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Holiday Events at Easton

If you're looking for things to do in Columbus during the most wonderful time of the year, we have plenty of family-friendly activities coming up for you to enjoy. From our Holiday Lighting Ceremony and fun activities with Santa to carriage rides and more, November and December are looking very merry and bright.  

Holiday Lighting Ceremony and "Whobilation" | November 16

Help us celebrate the commencement of the season at our 2018 Holiday Lighting Ceremony. This year's ceremony will be extra special, as we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary with a "Whobilation" theme that includes a reading of Dr. Suess' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Easton's Barnes & Noble store! Join us on November 16 at 6:30 PM for entertainment that will involve, engage and surprise, and watch your child's eyes sparkle when Santa arrives with a special guest to illuminate our 56-foot Christmas tree. End your evening by taking photos with Santa and enjoy some extra surprises along the way. Don't forget to text “easton” to 313131 to receive offers from our retailers for that evening right to your phone!

The Christmas Tree Show | November 16-The Holiday Season

Experience a one-of-a-kind light display that will have your whole family "ooh-ing" and "ahh-ing." Starting at dusk, stop by the tree at the top and bottom of every hour to enjoy custom light shows on our 56-foot Christmas tree. To truly understand the magic of the Christmas Tree show, you have to see it to believe it!

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides | November 16-December 23 (Friday - Sunday)

Experience the holiday beauty of Easton’s North District in the most magical way! Horse-drawn carriage rides will dash through the streets every weekend during the holiday season, starting after the Holiday Lighting Ceremony on November 16th and ending on December 23rd (weather permitting). Rides are $10 per person, but children under 15 ride free with a paying adult. The pick up location is right outside of Zara on Gramercy Street.

Photos with Santa | November 16-December 24

Santa Claus is coming to town and stopping at Easton to take holiday photos with your family! You can make sure you don’t miss out on this special opportunity! Both reservations and walk-up appointments are available - however, reservations are strongly encouraged. Photos will be taken on level 2 of the Easton Station Building, and will begin after the Holiday Lighting Ceremony on November 16th. Click here to see Santa's Photo Hours and for more information.

Letters to Santa Mailbox | November 16-December 24

Located on Level 2 near Santa Photos, children can write letters to Santa while they wait to get their picture taken with him. Stationary will be provided, but children can also to bring their own letters from home.

Holiday Entertainers | November 16-December 24

Enjoy a full holiday experience with live entertainment playing as you shop. Professional music groups – including a brass quartet, carolers and an a cappella group – will be bringing your favorite holiday tunes to life for both you and the kids to sing along to this holiday season.

Small Business Saturday Maker Market | November 24

Celebrate the small businesses that make your community special at the Small Business Saturday Maker Market! We will be taking part in Small Business Saturday with Columbus Idea Foundry with a Maker Market. Join us for a day of shopping that supports local makers at this pop-up market that will feature handcrafted goods, gifts, art and more.

Toy Drive with 10 TV | December 7

It’s time to load up the car and embrace the season of giving! Show the kids what Christmas spirit is all about with the 10 TV Toy Drive! Bring toys to donate to the 10 TV station (770 Twin Rivers Dr, Columbus, OH 43215), and you could be greeted with a special gift from our team.

Complimentary Holiday Photos | December 8 & 15

Get the whole family into the holiday spirit with complimentary holiday photos! Join us at the Central Park Fountain on December 8 & December 15 from 5-8 PM for the perfect holiday photo-op!

Chanukah Celebration | December 8

A special menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration awaits! Join Easton and Chabad of Columbus on December 8 at 7:30 PM for a fun holiday celebration that will include sufganiot, dreidels, music, dancing and refreshments!

Run Santa Run 5K | December 9

Time to work off all the milk and cookies from last year to make room for more this year with the Run Santa Run 5K! Join other runners and walkers to fill the streets of Easton with hundreds of Santas that help raise money for Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio! Warm up after the race with some delicious hot chocolate and cookies and take home perks like a super soft Santa race shirt, a Santa hat and a medal. Learn more and register here.

Giving is Always in Fashion | December 15

One holiday tradition that never gets old is giving back. Join Easton and The Salvation Army for our annual Giving is Always in Fashion event—an afternoon of fundraising and entertainment. Keep an eye out for red kettles that will be placed throughout Easton, enjoy music from roaming musicians and have fun interacting with our celebrity bell ringers!

What are your favorite things to do in Columbus during the holiday season? Share your Easton holiday traditions with us in the comments below!


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