Columbus Holiday Events December 7 – December 14, 2015

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Columbus.  Last week my family and I enjoyed a few tree lighting ceremonies and other holiday happenings. Once again there are an abundance of events going on in the capital city. Get into the holiday spirit by checking out some of the amazing Columbus Holiday Events for December 8-14, 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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Christmas Columbus 2015

December 7

Snowflake Castle at Everal Barn in Westerville (December 7-12) *Tickets are required and sold out. $5 includes making your own wooden toy with elves, picture and meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

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 Tree Lighting , 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 8

Snowflake Castle at Everal Barn in Westerville (December 7-12) *Tickets are required and sold out. $5 includes making your own wooden toy with elves, picture and meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

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.

Santa (and Anna from Frozen) at Carved (6-8 pm) Pictures will be available for $5 which will be donated to the Capital Area Humane Society.  With a purchase of full sandwich or entree kids eat for FREE.

From 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. come to Carved and meet Santa Claus! Pictures will be available for $5.00 which again will be donated to theCapital Area Humane Society thanks to JLM Photography.

As always, kids eat free on Tuesdays. With the purchase of a full sandwich or entree salad get a kids meal for free. Not valid with any other offer.

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

Over the Rhine (8 pm at the Lincoln Theater) Cincinnati-based folk-pop ensemble group will put you in the holiday spirit as they perform An Acoustic Christmas.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , 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 9

Let it Snow! at Blacklick Woods Metro Park (10 am or 1 pm) Preschoolers learn about snow and make a craft.

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.

Santa is Coming to Town at Washington Township (December 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm) Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, see the first Dublin fire truck, a 1937 REO Speedwagon and eat cookies.  Free of charge but accepting new and unwrapped toys or a monetary donation to benefit the Firefighters for Kids toy drive.

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

Dav Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2015 at Palace Theater (December 9 at 8:00 pm)

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , 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 10

Keeping Warm Event at Slate Run Historical Farm (10:30 am) FREE- Geared towards ages 3-6

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.

Warm Treats on a Cold Day at Slate Run Historical Farm (1 pm) FREE- geared towards ages 5-17

Creating Winter Wreaths at Blacklick Woods Metro Park (2 pm) This activity is for adults- FREE (register for the event by clicking on the link.)

Lunch and Evening at the North Pole at Westerville Community Center (December 10 & 11) Join Santa for a light meal, dessert, crafts and a song. * Registration required

COSI After Dark (The Science of Toys) for ages 21 and older (5:30-10:00 pm) Discount with advance ticket purchase

Polar Express at the Drexel (Activities start ay 5 pm & movie at 6 pm)ot chocolate bar, activities and movie on the big screen.  Come dressed in pj’s to add to the experience! $2 for kids ages 2-12 and $3 for adults

Holiday Concert at Upper Arlington Main Library (December 10 from 7 pm – 8 pm) Jazz keyboardist Eric Augis and jazz vocalist Kelly McLennan perform holiday classics.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , 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 11

Polar Express at the Drexel (10 am) Watch the movie on the big screen.  Come dressed in pj’s to add to the experience! $2 for kids ages 2-12 and $3 for adults

Lunch and Evening at the North Pole at Westerville Community Center (December 10 & 11) Join Santa for a light meal, dessert, crafts and a song. * Registration required

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.

Country Christmas at Marmon Valley (December 11 & 12) Take a 45 minute ride on a covered wagon while watching 5 mini dramas about events from the Bible.  Other things to enjoy: pony rides, petting animals, take a ride on the horse drawn caroling wagon to select a fresh cut Christmas tree.

Santa House on Main Street in Delaware, Ohio (December 11-12, December 18-19; click on the link for times and details)

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.

Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village (December 11, 12, 18, 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm and December 20 noon to 5 pm)

The Westerville Christmas Spectacular at Westerville Central High School (6 pm and showtimes on the 12th) Students from Generations Performing Arts Center along with Alumni and local Jazz singer Dwight Lenox will entertain the crowd and put you in the Christmas spirit.

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa at Avery Masonic Temple (6:00-8:00 pm) Open to the public.  Enjoy free cookies and cocoa with Santa.  Crafts, music and photo with Santa.

Jingle Jam at Worthington Community Center (December 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm) Dance party with a DJ, pictures with Santa (bring your own camera), ice carving, photo booth, arts and crafts.  FREE

Polar Express at the Gahanna Library (December 11 from 7:00-8:30 pm) Stories, caroling, crafts and treats.  Free tickets are required.

SANTACON in the Arena District (events begin at 7 pm and continue throughout the night) Dress in your best Santa gear and join others as they hop around and visit scheduled establishments.  Click on the link for the details, times and scheduled stops. Lots of jolly this night!

Miracle on 34th Street at Westerville South High School (December 11-13) Tickets are $10 each

Living Christmas Trees at Grace Polaris Church (December 4-6 & December 10-13) 100 singers, 40 piece orchestra, live animals, cast of hundreds and special effects.  Geared for ages 6 and up.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , 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 12

Breakfast with Santa– click on the links or call the establishment for details: Franklin Park Conservatory (reservations are full), Columbus Zoo, Corazon, Dublin Scioto High SchoolHoliday Character BreakfastBreakfast with Santa at Rusty Bucket

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)

Made Local Marketplace Holiday Show at the Bridgewater Banquet Center (9 am – 4 pm) Shop 125 local vendors for unique gifts for everyone on your list. Live music too! Admission is FREE

Buckeye Holidayfest at Buckeye Ceramics (9 am – 1 pm) Free events: take a photo with Santa on your own camera, letter writing to Santa, cookie decorating and holiday games.  Paid events: face painting, card making, clay hand ornaments, ornaments to go and glaze a gift.

Holiday Gift Making at the Franklin Park Conservatory (11 am – 2 pm) Children make their own gifts.  The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.($2 per gift with Conservatory admission)

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.

The Westerville Christmas Spectacular at Westerville Central High School (11:30 am- children’s concert, 2:30 & 7 pm) Students from Generations Performing Arts Center along with Alumni and local Jazz singer Dwight Lenox will entertain the crowd and put you in the Christmas spirit.

Discovery District Holiday Trolley Hop (December 12 from 1-5 pm) FREE Ride the complimentary trolley through the Discovery District as it stops for shopping, crafts, tours and activities.  Stops: Topiary Park, Kelton House, Bosco Center, Columbus Museum of Art, Thurber House, Hills Market Downtown, State Auto Nativity Display and more!  While in the area, you can head over to see theHuntington Train from 1-4 pm at the Huntington Bank at 17 S. High Street. (This is the train that is normally on display at the Main Library.) *Support Faith Mission and Manna Cafe by donating socks and/or gloves into the designated drop off locations.

Letters to Santa at Ohio Railway Museum (December 12-13 & 19-20 from 12-4 pm) Santa letters in Post Office car, visit from Mrs. Claus, train rides on the Interurban car and crafts.

Christmas Open House at Blendon Woods Metro Park (2-5 pm) Make crafts, decorate cookies, drink hot chocolate, look at Christmas decorations, meet the hiding elf and enjoy LIVE Christmas music.

Wintering Over: Caring for Chickens on the Farm at Gallant Farms (2 pm) Watch as the livestock are prepared for extra care this winter season.

Polar Express at the Drexel (3 pm) Watch the movie on the big screen.  Come dressed in pj’s to add to the experience! $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.

Columbus City Ballet School at Ohio Wesleyan University (Saturday, December 12 at 2 pm and 7 pm)

Christmas in Ash Cave at Hocking Hills (December 12 from 5-7 pm) Take a walk to ash cave, visit with Santa, sit around the fire, listen to carolers, sip hot chocolate and decorate the Christmas tree for wildlife.

Country Christmas at Marmon Valley (December 11 & 12) Take a 45 minute ride on a covered wagon while watching 5 mini dramas about events from the Bible.  Other things to enjoy: pony rides, petting animals, take a ride on the horse drawn caroling wagon to select a fresh cut Christmas tree.

Santa House on Main Street in Delaware, Ohio (December 11-12, December 18-19; click on the link for times and details)

Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village (December 11, 12, 18, 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm and December 20 noon to 5 pm)

Living Christmas Trees at Grace Polaris Church (December 10-13) 100 singers, 40 piece orchestra, live animals, cast of hundreds and special effects.  Geared for ages 6 and up.

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

Miracle on 34th Street at Westerville South High School (December 11-13) Tickets are $10 each

Christmas Candlelights at Roscoe Village in Coshocton (December 12 & 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 Tree Lighting , 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 13

American Girl Welcomes Santa (December 13 & 20 from 9:00-10:30 am) Enjoy a meal and photos with Santa.  Tickets are $20 each.

Cableas (December 13 from 11 am – 2pm) Free photos in front of the fireplace by the main entrance.

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 12-13 & 19-20 from 12-4 pm) Santa letters in Post Office car, visit from Mrs. Claus, train rides on the Interurban car and crafts.

Christmas at the Movies at Upper Arlington Main Library (December 13 from 1:30-4:30 pm) Bring a snack and view holiday movies.

Home for the Holidays at The Funny Bone (2 pm show on December 13th and other 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.

Santa in the Caboose at Hilliard Historical Society (December 13 from 3:00-6:00 pm) FREE Experience what it was like to live in the past.  Take photos with Santa in his suit from the 1800’s while in a caboose, listen to music, enjoy the complimentary refreshments, coloring activities and more.

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.

Holiday Nature Crafts for Kids at Highbanks Metro Park (1:00-3:00 pm) Make crafts and sip hot chocolate.  Free

Living Christmas Trees at Grace Polaris Church (December 10-13) 100 singers, 40 piece orchestra, live animals, cast of hundreds and special effects.  Geared for ages 6 and up.

Miracle on 34th Street at Westerville South High School (December 11-13) Tickets are $10 each

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

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , 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, 12 Elves of Dublin Elf Scavenger Hunt

December 14

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 Tree Lighting– Drive through light show and Santa House (November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt– hunt for the elf hidden in 12 different businesses around historic Dublin.

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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