December Date Night Best Bets – Holiday Edition

With endless holiday parties and organized family time, spending quality time with your partner can be hard during the holiday season, but it is incredibly important. To make it a bit easier, I have gathered up some of my favorite 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 60+ Festive and Free Holiday Events in Columbus.

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

Holiday Concerts, Plays, and Shows

Shadow Box Live Holiday Shows
Holiday Hoopla
November 15 – December 29, 2018; select dates
7:30 & 10:30
Cratchit
November 25 – December 23, 2018; select dates
2:00 & 7:00
Holiday Lunchbox
December 5 – December 21; select weekdays
1:00
$20-60/ person

Messiah Side-by-Side Sing Along
December 7, 2018
7:30-9:30pm
Southern Theatre
$23/person + fees

Hip Hop Nutcracker
December 8, 2018
8 – 11pm
Palace Theater
$81-$122/person

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

A Legendary Christmas Tour
December 9, 2018
7pm
Palace Theater
$160 – $402.50/person

The Nutcracker & Holiday Favorites
December 17, 18, 19, & 20, 2018
6 – 9pm
The Refectory Restaurant and Wine Shop
Price not listed

Holiday Events

12 Bars of Xmas Crawl
December 8, 2018
12 – 8pm
Downtown Columbus
$16-18/person

Holiday Wine Tasting
December 8, 2018
7 – 10pm
Wild Goose Creative
$10/person

614Tiki Presents: A Christmas Vacation
December 9, 2018
6pm – 12am
Little Rock Bar

Coffee and Cheesecake Pairing – Christmas Edition
December 11, 2018
6:30 – 7:30pm
Coffee Connections of Hilliard
$4 – $15

Cheesecake & Bourbon Holiday Pairing
December 12, 2018
7 – 9pm
Bourbon and Barley Saloon
$25

COSI After Dark: Ugly Sweater Party
December 13, 2018
6 – 10pm
COSI
$14-$34.25/person

Columbus Holiday date night
Drink adult beverages while exploring the world of COSI at COSI After Dark

Holiday Dinner Cocktails
December 14, 2018
6 – 9pm
West Egg Cocktails
$50

5th Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
December 15, 2018
12 – 11pm
Zaftig Brewing Co.
Free

Holiday Cookie Decorating
December 16, 2018
2- 5pm
Loose Rail Brewing
$10 – gets you two cookies and two 4oz pours

Ornament Painting @ Le Meridian
December 16, 2018
4:30 – 6:30pm
Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph
$30/person

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class
December 17, 2018
5 – 7pm
1400 Food Lab
$40/person

Holiday Cheers! Beer & Cookie Pairing
December 17, 2018
6 – 8pm
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
$30/person

Holiday Beer + Ice Cream Pairing with Jeni’s
December 18, 2018
4 – 10pm
Land-Grant Brewing Company
$25/person (unless you share!)

Short North Holiday Whiskey Tasting! – sells out fast!
December 20, 2018
6 – 9pm
Seredipity Labs
$30/person

Christmas Beer & Ice Cream Tasting w/Indulgence Ice Cream
December 20, 2018
7 – 9pm
Spagio Wine Lounge
$25.85/person

Gingerbread House Building Party
December 22, 2018
12 – 4pm, Home Alone is at 2pm in the taproom.
Random Precision Brewing Company
$10 material fee

Holiday Lights

Wildlights
November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Sun. – Thurs. 5 – 9pm, Fri. & Sat., 5 – 10pm
Columbus Zoo
$16.99 – $21.99/person

Conservatory Aglow
November 17, 2018 – January 2, 2019
10am – 9pm
Franklin Park Conservatory
$18/person

Kingdom of Lights
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Sunset until 10pm
Landoll’s Mohican Castle
Friday & Saturday $8/car; Sun – Thursday nights are free

Dragon Lights Columbus
November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019
5:30-10pm daily
Ohio Expo Center
$17/person

Columbus holiday date night
Experience part of the Chinese culture through the Dragon Lights.

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill
November 23 – December 31, 2018
6 – 9pm, except on December 24th, 25th, and 31st they will close at 8pm
Historic Clifton Mill
$10/person

Holiday Movies

PJ Party & Hot Cocoa Bar
Elf
December 13, 15, & 16, 2018
6pm (13th), 10am (15th), & 2pm (16th)
$3/person

Holiday Tours

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley – goes to Wildlights and back
November 30 – December 30, 2018 (limited nights left)
5:30 – 10:30pm
Short North
$63.85/person

Holiday Crawl & Lights Tour 
December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
5:00pm, 5:30pm or 9:30pm
Short North
$45-65/person

Holiday Cheer Tour
December 5, 6, 12, 18, 19, & 27
6:30pm
Short North
$65/person

All images by Hannah Green unless otherwise noted. Feature image credit: www.columbusmakesart.com


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