Bill and Morgan Witlow are two of my favorite people in the Service Industry. I met Bill years ago when I was opening “Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar” and Bill was helping to open Wiseguy’s on Mainstrasse. Since then Bill has gone on to build some of my favorite establishments in Covington.
Henry Wenzel was a prominent and well-respected business man in Covington, Ky during the mid 1800’s. He manufactured and bottled mineral water. His Business was called “The Covington Bottling Works” and was located in his building called “Wenzel Hall” located down Tobacco Alley right off Madison Ave. Besides his mineral water, he also contracted bottled soft drinks, lager beer, and wine. Henry was German born. He was married to Bertha (Wagner) Wenzel. Together they had five children, Wilhelmina (Minnie) Hugo, Bertha, Julia and Carl. Wilhelmina was a music teacher and Bertha was a sales girl at Coppins (now Hotel Covington) They lived on 4th Street between Russel and Washington.
Henry Wenzel died on April 10,1876. He was standing on the corner of 4th and Scott streets in front of Hermance’s Drug store at about 8pm when he suffered a stroke and collapsed. Bystanders carried him in to the drug store and summoned the doctor. However, he died before the Doctor arrived.
After Henry Wenzel died, the building was sold and used as a pickle factory. On the 3rd floor of Wenzel Hall were the meeting rooms for “the Colored international order and Odd Fellows”. In the early 1900’s, the first floor of the building was a steam dye company.
Today, Wenzel Hall has been transformed in to a hotel called “The Pickle Factory” and also to “Wenzel Whiskey”. Wenzel Whiskey is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. It is a Whisky Blending experience and a must if you love whiskey. Bill and Griffin are the masterminds in guiding you through the process of blending your own personal bottle of whiskey. We visit another of Bill and Morgan Witlow’s restaurants and their newest one called “Opal” that opened the beginning of October. Opal is on the rooftop of the six story Republic Bank Building at Sixth and Madison . There is an indoor dinning room with windows all around and an outdoor lounge with panoramic views. It is so beautiful and the food and cocktails are spectacular! The Republic Bank Building that Opal tops was built in 1904. It was designed by Henry Hake. It was one of Covington’s tallest buildings at the time. The building was built for the Farmers and Traders Bank, and then was the First National Bank once they merged with Farmers and Traders Bank.
After Opal we make our way down Madison to 7th street to visit Rich’s Proper Food and Drink, another amazing establishment of Bill and Morgan Witlow. Rich’s has one of the best whiskey and bourbon selections in the area- and the food is a fusion of American pub meets Southern Cajun, it’s so good! You can’t miss Rich’s because of the huge neon sign that can be seen blocks away, Rich’s was once a jewelry store owned by master jeweler H. Rich Shullman. He opened his store on November 17, 1944. Rich’s was one of our 100 jewelry stores in the metro area that carried Cincinnati-based Gruen Watches. Greun sponsored the making of Rich’s Ionic Neon Sign. Rich’s slogan Was “Honest dealing with keeping the faith of the public.”
Make a point to visit all of these exciting places that makes Covington so vibrant !
– In addition to the free general admission to the museum you can always enjoy, the Terrace Cafe is offering a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required and cost $43.95 per person or $19.95 for children 12 and under. Children under 4 are free.
Adults are $30, and children under 12 are $12. Coffee, soda, iced tea and lemonade are included in the menu price. LouVino will have a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day, and its regular brunch menu will not be available.
Treat your mom to a lovely brunch at Hofbrauhaus Newport Brewery & Restaurant this Mother’s Day! Gather the whole family as Hofbrauhaus serves delicious brunch favorites plus yummy cocktails! Need to find the perfect last-minute gift for mom? Don’t worry; Hofbrauhaus has you covered with 20% off everything in its gift shop, just for mom.
Enjoy Mother’s Day weekend with brunch from Moerlein Lager House on May 13th-14th from 10am to 3pm! We’ll have our full brunch menu plus specialty menu items like our quiche with roasted red pepper, sausage, and fontina cheese. As well as mimosa flights and a special dessert trio of assorted Servatii pastries.
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mothers Day? Join us for a special Mother’s Day brunch from 11am – 3pm. Shiners is please to bring to the table and delicious Brunch menu featuring our signature dishes like our all new Angeled Eggs, Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, Brioche Stuffed French Toast, Big Ol’ Biscuit & Gravy, and more! In addition, our patio is open and we are offering a full Mimosa Bar with fresh fruits and purées to dress up your drinks and enjoy in the sunshine! Make your reservation today by visiting our website
Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 14. The standard brunch menu will be offered until 3 p.m., with dinner from 3:30-9 p.m. Outdoor reservations are not permitted due to weather unpredictability.
