What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, December 6-8, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 125 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

As we head into the upcoming holidays, take a look at our 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions to start marking your calendar for holiday fun! Planning ahead?

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

7:00 AM – Letters To Santa in Grandview Heights – drop a letter in the mail to Santa and he will send you a letter back! Check the link for locations in Grandview.

9:00 AM – Play with Purpose at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – bring in a donation of new hats, gloves or scarves for the Good Tidings Winter Wear store at SON Ministries through December 6 and get 50% off regular priced admission to Tree of Life Play + Cafe.

9:00 AM – It’s a Wonderful Window Contest in Old Worthington – visit the retailers of Old Worthington to view the holiday-themed store windows that will be on display through the new year!

9:45 AM – A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch a Christmas-themed tale of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet! There are 7 shows this weekend!

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get a family photo with Santa for $5 or take your own photo! You can reserve your spot online!

10:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – build a gingerbread house together! All supplies will be included. Reservations are required.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a playtime in the forest with a naturalist! This event includes a 30 minute nature activity followed by play time in the woods. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Bubbles the Elf at Grandview Heights Public Library – drop into the library for a free activity each day!

10:00 AM – Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center – drop in for a free Open Gym time at the rec center!

10:00 AM – Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – get your photo taken with Santa during mall hours from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (1:30 PM – 6:00 PM on Sunday).

11:00 AM – A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch a Christmas-themed tale of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet! There are 7 shows this weekend!

12:00 PM – Letters to Santa in Hilliard – drop your letter to Santa at Hilliard’s Station Park with a SASE and get a letter returned!

2:00 PM – Pelotonia Pop-Up Shop at Easton Town Center – check out the newest and most popular Pelotonia apparel at this pop up at Easton Town Center across from Guest Services!  

1:00 PM – Toddler Time with Fine Motor Friday at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – during this time there will be fine-motor activities on display for your toddler to play! Puzzles, sorting, pre-handwriting activities and more!

4:00 PM – Family Night Fridays at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – for $30 enjoy a family pass to the play area and a large 1 tipping pizza and a drink pitcher.

4:30 PM – KidX: Teddy Bear Tidy Up at Polaris Fashion Place – bring your teddy bear in for a check up with the Teddy Bear Doctors!

5:00 PM – Westerville’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony – this event includes a pony carousel, petting zoo, music, carriage rides, hot cocoa and cookies, characters, food trucks and much more! The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM. Kids can visit with Santa from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM and 7:30 Pm – 8:30 PM inside City Hall. 

5:00 PM – Free Festive Fridays at Columbus Commons – Fridays in December will include free hot chocolate and carousel rides. Check out the over 400,000 LED lights in the park!

5:00 PM – Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Wildlights takes place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM to close and features millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

5:00 PM – Pickerington Holiday Gathering – this event will include a lighted holiday stroll, the city tree lighting, pictures with Santa, trolley rides, ice carving, reindeer petting, crafts, cookie decorating and much more!

5:00 PM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory decorated for the holidays! This year is the biggest show yet and extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! This nightly event runs from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

5:30 PM – WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio at National Trail Raceway – this new event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! The show happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights is celebrating 20 years with 30 new displays this year! This drive through light show is 3 miles long and features 160 light displays! The show runs rain or shine, November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Sunday – Thursday and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday.

5:30 PM – A Night in Bethlehem at Westerville Christian Church – walk through a free, hand-on Christmas event that features the town of Bethlehem, a marketplace, and an interactive experience of the first Christmas. This event takes place indoors and walk-ins are welcome. 

6:00 PM – Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at Strand Theatre – every Friday in December you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown Delaware!  $1 donation for persons 5 and up.

6:00 PM – Home for the Holidays Weekend in Delaware – this is a weekend long event that includes the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday at 6:30 PM, horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, kids activities and more!

6:00 PM – Family Friendly First Fridays at The Rambling House – enjoy kid-friendly music at a lower volume!

6:00 PM – Christmas in the Village in Canal Winchester – this two-night event includes a tree lighting, visits with Santa, a Christmas Trolley, Train rides, hayrides, popcorn, games and crafts and more!

