CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 News has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top nine picks!
1. Holiday Toy Team 9
For many this holiday season, childhood memories of reindeer, snow and presents fill our minds with holiday cheer. Some may recall tiptoeing down the stairs to peek at a mountain of gifts, as a surge of excitement bubbled over them.
But many children in the Tri-State might not be able to experience that same sense of excitement or holiday cheer, at least not without your help.
As the holidays approach, join Channel 9 and local radio hosts for a day of holiday toy donations for children around the region. The goal is to raise 9,000 toys by the end of the event.
2. Santa's Workshop at Washington Park
For all those parents who dread long lines at the mall while waiting for their children to have their photo taken with Santa, there's fortunately a new option in town.
Washington Park is hosting Santa's Workshop every Saturday in December. During which parents will have the opportunity to snap photos of their children for free with their own cameras.
The Cincinnati Circus Company, Cincinnati Parks' Explore Nature Program and Cincy Parks will also hold a variety of activities to keep kids busy and entertained, ranging from scavenger hunts to creating snowflake sun catchers.
3. Music Hall hosts Jazz celebration
Take a step back to yesteryear this weekend and into the 1920s, a time when Wall Street was on the rise, Jazz was booming, alcohol was prohibited and speakeasies were the hot spot. Enjoy a performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with special guest and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee composer Branford Marsalis.
Following the performance at Music Hall, guests will receive special instructions on where and how to redeem the location of a secret after-party. There will be drink specials, light bites, musicians, a live burlesque photo shoot, dancing and all that jazz.
Interested in attending? Visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/music-hall-hosts-jazz-celebration-of-the-1920s for more details.
4. Jersey Boys at the Aronoff Center
The show that won the 2006 Tony Award for best musical was a hit with Cincinnati audiences in 2008. Fans have been clamoring for Broadway in Cincinnati to return it to the Aronoff Center, so the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from the 1960s is here for a two-week run. It’s the true story of four blue-collar guys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest Pop music sensations of all time.
They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide before they were 30. Their hits — iconic tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” — make this show a blast from the past, but their story hits home because it’s real. Unlike many jukebox musicals, this one really has heart.
5. Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival
If you're looking for a star-studded event to take the kids to this weekend, you can't miss Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival at the U.S. Bank Arena.
Enjoy special performances by more than 25 Disney stars featured from "The Little Mermaid," "Toy Story" and "Aladdin." Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Ariel, Sebastian, Ursula, Alladin, Jasmine and many more this Saturday.
It's an event the entire family will love. Visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/disney-live-mickeys-music-festival for more info.