The holiday season always starts to pick up on the first weekend of December.
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However, at the same time, there are many other things to do close to home.
Christmas at Junction continues - The Christmas season at EnterTrainment Junction features multiple attractions that will run through Dec. 31. The Main Street Holiday Trains exhibit features three free train displays. There is also a Christmas Journey attraction where visitors walk through a winter wonderland to visit Mrs. Claus and Santa. The holiday attractions are open from 10-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12-6 p.m. Sunday. Extended hours (open until 9 p.m. Dec. 15-23, Dec. 26-30). Closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve. Closed on Christmas.
Niederman Farm’s Christmas Walk shines on - More than 1 million lights were turned on last Friday when the Niederman Family Farm 12th annual Christmas Walk opened to the public. The unique holiday event focuses on the Bible and the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Walk is open until Dec. 30 and is available from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Spirit of Christmas: Nativity Exhibits - More than 400 international, privately owned nativity sets (photos below) will be on display at the annual Spirit of Christmas: Nativity Exhibits and Music this weekend (hours 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday) The event will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7118 Dutchland Parkway, in Liberty Township and is free to attend.
Lakota boys’ basketball season tips off – Both the Lakota East and Lakota West boys’ basketball teams will tip off the 2012-2013 season with games on Friday. Lakota East – No. 7 in The Cincinnati Enquirer preseason coaches’ poll – will play at Wilmington, while Lakota West – No. 2 in Enquirer preseason poll – will open at home against Talawanda. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa -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 Saturday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Liberty Heights Church, 7904 Princeton Road. It will still be hosted by Eli’s Sports Bar and Grill.
Photos with Santa – Tractor Supply Co., 4525 Hamilton-Middletown Road, in Liberty Township is hosting a special photo session with the big guy himself – Santa Claus. Children and pets can have their picture taken with Santa. A variety of print packages will be available.
Lakota West and Lakota East girls’ basketball to face top teams/players – Lakota West and Lakota East will face the two top teams in Greater Cincinnati, according to the Enquirer preseason poll, this Saturday. No. 6 Lakota West will host No. 1 Princeton, who features one of top ranked girls’ high school basketball players in the country in junior Kelsey Mitchell. Meanwhile, No. 8 Lakota East will play at No. 2 Mason, who features senior forward and Missouri commit Kayla McDowell. Both games tip off at 2 p.m.
Former Hughes School opens for holiday open house - The former one-room Hughes School will open to the community Sunday for a holiday open house, decorated as it would have been in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The Liberty Township Historical Society is opening the Princeton Road school from 1 to 3 p.m. for the Christmas open house.