Navigator Weekender: 2017 Christmas Weekend Edition

Merry Christmas, everyone!

The weekend is upon us. There is a lot going on to celebrate the holiday (or not) around town. Here are the best things happening this weekend in Columbus.


High of 53. Periods of rain.

Christmas Corner Choir Series

What: The State Auto Insurance Christmas Corner will present three hours of Christmas music this Friday. Bishop Watterson High School, Columbus Bilebeway Church Praise Team, and Powell United Methodist Church Choir will perform in front of the life-sized nativity.
When: Friday, December 22 at 6 p.m.
Where: 518 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Holiday Carriage Rides

What: Take a ride through Easton Town Center in a horse-drawn carriage. The rides will be going on Friday and Saturday, costing $10 per person. Kids under 15 are free with a paying adult. You can grab a carriage ride outside of Zara on Gramercy Street.
When: December 22 -23, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

The Randys’ Big Holiday Show

What: The Randys will play two sets, featuring all of the holiday hits you didn’t know that you loved. The cover is $5 and the show is 21+.
When: Friday, December 22 at 8 p.m.
Where: Ace of Cups, 2619 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202


What: Time is running out to see the Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Bundle up and go check out one of the coolest lighting displays in Central Ohio. Tickets are available here.
When: December 22-23, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065

Ugly Sweater Party at Endeavor Brewing Co.

What: Find the ugliest Christmas sweater you can and head to Endeavor Brewing Co. for a night full of fun, food trucks, and festivities. The brewery will be offering Hearth Ale for $5 all night long, plus the ugliest sweater wins a prize!
When: Friday, December 22 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Endeavor Brewing Co., 909 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212


High of 42. Steady rain in the morning with considerable cloudiness in the afternoon.

Brunch with Santa

What: Kraft House No. 5 is hosting Brunch with Santa this weekend. The man himself will be available for photos and speak with kiddos. The full brunch menu will be available.
When: Saturday, December 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Kraft House No. 5, 5 S Liberty St, Powell, OH 43065

Holiday Jazz & Candlelight Dinner at The Claddagh

What: Looking for romance this weekend? Claddagh’s is hosting a holiday jazz dinner, lit only by candlelight. The dinner is $24.95 and includes an appetizer, a soup or salad, an entree, and a dessert. Reservations required.
When: Saturday, December 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Claddagh, 585 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215

Worthington Holiday Farmers Market

What: Doing some last minute shopping? Stop by the Worthington Holiday Farmers Markets and choose from food and handmade items from over 60 vendors. The market is free.
When: Saturday, December 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 646 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Wonderful Christmastime with Lesley James

What: Lesley James will be at Little Rock, ringing in the wonderful Christmas holiday. There is no cover for this event (which means no excuses Columbus!). Head out and have fun.
When: Saturday, December 23 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Little Rock Bar, 944 N 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Ballroom Dance Date Night

What: Have you always dreamed of gliding across the dancefloor like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers? Then don’t miss your chance for an awesome experience. Every Saturday until January 27, you and your partner can learn ballroom dancing at the Arena District Athletic Club. The cost is $20 per couple.
When: Saturday, December 23 at 2 p.m.
Where: Arena District Athletic Club, 325 John H McConnell Blvd, Ste 150, Columbus, OH 43215


High of 35F. Cloudy with a chance of snow.

Holiday Classics: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) in 35 mm

What: Spend your Christmas Eve with Jimmy Stewart, Henry Travers, and the rest of the cast as you watch the holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.
When: Sunday, December 24 at 12 p.m.
Where: Gateway Film Center, 1550 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

The Grinch’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate

What: Wear your ugliest holiday sweater to Skate Zone 71 for a little bit of Christmas Eve fun. When you wear your sweater, you’ll recieve $2 admission and $4 skate rental.
When: Sunday, December 24 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Skate Zone 71, 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, OH 43229

Showtune Sunday

What: Get ready to sing loud and proud: It’s showtunes night at Union Cafe. The musical celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, with the dinner menu available until 7 p.m.
When: Sunday, December 24, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Union Cafe, 782 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Christmas Eve Karaoke

What: Looking for a way to end a busy, stressful weekend before the big holiday? Let it all out at Christmas Karaoke.
When: Sunday, December 24, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Ace of Cups, 2619 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202

The Nutcracker

What: Catch the final performance of The Nutcracker by BalletMet. What a special way to spend your Christmas eve!
When: Sunday, December 24 at 2 p.m.
Where: Ohio Theatre, 39 E State St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

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