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With so much Christmas shopping being done online nowadays, holiday shoppers who visit brick and mortar stores likely have another motivation. They probably want to find unique gifts, support local businesses or experience the city. Shoppers can experience all of that and more in Cincinnati.
Several historic shopping districts are ideal for Christmas shopping this year. Over-the-Rhine tops the list, not only because of its independent shops, but also because of several holiday shopping events being held in the district, including Crafty Supermarket’s Holiday Show, The City Flea Holiday Market and Art on Vine’s Holiday Gift Sale.
Bellevue’s Historic Fairfield Avenue and Downtown Milford are two more charming historic districts with holiday events. Bellevue hosts a Christmas Walk and Milford has Hometown for the Holidays. Both offer gift shops, candy shops and more.
Looking for handcrafted art made by local artisans? In addition to the holiday events, try Indigenous, MiCA 12/v and Urban Eden in Over-the-Rhine, Circle of Hope Artisans in Bellevue and Celebrate Local, Shop The Best of Ohio in Liberty Center.
Excellent local bookstores include Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Commons and the Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore in Oakley Square.
Retail chain stores make returns easy for out-of-town gift recipients. You’ll find a diverse selection of chain retailers at the brand new Liberty Center, Rookwood Commons and Kenwood Towne Centre. The largest outlet mall in the area is Cincinnati Premium Outlets.