Signs, ornaments, tickets and T-shirts: 9 holiday gift ideas for Cincinnati arts & culture fans

CINCINNATI - No pressure, but it's getting down to the wire when it comes to gift-giving for the holidays. Here are 9 unique gifts for the arts and culture fans on your shopping list.

1. American Sign Museum tickets

This eclectic Cincinnati museum covers the full range of American signage and offers a guided tour. Tod Swormstedt wanted to capture the stories behind our signs before they were lost forever, so he founded the museum, "as his self-proclaimed mid-life crisis project."

Price: $15 for adults. $10 for seniors, students, active duty military and groups of 10 or more.
How to get them: Go to

2. Cincinnati Dinner Train tickets

All aboard for a delicious 4-course dinner along with a three-hour train ride departing from Cincinnati. A ticket includes the meal and the excursion itself.

Price: $74.50 per person
How to get them:

3.  The Behringer-Crawford Museum tickets

Featuring 450 million years of Northern Kentucky history and culture as viewed through the lens of transportation, this museum is housed in an historic Devou family home.

It is great for those who love local history. Visitors can enjoy hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities.

Price: $7 for adults; $6 for seniors (60+); $4 for children (3-17)
How to get them:

4. "100 Things Reds Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die"

For all the Reds fans and sports culture geeks out there, this book just may be a home run.

Price:  $14.95
How to get it: Joseph Beth Booksellers

5. Flying Pig ornament

If you're looking for a unique ornament--or really anything that has to do with Cincinnati--check out the I Love Cincinnati Shoppe, located in Tower Place Mall downtown. The flying pig ornament is adorable and affordable.

Price: $7.99
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6. Moerlein Lager House brewery tour tickets

Learn about Cincinnati history and have a beer. Ticket holders will experience a unique 75-minute program that features a guided tour of the brewery by a Moerlein Lager House brewer,plus a guided tour of Cincinnati’s beer history featuring historical photos, documents and other memorabilia.

Two commemorative beer, or non-alcoholic, drink tokens will be provided.

Price: $10
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7. Tickets to The Nutcracker

Cincinnati Ballet is famous for its performance of The Nutcracker. Running from Dec. 20 through Dec. 29, tickets are still available.

Price: Varies from around $50 to $100
How to get: Cincinnati Ballet website

8. Annual passes to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

This really is a gift that keeps on giving. Enjoy the Festival of Lights during the holidays and the beautiful gardens throughout the spring and summer.

Price: Starts at $62
How to get: Cincinnati Zoo website 

9. Cool T-shirts

Available for men, women and children in a variety of styles, City State Tees can be found at local retailers such as Mustard Seed Boutique, Contemporary Arts Center and Joseph Beth Booksellers--to name a few.

Price: Starts at $15.60
How to get: Online at


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