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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 24-26, 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!

Don’t miss 25 Free Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio this Winter for more (and affordable) fun around Columbus!

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 for babies and toddlers $5/first child, $3 for siblings.

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Aladdin and tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

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

10:10 AM – Our Village: Wanna Build a Snowman? at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy a Frozen-themed playdate and build a snowman to take home. The playdate is free and it follows a 9:00 AM workout with FIT4MOM Columbus North.

10:30 AM – We Joy Sing Drop in Music Class at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – drop in for a music class for babies and toddlers $5/first child, $3 for siblings.

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!

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 – Winter Stargazing at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – look at the stars using telescopes and binoculars!

6:00 PM – Not-a-Full Moon Hike at Deer Haven Park – take a hike during the “new moon” and enjoy hot chocolate after the hike!

6:30 PM – Family Night Out at Goldfish Swim School Dublin – all members are free for this family swim or $5/person ($15/family) for non members! Arrive early, pool space is limited!

7:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

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

9:00 AM – Dinosaur Adventure Columbus at Greater Columbus Convention Center – – this exhibit features realistic dinosaurs that come to life, fossil crafts, obstacle courses, a baby dinosaur meet and greet, a prehistoric playground and more!

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!

9:00 AM – Mom 2 Mom Sale at Pickaway Place – shop for gently used clothing, household items, toys and more! 

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Aladdin and tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

10:00 AM – Author Visit: Brian Wray at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – enjoy a story time featuring the book Max’s Box read by the author!

10:00 AM – Preschool Story Time at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature-themed story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

10:00 AM – STEM Adventures at Kiddie Academy of Hilliard – this is a free family event featuring hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations!

10:00 AM – 2020 Winter Hike: Clear Creek at Clear Creek Metro Park – take a 1, 3 or 5 mile hike through the park. Food and drinks will be served after the hike. Donate personal hygiene products or $5 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and receive a collectors mug.

10:00 AM – STEM Adventures at Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg, OH – this is a free family event featuring hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations!

11:00 AM – Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library – watch Honey I Shrunk the Kids at the library and enjoy a free treat. Ages 12 and under.

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 – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

1:00 PM – Bison: Behind the Scenes at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – learn how the staff of the Metro Park care for the bison that live there.

1:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

2:00 PM – Warm FUZZIES!!!! at Dublin Toy Emporium – enjoy unlimited play the and a make 4 warm fuzzies. Check the link for options for stay-n-play or drop-n-go.

2:00 PM – Wildlife at the Library! With Ohio Wildlife Center at Sycamore Plaza Library – meet animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center and enjoy stores about the animal residents. Register online.

2:00 PM – Insects in Winter at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – learn how insects survive in the winter and look through leaves, logs and trees to find them!

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

3:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

5:00 PM – Parents Night Out! at Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA – drop your kids off for a night out, dinner provided! Reserve your spot in person at the YMCA.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Dinosaur Adventure Columbus at Greater Columbus Convention Center – this exhibit features realistic dinosaurs that come to life, fossil crafts, obstacle courses, a baby dinosaur meet and greet, a prehistoric playground and more!

10:00 AM – Disney’s Enchanted Tales at Marcus Theatres – see a classic Disney movie on the big screen at Marcus Crosswoods and Marcus Pickerington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! This week’s movie is Aladdin and tickets are just $6/person. Click the link for a coloring sheet – bring in the coloring sheet and receive a free complimentary-sized popcorn! There are several movie times throughout the weekend.

10:00 AM – Sensory Sunday Play Cafe at Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House – come in your PJ’s for a sleepover-themed party featuring crafts, popcorn, stories and more! All age welcome.

11:00 AM – Family Fun Day at Seventh Son Brewing – enjoy coloring, cartoons and face painting for the kids and drinks for the adults!

11:00 AM – Open Crafting Fun at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – stop in and choose a project from the large menu of craft ideas!

12:00 PM – Sunday Family Sunday at The Draft Room – enjoy free crafts for kids and beer specials for adults! Nando’s Tacos will be on site as well!

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 – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

1:00 PM – Kids Skate Free Sunday at United Skates of America – Refugee Rd. – get free admission for kids 14 and under with the ticket provided at the link. Skate rental is extra.

2:00 PM – 2020 Winter Hike: Inniswood at Inniswood Metro Gardens – take a 1, 3 or 5 mile hike through the park. Food and drinks will be served after the hike. Donate personal hygiene products or $5 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and receive a collectors mug.

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

3:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

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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 January 17-20, 2020, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend

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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 including Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Don’t miss 25 Free Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio this Winter for more (and affordable) fun around Columbus!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:45 AM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

10:00 AM – Seasons and Stories! at Rocky Fork Metro Park – listen to stories by the fire! Ages 1-8. Warm beverages provided.

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

11:00 AM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

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 – Building with Blocks at Grove City Library – drop in to build with blocks of all kinds and sizes! All ages welcome.

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 – January Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – drop the kids off for pizza, play, games and a craft! $30 for the first child. Siblings are $20. Call to register.

6:30 PM – Family Friendly Lantern Hike at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – all ages are welcome to take a 1.5 mile lantern-lit hike.

7:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

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 – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

SATURDAY:

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 – Preschool Story Time at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature-themed story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

10:00 AM – Columbus Fairytale Ball at NOAH’S Event Venue – meet your favorite princesses at the ball that includes singing, dancing, crafts, a candy buffet, stories, games and more! Purchase tickets online.

10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Special: Arctic Animals at Granville Public Library – enjoy stories and songs about arctic animals. Ages 3-5 and their siblings welcome.

11:00 AM – Hawaiian Luau at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy a tropical oasis and make a Hawaiian lei! The Manivic’s Dance Company will perform at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Included with membership or admission.

12:00 PM – 2020 First Responder Face-Off at The Schottenstein Center – watch an exciting face-off between Columbus Fire Hockey and Columbus Police Hockey! There will be first responder displays, a performance by the Columbus Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, contests 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 – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

1:00 PM – Bon AppéCreek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – feed the fish in the living stream inside the Nature Center!

1:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

2:00 PM – Middle Grade Book Club at Beanbag Books – students in grades 5-8 can join in on a discussion of the book Words on Fire. There will be snacks and an activity.

2:00 PM – Happy Birthday Martin at Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library – this birthday celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. will feature storyteller, Lyn Ford.

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

3:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

4:00 PM – Forts, Fire & Fun at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – build a lot and a fire in the natural play area. Ages 4-15.

6:00 PM – Family Movie Night at Pataskala Public Library – this free movie night will feature a screening “Abominable”. There will be free popcorn and drinks. Wear your pajamas!

SUNDAY:

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 – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

1:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

2:00 PM – Dice and Doughnuts at Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House – play a game and enjoy donut specials from Tupelo! Feel free to bring your own game!

2:00 PM – Teeth, Jaws, and Claws at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – Dale Gnidovec from OSU’s Orton Geological Museum will be talking about “The Carnivorous Dinosaurs and Why Birds Are Dinosaurs.” All ages are welcome.

2:00 PM – Tracks and Signs at Blendon Woods Metro Park – take a 2 mile hike to look for animal tracks and signs. All ages.

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

3:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

3:00 PM – Frozen Fun at the Palace at Paulettes Palace & Productions – enjoy a Frozen-themed palace, dress up, singing and dancing, stories, crafts, a grande coronation and more! Ages 3.5 – 7. Register in advance!

MONDAY (Martin Luther King Jr. Day):

9:00 AM – School’s Out Camps at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids Kindergarten and up can spend the day enjoying an outdoor activity, forest free play, snack and more on their day off of school. Register online.

9:30 AM – Calling All Kids: Critter Scene Investigation at Three Creeks Metro Park – investigate and solve wildlife mysteries at Crooked Alley KidSpace.

10:00 AM – Free Admission to the Columbus Zoo – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be free on Monday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Parking is $10 or free for members.

10:00 AM – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Ohio History Center – Ohio History Center will be open for special hours on MLK Jr. Day! Enjoy special programing focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life and legacy from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration at Worthington United Methodist Church – enjoy a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this community celebration featuring local artists. There will be a luncheon following. Canned food items are being requested to donate to the Worthington Resource Pantry. This is a free event. 

11:00 AM – Calling All Kids: Critter Scene Investigation at Three Creeks Metro Park – investigate and solve wildlife mysteries at Crooked Alley KidSpace.

12:00 PM – MLK Day Open House at the King Arts Center – enjoy musical and live theatrical performances, learn about the civil rights movement, enjoy art activities and more at the King Arts complex. 

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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 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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