Holiday Traditions at Cincinnati Museum Center

Holiday traditions live here at Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal, and this holiday season is sure to bring timeless family fun for all generations. On Nov. 8, 2013, we'll open one of Cincinnati's favorite holiday traditions, Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. Plan your family's memory-making holiday season with a visit to this beloved model train display, plus many more special events, exhibits and films. Arrive for family memories. Depart with lasting traditions. Questions? Read our FAQ.

Holiday Calendar

Nov. 8, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014


Nov. 8, 2013 - Jan. 16, 2014


Nov. 16, 2013 - Jan. 20, 2014


Duke Energy Holiday Trains

See the Duke Energy Holiday trains display and other train layouts, the Toys Through Time exhibit, Grif Teller train paintings and more. Learn More →


Rocky Mountain Express

In our five-story, domed OMNIMAX® Theater, experience the Canadian Rockies on a steam train adventure of a lifetime. Learn More →


Railroad Photo Exhibit

Don't miss the free exhibit Along the Line: 1930s Railroad Photographs by John W. Barriger III in our Ruthven Gallery. Learn More →


Friday, Nov. 22


Nov. 23-27


Friday, Nov. 29


Mystery Dinner Theater

Join Museum Center and the Whodunit Players for Polar Distress, a holiday-inspired night of mystery theater. Learn More →


Thanksgiving Crafts

Make autumn-inspired crafts to adorn your home this Thanksgiving season. Learn More →


Santa's Arrival

Join us the day after Thanksgiving for Santa's arrival and the lighting of the tree in Union Terminal's Rotunda. Learn More →


Nov. 29-Dec. 29


Sunday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 29


Saturday, Dec. 7


Holiday Harmonies

Union Terminal will be filled with music this season as we bring back Holiday Harmonies and the Mistletones variety troupe. Learn More →


Winter Celebrations

Enjoy weekends of fun, hands-on activities about Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Christmas around the world and Kwanzaa. Learn More →


The Nutcracker

See excerpts from The Nutcracker by Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy for free in our Reakirt Auditorium. Learn More →


Saturday, Dec. 7


Dec. 7-8


Sunday, Dec. 8


Holiday Workshop

Kids 13 and older can create an advanced art piece using printmaking techniques led by local artist Elissa Conte. Learn More →


Grandparents Weekend

This special weekend is full of family-friendly activities designed to be shared by grandparents and grandchildren. Learn More →


Pancakes with Santa

SOLD OUT! Join us for a pancake buffet and family-friendly activities during Grandparents Weekend. Learn More →


Saturday, Dec. 14


Dec. 26-Jan. 6


Tuesday, Dec. 31


Parents' Day Out

Finish your holiday shopping and leave the kids with us to learn about the science behind the season. Learn More →


12 Days of Christmas

We'll celebrate the famous and popular holiday song, 12 Days of Christmas, with daily hands-on crafts. Learn More →


New Year's Celebration

Celebrate the coming of a new year while learning about different countries and cultures with music, games and crafts. Learn More →