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

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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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 8-10, 2017 Holiday Edition!

Tons of holiday events continue this weekend! Happy Weekend and Happy Holidays!


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

Twelve Elves of Dublin – during the month of December your family can go on the 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt! Pick up your 12 Elves Card and hunt for an elf at each of the participating locations. At each stop your kids will receive a prize when they find it!

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!


  • 9:30 AM – Toddler Time with Santa Claus at Sky Zone Columbus – Enjoy stories and songs with Mrs. Claus and a visit from Santa! Purchase tickets online!
  • 4:00 PM – Make & Take Ornaments at The Smithery – Make and take your own hand stamped ornaments! All ages are welcome!
  • 5:00 PM – Pictures with SANTA, Horses & Pony Rides

 in Grove City, Ohio – take pictures with Santa and take pony rides. Several times all weekend. Check the link for details on how to reserve a spot!
  • 5:30 PM – Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village  – this event takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday and includes a world inspired by Charles Dickens! There will be carols, holiday decorations, craft and cooking demonstrations and more!
  • 6:00 PM – Festivus 2017

 at 400 West Rich – this event goes on all weekend and includes music, open studios, food trucks, vendors and more!
  • 7:00 PM – It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

 at Westerville South High School – this holiday favorite is going on all weekend at Westerville South HS.
  • 7:30 PM – 

Polar Express Weekend at COSI – this weekend and next you can watch Polar Express on the big screen at COSI. Several times available throughout the weekend.
  • 7:30 PM – Messiah Sing-ALong with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra at Southern Theatre – sing along with selections from Handel’s Messiah!


  • 8:00 AM – Holiday Character Breakfast presented by Meijer at CenterPoint Gahanna – this event includes breakfast, face painting, crafts, Santa, story time, and holiday characters! Purchase tickets online.
  • 8:45 AM – Breakfast with Santa!

 at Dave & Buster’s, Hilliard – your ticket includes breakfast, a $10 Power Card and unlimited video games, crafts, cookie decorating and the opportunity to take your own photos with Santa. Ticket sales end at 8:00 PM on Friday.
  • 9:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chef’s Academy of Gahanna – the whole family can decorate their own Gingerbread House in a festive environment!
  • 9:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa Cow

 at Chick-Fil-A, Grove City – have breakfast with Santa Cow and enjoy a hot chocolate bar and crafts!
  • 9:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at the Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA – register for your seating time online and enjoy a warm breakfast and a meet and greet with Santa!
  • 9:00 AM – Holiday Open House

 at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and enjoy the gardens while you pick out your Christmas Tree. Happening on Sunday, too!
  • 9:00 AM – Free Breakfast with Santa

 at CrossLink Community Church – enjoy a free breakfast and pictures with Santa! You can also put a letter in Santa’s mailbox and enjoy live jazz music!
  • 9:00 AM – Visit with Santa at the Herb Center – visit with Santa and his elves, write a letter to Santa and make a gift with Mrs. Claus!
  • 10:00 AM – Holiday Toy Drive at Nationwide Children’s Hospital – literally drive through to drop off a donation for the patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital! See the top 10 Wish List at the link.
  • 10:00 AM – 

Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays, featuring Santa Paws

 at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – bring an approved enrichment gift for the animals and get one free admission to Wildlights. The animals will be given special treats and Jack Hanna will take the Animals on Safari Stage for 3 shows that evening.
  • 10:00 AM – Storytelling Childhood Memories

 at Coffee Connections of Hilliard, LLC – join Hilliard community members as they tell stories from their childhood. There will be hot cocoa, pastries and each kid will get a small gift. RSVP at the link.
  • 10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Cartoons – December Edition

 – for $5/person you can watch retro TV cartoons and enjoy a bowl of cereal!
  •  10:00 AM – Christmas Open House at Hanby House – enjoy hot cider and Christmas music at the home of the composer of “Up on the Housetop”.
  • 10:00 AM – Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – experience art in a family-friendly environment that includes activity books, crafts and Gallery Journeys. See our visit to Pizzuti Collection here.
  • 11:00 AM – Holiday Ornament Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory – fill an ornament with your choice of decorations! $2/ornament.
  • 11:00 AM –The Royals Project Holiday Gala at Aladdin Shrine Center – join The Royals Project for their Holiday Gala! The event includes professional photos, Santa Claus, over 30 princesses, princes and superheroes and your ticket price goes toward helping families in need.
  • 11:00 AM – Home for the Holidays – Family Fun Day

 in Uptown Westerville – the shops of Uptown Westerville will offer crafts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa and more!
  • 12:00 PM – Letters To Santa 2017 – Day 1

 at Ohio Railway Museum – Kids can write a letter to Santa and mail it in the Railway Post Office Car, visit with Mrs. Claus, make christmas crafts and ornaments and take a train ride!
  • 12:30 PM – Uptown Scrooge – this walking tour of Uptown Westerville takes place on Saturday and Sunday and includes a performance of Dicken’s The Christmas Carol.
  • 1:00 PM – Holiday Trolley Hop in The Discovery District – free trolley rides will be given through the Discovery District and there will be activities, crafts and special tours at the various stops! Bring a donation for local non-profits!
  • 1:00 PM – Free Shamrock Ornament Craft at Terra Gallery – kids can paint a shamrock ornament for free! Stop in to do this activity while you’re hunting for the 12 Elves of Dublin!
  • 1:00 PM – 

Kid’s Cookie Decorating

 at Lucky’s Market Columbus – at this free event, kids can decorate freshly baked cookies! See the link for instructions on how to RSVP.
  • 2:00 PM – Grand Opening at Musicologie Westerville – the grand opening of Musicologie in Westerville includes cookies and cocoa, faceprinting, mini-lessons, a visit from Santa, music from The Shazzbots and beer from The Daily Growler!

