Holiday Home Decorating Trends for 2022

Looking for ideas to decorate your home for the holidays? There are many festive options this year. Look at some holiday decor trends for 2022:

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Dramatic Table Scapes
Deck out your table this holiday season. Try non-traditional colors and dried flowers. Cinnamon, pinecones and ornaments are wonderful decor items to consider for your table.

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General Decor
Add natural elements such as cozy throw blankets, woven baskets and felt decor. Fresh greens (pine and cedar) are great items to add in your home for that holiday spirit.

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Christmas Tree
Whether you have a traditional tree or a modern version, there are many options to deck it out. Color trends to consider would include neutrals such as tans and pinks; dark blues with burgundy or gray highlights; gemstone colors of purple, green and deep pink or a palette of grays and light blues.

Very Peri is the 2022 Pantone Color of the Year. This is a dusky purple and looks wonderful with green or flocked trees. It goes well with silver or gold and other jewel tones. Although not a traditional holiday color, it looks quite regal.

Silver and pink holiday ornaments

Metallics
Silver and gold are always popular during the holidays. These colors look rich and glamorous and can have either a traditional or modern vibe. Trendy colors include cobalt blue paired with silver or pink displayed with gold ornaments.

gingerbread home decor

Gingerbread
Considering “cozy and comfortable” holiday decor? Think gingerbread! A holiday classic, gingerbread decor can vary from whites and tans to bright colors with embellishments.

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Natural Tones
Lighter tones with a variety of green look wonderful. Stone, linen and wood adds interest to this type of holiday decor.

Oversized holiday outdoor ornaments

Outdoor Ornaments
If you enjoy decorating your front lawn for the holidays, consider oversized ornaments. You can either purchase them or create them as a DIY project. See samples here.

Holiday wreaths

Wreaths
A wreath on a door has a heartwarming holiday feel. There are so many types of of these decor items – from traditional greens, pine cones and berries, to dried flowers, pompoms and more. Look at these wreathes for inspiration.

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?

Updated: October 17, 2022

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

Halloween home decor ideas

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. Check out this giant spider decoration here.

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.

Front Doors
Your front door is a great item to decorate for Halloween. From “googly eyes” to doors wrapped like a mummy, there are many options for creating a statement door. Look for inspirational ideas here and here.

Yard entrance decorated for traditional Halloween celebration, low angle view

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.

Where to View 2022 Fourth of July Fireworks in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

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Celebrate the Fourth of July 2022 by viewing fireworks! Wear your red, white and blue when you oooh and aaah at them. Here is our list of local Fourth of July fireworks celebrations throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.


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CINCINNATI, OHIO FIREWORKS

Blanchester
Red White & Blanchester Blue
July 4, 2022 – Fireworks at dusk (Festival is July 3-4, 2022)
Blanchester High School – 953 Cherry St.; live music, rides, food
Parade at 11am on July 3

Blue Ash
Red, White and Blue Ash
July 4, 2022
Summit Park, Blue Ash, Ohio
Concert (Blessid Union of Souls and Gavin DeGraw) and fireworks at 10pm

California
July 3, 2022
Balloon Glow
Coney Island Park at 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Hot air balloons on display and fireworks!

California
July 4, 2022
Red, White and BOOM!
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati Pops concert followed by fireworks

Clifton
July 3, 2022 at 1pm
Inwood Park at 2308 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Family picnic, games, live band, food trucks, popsicle truck

Colerain Township
4th of July Spectacular
July 3, 2022
4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
7pm: food trucks and entertainment; fireworks at 10pm

College Corner
College Corner Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2022
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Parade and fireworks; live music, vendors, games

Cleves
Crossroads West Side Fireworks
June 25, 2022
8575 Bridgetown Rd., Cleves, Ohio
Activities, concert and food trucks; Fireworks at dusk

Downtown Cincinnati
Sawyer Point Concert Services Fourth of July Celebration
July 2, 2022
705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Music, food (Starting at 2:00pm) and fireworks at 10pm

Reds vs Mets Game
July 4, 2022
Great American Ballpark – Fireworks after the game

Washington Park 4th of July Celebration
1230 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine (Cincinnati), Ohio
July 4, 2022  Live music at 6pm; fireworks at 10pm (need to confirm)
July 3, 2022 Block party with food vendors 3pm–10pm (need to confirm)

Evendale
July 4, 2022
Baxter Park, Evendale, Ohio
Fourth Fest (6pm–10pm)
Fireworks at 10pm