Hi I’m Tiff of Tiff in the Morning on Kiss 1071 (heard weekdays 6-10a on iHeartRadio)
I do a lot of things alone…As someone who lived solo in city of Cincy for 4 years I’ve got this down to a science. Join me for tips on how to enjoy experiences alone during various activities…
Tonight I went to a comedy show/dinner at OTR eatery at the DT Kroger. Its centrally located in the city and the atmosphere lends itself to causal conversation, good food, and… grocery shopping if needed.
*Bonus Tiff tip: grocery shopping is a great conversation starter.
For this type of setting my number one recommendation is to sit and chat with the bartender, it’s not groundbreaking, but it’s a great start. Bartender who are not busy are often open to chatting, sharing recommendations, and will often bridge the gap to other people solo in the bar.
Easy questions to start:
“What do you recommend on tap?”
“What’s a typical night here look like?”
“ What else happens at this place, that I might like?”
My second recommendation is; If you find common ground with someone, exchange Instagram handles. This eliminated having to exchanges numbers with someone who don’t really care about (yet.)
*Bonus Tiff tip: FOLLOW UP! That’s my secret sauce, if I meet you and we hit it off, I will reach out and DM within a day or two. I never wait for someone to come to me, its nothing personal, but people get caught in their busy schedules.
My final recommendation is… just do it. You usually wont regret the experience, but it’s natural for your mind to talk you out of it… hell! Our body literally protects us from things that are uncomfortable.
*bonus Tiff tip: I usually tell myself “Stay for 30 mins Tiff, then you can decide.”
Everything Cincy has loads of things to get you started … she does all the research, so you don’t have too, then stop by Tiff in the Morning Tuesday 9:20 for tips of the week.
Cincinnati has many wonderful artisan shops and boutiques throughout the area that feature unique handcrafted pieces that are decorative and functional. Support local artists and small businesses by shopping at thoughtfully crafted stores that highlight creativity in the community.
This impressive store is the perfect place to take a step into nostalgia with its wide variety of items that make you feel like you’re on an adventure discovering rare and beautiful pieces that are from the past.
“Whether you are looking for retro clothing, repurposed furniture, antique decor, vintage memorabilia… Peddlers Mall has it all, y’all.”
Explore everything that magic and mystery have to offer with this metaphysical gift shop that offers educational workshops located in downtown Milford!
“We are more than just a brick-and-mortar gift shop. We are a community of like-minded individuals sharing our collective gifts and experiences with our growing family. We have a shared belief centered around the natural world and the Divine Feminine. We know that everyone has their own path to enlightenment, and we welcome and encourage individuals from all paths of lives.”
This creative gem is an amazing nonprofit that sells artwork and secondhand art supplies that is affordable. You can find all the materials you need for your next project at this influential store in the art district of OTR on Main St.
“We aim to make creativity accessible to everyone by offering creative materials to the community with pay-what-you-can pricing.”
“The Little Great One” is a mesmerizing international that sells one-of-a-kind pieces and artifacts from all around the world. Each item tells a story and gives insight to different places and customs. Located near Washington Park, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and tons of restaurants and shops to enjoy.
This funky furniture store is a fabulous spot to check out vintage and local inspired pieces that have a modern flair. They are partnered with Urban Timber Cincinnati and even offer design consulting for the space you’d like to style. Located right down the street from the famous Arnold’s Bar and Grill, which is known for showcasing creatives of all kinds.
This special gallery makes an incredible effort to support and uplift the creative community. They are collaborating with local artists to sell and showcase their work in a welcoming environment. The owners are a friendly and enthusiastic family that is embracing and sharing their love for art and people.
“Let us connect you to local artists to bring the magic of the arts to you.”
If you’re looking for something quirky and a little out of this world you should go to this fascinating oddities and record store located in the historical Mainstrasse Village in Covington, Ky. The shop is humorous and educational, you’ll be sure to laugh and discover something new each and every time.
“You just gotta hop over the river and you’ll be right here! Don’t worry. We heard you’re big jumper.”
In the center of Cincinnati is a creative hotel that redefines the meaning of hospitality and elevates the way you experience art and travel in the city. 21c Museum Hotel is a historic landmark that has been revitalized with delicate care and detail that translates an appreciation for the past. While contributing to contemporary perceptions and influencing more engagement with aesthetics. Along with showcasing and supporting art that inspires and enriches the future of creativity in the community. Whether you are visiting from somewhere or wanting to book yourself a stay-cay in the downtown area this hotel has everything you need to make your experience unique and memorable.
