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Central Ohio area events Ongoing
COLUMBUS CHILDREN'S THEATRE'S MR. SCROOGE, Nov. 27 – Dec. 20 -Set in 1871, this is the magical story of one Christmas Eve which changes the life of the old curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.60 minutes, suitable for ages 4+. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays & Fridays; 1, 3 & 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 & 3 p.m. Sundays. $12-$20 children/students/seniors, $12-$25 adults. Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), Columbus. 614-224-6672.
WILDLIGHTS, Nov. 20-Jan. 3, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Christmas Eve - The 2+ million lights will amaze, and kids will love seeing the animals and visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 5-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. regular admission rates ($9.99-$17.99 based on age and county of residence, free for ages 0-2); parking $8 per car; members receive free admission and parking. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell. 614-645-3550.
FREE! EASTON TOWN CENTER, Nov. 20-Dec. 24- Enjoy the lighted 50-foot tree and lights display in Town Square, plus free entertainment. Visit their website for times and locations. The tree-lighting ceremony takes place Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Square. Closed Christmas Day. Photos with Santa (through Dec. 24) start at $5; carriage rides on weekends from Nov. 20-Dec. 23 cost $10 per adult with children under 15 riding free with paying adult. 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus. 614-337-2200. eastontowncenter.com/events.aspx
FANTASY OF LIGHTS, Nov. 20-Jan. 3 - Alum Creek Marina creates an annual drive-thru holiday lights experience at nearby Alum Creek State Park. Also available: free hot chocolate and cookies at Santa's House (located down the road at Cross Creek Camping Resort, 3190 S. Old State Road), plus photos with Santa and gift items available for purchase. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30-10:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays. Starts at $15 per car; varies by vehicle size. Coupons available at Kroger stores. Alum Creek State Park, 2911 S. Old State Road, Delaware. 740-369-2900.
GIFTS OF THE CRAFTSMEN, Nov. 8-Dec. 23 - The Ohio Craft Museum's annual holiday exhibition and sale will feature handcrafted jewelry, pottery, art glass, baskets, clothing, and more by over 100 artists from across the country. Holiday gift-making workshop for kids, ages 6-12, Dec. 21 & 22, $25, pre-register by calling 614-486-4402. 10 am.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview.
FREE! HOLIDAYS LIGHTS AT THE COLUMBUS COMMONS, Nov. 24-Jan. 1 - Enjoy the more than 200,000 LED lights decorating the Columbus Commons every evening from dusk until 11 p.m. 160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus. 614-227-3788.
FREE! HOLIDAY LIGHTS! AT CREEKSIDE PARK, Nov. 22-Jan. 3 - The season-long lights display can be viewed daily for free. Other events (some of which charge fees) include: a gingerbread house-making contest; a Santa Race 5K on Dec. 5 (thesantarace.com); the Holiday Character Breakfast on Dec. 12 (tickets $12 ages 12+, $10 ages 3-11, free 2 and under: advance online purchase recommended). Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna. 614-418-9114.
HOLIDAY TRAIN DISPLAY AT THE OHIO HISTORY CENTER, Nov. 27-Jan. 3 (open New Year's Day), Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas - Enjoy the 1950s model train display throughout the holiday season. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $10 ages 13+, $9 seniors, $5 ages 6-12, free for OHC members and ages 0-5; free parking. Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus. 614-297-2300.
FREE! HUNTINGTON HOLIDAY TRAIN, Nov. 23-Dec. 31 - The spectacular 600-square-foot display has moved for this year from the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library to the main lobby of the Capitol Square Huntington Bank building. It features 280 feet of train tracks running through tiny villages modeled after actual buildings in Germany. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20. 17 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus.
MERRY & BRIGHT, Nov. 21-Jan. 3, closed Thanksgiving and open Christmas 5-10 p.m. - Visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for holiday lights, trains, gingerbread houses and more! And don't forget to register for the gingerbread house competition by Nov. 29. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, and open until 9 p.m. on Nov. 25, 27-29, on Dec. 2, 9, 16, 18-23, 26-31 and Jan. 1-2. Regular admission rates ($13 ages 18-59, $10 ages 60+ and college students with ID, $6 ages 3-17, free for ages 0-2); 1777 E. Broad St. (Near East Side), Columbus. 614-715-8000. fpconservatory.org
FREE! OAKLAND NURSERY, weekends Nov. 28-Dec. 20 - All four Oakland Nursery locations (Columbus, Dublin, Delaware, New Albany) will host Santa and reindeer visits, carriage rides, musical entertainment and much more! For locations and schedules, visit their website.
