Your Weekend To Do List: 12/16-12/18

Dec 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

With the holidays right around the corner, this weekend promises plenty of twinkling lights, Christmas songs and the one gift the three wise men forgot: booze. —-

Tonight, watch Over-the-Rhine begin to glow as volunteers place luminaries across the neighborhood. Light Up OTR kicks off at Neon's, so meet there at 7 p.m. if you'd like to help or just enjoy one of their 12 days of Christmas beers and watch the lighting of their OTR tree. There will also be a Bright Ride across town for bike enthusiasts looking to add to the cheer.

On the other side of the river tonight, Powerhouse Factories presents Pass the Flask, a gig poster holiday bash. Enjoy seasonal cocktails and get some awesome, unique gifts for the music lovers on your list.

Over the Rhine present their annual Holiday Homecoming show Saturday at Taft Theater. Fans can expect to hear OTR hits as well as holiday classics.

Cincinnati Ballet gave The Nutcracker a whimsical makeover for 2011. Check out new choreography, costumes and more surprises at The Aronoff Center through Dec. 24. Read our interview with the woman behind all the exciting updates, CEO, Choreographer and Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, here.

If there's one theater show that packs the most holiday punch this year, it's Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Get a shot of all your favorite holiday tales, presented in 90-minutes by an intoxicated Santa Claus. Shows this week are at Arnold's Bar & Grill, so come early and enjoy a delish dinner before the hilarious show.

Of course, there are more holiday shows, attractions and events than you can shake a candy cane at (as well as non-holiday concerts, comedy acts and art shows for all y'all Grinches), so check out all our recommendations here. Looking ahead? Here's our holiday guide, including seasonal events, attractions, films, stories, gift-guides, TV shows, music and more. Happy Weekend!