Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Columbus, Ohio


The holiday season is such a festive time of year to explore different communities as they become illuminated with lights and decorations. Many communities host free tree lighting ceremonies. Due to circumstances, communities have had to become creative to have some version of a tree lighting! There will be virtual tree lightings, smaller gatherings, and safety precautions will be put in place for those communities that have chosen to have this event. Please check their websites often as changes may occur as the events become closer.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies Around Columbus

Easton Town Center

Date: Lights turn on Friday, November 20, 2020

Details: There will not be a parade this year but the lights will be on throughout the season!

Website: Easton Town Center

Easton Tree Lighting

Market Square Holiday Tree Lighting in New Albany

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Details: Bring the whole family for this tree lighting!

Website: New Albany Chamber of Commerce

Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020

Time: Virtual Event this Year

Details: In lieu of the in person tree lighting, there will be three Saturdays of fun from 4-6 with a holiday train and will give rides through Creekside Park and Gingerbread Town. This will encourage social distancing and a fun way to see lights on your own schedule! The website will be updated soon.

Website: Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

Holiday Hop in Hilliard and Tree Lighting- New Date and Now Virtual

Date: December 6, 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Details: This year’s celebration marks the 30th annual Tree Lighting in Old Hilliard. The city will be still be lighting the tree, but they invite you to watch the live stream on facebook from home!

Website: Holiday Hop in Hilliard and Tree Lighting


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Short North Tree Lighting/Deck the District

The Month of December

Details: Out of an abundance of caution for public health and safety due to COVID-19, there will not be a public tree lighting in the Short North Arts District this year. However, they highly encourage shopping at the many small, local businesses in the District, especially given the trials and tribulations they faced in 2020; they need assistance now more than ever! They will have a virtual holiday hop on December 6, 2020 too!

Website: Short North Tree Lighting

Worthington Tree Illumination Ceremony- Now cancelled

Date: November 29, 2020- Event has now been cancelled for 2020.


Details: Please support local businesses in Old Worthington!

Website: Worthington Tree Illumination Ceremony

Uptown Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting: Marysville

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Details: The city of Marysville continues to meet with the local health agency to see what options will be best for holiday events. Stay tuned by checking their website!

Website: Uptown Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Marysville 

Holiday Tree Lighting: Grandview Heights

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Details: This event will take place but asking the public to stay home and Light up Grandview at their homes!

Website: Grandview Heights

Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Details: The City of Dublin will kick off the 2020 holiday season on Thursday, December 3 at Coffman Park. This is now a Drive Thru event!

Website: Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Ohio Statehouse

Date: Virtual Event this Year- December 3, 2020

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Details: The fun filled online event includes the annual tree lighting, holiday music, a performance by Ohio Dance, Holiday Greetings from Ohio’s Historic Sites, and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as a special guest. Check the website for further details and schedule updates. You can also view the festival online after the live broadcast. Use the link:

Website: The Ohio Statehouse

Olde Pickerington Village Holiday- Now 21 Days of Lights

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020- December 31, 2020

Time: Dusk

Details: Make some memories with the kids! Load the family in the car and enjoy all the holiday lights as you drive around the historic Pickerington Village. No need to worry about social distancing with this event.

Website: Olde Pickerington Village Holiday

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Westerville

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Details: It’s a self-guided tour this year if you choose to walk around uptown! It may be different this year, but the celebration will continue through the virtual world. Watch for a special online countdown to the annual Westerville Tree Lighting in Uptown Westerville, available on on Friday, Dec. 4, that will include the City of Westerville Mayor, many Uptown Westerville Merchants and of course, Santa himself.

Website: Westerville Parks & Recreation

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony: Upper Arlington

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Details: This event is now cancelled for 2020.

Website: Winter Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Main Street Delaware First Friday

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Details: Bring your Christmas cheer to this festive event. Be sure to check the website for updates on the details of this event!

Website: Main Street Delaware Christmas in Downtown

Grove City Christmas Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: This event is now cancelled!

Website: Grove City Christmas Celebration

Holidays in Powell

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: The city of Powell is hosting a safe, fun and family-friendly Holidays in Powell event this year from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in Village Green Park, 47 Hall Street. The event will look different from previous years but they’re excited to present this opportunity for the community to enjoy. This will include a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. followed by holiday tunes on the Amphitheater Stage, food trucks and a bonfire. The city’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area will be in effect as well. Registration is strongly encouraged in advance. The website will be updated soon.

Website: Holidays in Powell

Christmas on the Square in Sunbury

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time: All Day

Details: See website for information and updates!

Website: Christmas on the Square 

Annual Tree Ceremony: Reynoldsburg

Date: December 5, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Details: New location for 2020 at The Reynoldsburg Senior Center

Website: Reynoldsburg Tree Lighting Ceremony

Christmas Under the Clock: Plain City

Date: December 11, 2020

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Details: Come see Santa and his reindeer! Coloring contest will take place as well.

Website: Christmas Under the Clock

We hope you find a new way to celebrate this year and we know each community appreciates your patience with each changing event! Be sure to check out additional light displays too!


  1. Thank you for this list of Holiday Tree Lighting events and activities. It is appreciated! Please note that the library event on November 23rd is in Columbus Wisconsin NOT Columbus Ohio. Have a very Happy Holidays!! 🙂

    • Glad you find the list helpful. We have removed the library event. Thanks for letting us know! It takes a village. 🙂

  2. The 10th annual Clintonville (Columbus, OH) Tree Lighting will be held Sunday, December 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Music by Whetstone High School choir, hot chocolate and cookies, kids’ crafts, and photo opps with Santa will be indoors at the Whetstone Community Center (3923, N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214). Parade to tree at adjacent Whetstone Library for the lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Clintonville Rotary. Flyer is available.

    Marilyn Clark
    Chair – 2018 Clintonville Tree Lighting
    Clintonville Rotarian
    614/266-1859 cell
    [email protected]

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