Holiday Events in Columbus

 
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This list will be added to as events are published.  Check back regularly to see the updates.

There are many events to enjoy the holiday season around Columbus.  Mark you calendars so you don’t miss out.  More details can be found through the links, or on the individual event websites.  Please let me know what I’m missing in the comments or by emailing cbusonthecheap@gmail.com.  I grouped the events by weeks, with the “week” beginning on Fridays for convenience of weekend planning.

Don’t miss the other holiday event posts:

Ongoing:
  • Columbus Holiday Art and Craft Festivals
  • Shadowbox: Holiday Hoopla and Scrooge and Holiday Lunchbox:
    Holiday Hoopla 25: November 19th – January 3rd: (Slightly) raunchy Christmas Fun and Rock and Roll.
    Scrooge the Muscial: November 29 – December 27. A musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic: A Christmas Carol.  Admission is $20 and up.
    Holiday Lunchbox: December 1 – December 24 at 1 p.m. on select weekdays.  A 45 minute holiday show featuring music and sketch comedy from the Shadowbox holiday archives featuring holiday fun and antics with The Snow Bunnies! Tickets start at $5.
  • Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: November 19, 2015 –  January 3, 2016.  Admission $17.99 adult, $12.99 children 2-9 and adults over 60Franklin County residents receive a $3 discount with valid driver’s license, state-issued ID or a current utility bill to receive the Franklin County pricing.  Purchase tickets online to save $1 (plus save time at the gates – can show admission on your smartphone). Parking is $8/car.  November 19 is Member Preview Night from 5 – 9 p.m.  November 20 is Stuff a Truck Food Drive – bring 5 cans of food per guest for free admission and parking.
  • Merry and Bright Nights at the Conservatory: November 21, 2015 – January 4, 2014.  Admission is $6 – $13.  Holiday displays and activities at the Franklin Park Conservatory, including live entertainment, gingerbread contest, and family fun days.  There are events every weekend; click here for the schedules.
  • Easton Holiday Carriage Rides: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 23 in the evenings at Easton Town Center.  Admission is $10, children under 15 ride free with paying adult.
  • Photos with Santa at Easton: November 21 – December 24, 2014.  Your first 5×7 is just $5, or take a candid pic with your own camera. Monday-Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sundays: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
  • Holiday Fantasy of Lights: November 20 – January 3. Alum Creek light display and Santa’s House.  $15 per car; free cookies and cocoa at the Santa House.
  • Holiday Wine Tastings at Meza: are every Friday in December from 6:30 – 10 p.m.; $10 for 5 tastes & tapas.
  • BalletMet’s Nutcracker December 11 – 27, 2015. Purchase tickets at the box office or online with Ticketmaster starting at $32 (plus any fees)
  • The Polar Express (in Independence and Akron): Friday, November 13 – Sunday, December 20.  The trips will depart at 7 pm for a two-hour round trip. While Santa visits each car, elves will lead you and your family in Christmas Carols and spread merriment! As in the story, we encourage everyone to wear their pajamas on this special journey. All passengers will enjoy hot cocoa and a cookie. Matinees departing at 3 pm will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays in December. Standard coach: $45, Deluxe: $65, Executive: $85 – Children under 2 are free, otherwise all ticket prices the same regardless of age.
  • Free Admission at Columbus Museum of Art every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Gifts of the Craftsmen Sale at Ohio Craft Museum – Ohio-made gifts for sale through December 23.
  • Ohio Statehouse Holiday Choir Performances are FREE lunchtime holiday choir performances weekdays from December 4 – 18, 2015
  • Santa Train at Nelsonville Depot: Saturdays and Sunday November 28 – December 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and an evening departure on Saturday December 5th and 12th at 6:00 p.m. Each train departs Nelsonville round trip for about 20 miles and lasts approximately two hours. Reservations are strongly suggested as trains often sell out. Santa visits each child as the train rolls along the valley. Each child also gets to enjoy a candy cane treat after Santa’s visit. Each coach is decorated, heated, and plays Christmas music. Adult: $17, Child: $13, Senior: $15
  • Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill (near Yellow Springs, 40 miles SW of Columbus): Friday, November 27 – December 31 from 5 – 9 p.m. (lights turn on at 6 p.m.)  Cost is $10 ages 7 and older; under 6 are free.  Food and drink for sale.  Enjoy 3.5 million lights, outdoor miniature village, Santa Claus Museum, and nostalgic Toy Collection.  No Santa to visit, but peek into Santa’s Workshop to see a live Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh.
  • Holiday Lights Tour: December 4 – December 23, beginning at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m., take a festive ride on a segway through downtown Columbus to enjoy seasonal decorations, lights, and holiday music.  Training + tour is about 1.5 hours and costs $47.50 per rider.  Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio.
  • BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley: December 9 – 27 at 5:30 p.m. Tour of Columbus to see seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks on a Holiday Trolley.
  • Holiday Classics Film Series through December 25 at Gateway Film Center. Dec 4-10: Die Hard & Christmas in Connecticut; Dec. 11-17: Gremlins & It’s a Wonderful Life; Dec. 18-25 Christmas Vacation & White Christmas
  • Vertical Adventures Holiday Food Drive: Bring in 10 non-perishable food items through December 18 and get a pass for the day.
  • State Auto Christmas Display and Life-Sized Nativity: Nightly at State Auto Downtown, with choir performances on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Kingwood Center Holiday Magic: Kingwood Center in Mansfield offers a variety of activities such as live music, dozens of uniquely trimmed themed Christmas trees in rooms throughout the hall, a beautifully decorated Greenhouse, and outdoor light displays.  Admission is $5, ages 6 and under free.  Christmas at Kingwood runs from November 28 through December 27, every Thursday through Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Kelton House Museum in Holiday Splendor: Enjoy the beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations from the Michael Girard collection. See feather trees, handcrafted & glass ornaments and scenic cardboard villages.  November 30 – January 2; $6/adult, $5/senior, $2/children over 6
November 13 – November 19:

