There are so many events to enjoy Christmas and the holiday season in Columbus, including family activities, date ideas, community tree lightings, and more. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out. More details can be found on the individual event websites. Ohio’s capital sits practically in the center of the state. This makes travel easy for residents to visit during the holidays. Both weekend and weekday activities give parents and kids an excuse to get out of the house and feel the joy that the holiday season brings. Looking for fun spots to take the kids this holiday season? We have a list of tried and true kid-approved places that are guaranteed to get you and yours in the holiday spirit! Many of these events last into the new year. Come check out the top Christmas events in Columbus that are worth sharing with the entire family. For holiday alcohol and drug rehab in Columbus you can trust, call Legacy Freedom.
Throughout the holiday season, the Scioto Mile is awash in light – Christmas lights, that is! What was previously The Grand Illumination will be replaced by Winter Fest this year! Taking place on Saturday, December 2, 2017, it will include live performers such as Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons, food trucks like Paddy Wagon and Pitabilities as well as the opportunity to purchase soup from Milestone 229 in a handmade bowl as part of the Empty Bowls initiative. The park will be full of lights beginning November 17th!
When: November 17, 2017 through early January 2018
Where: 233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus Commons at Bicentennial Park
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!
When: Late November through early January from dusk until to 11:00 PM
Where: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Franklin Park Conservatory
From December through the beginning of January, Franklin Park Conservatory hosts 50 Merry Days, an annual holiday event showcasing exquisitely themed rooms with a Christmas flair. Gingerbread house making and visits with Santa will get your family in the Christmas mood. On special Saturdays & Sundays in December kids can even make their own Christmas presents for a small charge. During 25 Bright Nights, the conservatory stays open after hours to showcase the festive decorations in a night setting and offers hot beverages around a bonfire and live entertainment.
Ohio History Center/Holiday Train
If you happen to have kids that like trains, there is also holiday train set up at the Ohio History Center. Granted, it’s not quite as elaborate as the Huntington Train, but if you are members at Ohio History Center, this one is a no-brainer for parents and kids who love trains! You don’t want to miss it!
When: Late November – Early January
Where: 800 E. 17th. Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Gardens Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and extraordinary events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated beautifully. There are lights throughout inside and outside and it’s breathtaking! From December 1-31 (except for the 24th and 25th) they are open until 9:00 PM. There will be special family-friendly activities happening all through the season.
When: November 11, 2017 – January 3, 2018: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, December: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Think Outside the Brick
This exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art isn’t even holiday themed, but it arrives in November and says goodbye in March, so in my mind it’s associated with Christmas! 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 everyone loves to visit at this time of year. 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 10, 2017 – March 2, 2018
Where: 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Can you imagine what one million twinkling lights would look like? How about three million? Families can get wild in winter with Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's own Wildlights! A nighttime spectacular filled with three million Christmas lights, the zoo illuminates everything that stands still using energy-saving LED lights. Reindeer, a diving Santa Claus at the Discovery Reef area of the aquarium, and two light shows will have your wee one’s eyes all aglow. Ice skating will be available for visitors, and skate rentals are available for $5.00.
You must 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! Waiting too long into the season can mean there will be too much traffic. If you have children, this can become a late night easily. Weekends are very busy, so, if you can, try a weekday evening and arrive before 5:00 PM.
When: November 17, 2017 – January 1, 2018 (Wildlights begins at 5:00 PM)
Where: 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
The North Market
Since 1876, North Market in Columbus has been providing locals with fresh meat and produce. Come find amazing food for your holiday feast, while enjoying extras including exclusive deals, children’s crafts and activities, and even live entertainment provides for a festive atmosphere. If your kids want to let Santa in on their Christmas list, he’ll be strolling through the market with Mrs. Claus ready to listen. On special weekends during the holiday season live reindeer visit the outdoor pavilion.
These are just some of the wonderful, magical things to do with your family throughout the holiday and new year season. Check times and dates before going to ensure you pick the best possible time to go and enjoy with your family.
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