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This Week in Downtown Columbus: Nov 25-Dec 1

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What To Do This Week

holiday lights at columbus commons this week in downtown columbus

It’s the holiday season, so whoop de do, we have some fun things for you to do – all this week in Downtown Columbus.


Columbus Commons & Scioto Mile Holiday Lights

Mon-Sun, Nov 25-Dec 1 | Dusk
Columbus Commons, 160 S High St
Scioto Mile, 233 S Civic Center Drive

Keep calm and twinkle on with Downtown’s dazzling light spectacular. Start at Columbus Commons, where you’ll revel in a 400,000-LED-light display presented by AEP Foundation. Bonus cheer: Friday features free hot chocolate, carousel rides, and roaming musicians. Continue your holiday hoopla on the Scioto Mile from Bicentennial Park all the way up to Broad Street. This stunning riverfront display of 250,000 lights is courtesy of CDDC.


Idea Foundry Open Tour

Monday, November 25 | 6:00 pm
Idea Foundry, 421 W State St

Empower your inner maker with this free tour of a 60,000 square-foot innovation workshop. Housed in a renovated 100-year-old shoe factory, you’ll see where artists, entrepreneurs, and techies make ideas come alive.


Thurber House Evenings with Authors: Deirdre Bair

Tuesday, November 26 | 7:30 pm
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St

With punch and cookies in hand, listen in as National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair chats about the intimate work of writing biographies, dishes about her difficult subjects, answers audience questions, and signs her latest book, Parisian Lives, this week in Downtown Columbus.


Eric Hutchinson

Wednesday, November 27 | 7:00 pm
The Basement, 391 Neil Ave

Music lovers rejoice! This platinum-selling artist who has performed with the likes of Jason Mraz is bringing harmonies, musicianship, and expressive songs in a high-energy show that’ll amuse, entertain, and have you singing along.


BYOB Holiday Lights Tour

Thursday, November 28 | 6:00 pm
Land Grant Brewing Company, 425 W Town St

Pack your libations and put on your parka for a whirlwind holiday lights and landmarks tour aboard a vintage trolley, courtesy of Short North Trolley Co. The party starts and stops at Land Grant Brewing Company.


Columbus Blue Jackets v. Pittsburgh Penguins

Friday, November 29 | 7:00 pm
Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd

Puck drops, shots on goal, and a national-league rivalry. These are the makings of an exciting night. And with the CBJ’s earlier losing streak and the Penguins lengthy injured-veteran-players list this game could end in a wild shootout.


Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K/10K

Saturday, November 30 | 8:45 am
Genoa Park, 333 W Broad St

Just when you’re tired of turkey leftovers, here comes another way to enjoy our national bird. Whether you dress like a turkey, walk like one, or run off your T-Day overindulgences, it’s all done in fun. Includes a kids’ dash starting at 8:30 and Buckeye Donuts at the finish line. Only this week in Downtown Columbus.


Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

Fri-Sun, Nov 29-Dec 1 | Hours Vary
Ohio Theater, 39 E State St

Make this 40-year tradition yours as you delight in the Yuletide season with one of the most influential holiday shows of all time. Adding to the thrill is organist Clark Wilson’s pre-performance and intermission interludes of holiday hits played on the “Mighty Morton” theatre organ.


Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith 

Sunday, Dec 1 | 7:00 pm
Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd

Join the holiday reunion of beloved, multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Featuring favorites from each of their extensive Christmas repertoires, this duo’s cheery holiday performance is sure to put just about anyone in the holiday spirit.