Elegant DIY Decor for Your Thanksgiving Feast

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, homeowners can easily spruce up around the house to make the coming weeks a little more festive before Turkey Day.

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In fact, a lot of the do-it-yourself decorations homeowners can put up at this time of year can be quite beautiful and very much in line with the feeling Thanksgiving is meant to engender, according to Country Living. For example, designing foliage-based centerpieces for dining room tables is a common staple at this time of year, but decorators can also throw in a more personal touch by making leaf-shaped cards and asking guests to fill out what everyone is thankful for.

Another bit of decorating work that’s easy enough to make is napkin rings that double as seating cards for every place at the table. With a bit of fancy card stock and a little creativity, painting elegant and unique designs to indicate who will sit where is easy enough, and can show off any host’s creativity. Once the cards are made, finishing the decoration with a high-quality ribbon threaded through both ends can add that final touch that quite literally ties the DIY decoration together.

Finally, while many families resort to having a classic “kid’s table” because they can’t fit all the bodies in one room, it’s still nice to dress that other area up. Making sure youngsters have an attractive centerpiece of their own and hand-decorated goodie bags to denote where they should sit can go a long way toward making their holiday meal just a little bit warmer.

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Dress Up Around the House
Of course, dressing up the dinner table is one thing, but it can also be a fun activity to make decorations for other parts of a home. For instance, making a Thanksgiving-themed candle holder for coffee tables or shelves isn’t all that difficult and can make a home feel much more inviting. All you will need is a large candle, a jar big enough to hold it and some fall materials like raw corn kernels or pumpkin seeds from a number of stores.

In addition, taking time to string together a bunch of fallen leaves to create a banner or bunting that can hang from a porch, fireplace mantle or shelves can add some fun fall color to any room.

The good news is there are many simple DIY decorating ideas available online for just about any season, so it shouldn’t be too hard to seek out even more information about how to make a home stand out to friends and family as Thanksgiving approaches. And for the most part, it’s easy for just about any member of the family to complete these design flourishes with minimal investment of either money or energy.

Get more ideas for fall home decor from Sibcy Cline’s Pinterest fall-decorating-ideas board!

Local Holiday and Winter Events in a Socially Distanced Way

Winter 2020 is going to be different this year when celebrating the holidays. Although many community holiday events have been cancelled, there are still many events where you can still be socially distanced or enjoy remotely. We listed holiday events for Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Dayton and Springfield, Ohio.

Events are listed regionally:

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CINCINNATI, OHIO

Christmas Night of Lights
November 6 – January 9, 2020
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Fountain Square Ice Rink
November 7, 2020 – February 15, 2021
Fifth and Vine Streets, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Reservations required

Winterwald (Winter Forest) at Germania
November 7–8, 2020
Germania Society of Cincinnati at 3529 West Kemper Road, CIncinnati, Ohio
Traditional German shopping experience”

Holiday in Lights
November 13, 2020 – January 2, 2021
Sharon Woods at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio
View holiday lights from your car

Holiday Junction Featuring Duke Energy Holiday Trains
November 13 – December 31, 2020 (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Cincinnati Museum Center at 1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio
9,000sf of trains with displays from the 1900s and 1930s

A Very Merry Garden Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Krohn Conservatory at 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
The greenhouse will be decorated for the holiday! See building replicas of Cincinnati landmarks

Lebanon Old-Fashioned Country Christmas

November 14, 2020
Lebanon Fairgrounds at 664 N. Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio
Crafts, gifts and more

Borealis (formerly Holiday Lights on the Hill)
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

The Christmas Ranch
November 20 – December 23, 2020
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Christkindlmarkt
November 20–22, 2020
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.

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
November 21, 2020 – January 2, 2021
Sharon Woods Park. at 11450 Lebanon Road (Route 42) Cincinnati, OH 45241
Drive through Sharon Woods to see the lights.

