Cincinnati Holiday Trains 2022

ALL ABOARD for holiday train season!

Enjoying Cincinnati holiday trains has been a staple festive activity in our house since my son was a baby. Around Cincinnati are 16 holiday train displays and ride-on train attractions. So hop on board, and enjoy holiday train season before it choo choos out of town.

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Santa in Cincinnati 2022

Ready for your close up with jolly old St. Nick?

How lucky are we that Santa is making so many stops around the Queen City this year? There are many great places to visit Santa – and snap a photo or two in 2022. Check out our list of the best spots to see Santa in Cincinnati for Christmas 2022.

And remember – Santa’s visits usually vary from the days and hours of the holiday attraction he is visiting. Santa usually arrives the weekend after Thanksgiving and heads back up to the North Pole on December 23 or 24. Most holiday attractions run a week or two longer than Santa’s visit, so double check dates before heading out!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2022

A guide to our favorite gifts for kids ages 0 through 5

Stumped on what to get your little ones for Christmas and Hanukkah this year? I’ve put together a collection of gift ideas of our favorite toys for kids ages 0 to 5, plus a Hanukkah gift guide and a guide to stocking stuffers for kids.

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Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Gift ideas for your favorite 4 and 5 year olds

As a preschooler, my son loves many of the same types of toys as he did as a toddler, including building toys, puzzles, and play pretend toys. But these toys are a bit more advanced and have more pieces – and are honestly a bit more fun to play with.

The toys on this list are best for ages 4 to 5 years old. Everything on this list are toys that we own or have asked for this holiday season for our 5 year old.

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Stocking Stuffers for Little Kids

Gift ideas for stocking stuffers for ages 1 to 5

Stocking stuffers for little kids don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. In my son’s stocking, I like to include items like bath toys, travel toys, every day items that are a little more special, and something with his name or initials.

In this gift guide, you’ll find stocking stuffer ideas that are perfect for little kids ages 1 to 5 that they’re sure to love.

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Cincinnati Holiday Lights

The best spots to be dazzled by holiday lights in 2022

Nothing captures the magic of the holiday season quite like being surrounded by thousands of dazzling holiday lights. I’ve pulled together a list of the best spots to see holiday lights around Cincinnati in 2022. Here you’ll find both drive thru and walkable light displays.

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Gift Ideas for Toddlers

Our favorite toys for two and three year olds

Toddlers are the perfect combination of fun and crazy. At this age, my son really loved puzzles, building toys, play pretend toys, and toys that helped him get out all that energy.

In this gift guide, you’ll find our favorite toys for two and three year olds. And most of these toys are still played with today. I’m sure you’ll find something on this list that your toddler will love for many years to come.

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Gift Ideas for 1 Year Olds

One year olds can be hard to shop for – especially if you’re a first time mom and you’re not sure what they would like or be appropriate for their age.

In this gift guide you’ll find some of our favorite toys for little ones ages 12 to 24 months that our son loved for many years. In fact, he still plays with many of these toys today.

You’re sure to find something perfect for your little one this Christmas!

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Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Kids

Hanukkah-themed gifts for your little ones

Every year during Hanukkah, we love to include a Jewish or holiday-themed gift for one of the eight nights. This gift guide includes our favorites from the Mensch on the Bench collection, awesome Hanukkah Magna-Tiles, a play pretend Hanukkah set, Hanukkah craft items, and our favorite Hanukkah books. These gifts are perfect for children ages 1-5.

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Cincinnati Pumpkin Patches 2022

It’s officially pumpkin patch szn!

I’ve rounded up a list of all pumpkin patches near Cincinnati for fall 2022. There’s a pumpkin patch that’s perfect for everyone on this list. From farms with so many fun fall attractions that it will take all day to your simple, hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin straight off the vine variety. And this year, I’ve included pumpkin patches that also have apple picking – for the full fall experience.

For a real GOURD time, scroll to the bottom to check out a list of local pumpkin festivals too!

The pumpkin patches are all within about an hour and a half drive of Cincinnati. Who knew we had so many great pumpkin spots so close to the Queen City?

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