FREE! DAZZLING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY, Nov. 26-Dec. 31 - Enjoy one family's light display coordinated to music on the 92.9 FM radio frequency. 6-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6-11 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays. Free, but canned good donations for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry are encouraged. 649 Old Coach Road, Westerville. dazzlingchristmaslights.com
FREE! STATE AUTO CHRISTMAS CORNER - The lights will be turned on and the display of life-size Nativity figures officially opens on Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The display can be toured any time through Jan. 3. The lights are turned on every day from 6-8 a.m. and 5-11:30 p.m. and until 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The display also will be lit from 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve until 8 a.m. on Christmas Day. Choirs perform Friday and Saturday evenings. Parking available in the State Auto lot at the southeast corner of Broad and Washington streets. 518 E. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus. 614-464-4946.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY, the beloved holiday motion picture classic, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. The story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve -- comes to the stage as a live 1940s radio broadcast. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. Ticketsare $17; $15 for students and senior citizens (ages 60 and up) 614-360-1000 or curtainplayers.org.
BALLETMET'S THE NUTCRACKER, Dec. 11-27 - Experience this iconic ballet story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince with live music from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $32. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus. 614-229-4848. balletmet.org.
DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS, Dec. 11-12, 18-20 - Inspired by Charles Dickens and the Victorian Era, Ohio Village is decorated for the season. You can also meet Santa and enjoy various crafts and activities. 6-9 p.m., Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19; 12 noon-5 p.m., Dec. 20. $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. Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus. 614-297-2300. ohiohistory.org/visit/ohio-village
COSI'S POLAR EXPRESS MOVIE WEEKEND, Dec. 11-13 -Enjoy a showing of The Polar Express in your pajamas, plus special holiday programming at the newly reopened planetarium. Film showings at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14; 4 p.m. Regular admission rates. Film tickets $10 per person ($8 per COSI member). From Nov. 27-Jan. 2, enjoy the Let It Snow multi-media show in the Planetarium (showing times vary by day). COSI, 333 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus. 614-228-2674.
A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, Westerville Civic Theatre, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 13, at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. The players at a fictional 1940s Westerville radio station put their spin on the holiday classic through dozens of character voices and live sound effects. Tickets, $10, may be purchased at the Westerville Community Center.
WESTERVILLE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. (shorter Children's Concert), 2:30 and 7 p.m. -- Westerville Christmas Spectacular presented by the Generations Performing Arts Center. Visit with Santa after the show. Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Tickets, $12-$20, available at www.tututix.com/Gen-Pac. For additional information call 614-794-3298.
FREE! CHANUKKAH CELEBRATION, Dec. 12 - Enjoy a menorah-lighting ceremony at 8 p.m. in Easton's Town Square. The event also will feature prizes, music, dancing and refreshments, including sufganiyot. Easton Town Center, Columbus. 614-337-2200.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Dec. 5 & 12 - Join Santa for breakfast and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity. 8:30 a.m. $30 adults/$25 member adults; $15 children ages 310/$12 member children; Free for children under 3. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 614-715-8000.
VISIT WITH SANTA AT THE HERB CENTER, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 - As you walk up to the decorated North Pole Annex, conveniently located at the Ohio Herb Center, you will be greeted by Santa's elves and helpers that will guide you to the letter writing station. You will then get to sit on Santas knee and pose for a special keepsake photo, complete with a picture frame that the children make themselves! Then step into Mrs. Claus parlor for special make & take crafts! All ages welcome. 9 a.m. $5-$12. $5 per craft/photo or 3 items for $12. Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna.
THE NUTCRACKER, presented by the Columbus City Ballet School at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Ohio Wesleyan University's Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. Tickets range from $12 to $25.
CENTRAL OHIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT, Dec. 13 -Celebrate the sounds of the season as COSO presents two afternoon concerts featuring favorite holiday tunes.2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. $25 adults, $20 seniors. $6 students, $4 ages 6 and younger. Ohio Wesleyan University, Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. 740-362-1799.
FREE! "CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD," free holiday concert, Westerville Concert Band, 3 p.m. Dec. 13, in the Westerville Central High School auditorium, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Guest performers will include ballerinas from the Straub Dance Center and vocalist Lisa Imondi. A reception will follow, featuring baked goods and a visit from Santa. Admission is free. The Westerville Concert Band invites the audience to support Westerville Area Resource Ministry by bringing canned food donations. For directions and more information, visit westervillebands.org or call 614-890-6820.
