Huntington Holiday Train

Downtown Columbus Free Hidden Gem Seasonal

Model train makes return visit to Columbus Main Library Central Ohioans need not travel far this holiday season to see a magical train exhibit built by a landscape magician who turns natural objects, such as nuts and shells, into fanciful displays. The Huntington Holiday Train chugged into the lobby of the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S….


Grand Illumination

Downtown Columbus Outdoor Play Seasonal

Columbus brightens holiday season with impressive light displays Even though the holiday shoppers are long gone, downtown Columbus is more festive than it’s been in years thanks to exciting bursts of light and color at the city’s impressive new parks. My family and I experienced the city’s holiday display firsthand after attending the kickoff event, called the “Grand Illumination,” on…


Creekside Park

Free Gahanna Outdoor Play Seasonal

Simple holiday lights display delights youngsters Often it’s the simple things that create the most excitement for youngsters. For my children it was a recent trip to see the holiday lights display at Creekside Park in Gahanna that got them in a merry mood. The outdoor display is situated alongside the Big Walnut Creek at 123 Mill St., 15 minutes…


Christmas Corner

Downtown Columbus Family Favorite Free Hidden Gem Seasonal

State Auto’s life-size Nativity scene  is awe-inspiring in its beauty, simplicity When I first moved to Columbus in the late ’80s, one of my top holiday joys was touring the Christmas displays in the downtown area. A favorite stop was the Nativity scene located at the State Auto Insurance Co., 518 E. Broad St. The life-size figures depicting the happenings…


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Wildlights

Animals Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Outdoor Play Seasonal

Wild animals plus millions of lights makes visit to zoo merry, bright The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is making the holiday season even brighter this year with its “green” Wildlights display, running now through early January. It’s one of the best ways for central Ohio families to spend a holiday evening if it’s not raining or too frigid outside. The…