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Nov 02, 2016 OHIOHEALTH
7 Family-Friendly Columbus Festivals in November and December

Don’t let the cooler temperatures keep you indoors this fall

Now that the kids are back in school and life is back to a regular routine, it’s the perfect time to choose adventurous weekend activities that create new memories for your family. If you are on the lookout for an event in the Columbus area that brings your family out and about, we’ve got you covered with this list of all the best late fall and early winter festivals near you.

November Fall Festivals

Columbus International Festival, Nov. 12-13

In its 61st year, this event features a “passport” activity for kids, and includes ethnic foods, music and attractions that celebrate diversity in Columbus. Free flu shots and health screenings are also available.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton, Nov. 18

The lighting of the 50-foot holiday tree is the center of this annual celebration. Santa will make an appearance for the children and be available for pictures.

Howliday Bazaar, Nov. 19

Your furry friends want to get in on the holiday spirit, too! Bring them to the Howliday Bazaar to get their photo taken with Santa and enjoy holiday treats, all while benefiting a worthy cause, the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

December Festivals

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, Dec. 1

Meet local government officials and Santa while enjoying holiday refreshments and attractions like model trains and carolers.

Upper Arlington Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 2

Horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, a tree lighting ceremony and hot chocolate by the bonfire are some of the activities at this annual community event.

Craftin’ Outlaws Holiday Show, Dec. 10

Support local artists, crafters and merchants at this one-of-a-kind crafts show in downtown Columbus.

First Night Columbus, Dec. 31

Bring the whole family to COSI for a family-friendly and substance-free event to celebrate New Year’s Eve. From face painters to movies to a high-wire unicycle, there’s something for everyone so that the whole family can ring in the new year in style.

Experiencing Columbus doesn’t have to be costly or stressful — most of these events are free or have low admission fees, so check the websites linked here for hours and other helpful information before you go.