PNC Festival of Lights
November 21 – January 3, 2021 + January 8, 9 10, 15, 16 and 17, 2021 (Closed on Thanksgving, and Christmas Eve and Day)
Cincinnati Zoo at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Reservations required! Enjoy all of the lights and the animals

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 22, 2020 – January 5, 2021
Pyramid Hill at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio
Annual drive-through display of lights

Light Up Middletown
November 26 – December 31, 2020
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

FOUND Cincinnati Holiday Lights
November 27 – December 24, 2020
Downtown and Over-the-Rhine locations, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the festive lights

Virtual Macy’s Light the Square
November 27, 2020
Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch the tree lighting online or on Channel 5 WLWT.

Holiday Lights – Downtown Cincinnati
November 27 – December 24, 2020
Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and The Banks
Dazzling light displays! Key weekend dates: December 5, 12 and 19, 2020

Oxford Night Lights
November 28, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Oxford, Ohio
Enjoy holidays lights at various locations

Light in the Forest
December 3–6, 10–13, 17–20, 26–31, 2020 and January 1–3, 2021
Cincinnati Nature Center at 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, Ohio
Tickets required. Gentle lights illuminate trees while you walk through the forest. Music, bonfires and more at the lodge.

A Christmas Nightmare – Dent Schoolhouse
December 4–5, 2020
5963 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holiday decor and a bit of fright

First Friday – Middletown
December 4, 2020
1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Enjoy meeting the artists.

Christmas in the Village
December 4–6, 2020
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Entertainment, carolers and more

Holiday Market at Findlay Market
December 5–6, 2020
Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Light Up Madeira
December 5, 2020
Downtown Madeira (Miami Road), Cincinnati, Ohio
Shop and enjoy Madeira. Virtual lighting of the tree at 6pm.

Symmes Township Operation Santa
December 5, 2020
Throughout the township

The City Flea at Washington Park
December 12, 2020
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Support local businesses

Hannukkah at Oakley Square

December 12, 2020
Oakley Square on Madison Road, Oakley (Cincinnati), Ohio
Menorah lighting

Cincinnati Reptile Show
December 13, 2020
Holiday Inn Centre Park of West Chester at 5800 Mulhauser, West Chester, Ohio
See 1000s of spiders, inserts, snakes and more

Hanukkah at Fountain Square
December 13, 2020
Downtown CIncinnati, Ohio
Register for this event. Dancing dreidel, crafts and more. Virtual experience available, too.

The Nutcracker
December 17–23, 2020
Music Hall Ballroom, Cincinnati, Ohio
A classic ballet with a limited audience

Outdoor Menorah Lighting
December 17, 2020
Jewish Community Center at 8485 Ridge Road, (Amberley Village) CIncinnati, Ohio
Light the menorah!
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DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

Sugarplum Festival Of Trees
November 14, 2020
Dayton Masonic Center at 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, Ohio
View the trees! Boutique and raffles.

A Carillon Christmas
November 20 – December 30, 2020
1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Thousands of lights, live music and more!

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 27– December 30, 2020
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 27, 2020
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Children’s parade, tree lighting on Courthouse Square and more.

Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve
November 27– December 27, 2020
Lost Creek Reserve at 2645 E. St. Rt. 41 in Troy, Ohio
Drive-through light tour!

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 27, 2020 – February 2021
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark

Rike’s Holiday Windows

Schuster Center
December 2–6, 9–13 and 16–20, 2020
Register for your time slot to view the windows

Christmas in the Village
December 4–6, 2020
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Entertainment, carolers and more

New Year’s Eve: Vienna, City of My Dreams
December 31, 2020
Schuster Center, Dayton, Ohio
Celebrate with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Light Up the Fair
November 13 – January 2, 2021
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington, Kentucky
Mile-long drive of twinkling lights that sync up to music

Holidays@BCM

November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021
1600 Montague Road, Covington, Kentucky
Behringer-Crawford Museum will have holiday lights, displays, music and crafts. The trains will be spread throughout the museum this year.