Photos by: Christen Collins
21c often partners with neighboring establishments like the Contemporary Art Center, which is located right next door and the Aronoff Theater from across the street. Making it the perfect destination to see a variety of shows, steps away from your room. They also host a vast variation of public and private events in multiple sections of the building, including on the roof that has one of the most spectacular views of the city. A short walk from the hotel is Fountain Square, The Banks, the Stadiums and the beautiful Riverfront, which offer endless places to explore during your stay. However, you don’t even need to leave the hotel to have an authentic experience of Cincinnati. The building itself has enough to discover with fascinating features from the outside, in.
As you approach the entrance take a moment to admire the architecture and the added elements that make the building one of a kind. The giant brace chandelier that hangs in front is not only breathtaking to see but it also becomes animated with audio from the front desk inside. Guests and staff ring the bell at the check in counter as people are passing the windows and under the piece, creating a fun aspect of interaction with the artwork and the people sharing the environment. While you’re welcomed at the front desk by the friendly and knowledgeable staff, take a closer look at what’s holding up the glass countertop. A sense of wonderment and amazement will instantly spark your imagination with what you’ll see!
Photos by: Christen Collins
The lobby leads you into the first level of the galleries and has a comfortable lounge area that you can relax into the design of the space with captivating art all around you. On this level you will find original mosaic tile floors that are impressive and gorgeous that go into their restaurant and bar, Metropole. The restaurant and bar have delicious food and craft cocktails served by the most delightful staff that take pride in working there. Make sure you stop in for a meal or drink, you might even get to sit at a table with the iconic penguins that parade around the property.
Photos by: Christen Collins
On the way to the restrooms is a digital floor that moves with you and adds a futuristic element that is neat to interact with. Walk up the spiral staircase to be enchanted by the other gallery spaces that are curated perfectly to highlight each piece of artwork. Their current exhibition is a must-see series of artwork in a range of mediums titled, Refuge: Needing, Seeking, Creating Shelter. There are diverse displays of photographs, drawings, prints, installations, sculptures, and ceramics with many types of techniques that really showcases a broad spectrum of what artists dedicate themselves to. The show features incredible artists from all over the world, including local artists sharing their personal experiences with immigration. Paired well with this show is the coming event Art and Social Justice: An Interactive Experience, presented by Black Art Speaks, happening on February 23rd from 5:30 – 8pm. The museum is open to the public all the way until 11pm and guests staying at the hotel have 24 access to enjoy at their leisure and anytime they’re feeling inspired. Another amazing aspect of this hotel is that they have an outdoor gallery space in their alley that has an incredible mural installation by Michael Coppage titled, BLACK BOX that promotes understanding, empathy, and acceptance in the community. One of the core values is uplifting the community with collaboration that supports artists of all backgrounds. Social practice is a big component of what they do when promoting positive messages. They really raise awareness with the chosen artwork that highlights the importance of an artist and the work they make.
Photos by: Christen Collins
The accommodations and amenities of the hotel are absolutely fantastic. The quality experience that is offered is one that will make you want to come back over and over again. Each room is designed with modern functionality that is sleek and comfortable. In the bathroom there is a surprisingly amusing characteristic that you’ll have to look closely to find and once you find it you’ll be happy you did! There are body part tiles that blend in seamlessly and have been made locally by Rookwood Pottery. During your stay take advantage of the many tremendous services they offer like their relaxing spa.
Visiting the 21c Hotel Museum is refreshing on so many levels and you’re guaranteed to have a special time no matter what the reason is for being there. They are actively bringing more art to the people with an immersive experience that you won’t get at any other hotel. Providing a new approach of appreciation for the arts with exceptional hospitality for all guests.
Christmas creativity comes to life at Findlay Market each year with endless festive possibilities to add to your holiday traditions! The Market is a wonderful place to discover delicacies that are sure to delight all the senses and this is the best time to check out what they have to offer for the season! The aromas of the sweet and savory treats that you’ll find are made extra special to fit with the holiday theme and bring you joy with each delicious bite!
And that’s not all! This incredible place has the best artisan made gifts from local artists and craft makers! You’ll come across the most beautiful decorative and functional pieces from a variety of unique vendors. Most of them will even gift wrap your items right there for you, which is an artform in its own! If you need some inspiration on what to gift your loved ones look no further! Findlay Market is the right place for you with their convenient Holiday Gift Guide that walks you through subscriptions, gift cards, and many more items that could be awesome stocking stuffers!
