Greater Cincinnati got its first taste of "extreme Christmas decorators" in 2004 when Carson Williams synced his 16,000 lights to music in Mason.

For the 9th Annual Around Cincinnati Christmas Special, Lee Hay has assembled a wonderful collection of local musicians, actors, authors and more to celebrate the words, music and spirit of the season. Airing Sunday, December 22 from 7:00-9:00pm, here's what you'll hear as you prepare for Christmas week. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Cincinnati’s Loren Long, acclaimed author and illustrator, came by our studio to talk with Barbara Gray about An Otis Christmas, the latest installment of his Otis series of children’s books.

Consumer Electronics Association

Want to wrap your Christmas gift and New Year's resolution into one? Try a device that keeps track of your every waking (and sleeping) moment. The Fitbit Force and its competing brands, count your steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes. It also monitors how long and how well you sleep and syncs it with your computer and smartphone.

Cover art by Matt Zory

This year marks the 8th year for WVXU’s Around Cincinnati Christmas Special, this year airing on Sunday, December 23 from 7:00-9:00 pm. As in years past, producer Lee Hay fills this show will plenty of music and storytelling, just in time for that last day of shopping or preparing for your family’s celebration.

Author Nadine Huffman and artist Marilyn Lebhar are the creative talents behind the book A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas, a beautiful book all about Cincinnati and with all proceeds going to support adoption efforts happening here in the tri-state. They are in-studio with Lee Hay to talk about the genesis of the book and how they hope to sell out this year’s supply of the book, the same as they did last year.

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

Oct 26, 2012

As the dead rise up for Halloween, it’s not too early to think about Christmas. At least, in a maudlin (but very funny) way.