Columbus is home to an abundance of opportunities to experience the magic of the holidays for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing or a way to entertain holiday visitors, these seven Columbus activities are the perfect way to ring in the holiday season.
Time to Trot
There is no better way to get ahead of those Thanksgiving dinner calories than a local turkey trot – and there is no better place to find fun & engaging races than in Columbus and its neighboring communities. Here are just three to name a few.
Recognized by Runner’s World Magazine as one of the nation’s “Best Hometown Favorite” holiday runs, the annual Columbus Turkey Trot is the perfect Thanksgiving morning activity for the entire family with a number of events for all age ranges, including a 5-Miler, 2.6-Miler, Tot Trot, and even virtual options.
In addition, all proceeds from the Columbus Turkey Trot event go towards Easterseals and their Early Intervention program which provides hands-on, comprehensive support to help children reach their full potential–regardless of challenges, needs, or disabilities.
The Flying Feather Four Miler in Dublin, OH is another fun run for the entire family that includes a fantastic race package, all while providing a great opportunity to support 2nd & 7 Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free books and positive role models to kids in need.
Not to mention, each race participant receives a premium hoodie, finisher’s medal, race bib, and (for those over 21) a bottle of famous Flying Feather wine for the Thanksgiving Table! Sign up the family today!
Offering a super soft finishers shirt, craft beer to take home (21 and over only), and finish line food from local sponsors, this Powell 4 Miler will leave you both wobbling and gobbling. The only downside to this race is if you aren’t careful, you might just let all your craft beer and finish line snacks spoil your appetite for dinner!
Christmas in Columbus
Christmas time in Columbus is one of the most enchanting times of year to embrace the warm holiday feelings. With so many hands-on activities and spectator events, find your favorite way to experience the holidays.
This year, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens celebrates its 26th annual gingerbread baking competition. Themed “Vintage Throwback,” contestants are challenged to create a gingerbread house from their favorite era for a chance to win Best of Show and take home the grand prize of $500. Whether you plan to compete yourself or prefer to watch and snack, this event is definitely a must-do!
5. Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak at the Columbus Museum of Art
With over 150 sketches, storyboards, and paintings by Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There, on display at the Columbus Museum of Art, a trip to see Wild Things Are Happening provides the perfect opportunity to foster that seasonal nostalgia for friends & family visiting Columbus for the holidays.
On display from November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023, Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers the ultimate light show experience for all ages. Featuring millions of LED lights, animated musical light shows, Santa, reindeer, and other holiday festivities, the Wildlights is one of Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday traditions!
The Nutcracker is a must-see performance with the whole family. Experience the full-length performance at the Ohio Theatre this December and engage further with the show with coloring pages, crafts, and recipes offered on The Nutcracker’s website. Get your tickets today.
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