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


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *