Holiday Events in Columbus

 
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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.

Ongoing:
  • Shadowbox: Holiday Hoopla and Scrooge – Holiday Hoopla 24: November 20th – December 27th (Slightly) raunchy Christmas Fun and Rock and Roll. Scrooge: November 30 – December 28. A musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic: A Christmas Carol.  Admission is $30 ($20 for students/seniors).
  • Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Through January 4, 2014.  Admission $14 adult, $9 children 2-9.
  • Merry and Bright Nights at the Conservatory – Through January 4, 2014.  Admission is $5 – $10.  Holiday displays and activities at the Franklin Park Conservatory, including holiday bonfires, gingerbread contest, and family fun days.  There are events every weekend; click on the link for the schedule.
  • Holiday Lights Tour – Through 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.
  • 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  - 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.
  • Free Admission at Columbus Museum of Art every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Ohio Statehouse Holiday Choir Performances are FREE lunchtime holiday choir performances weekdays from December 4 – 19, 2014
  • BalletMet’s Nutcracker December 12 – 27, 2014. Purchase tickets at the box office or online with Ticketmaster starting at $29 (plus any fees)
  • Gifts of the Craftsmen Sale at Ohio Craft Museum - Ohio-made gifts for sale through December 23.
  • Santa Train at Nelsonville Depot: Saturdays and Sunday November 29 – December 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. and 2 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 treat after Santa’s visit. Each coach is decorated, heated, and plays Christmas music. Adult: $17.00, Child: $13.00, Senior: $15.00
  • The Polar Express (in Independence and Akron): Friday, November 14 – Sunday, December 21.  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 12 pm will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays in December. Standard coach: $44, Deluxe: $65, Executive: $85 – Children under 2 are free, otherwise all ticket prices the same regardless of age.
  • Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill (near Yellow Springs, 40 miles SW of Columbus): Friday, November 28 – January 1 from 5 – 9 p.m.  Cost is $10 ages 7 and older; under 6 are free.  Food and drink for sale.  On December 18, 2014, cancer survivors get in free and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.  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.
November 14 – November 20:
  • Magical Day of Giving at Polaris Mall - November 17 at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Various performances throughout the mall during the day; parade at 3pm with high school band leading Santa in for the season.  “Magical offers” at stores throughout the mall.
November 21 – November 27:

Friday, November 21

Saturday, November 22

  • Howliday Bazaar and Pet Photos with Santa - November 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center.
  • Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Make a Thankful Tree craft, perfect for your Thanksgiving table décor. At 2pm, enjoy a concert by The Pinta Columbus Children’s Choir.  Admission costs apply.
  • GIAC Holiday Shop Around - November 22 and 23, 2014 at Grange Insurance Audubon Center.
  • Christmas Fair - November 22 and 23, 2014 at Aladdin Shrine Center
  • Days to Delight- Turkey Day! Free kids’ event at Nordstrom Easton November 22 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM What are you thankful for? Fill out our Thanksgiving activity sheet and tell us.

Sunday, November 23

Wednesday, November 26

  • Sweet Turkeys at Franklin Park Conservatory: Listen to a story, presented at 11am, 12pm & 1pm, about a turkey that got away, then make a turkey-shaped cookie for a sweet treat. $3 per cookie, plus admission.
November 28 – December 4:

Friday, November 28

  • Gingerbread Friday at Franklin Park Conservatory: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Create a house with graham crackers, frosting and candy. Supplies available on a first come, first served basis. $3 per house, plus admission

Saturday, November 29

  • Home Depot Kids’ Workshop - November 29  Kids will make a Give and Save Bank in this free workshop at 10 a.m.
  • Family Entertainment at Franklin Park Conservatory: At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ventriloquist David Crone brings along a number of his beloved characters for a unique combination of comedic ventriloquism, magic and audience participation.  Free with admission.

Monday, December 1

  • Marysville Uptown Christmas Walk – December 1 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.

Tuesday, December 2

Wednesday, December 3

Thursday, December 4

  • City of Dublin Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Thursday, December 4, at 6 p.m.; Santa, music and more.
  • Up To Date Mama’s Holiday Vendor Bazaar: December 4 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Centerpoint in Lewis Center (7750B Green Meadows Dr N, Lewis Center). $1 entry fee (for Delaware County Hunger Alliance), which includes a raffle ticket for you.  Over 30 vendors selling their products: jewelry, beauty, health and wellness, photography, food, and more!  Lots of holiday gift options.
December 5 - 11:

Friday, December 5

Saturday, December 6

  • Breakfast with Santa at Dublin Scioto High School: Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 8:30-11:30.  $5 for adults and $7 for kids, which includes breakfast, picture with Santa and crafts.
  • Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis - December 6, 2014 at 10 a.m.
  • Santa at Grandview Heights Library - December 6, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Free photos with Santa and holiday activities.
  • PBJ and Jazz Concert Series: Holiday - December 6, 2014 at 10 and 11:30 p.m.  Cost is $5 per person, or $20 max per family.
  • Holidays in Powell - Saturday, December 6, 2014, from noon – 5:30 p.m. at the Village Green Park; trolley rides, crafts, Santa, and more
  • CCAD Art Sale - Saturday, December 6, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m.; $5 admission
  • Home Depot Kids’ Workshop - December 6. Kids will make a Holiday Yard Stakes in this free workshop.
  • Holiday Hop in the Short North - December 6; Enjoy the Holiday version of Gallery Hop in the Short North from 4 – 10 p.m.
  • North Market Holiday Winter Market on Saturday, December 6, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 12 – 5 p.m. Christmas trees sales, vendors, samples, and lots of family fun and holiday entertainment, including Santa and Mrs. Claus.
  • Grove City Winter Lights Celebration - December 6; This family-friendly Winter Wonderland festival will feature live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides, traditional carols, an ice sculpture at work, the official Grove City tree lighting and more.
  • Hilliard Hollyfest Arts and Crafts Show - December 6 at 9:00am at Hilliard Davidson High School. Admission $4; crafts, gifts, pet photos with Santa Paws.
  • Family Nature Club at Indian Village - December 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Free program with a naturalist and then open house to explore trails and caves.
  • Franklin Park Conservatory Breakfast with Santa Saturdays, December 6 and 13, 2014 8:30–10am. Enjoy breakfast and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Santa. Adults: $25 members; $30 non-members; Children ages 3–10: $12 members; $15 non-members; Free for children under 3.
  • Capital City Church Breakfast with Santa: (1290 Old Henderson Road) December 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. $20 for everyone in your household. Bring another family with you for just an additional $15.  Individual tickets may be purchased for $7.50 per adult and $5.00 per child.  Includes breakfast, photos with Santa, crafts and holiday spirit.
  • Eastland Mall Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 6 at 9:00am – 10:30am.  This event includes breakfast, holiday craft, entertainment, face painting and a special visit from Santa Claus. Each child is also given a goodie bag to take home. This event is FREE for the first 50 children to sign up, and is $5 per child after 50 registrants. 
  • Breakfast with Santa at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill: Saturday, December 6 from 9 – 10:30 a.m.  Holiday spirit and crafts, along with breakfast.  The only cost is the price of breakfast.  If you wish to donate to help out a people in the community, bring a grocery gift card or a gift for: Boy 7yrs., Boy 8yrs., Girl 11 yrs., Girl 12 years.
  • Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory:  Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. – 2 pm.  Children create and make their own gifts. $2 per gift, plus admission
  • Christmas Under the Clock in Plain City: December 6 from 5 – 9 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.
  • Winter Wonderland and Secret Santa Shopping: Thomas Elementary (Dublin) December 6 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is a fun event to allow children to secretly shop for their family, listen to holiday music, make holiday crafts, and get pictures with Santa.  Free to attend
  • Days to Delight- we love rudolph Free activity at Nordstrom Easton December 06 from 10AM – 2PM. It’s the red-nosed guy’s big 50th anniversary on TV, and we’ll be making paper-bag Rudolphs. Let’s all join in the reindeer games.
  • BP. Saturday Socials – DIY BFF Bracelets Free activity at Nordstrom Easton December 06 from 12 – 3 PM What better way to tell your friend you’ll be friends forever than with a personalized bracelet? You’ll get to choose from different charms and cords—and get step-by-step instructions—to make an awesome BFF bracelet, while supply lasts
  • Free Open Art Time at Brickz Art and Science Studio: Saturday December 6th, 10-11am. We will be making ornaments to decorate the tree at the studio! Hot cocoa will be provided.
  • Cabelas at Polaris: Saturdays and Sundays December 6 and 7 and December 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free photos with Santa in front of the fireplace.  Each family gets a complimentary picture and can use their own camera for additional photos.   12/6-12/7 and 12/13-12/14 from 11-3.