Fairfield
Red White KaBoom

July 3, 2022 at 10pm 
Harbin Park at 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield, Ohio

Green Township
July 3, 2022
Kuliga Park at 6717 Bridgetown Rd., Green Township, Ohio
Concert and fireworks

Hamilton
Stricker’s Grove 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2022
11490 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Rides, music and more! Fireworks at dusk

Hamilton’s July 4th Celebration
July 4, 2022
10am parade; 7pm concert at Riversedge; 10pm fireworks viewed from the river bike trail

Harrison
Harrison 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2022 at dusk

300 George Street at Harrison Community Center in Harrison, Ohio.
Celebration starts at 4pm with a parade. 

Hyde Park
Ault Park Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 2022
3600 Observatory Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

Indian Hill
Indian Hill 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2022 – Fireworks at 9:45pm
Stephan Field at Corner of Kugler Milll Rd and Give Rd, Indian Hill, Ohio

Parade at 10am followed by food, fun and music at Stephan Field

Lebanon
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Colonial Park West at 720 North Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio
Parade at 4pm. Festival at 6pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

Liberty Township
Light Up Liberty
July 3, 2022 at dusk
Princeton Pike Church of God at 6101 Princeton Glendale Rd., Liberty Township, Ohio
Festival, music and food trucks

Liberty Township
4th of July Parade
July 4, 2022
Parade starts at 9am at Lakota East High School

Loveland/Symmes Township
Independence Day
July 4, 2022
7pm parade begins at Loveland Elementary School at 600 Loveland Madeira Rd.
8pm concert at Nisbet Park at126 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio
10pm fireworks shot from Kiwanis Park; best views from downtown Loveland

Madeira
July 2, 2022 at 10pm
Miami Ave/McDonalds Commons, Madeira, Ohio
Parade at 5pm along Miami Avenue with festival at the McDonalds Common Park starting at 7pm; fireworks at 10pm
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Mason
Red, Rhythm and Boom
6000 Mason-Montgomery Rd., Mason, Ohio

July 3, 2022 

Kings Island Fireworks
July 3, 2022 at dusk
6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason

Middletown
July 3, 2022
Independence Day Fireworks at 9:45pm
Smith Park at 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown, Ohio
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Milford
July 3, 2022
Sparks in the Park
Festival and fireworks 7pm–10pm

Monroe
July 4, 2022
Light Up the Sky
Festival at Monroe Community Park at 550 S. Main St.,Monroe, Ohio
Fireworks launched from the top of Mound Cemetery, Monroe, Ohio
View the Rozzi fireworks as they light up the sky!
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Montgomery
Montgomery Independence Day 
July 4, 2022 – festival at Montgomery Park at 10101 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio

No mention of fireworks

Morrow
July 2, 2022
Morrow, Ohio
Parade at 11am from Little Miami Elementary to 2nd Street
No mention of firworks

Mt. Healthy
Fireworks at City Park
1541 Hill Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
July 3, 2022
Music and ice cream at 6pm and fireworks at dusk

New Richmond
Freedom Fest
Front Street, New Richmond, Ohio
July 2–3, 2022: 1–8pm – vendors, music; fireworks on 4/3 at 10pm
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Northside
July 2–4, 2022
Northside Rocks
Parade and Rock-n-Roll Carnival at Hoffner Park at 4101 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
No mention of fireworks

Norwood Hometown Fireworks
July 4, 2022
Shea Stadium at 2603 Harris Ave., Norwood, Ohio
Parade at 10am; Fireworks at 9:45pm

Oxford
Oxford Freedom Festival
July 2–3, 2022:
Oxford Community Park at 6801 Fairfield Rd., Oxford, Ohio
July 2: Parade and festival
July 3: Festival and fireworks

Friday Night FireworksJuly 5, 2022: 5pm DJ and cookout; 9pm–11pm fireworks at Hueston Woods, 5201 Lodge Rd., College Corner, Ohio

South Lebanon/Union Township
July 4th Fireworks Festival

July 4, 2022
Rogers Park at 60 S. High Street, South Lebanon, Ohio
Enjoy the fireworks 

Symmes Township
Cancelled for 2022

Waynesville
July 2, 2022 at dusk
Waynesville Bicentennial Park at 837 Dayton Rd., Waynesville, Ohio
Sky divers, food, drinks, concert

