Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…11/29-12/1

Sorry for the late post, but a girl had to shop at Target for deals.  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  Continue your fun with some of these activities.

🖌Thanksgiving Crafts @ Blacklick Woods

11/29,12-4 PM

6975 East Livingston Rd. 

Stopby the nature center to make some Thanksgiving-themed crafts.

🙌🏼Gift Kindness @ Polaris Fashion Place

11/29, 6-9:30 PM

1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus

This year we are spreading holiday magic through the gift of kindness. Join us on Friday, November 29as we kick of the season of giving with our Gift of Kindness installation located at the Food Hall hallway in between Subway and Sbarro. You can enter to win $1,000 to a charity of your choice by posting your act of kindness on Instagram with the hashtag #GiftKindnessContest, following and tagging @polarisfashionplace and tagging the charity of your choice. See you there!

🌲Opt Outside: Opt to Act Columbus, Hike & Trash Cleanup @ Scioto Audubon

11/29, 10-1:15 PM

400 west Whittier st., Columbus

A few years ago, REIcreated a movement by shutting its doors on Black Friday and asking its members to Opt Outside. This year they’ve upped the ante with Opt to Act, a clean up challenge.

Several outdoor-loving communities & businesses (Hashtag 59One80Out SupplyCliff OriginalStudio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse52 Hike Challenge, & REI) are coming together to Opt to Act in Columbus & we’d love for you to join us!


Our clean-up/hike will begin at 10am on November 29that Scioto Audubon Metro Park. We will meet at the Grange Audubon Center, then head out to clean up the Scioto Greenway Trail. This paved trail traces the Scioto River and provides great city & water views. While the trail extends 10 miles, we’ll hike/clean up closer to 3 miles and plan to regroup around 11:30for trash collection & high fives and head up to the Big Room Barat CD102.5for an after party celebration until 1ish in the afternoon. A trail description can be found here:


All are invited to join. We’ll have some fun with coffee, donuts, raffles & giveaways from our hosts & REI. In the meantime, hold the morning of November 29to show your love of the outdoors & Opt Outside with us!

🌳Opt Outside: Hike @ Battelle Darby

11/29, 11 AM-1 PM

1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway

Instead of waiting in line, come take a 4-mile hike with us. All Ages. Meet us at the Ranger Station 1775 Darby Creek Dr. 

👍🏻Indoor Amusements@ Slate Run Metro Parkand Living Historical Farm

11/29, 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.

🎄2nd Annual LDP Lighting Event! @ Lucy Depp Park Light Show

11/29, 6-9 PM

9360 Frabell Dr, Powell

We’re flipping the breakers and turning on the lights for year 3 of The Lucy Depp Park Light Show on 11/29! This year we have something insane that we’re pretty sure has never ever been done before ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD that you MUST see! Car queues might be long on opening night, so feel free to check us out any time from 11/29until New Years! 9360 Frabell DR Powell OH 43065is the address to put in your phone for the coolest light show in Central Ohio!

🎄71st Annual Lighting of The Licking County Courthouse

11/29, 6-7 PM

Please join us, with your family, friends and neighbors, at the 71st Annual Lighting of the Licking County Courthouse on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 6pm. Enjoy a festive holiday evening of entertainment including a variety of musical guests, carols, and the Big Man himself, Santa Claus. Our friends at the Canal Market District will be hosting the Holiday Bazaar starting at 3that will include a variety of vendors. We can’t wait to see you all supporting Downtown Newark. Who’s joining us!?

🦃Family Turkey Talk @ Blendon Woods

11/30, 2-3 PM

4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus

Learn about these thanksgiving icons and take a 1.5 mile hike to spot some. Meet at Nature Center.

⚙️STEAM Storytime @ Tremont Rd. Library-Upper Arlington

11/30, 10:30-11:15 AM

We will explore STEAM ideas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with stories, crafts, and activities. Ages 4-7.

