Some ideas on holiday activities.


This pop-up store, located across from the former Gooeyz spot in the Gateway area of the OSU campus offers fun holiday items. The store has an assortment of "Ugly Christmas Sweaters" and white elephant gifts. If you're not in the holiday spirit, the rows and rows of paper snowflakes will get you in the mood.

Holiday movie offerings:

-The Gateway Film Center will be showing National Lampoon's classic "Christmas Vacation." It's a favorite of many and those who love beer won't want to miss the event this Saturday offering a beer tasting, snacks and a final pint of your favorite brew to enjoy during the movie. Cost is $15. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. I recommend you park in the covered Gateway garage in back of the center and be sure to have your ticket validated at the theater for $1.

-"Home Alone" is showing at Cinemark Movies 12 in the Carriage Place shopping plaza off of Bethel Road. Cost is $1.25 on Tuesday and matinees before noon. Also, it's not a holiday classic, but seen by many as a classic in general, the "Wizard of Oz," will be shown in 2D and 3D. The cost for other movie times are $1.75 for afternoon and $2.50 for evening on weekends. 3-D films cost $3.25 for early showings and $4.50 for evening shows.

Other things to do:

-Franklin Park Conservatory will host the Capital U. Philomel Saturday, holiday handbell concert on Sunday and Royal Jokers Wednesday night. Visitors can also see contenders in the annual Gingerbread competition. For admission and details, visit

-Walk around and enjoy the lights at Easton Town Center. Of course, they again offer Breakfast With Santa Saturday Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 and horse-drawn carriage rides. There's also a list of holiday activities taking place at Easton, which you can view at


Buy one get one free admission to Pro Football Hall of Fame, which I wrote about this summer. Prepaid tickets never expire and ready for use on 12/16. Click here for details

**Buy gift cards to your favorite restaurants while they offer free bonus cards. This is a no brainer. So many places now offer this, it's incredible. I bought a $25 Papa John's card and got a free pizza. Cameron Mitchell, Piada, El Vaquero are a few of the local chains offering bonus cards. Bob Evans offers free cookies and a coupon booklet with a $30 gift card purchase. There are many others, but take advantage of it while you can.**