Winter Break in Columbus Part 1: December 23-29, 2019

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This handy list of special events and activities will help keep your kiddos entertained during Winter Break in Columbus!

If you’re looking for What Should We Do This Weekend? this is the list for this week and weekend! Scroll to the end for events happening during the weekend! Otherwise, this list will help you find something to do every day of this week during Winter Break in Columbus! (See Week 2 here!)

WonderLIght's Christmas in Ohio

WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio

Ongoing events in Columbus for every day this week:

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. 

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art

Think Outside the Brick is on display through January 17, 2020 at Columbus Museum of Art! This LEGO set up shouldn’t be missed and would make a great weekend outing! Don’t forget the museum is free on Sundays! (Closed 12/24 and 12/15.)

Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt at Blendon Woods Metro Park – through January 5th, search for winter creatures hidden around the Nature Center. All ages welcome.

Visit the Holiday Train at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Main Library downtown!

School Days Off at Hilltop YMCA – kids on Winter Break can swim, play games, do crafts and more each day! $30/child if you preregister. $40 day of.

Christmas Corner at State Auto – State Auto’s Christmas Corner is lighted each night from 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Friday and Saturday night there are live performances from local choirs and musicians. Free hot chocolate is available (donations accepted)!

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! (Closed 12/24 and 12/15.)

Display at Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory

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. Closed on 12/25 and closes at 5:00 PM on 12/24.

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.

Light display at Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

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.

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. Available 12/23, 27, 28 and 29.

The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre through Saturday, December 28, 2019. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission. (No performances Christmas Day.)


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!


Road Trip Ideas for Winter Break:

Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights! at Landoll’s Mohican Castle features over 100,000 lights, a Christmas tree, holiday music and visits from Santa! This event will be $8.00 per car on Friday & Saturday nights, free Sunday-Thursday nights. This event goes on through January 5, 2020.

Winterfest opens at Kings Island on November 22 and operates select nights through December 31. . It includes ice skating, holiday characters, millions of lights, holiday shows, carolers, and the park will included 10 winter wonderlands to visit.

Clifton Mill Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving! Gates open at 5:00 every night and the display runs through New Year’s Eve!

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden features 3 million LED lights, a black-light puppet show, a train ride, Fiona’s Fairyland and more. Closed Christmas Eve evening and Christmas Day. The event runs through January 4, 2020.

Christmas at Kingwood at Kingwood Center Gardens is $5/person. Kids 12 and under are free and it is open on Thursdays through Sundays from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM through January 5, 2020. There will be a Trail of Lights, a Community Tree Walk, a greenhouse display and other festive events. 


Things to do on Winter Break (December 23 – 29, 2019):

holiday train at Main Library

Holiday Train at Main Library

Monday, December 23, 2019

8:00 AM – Mommy and Me – Candyland & Gingerbread Men Christmas Party at Sunny Street Café (Sawmill) – this event features $1 Dino Pancakes and toppings bar, games, crafts and Christmas treats!

9:00 AM – Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – get your photo taken with Santa during mall hours.

9:30 AM – Our Village: Polar Express Themed Class & PJ Party at Amelita Mirolo Barn – join FIT4MOM UA for a special Polar Express themed class and PJ party! Kids will watch the movie while the moms work out! Afterwards there will be holiday crafts, “hot” chocolate milk and other holiday goodies. Your first class is free!

10:00 AM – Santa Photos at Easton Town Center – this is one of your last chances to get a family photo with Santa for $5 or take your own photo! Reservations are full but you can still wait in line for your turn!

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.

11:00 AM – Messy Monday Afternoon at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – messy, sensory play will be available in the party room for kids to explore! This is included in the cost of open play! 

2:00 PM – Author Visit: Heather Shumaker at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – this award-winning author will visit Cover to Cover Bookstore to read from her book “The Griffins of Castle Cary” – a book for kids ages 8-12. 

2:00 PM – Open Play at KSM Sports Facility – kids can run around and get out excess energy with various sports, activities, games, toys and more! $10/person.


Christmas Corner in Columbus Ohio

State Auto’s Christmas Corner

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, Christmas Eve

6:00 AM – $5 Tuesdays at Marcus Theatres – every Tuesday (including Christmas Eve) movies are just $5 and if you’re a Magical Rewards member you can get a free complimentary-size popcorn.

