Holidays in Columbus Ohio


Holidays in Columbus 2019

This year, take the time to really enjoy your holidays in Columbus Ohio! There are so many holiday activities and events right here in Columbus, most are family focused and full of good cheer. So make some reservations or plans now, to sprinkle a little holiday all throughout your months of November and December.

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

November 15 to January 1 at Alum Creek State Park. Sunday to Thursday 5:30-9:30pm Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30. $20 per car Monday to Thursday, $30 per car Friday to Sunday.

Originally called Fantasy of Lights, the annual holiday light driving trail is 1.5 miles long featuring over 1 million lights and 100 displays.

2911 S. Old State Rd, Delaware 43015.
Santa’s House Cross Creek Camping Resort, 3190 South Old State Road Delaware, OH 43015

Holiday Segway Tours  

Tour the holiday scenery in downtown Columbus, while enjoying holiday music. Begins November 29, see online schedule for details. Tours are at 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm every night through December 23rd. Suitable for teens and adults. $49 per rider, contact SegAway tours through the website or at 614-222-3005

BYOB Holiday Trolley Lights Tour

Hop on the trolley to tour the sights and sounds of Christmas in Columbus!  They are still working out their schedule and stops so be sure to check their website for current details.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and range from $50 to $75.  Be sure to “bring your own beverage!”  Private family- friendly tours can be had if you organize 30 people to go together!

Holidays at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Beautiful holiday lights and candlelight dinner in the warm and exotic John F. Wolfe Palm House, plus programs such as Breakfast with Santa, Cookies with Santa, and crafts happen all during December. For prices, events, and more visit their website or go to 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203

Ohio Statehouse

December 6 – December 20, from Noon to 1:00 pm (week days only) at the Ohio Statehouse in the Museum Gallery, enjoy a FREE lunchtime Holiday choir performance.

December 5 – from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Atrium, Museum Gallery, Rotunda and South Hallway, enjoy the opening of the season with the annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, with music and activities for kids, and gorgeous holiday lights!

Holiday Pops Concert by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Ohio Theatre presents a holiday concert including a picture with Santa after the 3PM concerts.

39 E. State St.
Columbus, OH 43215


Friday December 06, 8:00 pm

Saturday December 07, 3:00 pm

Saturday December 07, 8:00 pm

Sunday December 09, 3:00 pm


December 6 – 8 in the Multipurpose Building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds

10:00 am – 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday

Beautiful hand-crafted items from all over the world, perfect for holiday giving and decorating. See website for tickets.

North Market

On the first Saturday in December! Central Ohio’s authentic public market.  Shop, dine and enjoy as usual but there will be additional holiday treats and offerings.  Christmas trees for sale, visit with Santa Claus, crafts for kids and more!  Call 614-463-9664 for more details.

North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH

The Nutcracker, by BalletMet

Witness magic in the making at The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday tradition that has stood the test of time. The Nutcracker is an adventure for all who believe in holiday enchantment. 

December 13-28, 2019
Check the website for varying times and ticket prices (starting at $50)
Ohio Theatre, 39 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio

Dickens of a Christmas

December 7 and 14 at 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday, December 8 and 15 at Noon – 5:00 pm

A Victorian Dickens Christmas village with activities and events for all ages. Tickets required.  This event is a HUGE Columbus favorite, book your tickets early before the events are sold out!

Enjoy your holidays in Columbus, Ohio! The Columbus Team is wishing all our friends and neighbors a warm and wonderful holiday season!

Note: The information here was correct at time of publishing, but weather and other issues can impact even the best laid plans. Call the venue directly or visit the links provided for up-to-the-moment information before you make your plans!

Photo Credit

Franklin Park Conservatory: Blooming beautiful in Bexley!

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Come spend an afternoon among the blooms, butterflies and big open indoor spaces. Fascinating to explore, beautiful to look at, this will become a family favorite all year round. Located in Franklin Park in beautiful Bexley, this conservatory has gorgeous gardens and outdoor displays for any weather, but it’s a place we recommend for rainy summer days, too, because of the huge indoor horticultural displays.

Columbus OH Franklin Park Conservatory

Full of rare and beautiful plants, art, and interactive children’s exhibits, the conservatory is a long stroll with lots of interesting scenery, perfect for any age. Weekend and summer programs are also available for children, as well as adult gardeners.

Well worth an annual membership pass, you’ll come back to Franklin Park Conservatory again and again. Some exhibits are seasonal, such as blooms and butterflies and the Christmas Poinsettia display.

Nearly all areas and exhibits are ADA accessible, for our friends and neighbors with disabilities or small children in strollers.

Open daily 10-5, Admission is $19 for adults, $16 for Seniors, $12 for children 3-17. Free for 2 and under. Parking is free.

Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 E Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43203

Please note, this information was correct as of the writing date, but things do happen to cause changes that we cannot predict. Contact the venue directly for up-to-the-moment information.

Photo Credit: Franklin Park Conservatory