Columbus is full of amazing annual Christmas events every holiday season. It can get overwhelming to check out all of the events within the city and it may be a little nerve-racking to decide on which ones you don’t want to miss out on. Here are some of the most loved and popular Columbus holiday traditional events that you are sure to enjoy.
This is an event that offers free cookies and hot chocolate along the streets of German Village. This area of Columbus is lit with luminaries and restaurants and shops all get in on the fun as well as a few private homes along the route. Shops taking part in the festivities are open late and offer special deals as well as free goodies and live music. There are designated parking areas to enjoy the festivities as well as shuttles to get you to the illuminated areas. Santa and his elves are also present at the Actors Theater Schiller Amphitheater stage. Santa is available for storytelling and photos. This event takes place on December 5 beginning at 5 PM
This event spans from November 20 through January 9 from 5 to 9 PM every night at 1777 East Broad St. in Columbus. This is a special display of holiday decorations as well as performances during evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. The conservatory is decorated amazingly with a huge display of breathtaking lights and each night features its own special family-friendly activities throughout the season.
If you love biking or are just interested in taking it up, the central Ohio and Columbus area are great for biking trails. Here are eight of the most loved scenic bike trails in central Ohio.
The Scioto Trail will take you through a mix of urban and suburban areas and it is the first Greenway in Columbus. The trail stretches for 22 miles that is all paved hugging the downtown Riverfront and continuing into Grandview Heights around downtown and Franklin and winding up in the German and Marion villages. This trail is home to the very popular Scioto Mile. The Scioto Mile features 175 acres of lush parkland in Columbus that overlooks the city skyline. Another popular stop along this trail is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
There’s a 25-mile trail that meanders through quiet neighborhoods of central Ohio as well as containing rugged trail stretches that are great for mountain biking. A portion of the trail winds along the banks of the Columbus River and connects into several neighborhoods and commercial areas. The most popular section of the trail includes the north section stretching from Cooper Park to Easton way, the central section winding from Easton way to the Ohio Dominican University, and the south section running from Airport Drive into Three...
Nothing is quite as fun as a date night out on the town. Date night is a great way to experience new activities around Pickerington. There are plenty of fun and unique things to enjoy on a night out in the town. Here are some favorite date night spots of locals in Pickerington Ohio.
There is no more classic date night activity than going out for a bite to eat and maybe an adult beverage. You can find a great selection of craft beers and the most delicious food in town at the Combustion Brewery & Taproom. To go with your drinks and great food, the Taproom hosts live music on certain nights and other fun and quirky events. If you really love the craft brews you can get a crowler or growler to go.
To continue on your classic date night, why not hit the movie theater? The Pickerington Cinema is charming and retro-styled with 17-screens. One screen offers a massive size, the Ultra Screen DLX. It also offers multidimensional sound and those DreamLounger leather recliners that everyone loves so much.
If you have not had anything to eat, check out the Take Five Lounge in the lobby with a large drink menu and several appetizers and meal options. Some come to the lounge just for the specialty cocktails including the Watermelon Margarita and the Whiskey Long Island. What’s even better, you can take food from the lounge into the movie with you.
How about pizza and a movie? The theater is also home...
The demand for homes in Ohio has shown no signs of slowing down. Homes are selling faster than ever and there are more buyers looking in the market than sellers. Buyers are pressured more than ever to offer well above the asking price. The average home sells in about 11 days after hitting the market.
Housing inventory is actually at an all-time historic low in Ohio. Many have thought to wait this out until the market cools down but as time goes by it just goes to show that the market is not cooling off and you may be waiting a while, especially if you are a first-time buyer. The average sale price of a home in 2021 has been up 15% compared to the same time last year. This has affected all of the Ohio metropolitan areas and the remote parts of Ohio as well.
The Columbus real estate area is known to have the most expensive housing and its average home sale price is currently around $300,000. Cincinnati is the second largest area and it has an average home sale price around $280,000. There were more homes purchased in 2021 so far than in 2020, even with the low inventory on the market. Sales are up 10% from last year. While there aren't any signs that the market will cool off, there are some signs that it might stabilize. It is predicted that home prices will not drop even as things move back to a normal state.
Much of this hot market has to do with the low mortgage rates as well as families looking to move out of higher-taxed...
Weather is a main topic of concern when looking to move somewhere and specifically the wintertime, depending on if you like the cold or the heat. Ohio has many incredible qualities and unique offerings to those who wish to live there.
What can be puzzling is the vast difference in weather, specifically the winter between northeast Ohio and Southwest Ohio. Northern Ohio would be the Cleveland skyline and Cincinnati would represent southern Ohio. The weather is drastically different for these areas and this is mostly because of Lake Erie and its size.
