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COVINGTON, Ky. -- He’s called by many different names: Santa Claus. St. Nick. Kris Kringle. The Big Man. Father Christmas. The Man in Red. Big Jolly. Or even, according to the website, Pere Noel (Belgium), Viejo Pascuero (Chile), Dun Che Lao Ren (China), Babbo Natale (Italy), Weihnachtsmann (Germany), Joulupukki (Finland), and our personal favorite, Ded Moroz (Russia) ... although the last one, literally “Grandfather Frost” - sounds downright scary.
The true meaning of Dec. 25 trends spiritual in many people’s minds, but 1) by law we’re a secular institution, and 2) Santa Claus and all things “Christmasy” are the featured attraction in so many events in #LoveTheCov this weekend.
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Santa’s itinerary
Before delivering his annual bobbles, trinkets, who-sits and whatnots on Christmas Eve, Santa is making a few special stops in Covington. (These are kids’ events, by the way. Except the first one.) 
  • This Saturday at Del Gardo’s, enjoy your holiday-flavored cannoli and hot cocoa with Santa, HERE.
  • Santa is bringing free teddy bears for all the good girls and boys who come to Sims Furniture this Saturday, HERE.
  • Bring your kids to see Santa in their PJ’s, decorate cookies, complete special crafts and watch the Polar Express at Totter’s Otterville, HERE.
  • Santa is also visiting Sunday during Holiday Storytime at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington’s Devou Park, but reserve a spot by Friday, HERE.
  • Santa will also be visiting Gardens At Greenup during their Pajama Holiday Party, hosted by Nanny McTea Sitters, HERE
‘Solstice Sights’
“Step into a world of sights and sounds unseen as we feast our senses on the longest night of the year.”
So say the organizers at Madison Live! about Solstice Sights, its art and music showcase on Saturday featuring never-before-seen paintings by artist Gavin Gerundo and an array of local music producers.
Info, HERE.
Bones, biscuits & beer
Dress up your dog in their favorite shirt, vest, sweater or whatever it is that dogs wear and snap their picture with Santa at Braxton’s Howl-iday Bash this Saturday.
Proceeds benefiting Queen City Bulldog Rescue, HERE.
‘... like beef and cheese’
Everybody knows the story of Buddy, the man who was raised as an elf at the North Pole but then goes to New York City.
But how well do you know it?
It’s “elf” trivia night at Keystone Bar & Grill on Friday. Info, HERE.
$200K by 2020
Help the Covington Farmers Market reach a big goal on the last gathering of local food vendors of 2019, the first year-round season.
Come get your locally grown and manufactured items, from produce to soaps and soups, starting at 9 a.m. at Braxton Brewing Company. Info, HERE.
And then: ... three events at Baoku’s Village on Saturday: Winter Solstice Meditation and Reflection, HERE; Chaos Music Workshop, Part 2, HERE; and Art and Alchemy, HERE... Winter Solstice Candlelight Yoga with Sage Yoga Company on Saturday evening, HERE... the Pajama Paint Party at Chroma Vino on Saturday afternoon, HERE ... the “Paper the House for Caracole” party at Bar 32 on Saturday, HERE ... “Holiday Ornaments for Kids” on Friday at the Kenton County Public Library, HERE ... and The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner show this Saturday, HERE.