Christmas Town
November 27 – December 20, 2020
Creation Museum at 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Kentucky
Live nativity and light display

Sims Furniture Holiday Windows
November 27 –holiday season 2020
727 Madison Ave, Covington, Kentucky
View animated holiday decor

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
Novermber 27 – December 24, 2020
Newport Aquarium at 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Kentucky
Santa’s in the water! (No mermaids this year)

Christmas Time at the Ark
November 27 – December 20, 2020
Art Encounter at Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, Kentucky
Projection show and other activities

Queen City Blues Fest
December 12, 2020
The Southgate House Revival at 111 E. 6th St., Newport, Kentucky
Lives blue music

Celebrate Snowmen Tot Tuesdays
December 15, 2020
Behringer-Crawford Museum at 1600 Montague Avenue in Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky
Listen to a story and create a snowman (There is a participation limit)

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

A Victorian Christmas Exhibit at Hillforest
November 20 – December 30, 2020 (Tuesdays – Sundays. Closed on Thanksgiving)
213 Fifth Street, Aurora, Indiana

Milan Christmas Walk
November 21, 2020
Milan, Indiana
Walk, shop and eat!

Festival of Trees & Host of Angels
November 27 – December 31, 2020
Lanthier Winery ay 123 Mill Street, Madison, Indiana
Midwest’s largest collection of holiday angels
Go back in time to experience a Victorian Christmas

Batesville’s 11th Annual Tree-Lighting Celebration
November 27, 2020
Downtown Batesville at S. Main St. and W. George St., Batesville, Indiana
Tree lighting, shopping and Santa Drive By

Batesville Historical Society Caroling
November 27– December 19, 2020 (Fridays and Saturdays)
Batesville Historical Museum at 15 W. George Street, Batesville, Indiana
Sing along!

First Annual Holiday Lights at Liberty Park
November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Liberty Park at 716 South Park Avenue, Batesville, Indiana
Enjoy the lights!

Metamora Christmas Walk
November 29 – December 20, 2020 (Fridays – Sundays)
Metamora, Indiana
Enjoy all of the lights while walking and shopping.

Inflatable-Wonderland
December 1–31, 2020
2026 N Old Michigan Rd., Osgood, Indiana
View holiday inflatables as you drive through; Facebook

Lohrum Christmas in the Park
December 1, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Ripley County Fairgrounds art 525 W. Beech St., Osgood, Indiana
Walk or drive-thru light display; Facebook

Batesville 11th Annual Tree-Lighting Celebration
December 4, 2020
S. Main St. and W. George St. (downtown), Batesville, Ohio
Parade, Santa and music

Holiday Affair on the Square
December 5, 2020
Versailles Courthouse Square at 101 E. 1st North St., Versailles, Indiana
Parade, Santa and winter-market vendors

Are we missing an event? Let us know: sknabe@sibcycline.com







Celebrate the Fourth of July without Leaving your Home

Independence Day is the perfect holiday to celebrate at your home. Whether you are having a barbecue, picnic or party, here are some ideas to make your Fourth of July celebration even more patriotic:

Beverages
Keep red and blue soda and juices cool on ice in a white tub. And, serve them in Mason jars with a red and white straw. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, make a layered red, white and blue beverage. Go here or here to learn how.

Bake a Pie
There is nothing more American than pie. Think cherry or blueberry for this holiday. Or make this berry tart here.

Cherry Bombs
Freeze fresh cherries into ice cubes. See this idea here.

Ice Cream
Be patriotic and eat red, white and blue ice cream! (Or top your ice cream with patriotic-colored sprinkles.) Firecracker Popsicles are popular, too.

Decorate!
Display the American flag. String up red, white and blue lights. Make sure your plates and cups look patriotic, too.

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For even more ideas, look at Sibcy Cline’s 4th of July Pinterest board. 

How to Have a Happy Holiday Season When Hosting a Party at Your Home

Holiday PartyWhile people love to see their friends and family during the holiday season, stress is an all-too-common part of the festivities. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to reduce such stress – especially for those hosting holiday get togethers at their homes.

Perhaps the best place to start with preparing for the holiday season is with something that can happen right now, a few weeks in advance. Planning as far in advance as possible can go a long way toward helping to stay on track. For instance, setting a budget for holiday gift shopping will really reduce financial stress, and simultaneously help people feel as though they have a good handle on meeting goals they know about in advance.

