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News from Downtown - 12.16.21

It’s the final week before Christmas and there’s still so much celebrating to fit in before family parties and holiday dinners! It's also the perfect time to do some holiday shopping before it's too late.  Support local and find fun, one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones. For the pottery and home décor aficionado, SKT Ceramics, Rookwood Pottery and Lucca create home accent masterpieces. Staples like Koch Sporting Goods, Cincy Shirts, Go(o)d Co., and Homage offer Cincinnati-specific apparel; and if you're looking for paper goods and office accessories for a friend or co-worker, Handzy Shop + Studio, Paper Wings, Hathaway Stamps and Indigo Hippo offer a variety of journals, planners and pens, perfect for last-minute gifting ideas. If you run out of time, the all-digital Queen City Card is a great last-minute gift idea that recipients can use at more than 100 Downtown merchants.

Take a break while you're shopping today and head over to Fountain Square from 4-5:30 p.m. where team and holiday spirit collide with a visit from Bearcat Santa! Put on your most spirited (and warmest) red and black, and head to the West Grove at Fountain Square for a special appearance from this local jolly mascot before he heads to Texas for the Cotton Bowl. While you’re there, book a reservation to check out the return of the bumper cars at the UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank—and warm up with beverages from the Container Bar!

One of Cincinnati’s favorite holiday traditions returned this week as The Nutcracker made its way to the Cincinnati Ballet stage. Make time to visit Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they go on a dreamland adventure with a soundtrack from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are on sale now and the show runs through December 26.

Close out the weekend on Sunday with another Rhinegeist movie night, this time featuring Home Alone. Watch Kevin and the whole McCallister family in this classic holiday movie with popcorn, candy and food specials from OTR Chili. The show starts at 7 p.m., so get to the taproom early and grab a seat!

If you haven't been following along with the 12 Days of Giveaways, the Downtown Cincinnati Instagram page has been curating gifts and spreading holiday cheer. There are still six chances to win Downtown-themed items! Follow Downtown Cincinnati for a chance to win daily gifts, from gift cards and art passes to concert tickets and local swag.

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