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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 25-27, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 50 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:30 AM – Toddler Play Time – Art Explorers at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – toddlers can enjoy sensory based play exploring stations around the store, a giant chalkboard and 2 arts and crafts tables. Free coffee for parents! Recommended for walkers through age 5. Crawlers are free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

10:00 AM – National Popcorn Day/Week at Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company – National Popcorn Day has been extended through Saturday! Free theater style popcorn for everyone and all bags of popcorn are BOGO!

10:00 AM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

10:15 AM – Music with Mr. Mark at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – take a trip to Mansfield for a fun time of song and dance! Included in membership or admission.

10:30 AM – Playdough Snowman at Foundations Learning Academy (Dublin) – join FIT4MOM Dublin for a free craft playdate! Make snowmen using glitter, dough and google eyes!

11:00 AM – Grand Opening Celebration at Zoup! (Tuttle Crossing) – Zoup is celebrating their grand opening at Tuttle Crossing with a deal for each day. Friday’s deal is Half Sandwich Friday – Get any half sandwich for $2.99 with any soup purchase.

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – kids can use their imagination at LEGO and art supply stations at the library!

12:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

12:15 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

2:30 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

4:45 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

5:00 Family Friday Night at COSI – explore COSI from 5:0o PM to 9:00 PM with special reduced pricing!

6:00 PM – Wildlife Observation Night at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – watch nocturnal animals through the viewing windows at the Nature Center!

6:30 PM – Family Swim at Goldfish Swim Schools – families can enjoy the 90 degree water at all three Goldfish Swim School locations from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM every Friday. $5/person for non members or $15/family. 

7:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

SATURDAY

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10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature based story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. 

10:00 AM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – Summer Camp Program Launch at PAST Foundation – preview the upcoming Summer Program at The Past Foundation! AT this event you can demo some the featured programs and receive 20% off if you sign up for the program at this event! Activities include Minecraft Mathematics, LEGO League, Techno Fashion and more! Concessions and Giveaways will be available.

11:00 AM – Grand Opening Celebration at Zoup! (Tuttle Crossing) – Zoup is celebrating their grand opening at Tuttle Crossing with a deal for each day. On Saturday, Check-in using their local Facebook page and show the cashier to earn a prize!

11:00 AM – The Bubble Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy huge bubbles with The Bubble Lady! Included with admission or membership.

12:00 PM – Mozart’s 24th Annual Open House and Birthday Celebration at Mozart’s – this event includes live music, pastry samples, a piano-shaped birthday cake, “Little Mozart”, and you can learn more info about Directions for Youth and Families!

12:00 PM – Food for Thought: Kids Baking Class – Scones! at 1400 Food Lab – kids of all ages can learn how to make scones! Kids ages 7 and under must have parental supervision.

12:15 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

2:00 PM – The Bubble Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy huge bubbles with The Bubble Lady! Included with admission or membership.

2:30 PM – Food for Thought: Advanced Cooking Class for Ages 12+ – Let’s Make Dinner! at 1400 Food Lab – this is an advanced cooking class for kids ages 14 and up. Kids will learn to make Roast Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri and Brussels Sprout Salad.

2:30 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

3:00 PM – LEGO Club at Southwest Public Libraries (Westland Area Library) – use your imagination to build with LEGOS!

3:00 PM – Disney Movie Saturday at Southwest Public Libraries (Westland Area Library) – kids 10 and under can enjoy a Disney movie and popcorn!

3:30 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

4:45 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

5:00 PM – Waffle Bar! Breakfast For Dinner at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – enjoy a waffle bar with unlimited toppings and juice or coffee. $5/person.

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – Celebrate Tu B’Shevat at Franklin Park Conservatory – make a tree cookie necklace and go on a scavenger hunt to find unique trees. There will also be stories celebrating trees and nature.

