25+ Festive and Free Columbus Virtual Holiday Events 2020

Columbus free Holiday Events

2nd annual list of the best free and virtual holiday events in Columbus!

The end of the year is quickly approaching and we are all feeling a bit of relief (bring on 2021 and a vaccine!). While this may not be the holiday season we normally have, there are still a lot of COVID-safe activities around town. Check out this list of festive and free Columbus virtual holiday events!

Note: all events and activities could change based on the COVID-19 orders. Please check before you visit!

Holiday Lights and Displays

Huntington Holiday Train
Through December 30, 2020
Daily, during library hours
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown

The Christmas Tree at Easton – complimentary photos
December 4th and 18th, 6-8pm
Easton Town Center

Columbus Commons Holiday Lights Presented by AEP
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Daily from dusk until 10pm
Walk across the street to check out the Lazarus Building Holiday Window Displays
Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons

Lights of Glennross
November 27, 2020 – January 1, 2021
Sunday – Thursday, 5 – 9pm
Friday and Saturday, 5-11pm
Ballater Dr., Delaware

Festival of Lights
November 30, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Daily 5 – 10pm
Springfield Masonic Community

Virtual Village Lights
December 1-31st
They will be highlighting businesses throughout the month!
German Village

State Auto’s Christmas Corner
Through January 4th
Lit daily from 6-8am and 5-11:30pm/12:30am on weekends
State Auto Headquarters

State Auto Christmas Corner
Image credit: State Auto Christmas Corner Facebook Page

Granville Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour
December 5th & 13th
Featuring a craft market and carriage rides. Masks must be worn at all times.
Downtown Granville, Ohio

Holiday Parades and Celebrations

Grove City Virtual Christmas
December 2020
Nutcrackers, holiday celebration show, letters to Santa, and phone calls from Santa are all part of this virtual celebration.
Downtown Grove City

Grandview Heights Tree Lighting Ceremony – Be the Light
December 1, 2020
Participate by lighting up your house from home!
City of Grandview

Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting
December 1, 2020
City of Whitehall Facebook Page

Columbus Free Holiday
Image credit: City of Whitehall Facebook Page

Kickoff the Holidays
December 4
Businesses unveil their festive window displays. Stroll, dine, and shop!
Downtown Delaware

Roundtown Christmas Neighborhood Parade
December 4, 2020
Santa will travel all around various Circleville Communities.
Downtown Circleville

Short North Virtual Holiday Hop
December 6, 2020
Featuring all the latest artwork for sale and on display.
Short North Arts District Facebook and Instagram page

Bexley Virtual Tree Lighting
December 6, 2020
Via Zoom

Hilliard Virtual Tree Lighting
December 6, 2020
City of Hilliard Facebook

2020 Christmas in the Village: A Drive-Thru Visit with Santa
December 4th – 6pm, December 5th – 9pm
Drive thru to see Santa and his friends! – Friday only. Saturday brings Santa to your neighborhood.
Downtown Canal Winchester

Holiday Markets

Not Your Mama’s Holiday Virtual Craft Market
Through January 1st
Check out their Instagram page for links to makers and shops.
@notyourmamascraftmarket Instagram

Columbus Holiday 2020
Image credit: event Facebook Page

Virtual Winter Fair
Through December 31, 2020
Columbus Makes Art

Virtual HolidayVille 2020
December 5 at 9am – December 16 at 5pm
Participating businesses will be offering online, holiday specials!
Clintonville area businesses

Holiday Vegan Pop-Up Market
December 6, 2020
11am – 3pm
Preorder available
Ching Ter Maitreya Temple

Bexley Holiday Hop 2020
December 7 at 10am – December 11 at 3pm
This is 100% online and includes a scavenger hunt with $1500 in prizes available.
Downtown Bexley businesses

The Merry Krampus (Turned Virtual!)
December 6, 2020
Columbus’ first and original dark holiday market benefiting Colony Cats & Dogs with raffles and giveaways.
Strongwater Events

Concerts, plays, and shows

CRC Home for the Holidays Fundraiser
December 3, 2020
Live stream is free, but you may purchase different at-home packages.

Self-Guided Adventures

Dash for Dasher
December 4-24
Explore Downtown Delaware by following Santa’s clues to find Dasher!
Delaware, Ohio

Visit Historic Roscoe Village
A small port town on the Ohio and Erie Canal, Roscoe Village is known for its beauty during the holiday season.

Feature image credit: German Village Lights.

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