What Should We Do This Weekend? November 20-22, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 12 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

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Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. Kindermusik Playdate with Kindermusik with Emily

Register in advance for this THANKFULNESS playdate on Friday at 12:45 PM! This activity is for kids ages 4 months to 4 years and includes play, song, dance and making music! 

2. WILDLIGHTS at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights happens at the Columbus Zoo from November 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021 and includes animated light displays, socially distant visits with Santa, and more! Hours are Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Friday and Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Timed tickets are required. Members do not need timed tickets before 3:00 PM.

3. Easton’s Grand Illumination at Easton Town Center

Meet and greet festive characters, start your holiday shopping, sample hot chocolate and more from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Easton! Easton’s two million lights will be lit at 7:00 PM on Friday night.


A BIG thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is back this year at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio! This family-friendly event features 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 crowd favorite) enchanting tunnels of lights 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 is open rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is super affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! OR, you can purchase a Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30! Learn more at www.wonderlightschristmas.com!


4. WonderLight’s Christmas at National Trail Raceway

This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! This drive-through Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening beginning at 5:30 PM, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are free. A Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers is available for $30.

5. Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek Campground 

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! Hours are Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Cost is $20/car during the week and $30/car on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

6. Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton Town Center

Carriage rides will take place through Easton Town Center on this Friday from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM during the Grand Illumination and on Saturdays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Sundays from from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM throughout the season. Rides are $10/person. Cash only. Children under 15 ride free with a paying adult. There will be a virtual line this year. Click the link for all the details. 

7. Westerville Farmers Market – Holiday Market

Shop for holiday dinner items, crafts and more at this holiday market on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. There will be live music and Santa will visit from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.Food trucks will be on site as well.

8. Virtual Storytime with Brian Wray and Shiloh Penfield with Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

Author Brian Wray and illustrator Shiloh Penfield will join in this virtual book reading featuring Maia and the Very Tall Wall on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Register online. 

9. Kroger Our Brands Social Social Series

Download a digital kit for everything you need to host your own virtual Friendsgiving hosted by Kroger! The kit includes printable activities, digital invitations, kid-friendly recipes and more! Join live on Saturday at 4:00 PM for cooking demos and special guest performances.

10. *Online* Pen and Tell It! Writing Workshops

Register for this virtual Pen and Tell It hosted by Thurber House! Classes last one hour and cost $20. Your registration comes with a bag of supplies that will help your budding writer participate! This is recommended for kids in grades 2-8 at takes place Sunday at 12:30 PM on Zoom. The deadline to register is Friday.

11. Card Making & Ornament Workshop at AR Workshop Grove City

Make 6 winter/holiday themed cards and 3 wood ornaments at AR Workshop in Grove City. This workshop takes place on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Register in advance. 

12. Gahanna’s Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony

You can watch Gahanna’s virtual tree lighting ceremony on Facebook Live on Sunday at 6:30 PM. There will be entertainment leading up to the lighting so tune in at 6:00 PM!

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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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 13-15, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 11 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

1. Mural Scavenger Hunt at 934 Gallery

Take the kids to explore the colorful Outdoor Gallery at 934 Gallery in the Milo Grogan neighborhood of Columbus! Download the scavenger hunt and look for details to answer the questions about each mural! Four of the murals include Augmented Reality! Even if you don’t do the scavenger hunt, the murals are lots of fun to see!

2. Take & Make Kit at Southwest Public Libraries

Beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday until supplies last, you can pick up a take home kit of “Comfort me with Coloring” coloring pages and “helpful hints” at either the Grove City or Westland Libraries.

3. Cincy Brick Show

This LEGO show at Sharonville Convention Center will feature displays, building areas and vendors. The show will take place Friday from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Tickets are $12 at the door and kids 4 and under are free. 


A BIG thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is back this year at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio! This family-friendly event features 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 crowd favorite) enchanting tunnels of lights 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 is open rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is super affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! OR, you can purchase a Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30! Learn more at www.wonderlightschristmas.com!


4. Christmas Market at Hendren Farm Market

This Christmas Market features artisans and vendors selling unique Christmas gifts, The market will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning November 13 through December 13.

5. Fall Arts & Crafts at The Five Party & Event Center

This Social Day features an open play time, refreshments and fall activities! Register for this Friday’s event that takes place from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Single child tickets are $10.

6. Schmidt’s Sausage Food Truck at West Gate Lodge

Get your Schmidt’s fix on Friday night from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Westgate Lodge. 

7. WonderLight’s Christmas at National Trail Raceway

This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! This drive-through Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening beginning at 5:30 PM, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are free. A Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers is available for $30.

8. ShOHp LOHcal Holiday Market

This Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM shop local handmade vendors at this Holiday Market at Zassy’s Taproom in Grove City. This market will happen each weekend through December 19. The market this weekend features holiday prep ideas and gifts!

9. $5.00 Skating at Skate Zone 71

On Saturday mornings in November from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM kids can skate for $5. Non-skating adults may enter at no charge. 

10. Virtual Storytime with the Creators of NO VOICE TO SMALL

This online event on Saturday at 11:00 AM is hosted by Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers showcases a virtual story time featuring the book No Voice Too Small. 

11. Minion Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

On Sunday from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM you can meet and take selfies with a Minion! Admission is $9.00 and skate rental is $4.50. 

 

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

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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!

All info has been updated as available for the 2020 holiday season!

1. Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

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

Dates: November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021
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 the show extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway and there will be a special Candy Land exhibit with a life-sized gingerbread house! There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off. You must have a pre-purchased ticket for this event.

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 10, 2020 – January 3, 2021
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! Each 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!

Reservations are required for this event. No walk up options are available. Members will need reservations beginning at 3:00 PM. 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 13, 2020 – January 3, 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: Cancelled for 2020
Hours: 
Where: Online activities available!
Tickets: 

Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, The Nutcracker

Sadly, for the first time since 1974, The Nutcracker will not be performed live this year. But that doesn’t mean you have to totally miss out on this festive tradition.

“A Nutcracker Holiday,” a free online microsite will be available from December 5-27, 2020 and will include all things Nutcracker:

  • Special videos created specifically for “A Nutcracker Holiday” including “Clara’s Nutcracker Prince” and “Dancing With the Nutcracker” geared to younger children.
  • The re-release of “Finding Clara” – a behind the scenes movie following the young dancers cast as Clara.
  • A scavenger hunt with raffle prizes
  • Coloring sheets
  • Holiday recipes
  • Holiday music

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: Early December, 2020 – January 1, 2021
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. This year there will not be any special performances or ceremonies but guests are welcome to visit with face coverings to view this special display.

My family does this each year as close to Christmas Eve as we can. On Christmas Eve, baby Jesus is placed in the manger!

Nativity Scene at State Auto, Columbus, Ohio


6. Holiday Lights in Downtown Columbus

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

Dates: Mid November 2020 through early January 2021
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.

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons


7. Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Dates: November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
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.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Cars/Minivans/SUVs: Monday-Thursday (weekday discount): $20, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $30
  • Limos, Motorhomes and Motor Coaches up to 30 people: $60
  • Buses and Large Motor Coaches: $100 

You can also buy a season pass for $60 which is good for any time the show is open during the season.

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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