One of the places that I was SO EXCITED about visiting during my media trip with Positively Cleveland was the house from the movie “A Christmas Story.” It was actually even on my adventure list.
There are so many great holiday events around Cincinnati that I look forward to each year. As your calendar fills up, you will want to make sure that you save these dates so that you don’t miss out! [Read more…]
Looking for a unique experience around the holidays? Kentucky has several holiday adventures throughout the state that are perfect for making memories with friends and family.
I invited travelers to share some of their favorite unique holiday themed adventures and destinations. I think their recommendations will inspire you to add a lot of these places to your list.
The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky offers a lot for families to do around the holidays. Each year, Christmas at the Galt continues to grow with additional activities offered for families. Let’s start with the Dancing Bellman. Each evening at 5pm the bellman show off their dancing skills in the SUITE lobby. These are bellman by trade, who go through an intensive training with a choreographer 2 months prior that also helped several of the dancers shred some pounds as a result.
BRICKmas is an exhibit for anyone who enjoys creativity and fun. The OKILUG (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Lego User’s Group) have put together another incredible display that will amaze audiences young and old.
The Greater Cincinnati area has so much to offer during the holiday season. I’ve created a list of fun events and attractions to add to your list.
Special Upcoming Events not to miss!
“A Christmas Carol” at Playhouse in the Park (Nov 26- Dec 28)
Ice Skate at Fountain Square (Nov 21-Feb 15)
PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo (Nov 22- Jan 3)
Holiday in Lights (Nov 21-Dec 31)
Holiday Lights on the Hill (Nov 21- Jan 4)
The Nutcracker by the Cincinnati Ballet (Dec. 19-27)
Macy’s Downtown Dazzle (Nov. 29, Dec. 6 & 13)
FREE Weekend Carriage Rides ( – Dec 14)
Krohn Holiday Show: Magic and Mistletoe (Nov. 15-Jan 4)
Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art (Nov. 7- Jan 4)
Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium (Nov 28- Jan1)
Beach Mountain snow tubing (Begins Nov 21)
Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center (Nov 7- Jan 4)
Holiday Toy Trains at The Behringer- Crawford Museum (Nov 15 -Jan 18)
Christmastown at the Creation Museum (all Fridays and Saturdays in December)
Christmas Ranch (Nov 28-Dec 31)
Perfect North Slopes tubing and snow skiing
Nov. 14-16 Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
Nov. 21 US Bank Ice Rink at Fountain Square opens
Nov. 22 Balluminaria 2014 at Eden Park 4-6 pm (Cancelled due to weather)
Nov.26- 30 A Christmas Carol at Playhouse in the Park
Nov. 28- 30 Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt (11-9pm)
Nov. 29 Macy’s Light up the Square (6-9)
Nov.29 Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
Dec. 1-28 A Christmas Carol at Playhouse in the Park
Dec 2-7 Elf – The Broadway Musical
Dec 5,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,18, 19, 20,21,22 “Awaited” A Christmas Show at Crossroads (free)
Dec. 5-6 Redsfest
Dec 5-6 Christmas Saengerfest
Dec 5,6,11,12 13th Annual Victorian Holiday Village
Dec 11,12 Old Kentucky Christmas (free)
Dec 12 Light up OTR (free)
Dec 13,14 Old Kentucky Christmas (free)
Dec. 13 Macy’s Downtown Dazzle (free)
Dec 14 Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art (Free on Sundays)
Dec 20 An Acoustic Christmas with Over the Rhine at the Taft Theatre
All events were accurate at the time of this posting but make sure that you double check with the event source before the event in case there are any changes or cancellations. Click the link for the event’s website.
Last year was the revival of a Cincinnati tradition that began in 1849. My interest in the Saengerfest Choir festival first began after taking the Spirit of Christmas Tour that highlighted beautiful historic churches in Over The Rhine.
The tour shares stories about how each of the churches were central to community. The tour also lets you hear from various ministers and priests and parishioners who are still dedicated to serving the community. (you can read more about it here)
I LOVED the Spirit of Christmas Tour and my husband and I LOVED Saengerfest last year!!!! The experience was absolutely beautiful in every way. The choirs, music, venues and atmosphere create an incredible memory to share with loved ones.
Here is a little more about how Saengerfest started. As someone who grew up in the Cincinnati area, I had no idea that our city had such an incredible tradition for so many years.
Cincinnati is known as the birthplace of Saengerfest, a German tradition that celebrated choir singing groups, or “Saengerbunds.” The North American Saengerbund was developed by German immigrants, and originally only consisted of choirs from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indiana. The newly formed Saengerbund decided to carry on the German tradition of Saengerfests in the United States, and held the first-ever Saengerfest in Cincinnati in 1849.Saengerfest grew quickly, and in merely three years the size of the group more than doubled. By 1870, Saengerfest consisted of almost two thousand singers and over 60 choirs. Cincinnati was bringing thousands of people into the area to witness these celebrations and even attracting national attention.
A 1879 article in the New York Times detailed the event in Over-the-Rhine and described it as “worthy of comparison with the Mardisgras of Southern cities.”Saengerfest not only involved the German immigrants and constituents of the area, but it attracted thousands of people from across the U.S. The event continued to grow and return to Cincinnati regularly, eventually becoming a huge tradition of the area. However, this began to change with the introduction of the May Festival in 1873. A lot of people dismissed the festival and were resistant to embracing it for fear of taking attention away from Saengerfest. Eventually, the May Festival gained a great amount of attention and detracted support from Saengerfest. Despite the resistance efforts, many talented singers and supporters broke away from Saengerfest to perform in the May Festival. The popularity of the May Festival continued to grow, and the attention surrounding the traditional Saengerfests slowly died down. Though Saengerfests are still a part of the North American Sangerbund tradition, Cincinnati has not hosted Saengerfest since 1952 and the support has greatly dwindled. It is time to bring this Festival Back.
I love the heart behind the organizers of Saengerfest.
Two years ago, during the Spirit of Christmas Tour American Legacy Tours came across two revelations. First, that people love the churches and sacred spaces of Over-The-Rhine. Second, that these places need exposure. With the current renaissance in the community everyone from business owners, community non-profits, and developers have received assistance. The religious community has not, and we wanted to help generate exposure for the work these groups do. In some cases churches have membership of just 20 people, but serve the needs of over 300 people from GED training to soup kitchens.
During Saengerfest there are multiple choirs performing at multiple churches each hour. This gives attendees the option to chose their own adventure and experience the diverse beauty and talent offered. There are 9 choirs and 5 venues that will host the event.
*Washington Park has a parking garage that is central to all of the churches.
I’ve been given tickets (6) pairs to giveaway to Saengerfest for Friday or Saturday night!!