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.

skeletonpumpkin
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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Where and When to View 2019 Fourth of July Fireworks in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

Fireworks_2019Celebrate the Fourth of July 2019 by viewing fireworks! Wear your red, white and blue when you oooh and aaah at them. Here is a our list of local Fourth of July  fireworks celebrations throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. In order by region and community:

CINCINNATI, OHIO REGION

Anderson
Annual Independence Day Parade

July 4, 2019
Fourth of July Parade starts at 10am at 7954 Beechmont Ave

Blanchester
Red White & Blanchester Blue
July 4, 2019 – Fireworks at dusk (Festival is July 3-4, 2019)
Blanchester High School – 953 Cherry St.

Blue Ash
Red, White and Blue Ash
July 4, 2019
Summit Park at 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash
Live music, food, activities and the largest area fireworks display

California
LaRosa’s Balloon Glow
July 3, 2019
Coney Island, Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati
Enjoy the day at Coney Island including live music and stay until evening when the hot air balloons will fill sky.

California
Red White and BOOM with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

July 4, 2019
Riverbend Music Center at 6295 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will play some patriotic tunes at 8pm and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will be displayed at dusk

Clifton
Americana Barbeque
July 6, 2019
Nippert Stadium at 2700 Bearcat Way: FC Cincinnati is hosting a BBQ, photo opportunities and fireworks after the match

Colerain Township
Fourth of July Spectacular
July 3, 2019
Drew Campbell Memorial Commons at 4160 Springdale Rd
Live music and free shuttles

College Corner
College Corner Old Fashion 4th of July Festival
July 4, 2019 (rain date: July 6, 2019)
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Parade and fireworks

Downtown Cincinnati
Cincinnati Reds Fireworks Show
July 3, 2019
Great American Ball Park: Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers with fireworks set to music

Downtown Cincinnati
Reds Rockin’ 150 Open House

July 5, 2019
Birthday bash at Great American Ball Park: Food, players and fireworks

Evendale
July 4, 2019 at 10pm
July 4th Festivities

Evendale Rec Center at 10500 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio
Festival starts at 6pm with food trucks, kids’ carnival, and more

Fairfield
Red White and KaBoom

July 3, 2019
William Harbin Park, Village Green Park, Fairfield Aquatic Center and Marsh Lake in Fairfield
Festivities all day at various locations ending with fireworks at Marsh Lake

Green Township
Green Township 4th of July Fireworks

July 3, 2019 at 10pm
6717 Bridgetown Road at Kuliga Park in Green Township
Concert starts at 7:30pm. Looks for Ron Oester (Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame) this year!

Hamilton
Hamilton July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2019 at dusk at Veterans Park
Downtown Hamilton near the courthouse (101 High St.) in Hamilton
Parade at 10am at the Butler Co Fairgrounds. Live music. Taste of Hamilton food trucks.

Harrison
Harrison 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2019 at dusk

300 George Street at Harrison Community Center in Harrison, Ohio.
Celebration starts at 4pm with a parade. Entertainment, food, drinks, activities for kids and live music by GenX at the community center.

Hyde Park
Ault Park Independence Day Fireworks

July 4, 2019 at 10pm
5090 Observatory Circle, Cincinnati
Children’s parade at 11am. Concessions from 6-10pm. Live music starts at 7:30pm.

Indian Hill
Indian Hill Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2019 –  Fireworks at 9:45pm at Stephan Field
Parade at 10am – Given Rd. to Shawnee Run Rd. followed by activities at Stephan Field (no mention of fireworks)

Lebanon
Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2019 at 1pm
Colonial Park West at 720 North Broadway, Lebanon
Celebration from 6pm–10pm at Colonial Park West.

Liberty Township
Liberty Township – Fourth of July
July 4, 2019
6840 Lakota Lane at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township
5K run/walk  for Liberty followed by a parade at 10am. (Did not see mention of fireworks.)

