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
Gifts of the Craftsmen
Dates: November 8 – December 23, 2015
Location: Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Grandview, Ohio
The museum’s annual holiday sale will feature unique gifts handcrafted by over 90 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 and greeting cards.
17th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Date: November 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM on Town Square
Location: Easton Town Center, Town Square, Columbus, OH
Join us Friday, November 20, for our 17th 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!
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 20!
North District – Horse-drawn carriage rides will again be offered during the holiday season at Easton Town Center in the North District. Rides begin November 20 after the Lighting Ceremony and run through December 23: Cost is $10 per person. Children under 15 ride free with paying adult.
Dates: Weekends, November 20-December 23, 2015
You can grab a carriage ride outside of Eddie Bauer on Gramercy Street:
Fridays: 6-10 PM
Saturdays: 6-10 PM
Sundays: 3-7 PM
Location: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio
Admission: $10.00 – Children under 15 ride free with a paying adult.
Holiday Easton Entertainers
Dates: November 20-December 24, 2015 throughout Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH
Professional musical groups will animate Easton Town Center and provide a unique entertainment offering throughout the holiday season.
VoiceQuad – Victorian caroling quartet
Yuletide Brass – Victorian brass quartet
Seasons Sax – Modern saxophone quartet
The Jingles – Male a cappella ensemble
Dates:November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Wildlights activities operating: Sundays – Thursdays 5PM-9PM; Fridays & Saturdays 5PM-10PM
Closed: November 26, 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.
Holidays at the Conservatory – Merry & Bright
Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities.
Dates: November 21, 2015-January 3, 2016
Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory. The Conservatory is open until 9PM on November 25, 27–29, December 2, 9, 16, 18–23, 26–31 and January 1 & 2.
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
9th Annual Gingerbread Competition
Start planning a gingerbread creation for this annual competition open to all ages. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in four categories: Youth, Teen, Adult and Family. Conservatory visitors vote for a Best in Show. Register by November 29, 2015
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Date: November 22, 2015
Location: Creekside District, 117 Mill St., Gahanna, Ohio
The excitement begins at 3 pm, with family-friendly events that include a live reindeer petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, games and activities for all ages, holiday carolers and more! As the sun goes down, Gahanna’s Creekside District becomes illuminated with thousands of tiny lights, exhibits, activities, food, vendors and smiling faces and a host of dazzling surprises. The appearance of Santa signals countdown to the lighting of Gahanna’s community tree.
Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
Date: December 1, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, Atrium, South Hallway and Museum Gallery, 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 2015 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.
Grand Illumination Ceremony With Mayor Coleman
Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to celebrate the holiday season with the Grand Illumination of the Scioto Mile.
Nothing captures the spirit of the season more than the sound of singing children. Traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir will fill the air as you stroll through the park and take part in a variety of holiday activities. Look for juggling elves, barnyard friends, and Clara with her Nutcracker Prince from BalletMet’s annual holiday production. Stop by the North Pole Tinkershop to create holiday crafts with Columbus Children’s Theatre, Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 2150, McKnight Outdoor Education Center, OSU Urban Arts Space, POINT, and the Recreation & Parks Arts Committee.
In the spirit of giving, attendees can support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receiving a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229. Cookies, compliments of Cheryl’s, and hot chocolate will also be available. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Join Mayor Coleman, City Council President / Mayor-elect Andrew Ginther, Recreation and Parks Director Tony Collins, and ABC 6 / Fox 28 as they flip the switch and illuminate the Scioto Mile. Following the lighting ceremony, children are invited to visit with Santa and enjoy live holiday music from the SupaFun Band– a group of merry, musical elves that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
In keeping with the city’s green initiatives, all seasonal decorations feature energy efficient LED lighting, including more than 250,000 LED lights on 150 trees. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation will come alive for the holiday season with festive video projections and illuminated spheres suspended from each of the five fountain halos. The lights will twinkle in Bicentennial Park and along the Scioto Mile until January 10, 2016.
The event is free to the public.
Complimentary parking is available at COSI. Click here to print a voucher for parking; entry between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until the lot is full.
Date: Friday, December 4, 2015
Activities | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lighting Ceremony | 6:00 p.m.
SupaFun Band | 6:15 p.m.
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Holiday Lights Tour by SegAway Tours of Columbus
Dates: Friday, December 4th – Wednesday, December 23, 2015: 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 www.segawaytoursofcolumbus.com/
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.
Dates: December 4 – 6, 2015
Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 am-7 pm; Sunday 11 am-4 pm
Location: Ohio Expo Center, Multipurpose Building, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Winterfair is 39 and still going strong. This show is supported by a loyal, craft-buying audience of 20,000, and draws patrons from Cleveland to Indianapolis. A favorite among artists as well as patrons, Columbus Winterfair has appeared in the top 10 on Sunshine Artist’s ranking of the top 100 craft shows.