🎄Holiday Activities at Oakland Nursery (All locations)

Columbus Garden Center Events (1156 Oakland Park Avenue

Columbus, OH 43224)

*Horse-drawn carriage rides! Saturdays & Sundays noon – 4 pmstarting November 30 through December 15.

*A Reindeer will visit Oakland on Saturday, December 14 from 12 – 3 pm! This is sure to be a favorite with your kids!

*Breakfast with Santa!  Saturday, December 21 from 9 – 11 am. You can visit with Santa.  Please call the store for more details.

*Elsa & Anna, The Princesses from the ‘Tundra’ up North! Saturday, December 21st from 12 noon – 2 pm.  Be sure to bring your camera to capture the magic.

Delaware Garden Center Events (25 Kilbourne Road Delaware, OH 43015)

*Kids’ Activities on the weekends starting November 30from noon – 4 pm: Many different special guest appearances on the weekends including caricature artist, balloon artist, and face painting.  Please call the store for more details.

*Musical Entertainment on the weekends starting November 30 – December 15with various local artists.

*Mr. & Mrs. Claws on some weekends!Enjoy pics with these ‘Santa Lizards’ from the Reptile Zoo.

Dublin Garden Center Events (4261 West Dublin-Granville Road Dublin, Ohio 43017)

*Horse-drawn carriage rides: Sat. & Sun. noon – 3 pm November 30- December  15.

*The kids can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa! Sat. & Sun. noon – 3:30 pmstarting November 30.

*Bring your dog to have a picture with Santa! Sat. & Sun. noon – 3:30 pmstarting November 30(Please call the store for more details.)

*Breakfast with Santa! Saturday, December 21 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Please call the store for details

New Albany Garden Center Events (5211 Johnstown Road New Albany, Ohio 43054)

*Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: Saturday & Sunday from noon – 4 pmNovember 30 & December 1, December 7, 8, & 15 while 9 am – 3 pm December 14.

*Free Popcorn and Holiday Cookies on the weekends starting November 30.

*Musical Entertainment from the New Albany High School Music Department:  A Capella Singers on Dec. 7& 8; Jazz Band on Dec. 14; Strings on Dec. 15.All performances will be 1 – 2 pm.

*Breakfast with Santa! Saturday, December 14 from 8 – 11 am.

❄️Christmas in the Gardens @ Hoover Gardens

12/1,  10 AM-6 PM

182 N Sunbury Rd, Westerville

The first 3 weekends in December, we will be serving hot chocolate & cookies, painting ornaments and visiting with the Grinch! Activities begin at 10, with the Grinch visiting from 11-4. Parents can enjoy extra discounts on all the beautiful indoor Christmas items on display. Also check out the beautiful arrangements of fresh greens, trees, poinsettias, Christmas cactus and so much more. Pets are always welcome in our establishment, and the Grinch is happy to pose with them as well!!

🎄Holiday Bazaar & Tree Lighting @ Short North District

12/1, 11 AM-6 PM

The Sunday Bazaar is back for the holiday season to help you celebrate Small Business Weekend and start your gift shopping! At the Holiday Bazaar, you can shop, eat, and explore pop-ups while enjoying holiday performers all along High Street, then end the day at the annual Deck the District Tree Lighting from 5:00pm to 6:00pmat Poplar Park. Stop by to kick off the holiday season and take a picture in front of our selfie-space, created by local artist Briden Schueren. 

🎄Holiday Open House

12/1, 12-5 PM

Old Worthington will host its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 1(always the Sunday after Thanksgiving) from noon till 5:00 p.m.Bring the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including an iceless ice rink, trackless train, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and a visit from Santa. Local retailers will be offering special promotions. And, plan to stay into the evening for the annual Christmas tree lighting on Worthington’s Village Green.


12/1, 12 PM

2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware

Come see our collection of vintage toys, enjoy hands-on play with a variety of reproductions of toys from the past, and learn some interesting history in the process. On display Thursdays-Sundays, December 1-29from 12-5 p.m. at Gallant Farm.   

