Cheers & Beers: Plaza One Grille inside the Courtyard Marriott hotel is hosting a winter beers tasting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. It costs $20 per person and reservations are required. 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton. More information is on the event’s facebook page.
Balloon Glow: Hot air balloons light up the night sky at Smith Park, 7 p.m. Thursday. Part of Light Up Middletown, a drive-through holiday lights display that occurs from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly. 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown. www.lightupmiddletown.org
Friday, Dec. 12
The Nutcracker: Miami Valley Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fairfield Community Arts Center on Wessel Drive, Fairfield. More information is online.
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” an English comedy performed by the Middletown Lyric Theatre, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $13. 1530 Central Ave., Middletown. www.middletownlyric.org
Swing Dance: The Lakota West Jazz Club is hosting a night of jazz music with an open dance floor, and it’s open to the public. Takes place in the cafeteria of Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester Twp. Cost is $10 per adult at the door, $5 for those ages 3 to 10, and free for children ages 2 and younger. More information on the website.
Brilliant Bebb Holiday Light Display: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana. Music, shopping, demos and more. Car or van, $10; Bus or group of 15 or more: $20.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Breakfast With Santa: Santa is hosting a breakfast for Fairfield’s children at 9:30 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. It takes place at the Fairfield Community Arts Center on Wessel Drive. The cost is $8 per person and pre-registration is required by calling (513) 867-5348. More information on the website.
Santa House: The Santa House is located by the old courthouse at the corner of High and Second streets in downtown Hamilton. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, Noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 14, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19, noon to 9 a.m. Dec. 20, noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 21, noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 22 and noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 23. Visitors may take their own photos with Santa for free, or have one taken and get a frame with it for $12.
Holiday Lights on the Hill: Pyramid Hill’s annual holiday lights exhibit is open now through Jan. 4, 2015. The drive-through event is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is $20 per carload Mondays through Thursdays, and $25 Fridays through Sundays. 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton.
Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction: Families may peruse the world’s largest train display and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, now through Jan. 4, 2015. See website for ticket prices and extended holiday hours. 7379 Squire Court, West Chester Twp.
Light Up Middletown: The annual holiday lights display at Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown, is open. It takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Admission is by donation.
Niederman Family Farm Christmas Walk: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30. Niederman Farm, 4972 Lesourdesville West Chester Road, Liberty Twp. Free. Walk-through Christmas display.
Find even more things to do on the Butler County Visitors Bureau website, gettothebc.com.