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a ride through Town Center in a horse drawn carriage. Cost is $10/person, children under 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Beginning today, these rides will be available Fridays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Winter Festival in Mallway Park – this event includes ice sculpting, horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, choir performances, a tree lighting ceremony and much more!

6:15 PM – Signs of Christmas Holiday Performance at Polaris Fashion Place – Signs of Christmas will be doing a free performance in the Lower Level near the play area at Polaris Fashion Place.

7:00 PM – Friday Nights Unlimited Pizza Skate at Skate Zone 71 – family skate is available from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM for $10/person. That includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza!

7:00 PM – A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch a Christmas-themed tale of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet! There are 7 shows this weekend!

7:00 PM – Visits with Santa! at Strand Theatre- visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive a treat! Visits are free but professional photographs will be available. 

7:30 PM – Elf: The Musical at Dublin Scioto High School – see a production of Elf The Musical by Dublin Scioto Theatre!

8:00 PM – Cristo Rey High School at Christmas Corner – Cristo Rey High School will be performing at State Auto’s life sized nativity in downtown Columbus.


A BIG thank you to WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, will be coming to National Trail Raceway in Hebron this holiday season!

This family-friendly event will feature a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a favorite of children of all ages) three enchanting tunnels of light will illuminate the night! Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

This dazzling Christmas display will be offered rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5! The cost of admission is affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! You can also purchase a “Carload Pass” for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30!

Learn more at www.christmasinohio.com!


SATURDAY:

7:00 AM – Letters To Santa in Grandview Heights – drop a letter in the mail to Santa and he will send you a letter back! Check the link for locations in Grandview.

8:00 AM – Holiday Character Breakfast at New Life Church – this event features a pancake breakfast, a live performance, crafts for kids and meet and greets with popular holiday characters. 

8:00 AM – North Market Holiday Market at North Market – shop inside and outside North Market during their Holiday Market featuring additional vendors, live music, Santa Claus, a craft for kids and more!

9:00 AM – Hilliard YMCA Annual Breakfast With Santa at Hilliard United Methodist Church – enjoy a breakfast and visit with Santa! Register online.

9:00 AM – Christmas in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, painting ornaments and visiting with the Grinch! There will also be discounts on Christmas items.

9:00 AM – Breakfast With Santa at Sunbury United Methodist Church – this is a free event featuring food, games and Santa!

9:00 AM – First Annual Santa Breakfast at Dublin Presbyterian Church – have breakfast with Santa, get a photo taken and make an ornament to take home. Call for tickets. 

9:00 AM – Visits with Santa at Ohio Herb Center – meet Santa and get your photo taken with him!

9:00 AM – Free Breakfast with Santa at Blendon Township Senior Center – visit with Santa and enjoy a free pancake breakfast. Call for reservations.

9:30 AM – Our Village Monthly MomChat: Healthy Eating in a Hurry with Fit4Mom UA – this is a free event following the Stroller Strides workout featuring a Registered Dietitian who will talk about planning healthy meals for your family.

10:00 AM – Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center Columbus – from December 7 – January 5 when you visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center you can take part in special activities like meeting LEGO Santa, creating holiday builds, special additions to MINILAND and more! All special actives are included in admission. 

10:00 AM – Christmas at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm – Visit the farm for their Christmas Shoppe, Christmas Trees, make s’mores, see Santa, do a craft and more!

10:00 AM – 2019 Grove City Christmas Celebration – this celebration includes visits with Santa, live entertainment, a Christmas parade, tree lighting and much more!

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2019 Annual Holiday Party at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies Flagship Store – this holiday celebration will include specials on baked goods, a Secret Santa Shop, raffles, visits from Santa Claus and frosting cookies with Mrs. Clause from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get a family photo with Santa for $5 or take your own photo! You can reserve your spot online!

10:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – build a gingerbread house together! All supplies will be included. Reservations are required.

10:00 AM – Meet Santa in Grove City! at Transcend Coffee + Roastery, USA – get a free picture with Santa and free hot chocolate or coffee! Donations are accepted for the Children’s Hunger Alliance.

10:00 AM – FREE pictures with Santa!! at The Antry Team at Saxton Real Estate – free pictures with Santa, face painting, snacks and crafts at this event! Bring a toy to donate to Firefighters for Kids!

