6 local things to do this weekend besides shopping

For those who aren’t out shopping this weekend, there are some events in Clark and Champaign counties to check out. Here are six events that may be more fun than shopping.

1) Holiday Horse Parade — In downtown Urbana on the square, a yearly tradition is the holiday horse parade. The event includes carriage rides, caroling, a lighted horseback parade, vendors, a tree lighting ceremony and Santa's welcoming. Oxners General Store hosts Santa for the evening to meet and take photos with children until 9:30 p.m. Santa returns every weekend until Christmas for photo opportunities.

Where: Downtown Urbana

When: Friday, Nov. 23, from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

How Much: Free admission

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2) Buckeye Bash on the Big Screen — The iconic rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan will be played on the big screen at the non-profit Gloria Theatre in the 450-seat screening room. Grandworks Foundation is working on restoring the theater to its former glory, so all admissions go to that cause.

Where: The Gloria Theatre, 216 S Main St., Urbana

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, at noon

How Much: $7 ticket online or in person

3) Eat, Drink & Be Merry Christmas Open House — Indian Creek Distillery has this open house party every year to celebrate the season and to celebrate the great repeal of Prohibition. The distillery is more than 200 years old, has a six-generation family history, and reportedly operates the oldest copper stills in the U.S. There will be local food prepared by Tin Roof Mobile, complimentary holiday cocktails and live music by The Wallens.

Where: 7095 Staley Road, New Carlisle

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, noon to 7 p.m.

How Much: Free admission

4) Walnecks Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet — At the Clark County Fairgrounds, a regular event is the motorcycle show and swap meet where dozens of vendors bring all things motorcycle to sell and trade. No knives or guns are allowed.

Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, Building 3 Complex

When: Sunday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How Much: Free admission

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5) Thanksgiving Turkey Sort — At the Clark County Fairgrounds, the "sort" is an event where ranchers try their hand at gathering cattle into their appropriate areas for a chance to win prizes and partial paybacks of fees. Held by RSP Productions (details on their Facebook page), prizes range from new saddles to rifles and custom built chairs. Horse riders and farm hands alike will enjoy this round-up.

Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, Champions Center

When: Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m. to Sunday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m.

How Much: Free admission, unless riding.

6) Come Find Art — The last one of the year, Come Find Art fosters communication between children and adults about art. It also involves a special artistic project for the family or child to work on. The applied art activity takes place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road

When: Sunday, Nov. 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How Much: Free admission

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