How To Handle Spending
Make a definitive list before purchasing party items is always a good move. By doing so, you can help to get a better idea of what things costs and lists can then be pared down from “must-haves” to “nice-to-haves”.

Nailing It Down
In addition to putting together a prep list for what needs to be purchased, hosts are encouraged to create a visual idea and fully plan out what a party is going to look like. Whether it’s friends, family or business associates coming by, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a feel for what the gathering will require in terms of food, drink, gift bags, decorations or other necessary items.

That kind of simple preparation also makes it simpler for people to have realistic expectations for what their parties are going to require. With that in mind, it becomes easier to set expectations for guests so they know what they’re asked to bring, and whether they need to eat a more substantial meal ahead of time.

What to Focus On
At this time of year, it’s also helpful to keep in mind that most guests aren’t going to be too upset if a batch of homemade cookies got a little burnt or every detail of a family tradition is followed to the letter. Don’t feel the pressure to impress everyone in every way.

After all, kids and adults alike don’t get excited to go look at the same local Christmas light displays or events every year – they get excited because they’re spending a special part of the year with people they care about.

The Finer Details
Finally, it’s smart for hosts to make sure they’re doing as much as possible in advance of an event so they have a little more time to relax before they actually have people show up at their homes. Cooking or putting out snacks and drinks at least a few hours before the scheduled start time can be a great way to tackle this, and the same is true of doing a deep clean of rooms where the party will be held. Getting as much done a day or two beforehand is a good idea.

Get in the Mood for Your Festivities
Listen to music while you get ready for your party or event. Whether it’s holiday classics or just an everyday favorite, music can put the mind at ease and can do wonders for one’s mood. It’s a good idea to keep those tunes going throughout the party as well, especially if it’s a playlist of everyone’s favorites for the holiday season.

Maybe the most important thing to remember of all this is hosts are supposed to have fun, too. After all, why have friends and family over to your home if it’s going to be a major source of stress? Take a little time throughout the course of the night to take a deep breath, have something to eat and drink, and just relax.

Halloween Safety Tips – for Your Home and the Trick or Treaters

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It’s almost time for  Halloween. The kids will soon have fun wearing their costumes and trick or treating in their neighborhoods. Here are tips to make this holiday a safe one:

Home Safety

  • Clear your walkway of any debris and wet leaves to avoid tripping or slipping hazards.
  • Keep pets inside, away from doors or windows so they won’t scare trick-or-treaters.
  • Don’t hand out candy that could be a possible choking hazard for young children.
  • Have your porch/entrance well lit if you are handing out candy. Keep the lights off if you do not want visitors.
  • Young children should not carve pumpkins.

Trick-or-Treating

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
  • Older unsupervised children should go out with a group, follow an acceptable/safe route, and return home at a specific time.
  • Only visit homes with a porch light on and never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up.
  • Stay on the sidewalks, cross only at corners, and don’t run across the street.
  • Make sure to carry flashlights, especially if staying out after dark.
  • Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • Don’t eat any treats until returning home so you can carefully inspect them.

Costumes

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be made of fire-resistant materials.
  • Accessories like swords or knives should be made out of cardboard or a flexible material.
  • Pick brightly colored costumes and fasten reflective objects to clothing and bags so they are visible to motorists.
  • Avoid oversized or high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.
  • Make sure masks or other head accessories don’t impede vision. (It is advisable to use make up or face paint instead of a mask.)
  • Avoid tripping hazards, make sure costume is not too long and shoes are the proper size.
  • Remove all makeup before going to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
  • Attach your child’s name and contact information inside their costume.

Want to know what day and time to trick or treat day in your neighborhood?

Halloween is Here! Scare up some Fun by Decorating Your Front Yard

Halloween is coming to town...With fall weather officially here, many homeowners start thinking about the start of the holiday season that begins with Halloween and then runs through the first week of January. Traditional holiday decorating can be fun, but for many homeowners, perhaps the most exciting decor is Halloween because it lets them get a little adventurous with both the interior and exterior of their homes.