8:00 AM – Mommy and Me – Candyland & Gingerbread Men Christmas Party at Sunny Street Café (Polaris) – this event features $1 Dino Pancakes and toppings bar, games, crafts and Christmas treats!

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

9:00 AM – Photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place – get your photo taken with Santa during mall hours.

3:00 PM – Christmas Eve Ceremony at Christmas Corner – the Christmas Eve ceremony includes a live performance by Alan Tyson and placing baby Jesus into the life-sized nativity.


lighted tree at Christmas in Ohio

WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, Christmas Day 

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. 

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.


Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Theatre

Thursday, December 26, 2019

10:00 AM – Little Tykes Open Play at KSM Sports Facility –  kids ages 6 months to 5 years old can play in the soft play area, with balls and games and burn off energy running around the large indoor play area. $6/kids, $3 for siblings.

11:00 AM – My First Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – this is a kid-friendly, general admission event that will be performed with the lights dimmed and last for one hour. This is perfect for younger kids and kids who would prefer a sensory-friendly environment! There will be crafts in the lobby area and a quiet area on the second floor. 


lights at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Friday, December 27, 2019

9:00 AM – Our Village: Stroller Strides Pajama Party! at Polaris Fashion Place – join FIT4MOM Columbus North for a pajama party workout and coffee date at Starbucks afterwards! Kids are welcome and your first class is free! 

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

2:00 PM – For Families: Backyard Birds at Homestead Metro Park – make a bird feeder to take home and learn how to attract birds to your own backyard.

2:00 PM – Open Play at KSM Sports Facility – kids can run around and get out excess energy with various sports, activities, games, toys and more! $10/person.

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.

6:00 PM – Night at the Nature Center at Battelle Darby Nature Center – come to the Nature center to see what animals awaken after dark in the living stream!

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!


lights at Franklin Park Conservatory's Conservatory Aglow

Conservatory Aglow – Franklin Park Conservatory

Saturday, December 28, 2019

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!

9:30 AM – Sensory Friendly Storytime at Barnes & Noble Easton – come before the store opens for a sensory activity geared towards kids on the autism spectrum or who needs a less overwhelming story time. An RSVP on Facebook is preferred.

11:00 AM – Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library – watch the movie Tangled and get a free treat. Kids 12 and under welcome.

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

1:00 PM – LEGO Design Challenge Day at Columbus Museum of Art – compete in fast-paced challenges using LEGO bricks! There will be prizes for each winning team! Included in general admission!

2:00 PM – Snow Day! (Kraft-n-Play/Stay-N-Play/Drop-n-Go) at Dublin Toy Emporium – there are several crafting options at this special event with varying levels of parent involvement, including drop off opportunities. Free hot chocolate and prizes! See link for pricing.


holiday lights at Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons

Sunday, December 29, 2019

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).

11:00 AM – Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble Dublin – this story time is perfect for kids ages 0-2 and their care giver. There will be a story and sensory activities. Adults will receive a coupon for the cafe!

1:00 PM – Harlem Globetrotters at The Schottenstein Center – watch the original Harlem Globetrotters at The Schottenstein Center.

4:30 PM – Families in the Kitchen at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna – kids and adults can create recipes together. All ages welcome. $25/person. Register in advance.


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, December 20-22, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 85 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!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

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

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!

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 – 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 – 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 – Jennifer Ellis Holiday Sing-a-long Kids Concert at Fresh Thyme Westerville – this event is free and features a sing-a-long with your favorite holiday songs, fresh snacks, instruments, bubbles and more!

10:00 AM – Christmas for the Critters at Sharon Woods Metro Park – stop in to the Spring Hollow Lodge (located at 1069 W. Main St.) to create a treat for the wildlife in the park. 

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

10:30 AM – Holiday Party! at piccadilly – this party will include crafts, snacks, games, a sing-a-long with Captain Captain from The Shazzbots and specials in the store. Kids under 1 are free.

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!

11:30 AM – Jennifer Ellis Holiday Sing-a-long Kids Concert at Fresh Thyme Worthington – this event is free and features a sing-a-long with your favorite holiday songs, fresh snacks, instruments, bubbles and more!

12:00 PM – Elf Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – search for the mischievous elves throughout the Nature Center and win a holiday-themed prize! There will be hot chocolate and crafts available, too!

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!

