December Date Night Best Bets – Columbus Holiday Edition 2020

With the absence of holiday parties and organized family time this year, spending quality time with your partner may be the only joy you get this holiday season. To make it a bit easier, I have gathered some of my favorite Columbus holiday date night ideas for the month of December. If your holiday budget is a bit slim, be sure to check out my annual roundup of 25+ Festive and Free Columbus Virtual Holiday Events 2020.

Note: Please check back as this list will update periodically. All events subject to cancelation due to COVID-19, so please double check before going!

Holiday Concerts, Plays, and Shows

Holiday Hoopla
Streaming November 27 – December 26
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm
$40/device

December events
These three ladies are a Holiday Hoopla staple.

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish
November 27-December 27
$20/device, $65 small gift box, $80 large gift box

A Very COVID Christmas
MADLAB
Tickets available to purchase later this month

Quarantine with the Clauses
Short North Stage
December 10-27
Recommended donation per device is $15-25

Image credit: www.shortnorthstage.org

Grinch-Mas Zoom Spectacular
Thursday, December 10
6-7pm
$25/device

Dave Koz and Friends
Saturday, December 12
8pm
$35/device

A Columbus Christmas Carol
December 16-27
7:30pm for opening night with a live chat with actors
$20/device

Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O
Thursday, December 17
8pm
Lincoln Theatre
$15-$50/person

Image credit: www.capacolumbus.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Livestream Event
Friday, December 18
8pm
$30/device

Santa and the Symphony – Sensory-Friendly
Saturday, December 19
11:30am
Southern Theatre
$12/person

Hip Hop Nutcracker
Saturday, December 19
7pm
$25/device, $50/VIP package including live TalkBack following performance, Video on Demand, and autographed poster

Hip Hop Nutcracker started in NYC, which is also the setting for this contemporary tale. | Image credit: @hiphopnutcracker

Holiday Spectacular
Sunday, December 20
3pm
$20/device

Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy at Home
Wednesday, December 23
7pm
$40/device, $75 for Zoom interaction with performer, and stocking delivered to your door, $125 includes an after party on Zoom

Home for the Holidays – Jazz Arts Group
Friday, December 25
Live at 8pm
Columbus Jazz
$25/device

Holiday Crafts

Turning Simple Christmas Ornaments
Saturday, December 5
9am-12pm or 2-5pm
Woodcraft of Columbus, OH
$65/person

Image credit: Turning Ornaments event Facebook Page

Hollie Berries with Brian
Saturday, December 5
11am-2pm
Wine and Canvas Columbus
$10 for bottomless mimosas
$35/person

Festive Gnome Live Virtual Class
Saturday, December 5
12pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$30/person

Vintage Red Truck Paint and Sip Class
Saturday, December 5
12-3pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$35/person

Image credit: www.pinotspalette.com

DIY Hot Chocolate Bomb!
Saturday, December 5
2-6pm
Dublin Toy Emporium
$10+/bomb

Ornaments, Presents, & Prizes
Saturday, December 5
4pm
AR Workshop Grove City
Registration includes a workshop for six ornaments, three prizes, and raffle entry.
$60/person

Knitted Wreath Making w/Studio 614
Sunday, December 6
2pm
DogTap Columbus
$40/person

Holiday Sparkle Candle Jar Workshop
Sunday, December 6
2-5pm
Includes materials and light refreshments
Julie’s ARTery
$12/person

Image credit: Holiday Sparkle Jar event Facebook Page

December String Art
Sunday, December 6
6pm
Canvas Creations for You
$30-$45/person

Christmas Ornaments Make & Sip
Monday, December 7
6-8pm
Spires Social Brewing
$20/person includes one drink and supplies

DIY Holiday Wreath Workshop with Mulder Artistry by Jake
Tuesday, December 8
6:30pm
The Party Studio
$65/person

Image Credit: Holiday Wreath event Facebook Page

Charming St. Nick on Wood Virtual Paint Class
Wednesday, December 9
8-10pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$30/person

Winter Barn Painting
Thursday, December 10
6:30-8:30pm
BYOB and food welcome!
Creative Clinic Center
$35/person

Cozy Winter Love Paint and Sip Class
Thursday, December 10
6:30-8:30pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$32/person

Christmas Sandman Paint and Sip Event
Friday, December 11
4-6pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$32/person

Image credit: www.pinotspalette.com

Believe Snowman with Maria
Friday, December 11
6:30-9:30pm
Wine and Canvas Columbus
$35/person

Folk Art Snowman Virtual Paint Class
Saturday, December 12
4-6pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$30/person

All is Calm Paint and Sip Class
Saturday, December 12
7:30-9:30pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$35/person

Image credit: www.pinotspalette.com

Let it Snow Live Virtual Paint Class
Sunday, December 13
5:30-7:30pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$30/person

Winter Wonderbird Live Virtual Paint Class
Sunday, December 13
1:30-3:30pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$30/person

