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20 Years of Easton Holiday Traditions

Everywhere you go at Easton, you’ll find that holiday magic awaits you. From our annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony to carriage rides, carolers and dazzling light shows that are one-of-a-kind, we enjoy

spreading holiday cheer to those who travel from far and near.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re reflecting on all the wonderful holiday memories that have been made at Easton throughout the years. It all began with our very first Holiday Lighting Ceremony in 1999—a tradition we started to share the wonder and joy of the season with our friends and neighbors in Columbus. Each year since then, we’ve continued the tradition by transforming our center into a holiday spectacle for visitors to enjoy.

Looking back over the past 20 years, we’re amazed by how many people have chosen to include Easton within their own special holiday traditions. So today, we’re sharing how eight families enjoy celebrating the holidays at Easton in hopes of inspiring you to start your own. 

Leslie’s Family

Leslie’s family loves the festive touch all the lights at Easton add to the season and takes advantage of the scenic backdrop to capture beautiful holiday photos. They enjoy our Holiday Lighting Ceremony because it’s a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.

“We go to Brio the night of the tree lighting ceremony, get there early, enjoy dinner and then watch the fireworks,” Leslie said. “We love the choice of restaurants and it makes shopping special when you can “shop until you drop” and then relax and dine. It’s a special day!”

If you’re traveling from out of town, Leslie suggests staying at the Hilton and taking at least two full days to experience all there is to enjoy in the way of shopping and dining. “Don’t forget to head over to Easton Gateway,” she says. “There are lots of wonderful shops over there as well—and you can take the trolley!”

Courtney’s Family

Just like Leslie’s family, Courtney’s family loves the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. “The Christmas carols and horse-drawn carriage rides are our favorite,” she says. “The lights are truly a beautiful sight and perfect for photos, too.”

Lindsay’s Family

Lindsay’s family tradition includes seeing a movie at AMC Easton 30 on Christmas day. “Chinese food and a movie is a classic Jewish-American tradition,” she says. Her family also enjoys shopping under the twinkling lights.

Valerie’s Family

When Valerie’s kids were younger, they made a point to take carriage rides, see the tree and visit Santa. But now that her kids are older, they shop and get chocolate fondue.

Serena’s Family

What does Serena’s family enjoy most about celebrating the holidays at Easton? The energy from the shoppers having a good time. Serena also shared the Holiday Lighting Ceremony was a favorite family tradition when the kids were younger and suggested that parents with young children make time to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center and other center events while visiting Easton.

Casey’s Family

Casey’s family is looking forward to making some of their favorite holiday happenings at Easton an annual tradition, now that their one-year-old will soon be turning two. “We are excited to make the tree lighting and carriage rides something we do each year,” she said. Her tip for families is to plan for multiple days, since there’s so much to do. She also mentioned how much she enjoys all the lights and smells while doing her holiday shopping, telling us “Easton always smells so yummy!

Jessica’s Family

Jessica’s family has a hard time choosing what they love the most, as they love it all—the beautiful twinkling lights, festive décor, holiday carriage rides and photos with Santa. She suggests grabbing some hot chocolate to cozy up while enjoying the magic of Easton.

Angela’s Family

“Easton during Christmas reminds me of my daughter’s first tree lighting and how her eyes lit up when she saw Santa coming down the parade,” Angela told us. While the tree lighting is a family favorite, she’s hoping to add a carriage ride into the mix this year. She suggests planning not one, but two trips: one with the kids and another without.

When taking the little ones, visit Fenlon Square and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, stop for ice cream at Jeni’s and see a movie. When you’re not with the kids, go out to a nice dinner and walk around the fountain by Tiffany & Co. and Smith & Wollensky where all the lights are bright. “The later it gets at night, the fewer people there are, which makes the night even that much more romantic!”

What Easton holiday traditions does your family have? Let us know below!

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