Cincinnati Refined presents 12 Days of Christmas: All holiday season we’ll be featuring communities around Greater Cincinnati and the awesome Christmas events that set them apart. Today our focus is
Way back in November when we started this series, it was all about getting you in The Holiday Spirit. Thus the light shows, holiday attractions, and Santa-helmed festivals. Now, however, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of the Christmas season—gift shopping—which brings us to Anderson Township’s stellar storefronts and eateries.
Let’s backpedal a bit first, though. It’s not like Anderson (“can I call you Anderson?”) is without Christmas attractions. In fact, it’s home to one of the best light shows in the region, Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Lights. The show features nearly one million LED lights that ornament trees, snowflakes, and candy canes. The lights blink in concert with a holiday soundtrack, to which you can listen from the warm confines of your car. It’s a readymade Christmas outing unto itself.
It’s even better as the final flourish atop a day of shopping and dining at Anderson Towne Center, which we’re going to talk more about riiiiiiiiight now.
ANDERSON’S SUBURBAN URBANISM
Is that even a thing? It is here, where the Anderson Towne Center functions as the community’s downtown district. It’s walkable too, with a town square-like gathering place and two rows of storefronts flanking a narrow boulevard. You won’t confuse it for Vine Street, but in the category of New Urbanism it checks several important boxes that other area developments leave blank.
The Towne Center is anchored by Macy’s and Kroger, with the latter undergoing an impressive expansion. As for what else you’ll find
Eat and Drink: Ease into the holiday shopping experience (it’s supposed to be fun!) with a light bite and a drink. Or bring it to a close with a heavy bite and a drink. With dining options like Bar Louie’s, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Leyla’s Mediterranean Grill, Latitudes Bar & Bistro, Pieology, and Good Fellows, you can do both!
Gift Shopping: Macy’s is probably gonna be your first stop for all things home and all things clothing. But if you’re looking for a great smaller spot, try Walton Creek Boutique, Chico’s, Amy’s Hallmark, or Kay Jewelers.
Dinner and a Movie: What if you’re not in a holiday shopping kind of mood? No problem. Anderson Towne Center has plenty of places to keep you occupied, chiefly an AMC Dine-in Theater where you can do dinner-and-a-movie the way it was meant to be done.
Even More: Anderson Towne Center features so many other attractions you might never have to leave. Personalize a candle scent at The Candle Lab, play trampoline dodgeball at Skyzone, burn off that holiday dinner at Crunch Fitness, and get your hair done at Salon Lofts (or SportClips).
There’s plenty more, too. So come down to Anderson Town Center, enjoy a day at the stores, then head to Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Lights. It’s the perfect way to get things rolling this holiday season.
And if you should spend your entire evening at the bar, well, that’s alright too.