Oh, the places you’ll go, as the Children’s Theatre presents Seussical Jr., a musical tribute to the characters of Dr. Seuss. No Grinches need apply. Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Sts. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8, and 2 and 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9. $7 to $18. 513/569-8080, ext. 10, or www.thechildrenstheatre.com.  

A “Victorian Holiday Village” is one of Cincinnati’s newest holiday traditions. The village features 90,000 lights, elf-sized houses, free hot chocolate and cookies, gifts and live entertainment, and free photos with Santa. Ohio National Financial Services Headquarters, One Financial Way at the Pfeiffer Road exit off I-71, Blue Ash. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8 and 14-15.  Free. 513/794-6100 or www.ohionational.com.

The Frog Princess is based on a classic Russian fairytale about a czar who commands his three sons to find prospective brides. Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. 7 p.m. Thur.-Sat., with 2 p.m. matinee Sat. and 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. matinees Sun., Dec. 12 through Jan. 6. $32 adults, $29 full-time students (with an I.D.) and seniors (65 plus), and $16 for children 12 and under. 513/421-3555 or www.cincyetc.com.

The Cincinnati Ballet's Nutcracker moves from Music Hall to the Aronoff Center this year. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 605 Walnut St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 19-29 (plus selected matinees; consult the web site). $21 to $66. 513/621-5282 or www.cincinnatiballet.com.

Check out the Sharon Woods outdoor Christmas light display, “Holiday in Lights.” You don’t even have to bundle your little elves up — you can view the more than 500,000 lights strung along a mile’s worth of park from the comfort of your car. A special FM channel plays holiday music as you view illuminated, moving characters that range from Santa to Godzilla, Toy Soldiers to the inhabitants of Holiday Castle. Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Pike, Sharonville. 6 to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 6 to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.,  through Dec. 31. $10 per car. 513/769-0393 or www.holidayinlights.com.

The annual Santa’s Water Wonderland includes “Scuba Santa.” Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, through Jan. 1 (including Christmas Day). $17.95 adults, $10.95 children 3-12, children 2 and under free. 859/261-7444 or www.newportaquarium.com.

Toys Through Time is an exhibit of classics such as a first-edition Monopoly set and original Star Wars toys and prototypes created by Cincinnati's Kenner Toy Co. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays), through Jan. 6. Free. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

 “An Antique Christmas” dresses up the Taft Museum of Art, adorning the halls with antique Christmas decorations and festive greenery, with the dining room table set for a holiday party with china, crystal and silver. Featured are Belsnickles (papier-mache Santas), Kugels (blown-glass ornaments with decorative metal tops), Dresdens (embossed paper ornaments), paper dolls and many other rare ornaments on loan from private collections. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., through Jan. 6. $8, $6 for seniors and students, free to those 18 and under. (Free to all on Wednesdays.) 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org.

“Holiday Fest” features carriage and pony rides, outdoor ice skating, the Cool Runnings Toboggan Slide, and an outdoor holiday model train display. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason. 5 to 10 p.m. Fri., 3 to 10 p.m. Sat.-Sun., through early January. $10, children 5-12 and military $7.50. 513/398-SWIM or www.HolidayFestAtTheBeach.com.

“Holiday Junction” chugs back into town inside the city’s Amtrak terminal, with train rides for children, model train displays, toy and craft activities, games and more. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays), through Jan. 6. $7.25, seniors $6.25, children ages 3-12 $5.25. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

“Holiday Lights on the Hill” features more than one million lights illuminating this sculpture park. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd. (Ohio 128), just outside the Hamilton city limits. 6 to 10 p.m. nightly, through early January. $12 per carload, $14 on weekends. 513/868-8336 or www.pyramidhill.org.

The Winter Wonderland poinsettia display includes a nativity scene (with live animals), a frozen pond and train display of Cincinnati landmarks. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m daily, through early January. Free. 513/421-4086.


The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead involves very desperate housewives. The Playhouse in the Park, Eden Park Circle, Mt. Adams. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., and 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed., Jan. 16 through Feb. 15. $41.50 to $54.50. 513/421-3888 or www.cincyplay.com.
CSO music director Paavo Jarvi will be honored by Art Links, a non-profit that provides arts education to low-income children and people with disabilities, at its annual Tribute Dinner. Phoenix Restaurant, 9th and Race Sts., downtown. 6 p.m. Jan. 18. $175. 513/363-0202.
The 50th anniversary of the Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show also includes a Hunting & Fishing Show and Golf Show. Duke Energy Convention Center, Fifth & Elm Sts., downtown. Varied hours Jan. 18-27; consult the website. $10, kids 13 and under free. 513/797-7900 or www.hartproductions.com.

The African Culture Fest features dancers, drummers and storytellers. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Noon to 5 p.m. Sat., Sun. and Mon., Jan. 19-21. Free. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

Bodies: The Exhibition is the much talked about exhibit of real human bodies and body parts. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays), beginning in Jan. (date to be announced). Admission price to be announced. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.