Liberty Township
Light Up Liberty 

July 7, 2019
6101 Princeton Glendale Road in Liberty Township (Princeton Pike Church of God)
Family run zone with rides and games. Live music. Food-truck fare. Fireworks at dusk.

Loveland/Symmes Township
Firecracker Festival
June 28–29, 2019
11660 Lebanon Road at Symmes Township Park
Games, food and fireworks!

Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 2019
Historic downtown Loveland, Ohio
Parade; Fireworks at 10pm.

Madeira
Madeira Independence Day

July 3, 2019 – Fireworks at 10:00pm
Sellman Park – 6700 Marvin Ave
The parade starts at 7pm along Miami Avenue. Enjoy food and music, too, at 8pm.

Mariemont
Mariemont Independence Celebration

July 4, 2019 at 9pm
Dogwood Park on Mariemont Avenue in Mariemont
Enjoy the fireworks along with patriotic music from the Carillon.

Mason
Red, Rhythm and Boom
July 3, 2019
Mason Municipal Campus in Mason
The Fray will be performing. Enjoy carnival rides and lots of food. The Skydiving exhibit starts at 5:30pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

Kings Island Fireworks
July 4, 2019
6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason,
Fee to enter park. The fireworks start at 10pm.

Middletown
July 3, 2019 at dusk
Smith Park at Tytus and Verity Parkway in Middletown
Fireworks

Mt. Healthy
Mt. Healthy Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3, 2019 – Fireworks at dusk
1541 Hill Avenue at Mt. Healthy City Park
Food, drinks and live music

Milford
Sparks in the Park
July 3, 2019 at dusk
Riverside Ball Field at 100 Race Street in Milford
Celebration from 6-10pm. Live music! Bring your lawn chair

Montgomery
Montgomery Independence Day

July 3, 2019 – 7:30 pm concert at Montgomery Park
July 4, 2019 – 10am parade at Cooper and Montgomery Roads; 11am–2pm Festival in Montgomery Park

Monroe
Light Up the Sky
July 4, 2019
Monroe Community Park at 55 South Main Street in Monroe
Fireworks at dusk
Parade at 12pm and ends at Monroe Community Park. Enjoy games and fun. Beer garden, too.

Moscow
July 3–4 ,2019
Firework (July 3) and parade (July 4)

New Richmond
New Richmond Freedom Fest

July 3–4, 2019
Front Street, New Richmond
Enjoy the festival and the Rozzi fireworks at 10pm on 7/4

Northside
Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival

July 3-4, 2019 
Jacob Hoffner Park at 1618 Blue Rock Street in Northside
Carnival, parade and fireworks on the 4th.

Norwood
Norwood Hometown Fireworks
July 4, 2019 at 10pm

Shea Stadium – 2603 Harris Avenue in Norwood
Bring your dancing shows and lawn chairs!

Oxford
Oxford Freedom Festival Parade

July 3, 2019 – Fireworks at 10:00pm
Oxford Community Park at 6801 Fairfield Road, Oxford
Festival starts at 6:00pm with climbing wall, pie-backing contest and music.

Reading
Reading American Legion Fourth of July

June 28, 2019 at dusk 
Koenig Park (Columbia Avenue) in Reading, Ohio
Annual festival – could not confirm

Roselawn
The Official Fireworks After Party (tickets needed)
July 4, 2019 at 10pm
Roselawn Live at 7617 Reading Road 

Ross
Stricker’s Grove 4th of July Fireworks

July 4, 2019
11490 Hamilton Cleves Road in Ross,
Fee to into park. Enjoy the rides and fireworks at 10pm.

South Lebanon
July 4th Fireworks Festival
July 4, 2019
Rogers Park at 60 S. High Street, South Lebanon, Ohio
Enjoy the festival and parade

Symmes Township
Firecracker Festival
June 28–29, 2019
Rides, food and fireworks

University Heights
Wednesday in the Woods Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2019 at dusk
Burnet Woods at 2151 Brookline Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio

Wyoming
Wyoming July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2019 at 9:45pm
Oak Park (Oak Avenue) in Wyoming, Ohio.
Music of America Theme: 10am Parade, games from 5:30pm-9:30pm at the park.

