Weekend Roundup 12/10-12/12

More festivities this weekend, what will your family choose? 

๐Ÿง12 Elves of Dublin

They Are Back! 

12 Little Elves are hiding themselves all over Historic Dublin! Enjoy this Free family friendly event and hunt for our 12 playful elves

Pick up your entry card and begin your hunt at any of the participating businesses listed below. 

Families can enjoy this event Dec 1st -Dec 23rd during normal business hours for each location. 

Each time an elf is discovered, have your card signed. Return your completed card to any of the 12 locations for a chance to win a fantastic Grand Prize Basket!

Grand Prize drawing will take place on December 29th. Winners will be notified.

Start your fun at any of these participating locations

Biologico Beauty ~ BoHo 72 Boutique~Dean Insurance Group~Dublin Toy Emporium~Extravagifts~ Paris 75 ~Johnsonโ€™s Real Ice Cream~Our CupCakery~Starbucks~Terra Gallery~Winanโ€™s Chocolates and Coffees~The Close Connection-Keller Williams

Questions? Info@historicdublin.org 


๐Ÿš‚Model Trains on Display

Westerville Library

Choo, choo! Train enthusiasts of all ages will love this display of electric model trains โ€“ some operated by hand and some by an app.

On Display in Meeting Rooms A & B: December 4-12 from 10am-6pm.

No registration required. For all ages.


โ„๏ธWinter Wonderland Forest Adventure @Blendon Woods

9:00 am – 6:00 pm, daily

Discover the magic of the season as you immerse yourself in a special winter themed exhibit at the Nature Center! Open Daily 9am-6pm. Exhibit runs through January 2

๐ŸŽ„Hoover Gardens and Gifts-Westerville

11AM-4 PM

We have The Grinch from 11-4 Saturday and Sunday through Dec.19. We have lovely live green centerpieces and 30% off gift shop items, yes Christmas gift shop too!!!

๐Ÿ–ŒFor Families: Holiday Painting @Blacklick Woods

Saturday, 4-5 PM

Paint something festive for the holidays. Materials and instruction provided.

๐ŸŽ…๐ŸปFree pictures with Santa

Saturday, 6-8 PM

Alert! The Grinch has been seen lurking around Santa’s Gazebo! I’m sure he will also be showing up for these events offering free pictures also in an attempt to steal Christmas.

Join us again for Free Pictures(your cell phone) with Santa on December 4th,11th, and 18th 6pm-8pm located at the Gazebo at Agler rd and Imperial Dr. We will have candy canes and  free warm drinks(Blank Slate Coffee/Columbus Coffee Co.) thanks to our sponsors. Don’t forget to bring your wish list to drop in Santa’s mailbox, which will be available starting November 21st. Please remember to leave a return address for a response back. We will also have a Fire truck and Police cruiser for the kids to check out(as available). On December 11th and 18 we will have a Spanish interpreter on hand helping out Santa. If your child is unable to make it out to see Santa due to a disability or health issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to arrange a home visit(free also). We look forward to seeing everyone again this year.


๐ŸงฆDobby’s Sock Drive @ Marysville Library

Harry’s sock was enough to free Dobby from the terrible Malfoys, and now you can help others in need too!

Bring your new socks to the library during the month of December and each pair will be donated to the Hope Center of Marysville!


๐ŸŽ…๐ŸปSanta’s Reindeer Lane

Saturday, 12-2 PM

Sunbury United Methodist Church

This a free outdoor event for our whole community! Festivities will be on the lower level parking lot at the church building. We’ll have music, refreshments, and activities for the kids. Santa will be there with two of his reindeer!


๐ŸŽ…๐ŸปSuperhero Santa @ Packrat Comics

Saturday, 12-2 PM

Come meet Miles, Spider-Man and Ghost-Spider during our annual Superhero Santa Photo op. 

Free holiday gift bags to all the kids while supplies last!