2:00 PM – FREE KRAFT-N-PLAY PARTY! at Dublin Toy Emporium – call to reserve your spot at this free kraft-n-play day!

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: Cookies & Claus at Polaris Fashion Place – decorate cookies with frosting and sprinkles with Santa Claus in Center Court.

5:00 PM – Uptown Holiday Ice Sculpture Tour in Westerville, Ohio – tour Uptown Westerville to see the holiday-themed ice sculptures!

5:00 PM – Christmas Corner at State Auto – State Auto’s Christmas Corner is lighted each night from 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Friday and Saturday night there are live performances from local choirs and musicians. Free hot chocolate is available (donations accepted)!

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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

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. 

7:00 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!

7:30 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.


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 – Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt at Blendon Woods Metro Park – through January 5th, search for winter creatures hidden around the Nature Center. All ages welcome. 

9:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at The Barn at Blystone Farm – this events will include pictures with Santa, face painting and a buffet. There are two seatings. 

9:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at Union County Family YMCA – have breakfast with Santa, take your pictures with him and crate a holiday craft!

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

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

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 – 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 – 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 – Mom & me Christmas Tree Bulb class at Aprons and Easels – make a duo of Christmas trees with your child. $45 for a mom and child.

10:00 AM – Santa Brunch & Skate at Skate Zone 71 – enjoy skating and a bunch with Santa, Rudolph and Frosty. Ages 2 and under are free.

11:00 AM – Jingle Mingle Event at The Shops on Lane Avenue – this free event includes photos with Santa, a giant snow globe, hot chocolate bar, cookies and carolers!

11:30 AM – Santa and the Symphony: Sensory Friendly at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts – this sensory friendly performance is no more than an hour long and will offer a more relaxed environment. Tickets available online. 

11:30 AM – Christmas Party with Mrs. Claus at peapod play cafe – this party will include free play time, dancing, cookie decorating, crafts, lunch and more! Tickets available online.

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

11:30 AM – 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. 

12:00 PM – Elf Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – search for the mischievous elves throughout the Nature Center and win a holiday-themed prize! There will be hot chocolate and crafts available, too!

12:00 PM – Sgt. Peppercorn’s Marathon 10 at The Bluestone – Sgt. Peppercorn’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will perform every Beatles song in chronological order for 12 hours! Tickets available online or at various locations.

12:30 PM – Santa & Friends Meet & Greet & Roller Skating at Skate Zone 71 – meet Santa, Rudolph and Frosty and enjoy a holly jolly skate! 

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 – Holiday Crafts at Battelle Darby Nature Center – stop into the Nature Center to make seasonal crafts with items found in nature! All ages welcome.

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 – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

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

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!

4:30 PM – Winter Solstice Hike at Clear Creek Metro Park – take a 2 mile, family-friendly hike on the shortest day of the year. There will be hot chocolate and holiday treats after the hike.

5:00 PM – Christmas Corner at State Auto – State Auto’s Christmas Corner is lighted each night from 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Friday and Saturday night there are live performances from local choirs and musicians. Free hot chocolate is available (donations accepted)!

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 – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

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 – Lantern Stroll at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a one mile stroll through the woods with a candle lantern.

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.

7:00 PM – Somali Culture Festival at Northland Performing Arts Center – this festival features live performances by poets, singers, dancers and more! There will be various Somali cultural artifacts on display and free food and drinks. Tickets available online.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt at Blendon Woods Metro Park – through January 5th, search for winter creatures hidden around the Nature Center. All ages welcome.

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

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. 

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.

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 – Elf Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – search for the mischievous elves throughout the Nature Center and win a holiday-themed prize! There will be hot chocolate and crafts available, too!

12:00 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

12:00 PM – Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate Party with the Grinch at Skate Zone 71 – skate with the Grinch! Wear your “ugly holiday sweater” to receive a discount on admission!

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 – Holiday Crafts at Battelle Darby Nature Center – stop into the Nature Center to make seasonal crafts with items found in nature! All ages welcome.

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.

3:30 PM – Cookies with Santa! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – decorate cookies and visit with Santa. Cookies are $1.50.

5:00 PM – Christmas Corner at State Auto – State Auto’s Christmas Corner is lighted each night from 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Friday and Saturday night there are live performances from local choirs and musicians. Free hot chocolate is available (donations accepted)!

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 – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

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.