10:00 AM – Enchanted Princess Ball of Columbus at The Exchange at Bridge Park – this event includes your favorite princesses and characters. There will be singing, dancing and musical performances. $35/person. Tickets can be purchased online. Only one time slot is available as of the publishing of this post.

10:00 AM – Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out an amazing display of LEGOS featuring downtown Columbus, build with LEGOS and put your work on display and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt. On Sundays, admission is free!

10:00 AM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

10:00 AM – 400 Market at 400 West Rich – visit the art studios at 400 West Rich. Vendors will be available to purchase artwork!

11:00 AM – Sunday Family Sunday at The Draft Room – this event includes free crafts for kids and beer specials for the adults including brunch from Broke Johnny Food Truck!

12:00 PM – Kidzapalooza at Polaris Fashion Place – this event includes games, prizes, a talent show, visitors from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept and Columbus Fire Department, and giant games! Plus lots more!

12:15 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

1:00 PM – Bison: Behind the Scenes at Battelle Darby Nature Center – learn how the staff take care of the bison! Meet at the Nature Center.

1:00 PM – Family Fun Day at The Escape Room USA – Columbus – Get $3 Off on Sunday bookings at The Escape Room USA!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

2:00 PM – STEM Adventures at Kiddie Academy of Powell – kids can take part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities! this is a free event.

2:00 PM – Inniswood: Winter Hike at Inniswood Metro Gardens – take a 2 mile hike along the trails and paths at Inniswood Metro Park! Bring four non-perishable food items or make a $5 donation to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and receive one Metro Parks mug!

2:00 PM – Tracks Off the Trails at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – go on an off-trail hike to search for signs of animals in the woods!

2:30 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

3:30 PM – Pete The Cat with Columbus Children’s Theatre – rock and roll with Pete the Cat at his family! This musical performance takes place at Park Street Theatre and is recommended for ages Pre-K and up.

4:45 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Enchanted Tales Series at Marcus Crosswords Cinema – Marcus Theatres is showing The Little Mermaid this weekend on the big screen and tickets are just $5 each!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, December 21-23, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 60 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – families can decorate a gingerbread house together! Everything you need will be provided in the cost. 

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

10:00 AM – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Lincoln Theatre – join Columbus Children’s Theatre for this updated musical to find the true meaning of Christmas! 1 Act with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

10:30 AM – Holiday Party! at piccadilly – this party includes holiday crafts, decorating cookies and live music from Captain Captain of The Shazzbots!

11:24 AM – Imagination Station at Bexley Public Library – art supplies and LEGO stations will be set out every Friday for kids to get creative!

12:00 PM – Visit with Santa at The Shops at Worthington Place – get your picture taken with Santa!

12:30 PM – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Lincoln Theatre – join Columbus Children’s Theatre for this updated musical to find the true meaning of Christmas! 1 Act with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

2:00 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – enjoy a festive performance of this holiday classic with BalletMet. This is a two act performance with an intermission.

3:45 PM – Friday After School Crafting at Art with Anna – enjoy holiday crafting after school until 5:00 PM!

5:00 PM – Festive Fridays at Columbus Commons – Friday nights at Columbus Commons include free hot chocolate and carousel rides! There will also be live music! Share your pictures with #CCHolidayLights!

5:00 PM – Winter Solstice Hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – take a hike on the longest day of the year!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:30 PM – Dragon Lights Columbus – walk through an amazing display of Chinese lanterns and holiday light sculptures. Special cultural performances, food and shopping will also be available. Save money by purchasing your tickets online. 

5:30 PM – Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground – families can enjoy a 3 mile drive through holiday light show with over 140 LED light displays! $30/car on the weekends.

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Main Street Delaware, Inc. – free horse drawn carriage rides will be given around downtown Delaware.

6:00 PM – Tween Night – Holiday Cupcake Wars at piccadilly – kids can compete for the best cupcakes – recipes and materials will be provided! Call for availability.

6:00 PM – Santa House at Strand Theatre – visit with Santa and take your own picture!

