City Hall is the first spot the kids will want to hit because there they can drop off their letter to Santa. At Columbus Commons lighted displays are featured and then leaving there take a stroll along the lighted Scioto Mile Promenade to Bicentennial Park where penguins, snowmen and Santa will welcome visitors.
Bicentennial Park, the Scioto Mile Promenade and City Hall will feature more than thousands of L.E.D. lights on over 60 trees. A fantastic light show has been designed for the Scioto Mile Fountain in Bicentennial Park, using the fountain’s 220 L.E.D. lights that offer 16 million color variations!
Columbus Commons will feature more than 100,000 multi-colored lights on 127 trees, four holiday displays, a holiday tree on the Grand Lawn and a 15-foot fountain of light at the High Street entrance.
Parking is available at nearby garages and those might be your best bet because downtown has notoriously efficient parking meter officers. That little orange tag on the windshield can absolutely ruin a great holiday outing.Top 20 Holiday Events in Columbus
This is the 23rd 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: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Norton Middle School, Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Hilliard Davidson High School Madrigals, Grove Port Madison High School, Melodies of Marion and many more.
-Holiday Light Show - An all new 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 16, 2012 - January 1, 2013
Sunday - Thursday 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.
Adults $14. Seniors $10. Children 2-9 $9
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell
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6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Creekside Park & Plaza
123 Mill Street
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. Here a few:
Saturday, December 8
Holiday Character Breakfast
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
From the website: Join us for the 6th annual breakfast and have fun with free arts and crafts activities, Santa's Secret Gift Shop, photo opportunities with your favorite holiday characters and light entertainment. Afterwards, enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes provided by Katie's Cakes. Tickets are $6 per person, children 3 and under are free.
Four Paws and a Tail
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
From the website: Santa Paws Photos with Pets Central Ohio area pets – naughty and nice – will have the chance to visit Santa Paws this holiday season!
79 Mill Street
Holiday Carriage Rides
Fridays-Sundays, through December 23 in the North District
Photos with Santa
November 18-December 24 in the Easton Station Building
Holiday Community Performances
Various times on the Town Square and near the Central Park Fountain
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!
Activities:Horse-Drawn Surrey Rides
Children 10 and under ride free w/paying adult
Students 11 to 17 years of age - $3.00
Adults - $5.00
Complimentary hot mulled cider & cookies
A Roscoe Christmas Tour
12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Art with Santa
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visitor Center Exhibit Hall