Holiday traditions live here
Each year, families make Cincinnati Museum Center the place for their holiday traditions. This holiday season, wonder, joy and merriment will cover 12,000 square feet of CMC’s special exhibition gallery in Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis. Fan favorites like the Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends and the Super-O interactive layout trains will return this year. In addition to a variety of train layouts of different sizes and themes, the riding train will be back, letting riders chug along through a winter wonderland.
In addition to favorites from holidays past, Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis will include a blizzard of bricks crafted into custom LEGO creations courtesy of the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO Users Group (OKILUG). From floor to ceiling, 1,800 square feet of LEGO landscapes will feature motorized trains, whimsical scenes with local flavor and a merry amount of surprises tucked into every pip of their environment.
The Duke Energy Holiday Trains will not be on display this season. As crews near the completion of a new gallery for the trains, the 71-year-old track is being carefully disassembled in preparation for the move into the new gallery. The Duke Energy Holiday Trains will reopen in their new gallery for the 2018 holiday season.
Holiday Membership BOGO Deal
Join today and receive a second Membership of equal or lesser value for half price! If you purchase your Membership between November 10, 2017 and January 2, 2018, your Membership will last for 18 months. If you have questions or would like to speak with someone about Membership, please call (513) 287-7000. Print a gift receipt for your voucher by clicking here.
All programs are free with exhibition admission unless otherwise noted.
Member Story Time with Santa
Member Hour, Mondays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Special Exhibit Gallery
Santa will be on hand to regale Members with tales of the North Pole! Bring your child to enjoy Story Time with Santa each Monday during the exhibition.
Holiday Candy Cane Concert with Jennifer Ellis
December 16, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Join Jennifer Ellis for an interactive high-energy holiday candy cane concert. Celebrate the season. Sing and Cheer. Dance to your favorites but once a year. Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells chime. Come to Jennifer's sing-a-long for a joyful sweet time.
Festival of Light with Omope Daboiku
December 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Hailing from southern Appalachian Ohio and a regular performer at CMC cultural fests, Omope Carter Daboiku brings over 25 years of experience to her energetic, interactive storytelling. Her Holiday Junction "Stories of Light" reflect global, cross-cultural expressions of hope and faith during the days of darkness we know as Winter Solstice.
What's Your Story? with Cincy Stories
Available during Museum hours. Cincy Stories will be visiting this space on December 23, 27 and 30
We want to hear why Cincinnati is special to you! CMC and Cincy Stories have teamed up and set up a sound booth within Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis where visitors can have a seat and share their wintertime tradition or memory with us. This booth will be open throughout the run of the exhibit, with special visits from Cincy Story founders throughout December.