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2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 25 Things to Find Before New Year’s Day!

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Welcome to What Should We Do Today’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt! If you’re out and about over the next two weeks, entertaining kids on winter break, doing last minute Christmas shopping or trying to squeeze in all Columbus has to offer during the holidays, here’s a list of 25 things to look for on your way! I’ve made a printable list so you can take it with you!

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Please, enjoy Columbus and have a Merry Christmas!

1. Glass Ornament Tree at Franklin Park Conservatory


2. Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory


3. Polar Express Train at Ohio History Center


4. Book Tree at Grove City Library


5. Thomas Train at Main Library


6. Larger than Life Nutcrackers outside Grove City Library


7. Nutcracker display at Grove City City Hall


8. Christmas Tree in the Lazarus Building

 


9. Nativity Scene at Easton


10. The Three Wisemen at the State Auto Christmas Corner


11. Santa on the train at Easton


12. The Holiday Tree Farm at the Think Outside the Brick Exhibit


13. Santa’s Fire Truck at Columbus Commons


14. Large glowing balls at Bicentennial Park


15. Rudolph at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo


16. “Short North Pole” sign in Short North Arts District


17. Gingerbread Carousel at KDB Easton Town Center


18. Gingerbread North Market at Franklin Park Conservatory


19. Santa’s Gingerbread Camper at The Shops at Worthington Place


20. Life-sized Playmobil Knight at Learning Express Toys


21. Christmas Tree at Topiary Park


22. An underground world at Main Library


23. A painting snowman at Polaris Fashion Place


24. “Happy Holidays” on the Nationwide Building


 25. Large Hanging Wreaths at North Market


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2 Columbus Christmas Tree Farms + Family Photos

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I think people fall into two categories: those who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving and those who are adamant about waiting until after. *Someone* in my household is adamant about waiting until after Thanksgiving before the tree goes up and Christmas music is played. So we usually get our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. BUT we did get our family photos taken by HB Photography at a Christmas tree farm in mid November, so I kind of feel like I got to cheat a little!

If you haven’t got your tree yet, I’ve got two great options for you with slightly different experiences! AND I’m going to share some of our family photos! 🙂 It’s not to late to book your own holiday session with Helen – send her a message through her website or Facebook page using the links here! These are going to make great Christmas presents! (I hope my mom isn’t reading my blog!) 😉

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I can’t give you a personal rundown about a ton of Christmas tree farms, but here’s two I’ve been to and at the end of this post, I have a link to the longest list I’ve found to date! 🙂

1. Cackler Family Farms

4971 Cackler Rd.
Delaware, OH 43015
740-524-5311

After we got our pictures taken, we explored a little bit of Cackler Farms. There was a play area for kids:

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And a lamb and miniature donkey for petting!

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You can choose and cut down your own tree! Everything you need to do so is provided by the farm!

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2. HTH Farm Market

2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
614-266-9377

For the past couple of years, we have picked out a tree at HTH Farm Market. The Market is open April through December and sells a variety of fresh produce, cheese and meats and other local products like honey, maple syrup and even some local crafts. 100% of the proceeds from the market benefit Hope Thru Housing, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center.

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There are some fun photo ops at HTH Farm Market:

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And plenty of trees to choose from!

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Really, what my kids care the most about is that they get to pick a candy cane off the tree inside the market!

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The market is right next to train tracks, so that is a plus for my train-loving kids! (Though we were advised to wait inside while it passed due to the loud whistle!)

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The first two years after Mayson was born, we ended up getting our tree in the evening and decorating it the next morning. The first year was by default. Trying to decorate that first night with a fussy baby and a 3 year old was proving wildly unsuccessful. We learned our lesson, and the next year we did it on purpose! Since the kids are up ridiculously early most days, it just made sense.

We changed things up a little bit this year. We got our tree on the day of the “incident” at OSU – though I kind of felt like delaying our plans, it turned out to be a nice way to spend the afternoon and early evening of that crazy day.

If you haven’t got your tree yet and are looking for more options, the biggest list of tree farms I have found is on This Week Community News! Through some personal contacts, I also know that Trees of Hope is donating their proceeds to an orphanage in Haiti this year.

One last thing . . . please take a minute to tell me about some of your Columbus Favorites! Click the link here to tell me and you will be entered into a GIVEAWAY for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet! Thank you so much!! 🙂

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