdoor Christmas lights display to enjoy while driving through Sharon Woods

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

Kindervelt’s North Pole Express
November 18, 2017
Lebanon Mason Monore Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
45-minute ride with a narration of The Polar Express, Santa, caroling and more! Get your tickets early!

Light Up Goshen
November 18, 2017
Goshen, Ohio
14th annual parade and tree-lighting ceremony!

Harvest Day
November 18, 2017
1976 Timberman Road at Forest Run MetroPark in Hamilton, Ohio
Hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting contest and more.

Batesville Chamber Holiday Parade and Market
November 18, 2017
Rom Weber Marketplace at 7 South Eastern Avenue in Batesville, Indiana
Enjoy the parade through downtown Batesville, a holiday market and a visit from Santa and his reindeer.

Olde West Chester Christmas Walk Parade and Community Tree Lighting
November 18, 2017
9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road at West Chester Township Hall in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, community tree lighting ceremony.

Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show
November 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio
Train runs through a scenic wonderland of lowers and recreation of iconic Cincinnati landmarks

PNC Festival of Lights
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio
Stroll through themed areas of holiday lights while visiting Fiona and the other zoo animals

St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church Taste of Lebanon
November 19, 2017
2530 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy all kinds of Lebanese culture: kibbee, spinach pies. tabouli. falafel and  pastries!

St. Boniface Thanksgiving Festival
November 19, 2017
4305 Pitts Street in Northside in Cincinnati, Ohio
Turkey and roast beef dinner with all of the side dishes.

Turkey Bowl at Fountain Square
November 21, 2017
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Bowlers have 3 opportunities to strike down the pins.

Light up the Levee Grand Illumination
November 21, 2017
Newport at the Levee in Newport, Kentucky
Holiday music, treats, Santa, ice sculpting and more. 1.4 million lights to enjoy.

Victorian Christmas
November 21 – December 30, 2017
Hillforest Victorian House Museum at 213 Fifth Street in Aurora, Indiana
Step back into time and see Christmas as it was celebrated years ago.

A Christmas Carol
November 22, 2017 – December 30, 2017
926 Mount Adams Circle at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bah! Humbug!

Thanksgiving Day 10k Run and Walk
November 23, 2017
Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The 108th year for this annual event. Run/walk and then go home to gobble down!

Price Hill Thanksgiving Parade
November 23, 2017
Ferguson Road/Glenway Avenue to Warsaw Avenue to St. Lawrence Parish Center in Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile parade with a grand marshall, king and queen!

Light Up Middletown
November 23 – December 31, 2017
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 24, 2017
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Children’s parade, tree lighting on Courthouse Square and more.

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 24, 2017
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy music and seeing the Christmas tree lights!

Winterfair
November 24-26, 2017
Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy viewing the work of over 250 artisans.

Hometown for the Holidays
Main Street (US 50) in historic Milford, Ohio
November 24-26, 2017
Carriage rides, Victorian Carolers, free antique fire engine rides

Cincideutsch Christmaskindmarkt
November 24 – December 16, 2017 (Weekends)
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a German-style Christmas market with artisans, food and more!

Festival of Trees
November 24 – December 24, 2017
123 Mill Street in Madison, Indiana
More than 100 trees are decorated for viewing!

Winterfest
November 24, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Nine winter wonderlands featuring holiday lights, ice skating, rides and seasonal costumed characters

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 24 – December 31, 2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Shillito’s Elves
November 24 – December 31, 2017
6940 Madisonville Road in Mariemont, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Remember going downtown to see all of the stores’ window displays? Shillito’s elves and Santa’s workshop are on display – now in Mariemont!

Whispering Christmas
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Fort Saint Clair Park at 135 Camden Road in Eaton, Ohio
View 2 million Christmas lights while driving through.

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 24, 2017 – February 28, 2017
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark.

Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 25, 2017
Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, crafts, train ride, carnival and more!

Holiday Artisan Market
November 25, 2017
The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday shopping while browsing the work of artisans. Crafts and games for the kids. Entry fee.

Holiday in the City
November 25, 2017
Downtown Springfield, Ohio
Live music, food trucks, lighting of the tree, Santa will arrive and fireworks!

Shandon Christmas in the City
November 25-26, 2017
Shandon, Ohio
Old-fashioned Christmas event with Welsh cakes, crates and more. Meet Santa at the Old Fire House.

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 25 – December 3, 2017 (Weekends)
December 8 – 30, 2017 (Nightly)
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Santa’s Workshop
November 25 – December 23, 2017 (Saturdays 1-3 pm)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio

Rikes Wonderland Windows
November 25 – December 30, 2017
The Schuster Center at 1W. 2nd Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio
View the Rike’s department store’s holiday window displays with animated elves and lights!

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 25 – December 31, 2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Holiday in the City
November 26, 2017
Downtown Springfield, Ohio
Santa arrives at Santa Land. Holiday lights, fireworks, carousel rides, food and more.

LM&M Railroad North Pole Express
November 25 – December 24, 2017
127 S. Mechanic St. at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Nine-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and cocoa

CCM Jazz Series:Holiday Extravaganza
November 29, 2017
Corbett Auditorium University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
CCM Students will play and sing all kinds of holiday music!

A Carillon Christmas
November 29 – December 30, 2017
1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Thousands of lights, live music and more!

Christmas Tree Festival
November 29 – December 3, 2017
Lima, Ohio
Enjoy viewing 85 themed Christmas trees.

