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Living in Cincinnati you do have a lot of access to things the entire family can enjoy both in the city and in the surrounding areas. So instead of taking a vacation this year, why not try a staycation instead. There's plenty to do and you can save a lot of money while relaxing and having fun at the same time! And a staycation doesn't mean you are bound to just Cincinnati. There are a lot of great places to see and things to do within a short distance. Short enough for a day trip or an overnight trip. When planning your staycation, use this site as a resource for finding things to do as well as saving money with discounts and coupons for many of the attractions and activities available in the area.

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2014 PNC Festival of Lights Promotional Code

2014 December 16
by cincinnati

Take a stroll through the Cincinnati Zoo and enjoy the holiday season with the PNC Festival of Lights. This annual event is one of the most popular events around. The entire zoo is lit up with thousands of twinkling lights and displays. In addition to seeing the animals at night the Cincinnati Zoo also features many other exciting holiday activities including the new Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, S’mores-N-More, Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through 12/23), strolling entertainment, themed areas, a ride on the North Polar Express Train Ride, Fairyland, Holiday Post Office, and more. The PNC Festival of Lights event runs through January 3rd. You’ll need a special admission ticket for it though, which can be purchased either online or at the gate. Hours are from 5 pm to 9 pm from Sunday through Thursday and is open an hour later on the weekends.

Get $1.50 Off Each Ticket for the PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo

If you buy your tickets online then be sure to check for promotional codes. You should notice a promo code button on the left hand side of the checkout page. Just click that and enter your coupon there. You should then see your discount appear in the ticket total. A lot of area businesses and organizations give out promo codes to use on your purchase. As an example, if you are a member of the Cincinnati Eye Institute just enter CEI into the promo code box to get $1 off your ticket. Cincinnati State offers a promo code as well. Just enter CINCISTATE to receive your special discount. Finally, group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more people. You just need to make your reservations well in advance in order to get the group discount rate.

Planning another visit? Be sure to check out the Cincinnati Zoo coupons to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your admission to the Cincinnati Zoo.


Modern Dating & Holiday Heartbreak: Solo Comedy "The Twelve Dates of Christmas"

at Thomas More College Theatre, Crestview Hills
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 18
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
+ 2 more dates
Thu, December 18
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

When Mary spots her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national television at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. Over t... [more+]

When Mary spots her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national television at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from comical to totally creepy. It seems nothing can help Mary's growing cynicism -- until the innocence of a five-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. Through hilariously awkward interactions with family members, potential beaus and well-intentioned friends, this heartwarming one-woman comedy offers a funny, modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season. [less-]

"Soldier's Christmas": Based on True Story of WWI Truce

at NKU Corbett Theatre, Highland Heights
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 18
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
+ 1 more dates
Thu, December 18
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
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FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.00

Set in WWI-era Belgium, this new drama celebrates the centennial of the impromptu cease-fire that broke out between British and German soldiers on Christmas Day, 1914, amidst the brutal carnage of tha... [more+]

Set in WWI-era Belgium, this new drama celebrates the centennial of the impromptu cease-fire that broke out between British and German soldiers on Christmas Day, 1914, amidst the brutal carnage of that devastating war. Written by award-winning playwright Philip Paradis, the play focuses on the front-line troops on both sides, who put down their weapons to share season's greetings, sing carols and even exchange tobacco and souvenirs. This historic truce has since been recognized as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity on the battlefield, and is sure to provide a meaningful theatrical experience for the holidays. [less-]

"Un-Holiday" Musical Comedy "Striking 12"

at Monmouth Theatre, Newport
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Fri, December 26
+ 1 more dates
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

This hip holiday show from Falcon Theater features musicians, actors and marionettes in the tale of a grumpy, overworked bachelor determined to stay at home on New Year's Eve and read Hans Christian A... [more+]

This hip holiday show from Falcon Theater features musicians, actors and marionettes in the tale of a grumpy, overworked bachelor determined to stay at home on New Year's Eve and read Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" -- until a chance encounter changes his life and his view of the season. Created by Tony Award-winning writer Rachel Sheinkin ("The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee") and the piano-violin-drum trio GrooveLily, "Striking 12" makes for a musical celebration of new beginnings. [less-]

Handel's Masterwork "Messiah": Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & May Festival Chorus

at Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $55.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.00

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus bring you the ultimate holiday concert. Handel's soaring work of faith is, for many, as much a sign of the season as Christmas trees and s... [more+]