Activities and More
They also have a “Merry Market Tour & Treat” where you can learn about the fascinating history of Findlay Market while tasting holiday treats from Market Merchants. Get your tickets for the “Merry Market Tour & Treat”, happening on Saturdays, until December 17 at 2pm. Along with their stunning Christmas Tree Sale that’s going on until December 18! In addition they will have wreaths and garland at the Elm Street Esplanade. When you purchase a tree you get a free commemorative 2022 Findlay Market ornament! Throughout the Market you’ll hear happy sounds from Christmas Carolers singing all your favorite holiday songs that you can join in on. Have the kids enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as they play games and get artsy at their winter wonderland coloring booth. Grab yourself a hot toddy from the bar to treat yourself while you’re doing your entertaining and shopping.
The food and gift selections are so nice that you’ll want to buy something for everyone there, including yourself! It’s really a spectacular sight to see! All around you is sparkling glitter, bountiful bows, colors of red and green with hints of shimmering silvers and golds that are cheerful and uplifting! Plus there’s tons of fun things for the entire family to get involved in! You’ll be amazed by how much there is to offer along with their outstanding food and beverages!
Hours and Information
Tuesday – Saturday : 9am-6pm
Special Hours: Saturday, December 24: 9am-3pm Sunday, December 25: Closed
For all of your holiday 2022 needs—markets, wondrous local fun, performances, magic, twinkling lights, gift-buying, and more—check out the list below of the many fun goings on over the next several weeks, as well as a comprehensive list for where you can host a holiday party. All events are linked to a site with more information regarding admission costs, dates and times, and location.
No matter your preference for the holiday season, whether it be celebrating with light displays, a large corporate gathering, or by supporting the arts, we have you covered.
Categories included below are:
Lights and Displays
Black Violin: Give Thanks Holiday Tour November 15, 7:30p Aronoff Center Hip-hop meets classical with the acclaimed band Black Violin, led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), who are joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. cincinnatiarts.org
North Pole Express by LM&M Railroad November 18–20, 23, 26–27, December 1–4, 7–11, 14–23 Experience the wonder of the holiday season by journeying down the train tracks of Warren County, Ohio. Passengers spend time with Santa and his elves on the one hour and 15 minute festive train ride. lebanonrr.com Tickets start at $22
Metamora Old Fashioned Christmas Walk Opening Day November 25–December 18 Festive decorations, live music, shopping, and more. facebook.com
UDF’s Downtown Dazzle on Fountain Square November 26 and December 3, 10, 17 See Santa rappel from a Cincinnati skyrise and watch a fireworks display. Music and festivities start at 6:30p and the Downtown Dazzle show begins at 7. Enjoy a drink or hot cocoa at Fountain Square’s Bar or have fun at the ice rink. myfountainsquare.com
UDF’s Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park November 26 and December 3, 10, 17 Bring your family, your dog, your friends to meet Santa, but most all—be sure to bring your cameras. washingtonpark.org
BB Riverboats Holiday Lunch Cruise November 30, 12–2p (boarding at 11a) Two-hour cruise featuring games, entertainment, and a buffet. bbriverboats.com
Krampus! West Side Brewing, 5p An evening of hellish delights with the demons of Krampuslauf Zinzinnati, including Krampus Coal (Vanilla Baltic Porter) release and Craft Burger Bros serving up burgers. A portion of proceeds will be donated to charity. facebook.com
BB Riverboats Holiday Dinner Cruise December 2, 7:30–9:30p (boarding at 6:30p) Take in the skyline, watch the river go by, and enjoy a fantastic holiday meal. All seating is reserved. bbriverboats.com
BB Riverboats Holiday Brunch Cruise December 4, 12–2p (boarding at 11a) Dine on a hearty seasonal spread, then sit back and enjoy a perfectly relaxing afternoon while taking in the sights and listening to Dixieland Jazz Band. All seating is reserved. bbriverboats.com
Mt. Adams Reindog Parade at The Monastery December 10, 2–3p A Mt. Adams tradition for over 20 years. Dogs (and owners) dress in their Holiday Best, and prizes are awarded in a variety of categories. Food and vendors will be available before the parade. Registration is from 12:30–1:45p. mtadamscincy.org
LatkaPalooza December 24 Cincinnati’s annual Hanukkah bash at a local bar [TBD] for drinks, a DJ, and dreidel with friends—old and new. No cover. Cash bar. Kosher food. Open to ages 21-39. jewishcincinnati.org
Germania Society Christkindlmarkt November 4–6 The region’s oldest German Christmas market, based on traditional Christmas markets popular throughout Germany. German beer, mulled wine, and shopping unique gifts from local crafters under a covered pavilion and heated tents. germaniasociety.com $5 per person (credit/debit only), free admission for ages 12 and under and active/retired military with current ID
Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at the Duke Energy Convention Center November 11–13 300 vendors selling decor, gifts, apparel, toys, treats, and more. cincinnatiholidaymarket.com Save $2 by buying tickets online
Lakota East Holiday Arts & Crafts Show November 12–13 Unique gifts for everyone on your list. lakotaeastcraftshow.com $2 admission ($5 early bird on Saturday), under 18 free
Holiday Market November 13, 11a–4p Third Eye Brewing Sip on holiday cocktails, mimosas, and award-winning beer while knocking off items from your shopping list. facebook.com
