Santa makes grand arrival to Cincinnati Museum Center

CINCINNATI – Even with his reindeer resting up for the big day, Santa still arrived to Cincinnati Museum Center by air, courtesy of UC Health Air Care.

Amid the cheers and clapping of children and adults alike, Santa made his grand entrance to officially kick off the holiday season. With a little help from the Character Crew from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Playhouse in the Park, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Ballet, Santa flipped the switch from “humbug” to “ho ho ho,” sparking a thousand little lights on Union Terminal’s tree in the Grand Rotunda.

Following a triumphant parade through the Grand Rotunda, winding down the Cincinnati History Museum into Holiday Junction and past the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, Santa took up position in his velvet chair, ready to hear the holiday wish lists of all good little girls and boys.

“I’ve been all around the world but there’s no place that does the holidays like Cincinnati Museum Center,” says Santa Claus, CCO (Chief Cheer Officer) at Cincinnati Museum Center. “This is the place I come to fill myself with holiday cheer before my big day.”
Santa will be inviting young guests to share their holiday lists and pose for a holiday photo daily through December 24. You can also tweet Santa your holiday list to @CMC_Santa.

And while you’re visiting Santa, you can also follow the 60 locomotives and 300 rail cars of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains as they chug along their historic layout, take an “elfie” in front of our new 9/10 scale locomotive built by Santa himself, watch the Pogie and Patter holiday show and, for those young enough, take a train ride and ring the bell through a winter wonderland.
Holiday traditions live at Cincinnati Museum Center all season long. Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains will be open through January 4, 2015. Duke Energy customers can redeem their free vouchers to Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at

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