Ohio State and the wide city of Columbus are never short of events, but searching through them all is a chore. We’ve compiled a list of the most worthwhile places you need to be coming up this month, hand-picked by the editor. Some of these favorites are on campus, so if you know, you know, but sometimes you just need a break from college life, and you just gotta go off-campus. We hear both needs, Buckeyes.
If You Know, You Know 😏
12.3 Polar Bears Falling and Wolves Burning: Climate Change Theatre Action | Thompson Library
If Harvard and Yale can storm a football field for the planet, the least you can do is turn your lights off when you leave the house and listen to some staged readings inspired by the climate crisis.
12.4 Light Up The Lake | Mirror Lake
One of my favorite nights of the year! Free hot chocolate, free Insomnia cookies, free entertainment, and all the feel-good fuzzies that come with surrounding Mirror Lake, aglow with twinkling lights, and singing Carmen Ohio.
12.3-6 Leo’s Week of Christmas | Leo’s on the Alley
No one loves Christmas like Leo’s. (It’s rare if an entire night goes by and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” doesn’t get played.) Check out their Week of Christmas, including Christmas movie trivia on Tuesday, Christmas super bingo on Wednesday, and the third annual Way Too Early Christmas Party on Thursday
12.5-12 Pause 4 Paws and Study Spots Around Finals | University Libraries
Don’t get a dog during college if you don’t have the time or bandwidth to take care of one. Rather, wait until finals week when you need a dog, and you will surely find one anywhere and everywhere.
Gotta Go 💨
12.7 December Holiday Hop | Short North
Your average first Saturday of the month gallery hop just got jingle-fied! The same wide open window displays, only covered in cotton snowballs and strings of lights. Get your Christmas shopping done early, and locally!
12.7 Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl | Park Street Area Bars
You save the same sweater in a RubberMaid every year for something like this, so take the opportunity. It’s the fourth ever Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl in Columbus, and for only $19.99, it’s a day of fun you won’t forget. You’ll be needing during finals. (Bar crawl t-shirt included!)
12.12 12 Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl | Arena District
If you can’t tell, I love promoting bar crawls. It’s really about the sense of community for me. This one is the same price as the Ugly Sweater Crawl, but gets you a Santa hat and a 16 oz Bad Santa Stadium Cup for all your day’s drinks! Amp up your outfit a notch by going all-out in a snowman business suit or dressing up like Buddy the Elf.
12.23-27 Holiday Sleepover | Franklin County Dog Shelter
For out-of-state students who celebrate the holidays in the city, you can celebrate the big day with a little company thanks to Franklin County Dog Shelter! During the biggest holidays of the year when volunteers are few around the shelter, they pick foster families on a first-come, first-served basis to host the dogs for a few days. All supplies are provided, you just provide the love and the temporary home! (Or permanent one?)