Your favorite holiday events are back in Columbus. This season is the perfect time for making memories with the family; these events are the perfect place to start.
If you're looking for information on all the fantastic light displays in Columbus, find our list here.
Easton's Grand Illumination
When: Friday, November 18
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 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 Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival
When: Friday, November 18
Where: Tanger Outlets, Near Michael Kors
What: Deck the Halls at Tanger Outlets' sixth annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival. Enjoy holiday treats, the Candy Cane Carolers, and fun holiday crafts! Santa will arrive at approximately 6:15 PM. Enjoy our Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt with the whole family! Even COSI will be there with their new COSI Connects Kits. This event also launches Tanger's toy/coat drive for People In Need. Learn more, here.
When: Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4
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. Learn more here.
When: Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 am - 4 pm
Where: Bicentennial Park
What: Head to the Scioto riverfront 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.
Short North Holiday Hop
When: Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 pm - 8 pm
Where: Short North Arts District
What: 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! Learn more here.
When: Sunday, December 4 from 5 - 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
When: Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 3 to Dec. 18
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.
When: November 19 through December
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. Learn more here.
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.
Lazarus Santa’s Workshop
When: Saturday, December 3 from 1 - 5 pm
Where: Lazarus Building, Galleria
What: Mr. Claus himself will be making a comeback at the very place many Columbus residents affectionately recall making seasonal expeditions to see him: The Lazarus Building. In addition to cellphone photos with the big man, your little elves can kick-start the holidays with festive activities including, face painting, crafts, music and more.
Get out there and enjoy the season this year in Columbus. Find more holiday inspiration here and share your memories with us using #HolidaysInCbus.