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Christmas Family Events 2017

Whether it’s spending an evening admiring displays of twinkling lights or making the trip down to the Ohio Theater for the annual performance of The Nutcracker by Ballet Met, there are so many exciting things to do with the whole family this time of year! Here are some ideas to get you started – there is something for every price range!

Grand Illumination – Downtown Columbus

The Columbus Commons, the Scioto Mile, and Bicentennial Park are all glowing this time of year with unbelievable displays to explore. While you’re downtown, don’t forget the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting taking place December 7, 5:30-7:30pm. Carolers, refreshments, Ohio Dance performances, and much more can be found at this kickoff to the Christmas season!

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Polar Express Movie Weekends at COSi

COSI will be showing a holiday favorite, The Polar Express, December 8-10 and December 15-17 in their National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with hot chocolate, cookies, and games. COSI even says pajamas are welcome! Tickets are $10 for non-members.

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Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be one of the best places to see lights during the holiday season in Columbus! Along with all of the lights, the Zoo features music, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, camel rides, a carousel, and more!

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Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival

If you are looking to start a new tradition this year, the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival may be a good pick for your family! Happening now through January 7th, the festival includes 39 illuminated displays handcrafted by Chinse artisans, along with nightly performances, handicrafts, and Chinese and traditional fair food. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

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