The holidays are the perfect time for festive outings and memory making with family and friends. To help you #CelebrateCBUS, we've rounded up some of the can't-miss holiday events in Columbus this season.

If you're looking for information on all our fantastic light displays, find our list here.


Easton Holiday Lights Display in Columbus


Easton's Grand Illumination

When: Friday, November 17
Where: Easton Town Center
What: Kick off the holiday season at the top retail destination in the country with Easton's Grand Illumination. If there's one destination that goes all out for the holidays, it's Easton. Festivities will begin at 6 pm around the center and continue throughout the evening with live music, fun for the family, costumed characters and more bringing all the holiday cheer! No matter where you are, take your eyes to the sky at 7 pm and watch as over two-million lights simultaneously illuminate Easton for the season. Learn more about Easton's holiday happenings, here


Holiday lights at Columbus Commons


Holiday Season Opener at Columbus Commons

When: Friday, November 17
Where: Columbus Commons
What: Head to Columbus Commons for their holiday season opener to enjoy free hot chocolate, carousel rides and musical entertainment amidst their dazzling light display of more than 400,000 LED lights. Stay tuned for more information here.


Tanger Tree Lighting


Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival Celebration

When: Friday, November 17
Where: Tanger Outlets, Near Michael Kors
​What: Deck the Halls at Tanger Outlets' seventh annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival. Guests will enjoy holiday treats and fun crafts. Santa will arrive at approximately 6:15 pm. Enjoy our Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt with the whole family! This event also launches Tanger's toy/coat drive for People In Need. Learn more, here.


Rainbow LED light tunnel during Franklin Park Conservatory's holiday event, Conservatory Aglow


Conservatory Aglow

When: November 18 through January 7
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
What: Marvel at the thousands of twinkling lights at Franklin Park Conservatory this season in Columbus. Walk through the iconic rainbow tunnel, take in the magic of the decorated halls and listen to roaming music. Get tickets

Season of Celebrations

When: November 24 through January 7
Where: COSI
What: This brand new seasonal celebration will transform the museum into a winter wonderland featuring a grand 40-ft tree and 60+ other trees decorated by the Columbus community for visitors to enjoy. Season of Celebrations is included with COSI's general admission. Get tickets.


Winterfair Columbus Holiday Event


Columbus Winterfair

When: Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3
Where: Ohio Expo Center
What: A marquee arts event in Columbus, Winterfair showcasing artists since 1963. Experience artful shopping and meet the people behind the beautiful works this season in Columbus. Purchase tickets





When: Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 am - 4 pm
Where: Dorrain Green 
What: Head to the green for some winter fun! This free, family-friendly event features live music, a diverse offering of food trucks, seasonal sips and plenty of photo opportunities. Learn more about WinterFest, here


Brandt Roberts Galleries Holidays


High Street Holiday Market and Holiday Hop

When: Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 am - 7 pm
Where: Short North Arts District
What: New this year! The Hight Street Holiday Market offers an immersive holiday atmosphere featuring an impressive array of 150 creative and diverse vendors curated in partnership with Matchmakers Marketplace, holiday programming, music, and more. Then, celebrate the art + soul of the holiday season during the biggest Gallery Hop of the year! Shop from your favorite Short North Arts District stores and galleries, grab a bite and a drink, enjoy special holiday street performances, and see Santa! Stay tuned for more information. 


A photo taken at German Village's Village Lights holiday event


Village Lights

When: Sunday, December 3 from 6 - 9 pm
Where: German Village
What: Head to German Village for the return of Village Lights. Stroll through the luminary-lined streets to kick off your holiday shopping in the most scenic surroundings. Explore the traditional StrietzelMarkt, shop the vendors and find holiday magic around every corner. Learn more here


Dickens of a Christmas


Dickens of a Christmas

When: Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17, 1-5 pm
Where: Ohio Village
What: Travel back in time at Ohio Village as you explore this 19th-century-themed holiday celebration. Enjoy traditional music, dance, games and more. Find out more here


Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons

Festive Fridays at Columbus Commons

When: Friday evenings in December
Where: Columbus Commons
What: Ride the free carousel, sip hot cocoa and listen to strolling music while surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights in the heart of downtown Columbus. Learn more.

Get out there and enjoy the season this year in Columbus. Find more holiday inspiration here and share your memories with us using #CelebrateCBUS.