Holiday Lights and Displays

From the December 2012 edition

Holiday Lights and Displays in Central Ohio

DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS

ADDRESS: Ohio Village, 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus 43221

PHONE: 614-297-2300

WEB: ohiohistory.org/ohiovillage

PRICE: $12 ages 13+ ($10 if an Ohio Historical Society member), $9 ages 6-12 ($7 if an OHS member), free for ages 0-5; free parking

DATES/TIMES: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 7-8, 14-15; 12 noon-5 p.m., Dec. 16

DISTANCE: 4 miles north from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: Inspired by Charles Dickens and the Victorian Era, explore Ohio Village, meet Santa and enjoy various crafts and activities.

 

EASTON TOWN CENTER

ADDRESS: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus 43219

PHONE: 614-337-2200

WEB: eastontowncenter.com/events.aspx

PRICE: free to see lights; photos with Santa start at $5; carriage rides cost $10 per adult with children under 15 riding free with paying adult

DATES/TIMES: daily through Dec. 31, hours vary, closed Christmas Day

DISTANCE: 10 miles northeast from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: Enjoy the lighted 50-foot tree and lights display in Town Square, plus free entertainment. Visit their website for times and locations.

 

OLDE HILLIARD CHRISTMAS

ADDRESS: Historical Village at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard 43026

PHONE: 614-876-5200

WEB: destinationhilliard.com

PRICE: free

DATES/TIMES: The Christmas season opens on Dec. 6 with a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. The village will be adorned with lights and decorations through Dec. 31. Santa visits on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2-6 p.m. (bring your own camera)

DISTANCE: 14 miles west from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: The Historical Village in Olde Hilliard’s Weaver Park will be adorned in holiday decorations and lights all month. Each weekend, events like kids’ activities, trolley rides, music and plays will take place. Consult their website for specific times and activities.

 

STATE AUTO CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

ADDRESS: 518 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215

PHONE: 614-444-9950

WEB: stateauto.com/about/page.aspx?id=2042

PRICE: free

DATES/TIMES: The lights will be turned on and the display officially opens on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. The display can be toured any time through Jan. 1. The lights are turned on every day from 6-8 a.m. and 5:30-11:30 p.m. and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The display also will be lit from 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve until 8 a.m. on Christmas Day.

DESCRIPTION: Come and go as you please (and follow their cell-phone-guided tour) for this outdoor display, which features a life-size Nativity scene with more than 75 figures. Enjoy choral performances at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Parking available in the State Auto lot at the southeast corner of Broad and Washington streets.


Here’s a recap of the events we highlighted in our November 2012 issue that are continuing through the winter season:

 

FANTASY OF LIGHTS

ADDRESS: Alum Creek State Park, 2911 S. Old State Road, Delaware 43015

PHONE: 740-549-2267

WEB: alumcreek.com

PRICE: starts at $10 per car; varies by date and vehicle size

DATES/TIMES: through Jan. 1; 5:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 5:30-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday

GERMAN VILLAGE LIGHTS

ADDRESS: Historic German Village

PHONE: 614-221-8888

WEB: germanvillage.com

PRICE: free

DATES: throughout the month of December

 

THE GRAND ILLUMINATION OF DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS

ADDRESS: Bicentennial Park (233 Civic Center Drive), City Hall (90 W. Broad St.) and Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.)

PRICE: free

DATES: through Jan. 15

HOLIDAY LIGHTS! AT CREEKSIDE PARK

ADDRESS: Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna 43230

PHONE: 614-418-9114

WEB: visitgahanna.com

PRICE: free and open to the public

DATES: daily through Jan. 2; on Dec. 8, visit the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary for children’s activities and a character breakfast.

TIMES: Monday-Sunday, any time

 

HOLIDAYS AT THE STATEHOUSE

ADDRESS: The Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square (Downtown), Columbus 43215

PHONE: 888-OHIO-123

WEB: ohiostatehouse.org

PRICE: free

DATES/TIMES: through Dec. 31; the Statehouse is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closed on Christmas Day. The Statehouse Museum is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 12 noon-4:30 p.m. weekends. From Dec. 3-18, there will be a free holiday musical performance at 12 noon in the Museum Gallery.

 

MERRY & BRIGHT

ADDRESS: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 43203

PHONE: 614-715-8000

WEB: fpconservatory.org

PRICE: regular admission rates ($11 adults to age 59, $9 ages 60+ and college students with ID, $6 ages 3-17, free for ages 0-2)

DATES/TIMES: through Jan. 6, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, and open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays

WILDLIGHTS

ADDRESS: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell 43065

PHONE: 614-645-3550

WEB: columbuszoo.org

PRICE: regular admission rates ($14.99 ages 10-59, $9.99 ages 2-9, $10.99 ages 60+, free for ages 0-2); parking is $7 per car; members receive free admission and parking.

