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  • News from Downtown - Week of 12.10.20

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    December 10, 2020

    If you’re still looking for holiday gifts, we have several shopping events happening this weekend so you can find something unique and locally made. The Winter Market continues at Washington Park on Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., hosted by City Flea, whose curated urban flea market offers a wide variety of handmade crafts and gift items from local and regional vendors. The neighborhood-wide Second Sunday OTR returns this weekend, offering a sidewalk fair by various merchants throughout Over-the-Rhine, including brick-and-mortar locations and pop-up vendors. Shop and dine streetside while supporting local businesses. 

    While you’re strolling around Over-the-Rhine, take a look at the Windows of Wonder installations, part of the FOUND marketing initiative to celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Cincinnati. Check out the more-than 20 windows that have been transformed into festive holiday scenes, located throughout the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine. Information on the artists for each location are included in this list and map, as well as other holiday events and programming happening in Downtown Cincinnati. Share your Downtown holiday images on social media with the hashtag, #GetYourCincyOn.

    The newest retailer in the Central Business District is now officially open, and just in time for the holidays. Make a visit to Handzy Shop + Studio and sister store Gumdrop, located at 324-326 West Fourth Street in the Historic West Fourth DistrictHandzy offers a wide selection of stationary and other printed items, clothing, shoes and jewelry, while Gumdrop is a children’s clothing boutique. What a bright and colorful addition to this thriving business district! If holiday shopping leaves you thirsty, stop in for a beer at Rebel Mettle Brewery just down the street.

    Looking for food options for your Hanukkah celebration? Several Downtown Cincinnati restaurants are offering traditional dishes available for carry-out, including Arnold’s Bar & GrillSalazarSacred Beast, and Izzy’s. From matzo ball soup to brisket, these downtown restaurants have you covered.  

    One of my favorite holiday traditions includes a visit to the Taft Museum of Art, and this year is no exception. Enjoy the historic architecture and décor, as well as the latest exhibitions, including the traditional Christmas tree. New this year, visitors can explore the museum while enjoying the Holiday Music Series presented by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. When planning your visit, make sure to secure your admission in advance. For more information, click here.

    This week kicks off the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways promotion we host each year, featuring fun prizes including gift certificates from various retailers and arts organizations, gift baskets and other items from Downtown Cincinnati merchants. A new giveaway bundle will be announced each weekday through Dec. 22. Visit Downtown Cincinnati's Instagram  for instructions on how to enter to win some great prizes!