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DAYTON, OHIO REGION

Beavercreek
Red, White & Brew at Fairfield Commons
July 6, 2019 at 10pm
The Mall at Fairfield Commons at 2727 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek, Ohio
Food trucks, music, beer garden and fireworks!

Centerville
Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival Fireworks
July 3, 2019 at 10pm
Centerville High School Football Stadium – 500 East Franklin Street
July 4, 2019:  Americana Festival

Downtown Dayton
Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks
July 4, 2019 at 10pm
Riverscape MetroPark at 237 E. Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton
A multi-cultural festival with food and live music! Starts at 6pm and fireworks are at 10pm.

Red White and Boonshoft
July 4, 2019
2600 Deweese Parkway, Dayton
Food, fun and fireworks! Free

Eaton
July 7, 2019
Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration
Preble County Historical Society ay 7693 Swartsel Road, Eaton

Englewood
Englewood Fireworks Celebration

July 4, 2019 at 10pm
Centennial Park – 321 Union Boulevard in Englewood
Enjoy the Englewood Civic Band at 7pm.

Fairborn
Fairborn 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2018 at 10pm
Fairborn Community Park at 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd in Fairborn
Parade starts at 10am. Live entertainment and concessions starting at 5pm at the community park

Fairborn July 3rd Block Party and 4th of July Parade
July 3 and 4th, 2019
Fairborn
July 3: Block party on Main Street with food, crafts and games.
July 4: Parade in the morning; fireworks at dusk

Franklin
July 4, 2019 at dusk
Franklin Community Park at 304 East 6th Street, Franklin
Live music, kids play area, parade at 10am. Wettest Parade in Ohio at 10am!

Huber Heights
Star Spangled Huber Heights Fireworks
June 29, 2019 at 10pm

Thomas A. Cloud Park 4707 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights
Parade at 10 and festival with food trucks begins at 12pm.

Kettering
Go Fourth!
July 4, 2019 at dusk
Delco Park – 1700 Delco Park Drive in Kettering, Ohio
6-11pm – Live music, food, Play Zone and fun!

Lebanon
City of Lebanon Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2019
Live entertainment and fireworks at 10pm

Moraine
Star Spangled Boom in Moraine
July 4, 2019 at 10pm
Wax Park: 3800 Main St. in Moraine
Food, refreshments and amusement rides. Love entertainment starts at 7pm.

Piqua
City of Piqua 4th Fest
July 4, 2019
Downtown Piqua from 12 – 9:30pm. Fireworks at 10pm.
Pop-up splash pad, kids zones and more! Bike parade at 12pm.

Springboro
Springboro Red, White & Boro Fireworks
July 4, 2019 at 9:45pm
Springboro High School at 1675 S Main Street, Springboro, Ohio

Springfield
Clark County Old-Fashioned Fireworks
July 1, 2019
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 South Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Live music at 7pm and fireworks at 10pm

Tipp City
4th of July Fireworks in Tipp City
July 4, 2019
City Park at 35 Parkwood Drive, Tipp City, Ohio
Fireworks at 10pm

Troy
July 4, 2019 
1000 South Market St., Troy, Ohio
Fireworks along the Great Miami River

Vandalia
Vandalia Star Spangled Celebration

July 3, 2019 at 10pm
Vandalia Sports Complex – 1101 Stonequarry Road
Enjoy live music! 7-10 festival.

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY REGION

Augusta
Fireman’s Fourth of July
Augusta, Kentucky
July 5–6, 2019
Enjoy the fish fry and other foods as well as activities and games. And the grand finale are the fireworks over the Ohio River!

Carrollton, Kentucky
July 4, 2019
Point Point in historic downtown Carrollton, Kentucky
Live music and fireworks at dusk

Covington
July 4, 2019
Parade at 11am at 1839 Euclid Avenue at St. Augustine Church. No mention of fireworks.

