Pop the question: What are the Best Places to Propose in Cincinnati in 2021?

The snow is falling, there’s a heartwarming Christmas carol in the air, and the streets are lit with thousands of glittering lights. The holiday season is both joyful and romantic, emotions and stronger than ever and love is in the air. Then you get down on one knee and ask the all-important question… “Will you marry me?”. Everything has to be perfectly calculated, the ambiance, the venue, the lights. Keep reading and find the best places to propose in Cincinnati.

Engagement ring in champagne.

When you’re in a relationship, one of the greatest expressions of love is when you propose to your significant other. And, naturally, you want the moment you pop the question to be memorable, right?

What could be more memorable than the perfect Christmas proposal?

Cincinnati is known as the Queen City of Ohio for a reason. It’s a city that’s well known for its vibrant culture. With a diverse art, theater, and sports scene, you’ll find that there’s no shortage of romantic things do in Cincinnati. Needless to say, there are too many potential proposal locations to count on one hand. 

So, if you’re thinking of popping the question this holiday season, this list of the best places to propose in Cincinnati will help you narrow down your choices for the picture-perfect proposal that you and your new fiance will never forget. 

Lumaze Cincinnati

Dragon lantern at Lumaze Cincinnati

Christmas is a truly romantic season. That makes the magical, illuminated winter wonderland of Lumaze Cincinnati one of the perfect places to propose! 

There’s a lot of things to see at Lumaze Cincinnati. There’s the Glow Around the World attraction, where illuminated structures inspired by famous icons and structures from around the world will be displayed. Another must-see attraction is the Lumaze Lights, where you get to wander through a variety of light tunnels and gardens that come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. Lumaze Cincinnati also hosts live shows by some of the best performers in the area!

You could pop the question within one of these immersive light displays for a true one-of-a-kind proposal, or capture the moment in one of the hanging picture frames. Either way, you can create a jaw-dropping engagement photo or video with Lumaze as the backdrop. 

  • Opening Date: November 26 to December 3, 2021 
  • Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Eden Park 

The nighttime view from Eden Park alone is reason enough to visit this park. Seeing the Cincinnati skyline light-up with the evening glow from the setting sun gives the perfect atmosphere for popping the question. Besides this though, there’s a lot of things a couple can see and do when they decide to visit Eden Park. 

For you folks who love art and culture, Eden Park is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum. There’s also the Krohn Conservatory, where you can visit greenhouses that have an assortment of different plants and flowers. You can also stop by the Hinkle Magnolia Garden where you can see a picturesque gazebo and memorial tree groves and paths. Any of these are perfect spots to pop the big question and surprise your partner this holiday season!

Last, but certainly not least, Eden Park features picnic groves where you and your partner can have a picnic date while enjoying the local sights and sounds. 

  • Operating Hours: Open daily from 6 am to 10 pm. 
  • Location: 950 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • Admission: Free Entry

Don’t miss out on an incredible Christmas experience and get your tickets for Lumaze Cincinnati now!


The entranceway of Sotto

There are a lot of words to describe Sotto. Rustic, homey, comfy— but if there’s only one thing you need to know about it, it’s that this is one of the most well-known and beloved Italian restaurants in Cincinnati.

The restaurant offers private dining rooms in case you want to have an intimate dinner with your significant other. You can also admire the craftsmanship of Sotto’s chef while your meal is being prepared, thanks to its open-view kitchen. 

It goes without saying that the food is to die for. From your garden variety Caesar salad to a mouthwatering porterhouse steak, Sotto serves grade-A Italian dishes across the board.

Most important of all though, the restaurant provides the perfect ambiance for you to get down on one knee. With the dim lighting that reminds you of a candlelit dinner, to the velvet curtains and warm wood decor, Sotto guarantees you a romantic dinner in Cincinnati! 

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati 

 The Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

A trip to the theatre is one of the most classic date ideas. With over 220 shows performed every year, the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is THE place to check out if you want to have a theatre date in Cincinnati. 

The theatre has a storied past with a production history beginning in 1986. Some of the most world-renowned plays have been performed here, including Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 

The Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is known for putting on thought-provoking shows that don’t shy away from talking about social issues. That means you and your significant other will have a lot to talk about over dinner after watching a performance at the Ensemble Theatre. 

  • Operating Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Location: 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
  • Admission: Depends on the production.

BB Riverboats

riverboat cruise along the Ohio River

What’s more romantic than a scenic cruise along an idyllic river? 

BB Riverboats is a historic cruise line that has been operating since 1979. It’s currently located in Newport, but it’s just a stone’s throw away from downtown Cincinnati. 

There are cruises scheduled for both lunch and dinner time, when you can enjoy a view of the nearby cityscape while eating your meal. They also offer sightseeing tours, where the boat captain narrates the history of Cincinnati while highlighting some of the landmarks found along the Ohio River. 

Another of their more popular offerings is the Dixieland Jazz Brunch Cruise. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing boat ride while dining on local delicacies and listening to the BB Riverboats’s acclaimed Dixieland Jazz band. 

And for you romantics out there, there’s also the Stonebrook Winery Sunset Cruise. On this cruise, you can enjoy a buffet dinner with award-winning wine while listening to a live performance. 

Any of these are the perfect option for a picturesque proposal!

Just a Small Selection of Romantic Locations in Cincinnati 

These are just some of the more popular date spots you can find in the Queen City of Ohio, but the possibilities are really endless. 

Whether you go with one of these best places to propose in Cincinnati or another location for your Christmas engagement this year, we wish you the best of luck…

Here’s to saying “I do!”

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