The thing to do this weekend in Cincy

(FOX19) - I had big plans this weekend: Drive straight to CVG, fly bagless to Bora Bora with my tiger, eat a lot of French hors d'oeuvres and ride on my new jet skis with 50 friends.

But then I didn't win the Mega Millions so...


Head down to Fountain Square Thursday evening for a late night ice skating party. Organized by Self Diploma and Corporate, there will be music by DJ Etrayn. New and gently used clothing items to brighten someone else's holiday. All proceeds and donations go to Matthew 25: Ministries.

Details: Thursday, 10 PM-1 AM. U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square. Search #SDCORPSKATE on Twitter.

The Nutcracker

Clara and her nutcracker doll turned prince are back at the Aronoff.  The Nutcracker, presented by Frisch's, has all the beautiful sets and costumes that you'd expect + more. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's score is performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Details: Dec. 20-29. Aronoff Center.

A Christmas Carol

Now onstage at Playhouse in the Park, the Charles Dickens classic is a must-see with your family this holiday season. The bitter old Ebenezer Scrooge is given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts.

Details: Nov. 27 - Dec. 29. Playhouse in the Park.

Art on Vine

The boutique art fair organized by James Jenkins, owner of Photography for the People, returns to Rhinegeist Brewery. Purchase local artwork as last-minute Christmas gifts. A portion of artist entry fees are donated to Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. A Tavola Pizza is offering a day-of special, and Holtman's Donut Shop/Lucy Blue Pizza will be there.

Details: Saturday, 2-10 PM. Rhinegeist Brewery. Free.

Short Vine Holiday Art Show

Beelistic Tattoo and Piercing does the second annual Short Vine Holiday Art Show. Art by local and national tattoo artists selling for $25 or less. Businesses along Short Vine will also have drink, food and clothing specials. There's a toy, clothing and book drive for the Children's Home of Cincinnati.

Details: Friday, 5-10 PM. 2703 Vine St . Free.

North Pole Express

This is the last weekend to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus on the North Pole Express. The half hour train ride departs from the Lebanon Station and stops at the LM&M Junction via the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. Each child gets a picture with Santa and small gift.

Details: Saturday and Sunday with five different departure times. 127 South Mechanic, Lebanon. Tickets:

Madison Theater's 1st Annual Christmas Party

BoyMeetsWorld, Let It Happen, The Monument, Seeing Ghosts and Uh-huh Baby Yeah! are all playing. Since it's a Christmas party... wear a Santa hat?

Details: Friday, 7 PM/ Doors open at 6:30. 730 Madison Ave. Covington. Tickets:

Over the Rhine at Taft Theatre

The native Ohioan duo Over The Rhine brings their holiday show back to Taft Theatre with Ben Sollee.

Details: Saturday, 8 PM/ Doors open at 7. 317 East 5th St. Downtown. Tickets:

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

The fans wanted it, the cast wanted it, and it's finally happening: The long-awaited sequel to 'Anchorman' hit theaters nationwide on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Have you tried it yet?

Salazar: The farm-inspired, American restaurant and bar officially opens Thursday, Dec. 19. 1401 Republic Street. Over-the-Rhine.

The Eagle Food & Beer Hall: This place has comfort food, specializing in fried chicken, with more than 100 craft beers and16 on tap. Now open. 1342 Vine St. Over-the-Rhine.

Sleepy Bee Cafe: A new breakfast and lunch spot from the owners of Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore and Decafe and Brazee Street Studios. You can order traditional comfort foods and healthy options as well. Go celebrate the bee over an omelet, bowl of organic fruit, and cup of fair-trade coffee. Now open. 3098 Madison Rd. Oakley.

And whatever you do this weekend -- make sure you're doing it in Christmas Jammies.(

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-Kelly Taylor @cincywanderlust

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