Columbus December 09, 2017
You Must Visit These 8 Awesome Places Around Columbus This Winter
The holidays are a beautiful time in so many ways; it’s the time when we connect with our family members, both near and far, the time when we reflect on the past year, give thanks, and give back. It is a magical season filled with the beauty of love and the splendor of holiday lights. To get the most out of this holiday season, embark on a journey through these wonderful holiday activities around Columbus.
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1. Take in the beautiful Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo.
Perhaps the best known holiday lights show in the city, Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo is a definite must-see. The vast magical grounds of the zoo light up with thousands and thousands of lights. Shimmering lights reflect in ponds and light up the night sky. You'll see Christmas arrangements as well as animal themed displays. You can also enjoy a ride on the Polar Bear Express. For more information about Wildlights, check out our recent feature article
2. Set out on the Holiday Lights Trail in Columbus.
In addition to the Wildlights, Columbus has lots of other gorgeous and unforgettable displays. From lights on Alum Creek and Creekside in Gahanna to the Scioto Mile Illumination, Columbus lights up during the holidays. Bring all the magic and cheer of the season to your family on this incredible
holiday road trip
through the city.
3. Take a ride on The Polar Express.
Take the little members of your family on a winter train ride that they will never forget. The Polar Express is a beautiful journey where elves will read the famous story to kids out loud, serve hot chocolate, and sing jingles. Halfway through the ride, Santa will come aboard with presents and lots of love for all passengers. For more details, check out our recent feature
4. Dine with your loved ones in Columbus's first rooftop restaurant.
The holidays don't have to be all about the little ones! Treat yourself to a magical experience as well. Juniper not only just opened, but it is already the talk of town. It is the first Columbus restaurant with a rooftop dining experience. The views are absolutely stunning, and they go right along with great cocktails and food. This is also a great place for a private or semi-private holiday party. For more info about this unique restaurant click
5. Join the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Walk for a beautiful snowy experience.
Are you ready to walk through six miles of frozen caves, snowy trails, and huge icicles? The annual winter walk at Hocking Hills is an incredibly popular winter activity for people from all over Columbus and Ohio. This is an organized hike that will take you through the most beautiful parts of this breathtaking state park. Check out our article about this
incredible winter walk
6. Visit the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival.
This unique annual festival features enormous traditional lanterns made by artisans from China. You will see lanterns of dragons and dinosaurs, as well as floral and Christmas arrangements. The beautiful displays are accompanied by authentic performances, music, and Chinese fare food. You won't regret visiting
7. Experience historic charm at the Leveque Tower.
Another beautiful place to celebrate the holiday season is the newly renovated Leveque Tower. This building has been a symbol of Columbus throughout history, and it is finally accessible to the public. The Keep, the bar and restaurants within the tower, is a charming magical place. Enjoy their excellent libations and food as you take the time to reconnect with loved ones.
8. Marvel at the winter lights and shows throughout Ohio.
If you just can't get enough of the holiday spirit, set out on an epic
Christmas Lights Road Trip
through Ohio. Make the month of December bright and memorable!
What are your favorite places to visit around the holidays in Columbus? We’d love to know! Share your thoughts in the comments below.