Looking for something fun to do this holiday weekend? 9 News has teamed up with CityBeat to give you the top nine picks!
1. Black Friday shopping
With Thanksgiving under our belts (quite literally), the holiday shopping season kicks off with the biggest shopping day of the year. Millions of Americans will brace the crowds to made a dent on their shopping lists.
9 News has compiled a Black Friday shopping guide that includes deals, tips and need-to-know information to optimize your shopping.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/generic/money/personal_finance/Black-Friday) .
2. Small Business Saturday
For those who worship at the altar of shopping, there is an unofficial trinity of retail: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and--sandwiched in between-- Small Business Saturday .
It’s an initiative started by American Express in 2010 to, in the words of Amex, to “help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.”
The Small Business Saturday website provides an interactive map to point shoppers to stores and eateries in their area that are participating in Small Business Saturday.
If you don’t have an American Express card, the satisfaction you derive from buying at a locally owned boutique or neighborhood shop will have to be its own reward.
To view the interactive map or for more details visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/amid-big-box-blitz-a-focus-on-small-business .
3. Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt at Fountain Square
This weekend celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at the first Cincideutsch Christkindlmart held at Fountain Square.
The German Christmas Market will feature vendors selling unique holiday gifts, baked goods, sweets, and mulled wine.
The tradition originated in Germany and Austria and is now held worldwide, typically in a town square fashion. Cincideutsch, a group of Cincinnatians who celebrate German culture and language, decided to bring the celebration to the Queen City.
The event runs Friday through Saturday, which a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning. Click here (www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/cincideutsch-christkindlmarkt-at-fountain-square ) for more information.
4. PNC Festival of Lights
The 30th anniversary of one of Cincinnati’s most ubiquitous holiday traditions is upon us; the zoo’s almost two million LED lights line a series of festive strolls through the themed areas of the zoo, including Fairyland and Candy Cane Forest.
Also check out a brand new make-your-own s’mores station, a North Polar Express Train Ride and a lights show on Swan Lake. The zoo’s cold climate animals will be out to play, including lions, red pandas, Japanese macaques, sea lions, reindeers and, of course, polar bears.
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/event-pnc-festival-of-lights) for more info.
5. Holiday bazaar in OTR
Last year, more than one million people came together to shop small in their communities on Small Business Saturday. Celebrated every year between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.
Hit the snooze button to sleep in on Black Friday this year and celebrate Small Business Saturday at OTR’s first holiday bazaar instead. Hosted by the Spotted Magpie, this holiday gift market will feature local artists, crafters and vintage, homeware and jewelry vendors with unique treasures perfect for your gift-giving needs.
Get more details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/bazaar-in-otr) .