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River Cities are Jam-Packed with Holiday Fun this Weekend

OK, so the weather is not great, but don't let that stop you from enjoying a great weekend full of holiday cheer across the River City Metro! There are events in Covington and Ludlow in Kenton County, and Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton in Campbell County, so go out and enjoy!


Trees for sale!

Fresh cut Christmas trees will be available for purchase this weekend by the Goose Girl Fountain in MainStrasse Village. Hours: Friday 5:00 - 10:30 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., and Sunday noon - 6:00 p.m.

You can also check out the holiday pop-up shops at 801 Madison -- they're really great this year!

And while you're out shopping, be sure to spend your dollars at some of the local, independent shops Downtown, at Roebling Point, and in Mainstrasse Village. 

You can also help the Covington Fire Department with the Eastside Smoke Detector Blitz!

Covington Fire Department (CFD) is launching a local support campaign in response to the American Red Cross's call to action to all its' partner agencies. The campaign aims to reduce the number of fire caused deaths and injuries in the US by 25% within 5 years by helping the citizenry be educated on smoke detector maintenance. The CFD will also aim to install 300 smoke detectors as the educational campaign ensues. The CFD is in need of volunteers for this two-phased effort.

City Commissioner and Eastside Resident Michelle Williams is also co-hosting the event and will provide coffee and light refreshments for all volunteers. "This is an important cause and we want to welcome as many volunteers as possible on this day to help our neighbors be safe for the winter season. Please come out and join us and help spread the word!" said Williams.

Meet at the Fire Department Headquarters, 100 East Robbins Street at 10 a.m.

Oh, and at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Stoney's Toy & Gift Shoppe in Mainstrasse Village, there will be caroling on her front porch!


Tree lighting and Santa!

FREE photos with Santa on Saturday from  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Firehouse. You can bring your camera or smart phone to snap a picture with Santa in addition to the photo that will be provided.

City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - 5:00 p.m. with Santa – Free and open to the public. City leaders offer a special thanks to the Newport Fire Department, Newport Public Works Department, the talented students of Newport Primary School who made ornaments for the tree and helped to decorate it, and to all of our volunteers! Complimentary refreshments served after the ceremony.

The Animatronics Bears are on display on/off Monmouth Street! Here’s where you can see them:

-          125 West 11th Street - Sweet Tooth Candies – Staff named bear - Noel

-          925 Monmouth - Drugs Don’t Work

-          911 Monmouth - Dresser Up

-          836 Monmouth – Fantasy In Frosting

-          822 Monmouth - Monmouth Street Antique Gallery

-          647 Monmouth - Heritage Bank

-          638 Monmouth  -Costume Gallery

-          623 Monmouth – Peluso Market (new arrival)

-          421 Monmouth - Monmouth Row Apartments

-          15 East 4th Street - Source 1 Automotive

Oh, and there's much more in Newport! You can check out the East Row Victorian Christmas Tour on Saturday and Sunday, or check out the Eight Reindeer Monologues show at Falcon Theater. 

On Sunday, December 7 at noon at James Taylor Park, a Pearl Harbor memorial which will include the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute.


You can check out the historic homes of this River City on Saturday as part of the annual Dickens of a Christmas Tour. Also, check out the new Folk School Coffee Parlor and the grand opening of and unveiling of the second floor at Mayor Ken Wynn's Wynner's Cup Cafe!

Meanwhile, the Ludlow Theater is partnering with Circus Mojo & Folk School Coffee Parlor to bring you a one stop shop for your holiday shopping! 

They will have tons of grahams and you will also be able to shop at over 20 other local vendors at 322 Elm Street from noon to 6 p.m.!


It's a great night to Shop Bellevue! 

Well, any night it, really -- but you should get over on Friday night for sure.

Also, the annual Nativity Procession will make its way through the city starting at 6:30 p.m. starting at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and ending at St. John United Church of Christ. The procession will conclude with a festive community carol sing, words of welcome, the reading of the Christmas story, special music, and a dedication prayer.  Clergy from a variety of Northern Kentucky Churches will participate, and following the Christmas Shoppe (Christmas Rummage Sale) will be open with free hot chocolate.

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events on Fairfield Avenue, like the Grinchy Sweater Party on Wednesday, the Kids Coloring Contest and Shopping Days next weekend, and Men's Shopping Night on December 17!


What a beautiful sight in store for Sunday in Dayton. Residents will release glowing, floating lanterns at the annual tree lighting ceremony at 709 Sixth Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first time the city has done this at its tree lighting ceremony and is hoping it will be so spectacular that it will become a special tradition. It should be a great event for anyone, especially photographers, to see from Mt. Adams, Eden Park or anywhere along Columbia Parkway.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 2:00 5:00 p.m. Tree lighting and lantern release at 5:30 p.m. Each child will be receiving a book donated by the “Adopt –A-Book” Program ( which was started in 2011 by 8-year old local twins, Hannah and Alexander. They were inspired to start the program after they heard about kids in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that didn’t own books. They have donated over 56,000 books to over 50 organizations to date and Dayton, Kentucky is proud to be one of the recipients of their kindness.
The River City News hopes to see you out and about!
Photo via Mainstrasse Village Association
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