Arts + Culture


We’re ready for the holidays. It’s December.  We got past Halloween and Thanksgiving without cranking up the Christmas tunes too early. It is finally appropriate to spread some holiday cheer. Here are some spots to help you get all sparkly this month:

BYOB Holiday Trolley

Every friend you have has already marked themselves “interested” in this event on Facebook… and with good reason. This 4 hour tour has it all. Kick it off at Pint House and then visit the Scioto Mile lights, Statehouse and Capitol Square, the Columbus Zoo Wildlights, and more. Plus. you get to BYOB.

Wild Lights at the Zoo

This is an obvious one, but not to be overlooked. AEP provides power to 3 million twinkling lights adorning the 200 acres throughout the month of December.

Zoo Lights with Family 🎄🐫🎅🏼🦍🎁🐅

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Franklin Park Conservatory Gardens Aglow

The prettiest place in Columbus gets a holiday makeover. “View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements.”

Oakland Nursery

Between the Christmas trees on the lot, weekend visits with Santa, horse-drawn sleigh rides around the 10 acre property, and the magically decorated Christmas shop… you’re running out of reasons not to visit the original Oakland Nursery location before Christmas arrives.

Posted by Oakland Nursery on Monday, November 20, 2017

Columbus Commons Holiday Lights + Scioto Mile Holiday Lights

Stop right in the heart of downtown to see 320K LED lights bling out the Columbus Commons or walk along the Scioto Mile to see another  250,000 lights (from Bicentennial Park in the south all the way up to Broad Street).

The Polar Express on COSI’s Giant Screen

Bring the kids out to enjoy The Polar Express in “COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with hot chocolate, cookies, and other surprises. Pajamas are welcome!”

Gateway Film Center Holiday Movie Classics

Every year GFC plays classic holiday films– this year they’re doing a Naughty and Nice theme. All your favorites are in the mix, along with some surprises and old-school gems.

Where do you go to get into the Holiday spirit?

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