Guide to the Month of November

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How is it November already? We’ve got a fantastic list of November events for you this month! There are turkey trots, local performances, a pumpkin drop, craft shows, as well as several Tree Lighting Ceremonies at the end of the month. We hope you ready to kick off the holiday season right! 

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November 1: Toddler Time at the Westerville Community Center: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Join in for a morning of fun and play. A wide variety of large and fine motor skills equipment will be available. This is a drop-in program: pre-registration is not required. Children up to six months old are allowed to accompany at no charge. Toddler Time includes arts and crafts. 

November 1: Miss Marlene at Hoot Studio: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Dance, sing, play! She’ll bring bells, rhythm sticks, maracas, drums, and always a few surprises to this high-energy interactive music class. $15 includes playtime until noon. $10 for siblings. 

November 1: Touch a Truck: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Dublin | Please join Sunrise of Dublin and Heartland of Dublin for our first Touch-A-truck event! Explore big trucks, emergency, transportation, and other one of a kind vehicles. Trick or treat will be held between communities on the street. 

November 1: The Color of Science: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at COSI | Come network with science enthusiasts, meet some of today’s brightest scientists living in our community, hear their remarkable stories through a lively panel discussion with a reception to follow. 

November 1: Family Night at The Worthington Community Center: 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. | Free night of crafts and games and family fun which makes for a fun November event! 

November 1: Books and Brews: 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. at Worthington Library | This after-hours event, hosted by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, will feature 7-8 tastings from some of Ohio’s best craft breweries. Enjoy food from area restaurants, a silent auction, a beer trivia contest and more!

November 2: Home Depot Kids DIY Workshop: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. | You’ll be proud to complete this project using everything in the American Eagle kit. Learn to use a hammer, fine sandpaper, wood glue and a Phillips screwdriver. Assemble the bird’s basic shape and its wings, then add fun stickers. Paint the piece to bring it to life, and then build the base to help your bird stand tall.

November 2: Worthington Farmer’s Market Indoor: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | The market moves indoors for the season but still has many great seasonal items and lots of fun things to do for the kids each Saturday morning!

November 2: New Albany’s Indoor Farmer’s Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Phil Heit Center in New Albany | Come inside for the market on the first Saturday of the month with local goods and live music for a fun family morning! 

November 2: PB & J Jazz Family Concert: 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre | From Jazz classics to Disney Songs and beyond, there is sure to be music for all ages. It is a one-hour interactive concert for kids and families to introduce the next generation to jazz in a relaxed environment. 2 performances at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Children receive a peanut butter sandwich, cookie, and juice box for the concert for $5. 

November 2-3: Polaris Makers Market: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Polaris Mall | The halls of Polaris Fashion Place will be filled with Ohio Makers selling their one of a kind wares, just in time to kick off the holiday!

November 2: Farmer’s Market Fun Kid Club with Paulette’s Princesses: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at The Shops at Worthington Place | Ages 3-8 can come to meet The Snow Queen this month! Call to register. Each week a new character will come to entertain with singing, dancing, craft and storytime. Cost is $15. 

November 2: Dublin Chili Cook-Off: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Old Historic Dublin | Calling all Chili Fans! Your favorite Historic Dublin restaurants going head to head to see who has the best chili in the city, this is an event you won’t want to miss. This event lets you visit 7 Dublin restaurants, enjoy 7 unique chilis and vote for the best while helping to raise money for the Dublin Food Pantry!

November 3: Columbus Dessert Festival: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Grand Event Center in Grandview | The Columbus Dessert Festival is a kid-friendly event. They will provide each guest with a treat box. Guests will receive a sample from each participating dessert vendor (25) Additional treats will be available for purchase if you’d like to take desserts home with you.

November 3: Live Fire Sundays at Franklin Park Conservatory: 1:00 p.m. | They will be making Moroccan Ancient Grain Stew with root vegetables in the Rumford cooking fireplace and Pita Bread in the wood-fired oven. Join them for free entertaining cooking demos and delicious homemade food samples at Live Fire Sundays — offered as part of the Franklin Park Conservatory’s community outreach initiative.

November 3: The Great Pumpkin Drop: 1:00 p.m. at The Marysville Fire Station | Bring the family and watch pumpkins SPLATTER as they’re dropped from a 100-foot ladder truck! You can tour the fire station after as well!

November 3: Dress Up and Dance Columbus Symphony Orchestra: 3:00 p.m. at The Ohio Theater | Get ready to dance, dance, dance! The Concert for kids is coming and you are encouraged to dress up for a costume contest and free pre-concert activities like musical crafts, instruments to play, and more! Tickets are only $8.50 for kids. 

