Everything New Year’s Eve in Cincy

From brewery celebrations to family friendly events—casual to swanky, free admission to pricy—there is truly something for everyone to do for New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati this year. We all love new beginnings, so get 2023 started off right by bringing in the New Year with one of these great things to do on Saturday, December 31, broken down by:

  • For the Family
  • Free events
  • Under $50
  • Live Music
  • 21+

For the Family

Noon Year’s Eve
Happy Hangout, 10a–12p
Children can celebrate an early New Year at the westside’s playspace.
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$20 members, $30 nonmembers

BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Kids Cruise
11:30a–1:30p (boarding at 10:30a)
Lunch buffet, party favors, DJ for entertainment, kids activities, and a noon countdown. Some characters from their Pirate, Princess, and Superhero cruises will be onboard celebrating.
bbriverboats.com
$49 admission ($39 for children ages 4–12)

New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
GoldFish Swim School West Chester, 1:30–3p 
Family-friendly party for $10.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve Splash
GoldFish Swim School Anderson Twp, 2–4p 
Family-friendly pool party for $10. 
Tickets

Midnight in Munich | NYE Zinzinnati
Mecklenburg Gardens, 4–8p 
Celebrate the German new year with authentic food and beer specials.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve at WinterFest
Kings Island, 4p–1a 
Celebrate the final night of the year with friends and family. Two countdowns, one in Festhaus at 9:30p and another at midnight complete with fireworks. 
visitkingsisland.com

Family New Year’s Eve Party
Ludlow Theatre, 5–7p
Includes Circus Mojo performance and instructional workshop, wood-fired pizza, and a “ball drop” with ginger ale toast.
Tickets
$20-$80

New Years Eve + Indoor Fireworks
Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Toledo Walleye
Heritage Bank Center, 6p
End your 2022 in a family friendly setting with the Cyclones and a 6p start time, then stick around for indoor fireworks.
cycloneshockey.com

Happy Zoo Year
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 8p
“Party Animals” of all ages are invited to celebrate the 14th annual Happy ZOO Year, with a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8p.
cincinnatizoo.org

Free

Your Neighborhood New Year’s Eve
The Lackman, 12p–2:30a
Reverse Happy Hour from 8 to 10p and complimentary party favors.
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New Year’s Eve Blast
Fountain Square, 8–12:30a
Ring in the New Year in the heart of downtown—party on the plaza or celebrate on the ice. Ice rink will be open all night and the full-service bar will be serving beverages.
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Bloom NYE Ball 2023
Bloom OTR, 9p–2:30a 
Hosted by Jessica Dimon.

No Hassle New Year
Low Spark, 9p–2:30a
Reverse happy hour from 9 to 11, complimentary champagne toast, and complimentary party favors.
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Under $50

New Year’s Eve with Rumpke Mountain Boys
Riverfront Live, 7p
Cincinnati’s premier nightlife venue. May contain special surprise guests.
Tickets
All ages

Bollywood New Year’s Eve
Holiday Inn North, 5800 Muhlhauser Road, 8p
DJ Mavi, festive party favors, Champagne toast, multi-course dinner buffet, photobooth, and cash bar until 1:30. 
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$40–$100

NYE Bash
Tin Roof, 8p 
Live performances by DJ Kombat and Bluff City Bandits. Fast Pass and VIP tables available. Email will@tinroofbars.com.
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$30+

Noah Smith’s Big Ol’ Family New Year’s Eve!
Big Ash Brewing, 8p–12:30a (doors at 7:30)
Private ticketed event. General Admission tickets include champagne toast at midnight. Seating will be first come first served and tables are not guaranteed. VIP packages available.
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NYE Dance
Mutual Dance Co. 1805 Larch Ave, 8p–1a 
Hosted by CincyHop. Glass of Champagne for ages 21-up. 
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$15 per person at the door

NYE with the Almond Butter Band
Fretboard Brewing Co, 8:30p
Champagne toast at midnight. Ages 21+
cincyticket.com
$25

New Year’s Eve Party
Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, 8:30p–12:30a 
Music by the Rheingold Band; generous buffet included. 
Make reservations at 513-385-2098 or at cincydonau.com.

