There are plenty of ways to savor incredible meals at home and still enjoy virtual and socially distanced experiences like livestreamed concerts, virtual wine tastings and holiday lights tours. We’ve paired ideas for carryout from local restaurants with fun activities taking place across the city.
The Kitchen’s Made For You Dinners + Holiday Movies
The Kitchen has been churning out some incredible meals this year, from Taco Tuesday kits to holiday dinners, cheese and charcuterie boards, wines and cocktails to-go. During December they’ve been creating holiday meals to pair with classic Christmas movies like Elf or A Christmas Story. Their next offering is a dinner on Dec. 18 pairing with Christmas Vacation. See their full list of holiday dinners here, and their special meals paired with events here.
Dinner + A Virtual Concert from Natalie’s
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza converted its concerts to livestream performances, which means you can still catch the best in local and regional jazz, bluegrass, acoustic and holiday music from the comfort of your home. And what better pairing than carryout from Natalie’s? Order up arancini, wings and salads to-go with Natalie’s crispy oven-fired pizzas. They’re also serving to-go cocktails created by the team at their cocktail bar, The Light of Seven Matchsticks. See their full concert schedule and menus here.
Barcelona’s Virtual Wine Tastings
Barcelona is serving its signature Spanish-inspired dishes and pairing them with different themed wine tastings. Place an order for tapas, home paella kits, charcuterie plates and sign up for a virtual wine tasting. Past tastings have included sparkling wines and highlighting women winemakers of Spain. See Barcelona’s full menu and keep on eye out for their next tasting coming in January here.
Downtown Carryout + A Holiday Show
Many of the city’s beloved arts organizations have turned their seasonal shows into virtual offerings, so you can still get it on all the holiday fun. Pair a show with carryout from a downtown restaurant, like:
- Get curbside carryout of smoked wings, fish and chips, growlers of Christmas Ale from Barley’s.
- Online ordering and curbside pickup from The Pearl, including one of their cocktail kits for two.
- Veritas’ Holiday Feast meal kits and Miracle cocktail kits. Don’t forget that Veritas delivers wine, too!
- Order small plates, short ribs, risotto, cocktails, and wines from Nosh on High.
And there are plenty of shows to see!
- Shadowbox Live’s Holiday Hoopla (streaming through Dec. 26)
- Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O (Dec. 17-27) and Home for the Holidays (Dec. 25 – Jan. 3) airing on jag.tv
- CATCO’s A Columbus Christmas Carol (streaming Dec. 16-27)
- Madlab Theatre’s A Very Covid Christmas (streaming starting Dec. 12)
- BalletMet’s A Nutcracker Holiday (streaming through Dec. 27)
- CAPA’s virtual productions like Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol, Step Afrika’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show, Dave Koz & Friends, and other shows. See capa.com
North Market + Downtown Holiday Lights
The North Market features dozens of local vendors, serving everything from Vietnamese pho to freshly baked pretzels, Polish staples to Somali fast casual, pizza to lobster rolls. If the weather’s nice, order carryout from a North Market vendor and grab a glass of beer or wine from The Barrel & Bottle. Then take a stroll to see all the holiday lights around the Columbus Commons, The Scioto Mile, State Auto’s Christmas Corner and other sites. (See a full list of holiday light shows in Columbus here.)