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What to Do Holiday Edition: December 16-22

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What To Do This Week

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Put the phone down and pack the laptop away. Here’s your ultimate list: “Fun Things to Do in Downtown Columbus for the Holiday Break.”

Double Dare Live 

Monday, December 16 | 7:30 pm
Palace Theater, 34 W Broad St

Unleash your silly side with tickets to a live, on-stage production of the slime-soaking, pie-plastering, booger-busting fun found on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live. Who knows? Host Marc Summers just might invite you to bend your brain at trivia, do a crazy stunt, or run the legendary obstacle course.


Columbus Blues Jackets Home Games

Mon, Thu, Sat, Dec 16, 19, 21 | 7:00 pm
Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd

Holidays and hockey at home. This is how the CBJ does things this time of year. Come out to 1, 2, or all 3 of this week’s home games as the Blue Jackets take on the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, and New Jersey Devils. C-B-J! C-B-J!


Festive Friday at Columbus Commons

Friday, December 20 | 5:00 pm
Columbus Commons, 160 S High St

Light up your Friday night at the Commons with a glitzy, glittering, twinkling 400,000-light display. Friday is extra festive and fun, thanks to free hot chocolate, free carousel rides, and free serenades from a roaming troupe of holiday-happy musicians.


COSI Discovery Nights

Friday, December 20 | 6:00 pm
COSI, 333 W Broad St

Make some magic – with a little help from science. From potions to wands to mystical makings of all kinds, this is your chance to enter into the wonderful world of wizardry with hands-on activities, sorcery-style workshops, and more. (21 and over, please.)


A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail 

Fri-Sun, Dec 20-22 | Hours Vary
The Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave

‘Tis the season for caring and sharing and nobody does it better than Pooh-Bear. Columbus resident and off-Broadway actor Carolyn Demanelis stars in this CATCO production about a Christmas Even when a downtrodden donkey lost a tail but found some new friends.


An Evening with Chevy Chase

Saturday, December 21 | 7:00 pm
Palace Theater, 34 W Broad St

Get into the yuletide spirit with Chevy Chase live on stage and a 30th-anniversary screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. After the big-screen showing, Clark Griswold (aka Chevy Chase) will regale the audience with stories about his career – including the making of this hilarious holiday classic.



Thu-Sun, Dec 19-22 | Hours Vary
Park Street Theater, 512 Park St

Let your hair down for a few hours with this perfect-for-all-ages production of a classic fairy tale about a girl, a boy, a tower, and a world beyond the horizon. Presented by Columbus Children’s Theater, this 60-minute, one-act play makes the perfect holiday outing for the littles.


The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Sunday, December 22 | 7:30 pm
Palace Theater, 34 W Broad St

Liven up the season with a totally unexpected and inventive production of a legendary ballet – done NYC hip hop-style. This supercharged show opens with a set from legendary hip hop artist, MC Kurtis Blow, and features all-star dancers, a DJ, and an electric violinist.