Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…12/13-12/15

Seasonal festivities!  I love all the magic and wonder.  What will your family choose?

🌲Seasons and Stories! @ Rocky Fork Park

12/13, 10-11 AM

7180 Walnut St, New Albany

Bundle up to hear some stories by the roaring fire while enjoying a warm beverage! Ages 1-8 yrs. Meet at Millstone Shelter.

🎼Sounds of the Season @ Polaris

12/13, 10:30 AM-7 PM

1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus

Sounds of the Season is a program where local schools, organizations, dance groups and singers can spread holiday cheer for all to hear.

Performances will take place every hour on the Lower Level by the Play Area on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th from 10:30 AM – 7 PM. 

🎅 Free Photo with Santa & Crafts & Games at Cabela’s

12/13, 5-7 PM

1650 Gemini Pl 

Get a free photo with Santa. Free crafts from 5 to 7PM. Free games and activities. Bass pass required.

Learn more:

🎄Free Festive Fridays at Columbus Commons

12/13, 5-8 PM

160 S High St, Columbus

Enjoy the festive lights at Columbus Commons from November 22 through January 5, EVERY DAY from dusk until to 11 pm. Stop by after a Downtown dinner to see more than 400,000 LED lights dazzle in the park, thanks to our wonderful partnership with the AEP Foundation.

To sweeten the deal, Fridays from 5pm to 8pm in December will be a little extra festive, with free hot chocolate and carousel rides. Plus, you’ll hear the music of the season with musicians roaming around the park. You can find that extra bit of holiday cheer on these dates:

Friday, December 6

Friday, December 13

Friday, December 20

While you’re traversing this glowing green space, take a photo and share it on Instagram using #CCHolidayLights!

Free hot chocolate is available until supplies run out and carousel rides are weather permitting. Taquero Mad Street Food and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be open! 

Convenient parking is located under the park at 191 S. 3rd St, or directly across the street at 55 E. Rich St. 

🐴Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides @ Strand Theater

12/13, 6-8 PM

28 E Winter St, Delaware

Every December Friday evening leading up to Christmas, enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown Delaware. Cozy up with your family and enjoy the festive sights of downtown. Carriage pick-up location will be in front of The Strand Theatre.

A minimum donation of $1 per person over the age of 5, cash only.

✌🏻Signs of Christmas Performance at Easton Mall

12/13, 7-7:30 PM

160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus

Get ready for Christmas carols- American Sign Language style!

We’re Signs of Christmas, a non-profit group who performs (well… signs) Christmas carols in the Columbus area every holiday season. Our mission is to spread deaf and hard-of-hearing awareness through the beauty of America Sign Language. 

During your holiday shopping at Easton Mall, take a break to hear some of your favorite holiday tunes, dance, and perhaps learn some fun Christmas signs. 

We hope to see you there!

💃🏻The Nutcracker @ Palace Theater

12/13, 7:30-9:30 PM and more dates

39 E State St, Columbus

Ring in the holiday season with The Nutcracker, a timeless tradition for all ages. Co-created by Gerard Charles and Robert Post, this magical production takes you on a Christmas Eve adventure, complete with sparkling snow, toys come to life and the sounds of the Columbus Symphony.  

More info →

🛍The Powell Winter Market

12/14, 9 AM-12 PM

5900 Liberty Rd N, Powell

Join us at the beautiful, Swan Lake Event Center for The Powell Winter Market.  Our local makers & growers will have a little bit of something for everyone this winter season!  

🐷Filling The Farm Larder @ Slate Run Farm

12/14 and 12/15, 9 AM-2 PM

1375 OH-674, Canal Winchester

Hog butchering is a seasonal activity that provided much of the meat for the coming year on an 1880s farm. Watch the farmers as they clean and prepare the hog carcass.

🎄Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village

12/14 and 12/15

800 E. 17th Avenue 

A 19th-century holiday celebration through the lens of Charles Dickens. Learn how Christmas was celebrated, interact with Scrooge, meet Santa Claus, hear caroling, and make holiday crafts.

🌲Christmas in the Gardens @ Hoover Gardens

12/14 and 12/15

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!!

🎅🏻Visits with Santa @ Ohio Herb Center

12/14, 9 AM-1 PM

110 Mill St, Gahanna

Join us the first two Saturdays in December to see our favorite jolly old elf.  The Ohio Herb Center is the perfect place to get your cherished holiday pictures taken with the big guy!  After your pictures, make and take home some festive treats.  Then visit the gift shop where you can do some shopping while you wait for your photos.  There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit.  

