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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, February 28-March 1, 2020

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:45 AM – We Joy Sing Drop in Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a music class featuring music-based play! Ages 1-23 months.

10:00 AM – Tots on the Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – take a slow-paced half mile walk through the woods. Ages 4 and under.

10:00 AM – First Responder Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – throughout the month of February, First Responders will receive free admission and their immediate family members will receive $10 single day admission tickets. First Responders must present proof of employment. See the link for the list of qualifying professions. 

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 – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is Abominable. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

10:30 AM – We Joy Sing Drop in Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a music class featuring music-based play! Ages 2-4 years.

11:00 AM – Preschoolers: Woodpeckers in Winter at Battelle Darby Nature Center – kids ages 3-5 can learn all about woodpeckers!

11:00 AM – 2020 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center – the Home and Garden Show takes place through March 1, 2020 an includes how-to sessions, cooking demos, celebrity appearances, kids activists, indoor gardens and more!

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

1:00 PM – Preschoolers: Woodpeckers in Winter at Battelle Darby Nature Center – kids ages 3-5 can learn all about woodpeckers!

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 topping pizza and a drink pitcher.

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!

SATURDAY:

7:00 AM – Leap of Love Event to Benefit Ronald McDonald House at Just Love Coffee Cafe – celebrate the grand opening of the new cafe Just Love Coffee Café! A portion of the proceeds during this day will go to Ronald Mcdonald House Charities of Central Ohio. There will be prizes, games a raffle and more!

8:00 AM – Cheryl’s 2020 Bake Sale! at Westpointe Plaza Shopping Center – shop this annual sale for up to 75% off retail prices! The first 50 customers in line will receive a free gift! 

9:00 AM – Roller Skating Lessons at Skate Zone 71 – walk-in for skating lessons for all skill levels! Fisher Price skates are available for kids. Adults are welcome too!

10:00 AM – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is Abominable. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

10:00 AM – First Responder Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – throughout the month of February, First Responders will receive free admission and their immediate family members will receive $10 single day admission tickets. First Responders must present proof of employment. See the link for the list of qualifying professions.

10:00 AM – MakerX 2020 at The Lausche Building at Ohio Expo Center – this is a free event that features creating with technology. There is an extensive list of exhibitors including VR games, hands on experiences, robots, video games, 3D printing and more! Parking is $5.

10:00 AM – Maple Sugar Time at Blendon Woods Metro Park – see a demonstration of maple syrup making in the Sugarbush Day Camp area.

11:00 AM – 2020 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center – the Home and Garden Show takes place through March 1, 2020 an includes how-to sessions, cooking demos, celebrity appearances, kids activists, indoor gardens and more!

12:00 PM – STEMfest! at  The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – this is a free event at The Works in Newark featuring hands on STEM opportunities! This event is geared toward middle and high school students.

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

1:00 PM – Bon AppéCreek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – feed worms, crickets and more to the fish  in the living stream!

3:00 PM – Lego Club Westland at Westland Area Library – kids in grades K-6 can work individually or in teams to complete a LEGO challenge!

3:00 PM – Leap into Leap Day at Grove City Library – enjoy a story and fun activities including creating your own stuffed frog. You must register in advance for this event!

3:00 PM – Dough Day In The Kafé at Dublin Toy Emporium – play with edible play dough and take home your creations. Reserve your spot in advance. See link for pricing options.

6:00 PM – Princess & Pirate Night at East Side Grace Brethren Church – this event includes activities for the whole family like dancing, face painting, games, food, prizes and more! 

7:00 PM – Night at the Museum at the Ohio History Center – advanced tickets are required for this event where the exhibits will come to life after dark! Meet figures from history and have them sign an autograph book! 

SUNDAY:

8:00 AM – St. Mary Magdalene Media Sale at St. Mary Magdalene – shop for children’s and adult books, CD’s, DVD’s, records, board games, puzzles and more! 

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

10:00 AM – Kids Dream Family Film Series at Marcus Theaters – see a family-friendly movie for just $3/ticket. This weekend’s movie is Abominable. Click the link for a special deal where you can get your tickets for free! Showings are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM at Marcus Pickerington and Marcus Crosswoods.

10:00 AM – First Responder Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus – throughout the month of February, First Responders will receive free admission and their immediate family members will receive $10 single day admission tickets. First Responders must present proof of employment. See the link for the list of qualifying professions.

11:00 AM – 2020 Dispatch Home & Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center – the Home and Garden Show takes place through March 1, 2020 an includes how-to sessions, cooking demos, celebrity appearances, kids activists, indoor gardens and more!

12:00 PM – STEMfest! at  The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology – this is a free event at The Works in Newark featuring hands on STEM opportunities! This event is geared toward middle and high school students.

1:00 PM – Skunk Cabbage at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – go off trail to look for these spring wildflowers! All ages.

1:00 PM – Author Visit: Rajani LaRocca at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – meet author Rajani LaRocca and celebrate her debut book Midsummer’s Mayhem, recommended for ages 8-12 years. 

2:00 PM – Go WILD Kids Club: Frogs, Toads & Salamanders, Oh My! at Sharon Woods Metro Park – kids ages 5-12 can learn about amphibians and meet some animal ambassadors. Held in the Spring Hollow Lodge.

2:00 PM – Free Family Fun Day! at SOS of Ohio Spay & Neuter Clinic – Shelter Outreach Services – celebrate their new location with animals, games, prizes, auctions and more!

