Merry Christmas to our amazing readers! I hope you are having an wonderful holiday season and have been able to enjoy some of the events and activities we’ve shared.
There’s still time to enjoy some holiday and winter break fun, so I wanted to leave you some links that you may find useful over the next 2 weeks.
Dining out on Christmas
If you’re looking to dine out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, we have a big list of restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There’s a variety of price points, and reservations may be required for some.
Last minute gifts
Many people will have family or friend gatherings the weekend after Christmas, so if you’re one of them and you need some gift ideas, check out our Columbus Gift Guide for things you can pick up locally, plus links to our other gift guides are included. These holiday gift cards with bonus offers make good last minute gifts too, and you can keep the little extra bonus for yourself. Most of these offers expire 12/31, but some may have already expired.
Hosting holiday guests
Are you hosting guests over the holidays? Wow them with some great attractions and holiday fun that Columbus has to offer. Find some ideas with our article, Free and cheap things to do with guests over Christmas in Columbus. Columbus is glowing with Christmas lights, and we have a list of the best holiday lights displays around the city – and many stay on until after New Years. Some of our favorites this year were the drive through light shows with Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights and Lights of Glenross, just a few miles from Fantasy of Lights. We also love the Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile if you’d rather walk around. Find a whole light of Christmas Light Displays at this link!
Winter Break Fun
The kids will get bored. They complain about school, and they complain about being bored when they don’t have school. Even with all of the new toys they will probably receive, they just may need a change of scenery and a fun activity to enjoy. We have a big list of fun activities for Winter Break. You’ll also want to check out our popular Free and Cheap Indoor Play Area and Activities article, but make sure to check operating hours during the holiday season. While you’re out and about with the kids, if you need to stop for a meal, find some cheaper options on our Kids Eat Free or Cheap list, with options for every day of the week.
It doesn’t have to be freezing to ice skate! Marysville has a FREE iceless ice rink, open through New Years Day (closed on Christmas Day). There are also several indoor ice skating options. Find the details here.
You survived the stress of the holiday season! You deserve a cocktail! Have a drink on the cheap by going to happy hour! We have a big list of Happy Hours in Columbus, divided into areas of the city, so you can find the perfect happy hour wherever you are.
Weekend between Christmas and New Years
The weekend between Christmas and New Years is a great time to relax and unwind – or continue the holiday celebration with family and friends. If you are looking for some fun, we publish a list of Fun Events for the Weekend in Columbus. The list is updated each Monday or Tuesday, and typically offers 100-200 options. If you can’t find something to do on that list, you aren’t looking for something fun!
New Years Eve and New Years Day
2019 is almost here! How are you going to welcome it? If you’d like to dine out for New Years Eve or New Years Day, we have some suggestions of restaurants open on these days. If you want more of a party atmosphere for NYE, we have a list of over 35 NYE parties around Columbus at all price points.
“We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”
The holidays can be tough for some, so I hope that if you are having a difficult time this season, you will reach out to someone for help or support.