Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio in December

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    Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    • Each year, from mid-November until January 1, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights. Trees, bushes, and buildings are covered. As they say on their website, they deck out "everything but the animals." In addition to the lights, you can enjoy music and entertainment at Holiday Encounters Village, get your photos taken with Santa, and decorate a cookie in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen. The zoo is just a short drive north of Columbus in nearby Powell.

      Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
      4850 West Powell Road
      Powell, OH 43065

    Ohio Village

    • Step back in time in Ohio Village and participate in Christmas activities during their annual Victorian Christmas celebration. The village will resemble a Charles Dickens town, such as would be described in one of his novels. Actors, dressed in period costume, portray characters from Dickens' stories and give live cooking demonstrations, candlelight readings and street caroling.

      Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village
      1982 Velma Ave.
      Columbus, OH 43211

    Holiday Pops

    • Every December, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents the Holiday Pops concert. The "Pops Series," as it is called, is a series of family-oriented concerts designed to engage children's attention. The Holiday Pops concert is the holiday version of the series, with special holiday music for the little ones. The concerts take place at the Ohio Theatre on Capitol Square in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

      The Columbus Symphony Pop Series: Holiday Pops
      Ohio Theatre
      39 E. State St.
      Columbus, OH 43215

    Holidays at the Conservatory

    • Holidays are a special time at the Franklin Park Conservatory. In addition to the regular plants and exhibits, the conservatory is decorated with plants appropriate for the holiday season, including a 15-foot "poinsettia tree," a display of poinsettias in a pyramid style resembling a Christmas tree; a display of gingerbread houses; a model garden railroad; and fun activities and performances for everyone.

      Franklin Park Conservatory
      1777 E. Broad St.
      Columbus, OH 43203

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