Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…12/7-12/9

Holiday fun galore!  Check out tons of great family activities.  What will you choose?

🎄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

5:30-10:30 PM

3311 S Old State Rd, Delaware

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

Thru 12/22 

1650 Gemini Pl, Columbus

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.)

🐴Holiday Carriage Rides @ Easton Town Center

160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus

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. 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.

🧝🏼‍♂️Twelve Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt


Historic Dublin

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

Our CupCakery

Terra Gallery

Winans Dublin


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.

🧝🏻‍♀️Elf On The Shelf @ Prarie Township 

5955 West Broad St, Galloway

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

🎄Festive Fridays at Columbus Commons

160 S High St, Columbus

Enjoy the holiday lights at Columbus Commons now through January 2, 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 American Electric Power.

To sweeten the deal, Fridays 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 7

Friday, December 14

Friday, December 21

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. 

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

For more information, visit the Columbus Commons website or

🎅🏻Pickerington Holiday Gathering

12/7, 5-8 PM

The annual Pickerington Village Association’s Holiday Gathering will take place from 5-8pm on 12/7/2018 in the Village. Join neighbors & friends for a fun night in the Village!

Activities in the Village include:

– 6PM Pickerington Food Pantry Festival of Lights

– 7PM City Tree Lighting at the Gazebo

– Pictures with Santa at David Beckham Photography

– Hop-on/Hop-off Trolley Rides sponsored by Kemba Financial – throughout the downtown area

– Ice Carving demonstration sponsored by Heartland Bank – designs by World Ice Champions from Frost Lion

– Reindeer Petting Area sponsored by Darlene Kuzmic, ERA Real Solutions

– Horse Drawn Wagon Rides sponsored by Chesta (2 wagons this year)

– Gingerbread House Contest at the Firehouse (enter by Dec 4)

– Face Painting, Hot cocoa & coffee at the Food Pantry

– Childrens Crafts at Hair Boutique

– Cookie Decorating for kids at Froggies 

– Photo-op Inflatable Snow Globe at Romeo’s Pizza party room

– Pizza Special at Rome’s during our event – $3 per slice or 2 for $5 (Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza only)

– Picktown Express rides at 140 Borland Street

– Holiday Marketplace at Combustion Brewery in the Loft event space and in Romeo’s Pizza party room. Combustion will offer featured Holiday beers Naughty & Nice. Jack 103.9 FM will be onsite as well!

– Live Nativity display by Logos Bible Church. Hot cocoa & popcorn

– Luminaries courtesy of our local Key Club students

– Children’s Craft & Cake Pops at Rob Forche Orthodontics

– Children’s stories at the museum, North Pole Village display in the lower level

– Strolling carolers from Violet Baptist Church, Maranatha Church and Key Clubs from PHSC & PHSN

– Obstacle Course for kids at Violet Community CrossFit

– Free drawing and cookies at Marquard Dental.

– Children’s game at Kula Yoga courtesy of Primrose School

– Artist Demo & Special ornament at Picktown Art Works

– Shop for arts and vintage collectibles at 29 N Center St

– Sweet treats, Irish coffee, free drawing & special buys at LeLe’s Salon

– Free cocoa & Photo Op at the Olde Village Diner. Also, get Funnel Cake Fries for a $1.00 donation to the Pickerington Food Pantry

🐴Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

12/7, 6 PM

20 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.

🎅🏻Santa House @ Strand Theater

12/7 6 -8 PM, 12/8 1-3 PM

28 E Winter St, Delaware

Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children and adults all month long to hear their Christmas wishes and give each one a treat. Visits are free and picture-taking with your own camera or device is welcome!

🖌Make art, make a difference! @ Wild Goose Creative

12/7, 7-9 PM

2491 Summit St, Columbus

Hosted by Adventure and Imagination Museum.  AIM and 10 Thousand Good Things are putting together a project and we need your help.

Come to Wild Goose Creative and be a part of an evening of art and fun. We’re getting the most creative minds in Columbus together to create a collaborative piece of art.

It’s going to be an evening of art, (probably) refreshments, and community.

Come join us to raise some funds for the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center. Since 1971, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center has been making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. CRC services cover the full span of our lives, with affordable children’s programs, family services and food, and help for seniors. CRC promotes self-sufficiency, while respecting individual worth, rights and dignity. The funds raised will help support Lakeview Family Services and Choice Food Pantry.

Be ready to meet some new people, make some art, and maybe get a little bit messy.

Suggested donation of $10 to cover the cost of supplies and help the CRC provided much-needed supplies to the community around you.

🎭The Nutcracker @ Ohio Theater


39 E State St, Columbus

Witness magic in the making at The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday tradition that has stood the test of time. Co-created by Gerard Charles and Robert Post, this spellbinding production invites you inside the earnest and imaginative dreams of young Clara as she journeys with her Nutcracker Prince to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement, The Nutcracker is an adventure for all who believe in holiday enchantment.