UPPER ARLINGTON HS CHEERLEADERS HOLIDAY CHEERS, a cheer clinic for grades K-5, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the high school, 1650 Ridgeview Road. For registration and more information visit uahscheer.com. Walk-in registration will be accepted. For information, email Sandra Fulmer at email@example.com.
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Barbershop Christmas, 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the church, 2070 Ridgecliff Road. The program will feature the Singing Buckeyes, a group of male singers, and the Olentangy Orange High School choirs. The concert is free, but freewill offerings will be collected for Harmony Camp, which offers four days of instruction at Ohio Wesleyan University for high school students interested in vocal performance. For more information call 614-451-6677.
ORANGE JOHNSON HOUSE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSES, 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 at the Federal-style Orange Johnson House, 956 High St. in Worthington. Groups scheduled to perform include the Bethel Folk Ensemble, Dec. 13; and the Orange Johnson Singers, Dec. 20. The society will collect nonperishable food items for the Worthington Resource Pantry in lieu of an admission cost. While society members receive complimentary visits all year long, the invitation to donate is extended to them as well. Light refreshments will be available.
ICED SUGAR COOKIE DECORATING FOR KIDS, Dec. 13, The perfect present for your little baker! Mix, cut out, bake, and decorate whole-grain, dairy- and egg-free cookies. Dress in something that can get messy. Ages 6 and up. Hands-on & tasting led by Molly Shea, Pattycake Bakery. vegan. 3:30 p.m. $30-$35. $30 members; $35 non-members (per child). Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 614-715-8000.
FREE! SANTA IN THE CABOOSE, Dec. 13, Bring your camera and have your child's photo taken with an 1800s Santa in a Caboose, candy canes, coloring projects, crafts, live entertainment, petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides and more! All Free! 3 p.m. Historical Village at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard. 614-664-3290.
FREE! BRASS BAND COLUMBUS, free concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd. The band will perform holiday classics. Donations will be accepted. For more information visit brassbandofcolumbus.org.
FREE! MUSIC IN THE ATRIUM, 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13. Relax to seasonal music plus original compositions and improvisations with harpist Trista Hill. This 14th annual series is made possible by the Friends of the Library. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
FREE! "SIGNS" OF CHRISTMAS CHOIR performance, 4 to 4:45 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13. Choir members will perform a variety of musical selections in American Sign Language. Meeting Rooms. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
FREE! "ONE SMALL CHILD," at Northwest Christian Church. The program featuring the church's handbell and choral ensembles, at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at 1340 Fishinger Road. For more information call 614-457-6290 or visit northwestchristian.org.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON CONCERT, Westerville Symphony, 5 p.m. Holiday-themed classical works, yuletide favorites and audience sing-a-longs by a chamber orchestra under the direction of assistant conductor Jim Bates. Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets at westervillesymphony.org.
FREE! SILVERTONES, Christmas concert, 12:45 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St. Members of the senior center choir group will perform. Reservations are not needed. The concert is free to the public.
FREE! CHRISTMAS CONCERT FEATURING DWIGHT LENOX, Friendship Village of Columbus, 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. A champagne brunch will be served following the performance. For reservations, required by Dec. 11, call 614-568-0503.
FREE! TREMONT CENTER CHRISTMAS, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Activities include visits with Santa and his reindeer and free sleigh rides Cookies and hot chocolate will be available. Free.
FREE! HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 atSTEM Middle School at Baldwin Road Junior High, 2300 Baldwin Road, Reynoldsburg.
WESTERVILLE SOUTH HOLIDAY CONCERT, choir and orchestra students at Westerville South High School will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in the school auditorium, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. Contemporary and classical holiday music selections will be performed by the Concert Choir, Symphonic Choir, Soundsation, Concert Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra.
Admission is $5, $3 for students under age 18 and senior citizens.Tickets can be purchased from any choir and orchestra member.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive. Cost is $20 per family of four, $3 for each additional member. Participants must register by 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Register online at sports.bluesombrero.com/ Reynoldsburg.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Whitehall Community Celebration Association, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Whitehall Community Park. Admission is either a canned good or $1 per person. Canned goods will benefit Whitehall Food Pantry.
NC4K REINDEER RUN 5K, Dec 19, Nellies Catwalk for Kids is a local nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for families with kids with cancer. This 5K event will be sure to fill you with the holiday cheer with Christmas music, giveaways, free t-shirts and hot chocolate. Sign-up website: runsignup.com/Race/OH/Reynoldsburg/NC4KReindeerRun5k. Website: nc4k.org 8:30 a.m. $10. Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive, Reynoldsburg.
