So many fun holiday activities to try this weekend. Warmer temps to boot! What will you choose?
Conservatory Aglow @ Franklin Park Conservatory
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
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
Santa Bryan will be appearing at Cabela’s. (If you can’t make it during my shifts, Santa Mike will be there. He’s the former Santa for Polaris Fashion Mall.)
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.
Holiday Carriage Rides @ Easton Town Center
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 Sundaythrough 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.
Elf On The Shelf @ Prarie Township
You can find these dolls at local business. Kids receive a signature for finding them, once they complete the whole hunt, turn in sheets to the Community Center for a chance to win a new bicycle. When you find an elf, take a picture at the store you found the elf in and use #PTCCOhio in your social media posts! Program takes place Nov. 27-Dec. 17, 2018
2018 Winter Festival @ The City of Upper Arlington
Home for the Holidays Weekend
Main Street Delaware brings you a holiday to remember! To kick things off with plenty of time for the holiday season the festivities begin this year on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30!
SAVE THE DATE for the Home for the Holidays Weekend
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join other families and feel the sense of love and community as we light our magnificent Christmas Tree at the corner of William and Sandusky Streets. Our tree lighting is a magical experience. Santa joins us at our tree lighting, helping us each year to flip the switch and light our tree.
Other Friday night highlights include:
Horse-drawn carriage rides
Life-sized snow globe
Santa House visits
Carolers and music
Magic and kids activities
Shopping and store specials
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 // All Day:
Dash for Dasher Scavenger Hunt
Santa has lost Dasher! Explore downtown following Santa’s clues to find him and have fun along the way. Main Street Delaware will collect a voluntary monetary donation or a box of cereal for our local food pantries.
Santa House at The Strand Theatre
Holiday shopping all day! Shop our downtown stores with holiday specials.
3 pm, stepping off from Mingo Park
The Post Office also be on hand to collect your letters to Santa along the parade route!
Holiday Tree Lighting @ Lifeline of Ohio
We invite you and your family to join us on Friday, November 30as we honor the heroes of organ, eye and tissue donation during the holiday season with our annual tree lighting event. Come together with other donor families and recipients as we decorate ornaments and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.
We will provide weather-friendly ornaments to decorate or you may bring an ornament to personalize. This event is free of charge and children are welcome. We hope to see you there! http://lifelineofohio.org/events/
Westerville Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Westerville City Hall
Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. in the Westerville City Hall Courtyard.
Join the City for an evening of live holiday music, a candle lighting celebration and much more in the heart of Uptown Westerville. Attendees can enjoy special holiday cookies and musical performances from MileStone Lane, the Westerville Community Band and the Westerville Community Choir. Santa Claus will be available for photos after the official ceremony outside the Westerville Division of Police. And after visiting with Santa, children can pick up a free gift to take home.
The event is open to the public and free for all. A special thanks to our community partners including the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce for making this night possible.
Free Pictures With Santa @ Antry/Isaacs Team at Saxton Real Estate
3703 Broadway, Grove City
Come get your little ones pictures taken with Santa by Amy Scoles Photography for free! We only ask that you bring a new toy unwrapped to donate. We will deliver the toys to the local firehouse for families in need for Christmas!
Sensitive Santa @ Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities
7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center
Sensitive Santa is a fun event for all ages to enjoy! Come get your picture taken with Santa in a sensory friendly environment. The event is free to attend. We are asking participants to considering donating a new hat or pair of gloves for the Common Grounds Free Store.
Participants will receive a free digital photo and information to purchase prints if interested.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend!
Holiday Happiness @ Upper Arlington Library
Don’t miss our 47th annual Holiday Happiness event! The schedule includes:
10:00-2:00 A variety of children’s crafts
10:00-11:00 Harpest Lily McBride
11:00-11:30 UA Middle School Honors choirs
11:30-12:00 Jones Middle School chamber orchestra
12:00-2:00 Santa and Mrs. Claus
12:00-2:00 Matt the Balloon Guy
12:00-2:00 Face painting
Visit our Avenue of Trees and Gingerbread Display, and vote for your favorite. Pick a tag from our Giving Tree and make a child’s holiday a little brighter. Enjoy an assortment of baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate (while supplies last).
