Christmas Traditions in Columbus
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.
Come and see this impressive and very detailed holiday train display in the main library throughout the holiday season. Come and just peacefully watch the train go by at any time during the holiday season. The library is located on Grant Avenue in Columbus. If your kids really love trains there’s another holiday train display set up at the Ohio History Center. It is not as large as the Huntington train, but it’s still fun to watch, especially by the littles.
For four consecutive weekends in November and December, Ohio Village will host this fun event where you can celebrate Christmas in 19th-century Victorian style with crafts, snacks, caroling, and more from the Victorian time period. This festival takes place at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus.
This event most traditionally takes place during the holiday season in Ohio and was postponed in 2021 until the spring. It is an exhibit usually at the Columbus Museum of Art. It is not holiday-themed, but is a fun holiday-time tradition in the city of Columbus, especially if you have children who love Legos and are bored on Christmas break. It is a Lego replica of the city of Columbus and is very visually stunning to take in. There are also blocks for building in the big idea gallery as well.
The Easton Town Center is a fun place to just hang out or get your Christmas shopping in with plenty of festive atmospheres. There is a huge nativity and large Christmas tree as well as carriage rides and live music performances.
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