Midnight on Madison NYE Party
Hotel Covington, 9p–2a 
Ticket includes one drink ticket, photo booth, DJ Jermal Potter, balloon drop, confetti cannons and more. Light bites available for purchase. General admission $35. $75 Bottomless Bubbles admission includes VIP access, commemorative Champagne glass and raffle ticket for luxury prizes.
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$35 general admission

Under the Sea 2023
Rhinegeist Brewery, 9p–2a
Under the sea-themed bash featuring DJ + dancing, 360-degree underwater photo booth, midnight bubble balloon drop, and plenty of celebratory beverages. Coat check is available.
rhinegeist.com
Tickets $20 at the door

Dinner Parties

NYE Dinner and Silent Disco
The View at Shires’ Garden, 4p 
Party on the rooftop with three-course dinner, sparkling wine toast, and silent disco in the parlor. Book via Open Table.
$99/person

NYE Dinner
Butcher and Barrel, 4p
Three-course prix-fixe menu with sparkling wine toast. Book via Open Table.
$99/person

New Year’s Eve Dinner
Frankie’s Sips & Savories, 5–9p
Five sharable dishes and champagne toast. Reservations available from 5 to 9. Book on OpenTable.
$150/couple

Subito at The Lytle Park Hotel
5–10p 
Five-course pre-fixe dinner. $119 per person, $169 per person with wine pairings.

NYE Dinner
Forno Osteria & Bar, 5–11p 
Four-course menu, champagne package add-ons available. Book prepaid via Open Table.
$75/person

NYE Dinner
Nicola’s, 5–11p
Pre-fixe dinner celebration. Two-hour time limit. Cuvee and champagne package add-ons available. Prepaid via Tock.
$125/person

Via Vite
5–11:15p 
La Notte di San Silvestro two-hour, four-course dinner experience with Roaring ’20s theme. Book prepaid via Open Table.
$85/person

NYE Four-Course Dinner and Drinks
Northern Row Brewery & Distillery, 6:30p
Tickets
$100

NYE Party
Vinoklet Winery, 7p–1a 
Two packages available: Grilled to Perfection Dinner with reservation 5–7:30 p.m. at $43–$48 per person, and Dinner & Dancing from 7p–1a at $89.95 per person.
vinokletwines.com

New Year’s Eve Party
The Madison Event Center, 8p 
Blink-style party includes upscale dinner, unlimited drinks, Champagne toast, DJ, visuals, and giveaways.
eventbrite.com
$125–$175

NYE
Prime Cincinnati, 8p
Reservations made after 8p are invited to stay and help welcome in the New Year with a toast, DJ, entertainment, and fanfare.
Reservations on OpenTable

Live Music

Arlo McKinley
Bogart’s, 8p 
With Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and the Harmed Brothers. 
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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: New Year’s Eve Billie Holiday Songbook
Music Hall, 8p 
Featuring vocalist Quiana Lynell; Damon Gupton conducts. 
cincinnatisymphony.org
$26–$120

New Year’s Celebration Like No Other
featuring The Menus
Receptions Fairfield, 8p–1a
Open well bar, appetizers, buffet dinner, late-night snack bar, champagne toast, and party favors.
Tickets

New Year’s Celebration of a Lifetime with Naked Karate Girls
Receptions Erlanger, 8p–1a
Tickets
$125–$150

Something Different New Year’s Eve
Woodward Theater, 9p–2a 
Featuring DJ Identity and DJ Kay Lyke. Includes open bar, light bite appetizers, live projections, photo booth, and party favors.
cincyticket.com
$75+

Summon the New Year
MOTR, 10p
Live music featured two local bands, Watchfrogs and Happy Tuesday.
motrpub.com

21+

New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl – Cincinnati
5p–2a
Ticket gets you to the welcome party, outstanding drink specials, and the list of bars to visit—to be announced on 12/30.
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Q102’s Best of the Best New Year’s Eve
Newport Syndicate, 6:30p
Dancing, drinks, party favors, the Rusty Griswolds, DJ Chandler McFadden, and Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar.
Tickets
Tickets starting at $85

