Santa’s workshop, goat pins & sips

COVINGTON, Ky. – Stressing over last-minute gifts? We’ve got you covered.

NOT stressing over last-minute gifts (as in you’re one of the few people who successfully and strategically shopped for everyone on your Christmas list way back in October and thus while the rest of us are hyperventilating you’re just ready to enjoy a leisurely weekend of food, music, and entertainment)? Well, you too will find what you’re looking for here.  

Read below for nearly-11th-hour deals (time it right and you can drop off the kids and enjoy champagne while you shop), and workshops for homemade gifts.

When you’re ready to wind down, you can choose to do so with live music, maybe a little yoga, and perhaps an ugly sweater party with a roomful of cats.

Scroll away … and have a safe and happy holiday.

Pipe some icing

If you haven’t already been to The Gruff for its all-day Holiday Craft Party, then rise from your desk and go right now.

Today is The Gruff’s annual cookie decorating and ornament making day – and we mean all day long. So whatever hour of the day it is when you read this, stop in for a meal, grab a decorating kit, and get to work. Squeeze a frosting tube, sprinkle the sprinkles and glitter, and shake off your holiday stress.

Drop off your elves

Do you long for a couple of free hours to meet a friend for an adult libation? Or maybe take a nap? It’s not like you ask for much.

(BTW, needing time away from the little ones does not mean you’re a bad person. It means you’re a human seeking sanity.)

The good folks at Creative House of Art & Design understand that you need a break, so they’re inviting you to drop off the kiddos at their Santa’s Workshop tonight. The kids won’t even miss you because they will have too much fun making crafts, watching a Christmas movie, and eating pizza.

Think of it as time wrapped in a big red bow. An early gift for you. What you do with it is none of our business.

Calling all goats

Did you know that you can create one free pre-designed button at the Kenton County Public Library that corresponds with your zodiac sign?

For instance, starting Friday (and every Friday through Jan. 19), sea goats can create a Capricorn button at Zodiac Button Making: Capricorn at Kenton County Public Library.

Capricorn birthdays fall between Dec. 22 and Jan. 19. If that’s you, then go make your one free zodiac button, you pragmatic goat. Not a Capricorn? Then make a batch of buttons for all the goats on your holiday gift list, because you can make additional buttons for only 10 cents each. (Frugal Capricorns love a bargain).

Boutique and bubbles

It’s a party in MainStrasse on Saturday when SoHza Sister Boutique and Creative House of Art & Design team up for a Christmas Sips & Shopping Party at SoHza Sister Boutique.

You’ll find last-minute deals on gifts (think handmade fairtrade jewelry, clothing, candles, soy wax melts, scarves, and more), as well as nibbles, giveaways, and champagne to sip.

A ‘hearty holiday hoorah’

If lifting a glass to toast the holiday season with friends and neighbors sounds like a great way to celebrate the holiday eve on Sunday, then stop in at Crafts & Vines’ 8th Annual Holiday Happy Hour.

Share a cup of holiday cheer – plenty of drink specials to choose from –  and enjoy tasty selections from Crafts & Vines  “big green egg,” aka “grill.”

Live music

Tonight: Ricky Nye at Juniper’s … The Chuck Brisbin Trio at Smoke Justis … The Missy Werner Band at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Friday: The Weathered Feather Presents Light Up The Trees at Madison Theater … Just Add the Beer at The Village Theater … Estrada Do Sol at Juniper’s … Acoustic by Briz at Smoke Justis.

Saturday: The Rick Kidman Band at Behringer-Crawford Museum … Hyryder (Tribute to The Grateful Dead) at Madison Theater … The Gimlets at Juniper’s … Twin Sons Duo at Smoke Justis … Dirty Mike & The Six Speeds at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.


Tonight: Clases de Ingles/ESL Classes at Kenton County Public Library … Flow & Unwind Yoga at Kenton County Public Library.

Friday: The Hungry Holiday Bookworm Puppet Show at Behringer-Crawford Museum … Madcap’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Kenton County Public Library … Teen Gaming Night at Kenton County Public Library … Winter Solstice Journey at Thrive Empowerment Center … Feud Fridays at Frosthaus.

Saturday:  Holly Jolly Days at Behringer-Crawford Museum … Reflections in Nature at Kenton County Public Library … Polar Express Reading & Craft at Behringer-Crawford Museum … Karma Kids at Kenton County Public Library … Ugly Meowy Catmas Sweater Party Plus Kitties at Purrfect Day Cat Café.