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Weekend Warriors: Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Check out these 17 “advents” for a month of December cheer!

December 4th, 2014

December 5th, 2014

December 6th, 2014

December 7th, 2014

8th Annual Gingerbread Display
Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

DECEMBER 2, 2014 – JANUARY 4, 2015
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM
$6.00 – $12.00

The 8th annual Gingerbread Competition is on display, with delightful entries in four categories: youth, teen, adult and family. Celebrity judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners in each age category and then Conservatory patrons will vote on a “Best in Show” winner who will receive a $500 prize.

A Merry Retelling of “A Christmas Carol” at CATCO
Venue: Vern Riffe Center for Government and the ArtsXmasCarol-medium

DECEMBER 3, 2014 – DECEMBER 21, 2014
Showtimes Vary
$11.50 – $25.00

This 21st century retelling of the yuletide classic delighted audiences with merriment, redemption and song last season. Ken Erney will return to play the coldest of misers – a Scrooge who delights in his own “Scroogeiness.” Playwright Patrick Barlow, “The 39 Steps,” created this adaptation from the novel written by Charles Dickens; his version features music and puppetry.

A Christmas Carol
Venue: Columbus Civic Theater

carol6-mediumDECEMBER 4, 2014 – DECEMBER 21, 2014
Showtimes Vary
$17.50 – $20.00

Described as “the best production” of this classic, the Columbus Civic Theater’s annual A Christmas Carol begins the first week in December. This year, Jim McCullough (Drama at Inish, The Miracle Worker) inhabits the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The swift and seamless version of Charles Dicken’s novella has been adapted by noted American screenwriter Noel Langley and the American Shakespearean actor, Ben Gorman. As usual, beverages and confections are on the house, and this evening at the theater has something for everyone. Not to be missed!

Paul Mercurio at The Funny Bone
Venue: The Funny Bone

DECEMBER 4, 2014 — DECEMBER 7, 2014
Showtimes Vary
$10.00 – $15.00

Paul has won an Emmy Award & Peabody Award (think Pulitzer Prize for broadcasting) and nominated for a second Emmy Award for his work on “The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart.” A graduate of Georgetown Law and former Wall Street Lawyer and Investment Banker, Paul met Jay Leno while on Wall Street who hired him to start writing jokes for “The Tonight Show.” Not long after, Paul left Wall Street to pursue a career as an entertainer, successfully becoming a national headlining comedian and actor, as well as show creator, producer and writer – winning major awards along the way.

Grand Illumination Ceremony
Venue: Bicentennial Park/Downtown

DECEMBER 5, 2014Scioto Mile over the Holidays Columbus Ohio
5:00 PM — 11:00 PM

Mayor Michael B. Coleman invites you to celebrate the holiday season and Grand Illumination of Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile. Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy traditional carols, a custom light show choreographed to seasonal music, and a special appearance by Santa! In the spirit of giving, support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa will be available immediately following the ceremony.

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Gaither Christmas Homecoming
Venue: The Schottenstein Center

Gaither2014_620x340_new-mediumDECEMBER 5, 2014
7:00 PM — 10:00 PM
$29.75 – $85.65

A full evening of entertainment and meaningful music is a rare treat anytime, but when the occasion includes the best-loved voices in gospel music… it’s a must-see celebration! Don’t miss an evening hosted by Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band and featuring The Isaacs, The Marins, Mark Lowry, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams.

CGMC’s Joy! Welcome Home
Venue: King Avenue United Methodist ChurchJoy_2010_Church-medium

DECEMBER 5, 2014 – DECEMBER 7, 2014
8:00 PM — 10:00 PM
SUN 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
$20.00 – $25.00

This concert begins our homecoming season as we take a look through all our past concerts and pull some of the concert favorites over the last 25 years that hold special memories for us and our audiences, as well as some new pieces, including a new commissioned work, to start off the holiday season.

