Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…11/23-11/25

Happy Thanksgiving!  Get out there and work off that turkey and enjoy more family time.  There are lots of holiday fun and great opportunities to get outside in the warmer weather.

🎄Conservatory Aglow @ Franklin Park Conservatory

Thru Jan 2nd

1777 E Broad St, Columbus

This year’s annual holiday show is set to be the biggest and brightest in Conservatory history. Conservatory Aglow, presented by Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, begins Nov. 17, with evening hours beginning Dec. 1. This experience is included in general admission to the Conservatory. 

New features at this year’s Conservatory Aglow: 

– Rainbow color-blocking themes throughout the new Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. 

– Expert lighting by Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation to highlight the magnificent botanical structure of the old-growth trees at the Conservatory. 

– A Grand Mallway experience, featuring one of the grandest views of the historic John F. Wolfe Palm House — when it is illuminated by the dreamy, color-shifting, James Turrell light installation, “Light Raiment II”

– The special return of the flamingo topiaries. A fan-favorite among the “Topiaries at the Conservatory” collection, these sculptures will be dressed in neon pink lights over a sea of electric blue.

– Visual projections by OBLSK

– Whirly Tree by Tork Collaborative Arts 

PLUS traditional favorites, including: 

– Hand-blown glass ornament trees

– Poinsettia trees

– Creative lighting to illuminate the botanical gardens 

🌟Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights Opening Night!

11/16, 5:30-10:30 PM

3311 S Old State Rd, Delaware

2018 Opening Night at the Fantasy of Lights! A 3 mile drive thru light show from the comfort of your vehicle. This year purchase a 2018 Season Pass so you may enjoy the lights all season long. Passes may be purchased at the ticket gate.

🎅🏻Santa at Cabela’s

Select days and times thru 12/22 

1650 Gemini Pl, Columbus

Free pictures and activities 

🎅🏻Santa’s Mailbox

Thru 12/16

3600 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington

Children placing a letter in Santa’s special UA mailbox receive a reply from Santa himself, directly from the North Pole. To guarantee delivery, include child’s full name, complete address with zip code and unaffixed postage stamp. Only one child’s letter per envelope. Mailbox is located at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, in the Kenny Road parking lot.

🌳Optoutside Gahanna

11/23 8 AM-11/25 6 PM

This year Gahanna Parks & Recreation is again joining the #OptOutside movement and we’re inviting you to join too. Invite others to share in the experience, providing inspiration and tools to help people, from all backgrounds, enjoy life outside.”

There are two ways you can participate with Gahanna Parks & Recreation this year.

1. Go on an informative nature walk with our staff at Gahanna Woods, 1501 Taylor Station Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230, on Friday, November 23rd at 2pm. Walk off that Thanksgiving meal while looking for amazing wildlife in one of Gahanna’s beautiful parks.

2. Play our outdoor scavenger hunt (for a limited time only). Visit some of the various parks around Gahanna to find clues and earn points, bonus points will be awarded for using hash tags #OptOutside & #GahannaPR. Will your team prevail as the #OptOutside Weekend Champions? The scavenger hunt will be available starting on November 23rd and will end on November 25th.

It is FREE to participate in both activities and no registration is required!

🍃Opt Outside Hike with Hashtag 59, REI, and 52 Hike Challenge @ Slate Run

11/23, 9:30-11:30 AM

1375 State Route 674 N, Canal Winchester

A few years ago, REI created a movement by shutting its doors on Black Friday and asking its members to Opt Outside. Since then, more retailers & groups have joined this cause to get people into the outdoors together. This year, two outdoor loving communities – 52 Hike Challenge and Columbus-based Hashtag 59 are getting in on the action with a Central Ohio hike.

Our hike will begin at 9:30am on November 23rd at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm. We will meet at the Buzzard’s Roost Parking Lot/Picnic Shelter, then head out to hike approximately 3 miles along the Five Oaks & Sugar Maple Trails. These lovely gravel-paved trails have creek & ravine views, with black shale outcrops. In addition to the views, they also offer a bit of challenge due to a few steep inclines. Trail descriptions can be found here:

All are invited to join. We’ll have some fun with some raffles, giveaways from our hosts and friends at Columbus Running Company, & do a bit of clean up along the way. In the meantime, hold the morning of November 23 to show your love of the outdoors & Opt Outside with us!

Event sponsored by REI and 52 Hike Challenge.

🔵Indoor Amusements @ Slate Run

11/23 1-3 PM

1375 State Route 674 N, Canal Winchester

Try some indoor games and toys and challenge your mind with some 19th century puzzles. Meet at farm.

🦃Turkey Crafts @ Blacklick Woods Metro Park

11/23 1-4 PM
6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a variety of turkey themed crafts.

