Holiday events

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park

Activities: Beautiful holiday decorations and light displays in Creekside park of historic Olde Gahanna.

Where: Creekside Park, 123 Mill Street (entrances at Mill and Granville Streets)

Date(s): November 13, 2009- January 4, 2010

For more info: 614-342-4250,

HUGGS for the Holidays Craft Show & Silent Auction

Activities: Craft show, silent auction, raffle, local vendors, food, and home made baked goods. Proceeds support HUGGS, the Half-Units Gathering & Giving Support family support group of the Westerville, Ohio Police Department. Funding goes to general operating as well as programs including the "Officer Down Fund", and the "Scholarship Fund".

Where: Robert Frost Elementary School, 270 N. Spring Rd, Westerville, OH 43081

Date(s): Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free, Donations accepted

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St. Paul Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar

Where: 313 N. State Street

Date(s): Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more info: 614-882-2109


Activities: See the Zoo transformed into a holiday scene with lights galore! Stroll around the zoo, see the animals and meet Santa and Mrs. Clause along with the countless number of lights.

Where: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Date(s): November 20-January 2

Time: Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free with zoo membership, or regular admission rate for non-members

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The 10th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Processional

Activities: Join thousands as they come to witness Easton's kickoff to the holiday season. The light display is unveiled with a thrilling parade down Townsfair Way, Santa joins the party, and the incredible 50-ft display is lit up with over one million lights! A truly spectacular evening for the whole family.

Where: Easton Town Center

Date(s): November 21

Time: 5:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Fantasy of Lights

Activities: Visit Alum Creek for this annual drive through light show. Besides seeing the lights, families can take a picture with Santa and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies.

Where: Alum Creek State Park Marina

Date(s): November 21-December 30

Time: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 a car Monday through Thursday, $15 a car Friday through Sunday (After December 18, price increases to $15 a car Monday through Thursday).

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Activities: The Radio City Rockettes will dazzle you with their holiday dancing.

Where: Nationwide Arena

Date(s): Wednesday, November 25

Time: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets start at $49.50

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Holidays at the Conservatory

What: See lights on the Conservatory's rooftop garden, poinsettias and take part in various holiday activities.

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory

When: November 27-January 3

Time: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.)

Cost: Free with a membership, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children 3-17, and free for those under 3

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Curtain Players Theatre presents Little House Christmas

Activities: A Christmas story adapted for stage by James DeVita based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie. Curtain's performance directed by Don Roberts.

Where: Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., Galena, OH 43021

Date(s)/Time(s): Nov. 27 & 28, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.; Dec. 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.; Dec. 6 & 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $14, Seniors and Students: $12

For more info: 614-360-1000;

Westerville Uptown Merchant Association's Home for the Holidays

Activities: Food, drinks, football games, shopping, holiday decorations, ice sculptures, Santa, evening carriage rides, and overall community fellowship.

Where: Uptown Westerville

Date(s): Saturday, November 28, 2009

Time(s): 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Holiday Lights Parade & Festival

Activities: The 11th annual ultimate Christmas celebration! Festivities begin early in the morning and continue throughout the day and long into the night with everything from holiday treats and hot cocoa to a dazzling parade and other forms of thrilling holiday entertainment for people of all ages.

Where: Granville St. to Mill St., Gahanna, Ohio

Date(s): November 28

Time: Begins at 8 a.m.; parade at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information: 614-478-0878,

Holidays in Powell

Activities: Carolers, Holiday Cheer, Mr. and Mrs. Clause and Polar Express train rides for the kids, seasonal treats, and the lighting of the official City Christmas Tree by Santa and the Mayor at the end of the evening.

Where: Historic Downtown Powell, 47 Hall Street, Powell, Ohio

Date(s): December 1 and December 6

Time(s): 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: 614-885-5380;

Hanby Christmas Open House

Activities: Museum open house with festive decorations, music, and snacks.

Where: Hanby House State Memorial Museum, 160 W. Main St., Westerville, OH, 43086

Date(s): December 1, 5, and 6

Time(s): Sat and Sun 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $2, Youths (6-12 yrs): $0.75, Youths (5 & under): Free

For more info: 614-891-6289

Westerville Tree Lighting Ceremony

Activities: The trees of the town are lit up with festive holiday lights and decorations.

Where: Municipal Building Courtyard, 21 S. State St., Westerville, OH

Date(s): December 4, 2009

Time(s): 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: 614-901-6500

Holiday Pops

Activities: Relax and listen as The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform your favorite holiday songs.