Northern Ohio has the arctic air from Canada that drops into this area and this brings wind chills. This air is blown over the lake and gains the moisture that dumps the rain and snow all over Northeast Ohio. This rainfall is usually a heavy downpour with larger raindrops because of the clouds expanding higher in the atmosphere which creates strong storms. Not only does the lake affect the winter but it also affects the spring and summer. In the summer the lake stays cooler than the air because of convection and in turn, it chills the air above, which is why it is such a hot spot to visit in the summer. These temperature differences have to do with the fact that northern Ohio is further away from the equator which makes it cooler. Any place that is further from the equator will be cooler in temperature.
Southern Ohio has more temporal weather. It is known to be more stable in its temperatures. This area is not affected by Lake Erie but it is affected by Lake Michigan. Southern Ohio does not get the heavy snowfall but it does get some snowfall, however, they do get a similar weather effect from Lake Michigan and northern Ohio does from Lake...
Delaware is one of the largest cities of Central Ohio and if you’re an art lover, then Delaware is the place to be. Delaware is full of museums, music, several classes, and a whole community of people focused on the importance of art in our lives. Delaware really is a cool place to live or even just to visit.
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This museum is on campus at Ohio Wesleyan University on Sandusky Street and is free and open to the public. The museum has been recently renovated with three display areas that feature rotating exhibits almost every season. This museum is home to collections of more than 2500 works by artists including Picasso, Frank Stella, Alfred Stieglitz and more with a main focus on providing educational assets for our students, faculty, scholars, and all community members that are art enthusiasts.
This architecturally gorgeous mini-castle is home to several classes and summer camps for people of all ages. Some of the classes include dance, jewelry and metalwork, music, photography, and ceramics. You can sign up for a day class to spend some time with your children or have a fun and unique night out with friends. For those not interested in a class, but simply wanting to take in art, the castle is home to several exhibits as well as Gallery 22. Taking a class at the Arts Castle could be a great way to meet new people in Delaware for every member of the family.
There are so many great things to find in Sunberry Ohio and one of them is a great slice of pizza. If you have just moved in or near to Sunberry Ohio or are looking to move there, you will want to know where some of the best spots to get your favorite comfort food are located. Here are some of Sunbury’s best pizza spots.
This is a famous pizza chain that has recently come to the town of Sunbury located on 101 West Cherry St. If you love pepperoni pizza this is the place to pick one up, as Donatos is famous for piling on pepperoni from edge to edge. In addition to their famous signature pepperoni pizza, you can find dry rub chicken rings and the Big Don Italian Sub, or you can create your very own favorite pizza. A perk to Donatos is everything is made fresh every single day, nothing is frozen.
This pizza shop is located at 167 State Route 3. This is the best place to get a deep-dish pizza full of fluffy yet crispy crusty goodness. Jet’s Pizza is known for its Detroit-style pizza deep dish crust. They also serve up New York-style pizza, delicious thin-crust pizza, and seasoned cauliflower crust pizza as well as a gluten-free option.
This pizza place is located at 15910 E. State Route 37. Some people say this is the best pizza place in the area and it is a must stop. The Other Guy Pizza is popular for its selection of pizza flavors, great subs, and beer...
While it is still officially summer, fall is fast approaching. The central Ohio area is full of amazing great farms that open up to the public for the season. Visiting a farm is an iconic family fun activity to do in the fall and there is no better place to do it than on the farms in Central Ohio. From enjoying local festivals to picking out the perfect pumpkin you could visit one for every farm in the area to have a great fall adventure by yourself or with your family and friends.
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This family-owned farm has been around for many generations and offers homegrown produce sold in the market at the farm. Produce available in the market is dependent upon the seasonal schedule. In the fall you can find a large variety of different pumpkins and squash as well as great fresh apples if you visit in late September you may be able to pick up some peaches or nectarines. Activities on the farm include a fun petting zoo, corn maze, hayride, and live music events. Lynd’s is located at 9399 Morse Rd. SW. in Pataskala.
This farm is at 4413 National Rd. SW. in Hebron. It is just 30 minutes outside of Columbus. At Pigeon Roost Farm you can find activities such as hayrides, face painting, pumpkin picking, jack-o’-lantern carving, and more.
Waterfalls are one of the most beautiful natural wonders. There’s just something about the beauty of the water falling down the rocks and the gentle rush and sound of the water. To some, sitting and watching a waterfall is a therapeutic experience that brings a sense of calm happiness and peace. Did you know there are four beautiful waterfalls hidden right in the center of Ohio. Some are smack in the middle of Columbus.
Here are four beautiful waterfalls hidden in central Ohio you may have never known about:
Hayden Falls is located in the Dublin area within a park and has yet to be discovered by many central Ohio and Columbus residents. From the parking lot in the park all you need to do is take a walk up a flight of stairs and across the boardwalk and you are there. The distance from the parking lot to the waterfall is fairly short making it easy for anyone to get to it, especially if you just need a short couple of hours break from your daily routine. Parking lot is located at 4326 Hayden Run Rd., Columbus, OH.
This beautiful and unique waterfall is tucked away into the neighborhood of Clintonville, a popular spot in the city of Columbus. So many people love the area of Clintonville. Very few realize that Glen Echo Park has a waterfall in one of its ravines. Glen...