60+ Festive and Free Holiday Events in Columbus

    Columbus free Holiday Events

    1st annual list of the best free holiday events in Columbus!

    The end of the year is quickly approaching and you may be feeling just a little overwhelmed. Both of you are trying to balance time with each other, on top of time with family and friends. Not to mention, also trying to stick to your holiday budget. The good news is there are lots of free holiday events around Columbus for you to enjoy!

    Note: please check back periodically, as this list is constantly being updated!

    Holiday Lights and Displays

    Huntington Holiday Train
    Through January 2, 2019
    Daily, during library hours
    Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown

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    Can you spot Thomas the Tank Engine?

    The Christmas Tree Show
    November 16, 2018 – the holiday season
    Nightly
    Complimentary holiday pictures on December 8 and 15
    Easton Town Center

    The Scioto Mile
    November 17, 2018 – holiday season
    Nightly
    Scioto Mile

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    Genoa Park as seen from the Scioto Mile | Image credit: Scioto Mile Facebook Page

    Columbus Commons Holiday Lights Presented by AEP
    November 21, 2018 – January 2, 2019
    Festive Fridays during December include free hot chocolate and carousel rides, with musicians roaming the park
    Daily from dusk until 11pm
    Walk across the street to check out the Lazarus Building Holiday Window Displays
    Columbus Commons

    Lights of Glennross
    November 28, 2018 – January 1, 2019
    Daily from 5 – 8pm
    Ballater Dr., Delaware

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

    Village Lights 2018
    December 2, 2018
    5 – 9pm
    Light the Meeting Haus at 5:30pm
    German Village

    State Auto’s Christmas Corner
    December 4, 2018 – January 2, 2019
    Lit daily, with choir performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm
    State Auto Headquarters

    Holiday Parades and Celebrations

    A Heritage Holiday
    November 30 – December 1, 2018
    6:30 – 8pm; 12 – 3pm
    Santa arrives by firetruck on Friday at 6:30
    Heritage Park, Groveport

    Home for the Holidays Weekend
    November 30 – December 2, 2018
    Friday: 6 – 9pm; Saturday: 10am – 6pm; Sunday: 3 – 5pm
    Tree lighting 7:30 on Friday and parade on Sunday at 3pm
    Downtown Delaware

    It’s Lit 2018
    November 30, 2018
    5:30 – 7pm
    Tree lighting at 6:30pm
    Gateway – University District

    Video credit: @heygateway

     

    Holiday Tree Lighting
    November 30, 2018
    6 – 7:30pm
    Lifeline of Ohio

    Winter Festival
    November 30, 2018
    6 – 8:30pm
    Tree lighting at 7:30pm
    3600 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington

    Grove City Christmas Celebration
    December 1, 2018
    10am – 8pm
    Parade starts at 7pm
    Downtown Grove City

    Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
    December 1, 2018
    2 – 5:30pm
    Tree lighting at 5pm
    Downtown New Albany

    Roundtown Christmas Winter Carnival
    December 1, 2018
    11am – 4pm
    Parada at 1pm
    Downtown Circleville

    Roscoe Village Christmas Candlelighting
    December 1 and 8, 2018
    6 – 7pm
    Roscoe Village

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    Roscoe Village Candlelighting | Image credit: @historicroscoevillage

    Short North Holiday Hop
    December 1, 2018
    12 – 9pm
    Tree lighting at 6pm
    Short North Arts District

    2nd Annual Orange Township Holiday Celebration
    December 2, 2018
    4 – 6pm
    Orange Township Hall

    Bexley Tree Lighting
    December 2, 2018
    4pm
    Drexel Circle

    Holiday Enchantment at Land-Grant
    December 2, 2018
    12 – 9pm
    Beer garden lighting at 5:15pm
    Land-Grant Brewing Company

    Holiday Hop and 29th Annual Tree Lighting
    December 2, 2018
    4 – 6:30pm
    Tree lighting at 6:15pm
    Hilliard Station Park

    Prairie Township Tree Lighting
    December 2, 2018
    4 – 6pm
    Prairie Township Community Center

    Grandview Heights Tree Lighting Ceremony
    December 4, 2018
    3 – 8pm
    Tree lighting at 6:30pm
    Grandview Heights Senior Center

    Bexley Menorah Lighting
    December 5, 2018
    4:30 – 7:30pm
    Jeffrey Mansion Meadow

    Christmas in the Village 2018
    December 7th and 8th, 2018
    6 – 9pm; 5 – 8pm
    Tree lighting right when it starts both nights. Brockstrong Holiday Lights Parade at 5:30pm, Friday only
    Downtown Canal Winchester

    Olde Village Holiday Gathering
    December 7, 2018
    5 – 8:30pm
    Tree lighting at 7pm
    Olde Village Pickerington

    Whitehall Wonderland
    December 7, 2018
    6 – 8pm
    Whitehall City Hall

    Chanukah Celebration
    December 8, 2018
    7:30pm
    Easton Town Center

    Carriage rides are only $10 at Easton, something to consider while you are there enjoying the lights! | Image credit: Easton Town Center website