November 4-6: Halloween Candy Buy Back: 8:00 a.m. at New Albany Smiles Dentist  | Bring your kids (and your excess candy in) and spread the word! They are located besides Starbucks on Market Street in New Albany, Ohio. Limited to 12 yrs and under. A child should be present for adult reimbursement. $1.00 per pound (5 lb limit). Call the office for specific hours. 

November 6: Wild Storytime: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Ohio Wildlife Center | Read a book for story hour and complete a craft and meet an animal ambassador too! 

November 7: A Slice of Clintonville: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Clintonville Woman’s Club | Clintonville-area pizza shops come together to serve pizza and try for a chance to win the People’s Choice Award. 

November 7: COSI after Dark: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Calling all amateur sleuths and armchair detectives! This COSI After Dark is for anyone who likes a little mystery along with their science.

November 7: USAWNT vs. Sweden: 7:30 p.m. at Mapfre Stadium | Check out tickets for this memorable event! 

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November 8: Family Night at The Worthington Community Center: 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. | Free night of crafts and games and family fun!

November 9: Grandview Holiday Bazaar: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Thomas A Edison Intermediate School | Pre- Holiday Shopping experience offering high-quality independent artisans and local businesses.

November 9-10: Annie Kids: Various times at The Jeffrey Shedd Theater by CATCO is Kids | Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie KIDS features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

November 9: Make your own glass pumpkin: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Works in Newark | Experience the art of glassblowing! Create your own glass pumpkin with individual guidance from our professional glass artist. $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

November 9: Grown-Up and Me Art Class: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Ages 3 and up with any adult- make a cornucopia for Thanksgiving! 

November 9: Native American Soup: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Blendon Woods Metropark | Learn about some ingredients Native Americans may have used in food preparation and taste a delicious hot soup on a fall day. Meet at the Nature Center.

November 9: Family Yoga: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 at Jade Yoga | Take the mat with your little ones in fun and animated poses as you take a yoga adventure. You’ll bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and flutter your butterfly wings as you stretch, sing, balance, twist, and bend. You will plant seeds for connection, courage, and kindness, all while strengthening growing muscles and using your imaginations.

November 9: Ninja Night: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Gym Skills | We invite children to bring their favorite Nerf Guns for an exciting ninja-themed night. (They will provide ammo and safety glasses). Your child will spend the night running through obstacle courses and will leave feeling like a true ninja. Pizza, drink, and a snack is included in the cost.

November 10: Family fun with the Columbus Zoo at Franklin Park Conservatory | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at FPC | Family-friendly demonstrations featuring different animals each month.

November 11: Veteran’s Day Celebration: 8:30 a.m. at The Westerville Community Center | Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast honoring all veterans. This is free to veterans, but $5 per person for all others. The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program starts at 9 a.m. To register, please visit the Senior Center (310 W. Main St.) or the Community Center front desk. There is no online registration available for this event.

November 11: Veteran’s Day Free Day at the Zoo!: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. at The Columbus Zoo | Honoring veterans for their sacrifices with free admission.

November 11: Veteran’s Day Parade: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Hilliard | Parade steps off at a new time from the Franklin County Fairgrounds. 

November 12: Zoo Dog: Brew Dog with the Columbus Zoo: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is coming to BrewDog for a wild collaboration – ZooDog! Join their team, and bring your family and friends to mix and mingle with animals from The Columbus Zoo on November 12th from 6-7 pm in their beer museum.

November 12: Family Night at Hofbrahaus: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Face painting, Live Entertainment, Balloon Animals and Kids Eat Free on the 2nd Tuesday of each month!  

November 13: Brewdog Franklinton and Cheesecake Girl: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | BrewDog Franklinton and The Cheesecake Girl are joining forces again with another epic beer and cheesecake pairing! Fill your face with a flight of 4 oz pours and 4 cheesecakes! 

November 13: Thanksgiving Dinner with Anna and Elsa: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom Polaris | Queen Elsa & Anna will be making a magical appearance at Mellow Mushroom in Polaris for a magical Thanksgiving dinner!

November 14: Zoo Member Wildlights Preview: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Columbus Zoo | Members only can be the first to see the Wildlights! 

November 15-16: Ohio Made Market: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Preview Friday Night and 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday with special preview hours from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at The Hollywood Casino | Get a head start on the holiday shopping with over 100 vendors. Such unique items! 

