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News from Downtown - 12.23.20

The Cincinnati Art Museum has reopened for special engagement days and will be open this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Go see the special exhibition Frank Duveneck: American Master, celebrating the famous local artist and the paintings he created during his lifetime. Ticket revenues during the special engagement days will be donated to support ArtWave’s 2021 Regional Artist Relief Fund. As part of health and safety protocols, capacity will be limited, and you must register online in advance of your visit. To purchase tickets, click here.

Looking for holiday activity ideas? Bring the family down to Fountain Square and have some fun on the ice rink. The UC Health Ice Rink presented by Fifth Third Bank will be open for skating and bumper cars on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with reservations open from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. each day. After dark, enjoy the Winter Wonder Lights, a festive light show that happens once per hour throughout the evening starting at 5:30 p.m. For rates and reservation details, click here. While you’re on the Square, stop in at Graeter’s Ice Cream and try the holiday-themed “Noel Sundae,” which includes a chocolate bundt cake topped with Peppermint Stick Ice Cream, marshmallow, hot fudge and peppermint candies. This tasty treat is available at Graeter’s through December.   

Add a festive and cozy backdrop to your home when the Taft Museum of Art launches its streaming premiere of the "Taft Fireplaces for Your Home.” This new feature will allow viewers to stream displays of the historic fireplaces located throughout the Taft house, complete with animations of a crackling fire and holiday music to set the festive mood. The fireplace video will be available on December 24 at 6:30 p.m. on the Taft Museum’s YouTube Channel.   

Seafood-lovers should check out the Feast of the Seven Fishes hosted by Washington Platform on Dec. 23-24. Enjoy a 7-course seafood dinner from 4-9 p.m. while listening to holiday-themed jazz tunes performed by 2nd Line Jazz Trio. The cost is $55 per person and reservations are required. To reserve a table, click here.

You still have time to enjoy the FOUND holiday installations located throughout downtown, including the “Windows of Wonder,” featuring over 20 storefront windows decorated with festive lighting and artwork, as well as the “Founders Forest,” which consists of decorated Christmas trees representing the 52 neighborhoods in Cincinnati. The Founders Forest is located in Imagination Alley at 1319 Vine Street. The FOUND installations will be on display through Christmas Eve, and you can find other fun holiday events happening on this list and map. You also have a few days to participate in the scavenger hunt, but you better get moving! Be sure to tag your social media posts with #GetYourCincyOn to share in the fun!

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