🌳Seldom Seen Glaciers @ Battelle Darby

12/1, 1-3 PM

1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway

Take a 1-mile off-trail hike down into a gorge to seldom seen remnants of the Wisconsin Glacier. Level 5 (very difficult) hike getting into the gorge. Ages 13 and older. Meet us at the Nature Center 1415 Darby Creek Drive.

🤘🏻Fall 2019 Seasonal Show – 90’s Rock @ Alrosa Villa

By School of Rock Gahanna

12/1, 1:30-6 PM

5055 Sinclair Rd, Columbus

Inaugural show for School of Rock Gahanna students.  They’ve been working hard practicing and rehearsing and now it’s time to perform at a legendary rock venue.  Come out and support them and get inspired!

🎄Hilliard Tree Lighting @ Hilliard Station Park

12/1, 4-6:30 PM

4021 Main St, Hilliard

Grab your family and friends and get into the holiday spirit at the Hilliard Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 4 – 6:30 p.m.!

This year’s celebration marks the 30th annual Tree Lighting in Old Hilliard. The evening will be full of fun and free festivities for all to enjoy at Hilliard’s Station Park, Main Street, the Historical Village, and the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center.

The event is walk-able, but a trolley will also be available from the Chase Bank parking lot to the Historical Village.

Convenient and free parking is available at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, the lot at Madison and Wayne Streets, and the Makoy Center. Handicap parking will be available at the First Responders Park lot.

2019 Tree Lighting Highlights:

Hilliard’s Station Park

• Balloon twister

• Face painting

• Giant snow globe

• Hilliard Arts Council strolling carolers

• Hilliard Bradley Shades of Blue

• Hilliard Darby Polyphonix

• Hilliard Youth Choir

• Recycle Holiday Lights with the ESC

• Santa and elves

• Scioto Darby elementary 1st grade choir

• Sponsor holiday hunt

• Tree Lighting at 6:15 p.m.

Main Street

• Cookie decorating

• Cram the Cruiser

• Petting zoo

• Food trucks

• Holiday train rides

• Horse and carriage rides

• Hot chocolate

• Ice carving

• Live reindeer

• Cram the Cruiser by donating new winter garments for Hilliard • City Schools students

• Stilt walkers

• Visit with sponsors

Hilliard Historical Society(Village)

• Balloon twister

• Face painting

• Holiday music

• Mrs. Claus and elves in the schoolhouse

• Visit the historical buildings with docents

• Write a letter to Santa

Civic and Cultural Arts Center

Empty Bowls Project will be selling hot bowls of soup and crackers from 4 – 6:30 the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Centeron 5425 Center Street. Bowls are $10/adult and $5/kids 12 and under. Each purchase receives a handcrafted bowl decorated by a Hilliard high schools art students. All proceeds benefit the Hilliard Food Pantry, devoted to fight hunger in our community. Thank you to Columbus Clay and Buckeye Ceramics for their generous donations  for the Empty Bowls Project.

Cram the Cruiser

Help us fill a Hilliard Cruiser with new winter garments at the Hilliard Tree Lighting. All collections will benefit students at Hilliard City Schools, from preschool to 12th grade.

Clothes we’ll be collecting:

• Sweatpants

• Coats

• Gloves

• Hats

• Sweaters

• Jackets

• Scarves

• Socks

🐪Live Nativity! @ Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church

12/1, 5-7:30 PM

3660 Kenny Rd, Columbus

AdventELC.orgwelcomes everyone to its 48th Annual Live Nativity, FREE! This is a family friendly event that helps everyone experience the Christmas story in a real way.

The Live Nativity features a manger scene with live participants and a petting zoo.  For those interested, attendees are invited to participate as a character in the Live Nativity.  Costumes will be provided. 

As your eyes take in the scene, your other senses will also come alive through the smell and taste of cookies and hot beverages as well as readings from scripture and live music featuring the barbershop harmonies of the Singing Buckeyes, Advent’s Adult Choir, and a Hallelujah Chorus Sing-a-long, as well as other activities.

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