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News from Downtown - 12.17.20

If you still need some holiday gift ideas, this is your last call to shop locally at the Winter Market. Head to Washington Park on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. to find those last-minute purchases on items made by local and regional vendors. Each market has featured a different selection of vendors, and this weekend will include some of our favorite merchants who are frequent vendors at the park. This is also the last weekend to visit with Santa Claus at Santa’s Workshop, so bring the kids to Washington Park from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with Black Santa appearing on Sunday.

Tonight, you can do some evening shopping at the HomeMakers Holiday Night Market, hosted by HomeMakers Bar located at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine. The market is open from 6-8:30 p.m., and features products made by 10 female-owned businesses. While you’re there, enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail and comfort food on the patio that offers heaters and a fire pit to keep you warm. If you need more shopping ideas, the owners of HomeMakers recently published a book of cocktail recipes, appetizers, and tips for entertaining at home, which sounds perfect for the party hosts in your life. A portion of the book sales will also go to Project Connect, a program of Cincinnati Public Schools that supports homeless children and their families. To purchase the book, click here.

Live performances may be cancelled, but you can still enjoy holiday favorite The Nutcracker by the Cincinnati Ballet from the comfort of home. The Nutcracker will be broadcast on WLWT (Channel 5) half a dozen times next week, with the first showing Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. Recorded at Cincinnati Music Hall, this year’s production will feature the same beautiful sets and costume designs as previous years, with the ballet’s Main Company dancers performing director Victoria Morgan’s dazzling choreography. The viewing schedule is available here.

Make sure to explore the bright and festive FOUND holiday installations located around Downtown, including the Windows of Wonder along Vine Street throughout the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine, and the Founders Forest located in Imagination Alley at 1319 Vine Street. Information on the artists for the over 20 window locations are included in this list and map, as well as other holiday events and programming happening Downtown. Share your Downtown holiday images on social media with the hashtag, #GetYourCincyOn.

Don’t forget that the Queen City Card makes a great holiday gift, and it’s fast and easy to purchase and send to friends and family with the click of a mouse. This e-gift card allows you to customize your greeting and set a specific date and time for delivery. The Queen City Card can be redeemed at over 80 Downtown Cincinnati locations, which helps support local businesses.

You can still enter to win some great prizes through our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways promotion, including gift certificates and other fun items from various restaurants, retailers and arts organizations around Downtown Cincinnati. A new giveaway bundle will be announced each weekday through Dec. 22. Visit Downtown Cincinnati's Instagram for instructions on how to enter to win!

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