CINCINNATI — The holidays came early to Downtown Cincinnati as the Macy’s Holiday Tree arrived at Fountain Square and the UC Health Ice Rink opened to skaters.
The 60-foot Norwood spruce donated by Bob and Sue Milner of Salem, Ohio arrived at the square by truck at about 6 a.m. Decoration began after noon.
At 10 a.m., the square’s ice rink, also sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, opened to Cincinnati skaters. A Tree Trimming Party hosted by 3CDC invited families to make holiday crafts and watch "The Grinch" on the Fountain Square LED board.
“I love being apart this entire holiday tradition at Fountain Square,” said Christy Samad, 3CDC senior vice president of Event Management. “I feel like kids, neighbors, visitors, everyone comes and they just kinda— this our downtown and what we have going on for it. So I love seeing the faces.”
The UC Health Ice Rink is open now through February. Admission is $6, and skate rentals are free this weekend.
The official tree-lighting ceremony will commence Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. as part of Macy’s Light Up the Square event.