This event is made possible by The Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library. Happy holidays!
Cheryl’s 2018 Annual Holiday Party
646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville
You are invited to our Annual Holiday Party on 12/1 from 10am-6pm!
Schedule of events:
Noon – 2pm: Frost a cookie with Mrs Clause
-Secret Santa Shop– Little ones, bring your lists and our special elf will help you shop! Prices range from $1.00- $10.00 per gift! Pssst, your gifts will fit in the freezer until Christmas….
-48 cookies only $29.50 (regularly $52.99)
-NEW Collector’s Edition Ohio State Cookie Jar $59.99 includes 12 FREE cookies
-Lots of other great deals!
Bicentennial Park Centennial Park
Join us for the second annual WinterFest, a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks. A portion of food truck and beer sales will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. CD102.5, The Alternative Station, and CW Columbus are the promotional partners for WinterFest.
Food trucks include Buckeye Donuts, Cazuela’s Food Truck, The Cheesy Truck, Chicky Chicky Waffle, Good & Tasty Barbeque, Kenny’s Meat Wagon, Mixing Bowl Asian Grill, Paddy Wagon Food, Pitabilities and Sweet-T’s Southern Style Food Truck.
CRPD staff and volunteers will be on hand selling hand-crafted bowls as part of the Empty Bowls initiative which supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Now in its 21st year, Empty Bowls has raised more than $250,000 to fight hunger in our community.
In addition to WinterFest, the Scioto Mile will be aglow with thousands of twinkling lights beginning Nov. 21 adding an air of festivity to downtown Columbus.
WinterFest is presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of CD102.5, The Alternative Station, CW Columbus and Mike Gallicchio.
Dash for Dasher @ Main St. Delaware
He’s done it again! Santa has lost Dasher the reindeer somewhere in downtown Delaware.
Explore downtown, following Santa’s clues to find him and have fun along the way. While you look for Dasher, you’ll gather reindeer goodies, make crafts, and even see a new space or two within our downtown.
This family-friendly downtown scavenger hunt is free of charge so all families are able to participate and make memories in downtown. However, Main Street Delaware is also accepting voluntary donations to help fund Christmas downtown or boxes of cereal to donate to local food banks.
Saturday is also our Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.
Free Lazarus Santa’s Workshop
Do you remember visiting the Lazarus department store, waiting wide-eyed to sit on Santa’s lap?
On Saturday, December 1 from 11 am – 5 pm, Mr. Claus himself will be making a comeback at the very place many Columbus residents affectionately recall making seasonal expeditions to see him: The Lazarus Building.
In addition to cell-phone photos with the big man in the original sleigh from the building’s former life, your little elves can kick-start the yule-tide decorating with crafts led by the OSU Urban Arts Space. Patrons can also take-in another time-honored seasonal attraction– the Orange Line Holiday Train in The Center for Architecture and Design.
5th Annual Deck the Stalls @ Stockhands Horses For Healing
Join us for the 5th Annual Deck the Stalls! Photos with Santa ($5 donation or free for military families), face painting, Christmas bulb decorating, pony rides ($3 donation or 2 for $5), refreshments and more. Proceeds benefit Stockhands Horses for Healing equine therapy programs, including our lessons, day programs, addiction programs, veterans program and more. Free admission, activities tickets available at the door.
33rd Annual Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour
N Main at Broadway, Granville
There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than in the quaint, New England-style village of Granville. This year marks the 33rd year that the Village of Granville has entertained thousands of visitors and residents at the Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour.
Granville’s Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour lights up the town the first Saturday of each December, capturing the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas. A festive mood is created at this holiday event as visitors discover the spirit of the season amidst the glow of twinkling Christmas lights and luminaries, the sounds of carolers and musicians, and the happy laughter of children as they sit on Santa’s knee.
Stroll along the streets lined with live Christmas trees aglow with sparkling lights and hundreds of luminaries. Find special gifts at unique shops, and dine in a variety of restaurants. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, holiday music at area churches, or visit our museums and businesses that host a multitude of special events and activities.