Art on Vine November 13, 12–7p Rhinegeist Local artists and makers showcasing and selling fine arts and handmade goods every first Sunday of the month. artonvinecincy.com
Holiday Shopping Expo at the Lawrenceburg Event Center November 18–20 Weekend of shopping from a selection of boutiques, crafters, upcycled and repurposed goods, specialty stores, local business, and more. Local group performances, wine tasting, and door prizes. facebook.com
Oak Hills Band Association Fall Craft Fair November 19, 9a–3p Oak Hills High School Get a start on your holiday shopping featuring more than 250 crafters and artisans. facebook.com $5 per person (ages 10 and under free)
Fall Sycamore Arts & Crafts Show November 19, 9a–4p Sycamore High School Arts and crafts, live student musical performances, and food offerings. sbob.org
The OFF Market Holiday Market November 19, 10a–4p Summit Park Monthly marketplace bringing together small businesses, artisans, brewers, bakers, farmers, and more—held in the same footprint as the summer market with the addition of an ice skating rink and other holiday festivities. theoffmarket.org
Holiday Bazaar at Queen City Clay November 19–20 Handmade ceramics and gifts. queencityclay.com
Greater Cincinnati Winterfair November 25–27 Northern Kentucky Convention Center Experience artful shopping organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, a nonprofit organization that supports artists and the community through year-round programming. winterfair.org $7 (children 12 and under free), available online or at the door. Ticket is valid for all three days.
Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt November 25–December 31, Thursday–Sunday Moerlein Lager House Schmidlapp Event Lawn Holiday themed Christmas festival featuring food, beverages, merchandise, holiday lights, and choral and musical entertainment. cincinnatichristkindlmarkt.com
Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show November 26 Music Hall Ballroom, 11a–5p This event marks 13 years of bringing you the best handmade goods around from over 100 makers from all over Ohio, the midwest, and beyond—just in time for holiday shopping or simply treating yourself. craftysupermarket.com
WestSide Holiday Market November 26 Westwood Town Hall, 12–5p 100+ local vendors, food trucks, photos with Santa, holiday music, free swag bags for the first 200 people, and a free fitness class. facebook.com
Shop Local on the Levee November 26–27 Newport on the Levee Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Shop Local on the Levee as local artisans and makers offer holiday hand-crafted goods. newportonthelevee.com
Winter Market at Washington Park November 26–27, December 3–4, 10–11, 17–18 The Winter Market will feature regional artisans and crafters in cozily designed huts, with local organizations to curate each weekend. Vendors will vary from weekend to weekend—lineup TBA. washingtonpark.org
Holiday Market at Findlay Market December 3–4 Dozens of farmers and outdoor vendors plus over 50 full-time merchants selling holiday gifts, food and decor. The Market will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland at Jane’s. Get a FREE commemorative ornament locally made by Lucca with every tree purchase. findlaymarket.org
Art on Vine December 11 Rhinegeist, 12–7p Local artists and makers showcasing and selling fine arts and handmade goods every first Sunday of the month. artonvinecincy.com
The City Flea December 17–18 Washington Park December 17: Evening Holiday Market, 4–9p (11a early bird mini market) December 18: Daylight Holiday Market, 11a–5p Cincinnati’s original curated urban flea market, small business incubator, community organization, and city advocate. thecityflea.com
Lights and Displays
The Christmas Casino November 2–January 2 Every year the casino resort is transformed into a whimsical and enchanting winter wonderland certain to dazzle and delight with added NEW holiday attractions every year. thechristmascasino.com
Celestial Holiday at Krohn Conservatory November 5–January 8, 2023 Krohn will be transformed into a glowing winter wonderland surrounded by shimmering lights and twinkling stars. $10 for adults, $7 for youths (5–17), and children (4 and under) free cincinnatiparks.com
Light Up the Fair November 11–December 31 Lighting up the Boone County skies with over one million lights from the comfort of your vehicle along a two-mile path. lightupthefair.com $15 per couple, $25 per carload (3–7 occupants), military and first responders free
Coney Island’s Nights of Lights November 11–January 2 2.5-mile drive through light show synchronized to both traditional and rocking holiday music through your car radio. coneyislandpark.com
Holiday Junction November 11–January 2 Cincinnati Museum Center Celebrate 76 years of winterland whimsy, featuring track-level views of over 300 rail cars and 60 locomotives, the Northern Lights display, Holiday Scavenger Hunt, Brickopolis LEGO scenes. cincymuseum.org Free for members, $10 for non-members, or $5 with any other museum admission
Christmas at the Junction November 12–January 1, 2023 EnterTRAINment Junction Take a magical journey through a Winter Wonderland to the North Pole where you can see the Reindeer & Elf Workshop. Then, visit Mrs. Claus in her kitchen and, of course, visit Santa in his study. entertrainmentjunction.com
Holly Jolly Days at Behringer-Crawford Museum November 12–January 8, 2023 White Christmas exhibit from the Rosemary Clooney house, holiday toy trains, and Winter Wonderland in NaturePlay. bcmuseum.org Admission included with museum admission (free for members, $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 60+ and $5 for children ages 3–17). Face masks recommended.
