Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas in my neck of the woods

I would just love it if you came to visit me for Christmas. We’d cook in my new kitchen, play with Dr. Watson and Spooky and we’d see Cincinnati at Christmas.
First off we could enjoy the horse-drawn carriage rides around town and go see Santa is at Macy’s! They still  have great displays in the windows and if you bring the kids we can take pictures of the kids with Santa (free).
Don’t miss the downtown hotel Christmas decor! The Cincinnatian Hotel  always has elaborate Christmas decor in their lobby and is well worth the block or two you might have to walk to see it. There’s a HUGE Christmas tree in the lobby of the Westin Hotel  and they also have characters from “A Christmas Carol” upstairs. From the Westin Hotel, take the skywalk over to The Hilton Netherland Hotel to see their Cincinnati city-scape made out of gingerbread.
The Fountain Square Ice Rink returns for some frosty fun. Bring your own skates or rent them there. Santa skates on Saturdays and Sundays and you can’t miss the GIGANTIC Christmas tree on Fountain Square – right by the Ice Rink!  It’s especially beautiful at night when it’s snowing.
Santa rappels down the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular fireworks display Mrs. Claus will have story time inside Macy’s along with hot chocolate and cookies.
We can hop aboard the trimmed “Holly Jolly Downtown Trolley” to the Taft Museum of Art to check out a Victorian Christmas there with the old ornaments and toys and catch the huge train display at the Museum Center.
Washington Park is getting into the Christmas spirit with Santa’s Workshop  and strolling carolers and St. Francis Seraph Church has a wonderful live nativity scene.  Yep, there’s actually a live nativity scene set up downtown!  
Then it’s back to my house to make Christmas cookies. This is what a Christmas in Cincy looks like so what Christmas things are going on in your neighborhood? What would you take me to see if I suddenly showed up on your doorstep and yelled…surprise, guess whose come to visit!
Wishing you an amazing Christmas Season.
Hugs, Duffy


Karen in Ohio said...

Thanks for the list! I didn't know about some of these.

Did you know that the train display that Cincinnati Gas & Electric (then Duke) had for decades is now in the Museum Center at Union Terminal? A friend of ours maintains it all year, and helps to run it during the holidays.

Karen in Ohio said...

Meaning, that's the one that is there now.

Sorry, not enough coffee yet!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Karen what fun! I got a Thomas the Train for my grandkids this year. Love trains at Christmas!

Duffy Brown said...

I did know…went to see it last year. Loved it best when it was at CG&E. We always took our kids to see it each year.

Jeannie D. said...

I so miss Cincy at Christmas. I love going to Eden Park Krohn Conservatory to see the Christmas flowers.Christmas in the city just can't be beat. I would love to meet you and take you around Knoxville, Tn. U.T. has a garden train set up at Christmas. I love trains at Christmas, too. We have rooftop Christmas tree's lit in the city. There is a whole park you can drive through and see it all lit up, even the lake has floating displays. Nearby, is Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and they both have the festival of lights.

Grandma Cootie said...

Wow, I think I'm coming to your town! I love it when everywhere you look is something special for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Christmas in Cincinnati would be fun, but exhausting! Thanks for sharing Christmas in your town with the rest of us. If you knocked on my door and yelled "surprise!" we would (after you've recovered from my dog's reaction to that entrance) head over to the Christmas tree light show in Smithville, NJ.