Covington
Sisters of Notre Dame 4th of July Festival

July 4, 2019
1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, Kentucky
Since 1992 – a festival to enjoy; no mention of fireworks

Edgewood
Edgewood Fourth of July Extravaganza

500 Freedom Park Drive at Freedom Park in Edgewood, Kentucky
July 4, 2019 at 9:30pm
Fireworks at dusk at Freedom Park. 5k race (7:30am), parade (9:30am) and a free concert at 7pm.

Florence
Florence Independence Day Celebration

UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky
July 3, 2019  Fireworks at 10pm
4-11 with rides, food, music and fireworks!

Florence Freedom Fireworks
UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky
July 4, 2019  Fireworks after the game
Florence Freedom vs Southern Illinois Miners

Fort Mitchell
Independence Day Parade – no mention of fireworks
July 4, 2019
Starts at Orphanage Road at 12:30pm  in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas Independence Day

Tower Park in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
July 4, 2019 
Parade begins at 10:30am. Festivities begin at Tower Park following the parade.

Independence
4th of July Parade and Celebration
July 5–6, 2019 – Fireworks at 10pm on July 6th

Donna Yeager Amphitheater in Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway in Independence, Kentucky
Friday:  Live music concert
Saturday: Parade at 3pm. Concert at 7pm; fireworks at 10pm

Union
Union Celebrates America
June 28, 2019 
St. Timothy’s in Union, Kentucky
Parade at 7pm. Street dance with a live band, food and brew trucks. Fireworks at dark.

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA REGION

Aurora
Aurora Red, White and Boom
June 29, 2019
Lesko Park – Indiana 56, Aurora, Indiana
Military equipment display,  car show, beer/wine garden. Seaplane rides. Fireworks at 10pm

Brookville
Brookville Canoefest (Indiana)
June 29, 2019 – fireworks at 10:15pm
Franklin County Fairgrounds at 11225 County Park Road, Brookville, Indiana
Indiana’s largest canoe race.

College Corner
College Corner Old Fashion 4th of July Festival

July 4, 2019
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Parade and  fireworks (Rain date: July 6)

Greendale
Greendale Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 2019 at dusk (9:30pm)
827 Nowlin Avenue at Greendale Park in Greendale, Indiana
Fish derby, bike parade and fireworks

Greensburg
Lake Santee Fireworks
July 6, 2019 at dusk 

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

Liberty Indiana
Liberty 4th of July Festival

July 5–9 2019
Parade on July 6. Live music, beer garden, food and crafts – no mention of fireworks

Madison
Madison Regatta Fireworks and Parade
July 5, 2019 at 10pm
Riverfront in Madison, Indiana
Parade at 7pm, music festival at the Bicentennial Park and fireworks

Metamora
Fireman’s Festival and Fireworks
July 6, 2019 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.

Rising Sun
Rising Sun Fireworks on the River
July 3, 2019 at dusk
Riverfront Park at 200 S. Front Street, Rising Sun, Indiana

Local 2019 Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to make plans with friends and family. Be sure to honor those who have served and protected us by attending a local Memorial Day ceremony, parade or fireworks display.

Here is our list of local Memorial Day events for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:

Anderson Township
May 27, 2019
Anderson Center at 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
11:30am – Remembrance and bell-ringing ceremony

Beavercreek Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27, 2019
Veterans Memorial Park at 1911 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Memorial service

Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Concert
May 27, 2019
Downtown Blue Ash, Ohio
Enjoy the parade in the morning and the concert at 7pm at Blue Ash Towne Square

Centerville Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27, 2019
Veterans Memorial in Stubbs Park, 255 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville, Ohio
Color guard presentation and remarks from the mayor

Cheviot
May 27, 2019
Parade is 11am-12pm along Harrison Avenue

Colerain Township
May 27, 2019
The memorial ceremony will start at 10am at the Colerain Gateway Memorial at the corner of Colerain Avenue and Springdale Road, Colerain Township, (Cincinnati), Ohio

