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Navigator Weekly Planner: The 15 Best Things To Do This Week Including Double Dare Live, Breathing While Black, And Hoppy Holidays

Happy Monday, Columbus! I hope you’re ready for a great week.

Whether you’re looking for sports, music, holiday happenings or more, Columbus has something waiting for you.

Monday, December 16

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

Nationwide Arena | 7 p.m. | Start at $17
The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Washington Capitals this Monday.

Double Dare Live

Palace Theatre | 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | $30
The Nickelodeon game show Double Dare is going on tour! Marc Summers will host a night of Slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting. You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts or even run the legendary obstacle course!

Monday Night Trivia

Platform Beer Co. | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Free
Platoform Beer Co hosts tivia every Monday night in the taproom.It’s free to play, with four rounds of buzzer-based, multimedia quizzing and $10 gift cards for each winning team!

Tuesday, December 17

Breathing While Black

Columbus Metropolitan Library | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Free
Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a forum on how to address systemic racism and “redefining the Black experience.”

The Pool at Conservatory Aglow

Franklin Park Conservatory | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $19
Light artist and sculptor Jen Lewin conceived ‘The Pool’ as a huge puddle of light that would invite viewers to jump in. The concentric circles of 100 glowing computerized pads light up when you step on them. This art piece will only be here for one month! Make sure to check it out as part of the Conservatory’s light exhibition.


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $14
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has opened their yearly Wildlights display again this year! Powered by AEP, the beautiful light display is not to be missed.

Winter Fest

Reeb Avenue Center | 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Free
The annual Winter Fest is back with music, crafts, pictures with Santa and even a toy giveaway, winter clothing giveaway, and a free South Side Roots meal! What’s not to love?

Wednesday, December 18

Chihuly: Celebrating Nature

Franklin Park Conservatory | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | $19
Nature and art come together at Chihuly: Celebrating Nature presented by Nationwide and the Davis Foundation at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the beautiful wart that fills Franklin Park Conservatory.

Woodlands Tavern 2nd Annual Hoppy Holidays Tap Takeover

Woodlands Tavern | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Free
Short’s Brewing Company & Woodlands Tavern are teaming up again for a tap event with 6 of Short’s Brewing Co. hoppiest brews just in time for the holiday season.

Local Music Showcase

Platform Beer Co. | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Free
The taproom is beginning a new series of events to feature local artists! Check out their first event featuring Vlad The Inhaler, Sega Genocide, and Portals.

Thursday, December 19

Saturday Night Fever

Garden Theatre | 8 p.m. | $30
The classic Saturday Night Fever plays at the Garden Theatre until December 29. This is definitely not a show you’ll want to miss at the Short North Stage.

The Winter Block Party Starring Megan Thee Stallion

Express Live! | 7 p.m. | $80
Power 107.7/106.3 is hosting Winter Block Party at Express Live! Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion takes the stage.

BalletMet Nutcracker

Ohio Theatre | 7:30 p.m. | Start at $29
BalletMet presents another year of the beautiful Nutcracker ballet. Kick off the Christmas celebrations with a classic.

Friday, December 20

Holiday Hoopla

Shadowbox Live | 7:30 p.m. | $30
Holiday Hoopla is back! This show mixes sketch comedy with seasonal music. Holiday Hoopla has been entertaining audiences for a quarter of a century and has become a Columbus holiday tradition.

Short North Bubbles Party

Serendipity Labs | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. | $20
Serendipity Labs is hosting a Bubbles Party to try out fantastic sparkling wines for the holiday season. There will also be live music from Ryan Craycroft and Brett Burelson. Day-of tickets are $25.

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