10 Holiday Must-Do’s in Columbus

Columbus offers so many fun ways to celebrate the Holiday Season! I’ve compiled a list of the absolute “must-do’s” if you’re looking to get out and about to experience all of the quintessential holiday happenings in the city:


1.) Go getcha’ a tree! Check out choose & cut Christmas tree farms like Mr. Tree Farm in Blacklick, Timbuk Farms in Granville, or Cackler Farms in Delaware.

2.) Enjoy Grand Illumination at the Scioto Mile beginning Friday, December 5. The lights are just gorgeous by the riverfront with the Leveque Tower lit up in red and green in the background.

3.) Looking for an ugly Christmas sweater? You may find what you need at Christmisc. , a pop-up Christmas sweater shop at 1556 North High Street.


4.) Take in the Columbus Common’s Holiday Lights through January 1 from dusk until to 11pm. See more than 200,000 LED lights dazzle in the park, thanks to AEP. Continue your trek by viewing the Lazarus Building windows, featuring original displays from the City Center Mall. Beginning December 5, be sure to walk two blocks west of Columbus Commons to see Scioto Mile’s sparkling lights along the riverfront.

5.) Shop ’til you drop and then take a carriage ride around Easton Town Center while gawking at their absolutely beautiful Christmas tree!

6.) Peruse the Short North Holiday Hop on Saturday, December 6 from 4-10PM. A celebration of the arts, with drinks and the holiday spirit in the Short North.


7.) It doesn’t get much better than the Columbus Zoo’s Wildlights display, running through January 4!

8.) The annual German Village Lights is on Sunday, December 7 from 5-9PM – such a charming time of the year in GV.

9.) See The Nutcracker presented by BalletMet at the Ohio and Capitol Theatres, with shows running December 12 – 27.

10.) This is on my to-do: The Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, a 1.5 mile drive featuring over 1 million lights and 100 displays. Stop at the boathouse at the end of the tour to visit Santa and to score free cookies and hot chocolate!

Any more ideas? Leave a comment below to add to the conversation. Happy Holidays!



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