WORTH THE DRIVE: Shop, sip and snack at hundreds of specialty booths at huge holiday market

Event at Duke Energy Convention Center to feature 500-plus one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores, and wine and snack lounge.

Credit: Sean Hughes

Credit: Sean Hughes

Holiday enthusiasts can revel in the magic of the season at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, a one-stop holiday shop for all things that celebrate the joy of the holiday season.

From Nov. 8-10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market offers booth after booth of handcrafted holiday delights, gifts, home décor, wine and food.

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Credit: Sean Hughes

Credit: Sean Hughes

Presented by the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers, the holiday shopping event will feature more than 500 booths with handcrafted goods made by local boutiques and specialty stores.

“There is no better place to sip, shop, and sleigh your way into the holiday season than at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market,” said Vicki Hart, CEO of Hart Productions and producer of the show, in a news release.

“We’ve made several show enhancements this year to make your shopping experience not only convenient and productive as you breeze through your gift list, but also make it a treasured memory you’ll cherish and want to repeat year after year.”

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The holiday market also will offer a brand new courier service called Rudolph’s Runners. The service offers expedient large item pick-up and storage for those shoppers who won’t rest until they have crossed every gift off their list.

To keep the rest of the family entertained, the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market is offering another new feature, called the Santa Selfie Station, that gives visitors a chance to pose for a picture with Santa Claus. The proceeds from this activity benefit the Special Olympics.

There are more than 150 new vendors this year.


If you’re only in it for the holiday treats, the holiday market also offers a chance to snack and sip the day away at the newly-expanded wine and appetizer lounge.

VIP perks include unlimited entry all weekend. Early admission and stroller-free shopping options are also available.

The Duke Energy Convention Center is located at 525 Elm St. in Cincinnati. Tickets range from $8 to $25 online, in advance. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

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What: The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

Where: The Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati

When: Nov. 8-10

Cost: Tickets range from $8 to $25 online, in advance. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Save $3 by purchasing at select Kroger locations. Discounted "Girls Night Out" late entry is available for $5 online or $7 at the door.

Parking tips: Visitors can book convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, a parking reservation app.

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