Looking for things to do this winter? Bundle up and check out these local events!

ProLink Staffing's Light Up the Square

Macy's Light Up the Square (photo: Jeff Swinger)
ProLink Staffing's Light Up the Square is the city's annual kick off to the holiday season and is held on Fountain Square the day after Thanksgiving with a ceremonial lighting of the Square’s 50-foot Christmas tree, live music, fireworks and an appearance by Santa himself. Perfect your triple-loop (or make a skate-train with a group of friends) at the Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink, stop by Graeter’s for a scoop of something sweet, or grab hot chocolate and snacks from one of the local food trucks while you revel in the good cheer. Great for the whole family!
 
 

PNC Festival of Lights

PNC Festival of Lights (photo: Cincinnati Zoo)
November 18 - January 8
The PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is a holiday tradition in the Cincinnati region! Visitors will marvel at over 5 million LED lights that transform the zoo into a true winter wonderland, then visit a fairy wonderland, ride the holiday express and hit up the S'mores-n-More stand for treats. Don't miss the 40th anniversary of this spectacular event!
 
 

Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Cincinnati International Wine Festival
March 9 - 11
Calling all wine lovers! Held at the Duke Energy Convention Center, the International Wine Festival features tastings from hundreds of wineries from across the globe! Even better? Proceeds are donated to dozens of charities. 

 

Redsfest

RedsfestDecember 2 - 3, 2022
The official winter warm-up for the Cincinnati RedsRedsfest is held every year at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown, giving fans the opportunity to mingle with current and former players and coaches, participate in games and activities (there’s stuff for the kids too!) and stock up on Reds gear and hard-to-find memorabilia.

 

Cincy Beerfest

Fifty West Production Works
February 3 - 4, 2023
Where can you find more than 500 craft beers to sample all in one place? At Cincy Beerfest held at Duke Energy Convention Center.
 
 

Mittenfest

Santa's Workshop at Washington Park (photo: 3CDC)
February 18 - 19
Bundle up and head to Washington Park to fight the winter blues at the 2023 Mittenfest! Sample craft brews, hit up some food trucks, and enjoy a live DJ - plus much more.  

Click here for a list of dazzling holiday light festivals.

Written by: Baihley Grandison with updates by Amber Potter & Abby Davidson