Santa Arrives at Union Terminal for Season

WHAT: The Cincinnati Museum Center is inviting those in need of holiday cheer to skip the Black Friday madness and make memories together instead. Santa makes his grand arrival at noon, Friday, November 26 – better than any deal on a Playstation, flat-screen, or Furby.

  While his reindeer are resting up for the big day, Santa will be arriving by historic fire truck, courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Museum, to kick off the holidays at Cincinnati Museum Center, ready to listen to the wish lists of all the children on the nice list (and maybe a few persuasive ones on the naughty list).   All aspiring elves and sons of nutcrackers are invited to gather around Union Terminal’s historic fountain to greet Santa with cheers and waves as he makes his arrival.

You’d have to be chestnuts to miss it.   To prevent crowding, Santa will not be entering the building through the front door but will take the chimney directly to his fireplace on the Public Landing adjacent to Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains.

Guests can visit Santa through December 24, when he’ll return to the North Pole for his big night.   A visit to Santa is included with museum admission. Additional admission and timed entry are required for Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, where the beloved holiday tradition celebrates its 75th year.  

Cincinnati Museum Center is open Thursdays through Mondays with the following special holiday hours:   Monday, November 22 – CLOSED
Tuesday, November 23 – CLOSED
Wednesday, November 24 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 25 – CLOSED
Friday, November 26 through Monday, November 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Monday, December 20 through Monday, January 2 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily   Friday, December 24 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 25 – CLOSED   WHEN: Friday, November 26 at Noon   WHERE: Cincinnati Museum Center