10:00 AM – Bubbles the Elf at Grandview Heights Public Library – drop into the library for a free activity each day!

10:00 AM – Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – this event includes the opportunity to bring enrichment gifts to the animals at the zoo. Bring one of the approved gifts and get free admission. Jack Hanna will perform with his animal friends during Wildlights that evening.

10:00 AM – Santa Stop Playdate at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – this event will include open play, cookie decorating, visits with Santa, and more. Call to register.

10:15 AM – Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – get your photo taken with Santa during mall hours from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (1:30 PM – 6:00 PM on Sunday).

10:45 AM – Kid-Fun-Club at Worthington Farmers Market – drop your child off at Paulettes Palace and Production during the Worthington Indoor Farmer’s Market for an hour of singing, dancing, crafts, story time and more! There will be visits from your favorite characters. You must register in advance. 

11:00 AM – WinterFest at Bicentennial Park – this event features live music, seasonal ales, food trucks and more!

11:00 AM – Christmas on the Towne in Reynoldsburg – this free event features carriage rides, games, music, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, singing and more!

11:30 AM – Free MEALS for KIDS! at Hilltop YMCA – free meals will be available for kids until 12:30 PM.

12:00 PM – Free Lazarus Santa’s Workshop at Lazarus Building – visit with Santa at the old Lazarus department store! There will also be face painting and crafts for kids!

12:00 PM – The 12 Elves of Dublin – pick up your Elf Hunt Card at a participating location and hunt for elves at local stores and businesses. Receive a prize when you find each elf!

12:00 PM – Letters to Santa in Hilliard – drop your letter to Santa at Hilliard’s Station Park with a SASE and get a letter returned!

1:00 PM – Christmas at the Orchard at Lawrence Orchards – this event features a hayride, cookie decorating, a live nativity, a bonfire, crafts and more!

1:00 PM – Historic Dublin Holly Days in Historic Dublin – this holiday event features visits with Santa, ice carving, crafts and activities for kids and much  more!

1:00 PM – A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch a Christmas-themed tale of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet! There are 7 shows this weekend!

1:00 PM – Visits with Santa! at Strand Theatre – visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive a treat! Visits are free but professional photographs will be available. 

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

2:00 PM – Santa Saturday at at Pickerington Public Library – this event will include live music, crafts, games and a visit from Santa! A collection of non-perishable food items will be gathered at this event.  

2:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Performance of Elf: The Musical at Dublin Scioto High School – see a production of Elf The Musical by Dublin Scioto Theatre!

2:00 PM – Santa in the Park at Bridge Park – drop off a letter to Santa and take your picture with him! 

2:00 PM – Photos with Filson Santa at Filson (Columbus) – free photos with Santa will be taken and there will be holiday drinks and snacks provided! 

2:30 PM – A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch a Christmas-themed tale of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet! There are 7 shows this weekend!

3:00 PM – Pelotonia Pop-Up Shop at Easton Town Center – check out the newest and most popular Pelotonia apparel at this pop up at Easton Town Center across from Guest Services!  

3:00 PM – 2019 Cookie Walk in Pataskala, Ohio – the cookie walk is limited to the first 400 families who attend and includes a walking tour of more than 50 businesses who will hand out cookies at each stop. 

4:00 PM – Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade! in Reynoldsburg – this event includes a parade, caroling, crafts, letters to Santa and the lighting of the city tree. 

4:00 PM – Cookies & milk with Santa at Fun Town Play and Learn Café – meet Santa and his helpers, enjoy cookies and christmas carols! This event is $12 for the first child and $6 for siblings. 

5:00 PM – Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Wildlights takes place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM to close and features millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

5:00 PM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory decorated for the holidays! This year is the biggest show yet and extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! This nightly event runs from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

5:00 PM – Christmas Under the Clock in Plain City, OH – this holiday celebration includes a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, open houses at local businesses, ice sculpting, music and more!

5:00 PM – Owls of Darby Creek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to lure in owls.

