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Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Broad and High streets, Columbus
From the website:Step back in time with a guided tour of the 1861 Statehouse and see holiday decorations as they were in Victorian times. Visiting relatives and friends will enjoy a trip to the People's House during their holiday visit in Columbus. Walk-in tours of the Statehouse meet in the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance.
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Olde Hilliard ChristmasDecember 7, 2013
Saturday 5-9 p.m.
Historical Village at Weaver Park
4100 Columbia St.
From the website: Tour the Historic Village at Weaver Park adorned in lights and period decorations including one room school, caboose, election wagon, train station, chapel, granary, covered bridge, barn and new exhibits in the museum. Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities, and more!
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December 4, 2013
Wed., 6-9 p.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St.
From the Website: Decorate cookies at Mrs. Claus' Kitchen on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, warm up by the fire and enjoy hot beverages ($1). Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance. At 7 p.m., The Worthington Chorus performs selections from their holiday program in the Grand Atrium.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Sweet Honey in the Rock: CELEBRATING THE HOLY DAYSDecember 5, 2013
Thursday 8 p.m.
77 S. High St.
From the website: Internationally renowned acapella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates music from many faiths around the globe with this one-of-a-kind seasonal concert. This program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa with traditional holiday standards such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "This Little Light of Mine" blended with new holiday favorites.
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Columbus Gay Men's Chorus: Joy! Home with the Family
December 6-7, 2013
Friday 8-10 p.m. Saturday 2-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.
King Avenue UMC
299 King Ave.
From the website: The Holidays are a great time for family and friends to get together. Join CGMC as we remember the sights, sounds, and songs that make the holidays such a special time of year with songs ranging from classical favorites to songs from children we all remember and can still sing by heart.
08 of 20December 7-8, 2013
Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.
59 Spruce St.
From the site: There's no place like the North Market to get you into the holiday spirit. From the friendly salutations of the merchants to the array of delectable cuisine, the bustle of market commerce on a winter weekend is sure to warm your heart and have you humming holiday tunes! Join us for the most splendid of seasonal weekends at the North Market for the Holiday Open House & Craft Extravaganza!Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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December 6-8, 2013
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $7. Children 12 and under free.
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave.
From the website: A holiday artists' market where fairgoers will find unique and beautiful handcrafted articles for the home, office or gift giving. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts, including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metal, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more.
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December 19, 2013
Location: Ohio History Center/Ohio Village
Hours: Thursday 7-9:30 p.m.
800 E. 17th Ave.
From the website: Tonight's honoree is a grumpy old curmudgeon known for his miserly ways. While partaking in a festive meal, join your host, Jacob Marley, as he introduces people from the good, the bad and the ugly of Ebenezer Scrooge's life.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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December 7-21, 2013
Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Historic Roscoe Village
600 N. Whitewoman St.
From the website: Historic Roscoe Village cheers on the holiday season with its Christmas Candlelighting. Share in the evening's tradition of lighting the Christmas tree and your own candle as everyone softly sings "Silent Night". During the day, guests can enjoy art with Santa, strolling carolers, horse drawn surrey rides, complimentary hot-mulled cider and cookies, and many other holiday festivities. "A Roscoe Christmas" tour offers a glimpse into the 1800s holiday season. Beginning at 11 a.m. there will be Art with Santa, strolling carolers, Christmas crafts at the Visitor Center, and free hot mulled cider and cookies for everyone! The Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony will take place at the main stage at 6 p.m.
14 of 20December 5-19, 2012
Wednesday 6-8 p.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43203
From the Site:Enjoy an exceptional candlelit dinner in the warm and exotic surroundings of the John F. Wolfe Palm House decorated for the holidays. A perfect evening out for couples or small groups, these more formal dinners feature a delicious menu made in house by Conservatory Catering.
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New Albany Symphony: Holiday Spectacular
December 22, 2013
Sunday 3-5 p.m.
Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts
100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.
New Albany, 43054
From the website: Celebrate the holidays at home in New Albany featuring the heartwarming songs and traditions that make this the Most Wonderful Time of the Year including our fabulous Gift Box Fundraiser!
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Columbus Children's Theatre: Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells
November 21 - December 22, 2013
Thursday-Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday 1-2:30 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.
Columbus Children's Theatre
512 Park St.
From the website: It's holiday time in Room One and that means drama! Tattletale May keeps picking on Junie B. Jones, and things get even worse when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa. She hatches a plan to give May a lump of coal, while getting an awesome Squeeze-A-Burp for herself. Will Junie B. have a last-minute change of heart and show her true holiday spirit? Just like its heroine, the show has laughs, verve and energy to spare!Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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December 31, 2012
5 p.m. - midnight
From the Site: First Night Columbus, Central Ohio's award-winning New Year's Eve celebration is a community-oriented, family-friendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children's festival.
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Shadowbox Live: Holiday Hoopla
November 21 - December 28, 2013
Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. No shows Nov. 26-28 & Dec. 25
Admission: Adults $30. Seniors, students and military $20.
503 S. Front St.
From the website: Now in its 22nd iteration, Holiday Hoopla XXII has become a central Ohio Christmas tradition. Full of sketch comedy that pokes fun at our desire to make the holidays perfect, rockin' seasonal tunes from house band BillWho?, and the hilarious musical send-up The Santa Babies, Hoopla never disappoints.
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Ballet Met Nutcracker
Performance Dates and Times at the Ohio Theater
Friday, 12/7, 7:30pm
Dec. 12-15: Thursday-Friday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 18-22: Wednesday-Friday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 23-24: Monday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday noon.
It's the Nutcracker! How can you miss the Nutcracker? No other words needed.
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Holiday time in Columbus Ohio is a busy time indeed. The city becomes lit from within with goodwill, good food and a few million Christmas lights! Every resident has their favorite yearly events the following list are a few that either draw a loyal following each year or look to be a break-out event this year. The events are listed in no particular order.