NYE in NKY
Braxton Brewing Company, 7p
DJs all night, photobooth, midnight toast included, and all-you-can-eat buffet catered by Gomez.
Tickets
$100 advance, $125 at the door

Back to the ’90s NYE Bash
Taft’s Ale House, 7p–12:30a 
Grab your neon windbreaker and favorite band t-shirt for a night of 90s nostalgia. Includes 3 beer tickets, ’90s snack and candy buffet, champagne toast, and two raffle tickets.
Tickets
$75

New Year’s Eve Bash
16 Lots, 7p–1a
Featuring Mad Monks Pizza and Ashton Wolf Dueling Pianos. Admission includes delicious food, craft beer, cider, and a New Year’s champagne toast.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve at Fueled Collective
7p–1a
DJ and live music, premium prepaid drinks, party favors, and more.
More info

New Year’s Eve Twerk
Arts on the Ave (2141 Central Avenue), 8p
Live dancer, open bar, and full course food menu.
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$100

Somerhaus New Year’s Eve Bash
8p–1a
Light bites with international flair, music, and dancing, plus full bar.
Tickets
$120

Black Sheep Black Tie NYE Celebration
Revel OTR Urban Winery, 8p–1:30a 
Includes live band, open bar, light bites, and bubbly toast.
Tickets
$85–$100

23 Shades of Galla: Sexy Masquerade NYE Party
Galla Park, 8p–2a 
DJ Davey C, Sean Dibert, DJ L-Train. Includes champagne toast, balloon drops, private party spaces; semi-formal attire dress code.
Tickets
$25–$65

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Southgate House Revival, 9p (doors at 8)
Featuring Joe’s Truck Stop and The Hammer and the Hatchet
southgatehouse.com

BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
9p–1a (boarding at 8p)
Ring in the New Year on the river as Cincinnati’s sparkling skyline provides a spectacular backdrop. Includes a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of champagne at midnight, late night snack buffet, and party favors.
bbriverboats.com

Bubbles & Bow Ties
Igby’s, 9p–2a 
Includes complimentary champagne upon arrival, party favors, and DJ Simo.
Tickets
$50

NYE at QCE
Queen City Exchange, 9p–2a
Includes DJ, heavy appetizers, open bar, and champagne toast at midnight.
Tickets
$100

Celebrate (NYE 2023)
OTR StillHouse, 9p–2a
Tickets include light bites until 11, champagne toast at midnight, photo booth, party favors, red carpet entry, coat check, and free parking. Cocktail attire required.
Tickets

New Year’s Eve Masquerade
Twenties Cocktail Joint, 9p–2:30a
Two levels of entertainment: Johnny B on the main floor spinning Top 40 and dance, and Nautigroove and Brent Roberts in the speakeasy with House and Progressive sets with a laser and light show. Champagne toast and ballon drop at midninght on the main floor.
Tickets

NYE 2022
The Mockbee, 9p–3a
A multi-stage, multi-sensory blowout party at The Mockbee featuring live bands and DJs all night covering Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, and more.
Tickets

NYE Midnight Madness at the Lager House
Moerlein Lager House, 9:30p–1:30a
Hosted by Sara Elyse with DJ PRYMTIME & DJ Maximus and sports celebrity appearances. Tickets include an appetizer buffet and two drink tickets, plus a midnight toast.
moerleinlagerhouse.info

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.

Everything Local Gift Guide

Avoid parking lots and shopping malls for Black Friday and beyond. Instead, preserve your mental and physical health by shopping small and contributing to your local economy for the holidays this year.

In addition to presumed health benefits, shopping local ensures that nearly 70 cents on every dollar remains in the local economy. When you shop small, you help to build a better local economy, reduce environmental impact, put your taxes to good use, create jobs, get better customer service, keep the community unique, and you encourage local prosperity. Whew—that’s a lot of good!

It is extremely important to share some of our favorite local businesses and gift ideas, as well as encourage everyone to Shop Small on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday*, and beyond (holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and more).