When it comes to scaring up some good ideas to creep out the neighbors, experts recommend investing time and energy in making a front yard look as spooky as possible. With that in mind, there are plenty of easy do-it-yourself ideas you can knock out in a weekend just in time for those trick or treaters. Here are just a few:

Webs Everywhere
Some of the easiest decorations are the ever-popular fake spider webs. They can be easy to find at just about any local craft store. You can also make them out of yarn and can be as large as you like. See instructions here from HGTV.

Lighting Option to Bewitch Visitors
Particularly crafty owners can also make lighting fixtures and hang them on their porch or from posts in their yards to really cast a spell on visitors, according to Polka Dot Chair. Witch hats (which can be purchased from any costume shop) are paired with fishing line, a few pins, and LED lights to create a spooky atmosphere.

Straw-Stuffed Scarecrow
Another great way to have a simple DIY project that probably won’t cost much at all is to take an old button-up shirt and pair of pants nobody wears any more, and fill it with straw. Then you can stand it against a tree, sit it on a porch or otherwise incorporate it into a scary scene. You can use a pumpkin, a paint bucket, or something else as a head – or to recall Ichabod Crane’s old foe – simply go headless to put an extra-disquieting exclamation on your front yard. See instructions here and here.

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Traditional Decorations with a Twist

And of course, what front yard Halloween decorations would be complete without that tried-and-true Jack-o-Lantern? You don’t have to rely on triangular eyes and a crooked smile any more, because carving enthusiasts post printable patterns for even scarier designs. And instead of putting a candle in that pumpkin, LED lights that are designed to flicker like candles might be a smart long-term investment.

Here Lies Halloween
Finally, many families can have a bit of macabre comic fun by cutting up cardboard gravestones and incorporate a few jokes about who could be interred there. Whether it’s famous movie monsters, “punny” seasonal names or simply family in-jokes, that kind of decorating effort can really give a yard a chilling addition. See ideas here, here and here.

There are also plenty of other ideas out there you can find online, or make up your own. The trick at this time of year is to be as creative as possible so visitors have a spooktacular time, whether they’re stopping in for a chat or just there to pick up a treat on All Hallow’s Eve.

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November Fun Things to Do throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

November things to do

It’s November and a great time to think about enjoying a local festival or event. There are many holiday boutiques this month as well as Christmas-themed events. Or, enjoy live music or a play. Redsfest is at the end of the month if you are still in baseball mode. Here is our list of 100+ events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:

Events are in order by date.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Through November 4, 2018
Aronoff Center for the Arts vat 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
The golden ticket! The candy man!

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White Christmas
November 1 – December 31, 2018
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Avenue in Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy dinner and live theater with Christmas carols and more!

Rumpelstiltskin
November 2, 2018
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
The classic tale performed by TCT on Tour with Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Antique Christmas
November 2, 2018 – January 6, 2019
316 Pike Street at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments and toys at this festive display.

Lawrenceburg’s Whiskey City Festival
November 3, 2018
Lawrenceburg Event Center at 91 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
All kinds of whiskey-style activities with master distillers, live music and more

First Friday / Second Look at Pendleton Art Center – Middletown
November 2-3, 2018
1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45042
Artists will be available to show off their talents, food, music and more!

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
November 2-4, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
350 boutiques will be tempting your pocketbook!

Hearth Warming Holidays
November 2-4, 2018
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Shop and collect recipes to make a cookbook.

Harvest Fest
November 3, 2018
10235 Mill Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, petting zoo and Kolping Schnitzel Haus dinners

Northside Record Fair
November 3, 2018
North Church at 4222 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Thousands of records to look at and buy!

Pumpkin Chuck
November 3, 2018
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 3, 2018
91 Walnut St. at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy whiskey, music and food! Admission fee.

The Legend of Pocahontas
November 3-4, 2018
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the legend of Pocahontas

NMRA Annual Dayton Train Show
November 3-4, 2018
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 645 Infirmary Road, Dayton, Ohio
The National Model Railroad Association presents its 4th annual train show

St. John Fall Craft Show and Chicken Dinner
November 3-4, 2018
25743 State Route 1, Dover, Indiana
Enjoy purchasing crafts and home-baked goods. Chicken dinner on Sunday.