5:15 PM – “Winter Wonderland” (Parent’s Night Out) at Dublin Toy Emporium – drop your kids off for a fun holiday themed playtime that includes dinner, cookie decorating, crafts and more! Call to reserve your spot.

5:30 PM – Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village – step back in time to a 19th Century holiday celebration featuring holiday crafts, cooking demonstrations, carols, characters from “A Christmas Carol”, and more!

5:30 PM – WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio at National Trail Raceway – this new event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! The show happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights is celebrating 20 years with 30 new displays this year! This drive through light show is 3 miles long and features 160 light displays! The show runs rain or shine, November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Sunday – Thursday and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday.

6:00 PM – 2019 Pataskala Lions Club Lighted Christmas Parade – enjoy a lighted parade and visit with Santa afterwards in the gazebo.

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a ride through Town Center in a horse drawn carriage. Cost is $10/person, children under 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Beginning today, these rides will be available Fridays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Holiday Market at The Design Refinery – shop local vendors for special gifts during the Hilltop Art Hop on West Broad St.

6:30 PM – Holiday Sing-A-Long with Captain from The Shazzbots! at Cub Shrub – enjoy a live performance from Captain Captain from The Shazzbots at Cub Shrub. This is a free event.

7:00 PM – Wiseman Dance Studio at Christmas Corner – Wiseman Dance Studio will be performing at State Auto’s life sized nativity in downtown Columbus.

7:30 PM – Elf: The Musical at Dublin Scioto High School – see a production of Elf The Musical by Dublin Scioto Theatre!

8:00 PM – The Signs of Christmas Choir at Christmas Corner – Signs of Christmas will be performing at State Auto’s life sized nativity in downtown Columbus.

SUNDAY

7:00 AM – Letters To Santa in Grandview Heights – drop a letter in the mail to Santa and he will send you a letter back! Check the link for locations in Grandview.

9:00 AM – Toddler Time! at Get Air Pickerington – kids under 46 inches are welcome to jump during these special hours (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM).

9:00 AM – Kids Yoga & Storytime at Cover to Cover Bookstore – join GoYoga for games, storytelling and physical activities. $10/child, ages 5-8.

9:00 AM – Sensitive Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – visit Santa in a sensory-friendly environment! This is a free event and it takes place before the store opens.

10:00 AM – Family Gingerbread House Decorating at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – build a gingerbread house together! All supplies will be included. Reservations are required.

10:00 AM – Christmas in the Gardens at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, painting ornaments and visiting with the Grinch! There will also be discounts on Christmas items.

10:00 AM – December Baby + Art // Snowy Mittens at Art with Anna – bring your child ages 6 months and up for a messy and causal art experience! $10/family.

10:00 AM – Christmas at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm – Visit the farm for their Christmas Shoppe, Christmas Trees, live music and a jam tasting bar!

10:00 AM – Bubbles the Elf at Grandview Heights Public Library – drop into the library for a free activity each day!

10:00 AM – The 12 Elves of Dublin – pick up your Elf Hunt Card at a participating location and hunt for elves at local stores and businesses. Receive a prize when you find each elf!

10:00 AM – Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center Columbus – from December 7 – January 5 when you visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center you can take part in special activities like meeting LEGO Santa, creating holiday builds, special additions to MINILAND and more! All special actives are included in admission. 

11:00 AM – Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble (Dublin) – enjoy a story time for children 0-24 months old. There will be a story and sensory activities. This week’s book features Big Bird! 

11:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get a family photo with Santa for $5 or take your own photo! You can reserve your spot online!

11:00 AM – Baby and Me Storytime at Barnes and Noble – enjoy a story time for the little ones at Barnes and Noble.

11:30 AM – Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – get your photo taken with Santa during mall hours. 

12:00 PM – Princess Meet and Greet at Bexley Bed and Breakfast – this free event will include meet and greets with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Belle!

12:00 PM – Letters to Santa in Hilliard – drop your letter to Santa at Hilliard’s Station Park with a SASE and get a letter returned!

12:00 PM – Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village – step back in time to a 19th Century holiday celebration featuring holiday crafts, cooking demonstrations, carols, characters from “A Christmas Carol”, and more!

1:00 PM – A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch a Christmas-themed tale of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet! There are 7 shows this weekend!