Where: The Ohio Theatre

Date(s): December 4-6

Time: 8 p.m. on December 4 & 5; 3 p.m. on December 6

Cost: Tickets range from $18-$64

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Secret Santa

Activities: The perfect place for children to shop for gifts at prices just right for every little budget.

Where: Gallery 202, Partners in Art, Inc., 38 N. State St, Westerville, OH, 43081

Date(s): December 4-23, 2009

Time(s): Weds 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more info: 614-890-8202,

Holiday Open House & Craft Extravaganza

Activities: Food samples, music, shopping, North Market merchants, and over 40 craft vendors from all around Columbus.

Where: North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Date(s): Saturday, December 5, 2009

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: 614-463-9664,

Santa Paws Pictures

Activities: CHA Animal; Shelter fundraiser. Have professional family pictures taken by photographer John Fleshman of your entire family (including your family pet) with celebrity guest Santa Paws.

Where: PetPeople, 5997 Maxtown Road, Westerville, OH

Date(s): December 5, 2009

Time(s): 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: $25 per photo

For more info: 614-891-5280

25th Short North Holiday Hop

Activities: The traditional Gallery Hop with a twist of holiday flair. A perfect way to get into the spirit of the season.

Where: Short North Arts District: North High Street from Goodale Blvd. to Fifth Avenue, Columbus, 43201

Date(s): Saturday, December 5, 2009

Time: 4 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Upper Arlington Winter Festival and Community Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Activities: Holiday music, festive decorations, ice sculptures, bonfires, Santa & Mrs. Clause, carriage rides, and lighting of the community tree at 7:30pm by Mayor Don Leach.

Where: Mallway Park, Arlington Avenue, Upper Arlington

Date(s): December 5, 2009

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: 614-583-5300,

Children's Nights: Christmas in Ohio

Activities: Children grades 3-5 experience old-fashioned foods, games, and crafts, sing traditional holiday songs, hear stories from the olden days, and get to visit with Santa. Register at the Orange Johnson House on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17 and 18 from 7-8 pm.

Where: Orange Johnson House, 956 High Street, Worthington

Date(s): December 5-19, 2009

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $20 per child

For more info: contact Carol Little at 614-885-1247,

Brunch with Santa

Activities: A delicious Holiday breakfast with Old Saint Nick at Moretti's Restaurant. Reservations required.

Where: Moretti's Restaurant, Tremont Center

Date(s): December 6

Time(s): 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $13.95, Children: $6.95, Children under two are free

For more info: 614-583-5300,

Westerville Children's Christmas Parade and Rudolph Run (5K)

Activities: Parade and 5k Run sponsored by the Westerville Sertoma Club. Santa will also be there to participate in festivities. 5k heads north on St. Rt. 3 from Heatherdown Rd. to County Line Rd.

Where: Set up at 800 Brooksedge Blvd. (Chase Building) East parking lot. Enter off of Schrock Rd. and Park Meadow Rd.

Date(s): December 6, 2009

Time: 1 p.m.; parade immediately following

For more info: 614-371-7199 (to call Chris Shaheen),

Christmas Open House at the Orange Johnson House

Activities: Open house featuring festive old-fashioned decorations.

Where: Orange Johnson House, 956 High Street, Worthington

Date(s): December 6-20, 2009

Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: Carol Little at 614-885-1247,

The Nutcracker

Activities: One of BalletMet's signature shows is in its 32nd season! Experience the magic of this timeless holiday performance downtown Columbus.

Where: The Ohio Theatre

Date(s): December 11-23

Time: Show times vary, visit Web site for schedule

Cost: Tickets start at $29

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CHA Animal Shelter's Cookie Walk

Activities: 5th Annual CHA Animal Shelter Fundraiser. Homemade desserts of every variety, benefit walk, holiday sale, and photo opportunities with celebrity guest, Santa Paws!

Where: CHA Animal Shelter, 3765 Corporate Drive, Columbus, OH, 43231

Date(s): December 12

Cost: $12 for a box to fill with treats, $25 per photo

For more info: 614-891-5280

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein College Presents: Sounds of the Season

Activities: An evening of the beautiful music of the season featuring Vivaldi's Winter with Concertmaster Erin Gilliland as well as an audience sing-a-long.

Where: Riley Auditorium at Battelle Hall, 170 W. Park St.

Date(s): December 13

Cost: Adults: $20, Seniors: $15, Students $8 (Also available as a Ron Lykins Masterworks Series add-on)

For more info: 614-899-9000;