Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
Plan your holiday fun! Browse these blog posts for the best family-friendly holiday events in Columbus!
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November 18th through January 1st visit Columbus Commons from 5pm-11pm for Holiday Lights! This dazzling display of holiday lights is a must see for the season! See link for special events at Columbus Commons during the holiday season.
November 18th through January 1st take a ride through Butch Bando’s Fantasy Of Lights! This locally owned and family operated drive through light show has it all! Beautiful lights, radio station to tune into while enjoying the lights and the comfort of your vehicle while enjoying the display. Perfect for those cold winter days! See link for tickets and pricing!
November 11th through January 1st load up the car and head out for a majestic ride through WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio! 1 million LED lights synchronized to Christmas music and open every night including holidays! See link for tickets and pricing!
November 18th through January 1st visit Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for one of Central Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions. Millions of lights, holiday music and some of your favorite holiday characters are all here! See link for tickets, times and pricing.
November 19th through December 24th visit with Santa at Easton Town Center. Take a photo with your own camera or purchase one on the spot. See link for tickets times and pricing of event.
Beginning November 19th through December 23rd visit Easton Town Center for holiday carriage rides Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the season. See link for times and pricing.
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November 11th through December 23rd visit with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place. Take your own photo or purchase an optional photo. See link for times and reservations.
November 23rd through January 2nd take in the festive lights and holiday merriment at Scioto Mile Holiday Lights. The lights will be on from dusk to dawn each day!
November 21st through January 8th visit the main library in downtown Columbus to see the Huntington Holiday Train Display. This is a must see for all train lovers during the holiday season!
Help bring joy to children served by CRP and The Open Shelter by donating 5+ gently used or new toys and making holiday cheer cards. Then join our drive-thru Toy Drive Parade Dec. 17 in Worthington, where Seeds of Caring volunteers will greet your family with holiday signs, collect your donations curbside, and give you a special holiday gift!
On Saturday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Scioto Mile enjoy live music, seasonal craft beers, food trucks and activities for all ages!
Starting Saturday December 3rd visit Ohio Village for Dickens Of A Christmas! This event features a Charles Dickens vision of Christmas coming to life! There will be 19th century celebrations and activities. Meet characters from this time period too! See link for tickets, times and pricing.
Friday December 2nd The Dawes Arboretum will open its doors to the public for Winter Wonder Walks! This 1-mile walk will highlight all of nature’s splendor this time of year with the bonus of having beautiful lights filling the trees. This event requires pre registration. See link for tickets, times and pricing.
Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd starting at 6pm visit Canal Winchester Area Historical Society for dancing, magical hot chocolate bar, crafts in the schoolhouse and more! See link for times and details.
Starting Friday December 2nd Pickerington Community Theatre will be performing Disney Frozen Jr. See link for tickets, various times and pricing.
Friday December 2nd starting at 5pm visit historic Grove City for Mistletoe Market! A family friendly event featuring ice sculptures, reindeer, food trucks, shopping and more! Heart Of Grove City will also be collecting toys for their toy drive if you would like to make a donation.
Friday December 2nd Starting at 6pm visit Cover To Cover Books For Young Readers as they host Author Andra Gillum who will be presenting her book Doghouse Drama. This event takes place during the UA Winter Festival where you can also enjoy carriage rides, caroling, ice sculpting, city tree lighting, Santa and more!
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Friday December 2nd at 7pm the parade kicks off, followed by tree lighting, visit from Santa and the mayor of Grove City. See link for parade route.
Saturday December 3rd at 10am visit Pataskala United Methodist Church for a morning of letting your little ones shop for everyone on their list. Entrance to the Christmas shop is $1.00 per child. Santa will also be available for photo opportunities.
Saturday December 3rd at 11am visit Columbus Museum Of Art for a wild time featuring Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are! Where The Wild Things Are inspired Open Studio, interactive storytime, Where The Wild Things Are Theatre performances and more! See link for complete list of times, tickets and pricing. This event is included with admission to the museum.
Saturday December 3rd starting at 1pm visit the Lazarus building in downtown Columbus for Santa Extravaganza! This free event is filled with festive fun for all! Face painting, balloon animals, crafts, holiday music and more! See link for full list of details.
Saturday December 3rd starting at 4pm visit Plain City for Christmas Under The Clock. This event features a visit from Santa, holiday tree lighting, food trucks, carriage rides and more!
Saturday December 3rd at 5pm visit Inniswood Metro Gardens for hot chocolate and a walk through the twinkling lights.
Sunday December 4th at 1pm visit Wine and Canvas Columbus for an all ages painting event! See link for tickets and pricing.
Sunday December 4th at 4pm visit Downtown Hilliard for a family friendly event of tree lighting and festivities leading up to the tree lighting. See link for complete list of fun!
Sunday December 4th starting at 4pm visit North Orange Park for a celebration of the holiday season featuring Santa and Mrs.Claus, live music, hot chocolate, train rides and more! This event will also be accepting new and unwrapped toys for Delaware people in need.
Sunday December 4th at 5pm visit German Village for an evening of lights, live music, visits from Santa and his elves, shopping, storytelling and more!
Sunday December 4th at 7pm visit the Palace Theatre for a performance of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. A holiday mash-up that the whole family will love! See link for tickets times and pricing.
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*Please be aware, information is gathered from multiple community sources. Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity. Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*