Downtown Cincinnati riverfront and skyline. Source: Shutterstock

WORTH THE DRIVE: Cincinnati river banks to transform into snowy winter wonderland this weekend

Imagine downtown Cincinnati’s riverfront transformed into a magical winter wonderland.

This weekend, a new event series Snow Banks at the Banks will debut. Every weekend in January, expect snow-themed activities including “snow blizzard” special effects, a 50-foot snow tub run, sledding, a ski lodge style cocktail lounge and more.

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Cincinnati's ferris wheel along the river banks. Source: Shutterstock


- The Frisch’s Big Boy Snow Tube Run, a 50-foot long snow 

tube ramp at SkyStar Wheel Snow Park 

- SkyStar Wheel rides for purchase (not included with regular admission)

- Joe’s Snow Ride, a snow sledding hill on Joe Nuxhall Way 

- Snow blizzards for snow selfies on the half hour on Freedom 


- The Frontgate Snow Lounge with cocktails on Freedom Way 

- Horse carriage rides courtesy of the 2020 Cincinnati Auto 


- Cincinnati Cyclones hockey skill challenges 

- Ice sculpture carvings on Crosley Terrace at Great American 

Ball Park 

- An Ice Bar at Galla Park with s’mores 

- Acoustic performances at Moerlein Lager House 

- Beer gardens on Freedom Way

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The winter wonderland will be set up along Freedom Way between Joe Nuxhall and Walnut streets. The event happening weekends only beginning Jan. 3 and ending Jan. 26. 

Tickets are $5 for a wristband and can be purchased in advance at eventbrite. Tickets can be redeemed at Street Corner Market for a wristband at The Banks, 160 Walnut Street. Waivers are required as well.

More info: Facebook

Friday hours are 5-9 p.m., Saturday hours are noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday hours are noon to 6 p.m.

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