Gifts and Retail

Can’t decide what you want to give, but want to provide a number of local options? Check out the Queen City Card, which features dozens of participating restaurants, drinkeries, shops, markets, hotels, experiences, museums, and more. Click here to buy yours and to see a complete list of participating merchants.

In addition to its OTR location, the Columbus-based retro and vintage sports clothierHOMAGE, also calls Liberty Center home. HOMAGE always has great deals after the holiday, so keep your eye out to support local for Small Business Saturday.

If you’ve got any music lovers in your life, treat them to analog tunes courtesy of Everybody’s Records, Plaid Room Records, or Shake It Records. For home decor, visit Wildfire Hygge GoodsHigh Street, and Sara’s House. If you have a loved one with a green thumb, consider a plant from Frond or a local nursery, the gift of classes from The Budding Florist or Fern, or even a flower or plant subscription to Sadie Blossoms.

Peruse gifts at MiCA 12/v, a local art, fine craft, and design-based gift shop in OTR. Additional apparel, gift, and accessory shops include BlaCk Owned Outerwear, Buff City Soap, The Candle LabCincy ShirtsCorporate, Handzy Shop + Studio, Hi-Bred, Inspired Fashion, Jet Black Vintage, Junebug Jewelry Designs, Koch Sporting Goods, Manitou Candle Co., Originalitees, Queen City Alchemy, REKKIERivertown Inkery, WolfpackYellow Dahlia Candle Co., and many more.

For the readers, peruse the Ohio section of local reads and goods or buy a book written by a local author from Joseph-Beth Booksellers, or head to Downbound Books in Northside for books, games, or stationery. Some favorite local books include SENATE: Street & Savory, a cookbook by local chef, Daniel Wright; The Cincinnati Anthology, edited by Zan McQuade; and Walking Cincinnati, a guide to urban hikes in many of Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods. For any Queen City lovers in your life, a subscription to Cincinnati Magazine is an excellent option.

Head to Findlay Market for one of their many events, a free tour, retail goods, or for Tablespoon Cooking Co. classes. Like food? Check out a Cincinnati Food Tour, kitchenware at Artichoke, everyday gourmet or boutique catering options through The Passion Plate, or serve up a gift to the award-winning The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s.

Shop ethically and sustainably at Flora Lee Naturals (garden-based skincare), Deerhaus Decor (sustainable general store), zero waste refillery Fill More Waste Less, or by buying a gift card to organic, natural Spruce Nail Shop (nail and skin services). You can also stop by &Sundries, a handcrafted soapworks and home goods maker, for the bath and body lover in your life.

For the Kids

King Arthur’s Court Toys, Learning Express Toys and Gifts, and Stoney Village Toy Shoppe all purvey toys and games for young people of all ages, including STEAM toys, board games, puzzles, and so much more.

Gumdrop, a shop for tots (and sister store to Handzy Shop + Studio), is located in Covington and purveys beautiful and thoughtful goods, such as apparel, toys, and games. Hutch Baby, an upscale, sustainable children’s boutique from NB to youth sizes 14–16, is located on Vine Street in OTR.

You can also head to O’Bryonville for LilyPad, where you engage children through purposeful play, classes, parties, and other events; Northside to enjoy an afternoon or make a donation on behalf of your gift recipient at Happen, Inc.; give a membership to The Play Library in OTR, where, you can Play & Borrow (and Play it Forward!) with a monthly or yearly subscription, or by buying playdates in bulk; give the gift of language to play dates and classes (including virtual options) through Spanish Play Dates; or purchase a membership or gift card to Happy Hangout, an indoor play space on the westside.

Markets and Craft Fairs

Patronize local and regional vendors and local food trucks at Cincinnati’s famed urban flea market, The City Flea (Holiday Market December 11) as well Art on Vine in November and December and Crafty Supermarket. The latter will be back in the Music Hall Ballroom featuring dozens of makers—local and regional—on November 26.

More area craft shows and various flea markets can be found here.

