Columbus has plenty to offer for lazy staycations.

by hannahBENSON, ’15

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 8.29.07 AMThe Book Loft in German Village, one of the nation’s largest independent bookstores, boasts 32 rooms of books and music. The flower-strewn courtyard carries used books and maps to help navigate the store––which is much trickier than it sounds.

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Pistacia Vera is famous for its 12 different kinds of macarons. The bakery offers a wide range of gluten-free options as well as brunch, coffee and tea. It closes early (at 7 p.m. daily), but their macarons are not to be missed.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 8.29.24 AMEaston Town Center is offering horse-drawn carriage rides through the North District and Fenlon District until Dec. 23. Rides last from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and pickup is on Gramercy Street outside of Eddie Bauer.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 8.29.32 AMGallery Hop takes place in the Short North on Dec. 7. Over 40 galleries and shops will be open and the streets will be filled with vendors and radio station booths. Shops and galleries stay open until 10 p.m.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 8.29.39 AMThe 25th anniversary of Wildlights, the Columbus Zoo’s annual winter light show, boasts two animated shows, live reindeer, cookie decorating and music. The event is free to Columbus Zoo members (and $15 for non-members aged 10-59) and provides a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.

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