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Top 20 Holiday Events in Columbus

The "Don't Miss" events and activities of the holiday 2013 season.


11. Breakfast with Santa

December 8, 2012
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus
614-645-1756, 614-645-8733

12. This is Your Life...Ebenezer Scrooge!

December 19, 2013
Location: Ohio History Center/Ohio Village
Hours: Thursday 7-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $60
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, 43211

From the website: Tonight's honoree is a grumpy old curmudgeon known for his miserly ways. While partaking in a festive meal, join your host, Jacob Marley, as he introduces people from the good, the bad and the ugly of Ebenezer Scrooge's life.

13. Christmas Candlelighting

December 7-21, 2013
Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Historic Roscoe Village
600 N. Whitewoman St.
Coshocton, 43812

From the website: Historic Roscoe Village cheers on the holiday season with its Christmas Candlelighting. Share in the evening's tradition of lighting the Christmas tree and your own candle as everyone softly sings "Silent Night". During the day, guests can enjoy art with Santa, strolling carolers, horse drawn surrey rides, complimentary hot-mulled cider and cookies, and many other holiday festivities. "A Roscoe Christmas" tour offers a glimpse into the 1800s holiday season. Beginning at 11 a.m. there will be Art with Santa, strolling carolers, Christmas crafts at the Visitor Center, and free hot mulled cider and cookies for everyone! The Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony will take place at the main stage at 6 p.m.

14. Candlelight Dinners

December 5-19, 2012
Wednesday 6-8 p.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43203
614-645-1756, 614-645-8733

From the Site:Enjoy an exceptional candlelit dinner in the warm and exotic surroundings of the John F. Wolfe Palm House decorated for the holidays. A perfect evening out for couples or small groups, these more formal dinners feature a delicious menu made in house by Conservatory Catering.

15. New Albany Symphony: Holiday Spectacular

December 22, 2013
Sunday 3-5 p.m.
Admission: $11-$20
Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts
100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.
New Albany, 43054

From the website: Celebrate the holidays at home in New Albany featuring the heartwarming songs and traditions that make this the Most Wonderful Time of the Year including our fabulous Gift Box Fundraiser!

16. Columbus Children's Theatre: Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells

November 21 - December 22, 2013
Thursday-Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday 1-2:30 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.
Admission: $11-$22
Columbus Children's Theatre
512 Park St.
Columbus, 43215

From the website: It's holiday time in Room One and that means drama! Tattletale May keeps picking on Junie B. Jones, and things get even worse when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa. She hatches a plan to give May a lump of coal, while getting an awesome Squeeze-A-Burp for herself. Will Junie B. have a last-minute change of heart and show her true holiday spirit? Just like its heroine, the show has laughs, verve and energy to spare!


17. First Night Columbus

December 31, 2012
Throughout Downtown

5 p.m. - midnight

From the Site: First Night Columbus, Central Ohio's award-winning New Year's Eve celebration is a community-oriented, family-friendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children's festival.

18. Shadowbox Live: Holiday Hoopla

November 21 - December 28, 2013
Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. No shows Nov. 26-28 & Dec. 25
Admission: Adults $30. Seniors, students and military $20.
Shadowbox Live
503 S. Front St.
Columbus, 43215

From the website: Now in its 22nd iteration, Holiday Hoopla XXII has become a central Ohio Christmas tradition. Full of sketch comedy that pokes fun at our desire to make the holidays perfect, rockin' seasonal tunes from house band BillWho?, and the hilarious musical send-up The Santa Babies, Hoopla never disappoints.


19. Ballet Met Nutcracker

Performance Dates and Times at the Ohio Theater

Friday, 12/7, 7:30pm
Dec. 12-15: Thursday-Friday 7:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 18-22: Wednesday-Friday 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 23-24: Monday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday noon.

It's the Nutcracker! How can you miss the Nutcracker? No other words needed.

Admission: $25-$80

20. Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Columbus Wildlights Columbus Zoo
copyright: Discover Ohio Travel Flickr Group
November 22, 2013 to January 05, 2014
Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.
Adults $14.99 Seniors $10.99 Children 2-9 $9.99
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell
614-645-3550, 800-666-5397 More about the Columbus Zoo

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