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Cincinnati will officially welcome the holiday season Friday evening with the Light Up the Square event. 

The holiday decorations and the tree on Fountain Square will be turned on for the first time.

Festivities will begin at 6PM, with live music from Eclipse and the Cincy Brass, and a special performance by SCPA’s musical theater group.

Revelers can also expect special appearances from the likes of Drew and Lea Lachey, as well as Santa Claus.

Fountain Square will also feature plenty of food, music, ice skating and a fireworks show.

We are now full in to the holidays, and downtown Cincinnati is lit up, the skating rink is open, and businesses and restaurants are ready for shoppers and diners. Tricia Suit, the director of marketing with Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. joins Mark Perzel with information on special holiday events happening in and around Fountain Square during this holiday season.


The Cincinnati Open Design Event (CODE) gets underway on October 17.  Designers of all types, developers, stylists, all gather together to discuss trends, technology and more in the areas of Style, Consumer and Entertainment. Mark Perzel welcomes Andrew Salzbrun to discuss the scope of this year’s CODE and the effort to outreach into the community during the four day by holding events throughout the downtown, Over the Rhine and Greater Cincinnati area.

Jay Hanselman

Construction could begin next year on a $25 million plan to renovate the YMCA facility at the corner of Central Parkway and Elm in downtown Cincinnati.     

Officials say it will do several things including transforming the Y's exercise facilities and keeping its regional headquarters in the building. 

Bobby Maly with the Model Group made a presentation Monday to a City Council Committee. 

He said his company will be working on the upper stories of the structure.

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