West Chester
Taps, Tastes and Tunes at VOA Park
July 1–3, 2022
National Voice of American Museum of Broadcasting at 8070 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, Ohio
Music, food and fireworks at 10pm
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Wilmington
July 4, 2022
Clinton County Fairgrounds at 958 West Main Street, Wilmington, Ohio
10pm

Wyoming Fourth of July
July 4, 2022
Oak Park at 878 Oak Ave., Wyoming, Ohio
10am Parade; Music at the Village Green Gazebo on Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Ohio;
Festival at Oak Park starts at 5:30pm; 9:45 fireworks

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Beavercreek
City of Beavercreek 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2022
Rotary Park at 2260 Dayton Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio
6pm Parade, entertainment, food trucks and fireworks at 10pm

Stars, Stripes & Brews
July 2, 2022
The Greene at 4452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek, Ohio
Music and beer tasting; No mention of fireworks

Centerville/Washington Township
Americana Fireworks
July 3, 2022
Centerville High School at 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville, Ohio
Gates open at 6pm; entertainment starts at 8:30pm; fireworks at 10pm
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Clark County
Buck Creek Boom
July 3, 2022
Clark County Fireworks – Ferncliff and Snyder near the Banks of Buck Creek
10pm fireworks

Dayton
City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival
July 3, 2022
Riverscape MetroPark at 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Festival begins at 12pm with food and drink vendors, live entertainment and activities
Fireworks at 10pm

Dayton Dragons
July 4, 2022
Day Air Ballpark at 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio

Eaton
Old Fashioned Independence Day Fireworks
July 3, 2022
7693 Swartsel Rd, Eaton, Ohio
$10 per car donation; vendors and music

Englewood
Englewood 4th of July
July 4, 2022
Centennial Park at 321 Union Road, Englewood, Ohio
Civic Band concert at 7pm; fireworks at 10pm

Fairborn
Block Party and Parade
July 3–4, 2022
July 3: 4pm block party on Main Street
July 4: 2pm annual parade from Central Ave to Main St
Fireworks at dusk at Fairborn Community Park

Franklin
The Wettest Parade
July 4, 2022
Main St to 6th Street to the Franklin Community Park, Franklin, Ohio
You will get wet along the parade route!

Fireworks in Franklin
July 4, 2022
Franklin Community Park at 306 E. 6th St., Franklin, Ohio
Fireworks at dusk at the park

Greenville
City of Greenville Fireworks
July 3, 2022
Drake County Fairgrounds at 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Ohio

Huber Heights
Star Spangled Heights
July 2, 2022
Thomas A. Cloud Park at 4707 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights, Ohio
10am parade; 1pm–8pm festival; Fireworks at dusk

Kettering
Go 4th!
July 4, 2022
Delco Park at 1700 Delco Park Dr., Kettering, Ohio
6pm: Kids’ zone, food trucks, music; 10pm: fireworks

Moraine
July 4, 2022
Star Spangled Boom
Wax Park, Moraine, Ohio
6pm: Amusement rides and games. Food trucks. Fireworks at 10pm.

Piqua
Pique 4th Fest
July 4, 2022
318 N. Main Street, Piqua, Ohio
Festival: 3pm–9:30pm. Fireworks: 10pm

Sidney
July 4, 2022
Sidney Middle School at 750 S. 4th Ave., Sidney, Ohio
10pm fireworks
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Springboro
July 4, 2022
10pm Fireworks from Heatherwoode Golf Course (should be able to view from all over town)

Springfield
Buck Creek Boom
July 3, 2022
Downtown Springfield, Ohio at 10pm

Troy
July 4, 2022
Treasure Island Park at 409 N. Elm St., Troy, Ohio
10pm Fireworks along the Great Miami River; concert

Vandalia
Star-Spangled Celebration
July 3, 2022
Sports Complex at 1101 Stonequarry Rd., Vandalia, Ohio
Festival at 7pm: Food, music, fun and fireworks at 10pm

Freedom Celebration
July 3, 2022
First Grace Church at 2624 Stonequarry Rd., Vandalia, Ohio
Car show, food trucks, gospel concert; no mention of fireworks

West Alexandria
July 4, 2022
Peace Park at 70 E. Dayton St., W. Alexandria, Ohio
Car show from 1-7pm at the park. Fireworks at 10pm from the Twin Valley South school grounds.

West Milton
June 30–July 4, 2022
West Milton Celebration Festival at West Milton, Ohio
Fireworks on July 4th.

