Local Love...December in Columbus

With snow on the ground and Black Friday shopping under our belts, the holiday spirit is well under way in Columbus! There are some things that are always on the to-do list this time of year, like seeing the Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo or the Christmas tree at Easton, and some new outings that are non-holiday related, too. Here are some events topping my list this December...


Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival

Start the 2013 holiday season right with the annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at the Ohio Statehouse with a night of holiday activities for the whole family. Carolers, refreshments, various craft tables, community mascots and other historical figures, including Santa himself.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 5:30-7:30 pm, Admission: Free!

Broad and High streets, Downtown Columbus

More info here.

 James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

Indulge in a spectacular multi-course culinary extravaganza at the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour's first-time stop in Ohio. Hosted by Chef Bill Glover and the Gallerie Bar & Bistro at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, the event will feature the best culinary talent from Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, even giving guests an opportunity to meet the chefs!

Thursday, December 5th, 7 pm, Cost: $160 per person all-inclusive

Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 North High Street

 More info here.

Short North Arts District Holiday Hop

Take in Columbus' favorite night of the month to celebrate art with over 40 galleries and venues highlighting Ohio up-and-coming artists. Street vendors, musicians, food, and fun make it the epicenter of the High Street Experience.

Saturday, December 7th, 4-10 pm, Admission: Free!

North High Street from Goodale Boulevard to Fifth Avenue

More info here.


North Market Holiday Marketfare

Over 25 local artisans will be showcasing unique jewelry, accessories, and more at North Market's annual Holiday Craft Extravaganza! Cooking demonstrations, food and drink tastings, musical performances, and free gifts are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Saturday, December 7th, 8 am-7 pm, and Sunday, December 8th, noon-5 pm, Admission: Free!

59 Spruce Street, Downtown Columbus

More info here.

Design Your Own Glass Ornament

With the help of Franklin Park Conservatory's professional glass blowers, you can design and create your very own Chihuly-inspired ornament just in time for the holidays!

Tuesday, December 17th or Wednesday, December 18th, 6-9 pm, Admission: $54 for members, $60 for non-members

1777 East Broad Street, Franklin Park Conservatory

More info here.

Flashdance: The Musical

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon, Broadway Across America is bringing Flashdance live to the Palace Theatre. See the hit songs from the movie, including Academy Award-winning "Flashdance- What a Feeling," plus 16 original songs created for the show.

Tuesday, December 17th- Sunday, December 22nd, times and prices vary

34 West Broad Street, Palace Theatre

More info here.


BalletMet: The Nutcracker

Take your loved ones to an enchanting performance of Gerard Charles' holiday classic as Columbus' BalletMet brings to life the magical world of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the land of the Sugarplum Fair.

Thursday, December 12th- Tuesday, December 24th, times vary, Admission: $25-$80

39 East State Street, Ohio Theatre

More info here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Celebrating 15 years on tour, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will give an encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera, "The Lost Christmas Eve." Proceeds will go towards the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and the Columbus Zoo's conservation efforts.

Thursday, December 26th, 3 pm and 8 pm, Admission: $31.50-$71.50

200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Nationwide Arena

More info here.

 Shadowbox Live New Year's Eve Celebration

Ring in 2014 in style with a dinner banquet, concert, and dance party courtesy of the Shadowbox Live house band, BillWho?, including party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Tuesday, December 31st, 9 pm, Admission: $100, 2 for $180

503 South Front Street, Downtown Columbus

More info here.

So take your pick! There's plenty going on in Columbus this month! For even more ideas, check out ExperienceColumbus.com. And as far as the blog goes, well there will be a lot going on around here this month, too! The regularly scheduled programming will be put on hold for a while to make room for The 12 Days of Holiday Shopping! Starting tomorrow, I'm bringing you a different gift guide each day to cover every person on your list! I can't wait!

What are you most looking forward to this month?