6:00 PM – Choir Performance at State Auto Christmas Corner – visit the larger than life sized nativity in downtown Columbus and enjoy live choir performances and hot chocolate!

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – enjoy an open swim in 90 degree water at all Goldfish Swim School locations! Cost for non-members is $5/person or $15/family. First come first served!

7:00 PM – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Lincoln Theatre – join Columbus Children’s Theatre for this updated musical to find the true meaning of Christmas! 1 Act with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

7:30 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – enjoy a festive performance of this holiday classic with BalletMet. This is a two act performance with an intermission.

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – families can decorate a gingerbread house together! Everything you need will be provided in the cost. 

9:30 AM – Holiday Sing-A-Long with Captain from The Shazzbots! at Cub Shrub – enjoy a holiday story and music from Captain from The Shazzbots!

10:00 AM – Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature based story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

10:00 AM – Coffee With Santa! at Transcend Coffee + Roastery, USA – visit with Santa and take your own picture!

10:00 AM – Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Columbus – – decorate trees with LEGO bricks, spot Santa in MAINLAND, write a letter to Santa Maxx and more!

10:15 AM – Mug and Plate Decorating! at Fit4mom Columbus East – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for this craft time where moms can make a coffee mug and kids can decorate a plate!

10:30 AM – Our Village Playdate and Craft: Mini Fingerprint Ornaments with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington – join FIT4MOM Upper Arlington for a craft time where kids can make fingerprint ornaments! Playdates are free to attend.

11:00 AM – Royals Holiday Gala 2018 at Aladdin Temple (Grove City, OH) – this event includes a cast of characters: princesses, princes, superheroes, santa and more! Proceeds from the event will support children in need around Columbus! $25 per child in advance, and up to 2 adults are free with each child. See link for details.

12:00 PM – Visit with Santa at The Shops at Worthington Place – get your picture taken with Santa!

12:30 PM – Holly Jolly Skate with Santa at Skate Zone 71 – skate with Santa, Rudolph and Frosty!

1:00 PM – Author Beth Stafford & Illustrator Jeremy Slagle at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – meet the author and illustrator of the book Chin Up, Chinchilla. There will be a reading and book signing! Both author and illustrator live in Ohio!

1:00 PM – Tis the season at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – stroll around the farm, string popcorn and make an ornament!

1:00 PM – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Lincoln Theatre – join Columbus Children’s Theatre for this updated musical to find the true meaning of Christmas! 1 Act with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

2:00 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – enjoy a festive performance of this holiday classic with BalletMet. This is a two act performance with an intermission.

3:30 PM – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Lincoln Theatre – join Columbus Children’s Theatre for this updated musical to find the true meaning of Christmas! 1 Act with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:00 PM – Choir Performance at State Auto Christmas Corner – visit the larger than life sized nativity in downtown Columbus and enjoy live choir performances and hot chocolate!

5:30 PM – Dragon Lights Columbus – walk through an amazing display of Chinese lanterns and holiday light sculptures. Special cultural performances, food and shopping will also be available. Save money by purchasing your tickets online. 

5:30 PM – Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground – families can enjoy a 3 mile drive through holiday light show with over 140 LED light displays! $30/car on the weekends.

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Tween Night – Holiday Cupcake Wars at piccadilly – kids can compete for the best cupcakes – recipes and materials will be provided! Call for availability.

7:30 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – enjoy a festive performance of this holiday classic with BalletMet. This is a two act performance with an intermission. 

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – families can decorate a gingerbread house together! Everything you need will be provided in the cost. 

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:00 AM – Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Columbus – – decorate trees with LEGO bricks, spot Santa in MAINLAND, write a letter to Santa Maxx and more!

11:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

12:00 PM – Visit with Santa at The Shops at Worthington Place – get your picture taken with Santa!

12:00 PM – The Grinch’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate at Skate Zone 71 – wear your ugly holiday sweater to skate with The Grinch at this glow skate!