1:00 PM – Pelotonia Pop-Up Shop at Easton Town Center – check out the newest and most popular Pelotonia apparel at this pop up at Easton Town Center across from Guest Services!  

1:00 PM – Santa and Grinch Pictures at HTH Farm Market – this event is a fundraiser for Hope through Housing and features pictures with Santa and the Grinch! $25 for one o4 $35 for both.

1:00 PM – Santa Brunch at Pinnacle Golf Club – this event features a buffet, visit from Santa, and a trip to Santa’s Workshop. Reservations required.

2:00 PM – Christmas on the Farm at Orchard View Farm – visit the farm for wagon rides, hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, Santa and more!

2:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Franklin Park Conservatory – visit with an animal ambassador from the Columbus Zoo! Included with admission or membership.

2:00 PM – Elf: The Musical at Dublin Scioto High School – see a production of Elf The Musical by Dublin Scioto Theatre!

2:30 PM – A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail at Columbus Performing Arts Center – watch a Christmas-themed tale of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet! There are 7 shows this weekend!

3:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a ride through Town Center in a horse drawn carriage. Cost is $10/person, children under 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Beginning today, these rides will be available Fridays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Santa in the Red Caboose at Hilliard Ohio Historical Society – this is a free event where you can visit with Santa and his elves in the Red Caboose.

3:00 PM – Christmas Parade in Delaware – the Home for the Holidays Parade will take place beginning at Mingo Park. You can also bring a letter to Santa to be collected at this time.

4:00 PM – Sunset Bison Walk at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – take a walk at sunset to look for Bison.

5:00 PM – Village Lights in German Village – stroll through the lantern-lit streets of German Village to visit local businesses for holiday specials and treats! There will also be special markets, a visit from Santa and more!

5:00 PM – Frozen Princess Holiday Ball of Columbus at The Shops at Worthington Place – this event will include music, your favorite Frozen 2 characters, story time and a holiday sing along. There will be a holiday ball with all of the characters and visits with Mrs. Claus. Tickets available online through Friday.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Wildlights takes place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM to close and features millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

5:00 PM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory decorated for the holidays! This year is the biggest show yet and extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! This nightly event runs from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

5:30 PM – WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio at National Trail Raceway – this new event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! The show happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights is celebrating 20 years with 30 new displays this year! This drive through light show is 3 miles long and features 160 light displays! The show runs rain or shine, November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Sunday – Thursday and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday.

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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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio November 22-24, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 70 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

As we head into the upcoming holidays, take a look at our 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions to start marking your calendar for holiday fun! Planning ahead? Check out 93 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

12:00 AM – Santa’s Mailbox in Upper Arlington – beginning Friday through December 15, drop a letter in this mailbox for santa to get a letter back! 

7:00 AM – Letters To Santa in Grandview Heights – drop a letter in the mail to Santa and he will send you a letter back! Check the link for locations in Grandview.

9:00 AM – Play with Purpose at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – bring in a donation of new hats, gloves or scarves for the Good Tidings Winter Wear store at SON Ministries through December 6 and get 50% off regular priced admission to Tree of Life Play + Cafe.

9:00 AM – It’s a Wonderful Window Contest in Old Worthington – visit the retailers of Old Worthington to view the holiday-themed store windows that will be on display through the new year!

9:00 AM – Bubbles the Elf at Grandview Heights Public Library – drop into the library for a free activity each day!

10:00 AM – The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio – buy delicious baked goods and their famous pumpkin rolls at this fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio! There will also be food for sale as well including sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and more!

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a half mile walk with your child to discover nature! Ages 1-4.

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – see several model train displays at COSI throughout the weekend! This display is included with membership or regular admission.

10:00 AM – Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center – drop in for a free Open Gym time at the rec center!

10:00 AM – Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – get your photo taken with Santa during mall hours from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (1:30 PM – 6:00 PM on Sunday).

11:00 AM – Preschoolers: Oh Deer! at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – kids ages 3-5 can learn about white-tailed deer! (A second time is available at 1:00 PM.)

1:00 PM- Preschoolers: Oh Deer! at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – kids ages 3-5 can learn about white-tailed deer!

