Up Front in Cbus | December 3 – December 17, 2021

Columbus Entertainment

Events in Downtown Columbus

Temperatures are dropping—and live events in downtown Columbus are heating up! 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.



Don’t miss out on all the fun happening in downtown Columbus! Fill out the entry forms below for a chance to win tickets to either the WNCI Jingle Jam or COIN: Rainbow Dreamland Tour. 

Click here to enter-to-win tickets to COIN at EXPRESS LIVE! >>

Click here to enter-to-win tickets to the WNCI JINGLE JAM at EXPRESS LIVE! >>


Columbus Sports

Watch the Action on the Ice

We’re two months into the 2021-22 NHL season, and the Columbus Blue Jackets are fighting for divisional dominance! Catch the action at their upcoming Nationwide Arena home games—but before you take your seat, fill up on your favorite drinks and apps at one of the dozens of nearby restaurants and bars.

  • December 5 at 6 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks
  • December 9 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jacket vs. Anaheim Ducks

Check out the 2021-22 season game schedule here

2021 NCAA Volleyball at Nationwide Arena 

The 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament is coming to downtown Columbus! The tourney is set to begin on Thursday, December 2 with the semifinal matches taking place in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena on December 16 and December 18. Watch your favorite teams bump, set and spike their way to victory. Watch the teams advance here with this interactive bracket. For more information click here.


Columbus Community

Jingle Bell Run

Get back to jingling and join the most festive holiday fun-run around! The Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run will return to Columbys on December 4 at 8:30 a.m. at Genoa Park. Join the battle against the #1 cause of disability and register here.

Holiday in the Heights

Holiday in the Heights–a family-friendly holiday favorite in Columbus–is set to take place on December 7 from 5:30-8:00 PM on Grandview Avenue. The holiday event will feature ice skating, local food, holiday shopping, live music, crafts, a visit from Santa, and more! Click here for more information.


Food & Drink 

Holidays at the Haus

Stop by Hofbräuhaus Columbus before or after Holiday in the Heights on December 7 for their winter lager tapping! Need a gift for a special friend? Save $4 on the purchase of a 4-pack of any Crowlers throughout the holiday season–and get a FREE holiday tote bag!

Happy Hour in Downtown Columbus

Need a drink? Or a few? Enjoy delicious tequila infused drinks and mezcal at Habaneros’ happy hour, Sunday – Thursday from 3-6 PM Happy hour specials include:

  • $3 off appetizers
  • $3 off margaritas
  • $2 off draft beer