🌳Black Friday #OptOutside Walk @ Sharon Woods Metro Park

11/23, 2-3:30 PM

6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville

Just Announced: #OptOutside Hike for Black Friday! 

Walk off some of that food! Avoid crowded shopping areas! Join the naturalist for a 1.2- or 2.8-mile hike through the forests and fields of the park. Rain or shine. Pets welcome on the first section of the hike!  Meet at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board

🐴Holiday Carriage Rides @ Easton Town Center

11/23 and 11/24 6 PM, 11/25 3 PM

160 Easton Town Ctr,

The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh…

At Easton this Holiday season, you can take a ride over the streets and through the Town Center…and rest assured that the horse knows the way!

Horse-drawn carriage rides will again be offered during the holiday season at Easton Town Center in the North District and through Fenlon Square. Rides begin November 16 after the Lighting Ceremony and continue Friday through Sunday through December 23. Cost is $10 per person. Children under 15 ride free with paying adult.

You can grab a carriage ride outside of Zara on Gramercy Street.

Weekends through December 23:

Fridays: 6-10 PM

Saturdays: 6-10 PM

Sundays: 3-7 PM

*Carriage Rides may be canceled at any time due to weather conditions for the safety of our guests.

🎄Holiday Open House @ Hoover Gardens and Gift Shop

11/24 9 AM-7 PM,  11/25 10 AM-6 PM

182 N Sunbury Rd, Westerville

Join us as we welcome the holiday season with cookies, hot chocolate and the Grinch! Create memories with your little by painting ornaments to take home with you! Stroll through the gardens and take in the lovely sights of the holidays, while picking out your family’s live cut tree (the best selection in Columbus!) , live greenery and other Christmas decor.

💝Kids For Christ Decorating Party @ St. John Evangelical Lutheran  Church

11/24 9-11 AM

2745 W Broad St, Columbus


🛍Maker Market at Easton Town Center

11/24, 11 AM-4 PM

421 W State St, Columbus

Celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special!

On November 24th the Idea Foundry takes over Easton Town Center, with a Maker Market from 11am-4pm!

This year small businesses are showing up in a big way to celebrate the Shop Small movement.

Our pop-up market features handcrafted goods, gifts, art, and Make & Takes. Everything from fine furniture to jewelry and art will be represented by the local artisans. Start your holiday shopping with one of a kind items and support local businesses!

Don’t miss the show! The Idea Foundry will be offering live woodworking demos and the opportunity to craft your own holiday ornaments PLUS hourly raffles for gifts and Idea Foundry swag! Bring the family and MAKE something special together while you pour over dozens of pop-up shops. 

The Maker Market will be open 11am-4pm November 24th at Easton’s Town Square.

🎲Bored? Check out these Board Games! @ Gallant Farm

11/24, 1-3230 PM

2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd, Delaware

As the weather changes and things begin to slow down at the farm, how did farm families of the past spend their newfound idle time? A variety of board games were available. Come to the farm for the afternoon and check out the games that were invented to distract from the hard times of the Great Depression, such as Monopoly and Scrabble. Free; all ages.

🏙Pizzuti Collection Family Day

11/25, 12-5 PM

632 N Park St, Columbus

Family Day at Pizzuti Collection is a wonderful opportunity to gather the family for a full day of arts programming. Enjoy complimentary admission while exploring the exhibitions on view with art-inspired crafts and tours.

This Family Day we will be making abstract mobiles using recycled materials. Our inspiration is Miiri (Thought) by Aboubakar Fofana from the Take Up Space exhibition. Mobile Making will take place between 12:00pm-3:00pm. At 1:30pm, we will have story-time featuring an art related book. And at 2:00pm, we will be hosting a Family Tour of the exhibitions!

For any questions about this program, contact Wynne Morgan at or 614.300.3575.

🎄Worthington’s Tree Illumination and Holiday Open House @ Worthington Village Green

11/25, 12-6 PM

High St. Worrthington

Bring the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including horse drawn carriage rides, iceless ice rink, live music and a visit from Santa.  Illumination at 5:30 Pm at Southeast Village Green. 

🌞Feel with all the things~@ Highbanks Metro Park

11/25, 3-5 PM

9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center

Join us for a Hike at Highbanks Metro Park. Walk feeling all the senses and what they evoke. Notice the sunshine, the shadows, the footsteps and smells of the forest floor, the sounds of wind,.waters and rocks . Discover what’s alive within you and around you. Let’s Find our “aliveness” together. Meet up at the Nature Center. Plan on it! These hikes will be reoccurring every 4th Sunday of each month.

🖌Columbus Museum of Art Free Day

11/25, 10 AM-5 PM

480 E Broad St. Columbus

Check out the Wonder room, a great way to enjoy family time.  

📍Please note-information is provided as listed in events, if a change is created, these may effect what was provided. I do my best to supply information as available

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