It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This weekend is crammed with holiday events! We had a hard time narrowing down our favorites, so we tried to include as many as we could. There are a number of tree lightings this weekend, as well as the first annual Winterfest at The Scioto Mile.
So many cities have all day events to celebrate the season with visits with Santa, caroling, carriage rides, and plenty of family-friendly activities. There are 5k races, holiday shopping events, parades, and holiday gatherings!
‘Tis the Season for lots of family fun! Be sure to check out our Holiday Guide here.
December 1: Holiday Sip and Shop: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Stop by when you are out for the Westerville tree lighting for a hot glass of mulled wine. There will also be a craft available for the kids!
December 1: Olde Village Holiday Gathering: 5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. in Old Pickerington | Join in for a tree lighting ceremony and enjoy open shops for gift giving ideas, games for children, carriage rides, luminaries, carolers and an appearance by Santa Claus!
December 1: Night in Bethlehem: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Westerville | Experience a Night in Bethlehem at Westerville Christian Church and have a hands-on family experience. Pre-Registration is encouraged.
December 1: Winter Festival: 6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at The Mallway in Upper Arlington | An evening of caroling, carriage rides, bonfire with smores, visits with Santa and UA’s tree lighting ceremony.
December 1: Delaware Tree Lighting and Santa House: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Delaware | Free horse-drawn carriage ride, Santa House, carolers and tree lighting ceremony at 7 pm.
December 1: Polar Express Pajama Storytime: 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Easton | Come dressed in your pajamas to the Easton Barnes & Noble and listen to the Polar Express story.
December 2: Jingle Bell Run Columbus: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Genoa Park | Largest holiday themed 5k race series!
December 2: Kitty Adoption Party: 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at Party Like It’s Your Birthday | Cat themed snacks, pick out a plush kitten, give it a name, paint its home, make it a collar and take it home forever.
December 2: Made Local Marketplace Holiday Show: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center | Come do your holiday shopping with 100 amazing local vendors!
December 2: Kids Workshops at Home Depot: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Local Home Depot | Make a Wooden Gingerbread House. Pre-registration is required.
December 2: Christmas Prelude: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Grand Dublin | Various activities are scheduled throughout the day including Breakfast with Santa at 9 am, musical performances, crafts and a Secret Santa Shop.
December 2: Grove City Christmas Celebration: 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. in Grove City | Shopping, visits with Santa, live entertainment, a parade and so much more.
December 2: Winter Slime Experiments: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Come to The Old Worthington Library to make slime and take it home!
December 2: Holiday Open House: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Delaware | 5th annual Main Street Delaware Holiday Open House features Santa, local shop specials, and much more!
December 2: Paint a Gingerbread House: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Hoover Garden Center Kid friendly workshop to celebrate the holiday season with kids painting a gingerbread house.
December 2: Winterfest: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Scioto Mile | 1st annual festival which celebrates giving back and features local and national acts, seasonal ales, and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks. The Scioto Mile will be aglow with thousands of twinkling lights!
December 2: Holly Days: 11:00 a.m. – 7: 00 p.m. in Dublin | Gather for a day full of fun. FREE activities includes 12 Elves of Dublin Hunt, kids crafts, live music, hot chocolate from Starbucks and more.
December 2: Frosty Bookmark Craft: 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning | Kids can make a free frosty friend bookmark and shop around too!
December 2: Climb with Santa: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Vertical Adventures Youth Programming | Kids can climb, get their photo with Santa, eat snacks and make crafts.
December 2: Rocky’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Party: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Visit with Rocky the Therapy Horse at Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Sciences. You’ll find crafts, snacks and “Rocky’s Santa Shoppe.”
December 2: Christmas is Coming: 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. at Slate Run Farm | Step back in time and help decorate the Victorian farm house at Slate Run Farm.
December 2: Granville Candlight Walking Tour: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Village of Granville | The day will feature over 70 activities, events, and performances to enjoy.
December 2: Downtown Lancaster Winterfest: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Free carriage rides, photos with Santa at the Santa House, kids crafts in the businesses, elf scavenger hunt, holiday music, and much more! The downtown tree lighting is at 5 pm.
December 2: Holiday Nature Crafts: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon making crafts and sipping hot chocolate at Highbanks Metro Park.
December 2: Pup Pics with Santa: 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at BARK! | Grab your furry friend and join in for some tail wagging holiday fun with Santa on site for his photo op with your pup.
December 2: Holidays in Powell: 2:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. in Powell | Enjoy FREE children’s activities and crafts, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more! Tree Lighting is at 6:00 p.m.
December 2: Main Street Christmas Cookie Walk and Lighted Parade: 3:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in Downtown Pataskala | Kids crafts, letters to Santa, hot chocolate, face painting, train display, light refreshments, character appearances, and parade at 6:00 p.m.
December 2: A Holiday Evening on the Farm: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Gallant Farm | Experience the holiday spirit of the 1930’s and roast chestnuts, listen to live music and make holiday decorations.
December 2: Christmas on the Square in Sunbury: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Watch a lighted parade at 5:30, participate in festivities such as craft making, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and much more!
December 2: Christmas Under the Clock: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Plain City | Tree Lighting Ceremony with entertainment at 5:00 p.m. After the tree lighting, activities include craft vendors, wagon rides to photos with Santa at Yoder’s True Value, live music, ice sculpting, drawings and prizes.
December 3: Holidayville 2017: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Clintonville | Neighborhood wide holiday shopping event features carolers, cookies and sales at more than 25 neighborhood shops and restaurants. Free Jolly Trolley rides through the neighborhood make it easy to experience the festivities .
December 3: Rudolph Run 5k: 2:00 p.m. at Westerville | Family friendly way to be active together as you run in Uptown Westerville! Kids are encouraged.
December 3: Holiday Hop in Hilliard and Tree Lighting: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Hilliard | Musical selections will be performed by children, visit from Santa, ice sculpting demonstrations, cookie decorating, balloon artist, reindeer, wagon rides and hot chocolate. Be sure to stroll down to the Historical Village in Weaver Park to get a glimpse of life in the past as you visit the authentic buildings.
Have a blast during the most wonderful time of the year!