Sunday, December 05, 1999

Best of holiday season on display




BY RANDY McNUTT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Balloons glow on Mirror Lake in East Park at the annual Balluminaria Saturday night.
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        In Lebanon, a small city with 19th-century flavor, Christmas looks like Christmas.

        At the Glendower State Memorial, holiday tours will be offered 1-8 p.m. daily until Dec. 12.

        “We're doing an 1865 theme — Glendower right after the Civil War,” said Lynn Ankerstar, of the Lebanon Council of Garden Clubs and the Warren County Historical Society. For information, call (513) 932-5366.

        “The foyer is all done in gold, and everything else is all natural stuff — pine and berry and boxwood,” Ms. Ankerstar said.

        But Lebanon is only one of dozens of Tristate communities offering their versions of holiday cheer.

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Complete list of Tristate celebrations, shopping ideas, TV listings, tree farms and more!
        Sharonville's eighth annual “Holiday in Lights” Christmas display may be seen 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Jan. 1 (except Christmas Day) at Sharon Woods. Admission is $7 per car. Visitors can drive through a mile of woods decorated with 100,000 lights. Also featured: 80 lighted figures, a 250-foot Tunnel of Lights and a 36-foot Holiday Castle. Hot line number: 287-7103.

        A sampling of other Tristate holiday attractions:

        • Waynesville's “Christmas in the Village” is 2-5 p.m. today and Dec. 11 and 12. Admission is free. The “Antiques Capital of the Midwest” turns a five-block area into a Victorian celebration, with characters from Charles Dickens' novels. About 1,300 luminaria will be lighted on Main Street on Friday, and horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered. Information: (513) 897-8015.

        • Loveland's “International Creche Exhibit,” is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 6 at Grailville, 932 O'Bannonville Road. Admission is free. Visitors to Grailville's education and conference center can see more than 40 creche sets and Nativity art from more than 20 countries. Information: 683-2340.

        • Okeana's “Christmas in the Village,” is 4-8 p.m. today in the Pioneer Village at Gov. Bebb Preserve on Ohio 126 in Butler County. The old cabins and village will be decorated in old-fashioned greenery, and St. Nicholas will visit. Visitors may sample early American dishes such as plum pudding and enjoy carriage rides, crafts and gifts. Information: 867-5835.

        • Hamilton's “Holiday Lights on the Hill” is 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 9 at the 265-acre Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park on Hamilton-Cleves Road (Ohio 128), about a mile south of Hamilton. Admission is $10 per car Monday through Thursday and $12 Friday through Sunday. Pyramid's roads are decorated in white lights that are visible for miles. This year, 100,000 visitors are expected. Information: 868-8336.

        • Cincinnati's “Holiday Junction” at the Museum Center at Union Terminal is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 19; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20-Jan. 2. (Closed 3 p.m. Dec. 24 through Dec. 25.) Admission is $6.50 for adults, $4.50 ages 3-12, $3.50 for younger kids. The display features vintage model trains on a 2,000-square-foot O-gauge layout. The museum is at 1301 Western Ave. Information: 287-7000.

        • Aurora, Ind., hosts a Victorian Christmas and a benefit for Hillforest, the landmark home that sits near the Ohio River. The Anneliese von Oettingen Ballet Company of Cincinnati will perform The Nutcracker at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Aurora's Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Main streets. The performance will last 45 minutes. Tickets cost $5 for Hillforest members and $6 for nonmembers. The price includes admission to Hillforest's Victorian Christmas exhibit. For reservations call (812) 926-0087.

        • Covington's “Winter Lights in the Village” is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23 at MainStrasse Village. Admission is free. Santa will arrive by horse about 5:30 p.m. Monday. A Christmas carousel will be available Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. Information: 491-0458.

       



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