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  • Eden Park

    Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH (map)

    39.114773 -84.493629

  • Kick off the holidays with this annual hot-air balloon glow event around Mirror Lake in Eden Park. Up to nine hot-air balloons are lit up after dark for a spectacular view. Stay warm with a cup of Hot chocolate and be entertained by strolling entertainers. A fun event for the whole family. Come and photograph with us or bring the kids to meet Santa if you want. We generally congregate on the east side of the lake about the middle.

    Looks like there will be road closures this year. If I interpret the map correctly, you will not be able to drive anywhere near the lake on Eden Park Drive or Fulton Ave. I don't know what time the road closures will occur. Here's a link to the map provided by Cin Park Bd.

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  • Kathy

    I ended up going to Mt Echo park. We should have a "what did you take photos of instead" folder. :-)

    November 24, 2013

  • Nikon D.

    The Balluminaria has been cancelled.

    November 23, 2013

  • Kathy

    I might still go to the Art Museum. It is a great structure and I love the artwork. I was going to go early and hit the museum anyway.

    November 23, 2013

    • Connie

      In case you were thinking of bringing a tripod, they won't let you take one in there unless you have an escort. At least not upstairs, but I think not downstairs, either. Check in at the desk before bringing any equipment in there. I didn't know this when I did a shoot a couple years ago, and I had a volunteer chasing me down the hall!

      November 23, 2013

    • Kathy

      Thanks. I have actually been often. It is one of my favorite places. Good to know about the tripod though. I never tried to take one before, but will have one with me today.

      November 23, 2013

  • Eric H.

    I have a ton of chinese lanterns...let's put on our own show!

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Dan P.

    Too bad. I just got on here at a friend's house to advise of the cancellation. Guess y' all got the news already. Sorry about this.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • James "Aldo" R.

    I'm thinking bag of latex balloons, and some flashlights.

    2 · November 22, 2013

  • Juan Carlos R.

    November 22, 2013

    • Antonio E.

      Thanks Juan! I was hoping to take some cool pics of these balloons.

      November 22, 2013

  • Tom L.

    thanks for the info was looking forward to the event

    November 22, 2013

  • tim m.

    Cincinnati Parks Board has CANCELLED this event and will not be rescheduling it.

    November 22, 2013

    • Stephen L.

      Thanks for the info Tim and others, this is definitely disappointing, but at the same time it's understandable. It is just too dangerous to the crew and bystanders to try to setup a balloon with the predicted wind speeds.

      November 22, 2013

    • Cathy

      That is my favorite event of the year!!! Thanks for the info.

      November 22, 2013

  • JUDITH K. L.

    I just heard that this event has been cancelled, you may want to check it out.

    November 22, 2013

  • John O.

    WCPO is reporting the event is cancelled

    November 22, 2013

  • Kenneth D. J.

    That what I just heard, that the Balluminaria on Saturday has been cancelled, as of 12:30pm Friday. I heard it on 700 WLW, due to warnings of high winds.

    November 22, 2013

  • Debra P.

    I will also be there, weather permitting. Here's what I found on a website that describes the various Ohio balloon events:­
    "NOTE: Balloon launches are DEPENDENT on the WEATHER--They can NOT launch if winds are above 10 mph. FAA prohibits launch if storms are approaching within 60 miles- The festival people WANT TO LAUNCH but final control is up to the FAA Federal Aviation Administration." The most recent forecast still predicts 15-25 mph winds, so prospects aren't very good.

    1 · November 22, 2013

    • Connie

      Thanks for the research on this, Debbie.

      November 22, 2013

  • Julie K.

    I too have heard that if it's windy the balloons won't be fired up. What a shame. So if anyone knows...please keep us wind wary worriers posted.

    November 21, 2013

  • Stephen L.

    I am hoping to make it down there pending the weather forecast, right now they are predicting 15-20 mph winds, which could mean the balloons would not be setup. I think about 5-7 mph is the most allowable even for a glow.

    November 21, 2013

    • Connie

      Thanks for the information; I had not thought of that.

      November 21, 2013

  • Tonja

    Never been to this before, hoping to make it there.

    November 19, 2013

  • James "Aldo" R.

    I went in 2010 (perfect weather) and took balloon pics. In 2011 I took mostly crowd shots. Missed last year, so hoping to attend again this year. You see some great reactions in the crowd, especially from kids.

    November 18, 2013

  • Susan

    This is my favorite !! I will be in Sharonville with my daughter and she is suppose to bring me over.Very excited

    November 18, 2013

  • Connie

    Plan to come to this, but I've already RSVPd through another group, so I won't do that here, to avoid multiple texts/e-mails.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the road closures.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Sharon S.

    I used to live in Mt. Adams and attended nearly each one. Stunning.

    1 · November 15, 2013


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