Holiday beauty gone ugly

Amid Christmas’ beautiful lights and artistic snowscapes, the Columbus Downtown Merchants Association wants to make room for the ugly. Or at least the humorously ugly.

The informal group has launched the first Ugly Holiday Sweater Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 downtown. The free event will feature extended store hours, live music, contests and prizes. Information: 812-376-2656

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.