Whether you’re in the mood for a light show, carriage ride, or a classic holiday movie, Columbus OH has it all. Find information for winter fun and Christmas events around Central Ohio.

Downtown Columbus Christmas Lights

One perennial holiday favorite is, of course, seeing all the Christmas lights. Columbus lights up in spectacular fashion for the Holidays. Here are some of the best places in Downtown Columbus to see holiday lights:
-Columbus Commons
-Lazarus Building
-Scioto Mile
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Segaway Holiday Lights Tour

One great way to see the holiday lights in Downtown Columbus is by Segaway.
When: Nov 29-Dec 23 at 6 or 8:15 pm
Where: Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St Columbus OH
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German Village Lights

Kick off the season with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, live music, treats for young and old, and lots more in historic German Village.
When: Starts Sunday Dec 2 from 5-9pm
Where: German Village Columbus Ohio
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Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo

Enjoy a spectacular holiday light show at the Columbus Zoo through January 2019.
When: Nov 16 – Jan 6 (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
Where: Columbus Zoo, 4850 W Powell Rd Powell Ohio
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Conservatory Aglow

Discover breathtaking holiday decorations and performances at Conservatory Aglow.
When: Dec 1-31
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E Broad St Columbus OH
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The Grand Illumination is now WinterFest! Find food and fun for the whole family at the 2nd annual Winterfest. This winter celebration will feature music, food trucks, and drinks.
When: Saturday Dec 1, 11-4
Where: Bicentennial Park Columbus OH
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Huntington Holiday Train

There’s just something about the holidays and train sets. Train enthusiasts young and old will love to see the Huntington Holiday Train at Main Library.
When: November through early January (see link below for holiday closures)
Where: Library, 96 S. Grant Ave Columbus OH 43215
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Dragon Lights Chinese Lantern Festival

Enjoy Chinese food and culture at this incredible festival.
When: Nov 23 – Jan 6 (Closed Mondays) 5:30-10pm
Where: Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Grounds
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The Nutcracker

Take in a traditional, awe-inspiring version of the Nutcracker.
When: December 7-23
Where: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Columbus OH 43215
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Butch Bando’s Fantasy Of Lights

This drive-thru holiday light show is 3 miles and features brilliant light displays you can enjoy from the warmth and comfort of your car.
When: Nov 16 – Jan 1
Sun-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm
Fri & Sat 5:30-10:30pm
Where: Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds, 3311 South Old State Rd Delaware OH 43015
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Easton Holiday Carriage Rides

Experience the holiday magic in Easton Town Center from a horse drawn carriage!
When: Weekends through Dec 23
Fri & Sat 6-10pm
Sunday 3-7pm
Where: Easton Town Center Columbus Ohio
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Easton Trolley

Or, hop on the trolley in Easton Town Center during the holiday season and enjoy all the beautiful lights!
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Lights Of Glenross

The Glenross neighborhood in Delaware puts on a spectacular show for the holidays. The light displays are choreographed to Christmas music on 94.1FM
When: Nov 22-Jan 1 5-10pm Daily
Where: Glenross in Delaware Ohio
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Lights in Annehurst of Westerville

Another neighborhood that goes all out is the Annehurst community in Westerville, Ohio. Drive through and watch 90,000 lights dance to the music on 87.9fm.
When: Nov 22-Dec 31
Sun-Thurs 6-10pm
Fri & Sat 6-11pm
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Lucy Depp Park Light Show

It’s back bigger and brighter! Discover a 40k+ holiday light show covering over 5.5 acres at the Lucy Depp Park.
When: Every night through New Year’s Day
Sun-Thurs 4-10pm
Fri & Sat 4-11pm
Where: Lucy Depp Park, 9360 Frabell Dr. Powell OH 43065
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$5 Holiday Classics at Marcus Theatres

Watch holiday favorites such as It’s A Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, and more on the big screen.
When: Nov 30 – Dec 13 (See info link below for specifics)
Where: Crosswoods Cinema, 200 Hutchinson Ave Columbus OH
Pickerington Cinema, 1776 Hill Rd N., Pickerington OH 43147
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12 Elves Of Dublin Scavenger Hunt

Get your 12 Elves card at one of the participating locations, then search through Historic Dublin shops to find the 12 Elves. Kids get a little prize each time they find an elf at a shop. Return the completed 12 Elves Card before December 29th to be entered into drawings for prizes.
When: Dec 1-29th
Where: Historic Downtown Dublin Ohio
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State Auto’s Christmas Corner

See Mary and Joseph’s story brought to life at this life-size nativity walk through.
When: Official lighting on Dec 4 at 5:30pm. See More Info link below for the chior schedule.
Where: 518 E. Broad St. Columbus Ohio
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