Xenia
Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks
July 1, 2022
Shawnee Park at 591 S. Park Drive, Xenia, Ohio
Block party from 3pm–8pm. Fireworks at 10pm
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Burlington
July 2, 2022
Holiday for Heroes Celebration
Arborwood Subdivision at 4655–4657 Catalpa Court, Burlington, Kentucky
Food, music and fireworks; bring lawn chairs

Covington
Sisters of Notre Dame 4th of July Festival
July 4, 2022
No mention of fireworks

Edgewood
Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2022 at 9:45pm
5K run at 7:30am; Parade at 9:30am; Concert at 7:30pm in Freedom Park; Fireworks at dusk

Florence
Florence Independence Day Celebration

Tanners Lane, Florence, Kentucky
July 2, 2022  Fireworks at 10pm  .

Ft. Mitchell Independence Day Parade
July 4, 2022
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Parade at 12:30pm; no mention of fireworks
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Fort Thomas
Ft Thomas 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
July 2, 2022
Tower Park at 900 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Parade at10:30am; Festival from 5pm–10pm with music, food, activities; Fireworks at 10pm

Independence
Independence July 4th Celebration
July 2, 2022 Fireworks at 10pm

Donna Yeager Amphitheater in Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway in Independence, Kentucky

Maysville
July 4, 2022
Downtown Parade and Fireworks
35 E. 2nd St., Downtown Maysville, Kentucky
Parade at 7pm. Music, food and shopping. Fireworks at dusk.

Union
Union Celebrates America
June 24, 2022
Ryle High School  at 10379 US 42, Union, Kentucky
Food, music and fireworks
6pm parade

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Aurora
Fireworks
July 2, 2022
Aurora riverfront at dusk
Festival at 5pm at Gabbard Park; music, classic cars

Batesville
Star Spangled Symphony
June 30, 2022
Gillespie Soccer Park at 922 Delaware Rd., Batesville, Indiana
Concert at 8pm. Fireworks following

College Corner
4th of July Celebration

July 2–4, 2021 (Fireworks on July 3)
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Music, food and fun. Parade on 7/3 at 4pm and fireworks 

Greendale
Greendale Lions Family 4th Fest
June 30–July 4, 2022
Fireworks: July 4, 2022 at dusk
827 Nowlin Avenue at Greendale Park in Greendale, Indiana

Greensburg
Lake Santee Fireworks
July 4, 2022 at dusk  – residents and guests only

Lake Santee (13 SW Wren Parkway) in Greensburg, Indiana
Beach Bash, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department lunch, entertainment at the amphitheater

Liberty
Liberty 4th of July Festival
July 1–3, 2022
Union County Courthouse, Liberty, Indiana
Music, parade, contests, food and more; no mention of fireworks

Madison
Madison Regatta Fireworks and Parade
July 1–3, 2022
July 3, 2022 – fireworks
Riverfront in Madison, Indiana
Parade on 7/1; Roostertail Music Festival on 7/1 and 7/2; Fireworks at the Bicentennial Park 
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Metamora
Fireman’s Festival and Fireworks
July 2, 2022 at dusk
Metamora, Indiana

The fire department raise funds with this fun festival. Enjoy the beer garden and live music. Parade at 6pm and fireworks at dusk.

Osgood
July 1, 2022
Ripley County Fairgrounds, Osgood, Indiana
Fireworks at dusk; Flea market and crafts

Patriot
Patriot’s 4th of July
July 4, 2022 (unconfirmed)
Parade at 11am. Food and vendors at the park. Fireworks at the Patriot Boat Ramp at dusk.
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Rising Sun
Rising Sun Fireworks
July 2, 2022
Along the Ohio River in Rising Sun, Indiana
10pm start time

Versailles
July 2, 2022
Versailles State Park at 1387 US 50 at Versailles, Indiana
Fireworks shot over Versailles Lake at 10:30pm

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Updated: July 1, 2022

Celebrate Memorial Day 2022 – Community Events and Ideas to Celebrate at Home

Flags 1Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend at home and still honor those who have served and protected us with your own celebration. We have listed community Memorial Day events (below) as well as ideas on how to celebrate the holiday at your home.