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus bring you the ultimate holiday concert. Handel's soaring work of faith is, for many, as much a sign of the season as Christmas trees and sparkling lights. The 1741 masterpiece includes some of the most joyful and memorable music ever written and is the most-performed choral work in the English language. With its powerful "Hallelujah" chorus, "Messiah" celebrates a timeless message of hope and renewal that resonates each Yuletide season. It's alternately quiet and consoling, uplifting and exultant -- and it will make your heart sing. This performance features Maestro James Bagwell, soprano Abigail Santos, mezzo soprano Abigail Levis, tenor Rufus Müller and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, along with the collective voices of the May Festival Chorus. [less-]

Led Zeppelin 2: Tribute to the Legendary Rockers

at Bogart's, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

From Robert Plant's scorching vocals and John Bonham's thundering drums to Jimmy Page's trademark guitar riffs, Led Zeppelin 2 captures the dynamic experience of one of classic rock's legendary live b... [more+]

From Robert Plant's scorching vocals and John Bonham's thundering drums to Jimmy Page's trademark guitar riffs, Led Zeppelin 2 captures the dynamic experience of one of classic rock's legendary live bands. Combining the blues with hard rock, the original Zeppelin turned out countless classic tunes, from the epic "Stairway to Heaven" to jams like "Black Dog," "Whole Lotta Love" and the psychedelic "Dazed and Confused." This hard-rocking tribute group delivers a peerless live experience, and is fronted by Bruce Lamont of the critically acclaimed avant-metal group Yakuza. [less-]

Harlem Globetrotters: World-Famous Basketball Team Comes to Cincinnati

at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 30
Tue, December 30
FULL PRICE: $61.00
OFFER PRICE: $34.00

Showcasing some of the greatest athletes on the planet, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show that's crammed with incredible ball-handling wizardry, amazi... [more+]

Showcasing some of the greatest athletes on the planet, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show that's crammed with incredible ball-handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction. Watch as this season's team -- including Flight Time and Big Easy, who also competed together on "The Amazing Race" -- make trick shots, have some fun and (hopefully) beat their rivals, the Washington Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters in 1971. After a five-year hiatus, the Generals are back with a new coach -- a former member of that 1971 team -- and they're more determined than ever to win. [less-]

Modern Dance Company MamLuft&Co.'s Thrilling Retrospective of Recent Works

at Aronoff Center for the Arts - Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 09
Sat, January 10
FULL PRICE: $26.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.00

Winner of a 2012 "Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope" award from "CityBeat", MamLuft&Co. Dance continues to break boundaries through artful and thoughtful choreography. In a rare opportunity for ... [more+]

Winner of a 2012 "Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope" award from "CityBeat", MamLuft&Co. Dance continues to break boundaries through artful and thoughtful choreography. In a rare opportunity for audiences both new and acquainted, MamLuft&Co. will perform short-form adaptations of its favorite works from recent years in one thrilling evening of dance. "/Shift/" (2014) follows a community after a life-changing event, converging on two rising leaders at odds. "The Tragedy of Time" (2014) is an emotional work inspired by expressionist prints around World War I. "Maps" (2013) is an award-winning multimedia work about getting lost in order to be found. And "Latitude" (2012) is a dance-for-camera film created in five sites in Cincinnati to mark ML&Co.'s fifth anniversary. It's a great way to experience some of this adventurous modern dance company's greatest works so far -- whether it's for the first time or all over again. [less-]

"West Side Story": Classic Broadway Musical Packed With Romance, Drama

at The Carnegie, Covington
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 15
FULL PRICE: $30.00
OFFER PRICE: $15.00

The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this classic Broadway musical that is one of modern theatre's finest accomplishments. In "West Side Story", Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" get... [more+]

The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this classic Broadway musical that is one of modern theatre's finest accomplishments. In "West Side Story", Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" gets transported to mid-century New York City, as young lovers Tony and Maria find themselves caught between warring street gangs. With timeless songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, including "Somewhere," "Maria" and "Something's Coming," the masterful score soars under the Carnegie direction of Brian Robertson and musical direction of William White. Abigail Paschke, star of last year's "The Sound of Music", returns to The Carnegie stage as Maria opposite Marcus Shields as Tony. [less-]

Stand-Up Erin Foley's Comedy Show "Lady With Pockets"

at The Redmoor, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 22
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $10.00

Erin Foley's razor-sharp observational comedy has gotten her big laughs on "Conan", "Chelsea Lately", her own Comedy Central half-hour special and at some of North America's most prestigious comedy fe... [more+]

Erin Foley's razor-sharp observational comedy has gotten her big laughs on "Conan", "Chelsea Lately", her own Comedy Central half-hour special and at some of North America's most prestigious comedy festivals and comedy clubs. When she's not performing stand-up, Foley's also a talented actress whose credits include "Curb Your Enthusiasm", NBC's "Go On" and the film "Almost Famous". Now the rising comedy star brings her new stand-up comedy show, "Lady With Pockets", to the Redmoor. [less-]

