Krampus & the alpaca

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COVINGTON, Ky. - In Covington, we make it easy to get much of your Christmas shopping done earlier - and support local artists, artisans, makers and designers in the process.
There are three different markets in #LoveTheCov this weekend, two indoors and one out.
Of course, if you don’t want to shop, you can also drink up at the annual Dark Charge festival, attend some holiday concerts and avail yourself of other Christmas season traditions.
Old-style bazaar
Two years ago, the temps plummeted. Last year, the wind blew a gazillion miles an hour.
But that’s why it’s called the Covington Winter Night Bazaar (note the word “winter” in the title). But if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping (and who has?) trust us, it’s worth checking out. After all, the unpredictable weather is part of the charm (as is this year’s Krampus theme).
The 5th annual Bazaar - organized by the great folks at RCov - will feature over two dozen local artists and crafters under huge tents on Saturday evening plying their wares, just in time for Christmas. There will be fire pits, festive lighting, and libations and food from Covington bars and restaurants.
And it’s free. Info, HERE.
Dark charged
The featured attraction will be Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, but it’ll be accompanied by a half dozen variants ready to quaff at 2019 Dark Charge Day this Saturday at Braxton Brewing Co.
West Seventh Street in front of the brewery will be shut down for the festival, which will also feature lots of food from local restaurants and eateries and live music on the Rooftop and on the Main Stage. Info, HERE.
Winter markets II and III
And if you want to get in the winter market mood before the big outdoor bazaar, you have two options earlier Saturday: 
  • Head over to Sage Yoga Studio for the Winter Markers’ Market, where you’ll find ceramics, jewelry, textiles, printmaking, furniture and more from 14 artists and designer/makers. Info, HERE
  • Or head to the Hellmann Creative Center for the Global Holiday Market, where you’ll find vendors representing the world over. Info, HERE
Move over, Rudolph
Anybody can have their picture taken with Santa, or even one of his reindeer.
But what about an alpaca?
Startle your friends and family with a Christmas card adorned with you and “Daffodil” during this kid-friendly picture-taking event Sunday at the Kenton County Public Library. Your kids can do crafts and eat a light snack while they wait. Info, HERE.
BCM holiday overload
The holiday season will be in full swing at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington’s Devou Park this weekend.
The schedule:
  • Separate ornament-making workshops for kids and adults on Saturday (reservations required) HERE.
  • A concert by the NKU School of the Arts’ Dance Troupe on Saturday afternoon, HERE.
  • A comedy show by the NKU School of the Arts “This Side Up Improv Troupe” on Saturday afternoon, HERE.
  • And an array of holiday traditions - the monstrous toy train display, the Christmas in Dickens’ Victorian England display, and “Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland” storytime, HERE
And then there’s... Bubbles & Botox at the Greenline Salon this Friday, HERE... Bourbon tasting hosted by The Globe at Purple Paisley, Local Artisan Shop this Saturday, HERE... the 2019 Holiday Glam Fashion Show on Friday at Performance Lexus, HERE ... YPCA’s Annual Holiday Party on Friday at Gypsy’s, HERE ... Yoga for Men on Sunday at Sage Yoga, HERE ... the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers Concert on Sunday at Behringer-Crawford Museum, HERE ... the Northern Wrestling Federation bouts on Saturday at Hits Indoor Baseball and Sportsplex, HERE ... and a Holiday Concert with Queen City Christmas on Saturday and Sunday at The Carnegie, HERE.