CINCINNATI — Temperatures may drop this weekend as the Tri-State gets its first glimpse of wintry weather, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have some fun. Whether you want to stay in your car and watch some cute holiday light displays or want to start your holiday shopping at a market or two, here are the top 9 events around the Tri-State this weekend:
Coney Island Nights of Lights
The winter wonderland of Coney Island kicks off the season this weekend. Attendees can walk through the region’s largest synchronized holiday light show, featuring over 2 million lights accompanied by holiday music. Exhibits include Christmas trees, snowflakes, dancing candy canes and more.
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WHAT: Coney Island Nights of Lights
WHEN: All weekend, 6-10 p.m.
WHERE: Coney Island Park, 62011 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Cincinnati Pizza Week
Cincinnati Pizza Week ends November 13, but there’s still plenty of time to get a delicious slice of pizza. With $9 pizza deals, you can save money — and pizza — at several different pizza places across the tri-state, including Taglio, The Gruff, Catch-A-Fire Pizza and more.
For a full rundown of Pizza Celebration and the 9 pizzas you need to try, click here.
WHAT: Cincinnati Pizza Week
WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Various locations
Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
It’s never too early to start holiday shopping, and this weekend is the perfect time. The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center for its 22nd year and will feature over 325 vendors. The market offers a wide variety of gifts, decorations, clothing, toys, handmade items, foods and baked goods.
For those interested, you can purchase general admission tickets here.
WHAT: Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
WHEN: Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Turkey Trails 5K & 10K
It might be a little chilly outside on Saturday morning, but it’s the perfect excuse to get your blood pumping and take part in the Turkey Trails 5K or 10K. A Thanksgiving-themed race, the race is perfect for all members of the family. Those who participate receive a jersey, medal, chip timing, live results and rewards, free photos, costumes, post-race food and more. The race is sponsored by Bodies Race Company, which aims to have a positive impact on communities.
For those interested, you can register for the races here. It’s $40 for the 5K or 10K.
WHAT: Turkey Trails 5K & 10K
WHEN: Saturday, races start at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Art on the Vine at Rhinegeist Brewery
There’s nothing better than being able to sip a cold beer or drink while doing… well, anything. On Sundays, you can do just that while you shop some of the best local artists, vendors and more during Art on Vine. Monthly Photo Art features artwork, handmade products, and more from over 80 artists from across the Ohio region.
For those interested, the event is free for all, and it’s also kid-friendly.
WHAT: Art on the Vine at Rhinegeist Brewery
WHEN: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and the Mac & Cheese Throwdown will see multiple chefs go head-to-head with their own version of the snack. The cheesy smackdown will see chefs from Keystone Bar & Grill, Lucious Q, Sweets & Meats, and more go head-to-head.
If you are interested, you can buy tickets here.
WHAT: Cheese macaroni
WHEN: Friday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
WHERE: The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Judy Garland Centennial with Cincinnati Pops
In honor of Judy Garland’s 100th birthday, Get Happy: Judy Garland Centennial will see the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra tour the star’s life and songs. You can enjoy film clips, never-before-seen photos, rare audio recordings and, of course, music. The ‘Wizard of Oz’ star’s early career will be explored through his time on television as well as his gigging years.
If you are interested, you can buy tickets here.
WHAT: Judy Garland Centennial with Cincinnati Pops
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Summit Park Skating Rink
Ice skating is a quintessential winter activity, and luckily for us, Summit Park is opening its rink this weekend. Warm 98.5 will be at the rink to celebrate its opening. Admission, which includes skates, is $7 per person.
You can find more information about the opening here.
WHAT: Summit Park Skating Rink
WHEN: Saturday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
WHERE: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
Are you a pickle lover? Well, Jungle Jim’s Fairfield location has the perfect event for you on Saturday. Pickle Wars will see several different brands of pickles available to taste test to determine which is the tastiest. The best part is that you can choose who wears the “crown of crunch”.
If you’re interested, Pickle Wars will take place in Jungle Jim’s produce department.
WHAT: Pickle Wars!
WHEN: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Jungle Jim International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014