Watch as your cabin fever rapidly reduces to post-Christmas cheer when you throw on your fanciest pair of snowshoes and head to the finest festivities that downtown Cincinnati has to offer. Begin the healing process by stretching your legs a bit and dancing your way to the Aronoff Center (650 Walnut St.) for a whimsical performance of The Nutcracker. Take in the wondrous choreography of Val Caniparoli as Tchaikovsky hums in your ears through Dec. 26. You’ll even get the chance to meet the cast onstage after the show during the Sugar Plum Parade. Ticket prices range from $30-$70. Go here to for more information.
If the Cincinnati Ballet doesn’t tire you out, chug into the Duke Energy Center (139 E.
Fourth St.) for its 65th season of holiday train displays. This free event showcases over 300 miniature train cars and engines. With over 1,000 feet of track, it’s one of the world’s largest model train layouts. Experience the fun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Dec. 25). The excitement runs through Dec. 31.
Now that you feel the need for speed, stop by Fountain Square (corner of Fifth and Vine St.) for a few laps around the US Bank Ice Rink. It’s a mere $3 to skate and only $3 for skate rental. Slide through Cincinnati’s favorite outdoor ice rink 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday through Jan. 2. It's even open Christmas Eve (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Christmas Day (2-10 p.m.)!
If this isn’t enough holiday hodgepodge to satisfy your season’s cravings, go here for a complete listing of downtown merriment.