Columbus Mom Guide to the Month of December


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas feels like something that can bring us all a little joy this year. I think something we can all agree on is that we some JOY to end 2020! There are many virtual events, as well as safe ways to see Santa and many drive-thru light options! Please be sure to check websites often as events can change at the last minute. Mask up and find the JOY this holiday season!

Events in December

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Month of December: Kids Workshops at Home Depot: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Local Home Depot | Pick up your own to do kit and have fun creating!

Saturdays and Sundays in December: Holiday Carriage Rides at Easton: Experience the magic of the season from a horse drawn carriage throughout Easton’s North District. Rides are $10 per adult and children 15 and under are free.

Ongoing: Head to the North Pole at Paulette’s Palace and Productions in Worthington: A magical scene awaits with a breakfast with Santa nook where you can have breakfast or brunch with Santa via Zoom, visit Santa’s Workshop for a picture 10 feet away by appointment only and numerous other customizable options.

December 1- December 5: Snowflake Castle Virtual: Bring home the magic for $10! One on One Zoom call with Santa and a wooden toy to assemble.

December 1: Holiday Tree Lighting and Festivities in Grandview: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | The tree will be lit this year, but the city is asking residents to stay home and flip the switch at their home! See the map for your light up time and help Grandview Light UP the Night!

December 1: Bubbles the Elf Pickup: Drive by the Grandview Center and pick up a free activity kit to take home for the first 150 people each day.

December 3: Ohio Statehouse Holiday Virtual Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Check out the virtual event this year!

December 4: Westerville Tree Lighting: Virtual: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Uptown Westerville | This year’s event will transition to a self-guided experience throughout Uptown Westerville that includes holiday music, ice sculptures, photo opportunities and more. Watch for a special online countdown to the annual Westerville Tree Lighting in Uptown Westerville, available on

December 4-6: Light Up Camp: Free seasonal drive-thru display! Camp buildings will be transformed into a twinkling, musical wonderland of safe, physically distanced family fun. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 27 through December 27.

December 4-6: Christmas in the Village: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in downtown Canal | Drive-Thru Visit with Santa – Take a stroll down “Santa Claus Lane” (Towing Path Alley) to visit Santa, all from the safety of your vehicle! Residents will drive down Towing Path Alley via Washington Street to the greenspace of Stradley Place, behind the city’s Municipal Building, where Santa will be waiting to hear all of the Christmas wishes!

December 4: Upper Arlington Tree Lighting: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | There will not be a formal tree lighting but encouraging people to stop to see the tree throughout the season on a walk and support local businesses safely!

December 4: Dublin Tree Lighting: 7:00 p.m. in Dublin | The drive-thru event has now been cancelled but grab hot cocoa and watch the tree lighting from home!

December 4-6: Holiday Open House: in Delaware | 6th annual Main Street Delaware Holiday Open House features Santa, local shop specials, and much more! See their website for updates on events.

December 5: Holiday Market at North Market: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The North Market | Join North Market (and Santa Claus) for their Holiday Market! Get into the spirit with vendors selling holiday cheer and sweets, as well as gifts for all loved ones!

December 5: An Irish Christmas: 10:30 a.m. at Dublin Community Church| This family event is a safe way to celebrate Christmas from the comfort of your car while watching The Shamrockers perform Irish dances to Christmas music or play Bingo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Families will also have an opportunity to get pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus while maintaining a safe 6’ distance. Email [email protected] for tickets. $5.00/person or $25/vehicle.

December 5: Santa Drive Around: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Find Santa Driving Around the Streets of Grandview and Marblecliff in his fire truck as he sings ho ho ho!

December 5: Downtown Lancaster Holiday Window Display Contest: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Check out the window displays in downtown Lancaster and cast your vote for your favorite! 

December 5 and 13: Granville Candlelight Walking Tour: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Village of Granville | The day will be split into two in order to limit gatherings.

December 5: Main Street Christmas Cookie Walk: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Pataskala | See the website for updates but this event is on 2020! Come get your cookies! Online tickets only and 100 families per hour time slot.

December 5: Reynoldsburg Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parde: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. New location this year at The Reynoldsburg Senior Center at 1640 Davidson Drive.

December 5,6,12,13,19,20: Dickens of a Drive-Thru: Safely drive-thru The Ohio Village and see costume characters moving about their business while preparing for the holidays! You will also get an at home activity kit. $25 per car.

