Top 9 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend (Dec. 19-Dec. 22)

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the Top 9 picks!

1. Celebrate a holiday classic with “A Christmas Carol”

Charles Dickens is surely the patron saint of many theaters. His beloved tale of Scrooge’s re-education by ghosts on Christmas Eve has kept many afloat with holiday productions. 

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is back for its 23rd year of running the Christmas standard. But to see how the story can be told another way, the Covedale Center is presenting a musical version of A Christmas Carol

Can there be too many Scrooges? Humbug to that! 

The Playhouse rendition runs through Dec. 29; more information and ticket prices are available at:

RELATED: V eteran actor Bruce Cromer finds the humor as Playhouse's Scrooge

If the musical is more your taste, that show runs through Sunday. To get tickets and more go to: .

fountain square ice rink

2. Slip, slide and skate at Fountain Square

Ice on the roadways is the dread of Cincinnatians from all sides -- East and West -- but ice skating on Fountain Square is a rite of passage.

Don’t worry about slipping or falling because we all have at some point; it’s not shameful, just fun. 

And even more fun for the kids (and the kids in us all) is Santa Skates, where the man in red laces up and hops on the ice with the general public.

Warm food and drinks are available and the fun costs $3 for admission and $3 for skate rentals. More information is available at:

3. ‘Take a ride’ on a holiday train at Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory’s holiday floral show -- A Cincinnati Scenic Railway -- features a model train passing through the Queen City’s shrunken, iconic bridges and buildings, including the Roebling bridge, Union Terminal and the Tyler Davidson Fountain.

Each is constructed using natural materials and surrounded by festive plant life such as poinsettias, spider plants and rosemary.

The Krohn by Candlelight event Thursday, Dec. 21 will light up the train display with glowing luminaries from 5-7:30 p.m., and includes free children’s holiday photo opportunities, holiday craft making and music by the Florence United Methodist Church Handbell Ensemble.

The event runs daily through Jan. 5. Ticket prices and more can be found at: .

fountain square ice rink

4. Indulge your drama nerd with “The 12 Dates of Christmas”

In this 70-minute solo show, Annie Kalahurka plays Mary, a New York actress who comes back to Ohio for Thanksgiving with her family, only to see her fiancé kissing another woman on national TV during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. 

What follows is a year of bad dates as she tries to move on

Kalahurka plays every character -- a pushy aunt, a nervous mom, an array of odd guys and a little boy actor who, as Tiny Tim, gives her a new perspective.

Every portrait is clear and crisp, and this amusing holiday entertainment is genuinely heartfelt.

The show wraps up Saturday so get your tickets now from the Know Theater and go to:

5. Skip Aspen but still hit the slopes

You don’t need to go to Aspen to hit the slopes -- just Lawrenceburg, Ind. 

With 23 trails ranging from beginner to expert (double black-diamond), a snowboarding “jam session” park with jumps and rails, and snow tubing, Perfect North Slopes has wintry activities for all levels of athleticism.

Currently offering special late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 1 a.m. Rentals, lessons and group rates available.

The slopes are open daily depending on the weather. For more information and ticket prices go to: .

6. Help The Movement raise money for moms

Philadelphia’s The Movement -- one of America’s most popular Reggae outfits (which also blends Rock and Hip Hop influences into its sound) -- is headed back to Cincinnati this weekend for a special show.

The event will raise funds for The L Foundation, an organization that helps children with mothers who are suffering from ovarian cancer and also assists in efforts to find a cure for the disease. 

The Reggae rockers, who released their Side By Side album (featuring returning original guitarist/vocalist Joshua Swain) this summer, will be joined by eclectic Cincinnati Jam band The Manifest Station for the benefit event.

The show kicks off at 9 p.m. Saturday at Stanley’s Pub in Columbia-Tusculum. Tickets are $10.

7. Raise a glass to some holiday cheer & support your local breweries

It’s a special time of year as your local breweries celebrate not only the holidays, but also the tapping of special seasonal beers.

Keep your eyes on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, (and #9beer of course,) for all the special seasonal fun.

Up first this week is an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Cellar Dweller .

The brewery and vineyard will have music from Them Bones Blues Band, food and beer specials and more. The event will also help a great cause as the brewery is collecting food donations for local charities.


event will start at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information go to:

On Saturday you can take part in a holiday dinner cruise with Christian Moerlein Brewery and BB Riverboats. It’ll be a night of beer tasting, food and fun on the Ohio River.

There will be a holiday-themed buffet and a DJ who will entertain with festive hits throughout the night

In addition to all the fun, guests get to take home a complimentary Christian Moerlein pint glass to remember their night on the river.

For tickets and more information go to:

8. Keep the playoff push alive at Paul Brown Stadium

The Cincinnati Bengals need to win out this season to protect their AFC North title and secure a high seed in the playoffs.

They’ll be taking on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at PBS. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

After the disastrous outing in Pittsburgh and the loss of punter Kevin Huber, the team will need all the support it can get.

So get out, get tailgating and get your tickets at

The Bengals are unbeaten at home, so keep the hope alive!

9. Take a trip to Dickens’ 19th Century England

Complete your Sunday morning with a unique holiday brunch straight from 19th-century England. 

The Dickens Brunch features a wide array of brunch favorites, such as omelets and waffles, along with a signature selection of English dishes including carved leg of lamb and North Sea Salmon.

Finish off the perfect brunch entrée with a tasty treat, from figgy pudding to mince meat pie to chocolate-dipped strawberries.

And don’t forget about the added festive bonus in the lobby: a gingerbread city display to amuse the entire family.

For menus and meal prices or to make reservations, go to: .

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