Friday, November 13

Saturday, November 14

Sunday, November 15

Monday, November 16

Thursday, November 19

  • Wildlights Member Preview Night at Columbus Zoo – November 19 from 5 – 9 p.m.  Members will receive a special handout at the front entrance to allow admission after 5 p.m. to preview the Wildlights before they are open to the public.
November 20 – November 26:

Friday, November 20

Saturday, November 21

Sunday, November 22

Wednesday, November 25

Thursday, November 26

Friday, November 27

  • Franklin Park Conservatory Family Fun Days: November 27 from 11 am–4 pm. Gingerbread Friday
    Take a horse drawn hayride to the new barn for some gingerbread fun. First come, first served while supplies last. Check in at the Visitor Center.  $3 per house with Conservatory admission.
  • Short North Black Friday: November 27. Enjoy sales and specials in the shops in the Short North.  The first 1000 shoppers will receive a canvas messenger bag and discounts through the holiday season.

Saturday, November 28

Sunday, November 29

Monday, November 30

  • Marysville Uptown Christmas Walk: November 30 from 5-8 p.m.  Free, family-friendly festival featuring free pictures with Santa, live reindeer, carriage rides, live nativity, holiday dancers, and the Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 pm at Court House.  Shops will be open and many will be offering refreshments.
  • Ladies Night at Marcus Theatres: White Christmas: November 30 at 7 p.m. for just $5.

Tuesday, December 1

Wednesday, December 2

Thursday, December 3

  • City of Dublin Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: December 3 from 5-8 p.m.; Santa, music and more.
  • Hilliard Tree Lighting: December 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. Lighting of the tree in Hilliard’s Station Park and musical selections by the Scioto Darby Elementary first-grade choir
  • Nurtur the Salon Holiday Event: Upper Arlington: December 2nd & 3rd, Brewery District: December 9th & 10th, Grandview: December 16th & 17th: 20% off Aveda products and services schedule for January and February, plus $20 service credit with $100 purchase of product or gift cards.
December 4 – December 10:

Friday, December 4

Saturday, December 5 (it’s a big day, so I broke the listing into categories

Dine with Santa on Saturday:

Other Santa sightings:

  • Santa at Grandview Heights Library: December 5 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free photos with Santa and holiday activities.
  • Holly Days in Dublin: December 5 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Historic Dublin. The Dublin Fire Department will bring a fire truck to the Dublin library from 10:00-4:00pm collecting donations for Toys For Tots.  Head to La Chatelaine for a lunch or just a holiday treat and have your picture taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus from 1-3pm. Hot chocolate stations will be present in Frog Park from 1-3 pm, and enjoy live music by the Irish Fiddle Fetish from 1-4 pm at Ha’penny Bridge Imports, as well as carolers throughout downtown.
  • Grove City Christmas Celebration and Mistletoe Market – December 5 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; This family-friendly festival features photos with Santa, live reindeer, Mistletoe Market and Secret Santa shop, carols, an ice sculpture at work, a parade, Grove City tree lighting and more.
  • Holiday Open House in Delaware: December 5 from 12 – 4 p.m.  Downtown businesses will offer treats and treasures
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Market: December 5 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Granville Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 1 – 9 p.m.  All day activities, plus Santa
  • Holidays in Powell: December 5, from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Village Green Park; trolley rides, crafts, Santa, and more
  • Christmas Under the Clock in Plain City: December 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. Main St. and Chillicothe St. at the Clock Tower.  Wagon rides, pics with Santa, business open houses, gingerbread house decorating, ice sculpting, craft vendors, etc.  Free.

Run/Walk:

Kids/Family Crafts:

Other holiday events on Saturday:

Sunday, December 6

Monday, December 7

  • Texas Roadhouse Kids Night with Santa: December 7 from 4 – 10 p.m.  Hilliard location. Kids’ night includes Free Kid’s Meal (1 per each adult meal), Santa, Arts & Crafts, Coloring Contest, Face Painting, Fun Games
  • Mommy and Me at the Movies: December 7 at

Tuesday, December 8

  • Dine with Santa at the Columbus Zoo: December 8 from 6 – 8 p.m., December 10 from 6 – 8 p.m., December 12 from 9 – 11 a.m., and December 13 from 9 – 11 a.m  Tickets are $30 for members, and $40 for non-members.  Includes meals, animal encounters, photo with Santa, and Zoo Admission.  Children 2 and under free unless they will have their own seat.

Wednesday, December 9

  • Nurtur the Salon Holiday Event: Brewery District: December 9th & 10th, Grandview: December 16th & 17th: 20% off Aveda products and services schedule for January and February, plus $20 service credit with $100 purchase of product or gift cards.
  • Washington Township Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus: Wednesday, December 9 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Sit in an antique fire truck, then, create your own holiday-themed ornament and chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus over some tasty refreshments. Bring your own camera. Accepting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations to benefit the Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive.  6200 Eiterman Road

Thursday, December 10

December 11 – December 17:

Friday, December 11

  • Holiday Classics at Drexel: The Polar Express: December 11 (10 a.m.), and December 12 (3 p.m.)
  • Polar Express at COSI: December 11-13 (Friday 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am and 4 pm). Pre-show fun and treats start 30 minutes before showtime.  Tickets are $10 for non-members.
  • Jingle Bell Jam at Worthington Community Center: December 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Family holiday dance with a DJ, arts and crafts, a photo booth, ice carving, family bingo and pictures with Santa
  • Dickens of Christmas at Ohio Village celebrates a Victorian Christmas  inspired by the stories of Charles Dickens.  The village will come to life on December 11, 12, 18, 19, and 20 with the holiday spirit. $12/adult, $9/youth
  • ProMusica’s Messiah Sing Along: Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Theatre.   General admission is $20, plus fees. They are collecting diapers and wipes for homeless families at the YWCA Family Center.
  • SantaCon Arena District: December 11 at 8 p.m. Bar hop with hundreds of Santas, Reindeer, and Elves, and enjoy jolly drink specials.

