The 28th annual Vista Lights Thursday is an early tradition of the Midlands holiday season. Whether it’s balmy or cold enough to bundle up, it’s a festive evening for seeing art and getting a taste of the holidays.
Downtown art galleries, have special exhibits planned:
• Carol Saunders Gallery (922 Gervais St.) features David Yurman
• City Art (1224 Lincoln St.) will have Bruce Nellsmith’s solo exhibit, “Formal Structures and Memories”
• If ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln St.) will feature works by Diane Kilgore Condon
• Post No Bills (801 Gervais St.) hosts New Orleans artist Lionel Milton from 8-10 p.m.
• Vista Studio/Gallery 80808 (808 Lady St.) features new works by its resident artists in “Gratitude.”
There’s something for everyone and of every interest.
For the artistically inclined
Your children can make their own Christmas greetings at ByFarr Design (5041/2 Gervais); watch Steven Whetstone do a live painting demonstration at City Art (1224 Lincoln St.) or get your photo taken in the Instagram photobooth at Joshua Aaron Photography (911 Lady St.). Richard Lund of the Midland Clay Arts Society will demonstrate pottery throwing at Coal Powered Filmworks (1217 Lincoln St.). Watch a glassblowing demonstration by the talented folks at One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger St.)
For the holiday spirited
Drink hot cider (and spiked cider) or hot chocolate; beer and wine will be sold outside bars and restaurants. Try the Call Me Pumpkin martini at Mellow Mushroom (1009 Gervais St.), the Absolut Midnight Martini at Liberty Taproom (828 Gervais St.) or the Hot Savannah Cinnamon drink at Whit-Ash Furnishings (919 Gervais St.). Head to Gervais & Vine (620 Gervais St.) for the tapas restaurant’s annual Beaujolais wine party.
For the dancing fools
Learn line dancing at The Woody (808 Lady St.), shag at Jillian’s (800 Gervais St.) or dance in the alleyway near Saki Tumi (807 Gervais St.). During the official tree lighting at 7 p.m., enjoy performances by Unbound Dance (doing their best Rockettes kicking).
For the holiday foodie
Sample a Vista Lights sushi roll at MGrille (530 Lady St.) or a mini cup of Italian ice at Rita’s (800 Lady St.). Mrs. Claus will be handing out cookies at Wild Wing (729 Lady St.). Try some shrimp and grits outside Blue Marlin (1211 Park St.). Make some s’mores outside Longhorn Steakhouse (828 Gervais St.). At City Art, Patricia Moore-Pastides will sign copies of her Greek- and garden-inspired cookbooks. Taste some holiday-themed cupcakes at Cupcake (1213 Lincoln St.)
For the crafty
Make your own holiday ornament at Peanut Man (1215 Lincoln St.)
For hopeless holiday romantic...
Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy from Columbia City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at NAI Avant Building (807 Gervais St.). Head to Coal Powered Filmworks (1217 Lincoln St.) to watch popular Christmas films outside.