Columbus Holiday Events December 14 – 21, 2015

I can’t believe we are getting so close to Christmas.  Enjoy the warm weather and check out the fun Columbus Holiday Events for December 14-21, 2015! This list is organized by dates so it makes it easy to plan what makes it on your activity list.  There’s also a list of the ongoing happenings to remind you of all the selections.

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Columbus Christmas Events 2015

Train Display at Huntington Bank Downtown

 

December 14

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Choir Performances (weekdays December 4-17) At noon enjoy an hour full of FREE entertainment in the crypt at the Ohio Statehouse.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights , Wildights at the ZooSegway Holiday Lights Tour 2015Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity SceneHuntington Holiday Train  at the Capital Square Huntington Bank)-Check the bank website or call for hours, Merry and BrightThe Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas Ranch

December 15

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Choir Performances (weekdays December 4-17) At noon enjoy an hour full of FREE entertainment in the crypt at the Ohio Statehouse.

Polar Express Movie at Dublin Rec Center (December 15 & 16 6:0-8:30 pm) Movie shown in the Abbey Theater.  Must purchase advance tickets.  Wear pajamas!

Retro Holiday Movies at Movie Tavern at Mill Run (Tuesday and Wednesday night)  Here are the movie times posted on their site for Tuesday: White Christmas- 7:30 pm as well as other movies.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights , Wildights at the ZooSegway Holiday Lights Tour 2015Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity SceneHuntington Holiday Train  at the Capital Square Huntington Bank)-Check the bank website or call for hours, Merry and BrightThe Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas Ranch

December 16

Holiday Train Display at the Ohio History Center (Wednesdays-Sundays) View the 1950’s style model train display. Click on the link for hours and pricing.

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Choir Performances (weekdays December 4-17) At noon enjoy an hour full of FREE entertainment in the crypt at the Ohio Statehouse.

Polar Express Movie at Dublin Rec Center (December 15 & 16 6:00-8:30 pm) Movie shown in the Abbey Theater.  Must purchase advance tickets.  Wear pajamas!

Jingles at the Franklin Park Conservatory (7 pm) FREE music with admission.  The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.

Retro Holiday Movies at Movie Tavern at Mill Run (Tuesday and Wednesday night)  Here are the movie times posted on their site for Tuesday: White Christmas- 7:30 pm as well as other movies.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights , Wildights at the ZooSegway Holiday Lights Tour 2015Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity SceneHuntington Holiday Train  at the Capital Square Huntington Bank)-Check the bank website or call for hours, Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory, The Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas Ranch

December 17

Nutcracker by BalletMet at Ohio Theatre (December 11-27)

Holiday Train Display at the Ohio History Center (Wednesdays-Sundays) View the 1950’s style model train display. Click on the link for hours and pricing.

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Choir Performances (weekdays December 4-17) At noon enjoy an hour full of FREE entertainment in the crypt at the Ohio Statehouse.

Elf at the Drexel (6 pm)Watch the movie on the big screen.  $2 for kids ages 2-12 and $3 for adults

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights , Wildights at the ZooSegway Holiday Lights Tour 2015Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity SceneHuntington Holiday Train  at the Capital Square Huntington Bank)-Check the bank website or call for hours, Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory, The Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas RanchHoliday Train Display at the Ohio History Center

December 18

Nutcracker by BalletMet at Ohio Theatre (December 11-27)

Elf at the Drexel (10 am) Watch the movie on the big screen.  $2 for kids ages 2-12 and $3 for adults

Santa House on Main Street in Delaware, Ohio (December 18 & 19; 1-3 pm)

Easton Town Center has beautiful lights decorating the grounds.  There are carriage rides (fee), $5 Santa photos and live musical groups offering free entertainment from 5-8 pm.  Link to musical schedule- click HERE.