PARKING:  Coming to see Santa on December 14? Note that South Mill St. will be CLOSED in the morning for the Santa Race 5K. We suggest that you enter the Creekside District from the North (Cherry Bottom Rd. or E. Johnstown Rd.) and park in one of these locations: (a) The Creekside Parking garage (N. Mill St.), (2) the public parking lot at the corner of Town & High Streets, or (3) Jefferson Elementary School. 

🎄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 pm starting 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 30 from 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 15 with 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 pm starting November 30.

*Bring your dog to have a picture with Santa! Sat. & Sun. noon – 3:30 pm starting 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 pm November 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.

🚂Railroad Fun @ Sandel Legacy

12/14, 10 AM-2 PM and 12/15 12-4 PM

168 S. Vernon St. Sunbury

Stop in at the model railroad open houses during four fall weekends. Members of the model railroaders group can talk about the history of railroads in America.

🎄Merrysville @ Marysville Public Library

12/14, 10 AM-12 PM

231 S. Plum Street

Bring the family for a whole lot of holiday fun! Join us for crafts, games,  live music, cookie decorating, and a chance to win prizes!

❄️Annual Snow Ball Event @ Reynoldsburg Library

12/14, 11 AM-12 PM

1402 Brice Rd. 

Dress in your winter finery and join us as we celebrate all the joys of SNOW with stories, songs and activities.

🛍Holiday Hoopla – Arts and Crafts Vendor Fair @ Gahanna Lincoln High School

12/14, 12-5 PM

Arts and Crafts Vendor Fair

🎅🏻Santa is Coming to Town! In Grove City

12/14, 12:30-3 PM

3995 Broadway, Grove City

Santa is coming to town! 🎅

*FREE Santa Pictures 🎅 

*FREE Cookies and Treats 🍪 

Don’t miss out on this fun, free, family event! We hope to see you there!

* Bring in a Non-Perishable item to be entered into a GIFT CARD TREE raffle. All proceeds will be donated to The MASH Pantry to help our Veterans! 🇺🇸

🐴Read with the Horses

12/14, 1-3 PM

3788 Olentangy River Rd, Delaware

Whether you are looking for the motivation that will inspire a love of reading in your child or an innovative way to continue to embrace the wonders of reading with your fluent reader, children of all ages and abilities are welcome to come explore the joy of reading with our horses! 

Admission is FREE!

Reach out to or for more information. 

🖌For Kids: Holiday Crafts @ Highbanks

12/14, 2-4 PM

9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center

Make simple holiday crafts to celebrate the season. Program at nature center.  Parking maybe limited. Visitors may need to park in Oak Coves Picnic area and walk to the nature center. Free. Ages 3+. 

❄️Winter Holiday Celebration @ Hilliard Library

12/14, 2-3 PM

4500 Hickory Chase Rd.

Join us in honoring winter celebrations from around the world. Learn about different holidays through musical performances from local school choirs, crafts, games and stories.

⭐️Star Wars Crafts & Activities @ Lane Rd. Library, Upper Arlington

12/14, 2-4 PM

Celebrate the end of the trilogy and prepare for the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by enjoying some Star Wars crafts and activities. This program is open to Skywalkers of all ages!

🎥Family Movie Night @ Pataskala Library

12/14, 6-8 PM

101 S Vine St, Pataskala

Join us on December 14 at 6:00 PM for Family Movie Night. Stay warm and comfy by wearing your pajamas for a free screening of ‘Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure’. Free popcorn and a soda. Children must have an adult present.  

🎄Signs of Christmas Performance at State Auto’s Christmas Corner

12/14, 7-7:30 PM

518 E Broad St, Columbus

Get ready for Christmas carols- American Sign Language style!

We’re Signs of Christmas, a non-profit group who performs (well… signs) Christmas carols in the Columbus area every holiday season. Our mission is to spread deaf and hard-of-hearing awareness through the beauty of America Sign Language. 

Swing by State Auto’s Christmas Corner to hear some of your favorite holiday tunes, dance, and perhaps learn some fun Christmas signs. 

We hope to see you there!

🛍Sip and Stroll Uptown

12/15, 1-4 PM

Enjoy a special afternoon in Uptown Westerville, sip on delightful beverages, and support your local merchants!  We invite you to enjoy complimentary drinks and food while shopping in the beautiful stores of State St, Main St, and College Ave.  This event is open to all with no registration required, and features a $300 gift certificate raffle.

❄️Winter Light Hike @ Alley Park Lancaster

12/15, 6-8 PM

2805 Old Logan Rd SE, Lancaster

Bundle up for one last look at all the Christmas lights at Alley Park.  Take a self guided hike through the hoops and around Lake Loretta after dark.   Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and take a peek at the tree inside the nature center before heading home.  6-8 PM

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