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Christmas Shopping in Cincinnati: Historic Shopping Districts, Malls and Holiday Events

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.

Where do Santa’s elves shop for toys? You’ll find unique, high quality toys at King Arthur’s Court Toys in Oakley Square and Coolest Toys on Earth in Downtown Milford.

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.

Cincinnati Premium Outlets
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Bargain shoppers looking to stretch their Christmas budget know to head to Cincinnati Premium Outlets, the largest outlet mall in Greater Cincinnati. You'll find many name brands including Ann Taylor, Under Armour, Lacoste, Michael Kors and...  Read More

Kenwood Towne Centre


Kenwood Towne Centre is a go-to destination for Christmas shopping in Cincinnati, especially with over 60 exclusive retailers that can't be found elsewhere in the city, so expect it to be crowded. You'll find three major department stores -...  Read More

Hyde Park Square
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Christmas shoppers looking for sophisticated gifts will appreciate the variety that can be found at Hyde Park Square. With a wide variety of independent shops, boutiques and art galleries, you're sure to find some very unique gifts. Hyde Park...  Read More

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion
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Rookwood Commons & Pavilion is home to over 70 stores and restaurants, mostly popular retail chains. Gift receipts offered by chain stores make it ideal for shopping for out-of-town relatives who can easily exchange a gift if necessary....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Terri Weeks


Cincinnati has a plethora of talented artisans and Indigenous is a convenient place to shop, with the work of over 150 artists in one convenient store. The many artistic pieces make great gifts, especially this Christmas shopping season. You'll...  Read More

Liberty Center
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Liberty Center is the Cincinnati area's newest place to shop and is open just in time for the Christmas shopping season. The mixed-use development also includes restaurants, movie theaters, comedy club, office space, apartments and a hotel....  Read More

Oakley Square
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Oakley Square is one-stop shopping for the young children on your list. The neighborhood of Oakley lies along Madison Road, about a 15-minute drive northeast of downtown Cincinnati. The Square features three independent retailers that specialize...  Read More

Downtown Milford
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Downtown Milford is a charming four-block historic shopping district in the eastern Cincinnati suburbs. Their annual Hometown for the Holidays event (Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving) is the perfect way to kick of the Christmas shopping...  Read More

Bellevue's Historic Fairfield Avenue
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A visit to the charming historic shopping district of Bellevue is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Don't miss the Christmas Walk on Nov. 27-28. More than 20 locally-owned shops will be providing holiday refreshments and prizes....  Read More

Over-the-Rhine Retail District
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Over-the-Rhine is a historic, walkable district north of downtown Cincinnati with many independent shops. Two must-see stores for Christmas shoppers are MiCA 12/v and Urban Eden. Both sell local arts and crafts. Elm & Iron sells vintage and...  Read More


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Terri Weeks, a Cincinnati mother of three, is a former mechanical engineer who became a travel writer quite accidentally. She and a friend started intentionally exploring attractions around...  More About Terri