Tickets & info →

🥞Holiday Character Breakfast sponsored by Meijer

12/8, 8 AM-12 PM

New Life Church , 3690 N. Stygler Rd. Gahanna

Visit Gahanna’s annual Holiday Character Breakfast, presented by Meijer, returns –has become a longstanding holiday tradition for hundreds of Central Ohio families. This year’s event will be held at New Life Church (3690 N. Stygler Rd.) between 8 am-12 noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Three different seating times will be offered: 8:15 am, 9:30 am and 10:45 am. Attendees can enjoy the catch-a-flying-pancake breakfast, a performance by Columbus Children’s Theatre, face painting, hands-on crafts, storytime with staff from the Columbus Metropolitan Library – Gahanna Branch and more. Tickets required and available online NOW at 

Advance pricing (good through November 30):

~under 4: $5

~ages 4-11: $10

~ages 12+: $12

After November 30 (online and at the door): 

~ under 4: $5

~ages 4-11: $12

~12+: $15

🎅🏻Breakfast with Santa and Friends at The Market @ Market at Flint Station

12/8 and 12/13 9-1 PM 

225 Park Road, Columbus

‘Tis the Season to meet us at the MARKET and have Breakfast with Santa and Friends!

Event Offerings:

-Live Christmas Carols by Avery McKinley

-Tupelo Doughnuts, Silver Dollar Pancakes, Hot Chocolate, Mimosas, and More!

-Kids Craft Table to decorate an ornament or write a letter to Santa

-Professional Photography Family picture on Santa’s Lap . **please note: pictures will be sent via email and not printed on site by a professional photographer. iPhone pictures will be allowed as well!

-Raffle Tickets /Donations will be taken to help build Sutter Park Preschool’s Possibility Playground…

Cost: $10 Per Adult, $10 Per Child (Children Under 2 FREE!)

Sessions: 3–1 Hour Sessions available due to space—this event will sell out!

🥞Free Breakfast and Pictures With Santa @ CrossLink Community Church

12/8, 9 AM-12 PM

4747 Harrisburg Pike, Grove City

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and our Whoville Friends! Come enjoy some FREE yummy pancakes and Get pictures with Santa! Make sure to bring your Christmas List and put them in Santa’s special mailbox. He will be taking all your letters home with him at the end of the day! Live jazz band music by Little Big Band of Columbus!!!

One Free Picture per Family Registration. Registration Starts at 9 am and ends at 11:30 am. Event is open till noon.

🎄Christmas In The Garden @ Hoover Gardens

12/8 9 AM-7 PM and 12/9 10 AM-6 PM

Visit us each weekend in December and shop through our holiday decor, gift giving ideas, live cut trees and greenery, all while enjoying cookies, hot chocolate and painting ornaments with the family!

🛍Dublin Rec Center Holiday Market @ Dublin Recreation Center

12/8, 10 AM- 1 PM

5600 Post Rd, Dublin

Come see me at the Dublin Rec Center for this festive event! Wood signs, apparel, drinkware, and more!

🎄Christmas Magic Friend @ Pat Catans

12/8, 10 AM-12 PM

The magic of Christmas has arrived at Pat Catan’s! Use glitter, felt and more to deck out your Christmas tree with a jolly Elf or adorable Unicorn ornament.

Cost: Free

No registration is required.

Share your experience with us! #DIYwithCatans

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👷🏻‍♂️LEGO Building Club @ Plain City Library

12/8, 10:30-11:30 AM

305 W Main St, Plain City

Build and create with us each month at the LEGO Building Club! For ages 12 & under. 

No registration is required.

🐴Rocky’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Party @ Otterbein University Dept of Equine Science

12/8, 12-2 PM

600 N Spring Rd, Westerville

Rocky’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Party is an annual event that is FREE to all families. 

Join us for crafts, snacks, pictures with Rocky the Therapy Horse and a visit from Santa. 

Youth can participate in Santa’s Secret Shoppe to fill stockings for their loved ones and learn the value of giving. Santa’s Secret Shoppe is FREE and made possible by generous donors.

This event features a raffle, Rocky’s Fan Club shop and sponsorship opportunities to support PBJ Connections in providing professional behavioral health therapy to children, adults and families through horses, counseling and nature. Rocky the Therapy Horse is the only horse owned by PBJ Connections and this event helps cover his annual costs for things like, food and vet care. 

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you Saturday, December 8th for some holiday fun!

📚Christmas Story time with Elsa & Anna! @ Barnes and Noble Polaris

12/8, 12-1 PM

1560 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus

🎄Christmas is right around the corner!🎄 what better way to enjoy this Christmas Season than with the Ice Sisters! ❄️ Enjoy a magical meet & greet, Story & pictures with Elsa & Anna!!

We can’t WAIT to see you there!!💖🎄💖🎄

This is at Barnes & Noble in POLARIS 🙂

🍪12 Days of KidX: Cookie Decorating @ Polaris Fashion Place

12/8, 12-1 PM

Guests can enjoy a mini KidX each day featuring crafts, characters, performances and more spread throughout the 12 days!

Today’s Activity: Cookie Decorating near the Santa Set.

