4 things to do in Windsor between Christmas and New Year's
It's the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Eve and plenty of kids are off school and parents haven taken time off work.
CBC Windsor's Mike Evans has come up with a diverse list of things to do.
Events include a Comedy Festival, a variety show featuring belly dancing and sword swallowing, a monumental first for the Windsor Spitfires and a display of big heads.
1. Windsor Comedy Festival
The Windsor Comedy Festival takes place at the Chrysler Theatre and it features award winning comedians such as Windsor's own Dave Merheje, who most recently won the Just For Laughs 2011 Homegrown Comic Award.
Comics are from Windsor, Toronto and the U.S.
The festival will feature a large cross-section of comedy.
2. Villains Variety Show
Villains Beastro in Downtown Windsor is a bar with a reputation for eclectic performances.
On Saturday, it's latest event will be a variety showcase featuring belly dancing, sword swallowing and bagpiper.
"It's going to be a variety show that's something completely different," Villains owner Goeff Zanetti said. "We've had burlesque shows, comedy shows, trivia shows, book signings and movies shot here. Now it's nice to know we can add belly dancing to it."
Zanetti is open to all kinds of entertainment and displays. He tells CBC News he's only ever turned down one event: a woman wanted to do a taxidermy display in the bar and he said no because the health unit may have had an issue with it.
3. Windsor Spitfires
The Windsor Spitfires will be part of a historic event when the it becomes one of four OHL teams to play outdoors Sunday.
The Spitfires will be taking on the Saginaw Spirit and then the London Knights will play the Plymouth Whalers at Comerica Park as part of the lead up to the NHL's Winter Classic.
The last time the Spitfires played the Saginaw Spirit, they scored 11 goals. That game was indoors.
4. Big Heads Take the Fisher
A collection of giant paper mache heads used in past parades were recently uncovered in Detroit. The people who discovered them thought the relics would make a great display, so that's exactly what they did.
The giant heads date back to 1940s and '50s and were used in Detroit's Thanksgiving Day parades.
They sat in the back of a warehouse for years, collecting dust.
Several are in really good shape and on display in the lobby of Detroit's Fisher Building.
The heads on display range from animal heads like pandas, reindeer, bumble bees and raccoons to astronauts, Martians and space capsules.
The display is free and runs until the end of January.
Mike Evans feels it's his responsibility to make sure you have fun things to do on the weekend. To hear his column from Friday's Windsor Morning, click the audio box.