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Holidays in Over-the-Rhine


Calling all last minute shoppers!
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Thank you for supporting locally-owned businesses!

The holiday shopping season is here and there are dozens of shop local, holiday and arts events being held in Over-the-Rhine, details are included in the press release below.

The Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Chamber announced in November that 41 new businesses have joined the dynamic dining and shopping scene in OTR in the past 12 months. The new consumer-oriented businesses (retail, service and restaurant) have created more than 640 new jobs for the neighborhood and City of Cincinnati.

For every dollar you spend at local independent businesses, 3 times more of your money goes back into the local economy compared to one spent at a big box, according to the American Independent Business Alliance.

New to the 2015 holiday season are Over-the-Rhinedeers, holiday helpers that will be stationed in a tent at 12th and Vine Streets and throughout OTR on weekends in November and December. The Over-the-Rhinedeers will be available to answer questions and direct shoppers to dining and retail locations.

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2015 Shop Local Events

Holidays in the Bag on Black Friday, 7th Annual
Friday, November 27
Participating Merchants in Over-the-Rhine
Avoid the rush of the malls by shopping Over-the-Rhine for unique, local gifts in a relaxed atmosphere. Buy the official “Holiday Bag” and receive a discount at participating stores. Each year, the proceeds from the sale of the bags benefits an OTR nonprofit. This year’s nonprofit is Mortar OTR.

Final Friday in November
Friday, November 27
Participating Merchants and Galleries in Over-the-Rhine
Studio walks are the Final Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Studios of the Pendleton Art Center are open to the public to view creative art space, as well as purchase artwork directly from artists. Galleries and shops on Main and Vine Streets hold late hours and receptions, as well.

Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show
Saturday, November 28, 11AM – 6PM
Music Hall Ballroom, 1241 Elm Street
It's your favorite craft show of the year! Stop in historic Music Hall Ballroom for 90 crafters from all over the eastern U.S. coming to the show, plus a live DJ, great food, a cash bar, craft activities and swag bags for the first 100 shoppers.

AmEx Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28
A day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Last year, research shows over 14.3 billion dollars were spent by people Shopping Small(r) in their communities. This year, the support is expected be even bigger. Support your favorite OTR neighborhood, the city’s mecca for small business.

Main Street Stroll and Shop and Caroling
Saturday, December 5
Come to Over-the-Rhine and enjoy the restaurants and shops as local choirs and roving carolers perform throughout the neighborhood, spreading holiday cheer.

Findlay Market Holiday Market
December 5-6
Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street
Merchants & vendors line the South side of the market with Christmas gifts, food and drinks.

City Flea in Washington Park
Saturday, December 12, 5 – 10 PM
Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street
Wrap up the 2015 City Flea event series while wrapping up all your holiday gifts. Avoid the craziness this year and do your shopping locally. Expect a festive atmosphere at this evening cold weather market. Hot drinks and hotter vendors will keep the fire inside you burnin’ strong!

Final Friday Before Christmas
Friday, December 18
Participating Merchants and Galleries in Over-the-Rhine
Shop Over-the-Rhine and continue the festive joy with extended hours at merchants. Pick up unique, locally-sourced gifts at the stores and galleries, and celebrate the season at your favorite restaurants and bars.

2015 Holiday Events:

OTR-a-Glow, 4th Annual
Kickoff on Friday, November 27
A window display competition where residents, businesses and nonprofits come together for seven nights of light in Over-the-Rhine. Between 5:30-10:00pm participants will set the windows of OTR (upstairs and down) a-glow with creative displays. Originality is rewarded, but all entries must include a non-flammable light source and a holiday theme; celebrating OTR’s history is not required but encouraged!

Plaid Friday / Black Friday with Park + Vine
Friday, November 27
Plaid Friday Hike is hosted by Park + Vine with Imago, an environmental education organization in Price Hill. Plaid Friday is named after an alternative to Black Friday that started in Oakland, California in 2009. The six-mile hike starts 10 a.m. at Park + Vine with a boxed lunch from the store’s lunch counter to be taken along. Registration begins Nov. 7 online.

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park
Saturday, November 28 and every Saturday in December through December 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
Washington Park
Every Saturday in December, Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm, Santa. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!

Light Up OTR, 5th Annual
Saturday, December 12 at 6:00pm
Washington Park
Light Up OTR is a community-based Holiday party hosted by Agar and other partners. Guests assemble in Washington Park for the lighting of the holiday tree in Washington Park.

OTR Holiday Home Tour
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13
Future Leaders OTR, 1212 Race Street
This approximately 90 minute self-guided holiday home tour is the second annual fundraiser for Future Leaders OTR. Future Leaders OTR is a not for profit group dedicated to shaping the lives of the youth in our community. 100% of the ticket price will go to Future Leaders OTR. We encourage you to come and explore a collection of restored homes during this event. Home owners invite you and yours inside their charming residences to get a unique glimpse of once neglected buildings brought back to life decorated for the holidays!

Holiday BRIGHT Ride
Saturday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Decorate your bike and yourself with your bright lights and things. Or dress up in your holiday costume. Or both. And join us on your bike as we bring smiles to residents and shoppers all across Over-the-Rhine and Downtown.

OTR Rail Dog Parade 2015
Saturday, December 19
Find them on Facebook. More details coming soon!

2015 Holiday Performing Arts Events:

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops
Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street
Nov 28 | 7 PM Pops: Home Alone
Dec 4 & 5 | 8 PM CSO: Prokofiev + Cello Majesty
Dec 6 | 4 PM CSO Chamber Players: Beethoven’s Piano Trio
Dec 11, 12 | 8 PM Pops: Holiday Pops
Dec 13 | 2 PM Pops: Holiday Pops
Dec 15 | 7:30 PM Pops: Michael W. Smith
Dec 20 | 2 PM CSO & May Festival: Messiah
Dec 31 | 8 PM Pops: Fly Me to the Moon

Know Theatre All Childish Things
November 20 – December 19
The Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street
A long time ago (2006) in a galaxy far, far away (Norwood)…. Dave, Carter and Max have a problem. Their lives never fulfilled the promise that the Star Wars films made, they never had the means to embark on their own galactic adventure. But they have a plan. They will raid Kenner’s secret warehouse and get all the collectibles they can for a mysterious buyer. What can go wrong?

Christmas Saengerfest with the American Legacy Tour
Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5
Venues include: Over-the-Rhine Community Church, Christian Moerlein Brewery, St. Francis Seraph, and First Lutheran
Saengerfest is a German tradition that celebrates choirs and singing groups, and historically Cincinnati has been known for hosting the event that attracted visitors across the country. On December 4 and 5, you will have to opportunity to celebrate this beautiful tradition with more than a dozen of the most talented choirs in the Cincinnati region with just one ticket!

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati Cinderella
December 2 – January 3
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine Street
This fun spin on the classic fairy tale that demonstrates being smart is true beauty! When the King pressures his romantically challenged son to choose a bride from hundreds of “applicants,” a cross-country tour of the kingdom ensues to reunite a missing sneaker—yes a sneaker!—with its rightful owner.

SCPA Nutcracker Holiday Ballet
December 3-6
School for Creative and Performing Arts
Enjoy a performance of this classic ballet done by the talented young performers at SCPA in Over-the-Rhine!