Top things to do in Columbus for Dec. 6-8

CCAD Art Fair, Saturday, Dec. 7 

You can find everything from tiny earrings to large-scale paintings at the CCAD Art Fair, a twice-a-year event at the Loann Crane Center where a juried selection of the art college's students and alumni sell their work. It's a great chance to meet the artists and learn about their process, as well as buy gifts and build your art collection. Ticket purchases support student programming; you'll pay $30 ($25 in advance) to get a First Look from 9 to 11 Saturday. General admission, from 11 to 3, is $10 ($7 in advance). Children 12 and under are free.


Village Lights, Sunday, Dec. 8

Every year, German Village invites community members to stroll its luminary-lit brick streets during what’s become a holiday tradition straight out of a Dickens story. The neighborhood’s businesses stay open late for the event, offering hot chocolate, treats and gift-buying opportunities. Visitors can also wander through the StriezelMarkt on the Platz (a German-style Christmas market), featuring vendors, ice carving, music and mulled wine. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will hold court for a series of storytimes at the Actors’ Theatre Schiller Amphitheatre stage starting at 5:30 p.m. Village Lights takes place from 5 to 9 p.m.
    WinterFest, Saturday, Dec. 7   The third annual WinterFest takes place this Saturday at the Scioto Mile. Head to Bicentennial Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for performances from Ben Miller Band, The Vindys out of Northeast Ohio and Columbus’ own George Barrie Band. You’ll also find 10 different food trucks, a specialty cocktail featuring Simple Times and Middle West products, and several local breweries’ seasonal offerings on tap. The event itself is free to attend; a portion of food truck and beer sales will benefit the Mid Ohio Foodbank.     Holiday Pops, Friday, Dec. 6-Sunday, Dec. 8   Dancers, handbells, more than 200 singers and a jolly, red-suited special guest will join the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on the Ohio Theatre stage this weekend for Holiday Pops, the annual seasonal spectacular. Led by conductor Ronald Jenkins as always, the concert will feature sacred music, an African-American spiritual, sing-a-long holiday classics and a reading of "The Night Before Christmas" before concluding with the program debut of “The Day After Christmas,” a humorous take on the beloved poem.


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