November 15: Deck the Halls Celebration at Tanger Outlets: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Join us to welcome Santa and help usher in the holiday shopping season at our Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Santa and Mrs. Claus will help light the tree and will be available for photos and visits with the children. Remember to bring your own camera! We’ll have music, hot cocoa, a new ornament & cookie decorating station for the kiddos and a holiday face painter!

November 15: Worthington Family Fun Night: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The Worthington Community Center | Leave the electronics at home and come to the FREE night of crafts, games, and connecting as a family.

November 15- January 5: Wildlights at The Zoo: Check website for times at The Columbus Zoo | You need to add this to your family traditions if you haven’t already! Members-only night is Thursday, November 14, 2019. 

November 16-23

November 16: 2019 Holiday Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Dublin Recreation Center | It will feature over 35 crafters and vendors to shop for everyone on your list. They will have a wide variety of crafts, homemade items, jewelry, home decor, oils, books, candles, clothes and much more!

November 16: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at The Franklin County Fairgrounds | Come to see your favorite reptiles!

November 16- January 5: Franklin Park Conservatory Aglow: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Come to see the brilliant lights all throughout the Conservatory and Children’s Garden this year!  Please see their website as special rates apply and times this year for members as the aglow event begins at 5:00 p.m. 

November 16: Girls on the Run 5k: 10:00 a.m. at The Columbus Commons | Girls on the Run of Central Ohio, Inc. is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls ages eight to thirteen years old!

November 16: Taste of Fall: 11:00 a.m. at Lynd Fruit Farm | Come out sample different types of cider and fall favorites! 

November 16: Lakeshore Learning Craft: 11:00 a.m. at The Polaris Location | Free crafts and hands on activities. No registration required and create a world of fantasy! Every Saturday is a new craft, so stop in! 

November 17: Hot Chocolate Run: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Choose from a 5k or 15k and enjoy sweet treats to celebrate afterwards! See their website for the race route! 

November 17- December 23: Holiday Carriage Rides: $10 per person at Easton! Weekends only. (Tentative Dates- see website for 2019 updates.) 

November 17: Holiday and Craft Vendor Fair: 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. at The Worthington Community Center | Admission is free and swag bags for the first 100 people in the door!

November 18: Holiday Cocktail Competition: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Le Meridian | Sip and decide which mixologist concocts your favorite holiday libations! Tickets include samples from 15 of Columbus’s best mixologists and light hors d’oeuvres.

November 22- January 2: Holiday Lights at The Columbus Commons: Dusk- 11:00 p.m. | Come see this free dazzling light show and special events on Friday nights coming in December at the Commons. 

November 20-24: Model Railroad Days: Open at COSI | All aboard! Check out amazing displays of model railroads from local train organizations. There will be trains of all sizes and shapes— something for every model railroad fan! 

November 21-23: Beauty and the Beast: 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the McCoy Center in New Albany | Put on by the New Albany High School! 

November 21-23 & 24: Disney’s Frozen, Jr.: 7:00 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Jerome High School in Dublin | Includes memorable songs from the movie plus five new ones that were created for Broadway. $10/adults and $7 students/seniors

November 22-23: Christmas Corner: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at The Franklin County Fairgrounds | Free admission and 65 holiday craft booths! Two days again this year!

November 22-24 and November 29-30-: Kings Island Winter Fest 2018: 5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. | An unforgettable experience with the park transformed into nine enchanting winter wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical Christmas tree, up to 17 rides including Mystic Timbers, more than 5 million lights and 14 holiday characters spreading merriment, like Jack Frost and Sugar Plum Fairy. It could be a fun road trip!

November 22: Family Night at The Worthington Community Center: 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. | Free night of crafts and games and family fun!

November 22: Easton Tree Lighting: 6:30 p.m. at Easton | Watch children’s eyes sparkle as Santa arrives, along with a special guest, to illuminate Easton’s beautiful Christmas tree and a breathtaking display of lights. Always a memorable November event to kick off the holiday season! 

November 22-24: Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at The Abbey Theater | Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. 

November 23-24: Hoover Garden Holiday Open House: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at Hoover Garden Center  | Welcome the holiday season with cookies, hot chocolate and the Grinch! Create memories with your little by painting ornaments to take home with you! Stroll through the gardens and take in the lovely sights of the holidays, while picking out your family’s live cut tree (the best selection in Columbus!), live greenery and other Christmas decor.

November 23-24: Christmas Open House at The Morgan House: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Dublin | Celebrating the kickoff of the holiday season! The Morgan House invites you and all of your friends to enjoy a day of lunch and shopping amongst the best selection of Christmas decor in the city. Live music by pianist Steve Banks.

