What Should We Do This Weekend? December 29-31, 2017

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I’ll be back next week with a regular What Should We Do This Weekend? but for the holiday week I’m rounding up lots of options for you if you’re looking for something to do with the kids! Make sure to check out these posts for lots of fun around Columbus! Click the photo to see the post!

Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year!

This list includes events for every day of the week between December 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018! Make all of your Winter Break Plans here!


This is the last weekend for many of these holiday events going on around Columbus!


If you’re looking to get in the last bit of festivity before the holidays are over, check off the events on this list!


This is also the last weekend for the chance to see many of these Holiday Trains! These are some of my kids’ favorite things to see during the holidays in Columbus!


Your local Columbus Bloggers have brought you the best holiday tips in this post including some of their favorite things to do over the holiday season!


If you just plain need to get out of the house, check my posts for free indoor play areas and Columbus play cafes!


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ICYMI: Columbus Christmas Staycation 2017


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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 22-24, 2017 Holiday Edition

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Christmas weekend is here! As always, the holiday events continue this weekend and we head into Winter Break for lots of kids around the city! I will be publishing a list of ideas for winter break within the next few days so be sure to check back! 🙂 Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Ongoing:

Wildlights – see fantastic light displays, special visitors and performances from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM each night through January 1, 2018.

Gardens Aglow – Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season!

Christmas Corner at State Auto Insurance – walk through a life-sized nativity following the Christmas story! Choirs are scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23rd and free hot chocolate (donations accepted!) will be available on those evenings!

Think Outside the Brick – visit the Columbus Museum of Art for a huge LEGO display, special LEGO open build hours on Saturdays and LEGO Holiday decorations!

Downtown Lights – visit Columbus Commons and Bicentennial Park for festive light displays!

Holiday Parties at Columbus Recreation and Parks – check the link for all the dates for the Holiday Parties at each Columbus Recreation Center! Most of them have passed but a few are happening on Thursday night, Dec. 20th.

Friday:

10:00 AM – Kids Cupcake Baking and Decorating Camp at Our CupCakery – kids ages 8 and up can learn to measure, mix, bake and decorate cupcakes! There will be winter theme options! Ticket sales end December 21st.

10:00 AM – Winter Break: Mini-Art-Camp! at Art With Anna – kids can make a winter-themed art project to take home! Register in advance.

10:30 AM – Holiday Party! at piccadilly – this holiday party includes crafts, cookie decorating, and more! Captain Captain from the Shazzbots will play at 11:00 AM.

11:00 AM – Drew Murray Magic at Franklin Park Conservatory – a magician performs an interactive magic show at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Holiday Classics: It’s a Wonderful Life at Gateway Film Center – watch the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life with show times on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

4:00 PM – Cookies with Santa! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – decorate a cookie and snap your own picture with Santa! Cookies are $1.50 each.

6:00 PM – Christmas Corner Choir Series at  Christmas Corner – visit the life-sized nativity and enjoy 3 choirs that will perform beginning at 6:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a carriage ride around Easton Town Center. Cost is $10 per person, children under 15 ride for free with a paying adult.

7:00 PM – Poppy & Branch’s Jingle Jam Skate at Skate Zone 71 – skate to Christmas Music with Poppy and Branch! $8/person includes admission skate rental and glow stick!

Saturday:

9:00 AM – Doll Hair Salon Spectacular at American Girl Columbus –  learn new hair styles for your American Girl doll plus take home goodies and enjoy a Fancy Fruit Fondue. Register in advance. See our visit to the Hair Salon Spectacular here.

10:00 AM –Holly Jolly Skate with Santa and Friends at Skate Zone 71 – skate with Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! Free candy cane with each paid admission! Bring your camera!

10:00 AM – Christmas Photos at Indian Mound Mall – picture packages with Santa available until 8:30 PM every day through December 24th.

10:00 AM – Santa Claus at Partners Park – bring your camera to take your picture with Santa at Partners Park! There will also be free coloring and crafts!

11:00 AM – Santa’s Magic Key Storytime at Barnes and Noble – at this holiday story time you can hear a story about Santa and enjoy activities afterwards!

11:00 AM – Muppet Mayhem Band at FP Conservatory – the Muppet Mayhem Band plays your favorite tunes from the Muppets Show. Second show starts at 2:00 PM.

12:00 PM – Central Ohio Model Railroad Club Open House – at this free open house you can check out model train layouts, decorate cookie and more! See 5 on Friday: Holiday Trains for more info!

