Yes, Virginia, it really is past time you started Christmas shopping
I know it's a bad thought, and one you'd rather avoid, but it really is only two weeks until Christmas. Thankfully, I'm here with some yuletide advice for how you can get into the holiday spirit and get some cheap gifts for the fam. Enjoy.
First of all, hit the Joseph House Art Gallery, 828 Broadway, from 5-8 p.m. Friday. They're featuring works with a Christmas theme and original Christmas cards. If you're lucky, there willl be free wine. Don't expect the expensive stuff.
Saturday, while everyone is downtown watching the Bi-City Christmas parade, you'll be at Columbus Park Crossing searching for deals. The parade is at 10 a.m. on Dillingham Street and Broad in Phenix City, and Broadway and Ninth Street in Columbus, just in case you'd rather see the parade and shop online later.
That night, why not drive around town looking for the best Christmas decorations? Again, I'm all about saving you time. Most people will do this as it gets closer to Christmas. If you need somewhere to start, check out the Ludy family's display at 5784 Ironstone Drive in Columbus. It includes over 90,000 computerized lights.
Besides, were you really going to shop this weekend? It's a tradition to do all your gift buying three days before Dec. 25, just like grandma used to do. -Alan Riquelmy
Ho, ho, whoa
Perhaps you embarrassed yourself too much last year to show up at another office Christmas party. No big deal. Ditch your co-workers and party at Daileys this weekend.
The bar, located at 1039 Broadway, hosts Friday and Saturday performances by local band Ophir Drive. If you're lucky, the rock act will play their stellar acoustic version of "Poker Face." Action starts at 10 p.m. and cover is $5.
Saturday, channel your inner emo teenager and party at the all-ages Ice Fest at Gallery 13. The event includes three stages and more than 40 bands. It's noon until 10 p.m. and tickets at the door are $18. Gallery 13 is at 1540 Veterans Parkway in Columbus.
Sunday, head over to the Springer Opera House's Foley Hall to check out a 2:30 p.m. performance of “A Tuna Christmas." The show, a local favorite, features two top-notch actors performing a variety of roles. Tickets are $15-$35. The Springer is at 1016 First Ave. Call 706-327-3688.