It once belonged to actor James Coburn as well as Dean Martin Jr. Now, a 1967 412-P Ferrari is on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Would you call this Italian racecar “fine art”? Maybe, maybe not. But as the museum states, “it will introduce visitors to industrial design and its place in the history of art.” Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (the museum is closed Mon. and open until 9 p.m. on Wed.), through Jan. 6. Free. 513/721-5204 or www.cincinnatiARTmuseum.org.

The Vanishing Frontier: Rookwood, Farny, and the American Indian explores the art and history of Native Americans as depicted by Cincinnati’s Rookwood Pottery Company and painter Henry Farny. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (the museum is closed Mon. and open until 9 p.m. on Wed.), through Jan. 20. $10, $8 seniors and students, $6 children 6-17. 513/721-5204 or www.cincinnatiARTmuseum.org.

America Starts Here is an exhibition of the sculptures and installations of Kate Ericson and Mel Zeiger. Also showing: An exhibit of the work of Julian Stanczak, the so-called father of “op art,” is titled Constellations. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., downtown. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon., closed Tues., through Jan. 13 and Feb. 11 respectively. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students, $4.50 children 3-13. Free Mon. nights after 5 p.m. 513/345-8400 or www.ContemporaryArtsCenter.org.
Jewels of Time: Watches From the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute exhibits 80 finely crafted American and European watches. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 27. $8, $6 for seniors and students, free to those 18 and under (free admission to all on Wed.). 513/241-0343 or www.taftmuseum.org.

A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie is an exhibit of the richest source of artifacts from the early transatlantic slave trade era. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, 2nd Street at the foot of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, downtown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Mon.), through Dec, 31,  $12 adults, $10 seniors (age 60 plus), $8 children ages 6-12. 513/333-7500 or www.freedomcenter.org.

The world premiere of Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship is a 15,000-square-foot exhibition featuring 12 galleries devoted to the Whydah, the first fully authenticated pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters. The National Geographic display, launching here on a five-year tour, includes 200 recovered artifacts from the ship (which had plundered 54 other ships of their treasures before sinking itself in 1717). Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun.), through Jan. 2. $16.50 adults, $14.50 seniors, $10.50 children. 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

Surrounded by Sharks is an unnerving introduction to the most menacing predators on the planet. Visitors can actually stroll beneath the water with 75 of these big guys—inside long plastic tunnels or along see-through acrylic floors—standing just inches away, nose-to-snout, against the most deadly carnivore on Earth. The aquarium’s 85-foot-long acrylic tunnel is teaming with 8-foot Sandtigers, 7-foot Sandbars, nurses sharks, hammerheads, and even stingrays. (The tube is one of the only completely seamless tunnels in the world.) Some odd residents here include the curious Wobbegong shark, often mistaken for a pile of seaweed, the White Spotted Bamboo Shark, and the flattened Australian Guitarfish. Other occupants include the Pyjama shark, the Ratfish and the Leopard catshark. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. $17.95 adults, $10.95 children ages 3 to 12. 859/261-7444 or www.newportaquarium.com.

A new Omnimax film, Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, is a National Geographic documentary exploring the lost world of marine reptiles. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Shown on the hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, through Feb. 15. $7.25 adults, $6.25 seniors, $5.25 children (3-12). 513/287-7000 or www.cincymuseum.com.

The American Sign Museum showcases hundreds of blinking neon banners, legendary fast-food icons, classic roadside kitsch, rare and collectible placards, vintage posters, roadside Americana, pop art and pop culture creations. American Sign Museum, 2515 Essex Ave. (just off the Taft Road exit on I-71 South), Walnut Hills. Hours by appointment on weekends, weekday mornings and evenings.
$10, group rates available. 800/925-1110, ext. 336, 513/258-4020 or www.signmuseum.org.

The Rosemary Clooney House Museum, the home of the late singer and entertainer, features the largest display of costumes and memorabilia from the film White Christmas. Rosemary Clooney House Museum, 106 E. Riverside Drive, Augusta. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., weekday tours by arrangement. $5. 606/756-2603.
The Tristate Warbird Museum features a P-51 Mustang, an AT-6D Texas trainer, a TBM-3 Avenger torpedo bomber, a twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber, a Corsair fighter and more. Also on display: An English barracks like something out of “12 O’Clock High.” Tristate Warbird Museum, Clermont County Airport, 4021 Borman Drive, Batavia. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., 4 to 7 p.m. Wed. $12, $7 children, free for WWII veterans. 513/735-4500 or www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org.

Pete: The Exhibit is the first major public celebration of the Hit King’s career, and includes 300 pieces of memorabilia such as signed baseballs, cards, bats and more. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Main St., downtown. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Sun., as well as Reds game nights until 8 p.m., through spring 2008. $8, $6 seniors, $5 children 3-12. 513/765-7923.

Mapping Our Tears describes the journeys of Holocaust refugees, survivors, liberators and families, from Nazi Europe all the way to their homes in Greater Cincinnati. Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College, Mayerson Hall, 3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton Heights. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., through Dec. 31. Free. 513/221-1875. ■