Columbus Holiday Events for December 21-28, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town… this week!  I’ll be enjoying lots of family time but will try to sneak in a a few of the Columbus Holiday Events for December 21-28, 2015!

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Columbus Christmas

December 21

Honey Hills Farm Petting Zoo at the Franklin Park Conservatory -included with admission (11 am – 2pm) The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.

Christmas Vacation movie with Chevy Chase at Gateway Film Center (9:45 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 BrightThe Legendary Lights of Clifton MillsThe Christmas Ranch

December 22

The Artic Express Magic Show at the Franklin Park Conservatory -included with admission (11 am & 2pm) The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.

Christmas Vacation movie with Chevy Chase at Gateway Film Center (4:15 pm)

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

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 23

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 Snow Queen at the Franklin Park Conservatory -included with admission (11 am & 2pm) Watch as the Columbus Children’s Theater presents this fairytale that inspired the movie Frozen.  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: It’s a Wonderful Life- 7:30 pm as well as other movies.

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 24

Christmas Vacation movie with Chevy Chase at Gateway Film Center (4:30 pm)

The Columbus Zoo is open today but Wildlights is NOT happening.

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mills closes at 8 pm.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity Scene

December 25

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mills closes at 8 pm.

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights , Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons , State Auto Christmas Display and Nativity Scene

December 26

Holidays Around the World at the Franklin Park Conservatory -included with admission (11 am – 2pm) Traditional crafts, music and food from around the world. The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.

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

Happy New Years Glasses (craft) at Lakeshore Learning Center: (11 am – 3 pm) FREE: Ages 3 and up can make glasses to wear on New Years Eve.

Marvel Universe Live at Nationwide Arena (11:30am, 3:30 & 7 pm)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra–  (3:00 pm and 8:00 pm)

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

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , Wildights at the Zoo Holiday 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 27

Columbus Zoo at the Franklin Park Conservatory -included with admission (11 am – 2pm) Make a zoo animal craft. At 2 pm the zoo will present live animals. The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.

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

Marvel Universe Live at Nationwide Arena (11:30 am, 3:30 & 7 pm)

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

Daily ongoing happenings:

Alum Creek Tree Lighting , Wildights at the Zoo, Holiday 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 28

Amazing Animals at the Franklin Park Conservatory -included with admission (11 am & 2pm) Exotic animal species are presented by Outback Ray.  The Franklin Park Conservatory is beautifully decorated for Christmas with hundreds of poinsettias and gingerbread house displays.

Easton Town Center has beautiful lights decorating the grounds.

Daily happenings:

  • Some of these places are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day so check with the business before visiting.

Alum Creek Tree Lighting– 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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