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December Holiday Events Calendar

Holiday Related Things to do in Columbus


December Holiday Events Calendar

Holiday Open House

December 2-14, 2013
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dublin Arts Center
7125 Riverside Drive Dublin, 43016

Grand Illumination Ceremony

December 6, 2013
Friday 5 p.m.

Scioto Mile
233 Civic Center Dr. Columbus, 43215

From the Website: Kick off the holiday season with the Grand Illumination of downtown Columbus as thousands of twinkling lights and festive holiday decor illuminate the Scioto Mile. Join Mayor Michael Coleman as he lights up this spectacular urban light display and bring the whole family to enjoy holiday music, strolling performers and a visit with Santa!


Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Thousands of energy efficient LED lights power the zoo's display. According to the site, "We have decked the halls, trees, bushes, everything but the animals with all new eco-friendly LED lights to bring you the brightest Wildlights display ever!"

This is the 24th year for the display and in addition to the glorious lights, there are also plenty of fun activities for everyone including:

-Holiday music from choirs throughout the area

-Holiday Light Show - An animated holiday light show with new songs, designs and a 24 foot globe. The eight minute music and light display shows every thirty minutes from 5:45 p.m. to close.

-Polar Bear Express - The Bob Evans Train is $1.00 per ride per person or included with the $5.00 ride wristband special. Ride is subject to weather and mechanical conditions.

November 22, 2013 - January 5, 2015
Sunday - Thursday 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.
Adults $14.99 Seniors $10.99 Children 2-9 $9.99
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell
614-645-3550, 800-666-5397

Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park
November 16, 2013 - January 5, 2014
6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Creekside Park & Plaza
123 Mill Street
Gahanna, Ohio

The Creekside Park in Gahanna is already beautiful, but at Christmas it is magical. Lights are all over the park bringing a festive spirit to nature. There are also great activities throughout the month including:

Santa Claus is Coming to the Herb Center!
Saturday, December 7, 9am-1pm
Saturday, December 14, 9am-1pm
Saturday, December 21,  9am-1pm

From the website: Santa Claus and his helpers will visit the Ohio Herb Education Center (110 Mill St.) the first three Saturdays in December!  Bring your kids in to make wishes and have their picture taken. Shopping and homemade gift-making opportunities will also be available - stop by to start off the holiday season!

 Roscoe Villiage

December 7
An old-fashioned Christmas awaits at Roscoe Village. The Candlelighting Ceremony is beautiful for those who'd like to re-live Christmas of yesteryear. The candlelighting only happens three nights of the month so be sure to plan ahead so you don't miss it!


Horse-Drawn Surrey Rides
$5.00/per person
Complimentary hot mulled cider & cookies

A Roscoe Christmas Tour

12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm & 7:00pm Lamplight Tour
Adults $9.95

Students $4.95
Goodies to take home

Art with Santa
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visitor Center Exhibit Hall

Christmas Crafts
Visitor Center 1st Floor Hands-On Room 10:00am - 5:00pm

Canal Era Crafts
$2.00 each
Tin Punching * Rope Making Candle dipping * Top Painting

Two Harps Visitor Center


Olde Hilliard Christmas

December 7, 2013
Saturday 5-9 p.m.
Historical Village at Weaver Park
4100 Columbia St. Hilliard, 43026

From the website: Tour the Historic Village at Weaver Park adorned in lights and period decorations including one room school, caboose, election wagon, train station, chapel, granary, covered bridge, barn and new exhibits in the museum. Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities, and more!


CAPA: The Irish Tenors - The Premiere Irish Holiday Celebration Tour

December 9, 2013
Monday 8 p.m.
Admission: $23, $33, $43, $53

Palace Theatre
34 W. Broad St. Columbus, 43215

From the website: Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan have been touring together as The Irish Tenors since 1998, with sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and major concert halls throughout the world. Their faces and voices are familiar to PBS audiences from several specials, including the "Ellis Island" recordings. All classically trained singers, together they combine to produce a sound and concert experience which touches hearts and stirs emotions through happy songs of celebration and humor mixed with touching melodies and songs that warm the heart.

The Story Tour: A Christmas Celebration

December 9, 2013
Monday 7 p.m.
Admission: $35.30-$90.50

Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
555 Borror Dr. Columbus, 43210
800-745-3000 800-GO-BUCKS

From the website: World Vision presents THE STORY Tour featuring many of your favorite Christmas carols as well as THE STORY, a musical journey from Genesis to Revelation. Featuring a full choir and orchestra with Casting Crowns' Mark Hall, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, Selah, Rawsrvnt and renowned author and pastor, Randy Frazee.


ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: Messiah Sing-Along

December 13, 2013
Friday 7-9 p.m.

Southern Theatre
21 E. Main St. Columbus, 43215

From the website: Back by popular demand, David Schildkret returns to host a holiday tradition. Raise your voice in song with friends, families, and church choirs, and sing selections from Handel's legendary Messiah. Orchestra students and area music directors join ProMusica musicians on stage for this joyful community event.

Vaud-Villities: Under the Mistletoe

December 13-15, 2013
Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $20

Northland Performing Arts Center
 4411 Tamarack Blvd. Columbus, 43229

From the website: A delightfully festive one-act revue, Under the Mistletoe will feature sensational seasonal songs and dances inspired by beloved holiday motion pictures. From the rousing "Charleston" scene from It's a Wonderful Life to the comedy of Home Alone to the charm of White Christmas, this show is fun family entertainment, full of the glitz and glamour you've come to expect from Vaud-Villities.

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