Events Roundup: Holiday Dinners, Production of “Puffs,” and Nerdy Paradise
We wish you a merry Harry Christmas and a Voldemort-free New Year! It’s December, so there are plenty of things to do as winter creeps closer. We hope you enjoy and create as many holiday traditions as you safely can this year. With that in mind, let’s dive into this week’s Events Roundup.
Vail Mountain School Presents Puffs
Students from Vail Mountain School in Vail, Colorado, have taken the on-stage production of Puffs and made it their own. Only 14 students have taken on all 48 roles of the play. Puffs pays homage to the often overlooked Hogwarts House and has some similarities to the original Harry Potter story and its themes. However, this play follows Wayne Hopkins through his time as a student in Hufflepuff House, and even though it doesn’t involve saving the entire wizarding world from one evil wizard, it’s a story worth sharing. Tony Bender, theater director for the production, says, “While the show is downright goofy at times, it has a lot of heart and great messages about perseverance, failure, and friendship.” The Vail Mountain School production of Puffs will be streamed to the community on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. MT (8:30 p.m. ET). Tickets to watch the show are $15 and can be purchased online on the event website.
Miracle on Main Street
Festive cocktails are a fun way to enjoy the holidays. Just add a dash of alcohol to your hot chocolate, and it’s Christmas! Well, that’s the idea with Miracle on Main in Louisville, Colorado. The whole family can go to the festival and enjoy a variety of sweet treats. While the adults enjoy a grown-up beverage, hot chocolate is probably better for the kids. There will even be a chance to create gingerbread houses, which is a timeless holiday tradition fit for everyone. Tables can be reserved for your party at the event in the form of outdoor greenhouses. Harry Potter fans will be delighted to hear there is a Hogwarts holiday–themed greenhouse. All you need to do is book your private greenhouse on the event website. Tickets for Miracle on Main Street are $5 per person, and you can enjoy the festivities from now until New Year’s Eve.
Zulu’s Board Game Cafe
The Zulu’s Board Game Cafe in Bothwell, Washington, is celebrating the holidays in a magical way. A giant Christmas tree sits in the corner with a Sorting Hat tree topper. Hogwarts House banners hang from the ceiling in all their glory. In case you’re not familiar with Zulu’s Board Game Cafe, your inner nerd is definitely missing out. As well as serving up delicious meals from its full menu, Zulu’s offers a full range of board, card, and tabletop games. On top of all that, the cafe offers online Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. It’s a nerd paradise! The cafe has invited visitors (wizards and Muggles) to come in, shop for holiday gifts, and take photos. For more information about the cafe’s times, services, and selection, you can check out the website.
Holiday at Hogwarts at the Bennett-Curtis House
Everyone knows that the holidays at Hogwarts are a dream. But now that dream is a reality at the Bennett-Curtis House in Grant Park, Illinois. You and your family can enjoy a beautiful and festive dinner on select dates through December and January. Start the evening by being Sorted into your House and getting a drink from the Leaky Cauldron. From there, you’ll cross Platform 9 3/4 and travel to the Great Hall for a dinner fit for a wizard. Dinner isn’t the only thing that’s on the schedule for the night. A trivia contest will test your knowledge and put you head to head with other guests as you battle for the House Cup. Registration for guests starts at $45, and seating is limited, so get your tickets soon. More information can be found online.
Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center’s famed “holiday staple” is back once again. Holiday Junction, which features Duke Energy Holiday Trains, is a combination of model trains, holiday fun, and a LEGO spectacular that’s sure to impress anyone. Train enthusiasts come from far and wide to get a glimpse at the hundreds of rail cars and locomotives while LEGO fans enjoy Brickopolis. What’s Brickopolis, exactly? It’s a tiny LEGO city overflowing with creatively designed cityscapes from the universes of Marvel, Harry Potter, DC Comics, and Disney. But there’s not just stuff to look at – there’s stuff to get involved with too! Kids will have the opportunity to meet Santa (from a safe distance, of course), partake in a scavenger hunt, and enjoy a northern lights display. Guests can enjoy Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center from now until January 3, 2021, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets start at $14.50, but members of the museum get in for free. You can find out more information online.
That’s all, folks! Come back for more amazing holiday events in the coming weeks. If you’re hosting an upcoming magical event, you can submit it to be included in a future Events Roundup by sending all relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org.