A Cincinnati Holiday Weekend

Stuck in Cincinnati overThanksgiving Break? Here are some fun, local events to keep you occupied before the final stretch of school work (even if most events are Christmas-themed).

105th Thanksgiving Day Race


Participants can look forward to more than the typical run/walk through various neighborhoods of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The race aims to bring family and friends together before Thanksgiving dinner begins. The origins can be traced back to 1908, making it one of the oldest races in the Midwest. The race begins at 9 a.m. and costs $36 per person.

Fifty West Brewing Company


Special new beer releases and a party to celebrate the second birthday of Fifty West take place Nov. 29. They also have a Southern Brewer’s Brunch the following day, which is a three-course beer brunch hosted by Fifty West, The Eagle OTR and Sweetwater Brewing Company.

“A Christmas Carol”


One of Playhouse in the Park’s most popular shows each year opens special shows on Nov. 26-29, and to the public on Nov. 29.

Holidays in the Bag


This Black Friday event allows shoppers to support local businesses in Over-The-Rhine (OTR). Shoppers can get discounts off their purchases from participating businesses and a “Holiday Bag.” The cost is $5 for participants, and proceeds go to a nonprofit in OTR called “Future Leaders OTR,” which encourages students in grades 7-12 to help their community through professional and personal development.

PNC Festival of Lights


The festival is held at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Visitors can enjoy over 2 million LED lights, a visit with Santa, watch the Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake and see the Madcap Blacklight Puppet Show. It opens every night from 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays on Nov. 23 and 5 – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Macy’s Light Up the Square


With food, local music and ice skating, it would be difficult to be bored at Fountain Square’s annual tree lighting event. The square gets a holiday makeover, and the night ends with a fireworks display. The festival begins at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt

GermanHeld at Fountain Square, this German-style Christmas market began in 2012, though the actual tradition dates back centuries. Like last year, it will be held during Macy’s Light Up the Square and continue for the rest of the weekend. Attendees can enjoy roasted almonds, various German cakes and desserts and warm Glühwein.