1:00 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – enjoy a festive performance of this holiday classic with BalletMet. This is a two act performance with an intermission.

1:00 PM – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Lincoln Theatre – join Columbus Children’s Theatre for this updated musical to find the true meaning of Christmas! 1 Act with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

3:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

3:30 PM – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Lincoln Theatre – join Columbus Children’s Theatre for this updated musical to find the true meaning of Christmas! 1 Act with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

4:00 PM – Meet & Greet with Frosty & Rudolph at Skate Zone 71 – skate with Frosty and Rudolph!

4:00 PM – Holiday Lights Tour with Columbus City Adventures – this 2 hour tour of holiday lights includes stops at the Scioto Mile, Columbus Commons and Christmas Corner!

4:30 PM – Sunset Bison Walk at Battelle Darby Nature Center – meet at the Nature Center to talk a walk out to see the Bison in the park!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:30 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – enjoy a festive performance of this holiday classic with BalletMet. This is a two act performance with an intermission.

5:30 PM – Dragon Lights Columbus – walk through an amazing display of Chinese lanterns and holiday light sculptures. Special cultural performances, food and shopping will also be available. Save money by purchasing your tickets online. 

5:30 PM – Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground – families can enjoy a 3 mile drive through holiday light show with over 140 LED light displays! $30/car on the weekends.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, November 30 – December 2, 2018

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 80 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – families can decorate a gingerbread house together! Everything you need will be provided in the cost. 

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:00 AM – Snow Day – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a one act musical play about a young girl’s first snow day recommended for ages 2-6 performed at Park Street Theatre. 

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

11:30 AM – Snow Day – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a one act musical play about a young girl’s first snow day recommended for ages 2-6 performed at Park Street Theatre. 

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:30 PM – Parents Night Out at Tree of Life Play + Cafe Drop the kids off for open play and dinner! Open to kids who are potty trained up through age 12. Register online.

5:30 PM – Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground – families can enjoy a 3 mile drive through holiday light show with over 140 LED light displays! $30/car on the weekends.

5:30 PM – Dragon Lights Columbus – walk through an amazing display of Chinese lanterns and holiday light sculptures. Special cultural performances, food and shopping will also be available. Save money by purchasing your tickets online. 

6:00 PM – Parents’ Night Out at Code Ninjas (Hilliard, OH) – Drop your kids off for a night of Code Ninja games, building robots and more! Pizza and drinks will be provided. Register online.

6:00 PM – Winter Festival in Upper Arlington This holiday event includes ice sculpting, horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and his reindeer and the tree lighting ceremony! Plus caroling, a giant human snow globe, s’mores and more!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Home for the Holidays Weekend in Downtown Delaware – this is a weekend long celebration featuring a tree lighting, Santa, reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, a scavenger hunt for Dasher, special holiday deals and a parade on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

6:00 PM – November Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus Parents night out at We Rock The Spectrum is for kids 3 years and older and includes pizza, snacks, open play, crafts and more! Register online. 

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School – enjoy an open swim in 90 degree water at all Goldfish Swim School locations! Cost for non-members is $5/person or $15/family. First come first served!

6:30 PM – A Heritage Holiday at Heritage Park Groveport Ohio – this event includes music from the Groveport Madison High School Band, crafts for kids, carriage rides, ice carving, refreshments, and Santa arrives by fire truck at 6:30!

7:00 PM – Westerville Tree Lighting Ceremony – this tree lighting ceremony includes live music, a candle lighting celebration, cookies, and visits with Santa!


A BIG Thank You to Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights for sponsoring this post!

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is an annual holiday 3 mile drive thru light show, with over 140 LED brilliant light displays during the 25 minute drive, admired in the comfort of your own car. Butch’s children honor his legacy through this annual tradition that has been around for decades, giving thousands of other families the opportunity to create traditions of their own.