The Christmas Ranch November 18–December 23 (closed Thanksgiving) Lights, shops, bonfires, and train and wagon rides. $22 per car load, $33 per oversized van (10+ visitors), no buses or RVs, free parking thechristmasranch.com Reservations required for admission
Holidays at the Farm November 18–December 23 Caroling, classic movies, pony rides, train display, reindeer scavenger hunt, live entertainment, trails, hay wagon ride, marshmallows toasting, and more. greatparks.org
Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park November 18–January 1, 2023 (Tuesday–Thursday, 6–9p and Friday–Sunday, 6–10p, closed Mondays) Driving display featuring an artful adventure through the holiday lights. To enjoy the new, festive soundtrack by Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and vocals by Cincinnati Boychoir, please download the OTOCAST APP before arriving to the show. journeyborealis.com Admission is $25 per carload for non-members and $15 per carload for members City of Hamilton residents get in FREE on Tuesdays (please bring your ID or a current utility bill)
Holiday in Lights at Armco Park in Warren County (formerly Sharon Woods) November 18–December 30 Outdoor light display viewed from your vehicle, built with over 1 million lights and over 250 light displays, and has been an established holiday family tradition in Cincinnati for over 32 years. Purchase special effects glasses at the gate to enhance your experience—$2 for one or 3 for $5 holidayinlights.com Admission is $20 per vehicle; $60 for buses and 15-passenger vans No cash is accepted $1 off coupon here
PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo November 18–January 8, 2023 Open Sunday–Thursday until 9p; Friday and Saturday until 10p (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas) The 40th annual Festival of Lights, featuring 4 million LED lights, the North Polar Express train ride (starting at 4p), the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, and snacks at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. cincinnatizoo.org Included with zoo admission
Light Up Middletown November 24–December 31 Drive through fantasy light display celebrating 23 years. Open in all weather and holidays. lightupmiddletown.org Admission by cash donation–you set the price
ProLink Staffing’s Light Up the Square presented by Macy’s November 25, 6–11p Kick off the holiday season with Fountain Square’s annual tree lighting celebration. Festivities begin at 6p with live music, followed by a special appearance by Santa Claus, then a dazzling fireworks display. myfountainsquare.com
Yuletide Village November 25–December 17 Fridays (5–9p) and Saturdays (3–9p) Renaissance Park A glowing 16th century Yuletide Village awaits. Food services begins at 5. yuletidevillage.com
Deck the Y’alls Lightfest November 25–January 1, 2023 Experience more than 2 million lights, themed areas, holiday shopping, great food, Santa Claus, ice skating, carnival, and more decktheyalls.com
Light Up the Levee at Newport on the Levee November 26, 4–7p (click here for the schedule of events) An evening of festive fun including a holiday market, live music, fireworks, and a visit from Santa Claus as they light their 50-foot tree. newportonthelevee.com
Light in the Forest December 1–January 1 (select dates) Enjoy a peaceful walk in the winter woods with an expanded trail featuring a lit forest, new installations by five regional artists, children’s activities, live music, bonfire, holiday shopping, and more. cincynature.org Click here for admission prices
Hanukkah at Fountain Square December 18, 6–7:30p Celebrate Hanukkah with the Cincinnati Jewish Community, featuring an outdoor menorah lighting, ice skating, bumper cars, and so much more. jewishcincinnati.org
Menorah Lights on the Levee December 18 Newport on the Levee Join in the Festival of Lights as we light the menorah and celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. newportonthelevee.com
Ice Skating at Fifty West November 1–February 23, 2023 Ice skate before grabbing a bite to eat from the 50W Burger Bar while enjoying the heated tent and great craft beer. fiftywestbrew.com $10 per person for one hour of ice time and skate rental (free for children under 4)
Skating + Bumper Cars at the UC Health Ice Rink presented by 5/3 on Fountain Square November 5–February 20, 2023 Figure and hockey rental skates are available, plus the concession tent will serve snacks and beverages. The ice rink will feature two different kinds of sessions: bumpers and skating ($15) and skating only ($10). myfountainsquare.com