November 23-24: Christmas at the Market at Lynd’s Fruit Farm: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Lynd’s Fruit Farm | Kick off your Christmas Season with a visit to Lynd’s Market on Morse! The Christmas Shoppe will be open and they will be selling Christmas trees! Step inside the giant Giant Snow Globe for an awesome picture. Grab a bite to eat at Woody & Lous’s Smokin’ Mac before jumping on the wagon to ride back to the S’More Camp! Tentative dates- see their website for updates.

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November 24: Sparkle Night Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Parade: 12:30 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m. at The Shops of Worthington Place | There are a variety of holiday activities, special performances, character meet and greets and the very special arrival of SANTA in a mini-parade led by Worthington Kilbourne Marching Band. Be sure to check the link for times and specifics because there are lots of things happening at various times during this event.

November 24: Wild Kratts Live 2.0: 1:00 p.m. at The Palace Theater | Kratt brothers Chris and Martin of the hit television series “Wild Kratts” take to the stage to activate new “Creature Powers” and go “off to the creature rescue!

November 24: Holiday Tree Lighting New Albany: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Festive music, carriage rides, cookie decorating and so much more at this holiday event! 

November 24: Holiday Lights Celebration in Gahanna: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in Gahanna | This event features 100+ family-friendly activities including a reindeer petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, live holiday music, games, crafts, food trucks, shopping, a tree lighting, business open houses and Santa.

November 24: Swim with Santa: 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. at The Westerville Community Center | Get your photo taken with Santa as he swims in the pool with the lifeguard elves!  Photos and time with Santa are included in this fun annual event for ages 0-11 and parents. Parents with children under 6 must be in the water with their children. Please include your email address when registering; all photos will be emailed. Registration is required.

November 28: Thanks For Giving 4 miler and Kids Run: 8:00 a.m. at Market Square New Albany | All runners and families are welcome!

November 28: Columbus Turkey Trot: 8:00 a.m. at The Shops on Lane Avenue | This family-friendly race supports the Easter Seals and their early intervention program!

November 28: Flying Feather Four Miler: 8:30 a.m. (Gobbler Chase) and 9:00 a.m. (Race) at The Club of Corazon | There is a 4-mile race and a Gobbler Chase for kids 10 and under. The price increases as it gets closer to the event.

November 28-30: Holiday Trolley Lights: Various Time Slots at Land Grant Brewery | Short North Trolley Co. is proud to bring you our 2nd Annual BYOB Holiday Trolley Lights Tour. This is a memorable BYOB Trolley ride to Columbus’s lighting displays and holiday landmarks. The trolley will stop at Columbus Commons Lights, The Conservatory, and various light displays around the city! 

November 29-until New Year’s Day: Lucy Depp Park Light Show: Located in Powell and this light show covers 5 houses, 5 1/2 acres, and 40, 000 lights! Run Sunday- Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on weekends. 

November 29: Clifton Mill Lights: 5:00 p.m. | Clifton Mill Lights turn on the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve! 

amazing Christmas light display
Clifton Mill

November 29: Dazzling Christmas Lights in Westerville: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | First night for the show! The display is one house with over 100,000 Dazzling Christmas Lights that dance to music. Tune your car radio to 90.1fm. and bring can food items for Warm. The display runs November 29th to December 31st Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is a free event all season long.

November 29-December 1: Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol: Various Times at The Ohio Theater | 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday | Christmas Classic! 

November 30: Hungry Turkey 5k: 8:45 a.m. at Genoa Park | Hosted by the Delaware County Humane Society! 

November 30: Cardboard Boat Race: 12:00 p.m. at The Westerville Community Center | Can you build a boat capable of carrying you across the pool? Join us for some crazy races in solo, two-person and unlimited team categories. Materials must float and cannot be made from an actual watercraft. Suggested material: wood, milk jugs, 2-liter bottles, tires, inner tubes, balloons and beach balls. Divisions include solo, two-person, family, raft and demolition derby.

November 30: Family Turkey Talk: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Blendon Woods Metro Park | Learn about turkeys and take 1.5-mile hike to see some. 

November 30: The Skatemare Before Christmas: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Lausche Building | Watch the annual Ohio Roller Derby’s game between The Roller Ghouls and Jingle Bells. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the game begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.

We hope you have a wonderful time with these November events and have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Be sure to check out our post on Holiday Trains and Trolleys, as events sell out quick! 

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Maureen Ingham
Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!