1:00 PM – Christmas Slime at Pat Catans – make your own Christmas slime at this free event! All supplies provided!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a carriage ride around Easton Town Center. Cost is $10 per person, children under 15 ride for free with a paying adult.

2:00 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – see this festive performance of The Nutcracker at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Several performances available this weekend.

Sunday:

12:00 PM –The Grinch’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate at Skate Zone 71 – wear your ugly sweater to receive $2 off admission to this special skate time!

12:00 PM – Central Ohio Model Railroad Club Open House – at this free open house you can check out model train layouts, decorate cookie and more!

3:00 PM – Christmas Eve Ceremony at Christmas Corner  – the Christmas Eve Ceremony includes baby Jesus being placed in the manger. See pictures of the nativity here.

4:00 PM – Frosty & Rudolph Skate Party at Skate Zone 71 – meet Frosty & Rudolph at this holiday skate party! Bring your camera!

4:30 PM – Holiday Classics: A Christmas Story at Gateway Film Center – watch the holiday classic A Christmas Story on December 24th and 25th only at Gateway Film Center.

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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6 of the Most Festive Things You Can Do in Columbus This Holiday Season

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If you’re looking for a few ideas to fill Winter Break or if you’re in need of a healthy dose of festivity to get into the Christmas spirit, here are 6 things to do around Columbus that are guaranteed to put you in a festive mood!

1. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival

Dates: Now through January 7, 2018
Hours: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Grounds – 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 888-484-2698

Bundle up and walk through some incredible light sculptures, enjoy cultural performances and eat Chinese and traditional fair food. The light displays are really something to see! There are traditional Chinese sculptures and also American Christmas sights like Santa and Mrs. Claus. I was invited to the VIP night and I attended with my 3 year old. I couldn’t talk him into sitting for the performances, but I have heard they are very good! How to save: Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more, seniors and those with a military ID. Thursdays are College ID night ($3 discount) and on Mondays, you can receive a $2 discount for bringing a canned good donation.

2. Gardens Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Dates: Now through January 3, 2018
Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM in December, until 5:00 PM in January
Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, Oh 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Franklin Park Conservatory does not disappoint when it comes to creating a festive atmosphere! Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season such as Central Ohio Youth Ballet’s performance of selections from The Nutcracker, a magician, the Muppet Mayhem Band and more! Also, make sure not to miss the rotating railroad!

3. Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

Dates: Now through January 1, 2018
Hours: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sundays – Thursdays, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Where: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

In my opinion, Wildlights gets better every year! This year there are more lights than ever and the season includes special visitors and performances. This year make sure to make it to the Polar Frontier for the LED tree and Santa! Do it for me! It changed locations and we didn’t make it to that end and I missed the tree this year! The tree is a definite highlight! If there is any way you can do this on a weeknight, I highly recommend doing so, as traffic on the weekends can be a nightmare!

4. The Nutcracker

Dates: Now through December 24, 2017
Hours: Performances happening Wednesday through Sunday
Where: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus, Oh 43215
Tickets: See ticket info here.

It’s hard to find a more beautiful spot than Ohio Theatre and when it’s decked out for the holidays? Amazing! Seeing The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre was incredible this year (disclaimer, I was given free tickets for helping promote the event – and our seats were AMAZING!) My boys were mesmerized through the whole thing and were still talking about it a week later! It is so full of the Christmas spirit, it’s hard not to leave happy! I dare you!

5. State Auto Christmas Corner  

Dates: Now through January 2, 2018
Hours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM, 5:30 AM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays
Where: 518 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
More Info: Visit their Facebook Page for more info.

Take a walk through this downtown nativity for a life-sized retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph’s trek to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. This Friday night beginning at 6:00 PM, choirs will perform and hot chocolate will be available! My family does this each year as close to Christmas Eve as we can. On Christmas Eve, baby Jesus is placed in the manger at their Christmas Eve ceremony taking place at 3:00 PM.

6. Holiday Lights Downtown

Dates: Now through January 2, 2017
Hours: Dusk until 11:00 PM
Where: Columbus Commons, the Lazarus Building and the Scioto Mile
More Info: CDDC Website

A good plan to see the lights downtown is to park in the Columbus Commons parking garage, walk around Columbus Commons for holiday lights and decorations, then head over to the Lazarus building to see the decorations in the windows and the huge tree in the Galleria, then head to Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile to see the lights that deck the entire area from Bicentennial Park to Broad Street.

Don’t forget to check out 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions for more ideas!

What are you favorite Columbus holiday traditions?

6 of the Most Festive Things You Can Do in Columbus Ohio this Holiday Season!


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