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CINCINNATI - Because it’s Christmas week, we decided to make our “9 things to know” column a little more festive! Here are 9 things to know about Christmas staples in the Tri-State:

1.) The Nativity Scene at the Krohn Conservatory (Eden Park) has been displayed for 75 years.

2.) PNC’s Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo boasts nearly 2 MILLION colorful LED lights!

3.) Dec. 24 is your last day to skate with Santa at the US Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square.

4.) The Duke Energy Holiday Train tradition began in 1946; the trains were gifted to the Cincinnati Museum Center in 2011.

5.) Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati is preparing for the Annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. This tradition dates back to 1939.

6.) Looking for a great local craft brew to pair with your holiday meals? Many local breweries release Christmas or winter brews just in time for the holiday season. Try Rivertown’s Winter Ale, or any of your other local favorites!

7.) Christmas in Cincinnati means one thing:  the annual Playhouse in the Park performance of “A Christmas Carol.” It’s one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions and runs through Dec. 29.

8.) Sure, we’ve heard about Santa and his reindeer. But did you know that Santa is also a proficient scuba diver? Head to the Newport Aquarium to visit Scuba Santa, who has been called one of the most unusual holiday experiences in America.

9.) Light up your holidays with a visit to Fountain Square to see the Macy’s Holiday Tree, which stands 60 feet tall.

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