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. Please check their websites often as changes may occur as the events become closer.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies Around Columbus

Easton Town Center

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Details: The Parade is back this year!

Website: Easton Town Center

Easton Tree Lighting

Tanger Outlets Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from the cocoa bar, enjoy holiday treats, free face painting, carolers and decorate a holiday ornament! Santa will arrive at approximately 6:15 p.m. Photo packages will be available to purchase.

Website: Tanger Outlets

Market Square Holiday Tree Lighting in New Albany

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Details: Free family fun includes pictures with Santa, horse and carriage rides, live entertainment, bounce houses, stilt-walker, juggler, face painters, and balloon twisters. Mayor Spalding will lead the countdown to light the holiday tree at sunset, approximately 5:10 p.m.

Website: New Albany Chamber of Commerce

Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Details: Back in person this year!

Website: Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

Worthington Tree Illumination Ceremony and Open House

Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021

Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Details: Old Worthington will host its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 28 (always the Sunday after Thanksgiving) from noon until 5:00 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and a photo opportunity with Santa.

Website: Worthington Tree Illumination Ceremony

Uptown Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting: Marysville

Date: Monday, November 29, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: This event returns this year!

Website: Uptown Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Marysville 

Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021

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

Details: Grab a cup of hot chocolate and experience Dublin’s Tree Lighting, featuring Santa and other special guests. Caroling, dance performances, ice sculpting, and holiday stilt walkers! Santa will officially light the tree at 6:40 p.m. and he and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures after.

Website: Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Ohio Statehouse

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Details: Santa, Mrs, Claus, choirs, K-9 demonstrations, crafts, dancers, and ballet dancing! The tree in the atrium will be list with a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. and then the festival will begin.

Website: The Ohio Statehouse

Olde Pickerington Village Holiday

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: Dusk

Details: This is a family-friendly event with activities all around the Pickerington Village. Many participating businesses provide a place to warm up and offering free activities and treats. There’s a lighted Holiday Stroll featuring more than a block of lighted holiday inflatables.

Website: Olde Pickerington Village Holiday

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Westerville

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Details: Watch the 2021 Tree Lighting and visit area shops and restaurants for a holiday treat. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Please social distance.

Website: Westerville Parks & Recreation

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony: Upper Arlington

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Details: Horse-drawn carriage rides, visit with Santa, live reindeer display, ice sculpting demonstrations, bonfire and S’mores. Tree lighting at 7:30 p.m.

Website: Winter Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Main Street Delaware First Friday

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

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: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Details: Find unique, creative, one-of-a-kind gift items, decorations, artwork and delicious treats to enjoy or share with others while strolling through the festive market. Visit the Heart of Grove City website for additional information.

The Grove City community is invited to celebrate Christmas in Grove City. The Grove City Christmas Parade is at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 and the tree lighting follows promptly after the parade.

Website: Grove City Christmas Celebration

Holidays in Powell

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: See website for information!

Website: Holidays in Powell

Christmas on the Square in Sunbury

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: All Day

Details: See website for information and updates!

Website: Christmas on the Square

Annual Tree Ceremony: Reynoldsburg

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: Typically 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Details: See websites for details as they are announced!

Website: Reynoldsburg Tree Lighting Ceremony

Holiday Hop in Hilliard and Tree Lighting

Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Details: Ring in the holiday season in Old Hilliard and Weaver Park. There are fun holiday activities for kids, to include live music for Hilliard City School students, Cram the Cruiser, Santa appearance and the tree lighting that ends the event.


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Christmas Under the Clock: Plain City

Date: December 5, 2021

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

Short North Tree Lighting/Deck the District

Details: No official tree lighting this year, but lights and decor will be up in early November! However, they highly encourage shopping at the many small, local businesses in the District.

Website: Short North Tree Lighting

Holiday Tree Lighting: Grandview Heights

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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

Details: Come out and enjoy the fun!

Website: Grandview Heights

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!! 🙂

  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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