Ohio Art League’s Annual Thumb Box Exhibition
Venue: RAW Gallery

DECEMBER 5, 2014 – JANUARY 2, 2015
Gallery Hours

During the month of December, the Ohio Art League will host the annual Thumb Box Exhibition of small works by OAL members.

The first exhibition of this type was held during November 1916 and continued annually during the early part of the League’s history. After a many year hiatus, The Thumb Box Exhibition returned in 2006 and continues into 2014.

Over 40 of Ohio Art League’s member artists submitted works for this exhibition. Join us at RAW Gallery to see the work and speak with the artists!

Jolly Ginger Holidays: A Holiday Interactive Workshop for Foodies
Venue: All Saints Lutheran Church

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1:00 PM — 3:00 PM

Ginger is more than bread, although gingerbread is as delightful as it is delicious. During this 2-hour interactive workshop for foodies, we’ll bring the best of ginger and ginger lore to you.

Did you know that gingerbread originated in the Middle Ages? Find out how and why. Discover the connection between Christmas, Queen Victoria, and gingerbread and more! Take home tips about the health benefits of ginger and how to use it to add zing to your dishes and beverages.

You’ll taste ginger in all its holiday forms:

  • Chinese 5-Spice Gingerbread People Cookies
  • Ginger Ginger Pound Cake
  • Ginger Fudge
  • Ginger Biscotti
  • Ginger Latte
  • Homemade Ginger Ale

Olde Hilliard Christmas
Venue: Historical Village at Weaver Park

DECEMBER 6, 2014
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Tour the Historical Village at Weaver Park adorned in lights and period decorations with a nutcracker collection, historical stories, live music, refreshments and Christmas activities.

6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hilliard Suziki Strings
6:00 to 8:30 p.m. David Bott, pianist and sing along carols
6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Giant Elf on Stitls – Bring your camera for photos
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Performance by Opera Columbus
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Christmas activities for the kids

Hilliard Arts Council, A Christmas Carol skit performed at 2 and 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, one block from Historical Village

Denison Museum and the Granville Candlelight Walking Tour
Venue: Denison Museum

Events_Program-mediumDECEMBER 6, 2014
1:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Denison Museum, Burke Hall

There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than in the quaint, New England-style village of Granville. This year marks the 28th Anniversary that the Village of Granville has entertained thousands of visitors and residents at the Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour.

Stroll along the streets lined with live Christmas trees aglow with sparkling lights and hundreds of luminaries. Find special gifts at unique shops, and dine in a variety of restaurants. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, holiday music at area churches, or visit our museums and businesses that host special events.

The Denison Museum will have special tours for families, seek and finds, and a hands-on art making station. Stop by and warm up with a cup of coffee, tea, cider, and a cookie. **Special Tour of INHERITANCE: Stories of Memory and Discovery with artist Leslie Starobin at 2:00pm**

CCAD Art Fair
Venue: CCAD Loann Crane Center for Design

DECEMBER 6, 2014
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
$5.00 – $50.00

Loann Crane Center for Design

  • First-Choice Admission 9 a.m., $50
  • General Admission 10 a.m., $5

More than 100 CCAD students, faculty, and alumni present their work for sale at the Art Fair. Admissions fund student scholarships, and sales proceeds go directly to the artists.

Family Fun–Homemade Gifts … and Music!
Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

DECEMBER 6, 2014 – DECEMBER 7, 2014DSCF2003_compressed_cropped-medium
11:00 AM — 2:00 PM
$6.00 – $12.00

Children create and make their own gifts. $2 per gift. At 2pm on Saturday, the Hilliard Davidson Madrigal Singers perform in the Conservatory’s Atrium. At 2pm on Sunday, the Columbus School for Girls Choir performs.

4th Annual SantaCon Pub Crawl
Venue: Arena District

SantaCon_ADTV-mediumDECEMBER 6, 2014 – DECEMBER 7, 2014
7:00 PM — 1:00 AM

The Arena District and WNCI proudly present SANTACON 2014 drink specials will also be available! Looking for a Jolly Good Time? Look no further! Suit up in your best Santa gear and join hundreds of Santa’s to bar hop around the District!

