Up Front in Cbus | December 17 – December 31, 2021

Columbus Sports

2021 NCAA Volleyball at Nationwide Arena 

Watch the top Division I Women’s Volleyball teams go head to head at the 2021 NCAA Championship! The final match is set to be held on Saturday, December 18 at Nationwide Arena. Tickets to the finals are on sale now—click here to purchase.

Can’t make it to the game? Watch the action from your favorite Arena District bars and restaurants. The designated fan gathering spots are below:

Celebrate the New Year with Hockey

What better way to ring in the new year than cheering on Columbus Blue Jackets from the stands? Catch the last home games of 2021 and the first game of the new year at Nationwide Arena—and don’t forget to fuel up before the game at one of the dozens of restaurants and bars in the Arena District. Grab tickets to these upcoming games:

  • December 23 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres
  • December 27 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  • December 30 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Nashville Predators
  • January 1 at 1 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Check out the 2021-22 season game schedule here

Columbus Community

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays and best wishes for a happy New Year! We hope this season is wrapped with cheer and filled with celebration for continued happiness and prosperity in 2022.

Columbus Gift Guide

Still searching for the perfect gift? We’ve got you covered! Check out our 2021 Columbus Holiday Gift Guide filled with the best gifts from our favorite Columbus spots here.

A Different View 

The most famous fresco in the world, Michelangelo – A Different View, is coming to the Greater Columbus Convention Center! The exhibit will open on December 22 and stay on display until January 23, 2022. Visitors will have the chance to engage with the artwork and see every detail, brushstroke and color of Michelangelo’s frescoes. Click here for more information.


Columbus Entertainment

Live Music in Downtown Columbus

Celebrate the holiday season with live music! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to EXPRESS LIVE! and Nationwide Arena.

Don’t miss these upcoming events:

First time back at Nationwide Arena? Click here to know what to expect before you go and enjoy making new memories! Stay safe and have fun! Concert goers must now provide proof of vaccination when visiting EXPRESS LIVE!, A&R Music Bar and The Basement. Click here for more details on PromoWest’s updated health policy.


Food & Drink 

Welcome 2022 at the Haus

Celebrate the arrival of 2022 at Hofbräuhaus Columbus! Hofbräuhaus will be offering a special four-course New Year’s Eve menu for guests to enjoy. In addition, the Hofbräuhaus will toast the arrival of the New Year and stay open until 1:00 AM, with live entertainment by Matt Rees. 

Bring Winans Home for the Holidays

Winans is now selling their holiday coffee blends for you to take and make at home! The holiday favor collection features two delicious seasonal blends–cinnamon gingerbread and peppermint bark. Grab them while you can–these delicious flavors will only be available through December. 

Stress-Free Holiday Hosting

Hosting for the holidays? Wow your guests with a delicious meal, baked goods or a boxed lunch from Brekkie Shack. A locally-owned breakfast and brunch spot, Brekkie Shack has a wide variety of catering offerings perfect for parties with coworkers, friends and family this holiday season.


Columbus Living

New Year, New Home

Start the year off right with a new Columbus Downtown Apartment! Whether you’re looking to live in the heart of all the action or searching for a more relaxing atmosphere, there’s something for everyone. View Arena District and Grandview Yard apartment offerings by taking a virtual tour on YouTube.