Everyone seemed to enjoy the coupons during our After Thanksgiving Weekend sale that we thought we’d do it again. This time you can enjoy holiday savings during our annual Superhero Santa Photos. Print out the coupons below, show it on your phone or pick up a sheet at the store for an afternoon of savings fun! Coupons will be available in store until Friday, December 10. Must present coupon for discount.


๐ŸŽ„Historic Dublin ‘Holly Days

Saturday, 3-5 PM

Come to Historic Dublin for Free Family Fun, Holiday Cheer and Live Entertainment. Each Saturday in December!  Shop -Dine and Be Merry!

Sat Dec 11th –

“Who” Day in Historic Dublin. Meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou too! Music, Raffles Prizes and more!

Sat Dec 18th

Santa’s Family Holiday!

Meet Santa, Mrs Claus, Buddy the Elf too! Music, Raffles Prizes and more!


Hunt for the 12 Elves of Dublin! 

Dec 1- 23rd. 

Find all 12 and enter to win an awesome Grand Prize basket filled with goodies from businesses in the Historic District!


๐ŸŽ„Dickens of a Christmas

Saturday and Sunday

Bring your family to our 19th-century holiday celebration and see Charles Dickens’s festive vision of Christmas come to life. Meet and interact with Ohio Village residents to learn how they celebrate the holiday season. Encounter holiday characters like Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge, Krampus and others. Enjoy music and dance of the period and partake in various activities throughout Ohio Village.

Food trucks available during Dickens of a Christmas:

12/10 – Hogback BBQ Pit, World Wide Catering

12/11 – World Wide Catering 

12/18 – Explorerโ€™s Club, World Wide Catering

12/19 – Paddy Wagon, World Wide Catering


๐Ÿ“ธHoliday Complimentary Photos @Easton

Saturday, 6-8 PM

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

Photos will be available for download on Facebook within a week after the photographed date.

Photos are weather dependent and may be moved inside the Easton Station Building.


๐Ÿฆ‰Celebrate the Critters@Ohio Wildlife Center

Sunday, 12-3 PM

Family friendly activities and tours

Doors are open from noon to 3 p.m.

Enrichment activities with our live animal ambassadors

Donation: $5 per person, no cost for kids 5 and under

Masks required for ages 2 and up

Tour the Center, meet our Animal Ambassadors in person, hike our trails and participate in activities to expand your appreciation of wildlife and nature.


๐ŸŽ„Children’s Holiday Party @Selby Park

Sunday, 3-5 PM

Weโ€™re back in person this year (mostly).  Come by the shelter house for a picture with Santa and a gift bag!  

Santa will be present for indoor, masked, socially distant photos or outside unmasked, socially distant photos. 

Gift bags will include crafts and treats to take home to keep the party going! 

There will be a game to play inside while kids wait, or if you feel more comfortable you can wait outside or in your car!

So if youโ€™re on the naughty list, you still have some time to make amends!


๐ŸฎWinter Lights and Lantern Hikes

Sunday, 5:30 PM

Join the naturalist for a guided hike and enjoy the winter lights! All ages welcome. Meet at the Barn Shelter.


๐ŸŒŸ2nd Annual Drive-thru Live Nativity 

@Peace Lutheran Church

455 Clark State Rd. Gahanna

Sunday, 6-8 PM

Free cookies, live animals, cute kids, Christmas lights and more! 

๐ŸŽ„Winter Light Hike @ Alley Park

Sunday, 6-8 PM

Free and open to the public, bundle up for one last night to enjoy the lights at Alley Park for the 2021 season.  This event is held all outdoors.   Hot chocolate and concessions will be available in the back parking lot along with a fire.  

You are welcome to take a self guided hike on the trail around the lake that evening as well.   The ATARA radio club will be on the trail to assure your safety.

*Santa will not be at the park on this night (He is here on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)  


๐Ÿ“ŒPlease note-Events can be changed by hosts, please check the event before attending. I try my best to provide up to date information. Please stay safe and do what you feel is most comfortable for your family with COVID-19 risks.

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