Columbus Ohio Christmas Festivities

You’ll never find the Columbus Ohio Christmas Festivities boring!

With all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for that special day – right up to the festivities before – Christmas in Columbus is a wonderful time for all! A season of giving, of hope, of love, and sharing… may this be your best holiday season ever!


Columbus Ohio Christmas Festivities

16th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Date: November 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM on Town Square
Location: Easton Town Center, Town Square, Columbus, OH

Join us for our 16th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Help us celebrate the simple and unexpected joys of Christmas with entertainment that will involve, engage and surprise.

Watch children’s eyes sparkle as Santa arrives, along with a special guest, to illuminate Easton’s 50-ft Christmas tree and a breathtaking display of lights!

Cap the evening’s festivities with a visit to Easton Station for photos with Santa, along with extra surprises along the way. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season, and it’s only at Easton!

Photos with Santa
Dates: November 21-December 24, 2014 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Location: in Easton Station Building

Have your photo taken with Santa in the Easton Station Building, or take a candid pic with your own camera! Your first 5×7 is only $5! Photos begin after the Holiday Lighting Ceremony on November 21.

After the Lights Come On…
Many retailers and restaurants will keep the festivities going after the lighting ceremony. Stay tuned for a list of activities to experience the evening of November 21!

Cedarville University Christmas Concert

The Music department proudly presents the annual Christmas Concert. This event is free and open to the public for audiences of all ages who enjoy Christ-Centered musical entertainment.

Date: December 7, 2014 from 6:00PM – 7PM

Location: Campus Facility, Dixon Ministry Center chapel, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, OH

Dickens of a Christmas

Dates: December 12. 13, 19, and 20, 2014 from 6-9PM; December 21, 2014 from Noon-5PM
Location: Ohio Village is located at I-71 and 17th Ave. (Exit 111) in Columbus, Ohio
Admission $12/adult, $9/youth (6-12); $10/Ohio History Connection adult member, $7/Ohio History Connection youth member (6-12); and FREE/child (5 and under). Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 800-686-1541 or at the door or click here to buy tickets online

Join us in the village as the spirit of Dickens comes to life! Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas transforms Ohio Village into a Victorian wonderland. Come enjoy crafts, decorations, caroling, cooking demonstrations and samplings and many more Victorian holiday traditions inspired by Dickens’ colorful tales.

Click here for a schedule of events.

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Gahanna’s Holiday Lights Parade and Celebration!

Date: November 23, 2014 starting at 5PM
Location: Gahanna, OH

Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying one of the largest evening illuminated holiday events in Ohio! The Holiday Lights Parade and Celebration is complete with floats, marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus.

The parade steps off at 6 pm (heading West on Granville/SR 62–then marches north on Mill St.). Santa will arrive at Creekside Plaza at approximately 6:30 pm for the Tree Lighting. Enjoy live music, food vendors and fun for everyone!

Enter the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau’s second annual Gingerbread House Competition, open to families, groups, businesses and individuals. Prizes are awarded in multiple categories. Entries may be dropped off at the Gahanna CVB (167 Mill St. Gahanna OH 43230) anytime between December 1-December 19, 2014.

Click here for more information and to download an application for the Ginger Bread Competition.

Gahanna – The Santa Race and Little Reindeer Dash

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Races: 9:00AM Little Reindeer Dash – 9:10AM The Santa Race 5k
Location: Gahanna Creekside Park, 123 Mill Street, Gahanna, Ohio

The start and finish area will take place on Mill Street at the beautiful Creekside Plaza. The top 300 finishers receive a fabulous looking custom medal. While the main event will be fun, we don’t want to forget about those Little Reindeer dashers. Each Reindeer Dash participant will receive their own colorful youth shirt, a finishers ribbon and a one of a kind gift.
Click here to register and for more information

Gahanna Holiday Character Breakfast

Date: December 13, 2014
Location: Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High Street, Gahanna, OH

The seasonal family fun continues with the popular Holiday Character Breakfast. Enjoy holiday characters, ornament crafts, face painting, storytelling and a pancake breakfast. Seating is limited for each session.
Click here for more information!

Gifts of the Craftsmen

Dates: November 9–December 23, 2014
Location: Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Grandview, Ohio

The museum’s annual holiday sale, Gifts of the Craftsmen will feature unique gifts handcrafted by over 60 artists from across the state. Holiday shoppers will find beautiful jewelry, functional pottery, wooden serving bowls and utensils, knit scarves and hats, leather accessories, handmade ornaments, greeting cards and much more.

Visit their website for more information

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Grand Illumination Ceremony With Mayor Coleman

Mayor Michael B. Coleman invites you to celebrate the holiday season and Grand Illumination of Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile!

Enjoy traditional carols, a custom light show choreographed to seasonal music, and a special appearance by Santa! In the spirit of giving, support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa will be available immediately following the ceremony.