Art

If you’re looking to give the gift of local art, ideas include James Billiter (letterpress, woodcut, greeting cards, cross stitch, etc.), Janneke Beuerlein Art (abstract visual artist), Gee Horton (hyperrealist visual artist), Christen Collins Art, and Ellebrux, (jewelry, fine art, and handmade gifts). Work by James Billiter and Ellebrux can be found at The City Flea and various shops in greater Cincinnati. You can also have alpdesign create a custom home illustration, support local institution Rookwood Pottery, or give the gift of classes to Queen City Clay.

Fabulous Frames & Art is not only the world’s largest Charley Harper dealer, it also features custom framing and Rookwood and Cincinnati gifts. Visit one of their four Cincinnati locations to see their goods.

If you’ve got someone in your life interested in musical arts, give the gift of music lessons through Cincinnati School of Music, which has options for all ages. You can also give the experience of painting at Color Me Mine in Crestview Hills, Not Your Average Paint & Sip class, or youth classes and workshops through Liberty Exhibition Hall.

Pets

Our four-legged friends are family and, thus, we like to spoil them as such. I recommend doing so at Argos All-Natural Pet Food and SupplyFindlay Market, Fuzzybutts Dry Goods, Jungle Jim’s Market, or by finding your neighborhood Pet Wants. For a complete list of community vendors where Brewhaus Dog Bones are sold, click here.

Experiences, Not Things

Give the gift of wonder from the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, EnterTRAINment JunctionChildren’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Kings Island, Coney Island, Newport Aquarium, or Madcap Education Center.

For the 21+ crowd, consider giving a Cincy Brew Bus, Brewing Heritage Trail, or an American Legacy Tours tour; creating a custom six pack at Higher Gravity or Root Cellar; picking up a hard-to-find bomber from Cappy’s; or attending a beer or wine tasting at Jungle Jim’s Market or Marty’s Hops and Vines.

Check out one of Cincinnati’s excellent museums in the Cincinnati Museum Center, Taft Museum of Art, National Underground Railround and Freedom Center, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Observatory, or give a membership for a loved one to the American Sign Museum. (General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum, 21c Museum Hotel, Contemporary Arts Center, Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, and the William Howard Taft National Historic Site is free.)

Celebrate Cincinnati’s robust arts scene with a show at the Aronoff Center, Know Theatre, Ensemble TheatreCincinnati Shakespeare Company, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati POPS Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, or the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Memorial Hall’s Longworth-Anderson Series features Grammy Award-winning talent in a “perfect jewel” of a theater.

Want to give the gift of fitness while supporting community? Consider giving a Y membership. Looking for an adventure? Full Throttle Adrenaline Park has a rage room, virtual reality, go-karting, axe throwing, and paint ball all in one fun-filled destination. Similarly, the OTR Funplex has a smash room, paint splatter room, karaoke, escape room, slime making room, cocktail/mocktail crafting, and more. Gifts cards are available to both.

Consumable Gifts

Instead of buying more things, I recommend getting a gift card to a small business or restaurant so that they can try a new place or patronize a favorite. A gift card may not seem fun, but I assure you that they are practical!

You can also consider a tea sampler from Churchill’s Fine Teas; coffee beans and a mug from a local coffee shop or roaster such as Coffee Emporium, Deeper Roots, and Urbana Cafe; or spices from Colonel De’s in Findlay Market.

Wellness

Treat yourself or a loved one to to a spa day at 21c Museum Hotel or The Woodhouse Day Spa; retreat getaway, fitness event, empowerment workshop, or social with The Beauty Boost; professional makeup and medspa services for skincare, lips, lashes, and brows at Omega Beauty; or medusa services with Victory Wellness MedSpa or Pure Vive Med Spa. Savannah’s Hyde Away offers massage services and has a Black Friday deal of 10% off all gift cards through November 28. (Use code blackfriday at checkout.)

Let the Metro, fare free Connector, Red Bike, or an electric scooter connect your trip to shops, restaurants, parks, and drinkeries when you spend time in the urban core this holiday season!

*Small Business Saturday is on November 26, 2022 and it is an initiative to shop small and to support local businesses. In fact,“For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy.”

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.