4:00 PM – Historic Christmas Tour

 in Grove City – this event involves several locations throughout Grove City! There will be a model train display, live music, holiday displays, visits from Santa and more!


  • 11:00 AM – Pictures with Santa Claus

 at Tractor Supply Co., Pickerington – bring your family and your pets for pictures with Santa. $10/picture.
  • 11:00 AM – Pizza School to benefit RMHC

 at Dewey’s Pizza – Grandview – make a reservation for a fun day at Dewey’s Pizza which includes mimosas, pizza and salad buffet and lessons on how to toss, top and cook your own pizza. All of the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.
  • 1:00 PM – 

Frozen Adventure CAMP – Meet The Snow Queen, Snow Princesses and Star Smiling Snowman! There will be songs, dance, a craft, story time, dress up and more! For ages 4 1/2 to 7.
  • 1:00 PM – Cookies with Santa!

 at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – visit with Santa and decorate a cookie! $1.50/cookie
  • 2:00 PM – Christmas Open House

 at Orange Johnson House – Enjoy “An Old Time Christmas” at the Orange Johnson House which includes a musical ensemble and light refreshments.
  • 3:00 PM – Santa in the Caboose at the Historical Village at Weaver Park – at this event you can take your own picture with Santa, take a horse drawn wagon ride, enjoy live music, activities and refreshments!
  • 3:00 PM – 

Sensory Friendly Visit with Santa!

 at Ohio Herb Education Center – children who need a more relaxed environment can visit Santa in a low-key environment. A photo is included in the price. Check online for ticket availability.
  • 3:00 PM – Free Family-friendly Library Concert w/ ProMusica String Quartet

 at Columbus Metropolitan Library – enjoy music inspired by the ocean! This is a free, family-friendly concert.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 17-19, 2017

1. Wildlights Stuff The Truck at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-724-3485

The Stuff The Truck food drive is a partnership between Columbus Zoo and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank! You can receive one free admission ticket for every 5 non-perishable food items that you bring to donate all day on Friday. You can get free parking by showing at least one canned good at the parking booth. The offer of free admission is good all day, but Wildlights activities begin at 5:00 PM. They expect it to be very busy, so you may want to arrive early!

2. The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

Support RMHC of Central Ohio by buying lots of yummy baked goods! Also on site will be craft vendors, a book sale, gift baskets and more!

3. Storytime with Kara at ME and the MOON

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 15 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-570-1124

This week’s story time theme is Thankfulness and includes stories, songs and games for the kids and tea and shopping for the parents! There will be a pop-up book shop immediately following the event.

4. Deck the District Tree Lighting 2017 in the Short North Arts District

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Short North Arts District
Phone: 614-299-8050

This holiday tree lighting event includes live music performances, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and the official tree lighting at 6:30 PM!

5. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival 2017 at Ohio State Fairgrounds

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2017
Time: Nightly: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 888-484-2698

This festival runs through January 7th and will be lit nightly! There will be floating lanterns, handmade crafts, cultural performances and food!

6. Open Exploration with MinecraftEdu! at peapod play cafe

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 4874 Thompson Rd., Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: 614-656-8048

Kids ages 7-14 are welcome to catch, train and battle Pokemon! Dinner is provided for this kids night out!

7. Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center

When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-337-2200

Easton’s Christmas tree and light display will be lit on Friday night! Santa will visit and there will be Holiday Carriage Rides and special offers!

8. Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 182 Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603

This Holiday Open House includes hot apple cider and cookies and a festive atmosphere! Pick out your Christmas tree while you’re at it!

9. Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Celebrate the weekend with waffles! $5 gets you one Belgium waffle with unlimited toppings, juice and drip coffee! See more about Coffee Connections here.

10. Poetry Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Poetry Day features kid-friendly writing activities and the opportunity to create your own magnetic  poetry!

11. PBJ & Jazz Family Concert: Rachel Sepulveda at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: Performances at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203, Ballroom
Phone: 614-294-5200

Enjoy a kid-friendly introduction to jazz!  Concerts are $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  Children receive a lunch that includes a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

12. Gardens Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Gardens Aglow opens on this Friday for the holiday season! There will be special performances and activities as well as holiday light displays and decorations! On Saturday, kids can make a Paper Poinsettia Craft  at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The Goodwill Handbell Choir performs at 2:00 PM.

13. Railroad Fun at Sandel Legacy Trail

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 168 S. Vernon St. Sunbury OH 43074
Phone: 740-524-8600

Check out a model train display and learn the history of railroading in America!

14. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301

Kids 12 and under can watch a Disney movie and eat popcorn!

15. KidX Club: Cookies with Claus at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Decorate your own cookie with Santa, write letters to Santa and enjoy a story time with the sugar plum fairy!

16. Sensory Friendly Films: The Muppets Take Manhattan at Gateway Film Center

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

These free, sensory-friendly films, presented in conjunction with OSU’s Nisonger Center, offer a lower volume and lights up in a “no-shushing” atmosphere for families and individuals with autism of developmental disabilities. This month’s movie is The Muppets Take Manhattan!

17. Give Thanks at Sunbury Urban Farm

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 2140 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-285-5172

Kids ages 2-5 can enjoy this story time that also includes hands-on activities related to Thankfulness! Recommended donation is $5/child.

18. 2017 Holiday Lights Celebration at the Creekside District

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 117 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

Gahanna’s holiday celebration includes over 100 activities including a puppet show, strolling carolers, ice sculpture demonstrations, live entertainment, train rides, pony rides, a live reindeer petting zoo, the arrival of Santa, lighting of the Community Tree and lots more!

19. Pet Photo Night at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016-1537
Phone: 614-798-3023

Pet Photo Night at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing will be on November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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