Home for the Holidays at The Funny Bone (additional showtimes until Dec. 23rd) This show looks very entertaining for the WHOLE family.  Enjoy holiday songs, dances and comedy sketches.  Not to be missed is Santa Claus playing the guitar and a tap dance to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village (December 18 & 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm and December 20 noon to 5 pm)

Santa House at the Strand Theater in Delaware

Magpie Consort at the Franklin Park Conservatory (7 pm) FREE music with admission.  The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Fantasy of Lights , Wildights at the ZooSegway Holiday Lights Tour 2015Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity SceneHuntington Holiday Train  at the Capital Square Huntington Bank)-Check the bank website or call for hours, Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory, The Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas RanchHoliday Train Display at the Ohio History Center

December 19

NC4K Reindeer Run 5K in Reynoldsburg (must register)

Nutcracker by BalletMet at Ohio Theatre (December 11-27)

Visit with Santa at the Herb Center in Gahanna (9am-1pm) Meet Santa, jot a note at the letter writing center, make a photo frame and some crafts.  $5 per craft or 3 for $12 (photos with Santa are free when taken with your own camera)

“Merry In” the Village presented by Merion Village (10 am – 4 pm) Visit this unique Columbus neighborhood to participate in fun activities such as cookie decorating, shopping and food & drink specials.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at the Franklin Park Conservatory (11 am – 2 pm) FREE with admission.  Visit with Mrs. Claus, Santa and two live reindeer while you decorate cookies.

Cheerful Card Holders at Lakeshore Learning Center: (11 am – 3 pm) FREE: Ages 3 and up can make a holiday card holder.

Santa House at the Strand Theater in Delaware (1 pm – 3 pm)

‘Tis the Season at Slate Run Living Historical Farm (1-3 pm and also on the 20th) FREE: Walk around the farm, string popcorn and make an ornament to take home.

Easton Town Center has beautiful lights decorating the grounds.  There are carriage rides (fee), $5 Santa photos and live musical groups offering free entertainment from 11 am-8 pm.  Link to musical schedule- click HERE.

Letters to Santa at Ohio Railway Museum (December 19 & 20 from 12-4 pm) Santa letters in Post Office car, visit from Mrs. Claus, train rides on the Interurban car and crafts.

Home for the Holidays at The Funny Bone (additional showtimes until Dec. 23rd) This show looks very entertaining for the WHOLE family.  Enjoy holiday songs, dances and comedy sketches.  Not to be missed is Santa Claus playing the guitar and a tap dance to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Elf at the Drexel (3 pm) Watch the movie on the big screen.  $2 for kids ages 2-12 and $3 for adults

Oakland Nursery (November 28-December 20 on Saturdays and Sundays) Each location has different events so check with each store for their activities.  Some things you may expect are: horse drawn carriage rides, Santa, visit by a reindeer, live music, food sampling and more.

Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village (December 18 & 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm and December 20 noon to 5 pm)

Solstice is Coming at Blendon Woods (6 pm) FREE: Take a 1 mile nature walk by candle light through the woods looking for whatever creatures you may see.

Scrooge by Shadowbox Live (Saturdays and Sundays November 29- December 27)

Christmas Candlelights at Roscoe Village in Coshocton (December 19 with different tour times) Step back in time to the 1800’s to see what holiday life was like in the past.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights , Wildights at the ZooSegway Holiday Lights Tour 2015Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity SceneHuntington Holiday Train  at the Capital Square Huntington Bank)-Check the bank website or call for hours,Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory, The Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas RanchHoliday Train Display at the Ohio History Center

December 20

American Girl Welcomes Santa (December 20 from 9:00-10:30 am) Enjoy a meal and photos with Santa.  Tickets are $20 each.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count (9 am) FREE: Take a walk on the trail to count the birds and tally the results in the nature center.

Nutcracker by BalletMet at Ohio Theatre (December 11-27)

Check out the ice sculptures outside of 12 merchant shops in Uptown Westerville: Holidays Ice Sculpture Tour

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at the Franklin Park Conservatory (11 am – 2 pm) FREE with admission.  Visit with Mrs. Claus, Santa and two live reindeer while you decorate cookies.