Warm 98.5 Ice Rink at Summit Park November 12–January 8 After a spin on the ice, grab a hot chocolate, a DORA beverage, or a meal from one of the four on-site restaurants or the nearby Neighborhoods at Summit Park. summitparkblueash.com $7 per person (skate rental included), children under 3 free
The Station on the Levee November and December (multiple dates) Newport on the Levee All aboard The Station on the Levee! Families are invited to take a ride on the holiday train inside The Gallery. newportonthelevee.com $5
Kings Island WinterFest November 25–December 31 (select nights) Step into a world of holiday magic featuring experiences and activities and festive food. Voted in 2021 as one of the top Theme Park Holiday Events in the country by USA TODAY readers. visitkingsisland.com Admission starting at $29.99
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents the Ghosts of Christmas Eve November 19, 3p Heritage Bank Center Multi-platinum, progressive rock group playing its “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour. heritagebankcenter.com
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company December 8–31 Fresh and fun annual tradition that sends up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss for 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity. cincyshakes.com
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. December 10–19 The Children’s Theatre (Taft Theater) 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved classic television special. thechildrenstheatre.com
Holiday Pops at Music Hall December 9–11 Cincinnati’s beloved holiday tradition returns with music, warmth, laughter, and seasonal inspiration for the entire family. Share unforgettable memories in the grandeur of a Music Hall. cincinnatisymphony.org $25–115 This concert is eligible for Pay What You Wish Pricing. To learn more, visit Music for All.
The Nutcracker at Music Hall December 15–24 Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition. cballet.org
An Acoustic Christmas with Over the Rhine December 16–18 Presented by Nederlander Entertainment and Memorial Hall. memorialhallotr.com $44–74
Whether for a company holiday function or a fun way to get out with a group of friends, there are several options around the city to host your next party—from small to large gatherings. Here is a list of just some of the many ideas.
There are many restaurants in Cincinnati that offer private room rentals. Here are several options for where to book yours.
Butcher and Barrel Central Business District A variety of seating options for corporate events, birthday celebrations, or rehearsal diners. thebutcherbarrel.com
Galla Park Gastro The Banks Booking options include private room (30 seated, 60 social), half venue (200 guests), and full venue (500 guests). gallapark.com
Khora at Kinley Hotel Central Business District Perfectly sized for large gatherings with delicious heart-felt dishes. khorarestaurant.com
Metropole at 21c Central Business District Nine unique event spaces, including a private dining room, and spaces that double as 21c Museum galleries. Space is available for private parties of 10 to 350. metropoleonwalnut.com
Moerlein Lager House The Banks Several private dining options to accommodate groups from 20 guests to 150 to 300 and even 1500 on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn. moerleinlagerhouse.com
On the Rhine Eatery Central Business District Set up shop at the OTR Eatery food hall. ontherhineeatery.com
Pampas O’Bryonville From small and intimate gatherings to larger-scale private events and rentals. pampascincinnati.com
Prime Cincinnati Central Business District Several private dining options available for party sizes 8 to 80. primecincinnati.com
These aren’t your ordinary event spaces. These venues have built in entertainment as well, from bowling, rage rooms, and arcades, to sightseeing and go-karting.
BB Riverboats Newport Group events and dining, sightseeing, kids, holiday, and specialty cruises. bbriverboats.com
These local venues can accommodate smaller gatherings for 50 people or less.
Gather Cincy East Walnut Hills Party space can accommodate up to 30. gathercincy.com
The Growler House East Walnut Hills Parties from 1 to 50; private tastings or “Beer 101” classes available. thegrowlerhouse.com
Mom ’n ‘Em Camp Washington, Madisonville Baby showers, birthdays, corporate meetings, pop-ups, and small weddings. A mobile coffee cart is also available. momnemcoffee.com
It is also helpful to consider breweries with event spaces, such as Big Ash, Braxton, Esoteric, Little Miami, Listermann, MadTree, Rhinegeist, West Side, and more. If you are unsure about whether or not a restaurant, brewery, or other business may have a space that is available to rent for a private party, just ask!
Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.
If you’ve ever considered living downtown, Cincinnati Magazine’s Downtown Living Tour 2022 is for you!
This exclusive, self-guided tour is designed to showcase the perks and sights of living downtown including modern conveniences, luxurious living spaces, historic sites, whimsical hidden gems, and more. The tour is set for Saturday, October 8 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Whether you want to learn more about downtown neighborhoods or fall in love with your new downtown home, the 2022 Downtown Living Tour is an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Tickets are just $20 and include a swag bag of goodies, tour map, program, snacks and drinks. You will also receive exclusive access to the common spaces, amenities, and living spaces of luxury properties including Shillito Lofts, Avril Lofts, The Renaissance and more.
Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at some of downtown’s most popular spots and businesses. These include places such as: 21C, Maverick Chocolate, Revel Urban Winery, Northside Distillery, Shires’ Cafe, Churchill’s Fine Teas, and More!
“Downtown Cincinnati has so much to offer. From quaint cafés, to stylish bars, and gorgeous murals, to artsy meet up spots, this year’s tour was designed to highlight some of the Queen City’s best things to eat, see and do,” said Ivy Bayer, Publisher of Cincinnati Magazine. “The best part of living downtown is everything is just outside your front door. As the city’s magazine, we are proud to partner with so many stunning downtown properties and businesses to showcase the luxury of living downtown.”
Registration and the easy self-guided tour starts at On The Rhine Eatery located at 100 E. Court St. above the Kroger store. Easy access parking is located in 3CDC garage at the Kroger store.
The 2022 Downtown Living Tour is sponsored by 21c Museum Hotel, Kroger, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., F. Gavina & Sons, Santa Margherita, and Don Francisco’s Coffee.
Early Bird Tickets Now Available for Inaugural Luxe Spirits and Cocktail Event!
CINCINNATI – August 15, 2022 – Cincinnati Magazine’s swanky new spirits and cocktail event, On the Rocks, will be a sumptuous celebration of Cincinnati’s vast adult beverage scene. This event is sure to attract and inspire liquor and cocktail enthusiasts near and far.
The event debuts on Friday, September 16 at PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation from 6-9:00 p.m. Tickets are now available with early birds scoring $15 off all ticket types until August 27.
On The Rocks
On the Rocks is a stylish mashup and celebration of Cincinnati’s impressive hospitality and bartending scene. The luxe, indoor/outdoor evening experience is comprised of elaborate liquor and cocktail mixology, tasting stations, small bites from local restaurants, music, entertainment, dancing, and amazing cocktail demonstrations on the main stage.
This massive event features a plethora of liquor varieties transformed into a wide variety of creative cocktails and sips. In addition to bartending competitions, entertainment also includes posh lounge spaces, oversized outdoor games, a fancy photo booth and more.
“Our team at Cincinnati Magazine is thrilled to be bringing this stylish and entertaining event to the Queen City, and in support of such a great cause,” said Ivy Bayer, Publisher of Cincinnati Magazine. “Whether you enjoy a smooth bourbon, vodka or gin, you will be delighted by our wide variety of tasting samples and cocktails. You can enjoy the experience solo, as a couple, or buy a discount bundle with friends to make it an evening you won’t soon forget.”
A portion of each ticket supports Grant Us Hope, a Cincinnati-based non-profit focused on youth mental wellness and suicide prevention. Raffle tickets, with 100% of raffle proceeds benefiting Grant Us Hope, will also be available for purchase at the event. Prizes include a 2-night getaway to The Opryland Hotel in Tennessee, a deluxe gift basket and more.
Guests may opt to enjoy the full On the Rocks experience complete with spirits and cocktail tastings, food and entertainment. Or, guests can choose the designated driver ticket option, which is an alcohol-free ticket that includes mocktails and food only. If your entire party is ready to join in on the fun, The BMW Store has you covered by providing each guest with a $5.00 Uber voucher to ensure your group’s ‘Safe Ride Home.’
General admission tickets are $105 per person. GA tickets include unlimited access to the spirits and cocktail stations, unlimited small bites, all entertainment, and a $5.00 Uber voucher for a Safe Ride Home, courtesy of The BMW Store. Designated driver (food only, no alcohol) tickets are $55. Discounted bundle packages and designated driver add-on ticket options are available.
On the Rocks is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, OTR, Truly Vodka, Ovation, Corporex, Butterball, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Blox Spiked Ice, Jim Beam, FIJI Water, Home Chef, KMK Law, Tiller Farms, The BMW Store, The B-Line, and Kerrygold.