• News from Downtown Week of 12.03.20

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    December 06, 2020

    Did you watch The Simpsons on Sunday night?  The long-running comedy series was all about Cincinnati! The latest episode titled, “Road to Cincinnati,” featured several famous local landmarks, including Skyline Chili — of course. Read more about the storyline and see a few of the illustrations of the Queen City from the episode here.

    If you missed shopping at the Winter Market at Washington Park last weekend, no need to panic. The Winter Market continues for the next three weeks in December on Saturdays and Sundays, with a different theme each week. This weekend’s market will feature vendors selected by MORTAR, an organization supporting diverse entrepreneurs in local communities. This is a great way to shop small this holiday season by purchasing unique, locally made gifts.

    While he won’t be stopping by Carew Tower this year, we are excited to welcome Santa Claus and his helpers to Washington Park! Visit Santa’s Workshop on Saturdays and Sundays now through Dec. 20 from 12-4 p.m. for socially distanced photos with Santa. Sundays will feature Black Santa, a popular holiday fixture in Downtown Cincinnati for the past several years. Please note that this event series is free, but you must bring your own camera for photos. To navigate this holiday season responsibly, we have implemented several new safety measures based on guidance from health authorities. Before you visit, please read the guidelines on the Details tab.

    For more holiday cheer, check out the Purple People Bridge for a bright and festive holiday experience. Enjoy the “Winter Nights, River Lights” display, featuring 1,000 white and purple lights, projected lighting, a 25-foot tall Christmas tree, and seasonal music that spans the entire length of the bridge. The display can be viewed through January 15. For more details, click here.  

    Last week, I mentioned the launch of FOUND, a monthlong celebration of discovery and experience throughout the urban core, featuring several fun events and programs to celebrate the holiday season. Want to join in on the fun? The latest event that launched this week, Finding Losantiville, features a citywide scavenger hunt with new clues released each week, over a four-week period. Designed by a team of expert game creators, participants must answer challenging riddles at various clue stations around Downtown, culminating in one final riddle to solve that will connect all the clues and help you find the Key to Losantiville. The scavenger hunt is free to enter, and you have the chance to win weekly prizes, as well as a grand prize when you find the key. Tag your experiences Downtown with #GetYourCincyOn.