10 best things to do in Greater Cincinnati this week, including a Santa Parade in Middletown

Middletown’s annual Santa Parade is happening on Saturday, Nov. 30. FILE

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Middletown’s annual Santa Parade is happening on Saturday, Nov. 30. FILE

Here are 10 things to do in the Greater Cincinnati region this week:

Santa Parade

Middletown is hosting a parade of Santas. The parade will start at South Broad Street and end at Manchester Avenue. After the parade, visit with Santa at Governor’s Square. Check it out in downtown Middletown on Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-594-8801 or visit the Santa Parade Middletown Ohio Facebook page.

How the Mob Stole Christmas

This holiday-themed escape room requires you to find and return Santa’s sleigh before the Mob (who stole the sleigh in the first place) stops you. This escape room challenge has a 30-minute time limit. Check it out at Escape the Room Challenge, 7391 Squire Court, West Chester Twp. For more information on dates and times and how to book, visit www.escapetheroomchallenge.com.

Jackyl

This Southern metal band originally hit it big in 1991 with the singles, “Down On Me” and “When Will It Rain.” The band released its eighth album, “Rowyco,” in 2016. See them at Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Cincinnati, on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. For more information, call 513-872-8801 or visit www.bogarts.com.

Abbey Road: A 50th Anniversary Beatles Celebration

Fifteen Beatles tribute musicians, including local bands The Newbees, The Bee Strings, and the Horn-Its, will celebrate Thanksgiving by performing the Beatles’ seminal album, “Abbey Road,” in its entirety. See it at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, on Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$45. For more information, call 513-977-8837 or visit www.memorialhallotr.com.

“We Will Rock You: The Musical”

With the release of the Oscar-winning film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen’s music is as popular as ever. This musical, which originally debuted in 2002, follows two revolutionaries in a post-apocalyptic world where rock music no longer exists. Their fight to take back the planet from the evil overlords rages to an all-Queen soundtrack. See it at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.50-$64.50. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The megapopular rock group that brought progressive metal to Christmas carols comes to Cincinnati ever year. This year, they’re going back to the beginning to the 1996 album that started it all, “Christmas & Other Stories.” With all-new staging and special effects, they’ll be playing iconic hits such as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” and others. See them at Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit www.heritagebankcenter.com.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold”

It’s “CSI” meets the Nativity Story, as Sister tries to solve a mystery involving one of the Three Wise Men’s gifts. Using scientific tools, a choir and a few audience members for assistance, Sister will discover what happened to the magi’s gold. See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.75-$51.75. For more information, call 513-621-ARTS or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

Greater Cincinnati Winterfair

If you don’t feel like spending the day after Thanksgiving tackling other grown adults to save a few bucks on a laptop, come to this juried fine arts and crafts fair and browse the oodles of fine jewelry, functional pottery, blown glass, wearable art, sculptures, paintings, photographs and more. Check it out at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, Kentucky, on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Fair hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7. For more information, call 859-261-1500.

Disney Junior Holiday Party

Now that Christmas season has officially begun, take the kids to this party where they can sing and dance to their favorite Disney Junior songs and holiday classics. Joining them will be Mickey and Minnie, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina, Santa Claus, and more. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, on Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$49.50. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.

Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, two of the most popular contemporary Christian artists of all time, will explore their entire Christmas repertoire with a full symphony orchestra. See them at the Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32.50-$125. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit www.heritagebankcenter.com.

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