Updated Nov 23, 2021 - Things to Do
Guide for central Ohio holiday lights, events
A lit Christmas tree in the center of a fountain, with the surrounding area covered in lights and snow
Easton Town Center's central park fountain, one of several areas the mall illuminates with millions of twinkling lights. Photo: Steve Brady courtesy of Easton Town Center

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year has arrived in central Ohio.

What's happening: We'll keep you updated with a running list of the holiday traditions we look forward to each year.

Most events are ongoing, so mark your calendars:

πŸŽ„ It wouldn't be Christmas without a tree lighting celebration and Santa Claus' grand entrance.

  • Worthington: Holiday Open House noon-5pm Sunday, lighting ceremony at 5:30pm, Old Worthington.
  • Dublin: 5-7pm Dec. 2, Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway.
  • Ohio Statehouse: 5:30-7:30pm Dec. 2.
  • Grove City: 7-8:30pm Dec. 3, Town Center.
  • Upper Arlington: 6-8:30pm Dec. 3, Mallway Park, 2096 Arlington Drive.
  • Westerville: 5-8pm Dec. 3, Uptown Westerville.
  • Whitehall, 6-8pm Dec. 3, Kelley Green, 105 Norton Park Drive.
  • Reynoldsburg, 4-6:30pm Dec. 4, Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive.
  • Hilliard: 4-6:30pm Dec. 5, Old Hilliard.
  • Grandview Heights: 5:30-8pm Dec. 7, between 1st and 3rd avenues. An ice rink will be open from 3-8pm.

πŸ•Ž Chabad Columbus has planned eight nights of fun to celebrate Hanukkah, which begins Sunday, kicking off with a sky-diving Maccabee and a chocolate turkey dreidel drop.

  • The festivities include several menorah lightings. The first is 5pm Sunday in Bexley's Drexel Circle.

πŸ’‘ Columbus Commons is lit up from dusk-11pm, 160 S. High St., Columbus.

  • Free hot chocolate and carousel rides, 5-9pm on Fridays in December.

β›² The Scioto Mile is also decked out for the holidays from dusk till dawn.

🍻 Bicentennial Park will host WinterFest on Dec. 4 from 11am-4pm, featuring bands, brews and food.

🦌 Visit the reindeer and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's other cold-loving animals at Wildlights.

  • 5-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-10pm Friday-Saturday.
  • $22 adults, $17 children. Franklin County residents get a $5 discount.
  • You may spot Santa scuba diving in Discovery Reef and feeding the fish if you're lucky!

πŸͺ΄ Franklin Park Conservatory is spruced up for Conservatory Aglow.

  • 5-9pm, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. $22 adults, $19 seniors, children and students, kids under 3 free.

🐴 In addition to an impressive display of holiday lights, Easton Town Center offers horse-drawn carriage rides.

  • 5-9pm Friday-Saturday and 3-7pm Sunday. $10 a person, cash only, children under 15 free.

🎁 Dickens of a Christmas returns to Ohio Village, transforming it into a Victorian era village full of characters from "A Christmas Carol."

  • 5:30-9pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. $16 adults, $12 children, kids under 3 free. Tickets online only.

πŸš— Just a 30-minute trip away, two popular drive-through displays allow for COVID-friendly distancing from the comfort of your car.

  • Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights, 3111 S. Old State Road, Delaware.
    • 5:30-9pm Sunday-Thursday, $20 per car. 5:30-10pm Friday-Saturday, $30.
    • Mrs. Claus starts collecting letters for Santa on Friday β€”Β include an email address at the bottom.
  • Magical Lights of Winter, 2650 National Road SW, Hebron.
    • 5:30-11pm Monday-Thursday, $20 per car. 5:30pm-12am Friday-Sunday, $30 per car. Times and prices vary on "peak" nights. Tickets online only.

We'll update this list with more events throughout December so keep checking back!

An aerial view of holiday lights at the Columbus Commons park
An aerial view of holiday lights at the Columbus Commons. Photo courtesy of Infinite Impact
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