In Love and Warcraft
November 3–18, 2018
The Carnegie at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, Kentucky
Gamer girl makes money writing love letters for people having relationship problems but is unprepared when she falls in love.

Cincinnati King
November 3 – December 23, 2018
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park at 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy hearing and learning about the history of King Records

All-You-Can-East Turkey Dinner and Christmas Bazaar
November 4, 2018
American Legion Auxiliary, 25329 Legion Road, NewAlsace, Indiana
Turkey dinner, raffles and a bake sale

Carnegie Hall Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
November 4, 2018
14687 Main Street, Moores Hill, Indiana
Traditional turkey dinner

Holiday Jam
November 4, 2018
Wright State University Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio
Start your holiday shopping!

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 9–10, 2018
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic and bluegrass music

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 9–10, 2018
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic musical groups.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 9–10, 2018
Roberts Centre at  123 Gano Road, Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy live acoustic groups

Annual Dayton Book Fair
November 9–11, 2018
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 1043 South Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
100,000 books (records, magazines, movies and games) will be available for purchase!

Cincinnati Coffee Festival
November 9–11, 2018
Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Love your “Joe”? Enjoy tastings, live music and more!

Cincinnati Coffee Festival
November 9–11, 2018
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy samplings, music and elegant pastries. Admission fee.

Proof presented by Fairfield Footlighters
November 9–18, 2018 (various days)
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play

Minumental
November 9 – December 7, 2018
Art Academy of Cincinnati at 1212 Jackson, Cincinnati, Ohio
Original works of art no larger than 2″x2″

Christmas Night of Lights
November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Light Up the Fair
November 9 – January 5, 2019
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington, Kentucky
Mile-long drive of twinkling lights that sync up to music

Big Beers Barley Wines Beer Fest
November 10, 2018
500 Belmont Park North at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio
Premium boutique beer festival.

Holiday Art & Craft Show
November 10, 2018
Kettering Recreation Center at 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio
80+ vendors!

St. Lawrence Athletic Turkey Delite
November 10, 2018
St. Lawrence at 3680 Warsaw Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Games and more!

St. Martin of Tours Martinfest
November 10, 2018
3720 St. Martin Place in Cheviot in Cincinnati,  Ohio
Raffles, catered dinner and more.

Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier
November 10, 2018
Shawnee Lookout at 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, Ohio
Reenactment of frontier day

A Crystal Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Krohn Conservatory at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio
Replicas of famous Cincinnati landmarks, trains, evergreens, poinsettias and more!

Holiday Traditions @BCM (Toy Trains)
November 10, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

26th Annual Blue Ash Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2018
4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio
Veterans will be honored at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park followed by a lunch

Sanctuary Series – Trill Seeker Flute Choir
November 11, 2018
230 E. High Street, Springfield, Ohio
Flute ensemble with musicians from UD and SW Ohio

Veterans Day Program
November 11, 2018
Florence Government Center
Paying tribute to those who have served

Union Terminal’s Homecoming Week
November 11-17, 2018
Union Terminal at 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohi
Many events and a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Art on Vine at Rhinegeist
November 11, 2018 (+December 16, 2018)
Rhinegeist Brewery at 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy art and homemade goods from 70+ local artists

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
November 11 – December 31, 2018
7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy holiday trains! Entrance fee.

Holiday Toy Trains
November 10, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Behringer-Crawford Museum at 1600 Montague Road,  Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

A Crystal Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the holiday by visiting Krohn Conservatory

Walk+ Wine at Sharon Woods
November 15, 2018
Sharon Woods at 11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, Ohio
See the holiday light early! Then taste some local wines.

The Turn of the Screw
November 15–18, 2018
Patricia Corbett Theatre, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
A mystery with ghosts and foreboding

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 16–18, 2018
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio
A TV classic now on stage!

Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival
November 16–18, 2018
Springboro, Ohio
The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is winging loud for all to hear!
Shops, see Santa and more!

Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival
November 16–18, 2018
Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, entertainment, 5k run, crafts and more!

Christkindlmarkt
November 16–18, 2018 
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.

