THE HOLIDAY SEASON is one of my favorite times of year, and Columbus lives up to this grand time of year with a smattering of winter-themed events to attend. While it is so easy to hibernate when the “weather outside is frightful,” fight that urge and make sure to venture out to some of my favorite culture-filled holiday events.
Ballet Met performs Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” December 12 through December 24. From dancing candy to sugar plum fairies, the ballet provides entertainment for young and old alike. Centering on a magic nutcracker that comes to life, this
Christmas-inspired story perfectly transports the audience into a whimsical winter wonderland. “The Nutcracker” has become such a staple at the Ohio Theater that every year State St., just south of the Statehouse, is transformed into “Nutcracker Way.” Growing up in Columbus, the ballet at Christmastime was one of my favorite traditions. Whether you have seen it one or 1,000 times, make sure “The Nutcracker” becomes part of your winter tradition.
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Holiday Cultural events:
Ballet Met’s The Nutcracker
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Ohio Historical Society’s Dickens of a Christmas
First Night Columbus - New Year’s Celebration
Dickens of a Christmas is a yearly event held at the Ohio Historical Society Village. This faux-Victorian village comes complete with actors portraying traditional 19th-century characters. This complete town, located right off interstate 71 just north of downtown, will transport you back in time with crafts, caroling, food, and a beautiful glimpse into the ghosts of Christmas past. Running December 13, 14, 20, 21, and 22, this traditional town will warm your heart and put you into the perfect holiday spirit!
New Year’s Eve in Columbus is one of downtown’s biggest parties. Taking place on December 31, First Night Columbus, starting at 5 p.m. and climaxing with a fireworks display at midnight, this downtown extravaganza is full of live music on several stages. Head downtown, enjoy the sounds of some local groups, enjoy some street art, eat vendor food, and see a fireworks display in this substance-free, family-orientated event. While this event winds down after midnight, your night doesn’t have to as the Short North is just a short walk up High Street.
Be sure to fight the winter blues and resist the urge to hibernate this winter. Columbus is a hotbed of culture and holiday fun sure to keep you warm and fulfilled during this exciting time of year.