The region is jam-packed with holly, jolly events for people of all ages. Whether you want to watch a holiday performance or get lost in the twinkle of Christmas lights, we’ve got plenty of ideas to keep you busy.
Holiday Performances Near Columbus
The Nutcracker: Follow Clara on her journey as she explores the Land of Sweets and other magical realms in this classic ballet. The show opened on December 10th and runs through December 26th.
Holiday Hoopla: Shadowbox Live presents musical acts and comedy sketches that reflect the whirlwind nature of the holiday season. Shows take place Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. until December 23rd.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Rock out to holiday classics and original pieces with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” Enjoy musical favorites like “Wizards of Winter,” “Christmas Canon,” and “Queen of the Winter Night.” Performances are scheduled for December 26th at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Community Holiday Events
Ugly Sweater Showdown: December 17th is Ugly Sweater Day, and Taft’s Brewing Company is hosting a contest to celebrate. Wearing an ugly sweater gets you $2 off pints and a chance to win a gift card.
Glass Axis Holiday Sale: Through December 23rd, Glass Axis is hosting its annual sale featuring work from more than a dozen local glass artists. Watch them create their masterpieces or sign up for a glass-blowing class to make an ornament.
Huntington Holiday Train: A grand exhibit of miniature trains, tunnels, bridges, homes, waterfalls and a castle will be displayed at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. Visit the library Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dickens of a Christmas: Take a peek into the past and explore the world of Charles Dickens, author of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” The event will take place at the Ohio Village on December 19th from noon to 5 p.m.
Grove City Nutcracker Hunt: There are 47 nutcrackers hidden in city buildings and businesses in Grove City, Ohio. Print the entry sheet and send a completed copy to Grove City Welcome Center and Museum or Kingston Center, Parks and Rec for a chance to win a prize.
12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt: Kids earn prizes at each historic stop on this scavenger hunt. Complete the search before December 23rd and submit your signed sheet to enter to win a grand prize basket.
Sledding and ice skating: Enjoy central Ohio’s winter weather and explore the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. Ice skate on frozen ponds at Blendon Woods and Battelle Darby Creek or go sledding at Walnut Woods, Blacklick Woods and Scioto Grove.
Holiday Lights Around Columbus
Conservatory Aglow: There’s so much to see at Franklin Park Conservatory’s annual holiday extravaganza. Exhibits include gingerbread houses, Christmas trees made of glass ornaments, lit animal topiaries and a sculpture garden.
Wildlights: This annual light display is a Columbus staple and is open until January 2nd. Attractions include several animated light displays, visits with Santa, marshmallow roasting and camel rides.
Scioto Mile Holiday Lights: The Columbus riverfront will be illuminated from dusk until dawn through January 3rd. This outdoor display is free to the public and features more than 250,000 lights.
Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights: This three-mile drive-thru light show has been at Alum Creek State Park Campground for more than 20 years. The display is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 2nd.