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 17, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Details: Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. around the Center and continue throughout the evening with live music, fun for the family, costumed characters and more bringing holiday cheer! No matter where you are, take your eyes to the sky at 7 p.m. and watch as over two-million lights simultaneously illuminate Easton for the season.

Website: Easton Town Center

Easton Tree Lighting

Tanger Outlets Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: Friday, November 17, 2023

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: Kick off the holiday season during the 7th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival Celebration in the Center Courtyard! Enjoy enjoy holiday treats and make memories building holiday crafts! Santa will arrive at approximately 6:15 PM to light the holiday tree. Snap a photo with Santa and get some holiday shopping done.

Website: Tanger Outlets

Market Square Holiday Tree Lighting in New Albany

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 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 19, 2023

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Details: This event will feature a holiday stage with live entertainment, the tree lighting, a processional, decorating a tow truck, and Santa arriving by firetruck at 6:20 pm to light the tree! Activities include strolling holiday-themed characters, carriage rides, train rides, live nativity, the light show and more. The light display throughout Creekside Park totals 300,000 lights! Accompanied with music, the light show will begin on Sunday, November 19 and run through January 7, 2024.

Website: Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

Worthington Tree Illumination Ceremony and Open House

Date: Sunday, November 26, 2023

Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Details: Old Worthington will host its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 26 (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. Tree Lighting at 5:30!

Website: Worthington Tree Illumination Ceremony

Uptown Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting: Marysville

Date: Monday, November 27, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: An awesome event to get out and enjoy the holiday festivities!

Website: Uptown Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Marysville 

Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

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

Details: The City of Dublin will mark the official start of the 2023 holiday season by hosting its annual Tree Lighting Thursday, November 30. To get in the holiday spirit, guests may enjoy caroling, dance performances, roaming holiday stilt walkers, ice sculpting, letters to Santa, reindeer and more seasonal activities and entertainment. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance to officially light the 30-foot-tall Christmas Tree and opportunities for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place after the tree is lit.

Website: Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Ohio Statehouse

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

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 1, 2023

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 1, 2023

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Details: Watch the 2023 Tree Lighting and visit area shops and restaurants for a holiday treat!

Website: Westerville Parks & Recreation

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony: Upper Arlington

Date: Friday, December 1, 2023

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 1, 2023

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 1, 2023

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Details: The Grove City community is invited to celebrate a full weekend of holiday spirit at the Grove City Christmas Celebration and Mistletoe Market, 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, in the historic Town Center. Activities are sponsored by the City of Grove City and Heart of Grove City.

Photos with Santa, the Grove City Community parade, the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society Christmas Open Houses and more will be happening, watch for updates.

Website: Grove City Christmas Celebration

Holidays in Powell

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023

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 2, 2023

Time: All Day

Details: See website for information and updates!

Website: Christmas on the Square

Annual Tree Ceremony: Reynoldsburg

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Details: Come celebrate at Huber Park!

Website: Reynoldsburg Tree Lighting Ceremony

Short North Holiday Hop

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details: Until 6 pm part of the streets will be closed for pedestrian-only traffic so people can walk to the 150 creative street vendors along with the 300 Short North brick and mortar businesses.

Website: Short North

Holiday Hop in Hilliard and Tree Lighting

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023

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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Holiday Tree Lighting: Grandview Heights

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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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