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6 Great Columbus-Area Holiday Light Displays

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Every year people climb up on roofs, unpack bundles of wires and plugs and get ready to light up the holiday season. Then there are the professionals, those special places around the city that attract Columbusites like moths to flames. (I had to say it!) Grab the family, climb into the car and hit up these spectacular displays.

1. Grand Illumination

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Downtown is undergoing a great change. The opening of Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile Promenade has given everyone a new reason to head into the area. While the area is new, the holiday display and activities are sure to become a part of Central Ohio holiday traditions to come.

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 features thousands of L.E.D. lights and a fantastic light show at 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 hundreds of thousands of multi-colored lights, 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.

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2. 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

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3. 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!

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4. Easton Town Center

Columbus' outdoor mall works hard to get you in the holiday mood. The gigantic Christmas tree in the center square is just the beginning. Thousands of lights throughout the property twinkle dance and excite. Holiday activities also makes the event great including:

HOLIDAY CARRIAGE RIDES
Weekends, November 22 through December 23 North District

HOLIDAY EASTON ENTERTAINERS
November 22-December 24 roaming

A VERY MERRY MAGIC SHOW
November 22-December 1 Easton Station Building

LIVE REINDEER
December 1, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM in Fenlon Square

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5. 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!

Activities:

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.
FREE
Visitor Center Exhibit Hall

Christmas Crafts
FREE
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

11am—1pm

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6. Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights

The 14th Annual Fantasy of Lights is a great, drive-thru light show with Santa House and free cookies and hot chocolate.

2911 S. Old State Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015

The Santa House with free hot chocolate and cookies will be held at Cross Creek Camping Resort, which is 30 seconds down the street. Santa House:
3190 South Old State Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

November 22nd 2013 - January 5th 2014
Sun - Thurs 5:30pm - 9:30pm:    $15
Fri & Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30pm:    $15
Limos, Large Vans, and Motorhomes:    $20
Motorcoaches up to 30 people:    $30
Buses and Large Motorcoaches:    $60

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