Sunday, December 7

  • Village Lights in German Village is Sunday, December 7 from 5-9 p.m.; lots of holiday spirit out and about
  • Holiday Pops with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing holiday favorite and carols at the Ohio Theatre Dec. 5-7; tickets from $31.50
  • Winterfair – December 5-7 at the Ohio Expo Center.  With over 400 artisans will be selling their wares – you’ll be able to cross some names off of your holiday list.  Admission is $7; children under 12 free.
  • Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory:  December 7 at 11 a.m. – 2 pm.  Children create and make their own gifts. $2 per gift, plus admission.  Columbus School for Girls Choir perform in the Grand Atrium at 2 p.m.
  • Dublin Crafty Moms 1st Craft Show at the Club at Corazon: December 7 from 1-7 p.m.  Free to attend, vendor entry frees donated to Dublin Food Pantry.
  • Holiday in the Village in Shawnee Hills: Sunday, December 7 from 12 – 4 p.m.  Cedarbrook Garden Center and Strader’s Garden Center will have a Santa. Bring your own camera. There will be free trolley rides throughout the village and free Hay Wagon Rides.

Wednesday, December 10

  • December Kelton House Seasonal Tours, and Teas – Christmas Tea at Kelton House on December 10.  Tickets are $17 per person.
  • Washington Township Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus: Wednesday, December 10 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Cost is only $1.50 per child.  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. All proceeds to benefit Central Ohio food pantries.
December 12 – 18

Friday, December 12

  • Dine with Santa at the Columbus Zoo: December 12 from 6 – 8 p.m., December 13 from 8 – 10 a.m., and December 14 from 9 – 11 a.m.  Tickets are $30 for members, and $40 for non-members.  Includes meals, animal encounters, photo with Santa, face-painting, and cookie decorating
  • 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 12, 13, 19, 20, and 21, 2014 with the holiday spirit. $12/adult, $9/youth
  • ProMusica’s Messiah Sing Along  – Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Southern Theatre.   General admission is $23.

Saturday, December 13

  • Dine with Santa at the Columbus Zoo: December 13 from 8 – 10 a.m., and December 14 from 9 – 11 a.m.  Tickets are $30 for members, and $40 for non-members.  Includes meals, animal encounters, photo with Santa, face-painting, and cookie decorating
  • Breakfast with Santa at Oakland Nursery Columbus -  Saturday, December 13 from 9- 11 am. You can visit with Santa and then farm animals from Bring the Farm to You. Please call the store for more details.
  • Franklin Park Conservatory Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:30–10am. Enjoy breakfast and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Santa. Adults: $25 members; $30 non-members; Children ages 3–10: $12 members; $15 non-members; Free for children under 3.
  • Holiday Character Breakfast at Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High St. Gahanna Saturday, December 13 from 8 am-12 noon.  Holiday characters, ornament crafts and a pancake breakfast.  Advance-purchase tickets are $8/child (ages 3 and up) and $10 for adults.
  • Breakfast with Santa at Dublin Rec Center: December 13 from 9-11 a.m.  $3.50 per adult / child  $6.00 for non MVCA members.  RSVP with payment by December 10th. Contact Mindy Miller at fa@muirfieldvillage.org for details.
  • Crafts Gone Wild! is an interactive crafting event being held at Wild Goose Creative on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 11am to 5pm. Demos, gifts, goodies and more.
  • Discovery District Holiday Trolley Hop - December 13 from 1 - 4 p.m. with shopping, festive lights, live performances, historic sites, with a closing celebration at Topiary Park.
  • Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics - December 13; Kids will make a Holiday Train Engine in this free workshop.
  • Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory: Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14, 11am–2pm.  Explore winter holidays from around the world and taste traditional celebration foods.  Free with admission
  • Dickens of Christmas at Ohio Village celebrate a Victorian Christmas  inspired by the stories of Charles Dickens.  The village will come to life on December 13, 19, 20, and 21, 2014 with the holiday spirit. $12/adult, $9/youth
  • Days to Delight- Holiday Ink: Free activity at Nordstrom Easton  December 13 from 10 AM – 2 PM  Show your holiday spirit with fun holiday temporary tattoos and minty candy canes while supplies last.
  • Cabelas at Polaris: Saturdays and Sundays December 6 and 7 and December 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free photos with Santa in front of the fireplace.  Each family gets a complimentary picture and can use their own camera for additional photos.   12/6-12/7 and 12/13-12/14 from 11-3.
  • St. Brigid of Kildare Women’s Club Cookies with Santa:  Saturday, December 13 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3 p.m. at the St. Brigid School cafeteria and Enke Hall. Tickets are $8.00 per child and include a photo with Santa and Mrs. Clause, a cookie to decorate, a gift from Santa, several fun crafts, and refreshments for the whole family.  Space is limited, so register and purchase tickets in advance using this form before December 5.
  • Holiday Bazaar & Children’s Hospital Toy Drive for Cancer: Saturday, December 13 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Revolution Dance 10261 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell.  Shopping for a Cause with local vendors. Bring your children for photos with Santa, Secret Shopping with the elves, and Face Painting. Homemade Bake Goods and Food Items will be available to purchase as well.  Bring a new toy to place under our tree for Children of the Hematology and Oncology Department of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Sunday, December 14

