2018 City Festivals and Tree Lighting Ceremonies

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It’s my favorite time of year!!!! I feel like Will Ferrell from Elf!!! I’m lucky that my kids get just as excited as I do. Tree lighting and city festivals are some of my favorite events to go to because the energy is lively, the trees are beautiful, and my kids love it. I’ve put together a list of local festivals worth going to during the holiday season. Hopefully I will see you at one or two! :)

“I planned out our whole day: First, we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.”

Ohio Statehouse Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm you can enjoy a holiday festival at the Ohio Statehouse complete with their annual tree lighting as well as carolers, model trains, refreshments, and much more.  We love this event, it has turned into a family tradition for us. Hope to see you there!

Easton Tree Lighting 

On November 16th at 6:30 join Easton Town Center and Santa as they kick off the holiday season.  Of course, there will always be special surprises and you can even receive special offers that evening. This event is very popular - so be sure to plan for traffic.

Hilliard Holiday Hop & Tree Lighting  

December 2nd from 4-6:30 you can enjoy some extra holiday cheer at Hilliard’s Station Park.  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, hot chocolate, live reindeer, letters to Santa, ice sculpting, horse and carriage rides, and so much more.  

 Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

November 18th from 3:30-6:30.  Enjoy exhibits, food, lights, and more as they count down to the annual lighting of the Gahanna community tree.  

Holidays in Powell  

Saturday, December 1st from 2-5:30 head to downtown Powell as it turns into the North Pole for the day. The day is filled with so much fun including story times, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse drawn carriages and more.  The evening will end when Santa, Mrs. Claus, illuminate the city’s Christmas tree at 6pm.

Westerville Tree Lighting 

November 30, from 7pm-7:30pm. Live holiday music, a candle lighting ceremony and more. Music performed by Milestone Lane Preschoolers and the Westerville Community Band.

 Upper Arlington Winter Festival and Tree Lighting

December 1 from 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm. Fun activities all night including, live reindeer, ice sculpting demonstrations, visits with Santa, bonfire with s’mores and so much more. Located at Mallway Park.  

As more get scheduled I will add them to the list and I will also share on Facebook and Instagram so make sure you’re following 614 Mom on both platforms. Use #614mom to share your photos with me!

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