Photos of Olde West Chester Christmas Walk and other holiday events in 2011
The 2011 WestChesterBuzz holiday photo gallery is made up of photos provided by community members, WestChesterBuzz, West Chester Township and The Cincinnati Enquirer. Please feel free to submit your 2012 holiday pictures through WestChesterBuzz.com’s photo page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through Jan. 1: Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee. Holiday decorations throughout aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; www.newportaquarium.com.
Through Jan. 1 – Christmas at the Junction, EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court West Chester. For hours, call 513-898-8000. The Main Street Holiday Trains exhibit features three train displays. There is also a Christmas Journey attraction where visitors walk through a winter wonderland to visit Mrs. Claus and Santa, who will be on vacation after Christmas; www.entertrainmentjunction.com.
Through Dec. 23: Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s Santa, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St., Downtown. Bring your own camera for photos. Free. Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 23, and Christmas Eve; hours vary. 513-361-4333; www.downtowncincinnati.com.
Through Dec. 23: Santa Workshop, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way. Animatronic display from Shillito’s Department Store. Mail letter to Santa and experience a day in the life of an elf at the North Pole. $7, free ages 3 and under. $56 family passes. www.shillitoselves.com.
Saturday: Child/Pet Pictures with Santa Next to a Fire Truck, noon-4 p.m., Delhi Township Fire Department, 697 Neeb Road, Delhi Township. Includes safety item giveaways. Bake sale, refreshments provided. Canned good or cash donations to Anderson Ferry Food Bank. Benefits Delhi CERT Inc. $5 for 5-by-7 picture. 513-451-1566; www.delhicert.org.
Starting Saturday: Santa Skates, noon-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. Santa arrives early to visit with families on the U.S. Bank Ice Rink . Through Dec. 23. 513-763-8036; www.myfountainsquare.com.
Starting Saturday: Macy’s Downtown Dazzle, 6:30 p.m. Saturdays weekly, Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. Santa rappels down the side of the 525 Vine Building office tower to Macy’s rooftop to kick off a fireworks display. Also features holiday music. Free. Through Dec. 15. 513-763-8036.
Starting Saturday: Story Time with Mrs. Claus, 7 p.m. Saturdays weekly, Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St., Downtown. After Macy’s Downtown Dazzle fireworks, head in to Macy’s Fountain Place for cookies and story time with Mrs. Claus and craft activities. Free. Through Dec. 15. 513-361-4333; www.downtowncincinnati.com/home.aspx.
Dec. 1: Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10 a.m. and 10-11:30 a.m., St. Joseph School, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs. Undercroft/Noll Hall. Pancake breakfast, raffle, games, crafts, letters to Santa and pictures with Santa. $7. 859-331-5020.
Dec. 1: Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30 a.m., Max and Erma’s Restaurants, 3411 Princeton Road, Fairfield Township. Breakfast, activities and balloon-twisting elves. $10, $8 ages 2-12, free under age 2. Reservations required. 513-895-6800, ext. 2; www.shopbridgewaterfalls.com.
Dec. 1: Liberty Township’s Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10:30 a.m.,Liberty Heights Church, 7904 Princeton Road, Liberty Township. Liberty Township’s Breakfast with Santa is changing locations to accommodate a larger crowd. The popular gathering with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be held Dec. 1 at Liberty Heights Church. It will still be hosted by Eli’s Sports Bar and Grill.
Dec. 1: Photos With Santa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tractor Supply Co., 4525 Hamilton Middletown Road, Liberty Township. Children or pets have picture taken with Santa. Variety of print packages. www.facebook.com/shutterproof.
Dec. 1: Pet Photos with Santa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fischer Homes Tuscany Model Showcase, 2116 Tuscanyview Drive, Covington. Packages start at $10 and are printed while you wait. Free gift bags. Beverages, raffles and human and dog treats available. Benefits Kenton County Animal Shelter and Friends of Kenton Paw Park. Free. 859-356-7400.
Dec. 2: Photos With Santa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tractor Supply Co., 1372 Main St., Hamilton. Children or pets have picture taken with Santa. Variety of print packages. www.facebook.com/shutterproof.
Dec. 2: St. Nicholas Day Celebration, 1-5 p.m., German Heritage Museum, 4790 West Fork Road, Green Township. St. Nicholas meet-and-greet 3-5 p.m. Fairview German Language School members performance at 3 p.m. Cincinnati Carvers Guild displays wood carvings. Free, donations accepted. 513-574-1741; www.gacl.org/museum.html.
Dec. 6: St. Nicholas Visit, 6 p.m., MainStrasse Village, Main Street, Covington. Santa Claus arrives on horseback. 859-491-0458.
Dec. 8: Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m., Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community, 440 Lafayette Ave., Clifton. Free. Registration required by Dec. 5. 513-861-0400; www.scarletoaksretirementcommunity.com.
Dec. 8: Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m.-noon, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 4312 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Batavia. Breakfast served until 11 a.m. Followed by pictures with Santa, crafts and puppet show. Free. 513-732-1400.
Dec. 8: Cincinnati Santacon, noon-midnight, Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. Participating Santas meet at Fountain Square, then travel to various venues throughout Downtown, guided by text messages. Supplied with candy canes, Santas sing songs and spread good cheer. Free. www.cincinnatisantacon.com.
Dec. 8: Santa Paws Celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Liberty Veterinary Hospital, 6823 Yankee Road, Liberty Township. Pets available for adoption from Animal Friends Humane Society of Butler County. Craft and bake sale. Microchipping, pet photos with Santa and gift basket raffles available. Benefits Animal Friends Humane Society. Donations requested. 513-755-9700, ext. 290; www.libertyvet.net.
Dec. 8: Pancakes With Santa, 10 a.m.-noon, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Kick off Grandparents Weekend with brunch featuring Decorate-Your-Own Pancake Buffet, family-friendly activities and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. $30, $15 children. 513-287-7000; www.cincymuseum.org.
Dec. 8: Pet Photos with Santa Paws and His Elf, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friends of Noah Adoption Center, 1894 Ohio Pike, Amelia. Pet photos with Santa and his favorite Elf. Multiple pets welcome. Benefits Friends of Noah Adoption Center. $10. 513-797-7387, ext. 112.
Dec. 8: Pet Santa and Pony Photos, noon-4 p.m., Christ, the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 10507 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. Bring your own camera to take a photo of your pet on Santa’s lap and/or your children on a pony. Free, donations accepted. 513-385-7883.
Dec. 15: Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Petersburg. Petersburg Fire Department offers pancake breakfast, complete with Santa and Mrs. Clause. Holiday crafts and activities. 859-342-2665.
Dec. 15: Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30 a.m., Chili’s Grill and Bar, 3393 Princeton Road, Fairfield. Breakfast, activities and balloon-twisting elves. $10, $8 ages 2-12, free under age 2. Reservations required. 513-895-6800, ext. 2; www.shopbridgewaterfalls.com.
Dec. 15: Visit with Santa and a Firefighter, 9-10:15 a.m., Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 315 W. Court St., Downtown. Visit with Santa and spend story time with a firefighter. A light breakfast will be provided by Panera Bread. Bring camera to take photos. Ticket pricing TBA. Registration required and begins online Nov. 28 513-621-5553; www.cincyfiremuseum.com.