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Open Doors Dance Night is at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St.

Weekender Briefs: Celebrate winter break with events all over Athens


Yoga Shabbat at 6 p.m. at Hillel at Ohio University, 21 Mill St. Take a break from studying to de-stress by joining a yoga class led by Hillel’s Vice President Jenna Reis. No prior experience is required and refreshments will be provided after the session. Admission is free. 

A Merry Maeve Kroeger Kringle’s Kristmas Finale at 8 p.m. in the Radio-Television Building, Studio C. Fridays Live will be kicking off finals week with its semester finale performance hosted by Maeve Kroeger. Admission is free. 


Home Alone at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St. As part of its Holiday Film Series, the Athena will screen the classic Christmas film starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a young boy who is left home alone after his family accidentally leaves him behind while on vacation. Admission is a minimum donation of one canned or nonperishable food item per person. Cash donations are also accepted. 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides at 11 a.m. on Court and Washington streets. Join Athens’ Uptown for the Holidays event and experience riding a horse-drawn wagon around Uptown. Rides will also be available at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 11 a.m. on Dec. 16. Admission is free.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Athena,. Leave the kids at home and enjoy watching the Griswolds deal with their in-laws as part of the Athena’s Holiday Film Series. Admission is a minimum donation of one canned or nonperishable food item per person; cash donations are also accepted.

Athens Art Guild Holiday Shoppe at 10 a.m. at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Members of the Athens Art Guild will be selling handmade gifts for the Christmas season ranging from woodwork to desserts as part of the annual holiday shoppe. The event will also take place Sunday at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Three Year Anniversary “Fancy Dress” Party at 6 p.m. at Athens Uncorked, 14 Station St. Athens Uncorked invites everyone to dress up and celebrate its three-year anniversary. Live jazz music, drink specials and a raffle will be offered throughout the night and attendees who dress up in costumes will receive a 15 percent discount off their bill. Admission is free.

Open Doors Dance Night at 10:30 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. Dance the night away before finals with DJ VampyKitty at the final LGBTQ+ Dance of the year. Admission is $3 for ages 21 and above and $5 for ages 18 to 20.

Play On! at 8 p.m. in Baker Theatre. The Lost Flamingo Company will perform a story of a theater group that tries to put on a show despite having an author who keeps revising the script. The play will also be performed Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. 

Front and Center Classically Christmas at 12 p.m. at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. Enjoy a musical performance and children’s open stage featuring classical Christmas music. Admission is free.


The Local Girls Annual Benefit Concert at 2 p.m. at Southeast Ohio History Center, 24 W. State St. Enjoy a night of music with Southeast Ohio History Center’s annual concert featuring Athens-based trio The Local Girls and special guest Sarah Hart. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and below.

Mens Basketball vs. Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. in The Convo. Support the Bobcats as they take on Western Kentucky. Tickets can be purchased through the Ohio Athletics page. Admission is $15, and students get in free with an OU student ID. 

Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Ohio University Inn, 331 Richland Ave. Families are invited to enjoy beverages and a breakfast buffet while their children take photos with Santa. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 740-593-6661. Admission is $17.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 12 and below. 


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