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List of Upcoming Holiday Events in Northern Kentucky

It’s the most wonderful time to gather the community together. Whether it’s the inaugural year or it’s been 23 years, communities across the region will be hosting their holiday events this December.

A new tradition

New to the holiday celebration scene are  river cities Ludlow and Bromley with their first-ever Light Up Ludlow and Bromley which takes place Saturday, Dec. 7. A parade starts at 5 p.m. with the lighting of Bromley’s Christmas tree at the corner of Steve Tanner Lane and Pike Street.  The parade will proceed down Pike Street into Ludlow on Elm Street and will end with the lighting of Ludlow’s Christmas tree at the Ludlow Train Viewing Platform, 51 Elm St.

The parade coincides with a full day of activities in the cities, including:

  • Local businesses open throughout the day for shopping as you stroll along Elm Street.

  • The Ludlow Heritage Museum tours.

  • A Christmas pajama-themed pub crawl from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Participating businesses are The Buffalo Bar, The Ludlow Tavern, Taste on Elm, Second Sight Spirits, Bircus Brewing and The Lagoon Saloon. Bar crawl passports can be purchased at participating businesses for $5 each or three for $12. Passports can be turned in at the end of the crawl for a chance to win prizes. Proceeds will go to support the Ludlow Veteran’s Memorial Fund.

  • Visit the Facebook page Light Up Ludlow and Bromley for more information. 

“We hope to make this an annual tradition,” Ludlow Mayor Josh Boone said. “The idea came from local residents who wanted to bring back our annual Christmas parade, which hasn’t happened in about 15 or 20 years.”

According to Boone, there’s been a lot of recent activities at Ludlow’s and Bromley’s end of the river cities and he believes this event is another “great way to highlight both our renaissance and small town feel.”

“We want to share that with people and I’m looking forward to having a day for both residents and visitors to enjoy what we have to offer,” he said. 

A familiar favorite

According to Independence Parks and Recreation Director Nita Brake, this is the 23rd year for the city’s Christmas Walk, which typically sees thousands in attendance. 

The Christmas Walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, although the unofficial kick off will be the Miss Independence Pageant the previous night. On Dec. 7, festivities kick off with a 5K race at 1 p.m. The tree lighting will be at 5:15 p.m., the parade at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Christmas Walk. 

Activities include: 

  • Camel and pony rides at Independence Senior Center.

  • A petting zoo at live nativity scene at Independence Masonic Lodge.

  • Pictures with Santa at the municipal campus with  Independence's Jason the Great entertaining those standing in line with his magic tricks.

  • Star gazing at the cemetery. 

  • A fire-juggling elf at the fire house.

  • Choir performances and much more.

  • Visit www.cityofindependence.org and the Facebook page Christmas Walk - Independence Kentucky for full details.

Brake said it’s really a great night for all who participate. 

“It’s an expensive night out for our families,” Brake said. “You can spend money, if you want on food and drinks or you can just enjoy time with your family and friends. Most of the participating businesses offer complimentary cookies and cocoa.”

Here’s a list of other holiday events happening throughout Northern Kentucky:

BOONE COUNTY

Union

Breakfast with Santa

8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Union Fire Protection District, 9611 US 42 Hwy, Union. 

Free. RSVP at http://bit.ly/unionsanta.

CAMPBELL COUNTY

Highland HeightsLunch with Santa

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the public works building. 

KENTON COUNTY

Covington

Covington Night Bazaar

6-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on Washington Avenue.

Crescent Springs

Christmas in the Park

5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Community Park on Buttermilk Pike.

Crestview Hills 

Christmas Dinner

5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Reserve a spot by calling 859-341-7373 or emailing [email protected]. Bring a dessert and holiday toy or food donation. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. 

Elsmere

Light Up Elsmere & Christmas Party

4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Park on Garvey Avenue.

Erlanger

Christmas Tree Lighting

6- 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Erlanger City Building.

Holiday Train Display 

1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and noon Sunday, Dec. 8.

Fort Mitchell

Tree Lighting & Holiday Event

5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, downtown Fort Mitchell and city building. 

Fort Wright

Christmas of Yesteryear

noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, 1402 Highland Ave., Fort Wright.

Free.

Independence

Breakfast With Blitzen 

9-10 a.m. and 11-12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Senior Center.

Tickets cost $6.87 at http://bit.ly/Blitzenbreakfast.

Park Hills

Christmas in the Park and Luminary Night

5-10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Trolley Park.

Taylor Mill

Santa Neighborhood Visit

9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Pride Park.

Santa and Pets

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Park Pride.

-Melissa Reinert, RCN contributor