Gnoming to Olivina
Tuesday, December 15
6-8pm
Olivina Taproom
Includes one glass of wine, refreshments, and supplies.
$35/person

Wishful Snowfall Live Virtual Paint Class
Thursday, December 17
8-10pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$30/person

Image credit: www.pinotspalette.com

Starry Northern Lights Paint and Sip Class
Thursday, December 17
6:30-8:30pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$32/person

Perfect Tree Date Night Paint Class
Saturday, December 19
7-9:15pm
Pinot’s Palette Short North
$35/person

Stained Glass Ornament Class
Sunday, December 20
2-4pm
Coffee Break Pottery Art
$55/person

Image Credit: La Petite Pomme Designs

Sea Glass Christmas Tree Class
Tuesday, December 22
6-8pm
Rustic Reflections
$55/person

Holiday Dinners

Socially Distanced Santa Brunch
Sunday, December 6th and 20th
11am-3pm
DogTap Columbus

Taft’s Brewporium Beer Dinner
Wednesday, December 9
6-8pm
Five course dinner with beer pairings.
Taft’s Brewporium
$50/person plus tax & gratuity

Image credit: Taft’s Facebook event page

Friday Dinner and Holiday Movie Series: A Christmas Story
Friday, December 11
4-6pm dinner pick-up
The Kitchen Columbus
$40/person

Friday Dinner and Holiday Movie Series: Christmas Vacation
Friday, December 18
4-6pm dinner pick-up
The Kitchen Columbus
$40/person

1808 Bistro + Georgia’s Bed & Breakfast Staycation Package
Book Now!
Package includes private candlelight dinner from 1808, wine from Oak & Brazen Wine Company, and breakfast pastries from Fresh Start Cafe & Bakery. Book by calling 614-504-3325.
$239/package

Holiday Events

A Country Christmas
December 4, 5, 11, 12, & 13
6:30-8:30pm on Fridays, 4:30-8:30pm Saturdays, and 4:30-7:30 on Sunday
Hayride, hot chocolate, live music, and crafts for the kids
Marmon Valley Farm
$10/online, $12/at the door

Image credit: A Country Christmas Facebook event page

Holiday Carriage Rides
Saturdays and Sundays through December 20
5-9pm Saturdays, 3-7pm Sundays
Easton Town Center
$10/person, cash only

The Beers & Cheers Holiday Market
Sunday, December 6
2-6pm
Via Vecchia Winery
$10/person

Holiday Carriage Ride and Festivities
Friday, December 11
4-10pm
Courthouse light show starts at 5pm. Call 740-455-8282 ext: 108 for carriage ride reservations.
Downtown Zanesville
$5/person

Santa Visits Greenlawn Abbey
Friday, December 11
6-9pm
Greenlawn Abbey
$10/car or $5 and non-perishable food item

Image credit: Greenlawn Abbey Facebook event page

Jingle Bell Run – Virtual
December 11-13
Benefiting the Arthritis Foundation Ohio
$35/person

2020 Run Run Reindeer 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk
December 18-20
Virtual
$25/Mile, $30/5K

CHA Drive-Thru Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 19
11am
CHA Animal Shelter
$10-$25 donation gets you a variety of cookie kits

DogTap Community Holiday Party
Saturday, December 19
11am-4pm
Party will feature Santa brunch, “Elf” on the big screen, and live music from 12-2pm.
Make reservations on their website.
Dogtap Columbus

Image credit: DogTap Facebook event page

CycleNuts 5th Annual Christmas Light Night Ride
Saturday, December 19
6-8pm
Casual neighborhood bike ride around Grove City. Must have your own bike.
$0-$20 depending on membership

Holly Jolly Tea Party
Sunday, December 20
1-3pm
The Glass Slipper
$25/person

Holiday Lights

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill
Through December 30, 2020
6 – 9pm, except on December 24th, 25th, and 31st they will close at 8pm
Historic Clifton Mill
$10/person

Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights
Through December 31, 2020
3-10pm
Landoll’s Mohican Castle
Friday & Saturday $8/car; Sun – Thursday nights are free
$24/person dining experience available on Friday and Saturday

Wonderlights Christmas
Through January 3rd
5:30-10pm
National Trail Raceway
$7/person or $30/car up to seven people

Wildlights
Through January 3rd
5pm-close
Columbus Zoo
$21.99/person

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights
Through January 3rd
5:30-9:30pm
$20/car Mon-Thurs, $30/car Fri-Sun

Conservatory Aglow
Through January 10, 2021
5-9pm
Franklin Park Conservatory
$22/adult, $11/member, child, senior, and college student pricing available

Holiday Movies

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation & Die Hard
December weekends
Gates open 5:15pm Fri. & Sat, 5:30pm Sun.
South Drive-In
$9.50/person

Image credit: South Drive-In event Facebook Page

Holiday Tours

BYOB Holiday Trolley Lights Tour
Through December 30th
Various times
Columbus City Hall
$950/private party

All images by Hannah Green unless otherwise noted. Feature image credit: Short North Trolley.


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