Sugarplum Festival of Trees
November 16–19, 2018
Dayton Mason Center at 525 W Riverview Ave, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy viewing and bidding on fabulously decorated trees

A Small Fire
November 16 – December 1, 2018
Falcon Theatre at 636 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky
Engaging play about devotion during trying times

Twelfth Night
November 16 – December 2, 2018
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Twists and turns in this Shakespearean play

The Christmas Ranch
November 16 – December 23, 2018
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

North Pole Express
November 16 – December 29, 2018 (various days)
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad at 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, Ohio
Santa will visit the kids on the train ride.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods
November 16 – December 31, 2018
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 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

6th Annual Sunman Celebrates the Season
November 17, 2018
Sunman Legion Post 337, 412 Eastern Avenue, Sunman, Indiana
Parade ends at the Legion Post. See Santa and Mrs. Claus

Victory of Light Psychic Festival
November 17–18, 2018
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville (Cincinnati), Ohio
Readings, vendors and seminars – it’s all psychic!

PNC Festival of Lights
November 17 – January 1, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a winter wonderland of 3 million LED lights

Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
9,000sf of trains with displays of Cincinnati from the 1900s – 1930s

St. Boniface Thanksgiving Festival Northside
December 18, 2018
4305 Pitts Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy turkey or roast beef!

A Taste of Lebanon Mediterranean Food Festival
November 18, 2018
St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Catholic Church at 2530 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a Middle Eastern experience!

St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church Taste of Lebanon
November 18, 2018
2530 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy all kinds of Lebanese culture: kibbee, spinach pies. tabouli. falafel and  pastries!

LM&M Railroad North Pole Express
November 18 – December 30, 2018 (various dates)
127 S. Mechanic St. at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Nine-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and cocoa

Light up the Levee Grand Illumination
November 20, 2018
Newport at the Levee in Newport, Kentucky
Holiday music, treats, Santa, ice sculpting and more. 1.4 million lights to enjoy.

Victorian Christmas
November 20 – December 30, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day)
Hillforest Victorian House Museum at 213 Fifth Street in Aurora, Indiana
Step back into time and see Christmas as it was celebrated years ago.

Family Movie Night
November 21, 2018
Mess Hall at Tower Park, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky
Free movie. Concessions for sale

A Christmas Carol
November 21, 2018 – December 29, 2018
926 Mount Adams Circle at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bah! Humbug!

Thanksgiving Day 10k Run and Walk
November 22, 2018
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 22, 2018
Ferguson Road/Glenway Avenue to Warsaw Avenue to St. Lawrence Parish Center in Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile parade with a grand marshal, king and queen!

Light Up Middletown
November 22 – December 23, 2018
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 23, 2018
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Children’s parade, tree lighting on Courthouse Square and more.

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 23, 2018
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy the Grande Illumination and children’s parade. Live entertainment and reindeer!

Grand Illumination
November 23, 2018
Downtown Troy, Ohio
Artisan fair with carriage rides, music and the arrival of Santa on a fire truck as well as the Christmas tree lighting

Chocolate Tasting and Full Moon Hike
November 23, 2018
Glen Helen Nature Preserve, 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio
Bring your fave chocolate to share!

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 23, 2018
Fountain Square at Fifth and Vine Streets, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, food trucks and lighting of the tree!

Ale! to the Queen City
November  23–24, 2018
Mehring Way between Elm and the Roebling Bridge
Enjoy craft brews from local breweries and live entertainment

Arctic Blast
November 23–24, 2018
Carol Ann’s Carousel at 8 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn all about penguins. Crafts add giveaways!

Cincideutsch Christlindlmarkt –First Weekend
November 23-25, 2018
Fountain Square at 520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy German spiced wine, baked goods and handcrafted items.

Winterfair
November 23–25, 2018
Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy viewing the work of over 250 artisans.

Hometown for the Holidays
November 23–25, 2018
Main Street (US 50) in historic Milford, Ohio
Carriage rides, Victorian Carolers, free antique fire engine rides

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 23 – December 2, 2018 (Weekends)
December 7–23, 2018 (Nightly)
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Festival of Trees
November 23 – December 24, 2018
123 Mill Street in Madison, Indiana
More than 100 trees are decorated for viewing!