1:00 PM – Toddler Time with Fine Motor Friday at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – during this time there will be fine-motor activities on display for your toddler to play! Puzzles, sorting, pre-handwriting activities and more!

3:30 PM – Open Gaming at Bexley Public Library – kids ages 8-18 can drop in for video games on the big screen, Minecraft, board games, card games and more!

4:00 PM – Family Night Fridays at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – for $30 enjoy a family pass to the play area and a large 1 tipping pizza and a drink pitcher.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Wildlights takes place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM to close and features millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

5:00 PM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory decorated for the holidays! This year is the biggest show yet and extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! This nightly event runs from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

5:30 PM – WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio at National Trail Raceway – this new event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! The show happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights is celebrating 20 years with 30 new displays this year! This drive through light show is 3 miles long and features 160 light displays! The show runs rain or shine, November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Sunday – Thursday and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday.

6:00 PM – Night at the Nature Center at Battelle Darby Metro Park – this special event is open to kids of all ability levels. There will be nature activities, hot horologe, live animals, cookie decorating and more. This is a free event, register online.

6:30 PM – 21st Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center – this holiday event will feature the official lighting of the 56 digital Christmas tree, Santa’s arrival and more!

7:00 PM – Friday Nights Unlimited Pizza Skate at Skate Zone 71 – family skate is available from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM for $10/person. That includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza!

7:00 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. at Abbey Theater – join CATCO is Kids for a local performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. There are 5 performances throughout the weekend and tickets are available online.

7:45 PM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – after Santa’s arrival earlier in the eventing, you can get a family photo with Santa for $5 or take your own photo! You can reserve your spot online!


A BIG thank you to WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, will be coming to National Trail Raceway in Hebron this holiday season!

This family-friendly event will feature a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a favorite of children of all ages) three enchanting tunnels of light will illuminate the night! Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

This dazzling Christmas display will be offered rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5! The cost of admission is affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! You can also purchase a “Carload Pass” for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30!

Learn more at www.christmasinohio.com!


SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Play with Purpose at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – bring in a donation of new hats, gloves or scarves for the Good Tidings Winter Wear store at SON Ministries through December 6 and get 50% off regular priced admission to Tree of Life Play + Cafe.

9:00 AM – The Thanksgiving Market at Bridge Park – this outdoor market will have a Thanksgiving theme! 

9:00 AM – Inclusion Saturdays! at Get Air Pickerington – private hours are available on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month for children with special needs to play!

9:00 AM – Christmas Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this open house will include hot chocolate and cookies, visits with the Grinch, ornament painting, and Christmas trees!

9:00 AM – Bubbles the Elf at Grandview Heights Public Library – drop into the library for a free activity each day!

9:30 AM – Friendsgiving Pancake Party at piccadilly – this fun morning will include a pancake breakfast, a selfie station, crafts for the kids, card making and more! Pancakes will be gluten free. Register online.

10:00 AM – Lancaster Christmas Parade – the theme of this year’s parade is “The Magic of a Homespun Holiday”. There will be vehicles, floats, marching bands, animals and more! 

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get a family photo with Santa for $5 or take your own photo! You can reserve your spot online!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – see several model train displays at COSI throughout the weekend! This display is included with membership or regular admission.

10:00 AM – Buckeye TRAIL-gate Party! at Blendon Woods Metro Park – take a 1.5 mile nature hike, enjoy hot dogs over the fire and play yard games!

10:00 AM – Step-by-Step Painting at The Ashford on Broad – paint a 9X12 canvas for $5/person. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You must pre-register.

10:00 AM – Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – get your photo taken with Santa during mall hours from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (1:30 PM – 6:00 PM on Sunday).

10:45 AM – Kid-Fun-Club at Worthington Farmers Market – drop your child off at Paulettes Palace and Production during the Worthington Indoor Farmer’s Market for an hour of singing, dancing, crafts, story time and more! There will be visits from your favorite characters. You must register in advance. 

11:00 AM – Brunch with the Famous Snowman at Dave & Busters Polaris – enjoy a brunch buffet and meet and greet with your favorite snowman! There will also be crafts, arcade games, a hot cocoa station, face painting and more! Tickets are available online. Kids 2 and under are free.