Gahanna – Santa Race 5K and Little Reindeer Dash
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Races: 9:00AM Little Reindeer Dash – 9:10AM The Santa Race 5k
Location: Gahanna Creekside Park, 123 Mill Street, Gahanna, Ohio
The Santa Race 5K and Little Reindeer Dash, presented by Mount Carmel Health Systems, will be held in Gahanna on Saturday, December 5, 2015.The start and finish area will take place on Mill Street at beautiful Creekside District. The top finishers receive prizes and all finishers a fabulous medal. While the main event will be fun, we don’t want to forget about those Little Reindeer dashers! Registration is limited to 300, so register early by following this link: http://bit.ly/1JaesJG
Grove City Christmas Celebration
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10AM – 9PM
Location: Grove City Town Center, Grove City, Ohio
Santa Visits | Town Center Plaza | 2 to 7 p.m.
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 Donation Collection Point | Town Center Plaza 2 to 5 p.m.
In front of City Hall 5 to 7 p.m.
Drop off monetary, non-perishable food or personal hygiene products for the Grove City Food Pantry.
Grove City Arts Council Christmas Art Exhibit | 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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.
Grove City Christmas Parade | 7 p.m. Step Off
The parade features marching bands, floats decorated in Christmas lights and more. The parade route starts at Park Street Intermediate School, proceeds north on Wilbur Avenue, turns west down Columbus Street, travels south on Broadway through the Town Center then east on Park Street back to the school. To participate in the Christmas parade, contact the Grove City Town Center via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at 614-539-8762.
Community Tree | Town Center Plaza, Park Street, northwest corner
Check out this year’s tree and watch for the lights to come on after the parade.
Choir Perfomances | Stage on Broadway south of Park Street | 5:30-7 p.m.
Listens to the best of holiday music as local choirs enliven the festivities with their melodious voices.
– 5:30-6 p.m. Grove City High School
– 6-6:30 p.m. Grove City Christian High School
– 6:30-7 p.m. Grove City Chamber Singers
Ice sculptor | Broadway and Jackson Alley | 6 to 8 p.m.
What symbol of the season will this year’s block of ice be transformed into?
Reindeer | Broadway and Civic Place | 6 to 8 p.m.
See a real reindeer like the ones living near the North Pole.
Window Display | City Hall, Front Window (outside) | Reveal at 5 p.m.
See what wonder lies behind the curtain in the window!
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Holidays in Powell
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 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!
Jingle Bell Run/Walk 2015
Event Day Schedule: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7AM
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!
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 6, 2015 from 6:00PM – 7PM
Location: Campus Facility, Dixon Ministry Center chapel, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, OH
Dates: December 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2015 from 6-9PM; December 20, 2015 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/Adult Member; $7/Youth Member (6 – 12); Free/Child (5 & under) Tickets may be purchased in advance starting October 1 by calling 800.686.1541 or click here to buy tickets online
Capture the spirit of holidays past at Ohio Village, where Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision comes to life through jolly carols, decorations and traditions inspired by his colorful tales. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations, and shop the General Store for the perfect gift.
Dates: December 11-27, 2015
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.
Gahanna Holiday Character Breakfast
Date: December 12, 2015
Location: Centerpoint Church Gahanna, 620 McCutcheon Rd., Gahanna, Ohio
One of Gahanna’s most popular and beloved community events, the annual Holiday Character Breakfast features crafts, face painting, storytelling, a special performance of Rapunzel by Columbus Children’s Theatre AND a special catch-all-you-can-eat-pancake breakfast with holiday characters. Best of all, it will be held at a NEW convenient location with plenty of free parking: CenterPoint Church Gahanna (620 McCutcheon Rd. Gahanna OH 43230.) Seatings are every 45 minutes, offered at the following times: 8:30 am, 9:15 am, 10am, and 10:45 am.
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2nd annual NC4K Reindeer Run 5k!
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:30 AM
Location: Huber Park, 7232 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH US 43068
Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids is a local nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for families with kids with cancer. To-date we’ve raised over a million dollars. NC4K is excited to announce the second annual Reindeer Run 5K, after the outstanding success last year with 600+ Runners! Join us for the greatest event of the Holiday season! Grab your running shoes and best holiday costume for Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids Reindeer Run 5K on Saturday December 19th at Huber Park in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
The event will be sure to fill you with the holiday cheer with Christmas music, giveaways, free t-shirts and hot chocolate. Whether you’re a runner, walker, or want to “sleep in for a cause”, by being a virtual runner, this 5K is sure to make you feel warm inside while helping our favorite cause in the world! Helping families with kids with cancer! Proceeds from the run will benefit kids and teens battling cancer during the holiday season. You will not want to miss out on this fun and heartwarming run!
Packet pick-up will take place:
*Friday, December 18th from 2-7 P.M. at the NC4K Office at: 6096 E. Main St., Suite 109, Columbus, OH.
*Race-day from 7:30- 8:30 A.M. (registration ends in time for Kids Fun Run – T-Shirt not guaranteed for packet pick-up runners on race-day)
*The “Kids Fun Run” (for kids 12 and under) begins at 8:30 A.M., followed by the Reindeer Run 5K at 9:00 A.M.!
Sign-up website: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Reynoldsburg/NC4KReindeerRun5k
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/968719239861886/
NC4K Website: www.nc4k.org
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