Central Ohio Holiday Events You Don’t Want to Miss

There’s always something fun happening in Central Ohio, and the holidays are an especially festive time of year. If you’re looking for a way to get in the holiday spirit, you’ll find plenty of interesting options around the area—whether you’re in Westerville, Worthington, or somewhere in between.

Here are some of the best Central Ohio holiday events coming soon.

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

beautiful outdoor christmas lights

When: Nov 15 – Jan 5
Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
What: Experience the Columbus Zoo in a whole new light (or, rather, a whole new set of lights)! The light shows run weekdays and weekends, though weekends can be pretty crowded.
Learn more: Wildlights

Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

shopping crafts at a holiday market

When: Sunday, Dec 1, 10am – 4pm
Where: Makoy Event Center, Hilliard
What: Kick start your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses and artisans at the Winter Avant-Garde Art Show! Browse beautiful handmade items and enjoy a full concessions stand. A portion of proceeds benefit local nonprofit Hope Hollow.
Learn more: Winter Avant-Garde

Holiday Bazaar & Short North Tree Lighting

celebrating at a central ohio holiday event

When: Sunday, Dec 1, 11am – 6pm
Where: Short North Arts District
What: Shopping, dining, entertainment, art, live performers, and beautiful decorations bring the Short North district to live with holiday spirit in a day full of fun and festivity. The Deck the District Tree Lighting starts at 5pm.
Learn more: Short North Holiday Bazaar

Christmas in Downtown Delaware

christmas in downtown delaware

When: Friday, Dec 6 – Sunday, Dec 8
Where: Downtown Delaware
What: This full weekend of festivities kicks off with the Tree Lighting Ceremony (with live music) on Friday at 6pm. Saturday continues with a Dash for Dasher scavenger hunt, while downtown businesses offer special and refreshments. The Santa House will be open at the Strand Theatre, and the Christmas Parade closes off the event at 3pm on Sunday.
Learn more: Christmas in Downtown

Grove City Christmas Celebration, Parade & Mistletoe Market

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When: Saturday, Dec 7, 10am – 8pm
Where: Grove City
What: Live music, caroling, reindeer, ice sculpting, visits with Santa, a festive parade, and the official Grove City Tree Lighting—it’s a full day of festive fun. The Mistletoe Market happens simultaneously at the Grove City Town Center.
Learn more: Grove City Christmas

Winterfest 2019 / Lights at the Scioto Mile

snowfall on a bridge

When: Saturday, Dec 7, 11am – 4pm
Where: Bicentennial Park, Downtown Columbus
What: The annual WinterFest is a Columbus tradition packed full of entertainment and fun—including several live bands, food trucks, on-tap brews, and beautiful light shows. You can catch the light show (Lights at the Scioto Mile) nights starting November 21 and running through January 2.
Learn more: Winterfest 2019

Christmas on the Towne

a central ohio holiday event

When: Saturday, Dec 7, 10am – 3pm
Where: Olde Towne Reynoldsburg
What: Shop specials and giveaways at local businesses, visit with Santa, or take a carriage ride through Olde Reynoldsburg… and maybe try a few tasty samples offered throughout the day. Be sure to stick around for the Lighting Ceremony and Parade!
Learn more: Christmas on the Towne

Central Ohio Tree Lightings

skating around a christmas tree

See the lights go on in your hometown! Find a town or city tree lighting near you

Ready to Come Have Some Fun in Central Ohio?

Are you looking for Central Ohio holiday events because you’re considering relocating to the area or buying a home in Central Ohio? The DeLena Ciamacco real estate team is here to help! Contact us to find out more about how we can ensure you find the perfect home in just the right location.

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