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Be the holiday hero this December—host an unforgettable catered party during our second annual Light in the Forest walking tour.

Cincinnati Nature Center's Groesbeck Estate provides a warm, intimate, and beautiful setting for you to create a memorable holiday experience for up to 40 guests. Whether it's a family gathering or your work team's holiday celebration, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to bring everyone together for a festive evening of good food and fun.  

Reservations are available Wednesday–Sunday, December 1–January 2, from 5:30 to 7:45 pm, and include:

  • Menu options by Elegant Fare Catering
  • Bar Options
  • Discounted rental venue fee
  • Parking
  • Entrance into Cincinnati Nature Center
  • Tickets for Light in The Forest (8:00 pm entry)


Pricing is based on a per person cost for the menu option selected or requested menu customization, plus a discounted venue fee. 

Contact Julie Rotz at (513) 965-3346 or email for more information. We can't wait to help make your holidays extraordinary!

Holiday Party Food & Drink Options

You can choose from the following menu options for your holiday party. 

Option 1: Hors d'oeuvres Reception I

Displayed Hors d’oeuvres

  • Fresh Crudites Cups with Hummus & Fresh Vegetable Strips
  • Greek Torte: Feta, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pesto & Toasted Pine Nuts, and Herb Toasted Pita Chips
  • Asian Chicken Skewers with Grilled Pineapple & Red Pepper with an Asian BBQ Glaze
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  • Roasted Red Skin Potatoes filled with Roasted Poblano Pepper Cream Cheese Topped with Fresh Cilantro
  • Tray of Assorted Holiday Bite Size Desserts & Cookies


Option 2: Buffet Dinner I

  • Hearty Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings
  • Garlic Bread Sticks
  • Chicken Caesar Lasagna: Layers of Lasagna Noodles, Chicken and Spinach with a Light Alfredo Sauce topped with Fresh Grated Parmesan
  • Cheese Baked Tortellini Casserole: Cheese Tortellini baked with Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Parmesan, Chunky Tomatoes, Garlic Spinach, Herbs and Marinara Sauce
  • Tray of Assorted Holiday Bite Size Desserts & Cookies


Option 3: Hors d'oeuvres Reception II

Passed Hors d'oeuvres

  • Coconut Shrimp Skewer with Horseradish Honey Mustard
  • Cranberry Brie Tartlets
  • Chicken Samosa Wontons, Cilantro Chutney
  • Pesto Goat Cheese Crostini with Pear Compote

Display Hors d'oeuvres

  • Charcuterie Board: Slices of Cured Meats (Sopressata, Salami, Prosciutto) and Cheeses (Bleu, Havarti, Gouda, Brie) with Fig Jam and Whole Grain Mustard, Cornichons, Olives, Fresh Fruit, Dried Apricots, Nuts, Crackers & Crusty Bread
  • Thai Julienne Vegetable Pinwheels with Mae Ploy & Sambal Cream Cheese
  • Smoked Salmon, Cucumber & Arugula Pinwheels with Cucumber Dill Cream Sauce
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip, Tortilla Chips & Flatbread
  • Tray of Assorted Holiday Bite Size Desserts & Cookies


Option 4: Buffet Dinner II

  • Field Greens, Grilled Asparagus, Tomatoes, Chopped Artichoke Hearts, Shaved Parmesan, Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Assorted Rolls with Butter
  • Chef Carved Clove and Mustard Crusted Ham
  • Chef Carved Citrus Sage Roasted Turkey Breast
  • White Cheddar Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Green Bean & Red Peppers with Shallot Butter
  • Tray of Assorted Holiday Bite Size Desserts & Cookies


Option 5: Seated Dinner I

  • Artisan Greens, Apples, Walnuts, Pomegranite Seeds, Sharp White Cheddar, Cider Vinaigrette
  • Assorted Rolls with Butter
  • Golden Seared Stuffed Chicken Breast, Spinach, Artichoke Hearts, Panko, Parmesan Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Tri-Color Potatoes
  • Mixed Vegetable Bundle, Carrot Ribbon
  • Platters of Assorted Holiday Bite Size Desserts & Cookies


Option 6: Seated Dinner II 

  • Bibb Bundle filled with Bleu Cheese, Candied Pecans, Belgian Endive and Frisee, Mustard Vinaigrette, Fresh Raspberries
  • Assorted Rolls with Butter
  • Rhinegeist Braised Beef Short Ribs
  • Creamy Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Chives
  • Green Bean & Red Pepper Bundle, Carrot Ribbon
  • Platters of Assorted Holiday Bite Size Desserts & Cookies


Bar Options Included

  • Nonalcoholic: Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite
  • Alcoholic: Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, up to 2 local craft beers, and Canyon Road Wine