Things to Do in Columbus
Holiday your way in Columbus this season. Enjoy events that are seasonal favorites — like the Nutcracker and Dickens of a Christmas, to name just a few — or visit spectacular and beloved lights displays experiences, local holiday markets, igloos around town, gallery hops and more.
Seasonal events and experiences for every age abound during the holidays in Columbus. Head to Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, featuring millions of LED lights and holiday festivities throughout the zoo, or visit Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Enjoy Easton’s Grand Illumination or scale things down to the local level — experience Village Lights in German Village, Festive Fridays at the Columbus Commons, or explore one of the local holiday markets around town.
Do you live for the thrill? Check out some of our city's top adventure attractions and get your adrenaline going!
The Arena District is the proud, vibrant home of three professional sports teams (the Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Clippers). During the winter, you can catch a Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena, and if you’re headed to a game, come by early to enjoy the Arena District’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area).
If you're tackling your holiday shopping or just feel like some retail therapy, go local with the Columbus Gift Guide and our boutique shopping districts. If you're on the hunt for your finds with a big name brand, hit the town and visit Polaris Fashion Place, the Tanger Outlets or Easton Town Center, named the top retail experience in the country for three years straight!
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