CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top nine picks!
1. The Cincinnati Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker'
The Cincinnati Ballet stretched and practiced their pirouettes just in time for this holiday season’s return of Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker." Enter a world of magic and wonder as Clara helps the Nutcracker win the war against the Mouse King before embarking on an adventure to see the Sugar Plum Fairy.
A celebration awaits once the Sugar Plum Fairy finds out Clara saved the Nutcracker, who was, in reality, a prince. Clara has the trip of a lifetime in just one night, but was it all a dream? Decide for yourself.
Get more info here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/the-cincinnati-ballet-presents-the-nutcracker-at-the-aronoff)
2. Ice skating on Fountain Square
While our summertime version of Fountain Square holds its charm with its warm-weather hoopla of constant live music and dancing, wintry Fountain Square comes alive in its own rite with an ice rink rivaling the size of the rink at the Rockefeller Center. It’s a classic feel-good, family-friendly Cincinnati tradition that’s worth keeping up.
Warm up at any number of nearby establishments; there’s hot chocolate at Graeter’s, pizza at Via Vite, coffee at Tazza Mia and too much else to list. On-site amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches and a heated tent with snacks and drinks.
Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/event-ice-skating-on-fountain-square) .
3. End of the World Celebrations in the Tri-State
So, there might only be a few hours left before the end of the world, at least according to the Mayan calendar.
For those seeking to open and close a tab for the final time, here are five Cincinnati-area parties that have Mayan, apocalyptic themes for the last night on Earth.
Find out where they are here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/top-9-end-of-the-world-parties) .
4. "The Apocalypse Show" at Know Theatre
According to the Mayan calendar, the world is ending on Friday. Know Theatre is offering you the chance to go out laughing by attending one of their 9 p.m. performances of The Apocalypse Show. The plan is for a rowdy variety show that’s equal parts party and theater, blending comedy, helpful survival tips, apocalypse lore and gratuitous drinking.
The friendly folks at Know point out that after Dec. 21, your money will be worthless, so you might as well spend it on tickets for Thursday’s fundraising performance (guess that will clear up any of Know’s old obligations before the final curtain).
For ticket information and times visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/onstage-the-apocalypse-show.
5. Yelp's Jingle Bell fundraiser
Yelp Cincinnati will hold its first ever Jingle Bowl at Western Bowl, a classic old-timey Westside bowling alley, in honor of some do-good holiday fun. All Yelpers are invited to get decked out in their finest ugly Christmas sweaters/reindeer noses/elvin garb/Santa suits or anything else generally wintry and cheerful for a good old-fashioned night on the lanes.
Seven bucks earns you shoes and unlimited bowling, and Yelp will hand out stocking stuffers and free swag. A $5 donation is recommended at the door to benefit the Freestore Foodbank.
Click here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/yelps-jingle-bowl) for details.