Sponsored by Crazy 8, Mad River Mountain, & Gymboree

⭐️Mini Christmas Gnome Buddy

12/8 and 12/9 1-3 PM

Decorate for the season and create a mini Christmas Gnome Buddy! Use bright red felt, add a white fur long, flowy beard and top his hat off with a jingle bell. This adorably festive gnome is easy to create and will be a great addition to your holiday display!

Cost: Free

No registration is required.

Share your experience with us! #DIYwithCatans

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🦆Unexpected Migrants @ Blacklick Woods Metro Park

12/8, 1-2 PM

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Birds aren’t the only ones! Learn about other animals that migrate. Meet at the nature center.

🖌Try Me Day

12/8, 1-3 PM

Michaels Stores

Bring the kiddos to try out some of our Top 25 Creative Gifts for free, then make a holiday wish list!

All Michaels Store locations, 1-3PM local time

Age 3 and up welcome. Preregistration is not required, first come, first served. Please arrive in enough time to complete project prior to 3 pm.

👧🏻The Big 10TV Toy Drive @ Nationwide Arena

12/8, 4-7 PM

200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

Help the The Salvation Army in Central Ohio spread cheer this holiday season by donating toys to the #CBJ Toy Drive on December 8 at Nationwide Arena prior to the game and get two tickets to a January home game!

📸Complimentary Holiday Photos @ Easton Town Center

12/8, 5-8 PM 

160 Easton Town Center, Columbus

Receive a complimentary professional photo at the Central Park Fountain this holiday season. 

Photos are dependent on weather.

⭐️Fire and Ice @ Honey Run Waterfalls

12/8, 5:30-7:30 PM

10855 Hazel Dell Rd, Millwood

Make plans to join Knox County Park District for the 5th annual, spectacular and magical event! Over 600 luminaries will light your paths to Honey Run Waterfall and the Kokosing State Scenic River. Honey Run Waterfall is one of Knox County’s most spectacular natural gems and is absolutely mesmerizing with the hundreds of candle-lit snowflake bags. Please stay for holiday treats and enjoy a roaring bonfire! Be sure to bring a canned food item(s) for the Food For The Hungry drive. Deposit your food gift in one of the boxes provided. Last year patrons donated 115 lbs. of food and we hope to surpass that number this year. The Knox County Park District thanks you for your generosity to our neighbors and friends in need!

🍩Menorah Lighting at Easton Town Center

12/8, 7:30-8:30 PM

160 Easton Town Center, Columbus

Join us at Easton Town Square, across from Barnes & Noble for the Menorah lighting, doughnuts & cider, & festive family activities

🎵Chanukah Celebration  at Easton Town Center

12/8, 8-11 PM

160 Easton Town Center, Columbus

Join Easton and Chabad of Columbus for a special menorah lighting at the Town Square. It’s a family party with sufganiot, dreidels, raffle prizes, music, dancing and refreshments!

🎅🏻Sensitive Santa @ Polaris Fashion Place

12/9, 9-11 AM

We are proud to partner with Autism Speaks for a seventh year to craft a thoughtful and sensory-friendly Santa experience for children and their families. Join us to take part in specially curated activities in a calm holiday environment before the hustle and bustle of regular property hours.

To register: 

Registration is recommended, but not required.

💃🏻Family Hanukkah Concert @ JCC Columbus

12/9, 10:30-11:30 AM

1125 College Ave, Columbus,

Outrageously hip, Jewish kiddie rock! Join Shira Kline for an energy-filed concert that will have you out of your seat and dancing. This concert is FREE and open to the entire community. Sponsored by Temple Israel and PJ Library.

🎉Westerville Lions Children’s Christmas Parade

12/9, 12:30-4 PM

303 S Otterbein Ave, Westerville,

The council will be participating in the 2018 Westerville Lions Children’s Christmas Parade on December 9, 2018. Line up starts at 12:30pm at Westerville South HS athletic parking lot (participants can park or be dropped off on Illinois Ave). The parade steps off at approximately 2:30pm. A 4th Degree color guard will march. We need volunteers to carry a banner and pass out candy. If any children are interested in dressing up and riding on the float, they are welcome! Lunch and drinks will be provided.

To participate, you must be able to walk the entire parade by foot.

Sign up to volunteer at

🍴You Can Eat That @ Blacklick Woods Metro Park

12/9, 2-3 PM

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Take a short hike to discover what wild edible plants are available in the winter and try some samples.

✂️Go WILD Kids Club: Holiday Crafts @ Sharon Woods Metro Park

12/9, 2-3:30 PM

 Kids ages 5-12 can celebrate the season by creating a few works of art to gift or share. 

Meet at Spring Hollow Lodge (1069 W. Main St.)

6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville

🎅🏻Santa in the Red Caboose @ Weaver Park

12/9, 3-6 PM

4100 Columbia St, Hilliard

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us in the Historic Village at Weaver Park as we host Santa and his Elves in the Red Caboose.

This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather. 

Complementary treats graciously provided by Max & Erma’s – Hilliard and Rich Products. 

As always, this event is FREE and open to the public!

📍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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