Navigator Weekender: The 15 Best Things To Do This Weekend Including Polar Express Weekend, Das Kaffeehaus Pancake Breakfast, And The German Village Pet Parade

There are so many fun things happening in the capital city this weekend that I honestly don’t know how you’ll choose. But whatever you decided to do, remember to bundle up. It’s going to be cold and wet, buttercups!


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Hanukkah on Main Street

What: Joint the Capital University Jewish Student Association for the 3rd Annual Menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration. The event will take place at the main gate of Capital University.
When: December 15 at 5 p.m.
Where: Capital University, E Main St & College Ave, Bexley, OH 43209

Polar Express Movie Weekend

What: Head to COSI for some family fun. The science museum will screen The Polar Express on the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with hot chocolate, cookies, and other surprises. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and $8 for COSI Members. Click here for more info.
When: December 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: COSI 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Steampunk Alice in Wonderland

What: Grandview Carriage Place Players will be performing Steampunk Alice in Wonderland this weekend. The show, at Columbus Performing Arts Center, will have multiple showings throughout the weekend. Tickets are $5.00 cash at the door.
When: December 15 at 7 p.m., December 16 at 7 p.m. and December 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Columbus Performing Arts Center at 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

What: Join musicians Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith for an evening of Christmas music. The pair will be accompanied by a full orchestra, playing all of your favorite Christmas classics. For ticket information, please click here.
When: December 15 at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215


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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

What: Take the whole family to see Rudolph and all of his friends, live onstage in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. The show will have four performances throughout the weekend. Ticket prices vary.
When: December 16 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. and December 17 at 2 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Figgy Fest 2017

What: Head out for a night of rock and roll where the proceeds go to a good cause. The lineup for Figgy Fest includes Ho Ho Hoes, 3 Speed Sleigh, The Mitzvahs, Figgy & The Scrooges and more. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
When: December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ace of Cups, 2619 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202


What: Local band MoJoFlo will be performing at The Xperience Lounge this weekend. Tickets are $10.
When: December 16 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Xperience Lounge, 1536 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43219

Beggars / Gudger / Takacs

What: Looking for more local music? Because there is something happening in every corner of the city. At Space Bar, you can check out rockers Beggars, Gudger, and Takacs. The show is 18+. Tickets are $5, $7 if you’re under 21. Click here for more info.
When: December 16 at 9 p.m.
Where: Spacebar, 2590 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202

PBJ & Jazz Family Concert – Tony Monaco Trio: “Songs of the Season”

What: Celebrate the “Songs of the Season” with B3 organ legend Tony Monaco and his trio. The PBJ & Jazz Family concert series offers hour-long interactive concerts for kids. Introduce the next generation to one of the best things to ever come out of America: Jazz. Tickets are $5 (with a $20 maximum for families). Kids tickets will include a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, juice, and a cookie. There will be two performances.
When: December 16 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Where: Lincoln Theater, 769 East Long Street Lincoln Ballroom, Columbus, OH 43203

Blitzmas 2017 featuring Seether

What: Blitzmas 2017 has arrived. The lineup kicks off with Shaman’s Harvest, followed by The Dead Deads, before ending the evening with Seether. $1.00 from every ticket purchased will go directly to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). Tickets are $30.99 and can be purchased here. The show is all ages.
When: December 16 at 7 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43215


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Elf (2003) at Drexel Theatre

What: Take the whole family to Drexel Theatre for a special holiday screening of Elf (2003). Tickets are $2 for kids under 12 and $3 for adults. PJ’s are encouraged!
When: December 17 at 2 p.m.
Where: Drexel Theatre, 2254 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209

German Village Holiday Pet Parade

What: The cutest event in the city is, by far, the German Village Pet Parade. The neighborhood’s cutest pups will parade around and participate in contests where winners will include Cutest Couple, Most Spirited, Parade Queen, Parade King, and more!
When: December 17 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215

Merry Axe-Mas

What: Want to do something unique? Shop local goods and toss some axes all at the same time. Columbus Axe Throwing and Craftin’ Outlaws are teaming up. The first 75 guest at the door will receive a free swag bag filled with discounts to Columbus Axe Throwing and/or Room Escape Adventures Columbus, as well as some handmade treats. You must be 15+ to throw an axe. Admission is free.
When: December 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Columbus Axe Throwing, 6124 Busch Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

Das Kaffeehaus Pancake Breakfast

What: Ready for an all you can eat pancake breakfast? Das Kaffeehaus is hosting a Pancake Breakfast to benefit CD102.5 for the Kids. Tickets are $9.99.
When: December 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: CD 102.5, 1036 S. Front Street Columbus, OH 43206

The Great Xscape Tour

What: R&B stars Xscape will be closing out the weekend at Nationwide Arena on their “The Great Xscape Tour”. The group will be joined by Monica, Tamar Braxton Zonnique, and June’s Diary. Tickets available here.
When: Deceber 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215