Timed events that have become family favorites occur at locations around town, such as children’s events at the Village Hall; Santa and Mrs. Clause at the Robbins Hunter Museum; Christmas Train exhibits at the library; theatre and music at Denison University; and musical attractions at local businesses.
This annual event is chaired by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce and is free to the public.
Short North Arts District Holiday Hop & Tree Lighting
Short North Arts District
Join Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Lindsay Gallery, Marcia Evans Gallery, Not Sheep Gallery, Pizzuti Collection, Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Sherrie Gallerie, and Studios on High Gallery for Columbus’ favorite night to celebrate art.
Holiday Hop is a celebrated tradition, featuring street performers, decorated retail windows, lights, and of course, holiday cheer. Many of the galleries will feature collections of one of a kind small and artful gifts, perfect for the holiday season.
In addition to new art exhibitions in District galleries, check out the these other fun activities:
See the District Tree Lighting in Poplar Park at 6:00pm with hosts Nina West and NBC4’s Monica Day, a performance by the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, get cookies from C. Krueger’s Finest Baked Goods, and take your photo with Santa.
Shop from local artisans, crafters, and makers and have your photo taken with Santa during the Holiday Hop Pop-Up Shop (located at 945 N. High St). The Pop-Up Shop will be open from 12:00-9:00pm and Santa will be visiting from 12:00-4:00pm.
Enjoy a new art shopping experience at Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph as they partner with ArtPop from 6:30-9:30pm. Browse local pieces, indulge in treats, and meet the artists, including Amandda Leigh Tire, Alissa Ohashi, Cassidy Rae Marietta, John F. Grosvenor, Duartes Collective Group, David Michael, Kate Morgan and Stephanie Rond.
Peruse the window decor of over 25 small businesses and vote for your favorite in the annual Holiday Window Display Contest.
More details coming soon at shortnorth.org
Twelve Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy some Free Family Fun in Historic Dublin this Holiday Season!
12 Playful Little Elves are hiding in Historic Dublin! Can you find them All?
Pick up your Elf Hunt cards at any of the locations listed below
Start your hunt when ever and where ever you choose! Have your card stamped everytime you find an Elf
Visit the locations durning their normal business hours anytime between December 1st and December 29th,2018
Parents- return your completed card to any of the 12 locations for a chance to win the Grand Prize Basket
Grand Prize Drawings and Photo Op with “The Elf on the Shelf” at Our CupCakery December 29th between 2:00 and 4:00pm
We’re excited to announce this year’s elf hideouts!
Boho 72 Boutique
Dean Insurance Group
Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – Dublin
La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro
Dublin Toy Emporium
The Close Connection-Keller Williams
Cutler Real Estate
Jennifer J Miller DDS-Dentistry of Dublin
The elf hunt begins during Historic Dublin Holly Days on Saturday, December 1st at 1 PM.
Historic Dublin Holly Days
Come celebrate the kick-off to the holiday season in Historic Dublin with free family-friendly fun!
ACCEPTING TOY DONATIONS – FIRE TRUCK LOCATED IN THE PARKING AREA BEHIND THE DUBLIN VETERINARY CLINIC
Washington Township Fire Department
Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive!
12 ELVES OF DUBLIN HUNT December 1st-29th
Playful little elves are hiding in local businesses
and want you and your family to find them!
GINGERBREAD HOUSES DISPLAY
Fundraiser for ACS Relay for Life
located at My CupCakery
SING ALONG WITH KINDERMUSIC AND MAKE A TAMBOURINE
Dublin Toy Emporium
VISIT WITH SANTA!
Dublin Toy Emporium
FREE KIDS CRAFT -The Close Connection
FREE KIDS CRAFT-Our CupCakery
FREE KIDS CRAFT -The Dean Insurance Group
FREE KIDS CRAFT-Cutler Real Estate
CHARACTERS AND CAROLERS-come mingle
with Elves, strolling Carolers and the Grinch!
