Holiday Activities in Columbus Ohio

It’s no secret that I love the holidays. From baking cookies to decorating to spending time with family, it’s my favorite time of the year. I wanted to share some of the fun activities going on around Columbus during the holiday season and also a few ideas for you and your family or friends.
  1. Buy a real Christmas tree & decorate!
  2. Listen to holiday music.
  3. Bake Christmas cookies.
  4. Shop & wrap presents.
  5. Roast chestnuts on an open fire.
  6. Make homemade eggnog.
  7. Hit the slopes! (in Ohio… Mad River Mountain or Snow Trails)
  8. Donate coats and toys to shelter.
  9. Send out Christmas cards.
  10. Go ice skating.
  11. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  12. Make a gingerbread house.
  13. Browse through the Bookloft for hours with a coffee in hand!
  14. Go sledding and drink hot chocolate.
  15. Write a letter to Santa.
  16. Host a Christmas cocktail party, cookie baking party or gift wrapping party.
  17. Curl up on the couch and watch holiday movies.
  • A Christmas Story
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Polar Express
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Home Alone & Home Alone 2
  • White Christmas
  • Santa Claus
  • The Holiday
  • Love Actually
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Elf
  • Four Christmases
  • Scrooged
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Family Man
  • Die Hard & Die Hard II (added for Dad)

What are your favorite movies, activities or events to do during this holiday season?

What To Do In Columbus Ohio

Whether you’re looking for something new to do with your beau, a fun activity for girl’s night or a weekend workshop with the kids, here are some fun must-do’s in the Columbus area for all ages.

  1. Igloo Letterpress – Learn how to letterpress. Create personalized stationary, book binding, print your own coasters and more.
  2. EcoFlora – Terrarium building, soap making, DIY flora design.
  3. The Candle Lab – Pour your own candle. Create a custom candle by blending your favorite scents together.
  4. Columbus Idea Foundry – Wood working, blacksmithing, welding and more.
  5. Franklin Park Conservatory Workshops – Food education, gardening programs and kitchen fundamentals.
  6. Complimentary Cooking Classes at Williams Sonoma (Easton)

  1. The Book Loft – When I was young, my dad would take me to The Book Loft and we would spend hours marveling through every room.
  2. Scuba Diving Classes -Youth and adult scuba diving classes.
  3. Vertical Adventures – This rock climbing adventure is fun for adults and children of all ages.
  4. Tecumseh Outdoor Drama – When I was a Brownie in Girl Scouts, this show blew my mind.
  5. Columbus Commons Activities – Columbus Commons has an array of activities in the Summer from free fitness classes to concerts.
  6. Ohio History Center – I went to the Ohio History Center for the first time last year for the exhibit “Controversy” and found it very interesting.
  7. COSIColumbus ZooZoombezi BayThe Wilds – Well-known Columbus favorites.
  8. Perkins Observatory – As a child, I loved visiting Perkins Observatory in the Fall for the night time astronomical observation through the large telescope.
  9. Zip Line Canopy Tours – I have yet to experience this but I imagine I’ll be cracking up as I’m zipping through trees like Tarzan.
  10. Scioto Audubon Dog Park – Not only is this a huge dog park with two separate play areas but there is also a climbing wall for people.
  11. Dog Park at Godown Park – This dog park is opening soon and sure to be a fun place for our pups to play.

  1. Columbus Museum of Art
  2. Riffe Gallery Exhibits
  3. Wex Center Exhibits and Films
  4. Short North Gallery Hop
  5. Cloak & Dagger Mystery Dinner Theater 
  6. Shadowbox Live
  7. Breakfast and a Flick at the Movie Tavern
  8. Gateway Film Series (from book to film)
  9. CAPA Movie Series
  10. Outdoor Movies all over Columbus

  1. Kalahari Indoor Water Park
  2. Strawberry Picking
  3. Shamrock Vineyard
  4. Valley Vineyards
  5. Hocking Hills
  6. Put-in-Bay or Kelley’s Island
  7. Amish Country
  8. Mohican State Park

This post came about because I was bored out of my gourd this weekend and had to conjure up some ideas of what I could do. I knew there had to be SOMETHING I haven’t done in this city so I spent about 3 hours researching all of the best things Columbus has to offer.

 What are your favorite Columbus (and beyond) activities?