Saturday, December 12

Sunday, December 13

December 14

  • Merry TubaChristmas: December 14 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Capital University, Mees Auditorium.  TubaChristmas is a festive one-hour blowout of carols and other holiday tunes by hundreds of tuba and euphonium players – complete with decorated tubas.  Participants welcome to register to play for $10.  Free for audience, but they are collecting canned goods for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

December 15 and 16

  • Watch Polar Express at the Dublin Rec Center: December 15 and 16 at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Theater. Families hop aboard our holiday trolley and are taken to the train station in time to experience all the excitement. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas. Cost is $8 per person.  Enroll on website; seating is limited.

December 16

  • Watch Polar Express at the Dublin Rec Center: December 15 and 16 at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Theater. Families hop aboard our holiday trolley and are taken to the train station in time to experience all the excitement. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas. Cost is $8 per person.  Enroll on website; seating is limited.
  • Nurtur the Salon Holiday Event: Grandview: December 16th & 17th: 20% off Aveda products and services schedule for January and February, plus $20 service credit with $100 purchase of product or gift cards.

Thursday, December 17

  • Nurtur the Salon Holiday Event: Grandview: December 16th & 17th: 20% off Aveda products and services schedule for January and February, plus $20 service credit with $100 purchase of product or gift cards.
  • Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk at OSU Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens: Thursday, December 17 from 5:30 – 7 pm. Free
  • Gingerbread House Decorating at Whole Foods Easton: December 17 from 4 – 6 p.m. For $20, you’ll get a house, decorating supplies and treats! RSVP at Easton customer service or call them at (614) 536-0570 – space is limited.
  • Holiday Classics at Drexel-Elf: December 17 (6 p.m.), December 18 (10 a.m.), and December 19 (3 p.m.). $3 for adults, $2 for kids (2-12), Free for under 2 and Drexel members. There is a $10 family cap.
December 18 – December 24:

Friday, December 18

  • Free Shipping Day: December 18.  Thousands of retailers offer free shipping guaranteed in time for Christmas.
  • Holiday Classics at Drexel -Elf: December 18 (10 a.m.), and December 19 (3 p.m.). $3 for adults, $2 for kids (2-12), Free for under 2 and Drexel members. There is a $10 family cap.
  • Home for the Holidays Family Show: December 18, 19, 22, 23 at 12 p.m., and December 20 at 2 p.m. Musical variety show for the whole family at the Funny Bone.
  • Dickens of Christmas at Ohio Village celebrates a Victorian Christmas  inspired by the stories of Charles Dickens.  The village will come to life on December 18, 19, and 20 with the holiday spirit. $12/adult, $9/youth.

Saturday, December 19

Sunday, December 20

Monday, December 21

  • Franklin Park Conservatory Family Fun Days: December 21 11am–2pm: Honey Hill Farms Petting Zoo
    An exotic indoor petting zoo features chinchillas, guinea pigs, a small kangaroo and more. Free with admission.
  • Holiday Gift-Making Workshops: for kids in grades 1-6 at the Ohio Craft Museum in Grandview Heights on December 21 or  December 22. They will make 2 gifts and wrap them before they leave for $25.

Tuesday, December 22

Wednesday, December 23

Thursday, December 24

December 25 – December 31:

Saturday, December 26

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  3. Looking for the 2015 calendar of events. Thanks!

  4. I’ll 2015 holiday events posted in November after I verify the information and add new stuff. I apologize for the delay – there was so much stuff for Halloween that I had to do those first, as well as wait for the Christmas info to be published on the individual event sites.

  5. Grove City’s Mistletoe Market this Saturday, Dec. 5th from 10am to 8pm with Christmas Parade, Santa visit and tree lighting…

    https://www.grovecitytowncenter.org/mistletoe-market/

  6. Capital City Cakes is hosting Christmas cookie decorating classes, as well as Mommy & Me cupcake classes and Christmas cake decorating classes on Saturday, Dec. 5th. from 10am – 3pm. Multiple times available. Must pre-register.

    http://capitalcitycakesoh.com/classes

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