Date:Friday, December 5, 2014; Activities begin at 5PM with the ceremony beginning at 6PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Admission: Free

Click here for more information.

Grove City Christmas Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10AM – 9PM
Location: Grove City Town Center, Grove City, Ohio

Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of holiday-themed live entertainment and activities including a parade, choral performances and the official Grove City tree lighting.

Santa Visits -Town Center Plaza – 2-7PM
Children share their wishes with the Jolly, Old Elf. Take your own photo or make a $5 donation to T.W.I.G. 184 benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital to receive one.

Charitable Donations – Park Street, southeast corner
Drop off monetary, food or personal hygiene products for the Grove City Food Pantry or a toy or gift card donation for the Firefighters holiday toy drive.

Grove City Arts Council Christmas Art Exhibit – 11AM-9PM – City Hall Council Chamber
View the annual juried art exhibit of works by local artists and cast a vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

The parade will step off at 7PM and will feature floats decorated in Christmas lights. To participate as a parade entry, contact Grove City Town Center, Inc., located at 3378 Park St., by e-mail at or by phone at 614-539-8762.

The Town Center tree lighting immediately will follow the parade.

Click here for more information.

Holiday Carriage Rides

Dates: Weekends, November 21 through December 23, 2014
Location: North District, Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio
Admission: $10.00 – Children under 15 ride free with a paying adult.
Pick Up: The pick up location has changed for 2014! You can grab a carriage ride outside of Eddie Bauer on Gramercy Street.

Click here for times rides will be available.

Holiday Easton Entertainers

Dates: November 21-December 24, 2014 throught Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH

Professional musical groups will animate Easton Town Center and provide a unique entertainment offering throughout the holiday season.

Click here for specific times and dates performers will be at Easton.

Holidays at the Conservatory – Merry & Bright

Dates: November 15, 2014–January 4, 2015 – Open until 10pm on November 19, 26, 28–30, December 3, 10, 17, 19–31 and January 1–4.
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

An annual family favorite, Merry & Bright celebrates the holiday season with elegant poinsettias and seasonal foliage, time-honored traditions like the poinsettia tree and Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of special entertainment and family activities. Visit in the evening to enjoy festive lighting throughout the Conservatory’s warm and inviting plant collections.

8th Annual Gingerbread Competition
Show off your creativity! Register in one of four categories – Youth, Teen, Adult or Family – by November 30 and deliver your completed entry on November 29 or November 30. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in each category, and patrons select a Best of Show. All entries are displayed beginning December 2, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Holidays in Powell

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014 – Free Admission
Location: Village Green Park & Municipal Building and Downtown, Powell, Ohio

Start the Holiday Season in Downtown Powell! Join the fun with a free family friendly experience that entertains everyone! Holidays in Powell celebrates its eighth season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Reindeer, Trolly Rides and more! Special activities will be planned all week and weekend!

At 5:30PM Santa Claus will light the official Community Christmas Tree!

Click here for more information.

Holiday Lights Tour by SegAway Tours of Columbus

Dates: Friday, December 5th – Tuesday, December 23, 2014: Reservations Required
Hours: Two tours offered – one at 6PM and the other at 8:15PM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio
Costs: $45.00 per rider and can accommodate up to 8 riders
Contact: Phone: 614-222-3005 or visit

SegAway Tours of Columbus will once again be offering unique gliding tours during the upcoming holiday season. The 1.5 hour tour will cruise along the Scioto Mile, over the new Rich Street & Main Street bridges, through Columbus Commons and visit State Auto’s historic Christmas display. Riders will listen to festive holiday music through their helmets while they enjoy the decorations that illuminate our capital city.

Holiday Pops

Dates: December 5 & 6, 2014 at 8PM, December 7, 2013 at 3PM
Location: Ohio Theatre, 55 E. State Street, Columbus, Ohio

A great annual Columbus tradition continues as Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in some of the season’s most-loved holiday songs and carols. Santa will also stop by to help spread holiday cheer!

Click here for more information and to obtain tickets

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Holiday Choir Performances at the Ohio Statehouse

Dates: December 4 – 19, 2014; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Week days only)
Location: Ohio Statehouse, Broad & High Streets; downtown Columbus, Museum Gallery, Ground Floor of the Ohio Statehouse

Free lunch-time concerts from Ohio musical groups will take place weekdays. Musical performances are scheduled each weekday at noon in the Crypt of the Ohio Statehouse. Residents, staff and visitors will be treated to a lunch hour concert as Ohio choirs and musical groups celebrate and sing the songs of the season. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk 2014

Event Day Schedule: Saturday, December 6, 2014, Festivities Start at 8am, Race Begins at 10am
Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus, Downtown Columbus, 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Click here to register or for more information!

