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Three Museums, Three Holiday Treats!

Cincinnati has many wonderful holiday traditions that we’ve all grown up loving and sharing. Here are three events at local museums that will fill your spirit, but not empty your wallet (because we all know the mall already did that).

The Cincinnati Art Museum offers up Family First: Happen’s Holiday Surprise on December 7 and December 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

Happen, Inc. will be bringing its own unique holiday cheer throughout the Cincinnati Art Museum with Happen’s Holiday Surprise. Explore the galleries to find all of Happen’s Holiday characters who will have special gifts to create your very own story book. Enjoy hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts, and more!
Free. Reservations not required. Parking is $4. Free parking for Members and with certain gift shop (you must check out their ornaments for sale) and café purchases.

Regular visiting hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Free admission.
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The Behringer Crawford Museum in Covington’s Devou Park has many galleries of exhibits highlighting the history of Northern Kentucky and hands on activities for kids. During the holidays, the Museum is hosting Holiday Toy Trains with over 250 feet of track that guests can operate! Thomas the Train is there and new this year is Dickens Village.

Local librarians will be reading The Polar Express on select dates as well (reservations required for this).

Regular Visiting Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and all National Holidays.
$7.00 Adults (18-59), $6.00 Seniors (60+), $4.00 Children (3-17) 2 and under are free.
Free to Museum Members. Parking is provided free of charge to museum guests.
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Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art carries you back in time. Each year, the Taft has a wonderful selection of displays featuring toys, books, a Civil War-era Christmas tree, vintage dolls and more.

In addition, there are many galleries to peruse along the way and the special exhibition, Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th Century American Art remains on view through January 12th. Their café and shop offer up tasty and lovely treats.

November and December hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $4 ages 12-17, 11 and under are free. Free admission to all on Sundays. Free parking. For more information, visit

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