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Top 20 Holiday Events in Columbus

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


Holiday time in Columbus Ohio is a busy time indeed. The city becomes lit from within with goodwill, good food and a few million Christmas lights! Every resident has their favorite yearly events the following list are a few that either draw a loyal following each year or look to be a break-out event this year. The events are listed in no particular order.

1. Village Lights

December 1, 2013
Throughout German Village
Sunday 6-10 p.m.

2. Holiday Tours on Capitol Square

Copyright OhioStatehouse.org
December 3 - 31, 2013; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse
Broad and High streets, Columbus

From the website:Step back in time with a guided tour of the 1861 Statehouse and see holiday decorations as they were in Victorian times. Visiting relatives and friends will enjoy a trip to the People's House during their holiday visit in Columbus. Walk-in tours of the Statehouse meet in the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance.

3. Olde Hilliard Christmas

December 7, 2013
Saturday 5-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
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!


4. Mrs. Claus' Kitchen

December 4, 2013
Wed., 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $6-$12

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St.
Columbus, 43203

From the Website: Decorate cookies at Mrs. Claus' Kitchen on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, warm up by the fire and enjoy hot beverages ($1). Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance. At 7 p.m., The Worthington Chorus performs selections from their holiday program in the Grand Atrium.



5. Sweet Honey in the Rock: CELEBRATING THE HOLY DAYS

December 5, 2013

Thursday 8 p.m.
Admission: $20-$50
Capitol Theatre
77 S. High St.
Columbus, 43215
From the website: Internationally renowned acapella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates music from many faiths around the globe with this one-of-a-kind seasonal concert. This program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa with traditional holiday standards such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "This Little Light of Mine" blended with new holiday favorites.

6. Breakfast with Santa

December 7, 2013
Saturday 9-11 a.m.
Admission: $15.95. Kids ages 5-12 $9.95. Kids 4 and under free.
Longaberger Golf Club
One Long Dr.
Nashport, 43830


7. Columbus Gay Men's Chorus: Joy! Home with the Family

December 6-7, 2013
Friday 8-10 p.m. Saturday 2-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25
King Avenue UMC
299 King Ave.
Columbus, 43201

The Holidays are a great time for family and friends to get together. Join CGMC as we remember the sights, sounds, and songs that make the holidays such a special time of year with songs ranging from classical favorites to songs from children we all remember and can still sing by heart.


8. Holiday Open House & Craft Extravaganza

December 7-8, 2013
Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.
North Market
59 Spruce St.
Columbus, 43215

From the site: There's no place like the North Market to get you into the holiday spirit. From the friendly salutations of the merchants to the array of delectable cuisine, the bustle of market commerce on a winter weekend is sure to warm your heart and have you humming holiday tunes! Join us for the most splendid of seasonal weekends at the North Market for the Holiday Open House & Craft Extravaganza.


9. Winterfair

December 6-8, 2013
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $7. Children 12 and under free.
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, 43211

From the website: A holiday artists' market where fairgoers will find unique and beautiful handcrafted articles for the home, office or gift giving. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts, including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metal, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more.

10. State Auto's Christmas Corner

December 5, 2011 - January 1, 2012
State Auto Insurance Companies
Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.-noon
518 E. Broad St., Columbus

The State Auto Insurance Companies life-sized Nativity scene located at 518 East Broad Street, next to the Museum of Art in downtown Columbus.

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