Michael Jackson Tribute Band: Who's Bad

at Bogart's, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 23
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

In glitzy jackets, glittering gloves and '80s regalia, Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band is an infectious party production that takes you on a musical expedition spanning three deca... [more+]

In glitzy jackets, glittering gloves and '80s regalia, Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band is an infectious party production that takes you on a musical expedition spanning three decades of Michael Jackson's chart-cresting music. With every detail in place -- from the uncannily accurate vocals to the intricate dance routines -- Who's Bad re-creates the legendary hits of the King of Pop, from his Jackson 5 days to "Off the Wall", "Thriller" and "Bad". Jackson is gone, but Who's Bad keeps alive the thrill of that unmistakable silhouette and the magnetic excitement of his concert performances. [less-]

Eva Perón's Life Story Told in Seductive Song & Dance by Tango Buenos Aires

at Aronoff Center for the Arts - Procter & Gamble Hall, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Mon, January 26
FULL PRICE: $50.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

Immortalized on film by Madonna, Argentine first lady Eva Perón was born in a small village but eventually rose to the title of Spiritual Leader of the Nation, inspiring millions of women and men of ... [more+]

Immortalized on film by Madonna, Argentine first lady Eva Perón was born in a small village but eventually rose to the title of Spiritual Leader of the Nation, inspiring millions of women and men of later generations. Tango Buenos Aires' latest program interprets the life story of this controversial Latin American leader -- from her ascent to fame in the '30s to her death in 1952 -- through sultry music and soulful dance. As the company's members strut and spin seductively on stage in "Song of Eva Perón", you'll have a renewed appreciation for everything Argentine. [less-]

A Cheating Husband and A Serious Illness in Compelling Drama "The Other Place"

at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 29
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
+ 1 more dates
Thu, January 29
Fri, January 30
Sat, January 31
Sun, February 01
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FULL PRICE: $42.00 - $44.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.00

Juliana Smithton is an accomplished scientist and pharmaceuticals pitchwoman and a dominating personality who's always in command, but recently her life has become unhinged. Her husband is leaving her... [more+]

Juliana Smithton is an accomplished scientist and pharmaceuticals pitchwoman and a dominating personality who's always in command, but recently her life has become unhinged. Her husband is leaving her, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and she begins to question her own good health. In the regional premiere of Sharr White's troubling and unexpectedly humorous play, nothing is as it seems -- and piece by piece, a mystery unfolds and the truth about Juliana boils to the surface. [less-]

Le Salon Cabaret Brings France's Wittiest, Sexiest Music to Cincinnati

at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati
OFFER DATES:
Mon, February 02
Mon, February 09
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Light-hearted, witty and at times scandalous, this program spotlights the thrilling and seductive music of the Belle Époque. Along with a collection of French cabaret art songs, the evening includes ... [more+]

Light-hearted, witty and at times scandalous, this program spotlights the thrilling and seductive music of the Belle Époque. Along with a collection of French cabaret art songs, the evening includes a performance of "Le bal masque" from Francis Poulenc, the enormously gifted French composer who composed everything from surrealist operas to some of the 20th century's most moving liturgical music. The talented and always adventurous concert:nova musicians will also perform selections from Erik Satie, the avant-garde composer and satirist who brought innovation and playfulness to his compositions, foreshadowing movements like minimalism and Theatre of the Absurd. It all adds up to a great evening of darkly humorous, sexy and fun music. [less-]

The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular: All-Star Homage to the King

at Taft Theatre, Cincinnati
FULL PRICE: $31.50
OFFER PRICE: SOLD OUT

The King's closest collaborators -- including his drummer and his backup singers -- and a trio of the nation's best Presley tribute artists gather together for a concert commemorating what would have ... [more+]

The King's closest collaborators -- including his drummer and his backup singers -- and a trio of the nation's best Presley tribute artists gather together for a concert commemorating what would have been Elvis' 80th birthday. Celebrating his career era by era, The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular covers the entirety of Presley's incredible career: the early rockabilly years, the Hollywood period, the '68 comeback and, finally, his Las Vegas concert era. Showcasing three Elvis tribute artists, Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter and Ryan Pelton, the Spectacular also features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member DJ Fontana, gospel group the Blackwood Quartet (a favorite of The King) and Elvis' backup singers, The Sweet Inspirations. The Fabulous Ambassadors Band backs up this incredible cast at the historic Taft Theatre. [less-]