Top 5 Things to Do in Cincinnati This Weekend: November 13-15
1. Holiday Junction with Duke Energy Trains
One of Cincinnati’s most beloved vacation traditions returns this weekend when Duke Energy vacation trains arrive at the Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave., Queensgate) for the season. With over 300 wagons and 60 locomotives, trains have delighted generations since their downtown debut in 1946.
New for this year is a Northern Lights display perfect for family photos and a touchless interactive story book that guests can flip through with a wave of their hand. Brickopolis returns this year, with Lego bricks designed in fantastical scenes from Disney, Marvel, DC Comics and Harry Potter. Additionally, Tower A – the historic Union Terminal control tower – will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday to provide visitors with a unique view of the working yard. Holiday Junction operates from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday. Saturday and Sunday until January 3. cincymuseum.com/holiday-junction.
2. Winterland in bricks
Another Lego-inspired event this weekend takes place at the Sharonville Convention Center when Winterland in Bricks, the first Lego show in Cincinnati in six years, comes to town. The convention, hosted by the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Lego User‘s Group, features over 10,000 square feet of Lego displays, as well as over 100 dealer tables with vendors selling everything Lego related.
The show runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $ 12 at the door, free for ages 4 and under. Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville. cincybrickshow.com.
3. Christmas at the junction
This family vacation celebration showcases the world’s largest indoor model train display and Main Street Holiday Trains display, including an all-new Polar Express display. There is a children’s play area and this year children can use a video screen to talk with Santa in his workshop at the North Pole.
Christmas opening at the junction Saturday and runs until January 3. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with special hours extended until 9 p.m. from December 7 to 30. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. Closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Tickets are $ 17.95 for an all-purpose entry, $ 15.95 in advance. Free parking. 513-898-8000; Entertrainmentjunction.com.
4. A very happy holiday garden
The majestic Krohn Conservatory Flower Showroom has been carefully designed with a special Cincinnati theme that is sure to create wonderful vacation memories for the whole family. A Very Merry Garden Holiday finds the veranda adorned with lush green foliage, beautiful red poinsettias, holiday trees and enchanting trains with a miniature world showcasing the city’s iconic landmarks.
You’ll also see the large evergreen tree in the lobby decorated with hand-made natural ornaments created by Krohn artisans, who also designed a natural fairy mini-village in the Desert House. Some handmade ornaments will also be available in the gift shop. The holiday show opens at 10 a.m. daily Saturday and ends January 12. Tickets cost $ 10, $ 7 for ages 5 to 17, and free for ages 4 and under. The Krohn Conservatory is located at 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. 513-421-4086; cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.
5. Light up the fair
This holiday light show, held nightly at the Boone County Fairgrounds (5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington) features a synchronized driving light show with over 1.5 million channels of computer-controlled lights, a snowflake tunnel of 300 foot snow and a 50 – a Christmas tree made up of over 25,000 lights. You never have to leave your car to enjoy the show as music is streamed through your car stereo and contactless tickets are available for purchase from the website for completely safe and socially remote vacation enjoyment.
Light Up the Fair is owned and operated by Boone Lighting Effects, a small local company, and since each light can be independently controlled to make them run and dance to the music, every time you visit it’s a different experience. . It opens for the season Friday and operates from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday until Thursday until January 2. Tickets cost $ 6 per person, free for ages 3 and under. lightupthefair.com.
Honorable mention: The Velvet Rabbit
When the Cincinnati Children’s Theater launches its 101st season this week, it can look and feel a little different. Its award-winning MainStage productions will be offered as live, social-distanced and live performances, as well as digital streaming shows that you can watch at home or at school via the Broadway On Demand online service.
The first show of the new season is The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams’ classic version of a plush bunny made real by the lasting love of a child. The production is suitable for all ages and takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday until December 13. The Children’s Theater is located at 4015 Red Bank Road, Fairfax. thechildrenstheatre.com.
Honorable mention: An evening with Lauren Eylise
Renowned Cincinnati singer-songwriter Lauren Eylise celebrates the release of her new project, “This Is Personal,” with a live performance at Music Hall on Friday night. The 7 p.m. show will be a social-distancing affair with fans dressed in cocktail attire for the evening. Tickets are sold in pairs and include one free drink ticket per person. $ 75 per pair. Music Hall is located at 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. laureneylise.com.