Stops include:
7pm – Big Bang Bar – Drink specials and live music!
8pm – R Bar Arena – Get ready to HO-HO-HO!
9pm – Gordon Biersch – A special holiday keg tapping at 9 pm!
10pm – Three Legged Mare – Live music + costume contest and prizes!

Prizes for best costumes will be given out all evening by WNCI’s own Chris Davis – win Blue Jackets tickets, Arena District gift cards, tickets to Zoso, Cold War Kids, Mr. Gnome, and The Werks at the LC, Studio Movie Grill.

Tech the Halls with Lumos Columbus!
Venue: Lumos GalleryScreen_Shot_2014-11-22_at_1.08.12_PM-medium

DECEMBER 6, 2014 – JANUARY 3, 2015
4:00 PM — 12:00 PM

Join Lumos for the debut of new work by Alan Price; artist and designer of real time responsive computer animation and virtual environment installations. Other artist work includes Tyler Bohm’s laser cut wall sculptures, Lumos’ Curator Kayla Malone’s 3D pen-drawn sculptures, OSU’s David Staley and Matt Lewis’ 3D printed “Data Sculpture”, as well as select OSU Game Design students showcasing their final projects! Our in-house startups, Paint BiNumbers and LizzyPopTronics will also be exhibiting their work along with our new teams, imaekgames, showcasing their game “CubeZ” and FR introducing a demo of their game, “Light Knight”.

“ConstructAR”, by Alan Price, is an augmented reality mobile app for use by gallery visitors to collaboratively sculpt forms that appear located in the physical space. Tracking with the mobile devices creates the ability to move through and around the virtual objects while simultaneously observing the actions of other participants. Interaction is shared across a networked system, allowing participants to collaboratively build virtual sculpture that can potentially span across and envelop the interior space of the gallery.

As the last gallery hop of the year, expect some amazing work and purchasable art from Lumos! Also available for retail are small 3D printed stocking stuffers! Come experience interactive augmented realities and Tech The Halls with Lumos Columbus!

“A Time for Peace” Christmas Concert by The Dublin Singers
Venue: St. Brigid of Kildare Church

Flyer_final-mediumDECEMBER 7, 2014
3:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Free – $10.00

Almost 100 years ago, on Christmas Eve of the first year of World War I, German and British soldiers put down their guns and crossed no-man’s land with songs of peace and hope. In some places, soldiers shared laughs, games, supplies and gifts with their enemies for almost two days before the fighting resumed. In this time of worldwide conflict, The Dublin Singers wish to re-ignite the spirit of the Christmas Eve Truce with their Christmas Concert, “A Time for Peace”. Songs describing the peace, love and joy of the Christmas season will fill the air at the 3:00 pm concert on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at St. Brigid of Kildare Church (7179 Avery Road) in Dublin, Ohio.

Active duty military and veterans are invited to attend the concert for free, in honor of Pearl Harbor Day and the Christmas Eve Truce. For others, tickets will be available at the door, or by calling (614) 874-7322, at a cost of $10 for adults, and $7 for children (13 and under) and seniors (55 and over).

The Dublin Singers, with the support of the Dublin Arts Council and private patrons, has provided an opportunity for adults to make and share beautiful music with each other and with the greater Dublin community since 1996. The Singers are honored to be a regular part of many of Dublin’s community events, including Dublin’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, the Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump, and the Dublin Irish Festival. Their spring show, “Magic Moments”, will be in early May, 2014, at the Dublin Abbey Theater. Please see their website at or their facebook page for more information.

Gingerbread House Decorating with Santa
Venue: Young Chefs Academy

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3:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Come make your very own gingerbread house with a full yard, snowman and Christmas tree! We’ll serve hot chocolate while Santa reads us a story. Kids will have the chance to visit with Santa and take a photo. Take the day to shop and we’ll entertain the kids!