FREE! HOLIDAY SHOW, New Orleans singer Shane Wilson and sax/flute player Emma Brohard, 3 to 5 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St. Free. java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD, Dec. 26, Explore winter holidays celebrated in other countries through traditional crafts, food, music and dancing. Free with admission. 11 a.m. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 614-715-8000.
FREE! THE LICKING COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S CHRISTMAS IN VETERANS PARK AND CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS AT THE WEBB HOUSE, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Veterans Park, 5 N. Sixth St., Newark, and 303 Granville St., Newark. The Sherwood-Davidson House Museum will be decorated in period style, with candles, oil lamps and seasonal greens. At Buckingham Meeting House, entertainment and refreshments, such as hot cider, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies, will be available. The National Heisey Glass Museum and King House at the far end of the park will be open and decorated. The Webb House, five blocks away, will be decorated with a "Heaven and Nature Sing" theme. For more information on the free event, call the Licking County Historical Society, 740-345-4898.
CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE, Dec. 4-6 - Over 400 friends, neighbors and family members will deliver the gift of entertainment and rekindle Christmas memories at the historic Marion Palace Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $17-$22, $12 children age 12 and younger. Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion. 740-383-2101.
A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE AND MUSEUM, daily year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day - It's the actual house made famous in the holiday classic film A Christmas Story. 'Nuff said. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $10 ages 13-59, $8 ages 60+, $6 ages 7-12, free for ages 0-6; on-street parking is free. 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland. 216-298-4919.
FREE! DICKENS VICTORIAN VILLAGE, Nov. 1-Jan. 2 - Life-size displays from Victorian times populate Cambridge during the holiday season. Enjoy a light show that takes place at the Courthouse every evening from 5:30-9 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Wheeling Avenue between 6th and 11th streets, Cambridge. 866-334-6446.
HOCKING VALLEY SCENIC RAILWAY SANTA TRAIN, every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 28 to Dec. 20 - Visit with Santa while enjoying a two-hour roundtrip train ride between Nelsonville and Logan. Purchase tickets in advance, as they often sell out. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with 6 p.m. rides on Dec. 5, 12. $17 ages 13-59; $15 ages 60+; $13 ages 3-12; free for ages 0-2. Nelsonville Depot, 33 W. Canal St., Nelsonville. 800-967-7834.
HOCKING VALLEY SCENIC RAILWAYNEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION TRAIN, Dec. 31 - Enjoy a two-hour train ride and view fireworks while riding the train. Advance ticket purchase required before Dec. 29. Departs 10:30 p.m. $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). Nelsonville Depot, 33 W. Canal St., Nelsonville. 800-967-7834.
LEBANON MASON MONROE RAILROAD NORTH POLE EXPRESS, weekends and other select dates, Nov. 28-Dec. 22 - Travel on the North Pole Express to the Lebanon Mason & Monroe Junction, where you'll meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, color pictures and enjoy hot chocolate and a treat before heading back to Lebanon Station. Check website for multiple departure-time options. $22 ages 17-61, $17 ages 5-16 and 62+, $11 ages 2-4, free for ages 0-1. $1.50 online and phone ticket-order fee. 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon. 513-933-8022.
THE LEGENDARY LIGHTS AT CLIFTON MILL, Nov. 27-Jan. 1 - This holiday lights display features more than 3.5 million lights, plus there's a covered bridge, miniature village, Santa's workshop, Santa Claus Museum and a gift shop. Gates are open from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; lights are on from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Saturdays are the most crowded. $10 ages 7+, free for ages 0-6; free parking. Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Clifton. 937-767-5501.
MARMON VALLEY FARM: A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, Dec 4-5, 11-12 - An outdoor, evening wagon-ride tour of Bible-focused displays, rain or shine. Also includes petting zoo, pony rides, crafts and refreshments. Tours run every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 5 p.m. on Saturdays. $6 children and $7 adults if ordered by phone before noon of the event day; $8 children, $9 adults day of visit. 7754 State Route 292, Zanesfield 43360 (use directions on their website, not GPS). 937-593-8000.
A ROSCOE CHRISTMAS, Nov. 1-Dec. 31 - Take a weekend journey to Coshocton to experience Christmas during the 1800s. Guided Christmas tours at 12:30, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Christmas Candlelighting Ceremonies with caroling on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Free admission and parking, tours are $9.95 for adults and $4.95 for children. Historic Roscoe Village, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton. 800-877-1830.