7:30 PM – The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Palace Theatre – watch a performance of The Nutcracker hip hop style! 

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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, December 13-15, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 115 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!

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.

9:45 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a music-based play class for young kids! $5/child and $3/sibling. Ages 1-23 months. 

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 – 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 – 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 – Jennifer Ellis Holiday Sing-a-long Kids Concert at Fresh Thyme at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets (Gahanna) – this event is free and features a sing-a-long with your favorite holiday songs, fresh snacks, instruments, bubbles and more!

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 – 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 at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm – shop for Christmas trees, enjoy music and special activities!

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).

10:30 AM – Sounds of the Season at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy special musical performances every hour on the Lower Level by the play area. 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday. 

10:30 AM – Drop In Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a music-based play class for young kids! $5/child and $3/sibling. Ages 2-4 years.

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!

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.

5:00 PM – Christmas Corner at State Auto – State Auto’s Christmas Corner is lighted each night from 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Friday and Saturday night there are live performances from local choirs and musicians. Free hot chocolate is available (donations accepted)!

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 – 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 – 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 – Bakers Bazaar & Craft Show at Saint Mary School – shop for treats and gifts from some of Columbus’ best bakers and crafters!

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 – Author Julia DeVillers & Illustrator Rafael Rosado at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – meet the authors of the Ultra Squad graphic novels! 

6:00 PM – Festivus 2019 at 400 West Rich – celebrate Festivus with crafts for sale, music and local art! 

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School Dublin – swim together in the 90 degree pool! This is a first come first served event. Code Ninja will be the “Featured Friend” for the evening. $5/person, $15/family.

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. 

7:00 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 – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at The Wagnalls Memorial – watch a stage adaptation of the Dr. Seuss tale! There are two performances this weekend. 

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 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Palace Theatre – watch Rudolph on stage during this performance by CAPA! There are 3 performances this weekend!

7:30 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.


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 – DSHS Santa Breakfast & Craft Fair at Dublin Scioto High School – meet santa and enjoy a pancake breakfast! This event also includes games and crafts, a raffle and 60 local vendors to complete your holiday shopping. Breakfast is $5 for adults and $10 for kids (includes a printed picture with Santa).

8:00 AM – Third Way Turns Two! at Third Way Cafe – celebrate Third Way Cafe’s 2nd birthday with $2 bottomless coffee, $1 off all drinks, $5 off attire, a giveaway and Pitabilities Food Truck.

8:30 AM – Breakfast with Santa at StoryPoint – preregister for this breakfast with Santa featuring crafts, cookie decorating and more!

8:30 AM – Breakfast with Santa at Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern – have breakfast with Santa benefiting local charities. Parties of 6 or more are encouraged to make a reservation. $6/person.

9:00 AM – Christmas Open House at The Wagnalls Memorial – this event includes pancakes with Santa, crafts, games, visits with Santa, cookie decorating, singalong and a performance of Grinch Who Stole Christmas. This is a free event but donations are accepted. 

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

9:00 AM – Free Breakfast With Santa at CrossLink Community Church – enjoy a free pancake breakfast and pictures with Santa. Registration begins at 9:00 AM on site.

9:15 AM – The Polar Express Movie Weekend at COSI – watch The Polar Express on the big screen complete with cookies and hot chocolate! There will be special visitors as well!

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 – 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).

10:00 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 – 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 – 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 at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm – Visit the farm for their Christmas Shoppe, Christmas Trees, live music and more!

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

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with CJO All-Stars: Songs of the Season at Lincoln Theatre – enjoy a festive concert that’s meant to introduce your kids to jazz music! $5/person ($20/family max) includes the concert, a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

10:00 AM – Coffee with Santa at Transcend Coffee + Roastery, USA – get a treat and free pictures with Santa!

10:30 AM – Sounds of the Season at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy special musical performances every hour on the Lower Level by the play area. 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday. 

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 – Secret Santa Workshop at AR Workshop Grove City – drop your kids off for 1 hour to make holiday ornaments. $5 each. Registration required.

11:00 AM – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at The Wagnalls Memorial – watch a stage adaptation of the Dr. Seuss tale! There are two performances this weekend. 

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

11:30 AM – PBJ & Jazz with CJO All-Stars: Songs of the Season at Lincoln Theatre – enjoy a festive concert that’s meant to introduce your kids to jazz music! $5/person ($20/family max) includes the concert, a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie.

