7 Favorite Holiday Traditions in Columbus

It’s crazy to think of Christmas and all the festivities. Since it comes so fast, I want to provide some of our favorites to add to your to do list this year.  We love all holidays and there is something magical about Christmas! 

  1. Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights

3311 Old State Rd. Delaware

A 3 mile drive through light show, yeah jammies!  This is a super fun way to enjoy Christmas lights in a warm environment.  Pack some cookies and hot chocolate and play your favorite Christmas tunes.  And it’s at Alum Creek Park Campgrounds, so a short drive! 

– Tickets available to purchase in advance on Eventbrite

– Season pass $60.  Can purchase at the gate

– 4 new displays!!!!!!!!!

*And the show benefits Recreation Unlimited and A Kid Again

November 16th-Jan 1st

Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm – 9:30pm | Friday and Saturday 5:30pm – 10:30pm


2.State Auto Christmas Corner

518 E. Broad St. Columbus

2. Starting in early December, you can walk through a life-sized nativity and read the Christmas story.  There is a lighting ceremony as well as choirs performing.  It’s a free experience and worth the trip!

Check www.stateauto.com/christmas for dates and times towards the end of November for 2018 performances. 

  1. Holiday Train and More!

Columbus Metropolitan Library-Main

96 S Grant Ave. Columbus

A great experience for the kids.  A whimsical mix of trains, animals, books, and fun! Check this out when you visit State Auto’s Christmas Corner, it’s super close.  Also a free experience.  If you time your visit out, you can walk through the lighted Topiary Park out the library back doors.

-Go to the back and you can find Thomas

-Go to the top of the steps to see a waterfall

  1. Dragon Lights  Chinese Lantern FestivalNovember 23rd-January 6th @Ohio Expo Center

    It’s fun to walk through all the lights in a smaller area  and the preformances are cool too.   I heard there are going to be interactive lights and new lanterns.

    Tickets are currently on sale…any tickets purchased online before Nov. 23 can receive a $3.00 off discount (per ticket) with the code: “ZAONIAO” (early bird in Chinese Pinyin).

5. Conservatory Aglow

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad Street Columbus

As it sounds, the Conservatory is decorated with lights, both inside and out.   This is another inside option to stay warm.  I am excited to see how they will decorate the new Children’s Garden this year. I’m sure it will be great! 

  1. Zoo Lights @ Columbus Zoo

4850 W Powell Rd. Powell 

Our festivities wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Zoo lights.  Even if it’s bitterly cold, the lights and animals help to distract everyone.  We’re going to try a trip in January this year too to have a less crowded experience. 


  1. Columbus Commons-Holiday Lights

160 S. High St. Columbus

This is a fun little adventure downtown.  It was a short walk around to see a lot of lights packed into a small area.

P.S. Parking meters are free on Sundays

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