December Guide to Family-Friendly Events {2021}


december 2021

Bah Humbug! A One-Man Christmas Carol

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Streaming starting December 1-31
50 minutes
Recommended for Ages 8+

Back by popular demand! Hypnotic… Timeless… Festive… Fun… It’s the season’s most entertaining & unique holiday offering. What’s the fun twist?! All characters in this production are performed by ONE PERSON – from Scrooge to Tiny Tim! Audiences will be mesmerized by this imaginative and magical re-telling of the powerful Charles Dickens holiday classic filled with hope and compassion.

Elf the Musical

Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
December 2-29
Thursdays 7:30pm
Friday & Saturdays 8pm
Sundays 2pm.
There are no performances on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Additional performances on Tuesday, December 21, 7:30pm and Wednesday, December 22, 7:30pm

4990 Glenway Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45238
Tickets $31/Adult, $28/Child

Masks required for all patrons regardless of vaccination status.

Art Play Hike: Washington Park

Contemporary Arts Center
December 2
10:30-11:30 am
1230 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

This program is designed for children ages 2-7 and their parent or caregiver.


Art Play Hike is an outdoor series in partnership with the Cincinnati Parks. Join us this month as we explore Washington Park, take part in hands-on art making and try out some kid-friendly yoga poses.

Come explore the great outdoors with your little one. Dress accordingly, the entire program takes place outside. During the program masks are recommended for participants 4 and up.

Nutcracker Rocks!

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Streaming December 2-31
50 minutes
Recommended for Ages 4+

Clara Bradshaw’s Christmas Day just isn’t the same since she lost her father. Struggling to find the meaning of what she believes is a “pointless holiday,” her mysterious uncle visits, leaving Clara with a nutcracker as a gift. After discovering the nutcracker’s magical powers, Clara and her friends embark on a journey to the Land of Toys to find the true meaning of Christmas. From dances to daring sword fights, be whisked away by this classic Christmas fairy tale – with a ROCKIN’ musical twist!

Holiday Pops

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
December 3-5 & 10-12
Friday & Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 2pm
Music Hall
1241 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets $25-$115

Joy to the world! Cincinnati’s beloved holiday tradition returns with music, warmth, laughter and seasonal inspiration for the entire family. Gather those dear to you to share unforgettable memories in the grandeur of a Music Hall adorned with wondrous decorations and joyful song.

Watch It At Home! This concert will also be livestreamed on the CSO website, the Pops’ YouTube channel and the Pops’ Facebook page on DEC 11 at 7:30 pm.

CAM Kids Day: Glittery Goodness

Cincinnati Art Museum
December 4
10am- 5pm
Virtual Event

Enjoy online activities that are specially designed for families to take a deeper look at our art and make connections with the world around them. Celebrate glitz, glamor and all things glittery with this online day of family fun. We’ll learn about the world of jewelry-making, have a holiday art-making project from Visionaries + Voices, a special story-time and more!

Thursday Art Play

Contemporary Arts Center
December 9: Holiday Gift Making
December 16: Art from Home
December 30: Happy (Almost) New Year’s Party
44 E. 6th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

This program is designed especially for children ages 3-8 years old, and their parents or caregivers.

FREE for members, $5/non-member child

December 9: Join us Thursday morning for creative playtime at the CAC. This family program uses hands-on art making activities and yoga to excite and educate our youngest visitors. Bring your little ones to Art Play and make some one-of-a-kind presents sure to make a loved one smile. Stick around for some kid-friendly yoga in the Art Lab following each Art Play session.

December 16: Join us Thursday mornings for creative playtime at the CAC. This family program uses hands-on art making activities and yoga to excite and educate our youngest visitors. Learn about the CAC’s newest exhibition, The Regional, and create artwork inspired by the show. Stick around for some kid-friendly yoga in the Art Lab following each Art Play session.

December 30: Happy (almost) New Year’s! Stop by for a fabulous kid-friendly New Year’s bash! We’ll be decorating party masks and making festive creations for the big day. Don’t miss our countdown and dramatic balloon drop at 11am. Stick around for some kid-friendly yoga in the Art Lab following each Art Play session.

PNC Festival of Lights

All of December
10am – 9pm
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45220

FREE with Zoo Admission

The Cincinnati Zoo will still be shining bright as we’re once again transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 39th annual PNC Festival of Lights!

In addition to admiring the beauty of 4 million LED lights, visitors can ride the North Polar Express train ride (beings at 4:00 pm), marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands.

Christmas at the Junction

All of December
EnterTRAINment Junction
7379 Squire Ct.
West Chester, OH 45069

Ticket Required

Bring a friend free days 11/1-11/19 for 1st Class Members!

Create a holiday tradition for your family! See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World’s Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a “Journey to the North Pole”, where you can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself.

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I am a born and raised Cincinnatian living in Maineville with my husband, four year old daughter and one year old son. I even stayed local for college and earned my Bachelors of Fine Arts at Xavier University. After graduating, I worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum where I met my husband of 6 years. Currently, I'm a full time stay at home mama, which has always been my dream job. My favorite things in the world include doing art projects with my little ones, playing board games, listening to music, watching reality tv, eating good food, making good food, and watching documentaries about good food.


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