12:00 PM – Santa’s Workshop at Marysville Art League – kids can make Christmas gifts while adults shop. Donations accepted. All ages are welcome.

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 – Festivus 2019 at 400 West Rich – celebrate Festivus with crafts for sale, music and local art! 

12:30 PM – Santa is Coming to Town! at Visit Grove City – visit with Santa at the Visit Grove City office. There will be free pictures, cookies and treats! Bring a non-perishable food item to be entered into a raffle!

12:30 PM – Signs of Christmas Performance at Polaris Fashion Place – Signs of Christmas performs in American Sign Language and they will perform outside of JCPenney at Polaris Fashion Place.

1:00 PM – Read with the Horses at Stockhands Horses For Healing – all ages can stop in to read with a horse. This is a free event.

1:00 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

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 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Palace Theatre – watch Rudolph on stage during this performance by CAPA! There are 3 performances 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 – Signs of Christmas Performance at IKEA – Signs of Christmas performs in American Sign Language and they will perform at IKEA.

2:00 PM – Pop Nature Series: The Science of Star Wars at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn the science of Star Wars with crafts and activities!

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 – Coloring and Cookies! at Sycamore Plaza Library – drop in to make a craft at the library!

2:00 PM – Live Christmas Carols at HTH Farm Market – enjoy hot apple cider and live Christmas music!

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!

2:45 PM – The Polar Express Movie Weekend at COSI – watch The Polar Express on the big screen complete with cookies and hot chocolate! There will be special visitors as well!

3:00 PM – Elf the Musical Jr at Westerville Central Theatre – watch a performance of Elf the Musical, Jr. perfect for kids. The show is an hour and 15 minutes. There will be a party with Buddy and Santa after the show. Tickets are $10.

4:00 PM – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Palace Theatre – watch Rudolph on stage during this performance by CAPA! There are 3 performances this weekend!

5:00 PM – Christmas Corner at State Auto – State Auto’s Christmas Corner is lighted each night from 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Friday and Saturday night there are live performances from local choirs and musicians. Free hot chocolate is available (donations accepted)!

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 – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

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 – 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 – Family Movie Night at Pataskala Public Library – watch Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure at the library. Free popcorn and soda provided.

SUNDAY

12:00 AM – Santa’s Mailbox in Upper Arlington – drop a letter and SASE in the mailbox to get a letter back from Santa!

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

9:15 AM – The Polar Express Movie Weekend at COSI – watch The Polar Express on the big screen complete with cookies and hot chocolate! There will be special visitors as well!

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. 

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 – Christmas at the Market at Lynd Fruit Farm – Visit the farm for their Christmas Shoppe, Christmas Trees, live music and more!

10:00 AM – Brunch with Santa at Bristol Republic – bring an unwrapped, new toy for the kids at the Van Buren Family Shelter. $20/ticket for the Sunday Southern Brunch and BBQ Buffet and kids under 10 eat free. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit the local autism community. Reservations can be made online.

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 – WALK-IN To Make Holiday Ornaments at AR Workshop Grove City – drop in to make a wood slice holiday ornament. $5 each.

12:00 PM – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

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!

12:00 PM – Festivus 2019 at 400 West Rich – celebrate Festivus with crafts for sale, music and local art! 

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!

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!

2:45 PM – The Polar Express Movie Weekend at COSI – watch The Polar Express on the big screen complete with cookies and hot chocolate! There will be special visitors as well!

3:00 PM – Elf the Musical Jr at Westerville Central Theatre – watch a performance of Elf the Musical, Jr. perfect for kids. The show is an hour and 15 minutes. There will be a party with Buddy and Santa after the show. Tickets are $10.

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.

5:00 PM – Christmas Corner at State Auto – State Auto’s Christmas Corner is lighted each night from 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Friday and Saturday night there are live performances from local choirs and musicians. Free hot chocolate is available (donations accepted)!

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 – The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre – – watch a traditional performance of The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre. There are several performances throughout the season. This performances has two acts with a 20 minute intermission.

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 – Winter Light Hike at Alley Park – take a self guided hike through the park to look at christmas lights. There will be hot chocolate in the nature center. 

7:00 PM – A Magical Cirque Christmas at Palace Theatre – watch a dazzling Christmas performance by Cirque performers from around the world!

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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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