8 Unique Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Over-the-Rhine this Weekend
What and When:
St. Francis Seraph and Sarah Center Bazaar: December 8
Snowflake Sale at the Art Academy of Cincinnati: December 8, Noon-4PM
Collective Espresso opens: December 8 – 207 Woodward
Spirit of Christmas Tour: December 8, 15, 22
Happy Holidays with the Pops: December 7-9
Caroling in the Quarter, 4th Annual: December 8
The BRIGHT Ride (Holiday Edition): December 8, 6:30pm
Everyone has his or her favorite holiday tradition. This weekend in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnatians have the opportunity to create new family traditions. Avoid the hustle and bustle of malls and shop local in OTR, visit Santa at Washington Park and listen to the 4th Annual Caroling in the Quarter and hear popular Christmas songs throughout OTR. Take a Spirit of Christmas Tour, watch the windows of OTR sparkle as part of OTR AGLOW, or take a fun bike ride around neighborhood decked out in bright lights. All this and much more…
Nearly 40 participants will set the windows of OTR a-glow with creative displays. Originality is rewarded, but all entries must include three things: a non-flammable light source; a holiday theme; celebrate OTR, its history, or traditions. Official Judging takes place December 1-7, with a celebration and awards party on Saturday, December 8. Awards will be given in several categories for Best Street Level Business, Nonprofit, and Resident. December 1-7, between 5:30-10:00 p.m. http://www.otraglow.com
St. Francis Seraph and Sarah Center Bazaar:
Shop the Bazaar at the Friary, 1615 Vine Street
December 8, 22 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. during American Legacy Spirit of Christmas Tours
December 7, 21, 28 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. during Franciscan Open House Tours
Students, faculty and alumni will be selling artwork at this holiday sale. Open to the community with live music and concessions, this is the perfect opportunity to buy someone (or yourself) a unique holiday gift. Saturday, December 8, noon – 4 p.m. artacademy.edu
Enjoy church and holiday history tours in Over-the-Rhine with American Legacy Tours. December 8, 15, 22. Tickets available for purchase at http://queencitytours.
Happy Holidays with the Pops & Amy Grant (almost sold out):
Enjoy Christmas and Holiday favorites, featuring John Morris Russell and the Pops with the chart-topping vocalist Amy Grant. December 7-8 at 8 p.m. and December 9 at 2 p.m. at Music Hall. http://www.
Caroling the Quarter, 4th Annual
Come to Over-the-Rhine and enjoy the restaurants and shops as local choirs and roving carolers perform throughout the neighborhood, spreading holiday cheer! Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Raison D’Etre 11:00 am – 1 pm, Roving Main Street & Vine Street
- Cincinnati Christmas Carolers 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Roving Main Street & Vine Street.
- Double Nickel Vocal Band 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, Roving Main Street & Vine Street.
- YPCC Carolers @ 12th and Vine 3:45 – 4:30 to entertain the Ensemble theatre Crowd leaving the Theatre.
- Brian Ewing & Mark Messerly at the bandstand in Washington Park 5 pm – 6 pm to kick off City Flea Wrapped Up.
A festive nighttime event modeled after a European Christkindlmarket mixed with all the standard City Flea elements you have come to love at Washington Park. Saturday, December 8, 5 -10 p.m. http://www.thecityflea.
Light up your bike and meetup with other riders at Know Theatre (E. 12th and Jackson St.) at 6:30pm. Ride around OTR and Downtown taking in all the events like OTR AGLOW and The City Flea’s Wrapped Up Holiday Market. Full details here. Sponsored by Coffee Emporium and Reser Bicycle Outfitters and with support of Art on the Streets and the City of Cincinnati Bike Program.
Why: Celebrate the holidays in the historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine and support small, local businesses on Main Street this weekend. Also, support the holiday performing arts occurring throughout the holiday season, held at Ensemble Theatre, Know Theatre and Music Hall.