From their family to thousands of others, they want to provide a chance for people to take time to make memories during the drive thru the light show. The Fantasy of Lights benefits many local charities such as Recreation Unlimited, A Kid Again, Autism Speaks, among others, and honors current and former military through specialized evenings. This show truly brings light to this world, giving moments that will create memories that will last in families forever.

Located at the Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds at 3311 South Old State Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM


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SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Kids Clay Saturdays – Coil Winter Holiday Trees at Picktown Arts with Ellie Mescher-Miller – kids can learn how to make a holiday tree out of clay! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Register online.

9:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – meet and greet Santa while having a breakfast catered by California Pizza Kitchen. Purchase tickets ($8/person) at the Mall Management Office.

9:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – families can decorate a gingerbread house together! Everything you need will be provided in the cost. 

9:00 AM – Christmas In The Garden at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – each weekend in December you can shop for a Christmas tree and other gifts while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. There will also be ornament painting!

9:00 AM – Christmas Prelude, Breakfast with Santa and Craft Fair at THE GRAND of Dublin – this event includes breakfast with Santa ($3/person), silent auction, bake sale, craft vendors, live entertainment and more. Breakfast tickets are first come first served and purchased at the door.

9:30 AM – Squats & Tots Saturday Classes! at piccadilly – exercise WITH your kids at this class designed just for parents and their kids – crawlers through preschoolers.

10:00 AM – Holiday Hoot at Gateway Film Center – watch family friendly short films on the big screen and enjoy live music from The Shazzbots! There are also activities in the lobby before the show! This is a free event when you bring a canned good to donate to The Open Shelter.

10:00 AM – Home for the Holidays Weekend in Downtown Delaware – this is a weekend long celebration featuring a tree lighting, Santa, reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, a scavenger hunt for Dasher, special holiday deals and a parade on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Holiday Toy Drive 2018 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital – drop off toys and books for patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at this annual Toy Drive. Staff can take your donation from your car. Check the link for Wish List of ideas.

10:00 AM – Christmas on the Towne in Downtown Reynoldsburg – this event includes a visit with Santa, a Secret Santa Shop, carriage rides, and specials available at the local merchants.

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden!

10:00 AM – Snow Day – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a one act musical play about a young girl’s first snow day recommended for ages 2-6 performed at Park Street Theatre. 

10:00 AM – Free Pictures With Santa at Antry/Isaacs Team at Saxton Real Estate – free pictures with Santa with a donation of an unwrapped toy for families in need!

10:00 AM – 2018 Grove City Christmas Celebration – this event in Grove City Town Center includes visits with Santa, live entertainment, shopping, a parade, the Heart of Grove City Mistletoe Market and the tree lighting.

10:00 AM – Sensitive Santa at Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities – get your picture with Santa in a sensory friendly environment, enjoy treats and a take home craft. This is a free event but they are accepting donations of a new hat or pari of gloves to the Common Grounds Free Store. RSVP online.

10:00 AM – Holiday Happiness at Upper Arlington Public Library – this event includes crafts for kids, live music, a gingerbread display, refreshments, a visit from Santa, face painting and more! See the complete schedule at the link.

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2018 Annual Holiday Party at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies – shop at the Secret Santa Shop, enjoy cookie deals, frost a cookie with Mrs. Claus and visit with Santa!

11:00 AM – WinterFest at Bicentennial Park Scioto Mile – WinterFest includes live music, food trucks, seasonal ales and the opportunity to purchase a hand-crafted bowl to support the Empty Bowls initiative.

11:00 AM – Sensory Storytime at Pickerington Public Library – this is a story time just for kids with special needs including sensory activities, dim lights, quieter music and more sensory friendly accommodations. Families can use the library before it opens! Registration is required.

11:00 AM – Meet Santa at Transcend Coffee + Roastery, USA – meet Santa and enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate. This is a free event but donations are being accepted for A Kid Again.

