Devil’s Dozen | Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make in December

December 7


Art X Love // 10 am – 10 pm // Join Art X Love, the Chameleon Village Theatre Collective, EraAir Theatre Company and Vibe Collective for a daylong celebration of the arts. Bring one piece to submit to the day’s free art exhibit. Web designers will be on hand to help artists set up websites until 12 pm. Artist workshops until 1 pm. The afternoon schedule includes theater performances and energy healing. At 8 pm, close out the night with a silent disco party. Free until the silent disco, which costs $10 or $20 for VIP. More information and tickets at METRO: #1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #14, #19, #26, #30, #33, #34

December 8

Hands-On Holidays

Akron Children’s Museum // 1-5 pm // Meet holiday characters, design your own cookies, paint your own snowman and participate in other interactive exhibits as you wind your way through the Children’s Museum. Bring a new with tags pair of socks, stuffed animal, or small craft for Kylie’s Bags of Love, gifted to hospital patients. Painting workshop $10 per person. METRO: #1, #3, #10, #34

December 11

Paper Crafting

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge // 6:30-8 pm // Need a personalized present? Create your own holiday cards or other works at Goodyear Lodge. Colorful scraps of patterned paper provided as supplies. Free. For more information, call 330-865-8065. METRO: #30

December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and 26-30

Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo

Akron Zoo // Fridays-Sundays 5-9 pm // Visit the Akron Zoo while it’s covered in holiday lights. Meet Santa and other holiday characters; eat donuts and s’mores from the zoo food truck, Panda Treats; listen to carolers and watch ice carvers and more. For zoo members, $12 for adults and $9 for children. For non-members, $16 for adults and $12 for children. Additional $3 parking/shuttle fee. METRO: #14

December 14

Action at Access

Access Shelter // 9 am-12 pm // Volunteer at ACCESS Shelter! Regularly scheduled Saturday volunteer days are perfect for individuals, families, and groups of all ages. Work focuses on sorting donations, cleaning the shelter, yard work and special event planning. Register by contacting Brittanny Lee at or at 330-376-0997, ext. 109. Free. METRO: #1

December 15

Free Holiday Movies at The Civic 

Akron Civic Theatre // 2 pm and 6 pm // Catch a free screening of the modern classic Elf at 2 pm, followed by The Polar Express at 6 pm. Both shows include free popcorn and a holiday sing-along with the Civic’s Mighty Wurlitzer beginning 30 minutes before showtime.Tickets available at the Civic box office and Wayside Furniture, which is sponsoring the event. Free. METRO: #1, #3, #6, #7, #10, #12, #14, #19, #30, #34

December 19

Just Go With It Improv’s Holiday Hootenanny and Extravaganza 

The Rialto Theatre // Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm // Join Just Go With It for a night of live improvisational comedy. The show includes an open jam session, during which anyone can get on stage, and three or four sets of longform improvisation by the cast. Organizers note that “holiday” is broadly defined, including everything from Christmas Eve to Bouillabaisse Day. 21+. $5. METRO: #8

Through December 22

She Kills Monsters

Ohio Shakespeare Festival // Showtimes vary // The Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents She Kills Monsters, a comedy by Qui Nguyen that follows Agnes Evans as she explores her deceased teen sister’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and faces her sister’s monsters along the way. $15-$33. Showtimes and tickets at METRO: #1, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #19, #26, #28, #30, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104

December 27 and 30

Winter Day Camps at Summit Metro Parks

Dec. 27: Adventure Art. Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area // 9 am-3 pm // A daylong camp for kids ages 11-13 who want to experience nature through art. Attendees should bring a packed lunch and be dressed to be outside. $10 per person. Register at, and visit the website to learn more about day camps for other ages.

Dec. 30: Winter Trackers. Liberty Park / Nature Center // 9 am-3 pm // Kids ages 7-10 are invited to explore Liberty Park and look for signs of winter animals. Attendees should bring a packed lunch and be dressed to be outside. $10 per person. Register at

December 28

MazeHaze / Chanelle Kazadi / Mo Turk

The Matinee // 8 pm // Three Akron hip-hop acts take the stage at the Matinee. Free. METRO: #1

December 31

NYE at the Rialto Theatre with The Devil Strip

The Rialto Theatre // 9 pm – 1 am // Join The Devil Strip for our first-ever New Years Eve party! Relax with friends and dance the night away in Kenmore’s historic Rialto Theatre. Food by Kenmore’s brand-new Lil’ Bit Cafe is included. Cash bar. Tickets are $25 for Devil Strip co-owners and $40 for general admission. METRO: #8

Every Wednesday

Midweek Mindfulness

The Exchange House // 12 pm // Stop by The Exchange House for a 15-minute guided meditation session every Wednesday. All skill levels and backgrounds welcome as we build stress relief tools together. Free. METRO: #7