2020 Holiday Guide for Northeast, North and East Columbus, Ohio

Local events, crafts, recipes and ideas for the holidays in Columbus, Ohio

By Robbi S. Publisher Mom, NE and NW Columbus Macaroni Kid March 6, 2021

The end of November until the beginning of January is a celebration time for many families. This year Thanksgiving is on November 26th, Chanukah begins December 10th, Christmas is December 25th, Kwanzaa begins Decmber 26th, New Year's Eve is December 31st and New Year's Day is January 1st. While the holidays may look different this year hopefully your family can continue some of the traditions of the past and special new memories can be created.

I’ve compiled a guide of holiday ideas, crafts, recipes and local holiday events around Northeast Columbus and beyond. This guide will be updated frequently so make sure to bookmark it. Just click on the hyperlink for event details. Many of these holiday events require pre-registration. 

If you have an event you would like us to know about please submit it here. For additional fun make sure to check out our daily event calendar and always be in the know by subscribing to our weekly newsletter. 

Please confirm the event with the venue before heading out with your family, NE Columbus Macaroni Kid is not responsible for event changes. 


Chanukah Crafts and Recipes

How to Play Dreidel

The Story of Chanukah

Edible Crafts for Chanukah

6 Ways to Give Back to During the Holidays

10 Holiday Non-Toy Gift Ideas

7 Ideas for Where to Hide Gifts This Holiday Season

How to Get Your Kids Excited About a Pre-Holiday Toy Clean Out

A Family Holiday Tradition: Christmas Countdown Books

18 Watch-at-Home Classic Christmas Movies

32 Creative and Crazy Ideas for Your Christmas Elf!

Santa Holiday Card

Four Easy Holiday Cookies You and Your Kids Can Bake Today

Easy Light Up Holiday Picture to Make

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Snowman Ornaments

Festive Ornament Crafts to Make 

Macaroni Recipe: African Chicken Stew



🎄2020 Gingerbread Competition- DROP OFF: November 28 – 29, 2020, 10am–9pm On Display: December 1 – 31, 2020 Notification of 1ST, 2ND, & 3RD: Dec. 4, 2020

🎅Visit Santa at Cabelas (Registration Required)-Registration begins on 11/2/2020 and you will sign up for a time between November 7 – December 24

🎄Light Up Camp-November 27 through December 27

🎄GRAHAM CRACKER GINGERBREAD HOUSE (pre-order before 11/20)

🎅🏾Visit Santa at Polaris- November 27, 28, 29 and December 2-24

🎄State Auto's Christmas Corner -Tentatively scheduled to begin  November 27 thru January 4

🎄Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium-Reservations Required, November 20-January 3

🎄CRT, Realtors® North Pole Trading Company GRINCHVILLE!-Open nightly through December 23

🎄Conservatory Aglow-Advance reservation required, November 17, 2020 - December 17, 2020

🎄Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights-November 20-January 3

🎄Free Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons-Now through January 3


🎄 Elf Ornament Free Kids Take Home Kit at Home Depot

🎅🏼Socially Distant Santa Visit at Oakland Nursery (Columbus Garden Center)- Saturdays & Sundays from 12 noon – 3:30 pm starting Saturday, November 28 – December 13

🎅🏼Socially Distant Santa Visit, Oakland Nursery New Albany-Saturdays & Sundays from 12 noon – 3:30 pm starting Saturday, November 28 – December 13

🎄Lights of Glenross-Daily through January 3rd

🎄Griswold Delaware-Daily through January 2nd


🎄Christmas Countdown Craft


🎄Browse Holiday Window Displays in Worthington- Repeats daily

🎄Letters To Santa at Ohio Railway Museum-December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th, from 12 to 4 PM

🎄 Santa's Treat Tray Free Kids Take Home Kit from Home Depot

🎄A Nutcracker Holiday (Online)-December 5-27

🎄The Capital University Christmas Festival-Online also on Saturday, December 6


🎅🏼Santa is Coming to The Five! (Registration required)

🎅🏼Santa Stop (Pre-registration Required)

🎄KIDX: Dasher's Drive Thru


🎄Rudolph 5K Virtual Run/Walk


Kwanzaa Webpage Launch

Kwanzaa Online Family Fest 2020

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