Here are 15 ideas to celebrate Memorial Day 2022:

  1. Plan an at-home BBQ or picnic. Food always smells and tastes best served from the grill! If this is the first time to fire up your grill for the warmer season, go here for some grilling tips.
  2. Decorate your home with red, white and blue. Go to Pinterest for ideas.
  3. Write a letter to a soldier. Learn more on how to do that here or here.
  4. Send a care package to a soldier.
  5. Take a virtual memorial tour.
  6. Learn how to fold the U.S. flag.
  7. Fly your flag! (Flag etiquette here.)
  8. Listen to veterans’ stories.
  9. Make a red, white and blue dessert. See recipe ideas here and here.
  10. Decorate bicycles with red, white and blue – and ride them throughout your neighborhood
  11. Play yard games with your family. Play “Lawn Twister” in the grass. Try a bean bag ladder toss.  Here is a link to more outdoor game ideas.
  12. Host an outdoor movie. Learn how to create your own outdoor theater.
  13. Camp in your backyard. Set up a tent, add blankets or sleeping bags along with pillows. Tell stories and gaze at the stars!
  14. Roast s’mores from your fire pit! (No fire pit? Use a terracotta pot!)
  15. Walk/run! “Wear Blue” in a virtual Memorial Day walk/run.

View: Cincinnati, Ohio Memorial Day Events

View: Northern Kentucky Memorial Day Events

View: Dayton and Springfield, Ohio Memorial Day Events

View: Southeastern Indiana Memorial Day Events


CINCINNATI, OHIO

Blue Ash
Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade
May 30, 2022
Towne Square at 4433 Cooper Rd., Blue Ash, Ohio
10:15am – parade/ceremony
7:00pm – orchestra concert at Blue Ash Towne Square

Cheviot Parade
May 30, 2022
11am parade along Harrison Ave.

Clifton
May 30, 2022
11am parade starting on Middleton; 12pm picnic at Mt. Storm Park; live music

Colerain
Memorial Service
May 30, 2022 at 10am
Colerain Gateway Memorial, Springdale Rd./Colerain Ave.

Deer Park / Silverton / Sycamore Township Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Parade begins in Silverton at 10am and goes to Sycamore Township; stops at the Deer Park Veteran’s Memorial in Chamberlin Park on Blue Ash Rd.

Fairfield Memorial Day
May 30, 2022
Fairfield, Ohio
10am parade with vets, military units and marching band; 11am tribute at Veterans Memorial Park

Glendale
May 30, 2022
Sharon Avenue, Glendale, Ohio
9:30am parade
10:30am memorial ceremony at the War Memorial

Green Township
Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2022
Green Township Veterans Park at 6231 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

Harrison Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
600 E. Broadway Street, Harrison, Ohio
Parade begins at 10am at Harrison Elementary and proceeds to Glen Haven Cemetery for a memorial service

Kenwood
May 30, 2022
Memorial Day Picnic
Indian Creek Apartments at 5701 Kugler Mill Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
12pm; food and music

Lebanon Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio
Parade begins at 11am

Lockland Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022 at 9am
601 Elliott Avenue (Arlington Heights Municipal Building)

Loveland Memorial Day Parade and Memorial
May 30, 2022
Loveland Elementary at 600 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, Ohio
Parade begins at 9am. Ceremony at W. Loveland Ave. after the parade

Madeira Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2022 at 9:30am
Madeira, Ohio
March begins at Madeira Middle School at 6612 Miami Avenue and heads north to Dawson Road
Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at McDonald Commons Park at 7451 Dawson Road.

Mariemont Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Parade at 8:30am from Plainville to Wooster Pike at the Municipal Building

Mason
May 30, 2022
10am parade downtown Mason; ceremony at 11am at the Mason Muncipal Center

Middletown Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
May 30, 2022
Woodside Cemetery & Arboretum at 1401 Woodside Blvd., Middletown, Ohio
Smith Park at 400 Tytus Ave., Middletown, Ohio
Parade at 10am at Smith Park; Ceremony at 11:30am at Woodside Cemetery

Milford
May 30, 2022
Memorial Day Parade
Downtown Milford, Ohio at 1:30pm
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Montgomery
May 30, 2022
Gate Of Heaven Cemetery’s Annual Memorial Day Mass
11000 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
10:30am

Morrow Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Morrow Arts Center, 10 Miranda St., Morrow, Ohio
12pm

Mt. Healthy
May 26–30, 2022
Memorial Celebration Field of Flags
Arlington Memorial Gardens at 2145 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio

Newtown Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Parade begins at 10am

North College Hill
May 28, 2022
Parade at 11am followed by a ceremony at the Public Safety Building

Reading/ Arlington Heights/ Lockland Memorial Ceremony
May 30, 2022
9am parade through Arlington Heights into Lockland and through Reading, Ohio
Memorial Service at Reading Cemetery

Spring Grove Village
May 27–30, 2022
Memorial Day Weekend
Spring Grove Cemetery at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