11:00 AM – Free Lazarus Santa’s Workshop at the Lazarus Building – visit with Santa at The Lazarus Building! Take your own photos with Santa, enjoy crafts, a Holiday Train display, and wander around Columbus Commons enjoying the holiday lights and free carousel rides, face painting and hot chocolate! Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Firefighters 4 Kids.

11:00 AM – Holiday Photos at HOOT Studio – register for a 20 minute portrait time and receive an hour of play time, a treat and your choice of prints from professional photographer Aaron Taylor. This is especially perfect for families of children with special needs. Email to RSVP for a time.

11:30 AM  – Snow Day – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a one act musical play about a young girl’s first snow day recommended for ages 2-6 performed at Park Street Theatre. 

12:00 PM – A Heritage Holiday at Heritage Park Groveport Ohio – this event includes crafts for kids, carriage rides, ice carving, refreshments, and visits with Santa, reindeer and other farm animals!

12:00 PM – WinterFest in Downtown Lancaster – WinterFest includes horse drawn wagon rides, Santa, cookies, live entertainment and special activities at participating business.

12:00 PM – Toys For Tots DRIVE THRU Toy Drive at Late Night Slice Short North – drive thru to drop off a toy donation and receive a coupon from Mikey’s Late Night Slice!

12:00 PM – Kids Christmas at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm – meet Santa, do a take home craft, enjoy food trucks and lots of Christmas goodies to purchase in the shop.

1:00 PM – Holly Days in Historic Dublin – Holly Days in Dublin includes activities at various participating businesses in downtown Dublin such as visits with Santa, carolers, sending letters to Santa, the 12 Elves of Dublin Hunt, crafts for kids, story time and more!

1:00 PM  – Snow Day – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a one act musical play about a young girl’s first snow day recommended for ages 2-6 performed at Park Street Theatre. 

1:00 PM – Holiday Cookie Decorating Event at C. Krueger’s – visit the new C. Krueger’s store in the Short North for a cookie decorating event for kids!

2:00 PM – Holidays in Powell – this event includes crafts, activities, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree.

3:00 PM – Winter Evening on the Farm at Gallant Farm Park – enjoy seasonal activities on the farm including live music, roasting chestnuts, cookies and family friendly activities.

3:00 PM – 2018 Cookie Walk in Downtown Pataskala – this event is open to the first 400 families and includes a walking tour of 50 local businesses collecting a cookie from each one! Minimum donation of $10 is requested.

5:00 PM – Christmas Under the Clock in Uptown Plain City – Plain City’s holiday event includes a free lighting, live entertainment, a visit from Santa, and open houses at the local businesses.

5:00 PM – Christmas on the Square in Sunbury – Sunbury’s holiday event includes holiday open houses at local businesses, a craft and gift fair, a lighted Christmas Parade, a Chrismas Tree sale, model train display and visit from Santa and much more! Click the link for all the details.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:30 PM – Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground – families can enjoy a 3 mile drive through holiday light show with over 140 LED light displays! $30/car on the weekends.

5:30 PM – Dragon Lights Columbus – walk through an amazing display of Chinese lanterns and holiday light sculptures. Special cultural performances, food and shopping will also be available. Save money by purchasing your tickets online. 

6:00 PM- Hilltop Art Hop – explore the most artsy block of the Hilltop including artists in residence at 3060 Artworks, classes at Clay Street Ceramics, a Holiday Artisan Market, live music, a book signing at Third Way Cafe and live music and refreshments at The Design Refinery. There will also be a food truck, Curbside Dish, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Grand Opening! at The Design Refinery – my husband and I invite you to the Grand Opening of our design studio and event space! This space will be available to rent for parties, showers, pop up shops, meetings and other events! We will have live music, refreshments and raffle prizes from Third Way Cafe, Clay Street Ceramics, Sarah Harste Weavings and The Design Refinery! 

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

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9:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – families can decorate a gingerbread house together! Everything you need will be provided in the cost. 

9:00 AM – Sensitive Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy a sensory friendly visit with Santa with a calm environment and special activities. Registration is recommended but not required.

