Outdoor Holiday Events 2016

OF COURSE I want you to get outside and enjoy the winter landscape, but I’ll understand if also want to drink hot cocoa by the fire, too. Remember that our trees, shrubs, and perennials need winter just as much as they need the other seasons, and there is a beautiful glory to cold weather and snow. So bundle up and get out there!

Columbus Audubon Center

Family Winter Warm-Up Week, 12/21-23 – FREE; check website for hours


“Listen to a read-aloud, enjoy winter scavenger hunts, crafts and short outdoor hikes. Then come back inside to warm up by the fireplace while sipping on hot cocoa and nibbling on a treat. A picnic and movie in the winter? YES!”

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens


The Conservatory has got the holiday thang going ON! A bazillion poinsettias, music, miniature railroads, ETC. and most are FREE with admission. Get into the winter groove here!

Columbus Commons


Downtown will dazzle with more than 300,000 lights at Columbus Downtown Development's Columbus Commons.

Grand Illumination Lights

Drop off your letters to Santa in Bicentennial Park at our North Pole Mailbox through December 24 and enjoy the lights along the Scioto Mile through January 8, 2017.


“Visitors can stroll along the illuminated Scioto Mile to Bicentennial Park to enjoy a stunning holiday light display. The Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights, as well as dynamic seasonal imagery projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain to create a one-of-a-kind visual experience.”

Merry TubaChristmas Columbus


Mees Hall at Capital University, 12/19 at 5:30 and 7:30 pm

FREE but bring non-perishable food for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank

OK, it’s not outside but dang it, it’s TUBACHRISTMAS! I’m sure it will be fabulous AND memorable.

Oom-papa! I wonder what Santa brought us?

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