North Market Holiday Open House & Craft Extravaganza

Date: Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2014
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 8AM-5PM and Sunday, Noon-5PM
Admission: Free

Enjoy a Winter Market at its finest. Enjoy holiday specials, music to put you into the holiday spirit, activities and more. Don’t forget you can also pick up your holiday tree, wreaths and accessories throughout the weekend on the plaza.

Special guests will be joining us all weekend including characters from Columbus Children’s Theatre’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and maybe even a visit from Jolly Ole St. Nick himself.

Click here for more information.

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

Date: December 2, 2014 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: The Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

The holiday season opens in Ohio with the annual holiday Statehouse event. Attend the Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting to kick off the 2014 holiday season. Holiday activities include: carolers, refreshments, model trains, community mascots and much more. Historical characters and modern dignitaries will be on hand to greet guests, including Santa himself. Free and open to the public.

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The Nutcracker – BalletMet

Dates: December 12-27, 2014
Location: Ohio Theatre, 39 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio
Admission: For more information and tickets click here

Indulge in the spirit of the holiday season with the magic and adventure of BalletMet’s The Nutcracker. You will journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to a fantasy world of the imagination. Overflowing with unforgettable characters, exquisite scenery and costumes, delightful dancing and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score played live by the Columbus Symphony, this holiday classic will enchant your entire family.

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Over the River & Through the Woods

Dates: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8pm, Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8pm, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:30pm
Location: Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229
Tickets: General admission tickets are $20

Vaud-Villities – the country’s longest running singing and dancing spectacular – is excited to present its annual holiday show, Over the River and Through the Woods. A delightfully festive one-act revue, Over the River and Through the Woods will feature sensational seasonal songs and dances that you, your friends, and your loved ones will thoroughly enjoy.

Directed by Johnny Steiner, Over the River and Through the Woods is fun, family entertainment full of the glitz and glamour you’ve come to expect from Vaud-Villities. Make Over the River and Through the Woods part of your holiday plans this year – nobody does it better than Vaud-Villities!

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Dates: November 17, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Wildlights activities operating: Sundays – Thursdays 5PM-9PM; Fridays & Saturdays 5PM-10PM
Closed: November 27, December 24 and December 25
Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 River Road, Powell, Ohio
Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Free to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium members.

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Dates: December 5 – 7, 2014
Hours: 10 am – 8 pm Friday; 10 am – 8 pm Saturday; Noon – 5 pm Sunday
Location: Ohio Expo Center, Multipurpose Building, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio

Beautiful, unique hand-crafted items will be on display at this holiday artists’ Winterfair! Contemporary and traditional crafts will include wood, painting, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal, photography and much more from artists all over the nation.

Christmas Tree Farms in and around Columbus

Alum-Polaris Tree Farm, 6520 Bale Kenyon Road, Lewis Center – (740) 548-7923
Beck’s Christmas Tree Farm, 190 Rainbow Drive, Lancaster – (740) 653-6454
Blue Spruce Tree Farm, 8448 Otterbein, Lancaster – (740) 837-9745
Cackler Family Farms, 4971 Cackler Road, Delaware – (740) 524-5311
Christmas Tree Junction, 430 Wiley Road, Delaware – (740) 363-9105
Country Cabin Trees, 3600 Wilson Road, Sunbury – (740) 832-9345
Coyle Farm, 1214 Rockmill Road, Lancaster – (740) 654-0253
Dale’s Christmas Tree Farm, 9481 Kilbourne Road, Sunbury – (740) 524-7473
Flyaway Farm, 1950 Lackey-Old State Road, Delaware – (740) 548-7355
Hessler’s Trees, 7650 Rodebaugh Road, Reynoldsburg – (614) 861-1347
Holiday Acres Tree Farm, 3905 Neff Road, Grove City – (614) 871-4444
Homestead Christmas Trees, 2551 Loudon Road, Granville – (740) 587-1345
L & R Tree Farm, 8708 Palner Road, Pataskala – (740) 927-6375
M & M Tree Farm, 4127 Loudon Street, Granville – (740) 587-3492
McGlone Tree Farm, 2323 Rt. 674, Canal Winchester – (614) 833-0039
Mr. Tree Pines, 1099 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Reynoldsburg – (614) 577-0081
Poplar Ridge Tree Farm, 3623 W. Poplar Ridge Rd. NW, Malta, OH 43758, (740) 962-4628
Prairie Run Tree Farm, 1015 Rt. 61, Sunbury – (740) 965-1427
Saum Family Farms, 4675 Hamburg Road, Lancaster – (740) 969-2058
Sharing Farm Christmas Trees, 7747 Roberts Road, Hilliard – (614) 870-7888
Taylor Tree Farm, 3720 Wilson Road, Sunbury – (740) 965-3293
Timbuk Farms, 2030 Timbuk Road, Granville – (740) 587-2178
TNT Tree Farm, 7183 Davis Road, Hilliard – (614) 876-7297
Walsh Tree Farm, 9068 Fairmount Road S.E., Newark – (740) 323-4885

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