8It’s here – that quintessentially Ohio time of year. There’s a crispness in the air, piles of leaves dot your neighborhood, and our relationship with sunlight is now very complicated; Happy Holidays!

While bike outings and days at the pool are out of the question, what better setting could we ask for to feel good about spending a cozy day inside than drinking some Brothers Drake Apple Pie mead, curled up in a sweater from Global Gifts, or relaxing to a new record from Magnolia? None, and with the cornucopia-filling bounty of options that make up the Short North Arts District, this holiday season is going to be a good one. 




Throughout the season, the Short North Alliance will also be putting on its annual Instagram photo contest. For shoppers, revelers, and residents, be sure to snap some photos of your holiday in town with #ShortNorthPole for a chance to win a special gift from the neighborhood!

Winners of the contest will be treated to custom gift bags featuring some of the District’s best loved spots. Photos courtesy of last year’s contest’s finalists.

#ShortNorthPole gift pack prizes are from these Short North Arts District businesses:

Righno  |  Cameron Mitchell Restaurants  |  Red Giraffe Designs  |  The Lamp Shade  |  Rivet
TORSO  |  Hippie Hut  |  Happy Go Lucky Her  |  Happy Go Lucky Home  |  Global Gifts  |  Glam356
|  Camelot Cellars  |  The Paper Daisy Flower Boutique |  pm gallery
Green Olive Company  |  On Paper  |  Sherrie Gallerie  |  Wexner Center for the Arts  |  Glean


The SNA is partnering with the SantaCon and the Arena District  to promote Santa “Stay-Cation” Weekend on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. Visitors can enjoy SantaCon on Friday, stay overnight in the Short North Arts District, and then participate in Santa Saturday.

Be they naughty or nice, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t done at least one Santa photo-op to put a smile on mom or dad, grandma or grandpa. Visitors will receive a discount or promotional item at select retailers if they are wearing their holiday gear. Click here for more information.

This year, take a moment to relive the glory days and pose for a shot with Santa at either Tigertree from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, or Rivet from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Santa will also be hosting brunches across the District to go with your Benedict and Bloody Mary. Catch him at:

The Table  |  Short North Piece of Cake  |  Double Comfort
Bodega  |  Donatos


Drawing the shopping season to a close, come check out the Short North’s Wrap It Up Saturday. Bring any gifts you purchased in the District to either the Garden Theater or The Joseph Hotel and have them gift wrapped for free!

Thanks to Dress for Success Columbus will be wrapping gifts at The Joseph Hotel, and is requesting a donation of new or gently used clothing items (especially accessory scarves). Neighborhood Services Inc. will be wrapping at the Garden Theater, and is requesting a donation of nonperishable food items for each gift wrapped.

You can also get free gift wrapping with purchase at the following District businesses:

Star Jewelers  |  Rivet  |  Global Gifts  |  Glam356  |  pm gallery  |  Happy Go Lucky Home  |  Happy Go Lucky Her
Camelot Cellars Winery  |  Sherrie Gallerie  |  Revolution Cycles  |  Rose Bredl  |

Be sure to stop back throughout the holidays to check out our Events Calendar for more festivities throughout the city’s best loved part of town!


– Tyler Wilson