December 5-6: Capital University Christmas Festival-A Virtual Experience: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday| This virtual Christmas Festival will feature a recorded performance by the 2020-21 Chapel Choir. Join together as they celebrate the miracle and wonder of the Christmas story. It will also include highlights from past years!

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December 5-6 and 11-13: The New Albany Nutcracker: Purchase your live streaming ticket for $25!

December 5: Holidays in Powell: 6:00 p.m. in Powell | Tree Lighting is at 6:00 p.m. See website for updates!

December 6: Holiday Hop in Hilliard and Virtual Tree Lighting: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Hilliard | No longer a drive-thru event, but the community is invited to watch safely from home as the City Council lights the tree.

December 6: German Village Virtual Lights: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Village Lights, the holiday-kickoff experience in German Village will be a virtual event this year!

December 6: Virtual Holiday Gallery Hop: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | The Virtual Holiday Hop will feature a sneak peek at the latest artwork for sale, artist stories, and more from local galleries; new products and promotions from other local businesses; and virtual performances from some of Gallery Hop’s favorite musicians.

December 8-15

December Date TBD: Santa in the Caboose: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Hilliard | Enter the red caboose to interact and take photos with Santa in his suit from the 1800s. The Historical Village will announce plans soon.

December 9: Illuminated Shopping in Old Worthington: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Enjoy the start to your holiday shopping in Old Worthington! Mask up and enjoy the shops!

December 10: Family Night at The Hofbrahaus: 6:00 p.m. | Bring the little ones for entertainment including face painting, balloon animals, stilt walkers and more. Kids eat free! Special visit from Santa too!

December 10: Virtual Mad Men Show: 7:30 p.m. | The witty banter and classic Rat Pack hits you know and love are back at the MAC, COVID style! $45 per household.

December 10 – 31: Twas the Night Before Christmas by Columbus Children’s Theatre: There are some different virtual streaming packages as well as DVD packages.

December 11: Christmas Under the Clock: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Plain City |  Tree Lighting Ceremony and coloring contest! Come see Santa and his reindeer!

December 12: Dasher Drive Thru: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Santa and the elves are busy getting ready for their big trip but the reindeer are here to play! Join them for an event hosted by Dasher the Reindeer and his friends. There will be crafts, giveaways and special characters so drive on down! Decorated cars are welcomed!

December 12: Handmade Market in Powell: 12:00 p.m. | Get your holiday shop on with artisans and makers at the handmade market in Powell. Stop by Nocterra Brewing Co. and Ray Ray’s!

Sundays in December: Letters to Santa at The Ohio Railway Museum: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | See website for event updates!

December 12: Merry on Main: Skating Rink Grand Opening: 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Partners Park in Marysville | Grand opening of the iceless skating rink. The skating rink will be open until 8:00 p.m. for kids and until 10:00 p.m. for adults that day. The rink will be open until January 5, 2021.

December 16-23

December 16: A Columbus Christmas Carol: A Columbus Christmas Carol will be available to view at your leisure from December 16-27. Once you begin the first viewing, the show will be available to view for 24 hours. One ticket per device is $20.

December 18: 8th Annual Ice Sculpture Tour: Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday night and continuing until they melt. 🙂 Illuminated ice sculptures are set up on display outside of Uptown Westerville Merchants.

December 18: Trans- Siberian Orchestra Virtual: 8:00 p.m. at Nationwide Arena| A Holiday classic!

December 19: PBJ and Jazz Virtual Concert: Get into the holiday spirit with music inspired by your favorite jazz recordings! Digital access is $5 per show or $20 for season access.

December 19: Hip Hop Nutcracker: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Recorded Live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

December 22: Santa Claus Live Christmas Present Giveaway: 11:30 a.m. | Join Santa as he gives away presents!

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December 24: Free Live Christmas Bedtime Story with the Elf: 1:15 p.m. | Magical start to your Christmas celebration!

December 24: Track Santa Live Bed Time Story: 6:30 p.m. | Join in on Christmas Eve and you’ll see exactly whereabouts Santa Claus is on his Christmas Eve journey! They will be doing some shout outs, having some laughs and then they’ll settle down ready for bed with a reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas.

Be sure to check back often as we find more safe or virtual events to creatively celebrate the holiday season this year! We wish you and your family a Happy Holiday Season! We look forward to good things to come in 2021! 

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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!