Everything Holidays

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:

  • Events
  • Markets
  • Lights and Displays
  • Winter Fun
  • Performing Arts
  • Venues

Events

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.
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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.
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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

Findlay Market Holiday Market 2021

Markets

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.
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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.
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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. 
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$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.
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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

Holiday at the Junction, EnterTRAINment Junction

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

Bumper Cars at the Ice Rink on Fountain Square

Winter Fun

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

Performing Arts

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

Memorial Hall presents Christmas with The Celts
November 29, 7:30p
memorialhallotr.com
$30–50

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

Fowling Warehouse

Venues

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.

Restaurant Spaces

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

Ché OTR
OTR
The Cellar at Ché OTR can accommodate 24–30 guests.
checincinnati.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

Entertainment

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

Fowling Warehouse
Norwood
fowlingwarehouse.com

Full Throttle Adrenaline Park
Florence
Corporate events, party packages, meeting space, and catering. High-speed go-karting, paintball, axe throwing, rage room, and virtual reality.
gofullthrottle.com

Pins Mechanical
OTR
Groups of 15 or more; pricing based on group size and allocated event space.
pinsbar.com https://www.pinsbar.com/cincy-events

Queen City Riverboats
Dayton, KY
Private events, public events, concert cruises, and game day shuttles.
queencityriverboats.com

Rotolo | Bowling Bocce Eatery
Newport
Equipped with private event space and amenities for group sizes of 20 to 500.
rotolobowling.com

Selfie Galaxy
Westwood
10–50 guests
selfiegalaxy.com

WONDERCADE
Westwood
Book a party room for up to 16 total people (kids and adults) for two hours. Entire arcade is also available for rent.
wondercadecincy.com

Large Group Event Spaces

These local venues can accommodate larger gatherings for over 50 people and up to 375.

American Sign Museum
Camp Washington
Workshops, trade shows, meetings, and weddings, including seated dinners for up to 175 guests.
americansignmuseum.org

The Columns
Findlay Market
Up to 150-person cocktail party.
thecolumnscincy.com

Hotel Covington
Covington
Accommodates groups of 10 to 250.
hotelcovington.com

The Madison Event Center
Covington
Weddings, corporate events, and social events. Can accommodate events from 100 guests to 375.
madisoneventcenter.com

The Metropolitan Club
Covington
Several event space options, for seating from 2 to 200.
metropolitanclub.net

New Riff Distilling
Newport
Rentals for up to 90 guests.
newriffdistilling.com

Oakley Kitchen Food Hall
Oakley
Accommodates up to 300 guests.
oakley-kitchen.com

Peterloon
Montgomery
Nonprofit events, fundraising events, musical performances and recitals, corporate meetings and events, brunches, luncheons, dinners, receptions, and weddings
peterloon.org

Revel Urban Winery
OTR
Rent out the entire building or the second floor.
revelotr.com

The Skeleton Root
OTR
Unique event spaces for up to 100 guests.
skeletonroot.com

Somerhaus
OTR
Up to 72 guests
somerhaus.space

The Summit
Madisonville
From small meetings to big conferences—indoors, outdoors, or on the roof. Group sizes from 15 to 320.
thesummithotel.com

The Turn Vintage Warehouse
Newport
Up to 85 guests
theturnvintage.com

The View at Shires’ Garden
Central Business District
Small and intimate gatherings to events with up to 200 guests.
theviewatshiresgarden.com

The Woodward
OTR
From 60 to 600 guests.
woodwardtheater.com

Small Group Event Spaces

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.

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Cincinnati Holiday Markets and Craft Shows - Cincinnati Parent Magazine

It’s the most wonderful busiest time of the year. And if you’re like me, early holiday shopping has taken a back seat this month. Thankfully, there’s still hope for last minute gift givers with tons of holiday deals throughout the city. Plus, shopping locally is a great way to support small businesses, especially in lieu of the devastating economic hit most shops took this year. 

The Gift of Wearable Art

Forget basic jewelry you can find anywhere. Give a gift that stands-out with one-of-a-kind pieces from Junebug Jewelry Designs. They supply hand-crafted designs that are described as “wearable art.” And once you take a peek, you’ll understand why. No two pieces are the same and each one is as extravagant as the next. Whether you’re looking for pendant necklaces, statement rings, exquisite cuffs, or unique earrings, Junebug has an assortment to please the Bohemian in your life.

