November and December are festive times for families and friends to gather together, enjoy each others’ company and think about the year ahead. During the holiday season, there are several events in the Columbus area that help foster this feeling of goodwill and good times.
From the bright lights of the holiday season to entire neighborhoods or parks that feature activities, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy during November and December. Here’s a look at what’s available.
As part of the holiday celebration at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Wildlights takes place from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. The entire grounds are decorated festively during this timeframe, with thousands of lights creating a spectacular show on their own.
But that’s not all. Wildlighrts features entertainment from musical light shows, a visit from Santa and his reindeer, and plenty more. Find out more about it by visiting the Zoo’s website.
The Christmas Ranch
Morrow, Ohio, is home to this special part of Ohio’s traditions. From Nov. 19 to Dec. 23, there are a million lights that are synchronized to holiday music on this large property.
As part of the Ranch, you can visit six different Christmas shops, get pictures with Santa, take train and wagon rides, and visit the specialty bakery and cafe. Watch the snowfall — literally — on the Ranch’s website for all the details you need to know about this fun and festival place.
Ohio Village for Christmas
This charming historical-yet-living museum goes all out for the holiday season. On weekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas, the built-to-spec village buildings are all decorated in the Christmas style as it would have been in Ohio’s earliest days.
The weekends also feature holiday characters that interact with visitors along Ohio Village’s streets and sidewalks. Add in cooking demos, decorations, crafts lessons, caroling and music and you have a fun time that also teaches about the state’s history. Ohio Village’s website has more details.
On Nov. 19 and 20, you’ll be able to possibly find that special unique gift for someone – or you can just simply just marvel at the dozens of artists with work on display. Christmas Corner is part of the Franklin County Fairgrounds events for this winter. To find out more about this event, go to the Fairgrounds’ events website.
Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights
Since 1999, this festival has been entertaining families. Taking place at the Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds in nearby Delaware, Ohio, there are about 3 miles of light displays that you can see from your car. It’s open nightly from Nov. 18 to Jan. 1.
In past years, Mrs. Claus has also been there, picking up letters for her hubby and visiting with children at the displays. It’s all part of the festive fun. You can go to Butch Bando’s website to learn more.
From Nov. 18 through Jan. 8, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens feature glowing lights that truly transform this highlight of the family-friendly scene in Columbus. The Aglow event also includes ornament trees, roaming holiday singers and actors, and refreshments at certain events. You can get more details at the conservatory’s site.
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