Holiday Arts Preview

Watch and listen as The Beat reads its annual holiday poem and check out all the holiday favorites coming up including the Nutcracker, Messiah Sing-Along and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to name a few.

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Dickens, model train part of Christmas attractions

The Ohio Historical Society will celebrate Christmas in two distinct ways this season.

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Christmas trees brought local couple together

No mistletoe was required for Steve and Denise Pagura's first kiss, but a truckload of sickly Christmas trees played a role in the couple's union.

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Couple get special gift as wife's cancer goes into remission

Christine Pabst and her family received a special gift this year.

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First Wildlights in 1988 was start of something big

More than 3 million lights are illuminating the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium for its annual Wildlights display, celebrating its 25th season through Jan. 5.

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Food Pantry seeks holiday volunteers

The Livingston United Methodist Church is seeking volunteers to help out at the December food pantry.

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Caring & Sharing marks 25th Christmas project

More than 700 children in the Westerville City School District will wake up to presents under the tree on Christmas morning because of the work of the all-volunteer Westerville Caring & Sharing.

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Sixth-grader's goal: Give away 100 Christmas trees

It's said that the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Expanded Shop with a Cop grows in popularity

Delaware, Sunbury and Powell police officers joined Delaware County Sheriff's Office deputies last weekend in a charitable tradition for the sheriff's department.

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No ice needed for this skating rink

Thanks to modern technology, Windermere Elementary School students were able to ice skate indoors last week in the school gymnasium -- without the ice.

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Children's book mulls: What did Wise Men see?

After the Rev. James Freshour, a retired United Methodist Church minister, completed a children's book centering on the Christmas star, the Clintonville resident needed someone to illustrate it.

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UA students craft ornaments for Ohio's state tree

Using walks through the woods as inspiration, Upper Arlington High School students created fused-glass trees adorned with colorful balls of glass as ornaments for the Ohio state tree in the 2013 National Christmas Tree display.

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Violet firefighters toy drive runs through Dec. 23

The Violet Township Fire Department and the Violet Township Firefighter's Local 3558 union are joining forces once again to put smiles on the faces of area children in need this holiday season.

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Soldiers in Kuwait will celebrate holidays with Ohio trees

Many U.S. soldiers in Kuwait will celebrate Christmas this year with more than 100 trees donated by the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.

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Holiday Events

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Keep kids engaged and occupied during holiday shopping trips

Holiday shopping with kids can be fun. Kids enjoy giving gifts, and bringing them along on shopping excursions to offer their input can make the season that much more special for youngsters.

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Great gifts that won't break the bank

Giving is synonymous with the holiday season. But in a holiday season where people are still dealing with a sagging and unpredictable economy, giving in a way that won't break the bank is imperative for many thoughtful holiday shoppers.

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Safety should be a holiday tradition, too

Celebrants and shoppers annually spend billions of dollars during the holiday season. With so much money exchanging hands, it is imperative for shoppers and revelers to use caution to avoid incidents that can put a damper on such a festive time of year.

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Holiday entertaining -- a dozen ways to keep calm and carry on

Whether you're a seasoned cook and veteran at throwing parties, or new to the art of entertaining, hosting family and friends can provoke a condition that has been coined, "kitchen performance anxiety."

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