Navigator Weekender: The 13 Best Things To Do This Weekend Including Holiday Lights Trolley, Winterfest , And The Blue Jackets Game

Welcome, December!

This weekend, Columbus is a little Christmas crazy to kick off the month of December. Whether you’re in the spirit or not, here some of the best things happening around Columbus to fill your well-deserved weekend!


High of 46. Sunny all day!

2017 Columbus Winterfair

What:Jump straight into December with this annual holiday market featuring over 400 artists selling a variety of crafts and gifts for the holiday season. Check out handmade jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and more.
When:December 1-3. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Where:The Ohio Expo Center

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks

What: After a great win Tuesday night against he Hurricanes, watch the Jackets take on the Ducks!
When: December 1. 7 p.m.
Where: Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley

What: The first BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley of the year is this Friday! Grab a drink and your best buds for a tour through some of the best light shows in Dublin, Upper Arlington and Downtown Columbus.
When: December 1. 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Starts at the Short North Pint House, 780 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Holiday Carriage Rides

What: Ride in a horse drawn carriage through the beautiful lights of Easton Town Center. Tickets are only $10 per person.
When: December 1. 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: Easton Town Center


High of 52. Partly cloudy.


What: The annual WinterFest is a fun day on the Scioto Mile with local music, beer, and food trucks! What could be better?
When: December 1. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Bicentennial Park Scioto Mile

Bexley Holiday Hop

What: The Bexley area Chamber of Commerce is putting on their annual Bexley Holiday Hop full of food, drinks, shopping, and live entertainment!
When: December 2. 12 -4 p.m.
Where: Various locations throughout Bexley

Lazarus Santa’s Workshop

What: Bringing back the tradition, the Lazarus Building is hosting a free event for kids to take photos with Santa and tell him their biggest Christmas wishes!
When: December 2. 2- 5 p.m.
Where: Lazarus Building, 50 W Town St Columbus, Ohio 43215

Christmas In the Village 2017

What: Christmas in the Village in Canal Winchester features a tree lighting, visits with Santa, crafts and so much more! It’s a great event for the whole family to enjoy.
When: December 2. 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: City of Canal Winchester

Holiday Pops Columbus Symphony

What: This annual show features the Columbus Symphony orchestra playing your favorite holiday tunes!
When: December 2. 3 p.m
Where: Columbus Symphony, 55 E State St, Columbus, Ohio 43215


High of 53. Sunny.

Christmas At Rock Mill

What: Tour the mill over the beautiful Hocking River Falls and enjoy a few sweet treats while shopping through some local crafts and gifts.
When: December 3. 12 – 4 p.m.
Where: Rock Mill Park, 1429 Rockmill Pl NW Lancaster, OH 43130

Buckeye Reptile Expo

What: Explore the Reptile Expo to discover various reptiles from all around the world. The event is perfect for animal lovers of all ages!
When: December 3. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: 3253 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207

Hocking Valley Santa Train

What: Ride through the scenic hocking valley while listening to the best Christmas tunes and meeting with Santa and the elves! Tickets are $17 for adults and $13 for children!
When: December 3. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, 33 W Canal St, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764


What: The Columbus Zoo Wildlights are back and in full swing and it’s time to go check them out! The weather is perfect this weekend for a stroll through the zoo and cup of toasty hot chocolate.
When: December 3. 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065

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