EVENT DATE : November 21, 7:00PM
Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods

This time of year is all about family—and friends. Bring your BFF to the Nature Center and craft your own holiday table centerpiece (aka, memorable masterpiece). Enjoy a tempting snack or two, and learn about a few natural materials while you transform them into a focal point for your feast. Preregistration required. Members, $20; nonmembers, $29. 7–8:30 p.m. CincyNature.org

EVENT DATE : November 29, 8:00AM
Plaid Room Records

Heads up, vinyl fans! It’s time again for one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Get down to PRR early and shop for some RSD exclusives. Doors open at 8 a.m., but some fans will be groovin’ since the night before. Find a deal on your all-time favorite, or pick out a record for someone you love. PlaidRoomRecords.com

EVENT DATE : November 30, 7:34AM
Loveland, Symmes Township & Miami Township

It feels good to shop local. Spend Saturday in your favorite hometown brick-and-mortar, or find a store you’ve never explored. From sweets to shoes, records to brews, Loveland has a myriad to choose from! Don’t see yourself shopping downtown? Check out Harper’s Point or Montgomery—fair trade faves, galleries and pet stores galore. Wherever your neighborhood, look for the Shop Small icon.

EVENT DATE : December 4, 7:00PM
Symmes Township Library

Music lovers and bookworms have a lot in common—both keep collections of their favorites, both have strong opinions about the classics. Listeners and readers alike are invited to an evening of impromptu jazz with Cincy Jazz Train. Think Coltrane, Brubeck, Mingus, Miles and more. Enjoy some relaxing tunes, pick out your favorite book and chill. 7–8:30 p.m. CincinnatiLibrary.org/Branches/Symmes.html

EVENT DATE : December 7, 10:00AM
Historic Lebanon

Horses a’neighing, bells a’ringing (can you hear them?), it’s a classic holiday tradition now in its 31st year. A one-of-a-kind event featuring holiday treats, specialty shops and seasonal crafts, the stars of this show are the 100-plus colorful carriages parading through downtown Lebanon—using true, old-fashioned horsepower. Parades at 1 and 7 p.m. Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Facebook.com/LebanonCarriageParade

EVENT DATE : December 7, 11:00AM
Cross Creek Suris Alpacas of Loveland

Start a new holiday tradition with this local farm’s herd of Suri Alpacas. Family fun at its finest, you’re invited to come feed and pet these elegant animals, then shop the Cross Creek Boutique for seasonal gifts and distinctive presents—plus free admission, snacks and drinks. On Ibold Road near I-275 and Wards Corner, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Facebook.com/CrossCreekSurisAlpacasOfLoveland

EVENT DATE : December 14, 8:30AM
Receptions in Loveland

Santa is a pretty elusive guy most of the year. Luckily, he’s taking a break from his Christmas preparations for the sixth annual Breakfast with Santa! Join the festive fun with a delicious breakfast, pictures with Santa, plus holiday arts and crafts—and expect a special performance by the dancers from Broadway Bound Dance Studio. Registration required. 8:30–10 a.m. LMRChamberAlliance.org

EVENT DATE : December 14, 4:00PM

Nothing beats pairing two tasty treats—Cappy’s and Holtman’s Donuts are back with another edition of Drafts and Donuts! Take a break from the Xmas in Loveland crowd, warm up on the heated patio, and discover your new favorite combo. Like what you tried? Bring a friend next month! This draft-slinging, doughnut-baking duo teams up every second Saturday. 4–10 p.m. LovelandCappys.com

EVENT DATE : December 14, 4:00PM
Downtown Loveland

Historic Loveland is home to some amazing events every year—we can all agree, however, that Christmas in Loveland is the jolliest of good times. Swing by your favorite shops and restaurants for seasonal specials, visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole, check out the live nativity (animals included!), and go walkin’ in a winter wonderland. 4–9 p.m. LMRChamberAlliance.org

EVENT DATE : December 18, 6:00PM
JackRabbit Loveland

Attention all runners! Got a case of cabin fever from the off-season? Don’t let holiday carb-loading slow you down. Zoom on over to JackRabbit Loveland and brush up on the best techniques and strength-training tips for runners. Presented by Austin Brady, Athletico physical therapist, this seminar will get you on track for your best season yet. 6–7 p.m. Facebook.com/JackRabbit

EVENT DATE : December 21, 11:00AM
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

Looking for a little seasonal inspiration? Needs ideas to save time and prep on holiday meals? Maybe you just need a quick bite and a beer. We’ve got you covered! Come shop, sip and sample your way through this neighborhood grocer’s festive faves—including loads of local and organic options. Bring your list—and your appetite! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FreshThyme.com

EVENT DATE : December 26, 10:00AM
Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods

Winter Solstice is a time for regeneration, renewal and reflection—what better way to enjoy all three than amid nature? Don’t miss this two-hour winter hike replete with fossils, glaciers and ancient seas—plus the history behind finding their traces on the trails. Dress warm! Four hikes available: Thursday–Saturday, and Monday. 10 a.m. to noon. Members $5, nonmembers $10. Registration required. CincyNature.org