DATES/TIMES: through Jan. 1, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Christmas Eve; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

AND THERE

Holiday Lights and Displays Outside Central Ohio

 

CHRISTMAS AT HISTORIC ROSCOE VILLAGE

ADDRESS: 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton 43812PHONE: 740-622-9310 for general information; 740-622-7644, ext. 12 for tour reservations

WEB: roscoevillage.com

PRICE: free for admission and parking, tours are $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for children

DATES/TIMES: Guided Tours: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, 15, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16; Christmas Candlelightings: 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, 15

DISTANCE: 77 miles northeast from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: Take a weekend journey to Coshocton to experience Christmas during the 1800s. Guided tours will teach you and your family about traditions from holiday seasons of old, and the Christmas Candlelighting Ceremonies bring another tradition to life as you sing “Silent Night” while walking through the streets during a candlelit night.

 

A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE AND MUSEUM

ADDRESS: 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland 44109PHONE: 216-298-4919

WEB: achristmasstoryhouse.com

PRICE: $10 ages 13-59, $8 ages 60+, $6 ages 7-12, free for ages 0-6; on-street parking is free

DATES/TIMES: open all year but in December, dates and times vary. It’s closed Mondays-Wednesdays, and on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Check the website for times on specific dates.

DISTANCE: 141 miles northeast from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: You’ve probably seen “A Christmas Story” more times than you can count. But did you know there’s an entire museum dedicated to the classic film, right in Cleveland? See props and costumes from the movie, peruse the gift shop and take a tour of the house.

 

DICKENS VICTORIAN VILLAGE

ADDRESS: Wheeling Avenue between 6th and 11th streets, Cambridge 43725

PHONE: 800-933-5480

WEB: dickensvictorianvillage.com

PRICE: free

DATES: Through Jan. 6

TIMES: any time; a light show synchronized to holiday music takes place every night at the Guernsey County Courthouse from 5:30-9 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1

DISTANCE: 80 miles east from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: Travel back to the time of Charles Dickens when you visit this Victorian Village. Throughout the holiday season, there’s a plethora of activities: Performances of “White Christmas,” a Holiday Tour of Homes, Christmas Movie Nights and a light show that takes place at the Courthouse every evening. There’s also a life-size display featuring holiday scenes, including from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

 

HOCKING HILLS SCENIC RAILWAY HOLIDAY TRAINS

ADDRESS: Nelsonville Depot, 33 E. Canal St., Nelsonville 45764

PHONE: 800-967-7834 (messages only), 740-753-9531 (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays)

WEB: hvsry.org

PRICE: Santa Train: $17 ages 13-59; $15 ages 60+; $13 ages 3-12; free for ages 0-2; New Year’s Eve Celebration Train: $30 ages 13-59, $25 ages 60+, $20 ages 3-12, free for ages 0-2 (this is for the train cars where pizza and pop — and no alcohol — are served)

DATES/TIMES: Santa Train: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 — ride lasts about 2 hours, 6 p.m. rides on Dec. 8, 15; New Year’s Eve Celebration Train: 10:30 p.m., Dec. 31

DISTANCE: Approximately 60 miles south from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: Kids will love a visit with Santa Claus while riding on a train! Children have the chance to tell the jolly Santa what they’d like for Christmas, and will enjoy a little treat. After the ride, visit the Train Shop to browse for souvenirs. Make sure to purchase tickets in advance, as they often sell out.

 

LEBANON MASON & MONROE RAILROAD NORTH POLE EXPRESS

ADDRESS: 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon 45036

PHONE: 513-933-8022

WEB: lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

PRICE: $20.50 ages 17-61, $15.50 ages 5-16 and 62+, $8.50 ages 2-4, free for ages 0-1

DATES/TIMES: 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. on Dec.8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; also 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, 15, 22, 23

DISTANCE: 79 miles southwest from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: The first stop once you board the North Pole Express (which is heated!) is to the Lebanon Mason & Monroe Junction, where you’ll meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There, kids can also color pictures and enjoy hot chocolate and a treat before heading back to Lebanon Station.

 

THE LEGENDARY LIGHTS AT CLIFTON MILL

ADDRESS: Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Clifton 45316

PHONE: 937-767-5501

WEB: cliftonmill.com

PRICE: $10 ages 7+, free for ages 0-6; free parking

DATES: Through Jan. 1

TIME: Gates are open from 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; lights are on from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

DISTANCE: 40 miles southwest from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: Prepare to be dazzled: This holiday lights display feature more than 3.5 million lights. Don’t miss the covered bridge and miniature village, and you’ll even get to see Santa’s workshop. Plus, there’s a Santa Claus Museum and a gift shop.

 

MARMON VALLEY FARM: A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

ADDRESS: 7754 State Route 292, Zanesfield 43360 (use directions on their website, not GPS)

PHONE: 937-593-8000

WEB: marmonvalley.com

PRICE: $5 children and $6 adults if ordered by phone before noon of the event day; $7 children, $8 adults if ordered after noon

DATES/TIMES: wagon-ride tours run every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8

DISTANCE: 50 miles northwest from downtown Columbus

DESCRIPTION: An outdoor, evening tour of Bible-focused displays. Also includes petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, refreshments and Christmas tree sales.