Columbus Is The Home For the Holidays

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This time of year, the Columbus area is a hive of holiday happenings. Whether you like to keep annual traditions or are looking for something new to do this holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to satisfy your festive cravings.

Volunteer around Columbus

Looking for something meaningful to be a part of during the holidays? Food banks and pantries around the area will be working tirelessly during the week of Thanksgiving and into early December to support those less fortunate.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers at multiple locations, and LifeCare Alliance needs help packaging food for Meals on Wheels. Hands On Central Ohio offers a comprehensive calendar of volunteer opportunities throughout the Columbus area into the New Year.

Rejoice With Holiday Revelry 

For those who won’t be shopping on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, Columbus has a jam-packed holiday calendar full of activities for all ages that you don’t want to miss.

  • Chase Columbus Turkey Trot: (Nov. 28, Upper Arlington) The annual run offers 5-mile and 2.4-mile races and a Tot Trot. Registration is open and proceeds benefit Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio.
  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: (Nov. 29 & 30, Ohio Theatre) Gather the family and check out Columbus’ 40th annual rendition of the holiday classic that never fails to inspire the true spirit of Christmas.  
  • Holiday Trolley Cruises: (Dec. 1 – Jan. 5, North High Brewing) Throw on your best ugly sweater and BYOB for a 2-hour cruise through the Short North Arts District. Wait until the sun goes down and check out seasonal d├ęcor on the Lights Tour.
  • Wildlights: (Nov. 15 – Jan. 5, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium) Don’t miss the Columbus holiday staple at the zoo. Watch animated light shows and visit Santa before the lights go out in January.
  • Winterfest: (Dec. 7, Bicentennial Park) Sample local holiday brews and grab a bite to eat while you listen to local and national music acts at the 3rd annual event in downtown Columbus.

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