11:00 AM – Saturday Storytime at Barnes & Noble – enjoy a free Frozen 2 story time featuring two books about the new movie!

11:30 AM – Free MEALS for KIDS! at Hilltop YMCA – free meals will be available for kids until 12:30 PM.

1:00 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. at Abbey Theater – join CATCO is Kids for a local performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. There are 5 performances throughout the weekend and tickets are available online.

1:00 PM – Santa and Grinch Pictures at HTH Farm Market – pictures with Santa and the Grinch is an annual fundraiser benefiting Hope Thru Housing! There will be hot cider and hot chocolate and the game will be aired in the market.

2:00 PM – LEGO Frozen 2 Build Event at Barnes & Noble – sign up for this event where kids can build a castle from Frozen 2 to take home! Ages 8-12.

3:00 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. at Abbey Theater – join CATCO is Kids for a local performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. There are 5 performances throughout the weekend and tickets are available online.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Wildlights takes place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM to close and features millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

5:00 PM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory decorated for the holidays! This year is the biggest show yet and extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! This nightly event runs from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

5:30 PM – WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio at National Trail Raceway – this new event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! The show happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights is celebrating 20 years with 30 new displays this year! This drive through light show is 3 miles long and features 160 light displays! The show runs rain or shine, November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Sunday – Thursday and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday.

6:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a ride through Town Center in a horse drawn carriage. Cost is $10/person, children under 15 ride for free with a paying adult. Beginning today, these rides will be available Fridays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

SUNDAY:

9:00 AM – Toddler Time! at Get Air Pickerington – kids under 46 inches are welcome to jump during these special hours (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM).

9:00 AM – Play with Purpose at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – bring in a donation of new hats, gloves or scarves for the Good Tidings Winter Wear store at SON Ministries through December 6 and get 50% off regular priced admission to Tree of Life Play + Cafe.

9:00 AM – Kids Yoga & Storytime at Cover to Cover Bookstore – join GoYoga for games, storytelling and physical activities. $10/child, ages 5-8.

9:00 AM – Bubbles the Elf at Grandview Heights Public Library – drop into the library for a free activity each day!

10:00 AM – Snow Queen Brunch& Roller Skating at Skate Zone 71 – enjoy a breakfast buffet with your favorite princesses and characters! Tickets required.

10:00 AM – Christmas Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center – this open house will include hot chocolate and cookies, visits with the Grinch, ornament painting, and Christmas trees!

10:00 AM – Model Railroad Days at COSI Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! – see several model train displays at COSI throughout the weekend! This display is included with membership or regular admission.

11:00 AM – Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble (Dublin) – enjoy a story time for children 0-24 months old. There will be a story and sensory activities. This week’s book features Big Bird! 

11:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – get a family photo with Santa for $5 or take your own photo! You can reserve your spot online!

12:00 PM – Sparkle Night at The Shops at Worthington Place – this holiday event features the arrival of Santa led by a marching band, a mall-wide elf hunt (complete the search and get a prize!), mini family photo sessions, gingerbread house making (register in advance), holiday crafts, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, a performance by Mr. Grinchy, hot cocoa bar, free photos with Santa, meet and greet with The Snow Queen and more!

1:00 PM – Kids Holiday Gift Shop at Healthy New Albany – kids can shop for family and friends with the help of volunteers! No registration required.

1:00 PM – Wild Kratts Live 2.0 – Activate Creature Power! at the Palace Theatre – join CAPA for this family friendly performance by the Kratt Brothers! Tickets available online.

1:00 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. at Abbey Theater – join CATCO is Kids for a local performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. There are 5 performances throughout the weekend and tickets are available online.

2:00 PM – Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at New Albany Market Square – Santa will arrive at 2:00 PM, there will be free holiday treats, food trucks, live entertainment and performances, kids’ crafts, horse and carriage rides, bounce houses, balloon twisting and an official lighting of the tree around 5:30 PM.

2:00 PM – Holiday Lights Open House at Art Garden Academy – drop in during Gahanna’s Holiday Lights to paint a Winter Penguin for $5. 

