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Holiday Spirit in Columbus

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Columbus is a delightful place to visit during the holidays. From millions of lights sparkling throughout the city to fulfilling all of your holiday shopping needs, Columbus is a must-stop to get in the holiday spirit.

Ideal for groups of 25+, subject to holiday availability.

Day One

Evening | Join Columbus City Adventures on the Holiday Lights Tour and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with a jaunt through Central Ohio’s twinkling winter landscape. Downtown will be alive with festive energy of hundreds of thousands of lights.

Day Two

Morning | Begin your day glass blowing and make your own ornament at Glass Axis. Then, head to the Ohio Craft Museum to view fine arts and crafts, art exhibitions and more.

Lunch | Enjoy one of the best views of Columbus’ skyline at The Boat House at Confluence Park.

Afternoon | After lunch, head to Grandview Heights and stop into the many stores located on Grandview Avenue. Then, make your own holiday-scented candle at Penn & Beech Candle Co. Or, discover the intricacies of vodka, gin and bourbon making at Watershed Distillery and sample their holiday specialty Nocino.

Evening | Enjoy dinner at Mozart’s then head to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for Wildlights and see millions of LED lights, animated musical light shows and other holiday festivities.

Day Three

Morning | Learn how chocolates are made at world-famous, family-owned Anthony-Thomas Candy Company. Everyone receives freshly made chocolate.

Lunch | Stroll brick streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops in German Village. Shop for gifts at The Book Loft, one of the nation’s largest independent bookstores. Head to Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus, for lunch and don’t leave until you have one of their famous cream puffs.

Afternoon | Enjoy dinner in downtown Columbus at Milestone 229, overlooking the illuminated Scioto Mile riverfront.

Evening | End your evening at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Conservatory Aglow, decorated for the holidays with thousands of poinsettias, gingerbread houses and twinkling lights.

Day Four

Morning | Finish up your holiday shopping at Easton — Columbus’ premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in a unique village setting. Or, on the way out of Columbus, stop in Cambridge to celebrate the holidays 19th century-style. The popular Dickens Victorian Village brings to life Victorian society in 80 holiday scenes with 186 lifelike figures.


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Marie Kuess

Marie Kuess Sr. Program Manager, Destination Experience