You’ll never find the Columbus Ohio Christmas Season 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, 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!
Dates: December 13, 14, 20, 21, 2013 from 6PM-9PM
Location: Ohio Historical Center (Ohio Village), 1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Admission to Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village is $12/adults, $9/youth (6-12), $10/Ohio Historical Society adult members and $7/Ohio Historical Society youth members (6-12). Parking is free. Call 800-686-1541
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.
Date: November 29, 2013 at 6PM
Don’t miss the 2013 Holiday Lights Parade – one of the largest nighttime illuminated holiday events in the Midwest! The parade will march west on Granville Street then north on Mill Street into Olde Gahanna. It will feature floats, marching bands, equestrian entries and Santa Claus… all covered in thousands of lights!
Gahanna Healthy Holiday 5K Fun Run and Family Fun Run
Date: November 29, 2013 – Registration begins at 9:30AM
Healthy Holiday 5K Run Race starts at 10:30AM
Family Fun Run at 10:45AM
Registration: Pre-registration is $25 per adult or $35 on race day.
Kids (12 years and under) and families can participate in the Family Fun Run for just $10 per person.
The first 150 registrants get a free T-shirt!
Click here to register
Location: Creekside Park, 117 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH
Gahanna will be FILLED with family activity and the fun starts early! Burn off those Thanksgiving calories during the annual Healthy Holiday 5K Fun Run and Family Fun Run.
Gahanna Holiday Character Breakfast
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013
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 and a pancake breakfast.
Seatings begin at 8 a.m. and tickets are $7 per person in advance, or $10 at the door (if seats are still available). Children under 3 years are free.
Tickets are limited. Click here to purchase tickets
Gifts of the Craftsmen
Dates: November 10 – December 23, 2013
Hours: Special holiday hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 12 – 4 p.m.
Location: Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 West Fith Avenue, Grandview, Ohio
The museum’s annual holiday sale 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 and greeting cards.
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, coffee and hot cocoa will be available immediately following the ceremony.
Date: Friday, December 6, 2013
Holiday Activities 5PM; Ceremony 6PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Grand Illumination Ceremony
Date: December 6, 2013 through January 11, 2014 from Dusk to Dawn
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH
Celebrate the season as Downtown Columbus comes alive during the holidays. Stroll along the illuminated Scioto Mile Promenade to Bicentennial Park where visitors can enjoy the stunning holiday light display. The Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights as well as dynamic seasonal imagery projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain, creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience. Stop in Milestone 229 to warm up with a hot beverage and dinner while enjoying a panoramic view of the park and downtown skyline.
Grove City – Winter Lights Christmas Celebration
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013 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.
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.
The parade will step off at 7:30 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 614-539-8762.
The Town Center tree lighting immediately will follow the parade.
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.
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.
Holidays at the Conservatory – Merry & Bright
Dates: November 23, 2013 through January 5, 2014
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
An annual family favorite, Merry & Bright celebrates the holiday season with festive poinsettia and evergreen displays and time-honored traditions, including the annual gingerbread competition and special activities and entertainment for all ages. Added this season is a special Peanuts display from the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
Bruce Munro – Light at Franklin Park Conservatory
Dates: September 25, 2013 through February 8, 2014
Some glow with soft pulses of color. One flashes like a lightning storm. Others simply emanate beautiful, shimmering light. Bruce Munro’s imaginative light-based works create a captivating evening experience at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
7th Annual Gingerbread Competition
Marvel at the whimsical and intricate entries in the amateur Gingerbread Competition. Feeling creative? Download an Entry Form at their website.
Holidays in Powell
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Free Admission
Location: Village Green Park & Municipal Building and Downtown, Powell, Ohio
Get in the spirit of the season at the 2013 Holidays in Powell. The event features a visit from jolly ol’ St. Nick himself, decorated shops with a delightful array of gifts, trolley rides, children’s crafts and activities, warm foods and more!