10:00 AM – Christmas In The Garden at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – each weekend in December you can shop for a Christmas tree and other gifts while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. There will also be ornament painting!

10:00 AM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory while it’s decked out for the season! Enjoy special performances and activities and this year the event extends into the Children’s Garden! Don’t forget that on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID)!

11:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get your family’s picture with Santa between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM (with 2 break periods (see link)). Get a professional 5×7 for $5 or take a photo with your own camera. Reservations are available!

11:00 AM – Santa Visits Cub Shrub – visit with Santa at the Short North location of Cub Shrub! Register online.

12:00 PM – HolidayVille 2018 in Clintonville – explore Clintonville with free Jolly Trolley rides through the neighborhood! There will be activities at neighboring businesses including make and take ornaments, s’mores, samples and more!

12:00 PM – Free Princess Meet and Greet at Montrose Elementary School – meet your favorite princesses during the Bexley Holiday Hop. This is free but check the times for each individual princess’ appearance. 

12:00 PM – Holiday Enchantment at Land-Grant Brewing Company – this festive event includes a visit from Santa, wreath making workshops, activities for kids, live music cocktails and treats, caroling and more!

12:00 PM – Holiday Hop 2018 in Bexley – Bexley’s Holiday Hop includes special events at local stores, prizes, giveaways, treats, visits from Santa and more!

 1:00 PM  – Snow Day – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a one act musical play about a young girl’s first snow day recommended for ages 2-6 performed at Park Street Theatre. 

1:00 PM – Kid’s Gift Making Workshop at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids can make up to 5 of their own holiday gifts for friends and family. Recommended for ages 5-12 an cost is $20. Register in advance.

1:00 PM – Cram The Cruiser Toy Drive at Grove City UMC – drop off a new, unwrapped toy, visit with Santa and enjoy festive goodies.

2:30 PM  – Snow Day – Theatre for the Very Young at Columbus Children’s Theatre – this is a one act musical play about a young girl’s first snow day recommended for ages 2-6 performed at Park Street Theatre. 

3:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – carriage rides are available every weekend through December 23 for $10/person. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Get on the carriage outside of Zara on Gramercy Street. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Home for the Holidays Weekend in Downtown Delaware – this is a weekend long celebration featuring a tree lighting, Santa, reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, a scavenger hunt for Dasher, special holiday deals and a parade on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

4:00 PM – Tree Lighting at Prairie Township Community Center – countdown to the lighting of the tree, visit with Santa and enjoy a musical program.

4:00 PM – Menorah Lighting at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy doughnuts, cider and family activities at the Menorah lighting on the lower level near Saks Fifth Ave.

4:00 PM – Holiday Hop & 29th Annual Tree Lighting in Hilliard – Hilliard’s holiday celebration includes fun events at several locations around town. There will be live music, food trucks, horse and carriage rides, hot chocolate and live reindeer, balloon twisting, face painting, visits with Santa and much more! See the link for all the details.

4:30 PM – Gingerbread House Decorating at The Morgan House – families can decorate a gingerbread house! $40. Call to register.

5:00 PM – Village Lights 2018 in German Village – stroll around German Village following the path lit with lanterns, visiting local businesses, enjoying live music and lots of goodies from local businesses. Also this year you can visit the German Village Makers Market and Not Your Mama’s Craft Market during the event!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – Wildlights is included in your admission (or membership) to the Zoo and features special activities, amazing lights, light shows, Rudolph and friends in Asia Quest, Santa’s Holiday Home in the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost, Jingle Ball light display and much more!

5:30 PM – Dragon Lights Columbus – walk through an amazing display of Chinese lanterns and holiday light sculptures. Special cultural performances, food and shopping will also be available. Save money by purchasing your tickets online. 

5:30 PM – Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground – families can enjoy a 3 mile drive through holiday light show with over 140 LED light displays! $30/car on the weekends.

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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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