WRITE AND SEND LETTERS TO SANTA
Little ones can send their letters right to the North Pole
Strip, Hoppers, Leithart, Mcgrath & Terlecky Co.,LPA
HA’PENNY BRIDGE IMPORTS OF IRELAND
Enjoy shopping for gifts at the pop up shop located in the offices of Strip, Hoppers, Leithart, Mcgrath & Terlecky Co.,LPA
ornaments, Irish gifts and more!
LIVE MUSIC AND RAFFLE FOR A WINTER LANDSCAPE
stop in at Terra Gallery
All proceeds go to The Dublin Food Pantry
STORY TIME WITH MRS CLAUS-& COOKIE DECORATING
at Our CupCakery
HISTORIC DUBLIN TOURS-Enjoy a stroll to historic sights
with a member of the Dublin Historical Society
Tours start at the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau
SHOP,DINE AND EXPLORE our many amazing businesses
HISTORIC DUBLIN TREE LIGHTING-5:00 (approx)
Nature Crafts @ Battle Darby Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway
Stop by the Nature Center to create crafts using materials provided by mother nature!
Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration New Albany
Kick off the holiday season at the community Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, Saturday, December 1, 2018. Bring the whole family to enjoy ice sculpture demonstrations, bounce house, giant snow globe, kids crafts, donuts, popcorn, cookies, apple cider, hot cocoa, coffee, cookie decorating, stilt walker, balloon twister, holiday dog treats, reindeer treats, kids ornament decorating, Tesla Model X Light Show, and holiday cheer from event sponsors and community partners. Be there when Santa arrives at 2:00pm on his sleigh (fire truck)!
Schedule of Activities
11:00am – 11:30am, Winter Themed Family Storytime at New Albany Library
1:30pm – 4:00pm, Kids Only Holiday Shop at Heit Center for Healthy New Albany
2:00pm – 4:30pm, Santa arrives! Pictures with Santa in Market Square
2:00pm – 5:00pm Activities include ice sculpture demonstrations, bounce house, giant snow globe, kids crafts, donuts, popcorn, cookies, apple cider, hot cocoa, coffee, cookie decorating, stilt walker, balloon twister, holiday dog treats, reindeer treats, kids ornament decorating, Tesla Model X Light Show
3:30pm – 4:30pm, Letters to Santa writing workshop at New Albany Library
5:00pm, Tree Lighting by Mayor!
Entertainment on the main stage 2:00pm-5:00pm:
Carols by New Albany Winds
Performance by the Irwin Academy of Irish Dance
A Christmas Carol by the New Albany Community Theatre
Sampling of The Nutcracker by the New Albany Children’s Ballet Theatre
For updated details visit http://cm.newalbanychamber.com/events/details/holiday-tree-lighting-celebration-6975
Holidays in Powell
47 Hall St, Powell
Admission to the event is free and includes crafts, activities and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Guests must be in line by 5 p.m. to visit with Santa Claus.
Join Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at 6 p.m. in Village Green Park as they illuminate the City’s Christmas Tree.
Winter Evening on the Gallant Farm
2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd. Delaware
Join us for old-fashioned winter fun at Gallant Farm! Participate in seasonal activities that farm families enjoyed in years past. Enjoy live music, roast chestnuts over an open fire, sip hot wassail, and sample homemade cookies. There will be fun activities for the whole family. Drop in early and stay throughout the evening. Free, all ages.
Comet’s Landing at Sunbury’s “Christmas on the Square”
Santa called and rain is coming with him from the North Pole this Saturday. Don’t fret, Comet is bringing a tent!! We will be ready to see you Saturday December 1 from 5-8. Bring your umbrella and your rain boots and come see us!
PLEASE NOTE OUR LOCATION CHANGE! We will now be located on the Northeast corner of the Sunbury square at 62 E. Cherry Street. Look for the white tent and the icicle lights to point you in the right direction! We can’t wait to see you there!!
Sunbury’s annual “Christmas on the Square” events are right around the corner, on Saturday December 1, 2018!