  • Dine with Santa at the Columbus Zoo: December 14 from 9 – 11 a.m.  Tickets are $30 for members, and $40 for non-members.  Includes meals, animal encounters, photo with Santa, face-painting, and cookie decorating
  • Breakfast with Santa at Oakland Nursery Dublin -  Sunday, December 14 from 9- 11:30 am. Please call the store for more details.
  • HolidayVille in Clintonville – Sunday, December 14 from 12-4 p.m.  Most stores in the North High Street area will have sales and special events throughout the day.
  • GFC Beer Tasting and Movie: Scrooged - Gateway Film Center is hosting a beer tasting and movie featuring Scrooged on Sunday, December 14, 2014 with the beer tasting beginning at 4:30, and the movie at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $15.
  • December Kelton House Seasonal Tours, and Teas - Christmas Tea at Kelton House on December 14 and 17, 2014.  Tickets are $17 per person.
  • Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory: Sunday, December 14, 11am–2pm.  Explore winter holidays from around the world and taste traditional celebration foods.  Free with admission.

Monday, December 15

  • Merry TubaChristmas: December 15 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.  Free, but they are collected canned goods for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank if you’d like to donate.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Watch Polar Express at the Dublin Rec Center – December 16 at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Theater. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas. Parent participation is required. Cost is $8 per person.  Enroll on website; seating is limited.

Wednesday, December 17

  • Watch Polar Express at the Dublin Rec Center – December 16 at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Theater. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas. Parent participation is required. Cost is $8 per person.  Enroll on website; seating is limited.

Thursday, December 18

December 19 – 30

Friday, December 19

  • Dickens of Christmas at Ohio Village will celebrate a Victorian Christmas  inspired by the stories of Charles Dickens.  The village will come to life on December 19, 20, and 21, 2014 with the holiday spirit. $12/adult, $9/youth

Saturday, December 20

  • Dickens of Christmas at Ohio Village will celebrate a Victorian Christmas  inspired by the stories of Charles Dickens.  The village will come to life on December 20, and 21, 2014 with the holiday spirit. $12/adult, $9/youth
  • Breakfast with Santa at Oakland Nursery New Albany -  Saturday, December 20.  Please call the store for more details.
  • Family Fun with Mrs. Claus at Franklin Park Conservatory:  Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21, 11am–2pm.  Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance. Free with admission

Sunday, December 21

  • Dickens of Christmas at Ohio Village will celebrate a Victorian Christmas  inspired by the stories of Charles Dickens.  The village will come to life on December 21, 2014 with the holiday spirit. $12/adult, $9/youth
  • Family Fun with Mrs. Claus at Franklin Park Conservatory:  Sunday, December 21, 11am–2pm.  Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance. Free with admission

Monday, December 22

  • Family Entertainment: Monday, December 22, 11am & 2pm  Juggler Matt Jergens performs with a variety of props and audience participation. Matt shares juggling tips thirty minutes before each performance.  Free with admission.

Tuesday, December 23

  • Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory: Tuesday, December 23, 11am & 2pm Naturalist Chris Rowlands uses song, dance, puppets, and colorful props to teach children about animals and their habitats.  Free with admission.

Friday, December 26, 11am–2pm

  • Family Fun: Kwanzaa at Franklin Park Conservatory: Friday, December 26, 11am–2pm Learn more about the Kwanzaa holiday through seasonal crafts and samples of celebratory food. At 11am & 2pm, Tony West and the Amani Dancers use traditional drums, music and dance to celebrate Kwanzaa and African heritage.

Saturday, December 27, 11am & 2pm

  • Family Fun at Franklin Park Conservatory: Endless Recess plays classic party tunes and interactive dance songs from Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks movie soundtracks and popular television programs.

Sunday, December 28, 11am & 2pm

  • Family Fun with Our Zoo to You at Franklin Park Conservatory:  Our Zoo to You brings a variety of animals, from a creepy crawly tarantula to a cuddly ringtail lemur, to pet, hold or hand-feed.

Monday, December 29, 11am & 2pm

  • Family Fun with Outback Ray at Franklin Park Conservatory:  Outback Ray presents Amazing Animals, featuring an array of exotic species.

Tuesday, December 30, 11am & 2pm

  • Family Entertainment at Franklin Park Conservatory:  Family entertainer Erica Carlson presents a Balloon Mystery Magic Show and teaches children in the audience how to make their own “detective dog” balloon animal to take home.  Free with admission

Unconfirmed for 2014 Holiday Classics Film Series through December 26 at Gateway Film Center every Friday at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m., and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Free with toy donation, or $5.

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