8 Best Holiday Dates in Columbus

December 13, 2021
  1. Columbus Zoo Lights

A holiday classic, the Columbus Zoo Wildlights is always a fun experience. Whether you are looking for something to do as a whole family, or for some quality 1-on-1 time with your love, the Columbus Zoo has something for everyone!

Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2021

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 5 – 9 PM and Friday – Saturday 5 – 10 PM.

Price: $$

  1. Conservatory Aglo at Franklin Park Conservatory

The outdoor Conservatory experience will be glowing and magical with thousands of lights in stunning displays. This attraction includes a musical light show and Gingerbread House, and on select nights, live music! 

Dates: November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Hours: 5 – 9 PM

Price: $$

  1. BalletMet The Nutcracker

A holiday staple, The Nutcracker has been enjoyed in Columbus since 1974 and is something that you will want to see year after year with friends and family. With live music by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, this show will entertain people of all ages with magical choreography, costumes, and sets.

Dates: December 10, 2021 – December 26, 2021

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 12 PM

Price: $$$

  1. Easton Holiday Carriage Rides

Experience the magic of the season from a horse drawn carriage throughout Easton’s North District and Fenlon Square. Rides are only $10 and are cash only. 

Dates: November 20, 2021 – December 19, 2021

Hours: Friday – Saturday 5 – 9 PM and Sunday 3 – 7 PM

Price: $

  1. Shadowbox Live Holiday Season

Shadowbox Live’s most popular sketch comedy & music show celebrates the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with an evening of unforgettable live entertainment. (Slightly) raunchy, this show has been entertaining audiences for a quarter of a century. Tickets for tables range from $45 – $270 and are selling out fast!

Dates: November 28, 2021 – December 19, 2021 

Time: Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 PM

Price: $$ – $$$

  1. Butch Bando’s Fantasy Lights

A huge light display at Alum Creek, plus Santa’s house, it is $20 – $30 per car. The light show features 3 miles of magical twinkling lights that will amaze all ages – all from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Time: Sunday – Thursday 5:30 – 9 PM and Friday and Saturday 5:30 – 10 PM

Price: $

  1. Holiday Lights in Downtown Columbus

A good plan to see the holiday lights downtown is to park in the Columbus Commons parking garage, walk around the Commons for holiday lights and decorations, head over to the Lazarus building to see the decorations in the windows and then head to Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile to see the lights that cover the entire area from Bicentennial Park to Broad Street.

Dates: November 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022

Time: Dusk – Dawn

Price: Free

  1. Gifts of the Craftsman Sale at Ohio Craft Museum

Featuring jewelry, functional pottery, art glass, wooden cutting boards, sparkling glass ornaments, and more. This sale showcases the work of over 125 fine craft artists.

Dates: November 27, 2021 – December 23, 2021

Time: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 1 – 4 PM

Price: $$

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