Covedale
76th Annual Judge Robert S. Kraft Memorial Service
May 26, 2019
War Memorial at Covedale Cemetery at 5375 Sidney Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Memorial service at 10:30am

Crescent Springs
May 26, 2019
Veteran’s Memorial Service at 2pm

Dayton, Kentucky Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Parade begins at 10:30am at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets in Dayton, Kentucky

Dayton, Ohio
May 25–26, 2019
Patriot Freedom Festival
Dayton VA Medical Center at 4100 W. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio
Live music, historical tours

Dayton, Ohio
May 26, 2019
Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park 
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
The Dayton Philharmonic will be playing! Enjoy historical demonstrations

Delhi Township
May 26, 2019
Memorial Day ceremony at 1pm at Veterans Memorial Park, 934 Neeb Road in Delhi Township (Cincinnati), Ohio
Patriotic songs, color guards, a bagpiper, grilled food and drinks

Edgewood
May 27, 2019
Ceremony at 10 at Freedom Park

Evanston Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Evanston Recreation Center at 3204 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio

Fairfield Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
May 27, 2019
Veterans Memorial Park, Fairfield, Ohio
Patriotic music at 10am at the Veterans Memorial Park. Parade, too!

Florence
May 27, 2019
Parade and program. Parade starts at Boone County High School and ends at the Boone County Veterans Memorial at the Florence Government Center.

Fort Wright 
May 27, 2019
10am-11am service held at the Fort Wright City Building at 409 Kyles Lanes, Fort Wright

Green Township
May 27, 2019
Memorial Day Missing Man ceremony at 2 pm at Green Township Veterans Park at 6303 Harrison Avenue in Green Township (Cincinnati), Ohio

Hamilton
May 27, 2019
Parade at 10am starting at Monument Avenue

Independence Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Parade starts at 10:30am and is from Memorial Park to the Kenton County Courthouse.

Lebanon Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
1pm in downtown Lebanon, Ohio from South Street to Broadway to the Lebanon Cemetery on Silver Street

Madeira Memorial Day March
May 27, 2019
McDonald Commons Veteran’s Memorial at 7451 Dawson Road

Mason
May 27, 2019
Parade at 10 starting at the American Legion Hall at 401 Reading Road. Ceremony at the Mason Veterans Memorial at 11am. Public luncheon following.

Miamisburg 
May 27, 2019
Parade at 11am at 10 North First Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, Miamisburg, Ohio

Monroe
May 27, 2019
Ceremony at 10am at the Veteran’s Memorial Park (SR 63 and North Main Street)

Newport
May 27, 2019 
York and Sixth Street, Newport, Kentucky
Memorial Day Parade

Newtown
May 27, 2019
Parade is from 10–11am starting at the Miami Valley Christian Academy at 6830 School Street, Newtown (Cincinnati), Ohio

North College Hill
May 25, 2019
Parade at 10am–12pm at 1500 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio

Park Hills Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Starts at Notre Dame Academy and concludes at Trolley Park, Park Hills, Kentucky
Show your patriotism!

Silverton
VFW Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Silverton Veteran’s Memorial Park, Silverton, Cincinnati, Ohio

Southgate
May 27, 2019
2pm–4pm, Electric Avenue, Southgate, Kentucky

Springboro
May 27, 2019
Parade at 2pm at S. Main Street and ends at Wade Field. Ceremony follows.

Spring Grove Village
Spring Grove Cemetery
May 24-27, 2019
Live music, tributes, memorial ceremony and Civil War performance.

Springfield
May 27, 2019
Parade at 9am and concert at the Veteran’s Park (Cliff Park) at 7pm., Springfield, Ohio

Springfield Township
May 26–29, 2019
Arlington Memorial Gardens and Cemetery
Field of Memories

Tipp City Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
10am – Downtown Tipp City, Ohio

West Chester
May 27, 2019
Parade begins at 10am at the intersection of Aviation Way and Dimmick Road and ends at Brookside Cemetery, 6425 West Chester Road. Ceremony following at the cemetery.

 

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!