Check out their 2020 holiday gift guide, or stop by their pop-up boutique, Thursday through Saturday, 12-6 PM, located at: 1327 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine.

The Gift of Work-From-Home Chic

The Native One has lots to offer, but their curated selection of stationary, plants, potters, candles, and diffusers make great gifts for those looking to transform their at-home office space into a zen oasis. They also have stylish attire including comfy yet chic lounge sets that make the perfect work-from-home outfit. 

Order online or visit one of their two locations at 1400 Vine St, Cincinnati, or, 326 Scott Blvd. Covington, KY

The Gift of Socially-Conscious Cosmetics

Launch Party is a hub for all things indie beauty. The best part? All of their products are women-owned, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, organic, vegan, and socially-good (say that five times fast). Launch Party puts a spotlight on emerging indie brands that started small with a founder and a dream. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all things beauty, you’re going to love what they have to offer.

Need help deciding? Dive into some of their gift guides, or check out their pop-up shop inside Wolf Pack at 1813 Elm St., in Over-the-Rhine.

The Gift of Everyday Streetwear

The Native Brand started as one man selling T-shirts out of his backpack and has transformed into a lifestyle brand popping up all over the Queen city – and the nation. From streetwear to lounge wear, The Native has a rad collection of snapbacks, beanies, hoodies, and more to gift those who like to kickback, relax and look good while doing it. 

View some of their favorites online.

Happy Shopping! 

Magical holiday light festivals in NKY

One of the joys of this season is seeing the beautiful lights brightening the chilly winter nights. Northern Kentucky has several of its own light festivals and one of them is this Saturday only (and it’s free). Read below for all the details. 

Drive-Through Winter Wonderland, December 12 from 6:00-9:00 pm: 

The Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Library has created their first “parking lot light festival.” It includes light tunnels, special effects from Cincy Illuminations and a scavenger hunt-style search for animals hidden in the scenes. You can even wave to Santa as you drive by.  

Free event, no registration necessary 

Winter Nights, River Lightsthrough January 15, 6:00-10:00 pm: 

Stroll across the Purple People Bridge, which is hung with hundreds of soothing lavender lights. You can enjoy the beautiful river views and visit the Wish Tree on the Newport side. 

Free event, no registration necessary 

Light Up the Fair, through January 2, 5:30-9:00 pm, open til 10:00 on Fridays and Saturdays 

This incredible light experience takes visitors on a 1.5 mile drive through Boone County Fairgrounds, lit by more than 500,000 individually controlled LED lights. The captivating displays are choreographed to holiday music you play on your radio.  

$6/person, children under 3 are free. No contact ticketing is available. 

These family-friendly events will make the holiday season even merrier. 

About the author: Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY. 

Finders Keepers – Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt Provides Challenging Fun Over Thanksgiving Weekend

If you are looking for a fun, safe group activity for the holiday weekend, consider the Finders Keepers Thanksgiving Weekend Scavenger Hunt.

This family-friendly hunt will get you out of the house and into five of Covington’s neighborhoods, rich with art, history and things to do and see. The hunt’s clue locations are based on murals, statues and other public art and are accessible without going indoors.

Using their Code Kit, players solve puzzles and complete photo challenges for chances to win prizes, including original art by local artists.

Organizer Jill Morenz explained, “The puzzles are designed for adults and older children and  young kids can help spot the clues and enjoy the playgrounds at the parks included in the hunt.”

Morenz points out that this is not a timed hunt. “Players will have all four days of the holiday weekend to finish it and submit their solutions,” she said. The puzzles range in difficulty from easy to challenging.

Proceeds from Finders Keepers will support the Catalytic Fund’s public art initiatives, including NKY ArtQuest, a free calendar of arts-related events and NKY Art Tours, which are free, self-guided tours of public art in the river cities.

For more information and to purchase a Code Kit, visit the Finders Keepers website, www.NKYFindersKeepers.com. Registration ends on November 18.

Writer Bio: Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.