Christmas Town
November 23 – December 30, 2018
Creation Museum at 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Kentucky
Live nativity and light display

ChristmasTime at the Ark
November 23 – December 30, 2018

Art Encounter at Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, Kentucky
Projection show and other activities

Winterfest
November 23, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Nine winter wonderlands featuring holiday lights, ice skating, rides and seasonal costumed characters

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 23 – December 31, 2018
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Whispering Christmas
November 23 – December 31, 2018
Fort St. Clair Park at 135 Camden Road, Eaton, Ohio
Drive-thru lights display with 2 million lights

Englewood Holiday Celebration
November 24, 2018
333 W. National Road, Englewood, Ohio
Enjoy a holiday open house with live music, a visit from Santa and cookies

Hometown HolidDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 24, 2018
Wilmington, Ohio
All kind of wonderful holiday wonderfulness

Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 24, 2018
Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, crafts, train ride, carnival and more!

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
November 24, 2018 (+December 1 and 8, 2018)
Downtown Cincinnati
See Santa rappel down Huntington Bank Center, fire works and free rides on the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

Train Rides at Carillon Park Railroad
November 24, 2018 (+December 8, 2018)
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio
Take a ride on a miniature train!

Westside Holiday Market
November 24, 2018
WestSide Market at 3719 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Caroling, Santa and bonfires! Local food trucks.

Shandon Christmas in the Country
November 24–25, 2018
St. Aloysius, Shandon, Ohio
Welsh cakes, crafts, antiques, Santa, carriage rides and more!

Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride 
November 24 – December 16, 2018
Know Theatre of Cincinnati at 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
A  play set in the Victorian era with double crosses

Tree Lighting – Edgewood, Kentucky
November 25, 2018
City Building, Edgewood, Kentucky
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there – refreshments, too!

Hollywood Series at the Air Force Museum Theatre
November 25, 2018 (+December 10, 2018)
Air Force Museum Theatre at 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy a favorite film on a very large (six-story tall) screen

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 25, 2018 – February 28, 2018
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark.

Miracle on Main Street
November 25 – December 16, 2018 (Weekends)
Downtown Aurora, Indiana
Santa arrives on November 25 and the Christmas tree will be lit along with a parade. Other weekends enjoy the Dickens Villages.

Here Come The Clydesdales
November 28, 2018
The Party Source at 95 Riviera Dr., Bellevue, Kentucky
Ten Clydesdales from St. Louis will be on display!

Christmas Tree Festival
November 28 – December 2, 2018
Lima, Ohio
See almost 100 Christmas trees decked out for the holiday!

A Carillon Christmas
November 28 – December 30, 2018
1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Thousands of lights, live music and more!

Alice in Wonderland
November 28 -– December 30, 2018
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati at 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch the tea party and Queen of Hearts – and Alice!

Swan Lake
November 29, 2018
Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and their 55 ballet professional

International Fair Trade Sale
November 29 – December 1, 2018
Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds at US 50, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Hand-crafted gifts from around the world

A Christmas Story
November 29 – December 23, 2018
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts at 4990 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! A classic live performance!

Batesville 9th Annual Tree Light Celebration
November 30, 2018
S. Main Street and W. George Street, Batesville, Indiana
Shop Santa’s Village, take a carriage ride and enjoy live choirs. St. Nick will make an appearance.

Redsfest
November 30 – December 1, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Meet current and former Reds’ players, purchase memorabilia and lot of games

Christkindlmarkt
November 30 – December 2, 2018
Hamilton Courtyard Marriott at One Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, Ohio
Enjoy German food, beer and Christmas items.

Christmas in the Village
November 30 – December 2, 2018
Waynesville, Ohio
Santa arrives daily. Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, shopping and more!

MVBT presents The Nutcracker
November 30 –December  9, 2018 (various dates)
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio
Enjoy this classic holiday ballet!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
November 30 – December 16, 2018 (various dates)
Town Hall Theatre at 27 North Main Street, Centerville, Ohio
A family holiday musical!

 

 

 

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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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!