3:00 PM – Holiday Lights Celebration in Gahanna – – this family friendly holiday celebration includes a reindeer petting zoo, pony rides, story times, tree lighting, the arrival of Santa by firetruck, strolling mascots, a market, giant snow glob, live performances and much more!

3:00 PM – Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center – take a ride through Town Center in a horse drawn carriage. Cost is $10/person, children under 15 ride for free with a paying adult. These rides will be available Fridays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturdays 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Sundays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

3:00 PM – Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. at Abbey Theater – join CATCO is Kids for a local performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. There are 5 performances throughout the weekend and tickets are available online.

5:00 PM – Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Wildlights takes place at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM to close and features millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

5:00 PM – Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory – visit the Conservatory decorated for the holidays! This year is the biggest show yet and extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! This nightly event runs from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

5:30 PM – WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio at National Trail Raceway – this new event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! The show happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 15 to January 5 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

5:30 PM – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights is celebrating 20 years with 30 new displays this year! This drive through light show is 3 miles long and features 160 light displays! The show runs rain or shine, November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Sunday – Thursday and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday.

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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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We’re never at a loss for things to do around here and the Holiday events in Columbus do not disappoint!

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 Holiday Spirit, here are 7 holiday and Christmas events around Columbus that are guaranteed to put you in a festive mood!

Here are 7 of the Most Festive Holiday Events in Columbus Ohio:

1. Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Lights at Franklin Park Conservatory, Conservatory Aglow, Columbus, Ohio

Dates: November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Hours: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, Oh 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory, Conservatory Aglow

Franklin Park Conservatory does not disappoint when it comes to creating a festive atmosphere! Conservatory 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. Also, make sure not to miss the gingerbread competition and rotating railroad!

Stockings hung at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

This year is the biggest show yet and it extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

Trees at Franklin Park Conservatory, Conservatory Aglow


2. Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

Trees at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

family at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Dates: November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020
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

Trees at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

In my opinion, Wildlights gets better every year! This is one of our favorite holiday events in Columbus! This year there are more lights than ever and the season includes special visitors and performances. Walk through the zoo and enjoy millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

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!

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, tree


3. WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio

car driving through a lit tunnel at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

Dates: November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Hours: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: 2650 National Road SW, Hebron, OH 43025
More Info: WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio Opens This Weekend!

“WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is housed at National Trail Raceway in Hebron this holiday season!

kids in car at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

This family-friendly event will feature a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a favorite of children of all ages) three enchanting tunnels of light will illuminate the night!

cars in line at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

snowflakes in a field at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

This event happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays! The cost of admission is $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! You can also purchase a “Carload Pass” for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30!

4. The Nutcracker

Ohio Theatre, The Nutcracker, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Theatre, The Nutcracker, Columbus, Ohio

Dates: December 13 – 28, 2019
Hours: Performances happening Wednesday through Sunday
Where: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus, Oh 43215
Tickets: See ticket info here.

Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, The Nutcracker

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 last 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!

Orchestra Pit at Ohio Theatre, The Nutcracker


5. State Auto Christmas Corner

Nativity scene, Bethlehem, State Auto, Columbus, Ohio  Nativity Scene, 3 wisemen, State Auto, Columbus, Ohio

Dates: December 3, 2019 – January 1, 2020
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.

Nativity Scene, Mary and Joseph, at State Auto, Columbus, Ohio

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. Official Lighting is Tuesday December 3 including a performance by the Columbus Children’s Choir. On Friday and Saturday nights 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.

Nativity Scene at State Auto, Columbus, Ohio


6. Holiday Lights in Downtown Columbus

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

Dates: November 21, 2019 through early January 2020
Hours: Dusk until 11:00 PM
Where: Columbus Commons, the Lazarus Building and the Scioto Mile
More Info: CDDC Website

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

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.

Winterfest takes place this year at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, December 7, 2019 and you can visit the Lazarus Santa’s Workshop from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM on that same day for photos with Santa, crafts, face painting and more!

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons


7. Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Dates: November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Where: Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds, 3311 South Old State Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is an annual holiday 3 mile drive thru light show, with over 140 LED brilliant light displays you can see in the comfort of your own car.

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.


What are you favorite Columbus holiday traditions?

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