Downtown Concierge

Downtown Holidays Kick-off Festivities

Downtown HolidaysDowntown Holidays kick off a month-long party and offer new traditions. So, start with the Huntington Holiday train at Columbus Metropolitan Library. Or, What about lights at Columbus Commons? Then, how about the Trolley Hop? Oh, and you can’t forget the life-size nativity at State Auto. No worries. It’s all Downtown and promises tons of fun. We’ve got the low down on must-see holiday cheer. 

First, Downtown Holidays begin at the library with a holiday Open House and tree lighting. Take in the beauty and magic of the 600-square-foot Huntington Holiday Train. Did you know the display includes four tiny trains running on more than 280 feet of track? And, it's covered by more than 50 pounds of snowflakes. Whoa, that’s a lot of snow. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Columbus Modern Dance Company will also cheer you along during some sing-along carols. Don’t forget to nab some hot cocoa before you head over to Topiary Park to visit the live reindeer.

On December 9, Downtown Holidays start in the Discovery District with  an old-fashioned Trolley Hop. The party goes from from 1-4 p.m. Hop on and off the trolleys with stops throughout the district. Psst…check off your shopping list at Columbus Museum of Art and The Hills’ Market Downtown. Oh, and we hear Santa will stop by during the event. Come early for the opening and stay late to see Topiary Park lit up with thousands of white lights. Area trolley stops will also include donation boxes for hats, gloves, socks and baby sleepers for those in need.

What about a little exercise after all the holiday cheer? Check out a walking tour of holiday lights. You'll get some holiday spirit and activity. Columbus City Adventures offers the walking tours, which are filled with sparkly lights. Especially festive, you'll enjoy Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile. Also, State Auto’s Christmas Corner gives you life size picture of the first Christmas. 

Mark Your Calendar: Downtown Holidays

  • Now through January 6: Kelton House Holidays.
  • AEP presents Columbus Commons Holiday Lights until January 2.
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library, welcomes you and the family November 29 for the Holiday Open House. 
  • Next, head to WinterFest at Bicentennial Park. Then, walk over Santa’s Workshop at the Lazarus Building, December 2.
  • Join the Hallelujah Tour  on December 3.
  • State Auto welcomes you for the lighting of the Nativity, December 5.
  • BalletMet heads to Ohio Theatre for The Nutcracker, December 8-24.
  • Jump on Holiday Trolley Hop, December 9. 
  • Check out Holiday Light Tours  with Columbus City Adventures.

There’s plenty of cheer all around during Downtown Holidays. Almost ready with your plan? Lastly, don't forget to make your tummy happy, too. Check out some Downtown spots for great food and drinks. So, enjoy!