We are super excited to announce that we will be offering something new to the community this year. Along with Santa, Comet will be joining the visit to Sunbury. We are offering an exciting and rare photo opportunity for you and your friends and family to get your photo taken with Comet and Santa’s Sleigh, for free, between 5-8 pm!! We are delighted to be able to bring this new attraction to our community and can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces there!
Santa will be brought to you by the Sunbury Chamber of Commerce and will be inside of the Town Hall again this year.
Comet’s Landing will be brought to you by Triple J Team/Key Realty, Jeff & Jodie Monebrake, Reclaimology and Contract Processing & Title. Comet will be located just outside of the entrance to the Town hall.
Along with many other businesses in the Town Square, the sponsors of Comet’s Landing will also be offering some Open House activities throughout the evening, please stop in and say HI!
Comet’s Landing is proudly brought to you this year by the following sponsors:
Contract Processing & Title Agency, Open House location: 62 E Cherry Street. A full service title agency dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and focusing on making real estate closings as smooth and simple as possible
Triple J Team/Key Realty, Jeff & Jodie Monebrake, Open House location: 62 E Cherry Street. Offering exceptional real estate services for all of your real estate needs!
Our Open House will include our normal giveaways, cookies coffee and cocoa, crafts for the kids, and a NEW AND IMPROVED photo booth experience this year!
Reclaimology, Open House location: 75 E. Cherry Street. A unique and one of a kind store focusing on handmade gifts and home goods made by local artists and artisans. Many furniture pieces are hand picked, refinished and rejuvenated bringing life back to once loved furniture! Custom pieces are also available upon request! We are also proud to now be offering DIY classes allowing you find the artist in yourself!
Our Open House will feature giveaways and door prizes and a craft ornament for all to create in the lower level of our store.
Free Princess Meet and Greet @ Montrose Elementary School
Main St, Bexley
Join the Not Just Make Believe Parties Royals for a magical day of Meet & Greets at the Bexley Holiday Hop! 5 Characters from Not Just Make Believe Parties will be spending the day at the Bexley Holiday Hop, ready for photos and autographs with all of their guests! Meet & Greet time slots (below) are strict, so make sure to plan ahead if you have a specific royal you’d like to meet! There may be lines, so we suggest coming at the beginning of your desired “set time.”
Location: Bexley Holiday Hop [ Montrose School Front Lawn]
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm (see set times below!)
12:00pm – 1:15pm : Belle & Princess Elena of Avalor
1:15pm- 2:30pm : Rapunzel & Surprise Royal!
2:30pm- 4:00pm : Queen Elsa
Want to meet everyone?? We suggest coming to the end of Belle and Elena’s set, then meeting Rapunzel and her surprise guest, enjoying a delicious lunch on Main Street, and joining us again for Queen Elsa’s set time! There will be plenty of shops open all throughout Bexley to browse with amazing Holiday Hop deals!
After our event, head over to the Drexel Circle to see the Bexley Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Holiday Hop 2018 @ Holiday Hop 2018
2770 E Main St, Ste 5, Bexley
Join the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce as we support local businesses in our area with our annual Holiday Hop event. Participating stores will have special deals, discounts, giveaways, and family-friendly activities for participants. We’ll have more information about our scavenger hunt, too. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs! Rides on the Bexley BEAT bus are available for no cost to you! Questions? Let us know!
How to be a Citizen Scientist
Contributing to science is easier than ever. Learn how you can help using some popular sites and apps. Meet at the nature center.
Menorah Lighting at Polaris Fashion Place
Menorah lighting, inside near Saks Fifth Avenue on the Lower Level. Enjoy doughnuts & cider, and festive family activities!
Holiday Hop & 29th Annual Tree Lighting @ Weaver Park
4100 Columbia St, Hilliard
Join Mrs Claus & Elves in the Schoolhouse & write a letter to Santa. Docent led tours of the Historic Village will also be available.
Enjoy free hot chocolate, a food truck, and a face painter all while a DJ plays holiday tunes in the Gazebo.
This event is FREE as part of the City of Hilliard’s Holiday Hop & Tree Lighting event.
Village Lights 2018
Twinkling luminaries greet visitors from across Central Ohio who are ready to kick off the holiday on the historic streets of German Village!
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