Symmes Township
May 27, 2022
Symmes Honors Veterans
Home of the Brave Park at 11605 Lebanon Rd., Symmes Township (Cincinnati), Ohio

Walnut Hills
May 30, 2022
Vietnam Memorial in Eden Park, 986 St. Paul Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio
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West Chester
May 30, 2022 at 10am
Memorial Celebration
Parade through Historic Olde West Chester Business District on West Chester Road


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO

Beavercreek Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2022
Veterans Memorial Park at 1911 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Bring your lawn chair; ceremony begins at 2pm

Centerville Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2022
Stubbs Park at 255 W. Spring Valley Pike, Centerville, Ohio
9am ceremony

Dayton
Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park
May 29, 2022
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Costume interpreters, activities. Dayton Symphonic Orchestra

Dayton National Cemetery
4100 W. 3rd. St., Dayton, Ohio
11am private ceremony; public may visit the cemetery

Fairborn
May 28–29, 2022
Military History Muster Memorial
Fairborn Community Park at 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn, Ohio
Encampment; food trucks

Franklin
City of Franklin Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
1275 E. 2nd St., Franklin, Ohio

Kettering
May 28, 2022
Victory Oak Knoll Centennial WWI Memorial, near the Dayton Community Golf Club, Kettering, Ohio
1pm service

Miamisburg
Rocky’s 5th 5k Run/Walk for Freedom
May 28, 2022
Old High School Stadium and finished at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 426 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, Ohio
9am

Miamisburg Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
11am parade + music at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 426 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, Ohio

Moraine
May 30, 2022
4200 Dryden Rd., Moraine, Ohio
Ceremony

Springfield
Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
9am start time
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Springboro Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
2pm starts at S. Main Street, followed by a ceremony and picnic at Wade Field

Troy
May 30, 2022
Miami Valley Veterans Museum at 2245, S. Co. Rd. 25A, Troy, Ohio
2pm ceremony

Wright Patterson Air Force Base
May 30, 2022
Commemorative 5k Fun Run
National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
First year event!


NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Bellevue/Dayton Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue, Kentucky
Parade begins at 10:30am
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Burlington
May 27, 2022
Memorial Day Race
England-Idelwild Park at 5550 Idlewold Rd., Burlington, Kentucky

Crestview
May 30, 2022
Memorial Day 5k Walk/Run
Crestview Town Center, Crestview, Kentucky
Running group meets at 8am near Cold Stone Creamery; dress patriotically

Dayton and Bellevue, Kentucky
May 30, 2022
Parade at 10:30am
Monument Park, Dayton, Kentucky
10am at the park

Edgewood Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2022 at 10am
Freedom Park at 550 Freedom Park Drive, Edgewood, Kentucky

Erlanger/Elsmere
May 30, 2022 at 9am
VFW Post 6423, 4435 Dixie Highway, Elsmere, Kentucky
Parade and memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery

Florence Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Boone Co Veterans Memorial at 8020 Veterans Memorial Dr, Florence, Kentucky
10 am – Parade
11am – Musical tribute ceremony

Fort Wright Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2022
City Administration Office at 409 Kyles Lane
10am

Highland Heights Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2022
176 John Hills Road (city building monuments)
8:30am

Independence Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
10:30am

Newport Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022 at 9am
998 Monmouth St., Newport, Kentucky
9am parade followed by a memorial service at the city building

Park Hills Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Park Hills, Kentucky
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Southgate Kentucky
Evergreen Cemetery Flag Placement
May 30, 2022
25 Alexandria Pike, Southgate, Kentucky
Flags placed on Civil War veterans as well as other soldiers


SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Aurora
May 30, 2022 (details to be determined)
Service at Lesco Park near the Ohio River

Batesville
May 30, 2022
11am service at Liberty Park Pavilion with Batesville VFW

Bright
May 29, 2022
24001 State Line Rd., Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Service at Gibson Cemetery at 12:15pm

Dillsboro
May 30, 2022 (unconfirmed)
Service at Oakdale Cemetery at 1pm

Hidden Valley
May 29 2022
10am service at HVL Veterans Memorial; parade at 11am; concert at 4pm at the sports complex

Lawrenceburg
May 30, 2022
Downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana
10am Parade; 110am ceremony in Greendale Cemetery

Liberty
May 30, 2022 (unconfirmed)
Parade


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Updated: April 15, 2022

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.

Pumpkins and Gourds with a mirror reflection

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.

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!