Easton Town Center has beautiful lights decorating the grounds.  There are carriage rides (fee), $5 Santa photos and live musical groups offering free entertainment from 11 am-8 pm.  Link to musical schedule- click HERE.

Letters to Santa at Ohio Railway Museum (December 19 & 20 from 12-4 pm) Santa letters in Post Office car, visit from Mrs. Claus, train rides on the Interurban car and crafts.

‘Tis the Season at Slate Run Living Historical Farm (1-3 pm and also on the 20th) FREE: Walk around the farm, string popcorn and make an ornament to take home.

Home for the Holidays at The Funny Bone (additional showtimes until Dec. 23rd) This show looks very entertaining for the WHOLE family.  Enjoy holiday songs, dances and comedy sketches.  Not to be missed is Santa Claus playing the guitar and a tap dance to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Oakland Nursery (November 28-December 20 on Saturdays and Sundays) Each location has different events so check with each store for their activities.  Some things you may expect are: horse drawn carriage rides, Santa, visit by a reindeer, live music, food sampling and more.

Delaware Community Chorus ( 3 pm & 5 pm) Christmas Concert called Songs of Exultation

Scrooge by Shadowbox Live (Saturdays and Sundays November 29- December 27)

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights , Wildights at the ZooSegway Holiday Lights Tour 2015Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity SceneHuntington Holiday Train  at the Capital Square Huntington Bank)-Check the bank website or call for hours, Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory, The Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas RanchHoliday Train Display at the Ohio History Center

December 21

Easton Town Center has beautiful lights decorating the grounds.  $5 Santa photos and live musical groups offering free entertainment from 5-8 pm.  Link to musical schedule- click HERE.

Daily happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights– Drive through light show and Santa House (November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

Wildights at the Zoo (November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

Zoo Lights

Segway Holiday Lights Tour 2015 (daily from December 4- December 23 6:00 & 8:15 pm)

Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons (Nov 24-Jan 4 from dusk until 11 pm) Over 300,000 lights decorate the park.  Walk across the street to the Lazarus Building to see the window displays.  After December 4th check out the lights at The Scioto Mile.

Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton (weekends from November 20- December 23) Pick up location is right outside of Eddie Bauer on Gramercy Street.  Cost is $10 a person with anyone under 15 free with a paying adult.

Huntington Holiday Train (through December 31 at the Capital Square Huntington Bank) This is the 600 square foot train display that is normally set up at the main library.  Check the bank website or call for hours.

State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity Scene (runs through New Year’s day and begins at 5:30 pm)  Life Sized Nativity Scene can be found at State Auto Headquarters.  Through Christmas local choirs will offer free performances on weekends.

Merry and Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory

Holiday Train Display at the Ohio History Center (Wednesdays-Sundays) View the 1950’s style model train display. Click on the link for hours and pricing.

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mills – 3.5 million Christmas lights illuminate the mill, gorge, trees, river and bridges. (Starts the day after Thanksgiving and runs nightly through December 31).

The Christmas Ranch (in Morrow, Ohio – north of Cincinnati) 1 million lights set to synchronized music (Opens November 27-December 31, 2015)

Mr. Scrooge by Columbus Children’s Theatre (November 27- December 20) 60 minute show, recommended for ages 4 and older.

Dickens Victorian Village Displays in Cambridge, Ohio (daily until January 2nd) Numerous Dickens scenes (92 of them!) line the streets.  Stroll along to get a feel of life during that time period.  While in the area check out the Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Music & Light Show.  This light show begins at 5:30 pm and continues throughout the night (9 pm most nights and 11 pm on select nights).

Reading Christmas Books or holiday crafts are always fun activities too.  Check out these ideas:

Best Christmas Books Featuring Santa

Homemade Kid Christmas Ornaments

Snowmen Christmas Magnets

As always, confirm any events directly with the business or organization as events may change or be canceled.  Be sure to check out The BEST Christmas Activities in Columbus Part OneColumbus Christmas Activities Round 2 and Ways to Give and Volunteer in Columbus for even more going on in Cbus. What events are you most looking forward to this week? Happy Holidays!

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