(Cheap!) Local Holiday Events

Looking for some inexpensive ways to celebrate the season? Here are some local upcoming events that are $10 or less! And many are free :)


Now-December 18th: Fantasy of Lights. Alum Creek State Park. $10 on weeknights. This annual two-mile, drive through extravaganza features 125 light displays, including many with animation.


Now-Jan.4th: Holidays at the Conservatory. Adults $7.50. Continuing the tradition of the season, The Franklin Park Conservatory will showcase hundreds of colorful poinsettias of many varieties and the annual poinsettia tree will create holiday spirit. Lighted evergreens provided by the Ohio Christmas Tree Association will be on display both indoors and out. Candlelight Nights, held from 5-8 p.m. on Dec.10 and 17, featurethe conservatory aglow with hundreds of candles, and holiday entertainment in the grand atrium.


12/12 & 12/13: Village Singers Holiday Concert. $5. Join the German Village Singers, directed by John Carter, as they sing traditional and new arrangements that are guaranteed to make you hum all the way home. This year's program is entitled "Frankincense, Fruitcake, French Hens, and Fa-La-La's!"


12/13 & 12/20: Holiday Film Classic Series. $2. The Arena Grand is giving you an opportunity to see great holiday classic films while supporting Children's Hunger Alliance. 12/13: Deck the Halls, 12/20: The Polar Express. Both shows are at 10:00 am.


12/14: Live Reindeer. Come and see live reindeer on display at Easton Town Center. Free. 1-5 pm.


12/15: Merry TubaChristmas. Capital University. Free. Traditional Christmas music performed exclusively on Tubas-and many of them! Amazing--I've personally been. Performances at 5:30 & 7:30.


12/27:  Kujichagulia Kwanzaa Ball. The Kings Arts Complex. Free. Dress in authentic African attire and join the King Arts Complex and the City-wide Kwanzaa Committee for an elegant evening dance and tribute to author Nana Camille Yarbrough. This celebration of achievement will also include celebratory Karamu, music and dance. Vendors will display select artifacts, jewelry, texts, and accessories.


12/29: Christmas with the Critters. Ohio Wildlife Center invites you to a free event on Monday, December 29. Take a tour of the center's education animal exhibits and nature trails (weather permitting), and enjoy snacks, crafts, and encounters with live native animals.


12/31: First Night Columbus. $10. Central Ohio's New Year's Eve celebration! There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, magic, hands-on activities and a children's festival.