At 5:30 p.m., Santa Claus and Mayor Richard Cline will light the official City Christmas Tree!
Holiday Lights Tour by SegAway Tours of Columbus
Dates: Friday, December 5th – Monday, December 23, 2013: 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 6 & 7, 2013 at 8PM, December 8, 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!
Holiday Tours on Capitol Square
Dates: December 3, 2013 through December 31, 2013 from 10:00AM – 3:00PM (no tour at noon due to holiday concerts)
Hours: Walk-in tours of the Statehouse meet in the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance on the hour on weekdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and weekends at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: The Ohio Statehouse, Broad and High Streets, Columbus, Ohio
Contact Information: 614-752-9777
Step back in time with a guided tour of the 1861 Statehouse and see holiday decorations as they were in Victorian times. Visiting relatives and friends will enjoy a trip to the People’s House during their holiday visit in Columbus.
Holiday Choir Performances at the Ohio Statehouse
Dates: December 3 – 20, 2013; 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 2013
Event Day Schedule: Saturday, December 7, 2013, Festivities Start at 8am, Race Begins at 10am
Location: COSI Downtown Columbus
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!
Messiah 101: It’s not an easy A
Dates: December 18 and 20, 2013 at 7PM; December 21, 2013 at Noon
Location: First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, OH 43232
Messiah 101 is a production about a college class that learns about the importance and significance of the birth of Christ. The students are taken on this journey that is lived out on stage.
Presented by First Church of God THE Ministry – Admission is Free, all ages are welcome.
Date: Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 2013
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio
Enjoy the samples that will wet your appetite from the merchants at North Market! Local artists, vendors, and crafters will be on the second floor of the market place for your shopping pleasure! You’ll have entertainment, holiday music, warm drinks, trees and all the trimmings, and roasted chestnuts plus much more!
Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Open House
Date: December 3, 2013 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Ohio Statehouse West Plaza, Rotunda, Atrium and Museum Gallery, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus OH
The holiday season opens in Ohio with the annual holiday Statehouse event. Attend the Statehouse Holiday Open House and Festival to kick off the 2013 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.
Dates & Times:
– Thursday, 12/12/13 at 7:30pm
– Friday, 12/13/13 at 7:30pm
– Saturday, 12/14/13 at 1:00pm
– Saturday, 12/14/13 at 5:30pm
– Sunday, 12/15/13 at 1:00pm
– Sunday, 12/15/13 at 5:30pm
– Wednesday, 12/18/13 at 7:30pm
– Thursday, 12/19/13 at 7:30pm
– Friday, 12/20/13 at 7:30pm
– Saturday, 12/21/13 at 2:00pm
– Saturday, 12/21/13 at 7:30pm
– Sunday, 12/22/13 at 1:00pm
– Sunday, 12/22/13 at 5:30pm
– Monday, 12/23/13 at 2:00pm
– Monday, 12/23/13 at 7:30pm
– Tuesday, 12/24/13 at 12:00pm
Location: Ohio Theatre, 39 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio
Admission: For more information and tickets click here
Journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy – a magical world of the imagination filled with colorful characters sure to enchant you and your family.
Under The Mistletoe
Dates: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8pm, Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8pm, Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2:30pm
Location: Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229
Tickets: General admission tickets are $20
A delightfully festive one-act revue, Under the Mistletoe will feature sensational seasonal songs and dances inspired by beloved holiday motion pictures. From the rousing “Charleston” scene from It’s a Wonderful Life to the comedy of Home Alone to the charm of White Christmas, this show is fun family entertainment, full of the glitz and glamour you’ve come to expect from Vaud-Villities.
Website: www.vvproductions.com, or call 614-262-SHOW
Dates: November 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Wildlights activities operating: Sundays – Thursdays 5PM-9PM; Fridays & Saturdays 5PM-10PM
Closed: November 28, 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.
Dates: December 6 – 8, 2013
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.
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