The holiday season is here, which means it is time for gift buying and good cheer. With that in mind, check out these top things to do this weekend.
Light the Forest: 5-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford. $7-$12. This weekend, experience Cincinnati Nature Center in a whole new light with Light in the Forest. The nature center trails will sparkle with gentle lights reflecting themes of peace, tranquility and inspiration featuring the forest as a canvas for an artistic display of light. The softly illuminated trees and paths will include three installations by OBLSK, a participant in Cincinnati’s popular BLINK event. Throughout the walking tour, you will enjoy music, bonfires, holiday shopping, and the historic Krippendorf Lodge and Abner Hollow Cabin adorned in period decorations. Pre-registration is required for this event and capacity is limited due to pandemic safety protocols. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Winter Market powered by MORTAR: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. This weekend, Winter Market returns for its second weekend of festive shopping to the heart of Cincinnati. The Winter Market at Washington Park on Saturday will feature regional artisans and crafters in newly designed huts. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.
Santa's Workshop featuring Black Santa: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. COVID-19 can't keep the big man down. That's right. Santa Claus will be at Washington Park this weekend to hear the wishes of children throughout the Queen City. Face masks, social distancing and other health measures will be in place to keep children and parents safe. Parents also will need to bring their own cameras to click photographs. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.
Holiday Market at Findlay Market: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. Findlay Market's annual Holiday Market will feature more than 40 farmers and outdoor vendors, plus dozens of full-time merchants selling holiday gifts, food and decor. The Findlay Market Biergarten will be open, serving Brewdog beers and hot bourbon cider. Don't forget to get the 2020 commemorative Findlay Market holiday ornament too. For more information visit www.findlaymarket.org.
Dad Day: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Rhinegeist Brewing, 1810 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Ready to rock and roll? Rhinegeist's highly anticipated hoppy holiday ale is back for the season with some serious life lessons to dispense. Bust out your favorite plaid getup and join the folks at Rhinegeist for the brewery's Sixth Annual Dad Day, a celebration of all things Dad and all things plaid. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
Dark Charge Day: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. 7th St., Covington. This year's Dark Charge Day will look a little different than in the past. Braxton will be hosting release parties of its Dark Charge beer variants at its Cincinnati, Covington, Fort Mitchell and Bellevue locations on Saturday. For a complete rundown of festivities taking place at each location visit www.darkchargeday.com.