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Holiday Fun Around Columbus

Hopefully, you’re close to having your holiday shopping finished up, and you’re looking for fun ways to spend this jolly time with family and friends. We’re here to help! With a  list of family-friendly activities to get out of the house and into the festive spirit around central Ohio.

Wildlights at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Now through January 1

A huge attraction and tradition in Central Ohio is Wildlights at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  Stroll through the zoo and take in millions of lights, visit with Santa and his reindeer, too!

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival

Now through January 7

Take in the brilliant colors and incredible craftsmanship as you walk through the larger-than-life display at the Ohio Expo Center’s Natural Resources Park. The entire family will be fascinated to see how silk lanterns are made, enjoy traditional Chinese and fair food, and watch as artists perform traditional Chinese dances and songs.

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

December 7

Get into the holiday spirit at the annual Ohio Statehouse celebration. In addition to the traditional tree lighting ceremony, attendees can participate in an array of family-friendly activities including photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live music from local bands and choirs, ornament decorating stations, handprint wreath crafting, food from area restaurants and a pin-the-nose-on-Rudolph game.

Gifts of the Craftsmen Holiday Sale

December 9

Looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift? The Ohio Craft Museum’s annual holiday sale features nearly 100 artists from across the country and handcrafted items such as jewelry, pottery, wood cutting boards, puppets, ornaments, greeting cards and more.

Century Village Open House and Trolley Tour

December 9

Explore holiday history and support the local community by taking a look at historical Grove City artifacts, including model trains, animated window displays and holiday decorations, and donating food and personal items to support the Grove City Food Pantry.

First Night Columbus

December 31

Ring in the new year with family-friendly activities at COSI, including fireworks, face painting, a motion simulator, movies, game room, kid-friendly music, creation stations and a holiday lights show.