Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mama on a Budget: Fort Thomas Holiday Walk/Hop




Ah, holiday happenings in Fort Thomas.  You know, the perfect time of year for hot chocolate, snuggling up by a crackling fire place, and taking a mile long walk outdoors with children in tow (one of these things is not like the other… one of these things just doesn’t belong).  That’s right, it is time for the annual Holiday walk and tree lighting.  This year, for the second time, they have split the walk into two events, making it much more manageable than starting at Inverness and ending at Midway districts.  The events are described below for anyone who may not have attended this previously.  In all seriousness, it is a great event (one for family, and one for real fun).



On Sunday December 2, bring the kids and head over to Inverness (corner of North Fort Thomas Ave and Memorial, across from the Marathon station if you didn’t know) and watch the tree lighting at 5:30.  An obligatory Santa appearance will also occur at 5:30; he will be on hand for the tree lighting and then will head up to the firehouse for photos.  The walk begins at Inverness and goes to the Towne Center section of town; businesses will be open for the public and many will be giving little gifts, treats, and hot cocoa for walkers.

Also, the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club will be hosting a gingerbread house contest in conjunction with the walk.  The Club is encouraging residents young and old to build and decorate their own gingerbread house and bring it to the Woman’s Club Building (8 N. Ft. Thomas Ave.) on Saturday December 1 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to drop it off.  They will then be on display during the walk on Sunday and the women of the club will be giving away $250 in prizes for adult and children categories.

The walk ends at 8:00 pm.

The following Friday December 7 is the “Hop”.  The “Hop”, in its second year, is a holiday event to highlight the Midway District.  From 7:00pm- midnight, the businesses of the historic Midway District will be open.  The Hop includes a Best Dressed Santa contest so come dressed to impress!  It promises to be a great night out, primarily adult-oriented.

So, if you’re wondering what to do with your kids during the Hop, head over to the YMCA where they are offering a “Parent’s Night Out” evening babysitting.  The service runs 6:00pm-10:00pm and costs $25 per child/$40 per family for members ($30/$50 non-members).  Fun activities will be provided for the children.  Registration ends December 4 (contact Becca Allen at ballen@cincinnatiymca.org to register).

Be sure to check back here for more activities and upcoming events to get you through the holiday season!  So, Hop, Walk, and enjoy!

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