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OtrAGLOW is the annual holiday competition where stores along Vine, Main, Race, and 12th Streets try to outshine one another through storefront displays. The shops that enter the competition must include a non-flammable light source and a holiday theme. Originality and enthusiasm in local history are not required, but encouraged. / Image: Phil Armstrong, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 12.4.19

OtrAGLOW and Other Holiday Events Happening In the Next Two Weeks

A lot is happening in and around OTR in the coming days and weeks. Below is a quick list with dates, descriptions, and links.

Unsilent Night

December 6

An interactive “sound sculpture,” Unsilent Night is scheduled for Friday, December 6th. Individuals play one of four audio tracks on cassette tape, CD, or MP3 and move around the neighborhood, spreading sound through the streets of Cincinnati. It’s like caroling, but more interactive and on a larger scale. Unsilent Night is happening in other cities around the country, too. Check out to see how you can participate if you want.

Christmas Saengerfest

December 6 & 7

Choirs perform for 30 minutes apiece in six different locations around town on December 6 and 7. The locations this year are Memorial Hall, St. Francis Seraph, First Lutheran Church, OTR Community Church, Prince of Peace Church, and the Christian Moerlein taproom. Shuttle buses are prepared to move people between locations, though Saengerfest is also walkable. Get tickets at

Holiday Bright Ride

December 7

After you’ve finished decking the halls with boughs of holly, deck out your bike with lights and reflective decorations, then meet up with other bright-riders in Washington Park at 5:45 PM. You’ll take a photo together, then everyone will head out on a leisurely ride through the city. Don’t worry—it’s not a hard ride. For more info, check out the Bright Ride Facebook page.

The Findlay Market Holiday Market

December 7-8

Love to shop local? Hit up Findlay Market on the 7th and 8th. There, you’ll find a sleigh-full of artisans and craft vendors selling their wares, as well as choirs, musicians, food samples, and endless holiday cheer. We have a feeling this is going to be the place to find that feel-good holiday spirit you only see in Hallmark movies. For a full lineup and more information, check this out.

Second Sunday on Main Holiday Market

December 8

If you didn’t get your fill of local shopping at Findlay Market, head over to Woodward Theater where Second Sunday on Main will have 50+ local vendors ready and willing to finish your gift-giving season shopping in one fell swoop. There’s going to be live music and a seasonal lip sync battle, too. Check it out here.

Rail Dog Parade

December 8

Gotta pup? Or don’t gotta pup, but love them anyway? You should head to Queen City Radio at 2 PM for the start of the 7th Annual Rail Dog Parade! Pooches get all dolled up in seasonal attire and march their furry little paws in and around Over-the-Rhine before ending at Second Sunday on Main. C’mon who doesn’t love a dog parade!? Details and more here.

The OTR Chamber’s Wishlist Party

December 12

For a good time, get yourself to Rosedale (near 12th and Main Streets) for this one. OTR business owners, residents, and employees are all welcome to join the fun. There'll be a DJ and you’ll stay warm both indoors and outdoors thanks to Rosedale’s heaters. Also, did we mention s’mores? S’mores will be on-hand. Register here.

OTR Holiday Home Tour

December 14

You may have already read about this one when we covered it earlier this week. Check out cool homes and support a local non-profit while doing so. It’s bound to be a good day.

City Flea Holiday Market

December 14

You know City Flea. It’s back in Washington Park, but with a seasonal twist. If you didn’t finish your shopping by the 14th, City Flea has you covered. Also, it’s just really nice to see the park all lit up and full of life in the winter. We’ve been there in the past and we’ll be there again this year. Details on the Flea can be found here.


Now until December 31

Businesses around OTR light up their windows with a holiday theme just for the fun of it. In the gallery above, you can preview the displays of many of the participating businesses.