With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s the perfect time to begin planning ways to make the most of your holiday season. Don’t let winter weather keep you from these fun family events around town.

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle

Cincinnati’s marquee holiday celebration kicks off Saturday, Nov. 30 downtown. With fireworks, ice skating, a festive winter market and photos with Santa, Downtown Dazzle is the perfect way to kick off the season. Don’t forget to arrive at Fountain Square by 6:30 p.m. each Saturday to catch Santa repelling off a Cincinnati skyrise.

PNC Festival of Lights

There are Christmas light displays, and then there is the light display put on every year by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The massive event turns the zoo into a holiday wonderland. Just remember that lines can be long, so plan ahead and consider purchasing your tickets online ahead of time.

Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker For The Holiday Season

 Is there a show more closely associated with holiday tradition? Head to the Aronoff Center Dec. 19-29 to watch the Cincinnati Ballet perform this beloved holiday classic.

Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains

A holiday staple in Cincinnati since 1946, Holiday Junction has something for visitors of all ages. Visit the Cincinnati Museum Center to see this year’s display.

LM&M North Pole Express

 Make a visit to the LM&M Railroad to ride the train with Santa himself. The hour-long ride features elves, hot chocolate and cookies and a special gift for each child on board, and trains run seven days a week through Dec. 28.