CHATEAU POMIJE'S ARTS & CRAFTS EXTRAVAGANZA -- Shop the Chateau's wines and crafty gifts after you scarf down a country buffet dinner (but please don't ask them if they serve hot dogs), make a couple trips to the cash bar and break it down with saxophonist Karl Dappen. 5-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday. $12. Chateau Pomije Winery, 25060 Jacobs Road, Guilford, Ind. 800-791-WINE.
CHRISTKINDLMARKT -- Experience the feel of an old-fashioned Christmas. Presented by the Germania Society, this event offers live music, German foods, beers, mulled wine, ice sculptures, carriage rides, a lantern parade, live wreaths and a whole lot more. Plus, St. Nikolaus will be there as well as his Americanized brother Santa Claus. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 11-9 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. $1; children under 14 free. Germania Park (don't worry, it's in a heated pavilion), 3529 West Kemper Road, Dunlap. 513-742-0060 www.germaniasociety.com.
A CINCINNATI HOLIDAY AT KROHN CONSERVATORY -- Come enjoy the festive poinsettias, cyclamen and evergreens. The floral displays kick off on Saturday. Through Jan. 5, 2003. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 7-30; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 5. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park. 513-352-4080 or www.cinciparks.org.
FLORENCE MALL -- Hop on Santa's lap, tell him what you want and have your picture made. 10:30 a.m. daily through the holiday season. ... Bring the wee ones out Tuesday for the Kids Club meetings at 11 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m
GIFTS-N-THINGS BY PAINT-N-PUTTER -- They're "the biggest little gift shop in the tri-state" so come give them a visit while holiday shopping. Have some refreshments while browsing through collectibles, Bridgewater candles, pottery and much more for your delight. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 401 Second St., Aurora, Ind. 812-926-4181.
HOLIDAY ART SHOW AT MAPLE KNOLL VILLAGE -- Genesis & Generations, Maple Knoll Village's Holiday Art show, features the diverse works of 19 local artists and is curated by Daniel Brown. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Maple Knoll's Benevolent Care Fund, which allows them to care for their financially-dependent residents. Opening Reception: 6-9 p.m. Friday. Through Jan. 13, 2003. Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Maple Knoll Village, 11100 Springfield Pike, Springdale. 513-782-2400. RSVP for reception to Susan at 513-782-ARTT.
HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS AT BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM -- Bring your children to see this awesome train display setup. There will be 14 interactive stations which will allow you to operate two of the trains and navigate them around 200 feet of track. While at the museum children can also enjoy old-fashioned toys and activities in the parlor area. Opening reception: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 5, 2003. $3; $2 seniors/students; $8 for family of four. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington. 859-491-4006.
MAINSTRASSE CHRISTMAS -- Covington's MainStrasse Village opens its streets for some pre-holiday events, shopping, schlepping and stuffing your face for its Christmas Open House. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. MainStrass Village, Covington. 513-357-MAIN or www.mainstrasse.org.
PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens lights up, this year with more than 2.5 million lights (the most lights at any zoo in the U.S.). It's a twinkling, walking-tour winter wonderland, thanks to PNC. Do some shopping, catch a train, join in on a carol or two and grab a snack. Never ever saw the Northern Lights? Not to worry; you can see them at the Northern Lights laser show. Opens Saturday. Through Dec. 30. 5-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. ... This Saturday, the choirs of the Girl Scout Junior Troop, #845, Cadettes #1567 and St. Jude Girl Scout Troop $4477 perform in concert at 7 p.m. ... $11.50; $9 seniors; $6 children 2-12 years old. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 513-281-4700 or http://www.cincyzoo.org/.
PYRAMID HILL LIGHTS UP HAMILTON -- Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum's landscape light show just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Proceeds help with the Summer Series for Kids and the Concert Series that takes place during the summer. $12 per vehicle (of one to eight passengers) Monday-Thursday; $14 Friday-Saturday. $24 mini-buses (nine to 16 passengers) Monday-Thursday; $28 Friday-Saturday. Buses (with 16 to 25 passengers) $60 Monday-Thursday; $72 Friday-Saturday. 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton. 513-868-8336 or www.pyramidhill.org.
SHARON WOODS HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS -- The Alleen Company and Aggreko present this glittery light display throughout Sharon Woods. Bring the fam, a date or group of kindred spirits for a holiday drive-through. 6-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through Jan. 5, 2003. $45 vans with 15 or more passengers; $10 per car Friday-Saturday and holidays; $8 per car Sunday-Thursday. Sharon Woods, route 42 off I-275 Sharonville exit, Sharonville. 513-769-0393 or www.holidayinlights.com.