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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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10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions

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These are 10 Holiday and Christmas events we make sure not to miss every year! If you’re looking to start some family-friendly Christmas traditions around Columbus, start here!

Every year I feel slightly overwhelmed by all of the Holiday events I really don’t want to miss. A few years ago, I sat down and wrote them out on a calendar. And THAT is pretty much where the idea for this blog began! 😉

Now we’ve come full circle and, though there are probably hundreds of holiday events going on around Columbus, today I am sharing 10 things my family loves doing at Christmastime in Columbus!

Here are 10 of our favorite family-friendly Christmas Events in Columbus!

1. Village Lights

Village Lights, German Village, Columbus, Ohio

Hands down, this is my favorite Columbus tradition of the entire year. Wow, did I really just say that? I did. I look forward to this probably more than anything else. I honestly don’t know how much my kids like it, but there are free cookies and hot chocolate, so I haven’t heard any complaints!

The streets of German Village are lit with luminaries and restaurants, shops, and even a few private homes along the route are open late with special deals, free goodies and live music! Designated parking areas and shuttles are available.

When: December 8, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: throughout German Village

2. Wildlights

wild lights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

You have to see Wildlights! The light shows are spectacular and the zoo becomes an (even more) magical place for about 6 weeks leading up to New Year’s Day! The first time we ever attempted to go to Wildlights, there was so much traffic that by the time we got there it was too late for my 1 yr old and we just drove right on by the entrance and back on home!

Weekends are very busy, so if you can, I suggest trying a week day evening and arriving before 5:00 PM! If you’re a member, you can also avoid the crowds by catching the Member Preview held in mid November.

When: November 16 , 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) (Wildlights begins at 5:00 PM)
Where: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

3. Conservatory Aglow (Formerly Merry and Bright)

conservatory aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

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 beautifully (that goes without saying)!

There are lights throughout inside and outside and it’s breathtaking! During this season, Franklin Park Conservatory is open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season!

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

New in 2019, decorations will expand into the Grand Mallway. This year there will be a Special Engagement Admission Rate for this event and members will receive half off these rates. See the link for details.

When: November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Rotating railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory

4. Bicentennial Park

christmas lights on the scioto mile, bicentennial park, columbus, Ohio

Throughout the holiday season, the Scioto Mile is awash in light – Christmas lights, that is! Taking place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, is WinterFest. it will include live performances and food trucks, as well as seasonal ales and cocktails. The park will be full of lights beginning November 21st!

When: November 21, 2019 through Early January 2020
Where: 233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

Christmas lights at Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile

5. Columbus Commons and the Lazarus Windows

Christmas Lights at Columbus Commons

When you’re at Bicentennial Park, make plans to walk a few blocks to Columbus Commons where the park will be filled with holiday displays and lights! Just across the street (at the corner of High and Town) in the old Lazarus building, the windows will be filled with scenes from the 12 Days of Christmas! On December 7, 2019 there will be a free Santa’s Workshop at the Lazarus Building!

When: Late November through early January from dusk until to 11:00 PM
Where: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

6. Huntington Holiday Train

Huntington Train at Main Library, Columbus, Ohio

Main Library is home to the Huntington Holiday Train and every year this amazing display is set up during the holiday season! The library typically begins set up of the train in mid November and it is usually up through New Years!

When: Mid November, 2019 – Early January, 2020
Where: 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

Holiday Train at Main Library in Columbus, Ohio

7. Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

holiday train at Ohio History Center

If you happen to have kids that like trains, there is a also holiday train set up at the Ohio History Center. Granted, it’s not quite as elaborate as the Huntington Train, but since we’re members at Ohio History Center, this one is still a no-brainer for me and two boys who love trains! We don’t miss it! F

or two weekends in December, Ohio Village will host Dickens of a Christmas where you can celebrate Christmas in the 19th century with Victorian crafts, snacks, caroling and more!

When: Late November – Early January
Where: 800 E. 17th. Ave., Columbus OH 43211

Holiday Train at Ohio History Center

8. Think Outside the Brick

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

This exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art isn’t necessarily holiday themed, but it is definitely a holiday tradition in Columbus! If you have kids on Christmas break, this would be a great reason to take them to the Art Museum!

The LEGO replica of Columbus is awesome and we love to visit at this time! There are usually blocks for free building in the Big Idea Gallery, too!

Admission is free on Sundays and on Thursday nights you “pay what you want” from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM!

When: November 23, 2019 – January 17, 2020
Where: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Think Outside the Brick LEGO exhibit at Columbus Museum of Art

9. Easton

Christmas Tree at Easton Town Center

We always enjoy going to Easton at Christmastime – and not just to do our Christmas shopping! There is a life-sized nativity and a humongous Christmas tree (an all-new, 56 ft tree covered in 28, 680 RGB LED’s arrived in 2017!)!

There are carriage rides, live music performances and the lighting ceremony takes place on November 22, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM and includes a parade, a fireworks show, a visit from Santa and more!

Nativity at Easton Town Center

When: beginning November 16, 2018
Where: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219

10. State Auto Christmas Corner

State Auto Christmas Corner Nativity Display, Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Christmas Corner is something we love to do close to Christmas Eve! You can walk through a life-sized nativity following the Christmas story! The Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM.

There are choirs scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23rd and free hot chocolate (donations accepted!) will be available on those evenings!  There are ample parking lots designated for viewing this display!

wiseman at State Auto Christmas Corner in Downtown Columbus

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 through Christmas Day when baby Jesus is placed in the manger.
Where: 518 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

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