Things to leave the house for all weekend. Shopping. Holiday stuff. Music. Plays. Food.
- The Germania Society hosts a traditional German Christmas market all weekend — Christkindlmarkt — including hot mulled wine and Saint Nicholas.
- ArtWorks hosts its last Secret ArtWorks fundraiser ever. Buy a ticket, get a secret 5-by-7-inch artwork. (Plus food, alcohol and live music.)
- In other shopping news, BuyCincy (formerly Unchained Cincinnati) supports a weekend shopping-local initiative with more than 200 Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati small businesses. Buy local and get entered to win prizes.
- You can also catch Hansel and Gretel (the opera) at CCM or Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors at Cincy Shakes.
- Jamaican Queens bring their imagining of an Electropop seance between Joy Division and Deadmau5 to MOTR Pub.
- Lots of sparkly holiday stuff. The Zoo illuminates with the annual Festival of Lights celebration (including the option to purchase hot chocolate with booze in it). Eden Park also lights up with Balluminaria — a dozen or so hot air balloons glow on Mirror Lake.
- Northside hosts the Northside Record Fair. Find vinyl, cassettes, music memorabilia and more. Pay an extra $5 and get in an hour early.
- Head to the Cincinnati Art Museum to check out some street art in curator Brian Sholis' Eyes on the Street.
- If you miss the original Dusmesh, the former owners opened a new Indian restaurant called Swad in College Hill. Our reviewer tried it and the food tastes as good as you remember.
- Go global. Before you overload on turkey next week, try a Taste of Lebanon. Lebanese food, desserts, music and more.
- The Victory of Light expo gets metaphysical with seminars on everything from tarot cards and past lives to astrology and meditation.
- It's the last night for Jessimae Peluso, comedian and start of MTV's Girl Code, at Funny Bone on the Levee.