Let there be light: Holiday activities to enjoy outside

With thanksgiving around the corner, it’s  nearly time to shove your mind, body, and spirit into holiday overdrive. That’s right, that means sharing cramped corners with people you only see a few times a year, eating your weight in food, and of course, lights. Here’s a smorgasbord of options to take in lights strung on inanimate objects in the coming months:


When: November 17- January 1, 2018  

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Rated one of the 10 most spectacular light shows across America by MSN, the zoo truly transforms for all ages.

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Gardens Aglow

When: November 18- January 3, 2018

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The flowers get some shine, as well as the multiple gingerbread homes on display.

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Festival of Lights

When: November 23- January 2, 2018

Where: Columbus Commons

More than 300,000 LED lights dazzle in the park, shining as bright as your 2018 resolutions.

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Chinese Lantern Festival

When: January 18- January 7

Where: Expo Center

A wonderful world of Chinese dance, culture, and mesmerizing lantern displays.

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Holiday Hop

When: December 2

Where: Short North

Celebrate good times with sights, sounds, food and shopping (oh my!).


When: December 3, from 12-4p.m.

Where: Clintonville

The neighborhood-wide holiday shopping event features carolers and cookies with the Jolley Trolley rides, as your own personal limo.

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Village Lights

When: December 3

Where: German Village

On this day shops and restaurants stay open late serving up holiday goodies as while participants stroll around German Village.

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