    Holiday Lights Bazaar
    December 8, 2018
    4 – 8pm
    Parade begins at 7pm
    Events at 501

    Simply Christmas in Lithopolis
    December 8, 2018
    10am – 6pm
    Downtown Lithopolis

    10th Annual Clintonville Christmas Tree Lighting
    December 9, 2018
    6 – 8pm
    Tree lighting at 7:15pm
    Whetstone Recreation Center

    Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
    December 13, 2018
    5:30 – 7pm
    Agricultural Administration Building

    Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration
    December 26-29, 2018
    6 – 9pm Daily
    King Arts Complex

    Holiday Markets

    Gifts of the Craftsman Holiday Sale
    November 4 – December 23, 2018
    Mon–Tues and Thurs–Sat, 10am – 5pm; Wed, 10am – 7pm; Sun, 1–4 pm
    Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

    Glenn Oak Winter Vendor Fair
    November 30, 2018
    6 – 9pm
    Glenn Oak Elementary

    21st Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show
    December 1, 2018
    10am – 3pm
    Westerville South High School

    36th Annual Hollyfest Arts & Crafts Show
    December 1, 2018
    9am – 3pm
    Hilliard Davidson High School

    ArtPop Holiday Hop
    December 1, 2018
    6:30 – 9:30pm
    Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph

    Bexley Festival of the Arts
    December 1, 2018
    10am – 4pm
    Montrose Elementary School

    Christmas on the Towne
    December 1, 2018
    10am – 3pm
    Olde Reynoldsburg

    Dublin Jerome PTO Holiday Bazaar
    December 1, 2018
    10am – 3pm
    Dublin Jerome High School

    Holiday Open House
    December 1, 2018
    10am – 2pm
    Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

    Made LOCAL Marketplace Holiday Show
    December 1, 2018
    9am – 4pm
    Bridgewater Banquet Center

    Mistletoe Market
    December 1, 2018
    10am – 8pm
    Downtown Grove City

    Christmas at Rock Mill
    December 2, 2018
    12 – 4pm
    Stebelton Park at Rock Mill

    Happy and Gay Holiday Craft Show
    November 30 – December 2, 2018
    6 – 10pm; 12 – 7pm; 11 – 4pm
    Stonewall Columbus

    Holiday Hop 2018
    December 2, 2018
    12 – 4pm
    Downtown Bexley

    HolidayVille 2018
    December 2, 2018
    12 – 4pm
    TY Fine Furniture, Clintonville

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    Pattycake Bakery 2014 window contest winner at HolidayVille | Image credit: @expcville

    German Village Makers Market
    December 2, 2018
    4 – 8pm
    Corner of Park and Thurman in German Village

    Holiday Flea
    December 2, 2018
    12 – 5pm
    Seventh Son Brewery

    Not Your Mama’s Craft Market at Village Lights
    December 2, 2018
    2 – 8pm
    Schiller Park

    Holiday Market
    December 7 and 8, 2018
    5:30 – 8:30pm; 8am – 3pm
    Aladdin Temple

    Holiday Market and Craft Fair
    December 8, 2018
    10am – 1pm
    Dublin Recreation Center

    Nocino Fest & Holiday Open House
    December 8, 2018
    12 – 3pm
    Watershed Distillery

    The Stupendous, Wonderful, Great Holiday Grove City Craft Fair
    December 9, 2018
    10am – 5pm
    American Legion 164

    Vegan Holiday Pop-Up Market
    December 9, 2018
    11am – 3pm
    Ching Ter Maitreya Temple

    Winter DogTap Exchange
    December 9, 2018
    12 – 5pm
    DogTap Columbus

    Festivus 2018
    December 14-16, 2018
    6 – 10pm; 11am – 6pm; 12 – 5pm
    Strongwater Events

    Circleville Country Christmas Craft Bazaar
    December 15, 2018
    10am – 3pm
    Shawnee Event Center

    2018 Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
    December 16, 2018
    10am – 4pm
    Makoy Event Center

    Concerts, plays, and shows

    WinterFest
    December 1, 2018
    11am – 4pm
    Scioto Mile

    Clintonville Community Band and Choir Holiday Concert
    December 2, 2018
    3 – 5pm
    Cash or canned goods accepted as donations
    Whetstone High School

    Music at the Market
    December 1 and 9, 2018
    11:30 am; 12pm
    Lynd Fruit Farm

    Merry TubaChristmas Columbus
    December 17, 2018
    5:30pm
    Mees Auditorium, Capital University

    Christmas Showtunes
    December 22, 2018
    6pm
    Show is free, but it is in a restaurant
    Union Cafe

    Holiday Movies

    Elf
    December 12 & 13, 2018
    4:30, 7, and 9:15pm
    Grandview Theater & Drafthouse
    Seats given on first-come, first-served basis, donation of new school supplies strongly encouraged

    All images by Hannah Green unless otherwise noted. Feature image credit: Village Lights 2018 Facebook Event Page by German Village Society


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