Christmas tree, several stories high, lighted with white lights at Newport on the Levee in Kentucky

Things To Do In The Cincy And NKY Region In December 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, there are many opportunities to get out and enjoy December in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. From unique drinks and local shopping to family friendly events and holiday classics, our region has so much to offer.

2019 Braxton Dark Charge Mole VariantBraxton Brewing Co. kicks off the month of December with their 2-day, Dark Charge Winter Block Party event on December 2nd & 3rd. Come out and try the collision of bourbon and beer through the release of their dark charge barrel-aged imperial stout.

Image is of the Cincinnati Reds logo with the words REDSFEST above it. Below it says present by PNC, benefiting the Reds Community Fund.

Redsfest is back! After a two-year hiatus, Redsfest, presented by PNC Bank returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati on December 2nd & 3rd. Bring the whole family down for autographs, meet & greets with players, shopping and much more!

Local Holiday Events

The holiday season is in full swing and on display all over the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Region. Here is a sampling of the holiday inspired festivities taking place this month.

Image has a navy border with snowflakes falling and the words Covington Christkindlmarkt with the date, Sunday December 11 from 11-4 PM. Below is the address, 6th St. Promenade in Mainstrasse and the sponsors, New Riff Distilling, RCO and Bourbon Haus 1841.

Are you looking for presents or gift ideas for family and friends? Take the opportunity to shop and support local at the Covington Christkindlmarkt on Sunday, December 11th.

Image is of Santa Claus sitting on a brown leather love seat with three Christmas trees behind him.Bring the whole family to Newport on the Levee through December 23rd, for an opportunity to see Santa and capture photo’s that will last a lifetime in front of his house. Be sure to grab dinner at one of the many dining options on the Levee and then cozy up by a fire pit to enjoy the evenings with holiday light displays and views of the City of Cincinnati.   

Image is of a brown and white miniature horse standing outside surrounded by snow with trees in the background.Looking for a unique holiday photo opportunity for the yearly Christmas Card? Visit the Kenton County Public Library on December 13th and 20th from 1PM – 3PM to take holiday pictures with a miniature horse!

Image is of a ballerina dancing with a male ballet dancer in front of a Christmas tree.If you haven’t already made the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker a yearly tradition, now is the year to start! Experience Clara’s adventure to the Land of Sweets and enjoy a cherished Tchaikovsky score. 

Holiday Lights Displays in the Cincy/NKY Area

Zoo Festival of Lights Fiona

Looking for holiday light displays? Our region has no shortage. Head to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens for their annual PNC Festival of Lights which was just voted the best Zoo lights in the country for the 4th year in a row!

creation museum christmastown

Other can't miss displays include Deck the Y'alls, The Ark Encounter, the Creation Museum, Coney Island and Light Up the Fair in Boone County!

This is just a small taste of the magical events taking place in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region during the last month of the year. As we say adieu to 2022, be sure to check out our events page all month long for additional holiday inspired and enjoyable events for you and your loved ones! Happy Holidays and wishing you a Happy New Year!