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Holidays in Over-the-Rhine


Calling all last minute shoppers!
Stay tuned for a list of hours in Over-the-Rhine.

The holiday shopping season is here and there are dozens of shop local, holiday and arts events being held in Over-the-Rhine, details are included below.

2016 Shop Local Events

Holidays in the Bag on Black Friday, 8th Annual
Friday, November 25
Participating Merchants in Over-the-Rhine
Avoid the rush of the malls by shopping Over-the-Rhine for unique, local gifts in a relaxed atmosphere. Buy the official “Holiday Bag” and receive a discount at participating stores. This year's limited edition tote was designed by local artist Courttney Cooper of Visionaries + Voices, and it's awesome!

Final Friday in November
Friday, November 25
Participating Merchants and Galleries in Over-the-Rhine
Studio walks are the Final Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Studios of the Pendleton Art Center are open to the public to view creative art space, as well as purchase artwork directly from artists. Galleries and shops on Main and Vine Streets hold late hours and receptions, as well.

AmEx Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 26
A day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Last year, research shows over 14.3 billion dollars were spent by people Shopping Small(r) in their communities. This year, the support is expected be even bigger. Support your favorite OTR neighborhood, the city’s mecca for small business.

Main Street Stroll and Shop and Caroling
Saturday, December 3
Come to Over-the-Rhine and enjoy the restaurants and shops as local choirs and roving carolers perform throughout the neighborhood, spreading holiday cheer.

Findlay Market Holiday Market
December 3-4
Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street
Merchants & vendors line the South side of the market with Christmas gifts, food and drinks.

City Flea in Washington Park
Saturday, December 17, 5 – 10 PM
Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street
Wrap up the 2016 City Flea event series while wrapping up all your holiday gifts. Avoid the craziness this year and do your shopping locally. Expect a festive atmosphere at this evening cold weather market. Hot drinks and hotter vendors will keep the fire inside you burnin’ strong!

Final Friday Before Christmas
Friday, December 23
Participating Merchants and Galleries in Over-the-Rhine
Shop Over-the-Rhine and continue the festive joy with extended hours at merchants. Pick up unique, locally-sourced gifts at the stores and galleries, and celebrate the season at your favorite restaurants and bars.

2016 Holiday Events:

OTR-a-Glow, 5th Annual
Kickoff on Friday, November 25
A window display competition where 45+ businesses and nonprofits come together. Each night participants will set the windows of OTR a-glow with creative displays. Originality is rewarded, but all entries must include a non-flammable light source and a holiday theme; celebrating OTR’s history is not required but encouraged!
**Don't miss the OTR aGlow PhotoCorps Photo Walk with Chris Glass on December 8! Click here for info!

November 25 - December 30
BRICKmas is a fun holiday attraction that provides a place for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate one of the world’s favorite toys and see some awesome LEGO displays.

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park
Saturday, November 26 and every Saturday in December through December 24, 1 to 3 p.m.
Washington Park
Every Saturday in December, Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm, Santa. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!

OTR Holiday Home Tour
Saturday, December 10
Future Leaders OTR, 1212 Race Street
This approximately 90 minute self-guided holiday home tour is the second annual fundraiser for Future Leaders OTR. Future Leaders OTR is a not for profit group dedicated to shaping the lives of the youth in our community. 100% of the ticket price will go to Future Leaders OTR. We encourage you to come and explore a collection of restored homes during this event. Home owners invite you and yours inside their charming residences to get a unique glimpse of once neglected buildings brought back to life decorated for the holidays!

Holiday BRIGHT Ride
Saturday, December 10 early evening
Decorate your bike and yourself with your bright lights and things. Or dress up in your holiday costume. Or both. And join us on your bike as we bring smiles to residents and shoppers all across Over-the-Rhine and Downtown.

OTR Rail Dog Parade 2016
Saturday, December 10
A basin-friendly compliment to the more longstanding Mt. Adams Rein Dog Parade, which occurs earlier on the same day. Ambitious canine costume lovers are encouraged to do both parades, as the Rail Dog Parade convenes around the Washington Park dog park at 4 and steps off at 4:30. The procession will circle about Washington Park, then over to Vine Street down to 12th, and conclude at the Queen City Radio beer garden at 12th and Central Parkway. Any and all Santacon participants are also welcome to join in the festivities.

2016 Holiday Performing Arts Events:

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops
Performing at Taft Theater in 2016!

Darkest Night at Gnarly Stump
November 26 – December 17
The Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street

Christmas Saengerfest with the American Legacy Tour
Friday and Saturday, December 2-3
Multiple venues
Saengerfest is a German tradition that celebrates choirs and singing groups, and historically Cincinnati has been known for hosting the event that attracted visitors across the country. You will have to opportunity to celebrate this beautiful tradition with more than a dozen of the most talented choirs in the Cincinnati region with just one ticket!

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati Cinderella
November 30 – December 30
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine Street

SCPA Nutcracker Holiday Ballet
December 1-4
School for Creative and Performing Arts
Enjoy a performance of this classic ballet done by the talented young performers at SCPA in Over-the-Rhine!

Gift Ideas:
Gift an ArtWorks Mural Tour
This holiday season give the gift of exploration! Purchase tickets for an ArtWorks Mural Tour and learn the inside story behind Cincinnati’s amazing collection of larger than life murals while learning about Cincinnati’s heritage and history. Tickets can be purchased in bundles of 2 ($32.74) or 4 ($65.48) and are good towards the 2017 tour season. Ticket redemption begins in April 2017 and tours will run every weekend from May through October. To purchase your mural tour ticket voucher please email