The Nutcracker
November 30 – December 2, 2017
18 W. Central Parkway at the School for Creative Performing Arts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A holiday tradition!

A Carillon Christmas
November 30 – December 30, 2017
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy Christmas lights, Santa, live music and more!

 

Blink Cincinnati Light Show is Happening October 12-15, 2017

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Don’t forget to blink! Blink, an exciting (and new) Cincinnati festival, is happening October 12-15, 2017. This light and art show will feature 60+ interactive art sculptures, large-scale projection mapping and murals and other light displays from the Cincinnati Banks heading north to Findlay Market. Light shows are positioned along the streetcar route.


Details

  • October 12-15, 2017 from 7pm – 12am
  • Food and drinks available from 6pm – 12am
  • Best way to get around? The streetcar! ($2 for a full day) Or, rent a Red Bike, Or, walk the 20 city blocks.
  • Cost? Free! The only venue that has a charge is the Architects of Air.
  • Timing? Light shows are from 3-10 minutes and on a continuous loop.

Event Guide
Here is a detailed map of all of the venues. There are 21 light projection sites.

Some Highlights…

Architects of Air Luminarium – Washington Park
For $5 you can experience domes and paths. This venue is open 10:30am – 6:30pm.

Future City Spectacular Parade!
Enjoy the Blink Parade at 7pm on Thursday, October 12, 2017. See over 2,500 illuminated people as they walk along Vine Street from Findlay Market to Washington Park. Cincinnati’s Bootsy Collins and his wife, Patti, are the grand marshals.

Live Performances
Live entertainment is part of the fun of experiencing Blink. There will be stages set up at the Freedom Center, Fountain Square, St. Xavier Church lot, the Charley Harper Mural, Findlay Market at W. Elder Street and at 1674 Central Parkway.  See the schedule here.

Follow Blink Cincinnati on Twitter.

Cincinnati Women’s Council of Realtors is Hosting a Fashion Show on October 18, 2017

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The Cincinnati Area Women’s Council of Realtors is hosting their 23rd annual fashion show on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. This fun show will be held at Receptions Banquet Center in Loveland, Ohio. The event is called “Giving is Gold” and will benefit the Freestore Foodbank.

Fellow agents (men and women) will be strutting the runway modeling fashions from T.J. Maxx.

Raffle baskets full of all kinds of goodies will go to some lucky winners that night. Those who bring deodorant and feminine hygiene products can earn two raffle basket tickets per donation (up to five items.)

Tickets are $40 pre-sold ($50 at the door) or $350 for a table of ten. Get your tickets here.
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About the Cincinnati Women’s Council of Realtors
This network of REALTORS advances women as professionals and leaders in business, the real estate industry and the communities they serve. Men are also encouraged to be members.

Local Haunted Houses in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Dayton 2017

Spooky old derelict houseLove to scream? Go to a local haunted house in October! Here is our list of regional haunted houses in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Dayton for 2017:

Northern Kentucky

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USS Nightmare

101 Riverboat Row in Northern Kentucky
The 30-minute tour on a steamboat has 2 very scary levels

mayhemmansionThe Mayhem Mansion
13966 DeCoursey Pike, Morning View, Kentucky 41063
A very spooky home. Come if you dare.

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The Farm House
 (Benton Farms)
11896 Old Lexington Pike in Walton
This 1901 house is a documented haunted house!

Southeastern Indiana

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Fear Factory Haunted House

7  S. Eastern Ave in Batesville, Indiana
This house was rated #5 in Indiana! Their website has lots of scary pics so be prepared to be frightened! This house benefits the Cierra’s Club.

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Horror Hike

45 E. Eads Parkway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025
Half-mile trails take you into the woods. Watch out!

Haunted House Lost Soul Asylum
Aurora Fireplace at 5950 Dutch Hollow Road in Aurora, Indiana
October 9-31, 2017 (Fridays and Saturdays)

Cincinnati 

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Dent Schoolhouse

5963 Harrison Avenue (45248)
Promoted as Cincinnati’s scariest haunted house! The site has been known to be haunted. (Their website is pretty scary!)

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Land of Illusion

8762 Thomas Road in Middletown
This haunted scream park has 4 haunted houses and 1 trail.

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Halloween Haunt

Kings Island in Mason
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040
Scare zones include a backwoods bayou, cemetery drive, freak street and nightmare alley.

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Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall

7700 Seward Avenue (45231)
House, 5 tents, a back yard and a giant vortex. This is the oldest continuously running haunted attraction in the area!

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11294 Highway 50, North Bend, Ohio
Travel a haunted trail into haunted woods and back…

Dayton

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Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride

1261 W. Dalton Road in Wilmington
Enjoy (??) a haunted bus ride through a forest of monsters and more. And there’s more: nightmare penitentiary, slaughter hotel and terror in the corn!

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Horror Acres

6995 Springfield Jamestown Rd in Springfield
This haunted attraction has won a lot of “best of’s”…Best Queue Line Entertainer, Best Freddy Krueger, etc…

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Lewisburg Haunted Cave
4392 Swishers Mill Road, Lewisburg, Ohio
Be prepared to get scared 80 feet below the ground in a limestone cave!

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Brimstone Haunt
472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Hayride and forgotten forest!

If haunted houses are not your thing, take a look at homes in the area for sale!