There’s no doubt Downtown Columbus is always a magical place to be, but when you sprinkle in thousands of holiday lights – it’s a sight worth seeing. We've compiled a list of Downtown destinations to help you plan your safe and socially-distant holiday hoopla, but there are even more experiences to take in throughout Downtown from the State Auto Christmas Display to the Scioto River. While you’re out and about soaking up the holiday spirit, be sure to snap a photo and tag it with #DowntownColumbus and share the merriment with others. As always, let's #maskupcbus to keep each other safe.
Columbus Commons Holiday Lights Presented by AEP Foundation `
Enjoy the 10th year of festive lights at Columbus Commons from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, January 3, every day from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Come see more than 400,000 LED lights dazzle in the park, thanks to our wonderful partnership with the American Electric Power Foundation.
Enjoy the free, self-guided display with family and friends as a way to get in the holiday spirit this season. With six acres of space, we’ve got plenty of room to spread out and keep your distance from other visitors. After strolling through the park, enjoy the nightlife of Downtown with food and drinks at one of our neighborhood restaurants. Many downtown restaurants, including Nosh on High or BurgerIM, offer both dine-in and take-out options.
Please note that the safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority and therefore, no concessions or restrooms will be available, and the carousel will be closed.
The Scioto Mile
Beginning Nov. 25, The Scioto Mile will also be decked out for the holidays, thanks to a generous contribution from CDDC and The Scioto Mile Endowment, so be sure to walk over and take in the stunning view of the Scioto River sparkling with more than 250,000 lights. From Bicentennial Park in the south all the way up to Broad Street, our riverfront will be heralding the holiday season.
Ready to head Downtown, but not sure where to park when you arrive? Here are a few suggested locations in close proximity to Downtown Columbus’ premier holiday experiences.
Fun fact: Parking at either of the Columbus Commons garages supports free events in the park and makes programming like Holiday Lights possible. Park here and pay it forward to enjoy everything from local bands to family fun in the new year.
Columbus Commons Main Garage (55 E. Rich St.)
Parking is easy at the Columbus Commons Main Garage. Located at 55 East Rich Street, garage entrances can be found on Main and Rich Streets between High and Third Streets. View rates.
Columbus Commons Underground Garage (191 S Third)
The Underground Garage is located at 191 South Third Street, with an entrance off of Third Street, between State and Rich Streets. View rates.
RiverSouth Garage (232 South Front Street)
Steps away from the Scioto Mile, the RiverSouth garage is located at 232 S Front Street with an entrance on Front Street between Rich and Cherry.
In case you need a bite to eat before, during or after your downtown Holiday Lights excursion, here are a few nearby spots that may pique your interest. So pick up something to go and support small businesses in Downtown Columbus this holiday season. You can check out the complete compilation of downtown eateries here.
Just a block away:
- Burgerim - $
- Condado - $
- Nosh on High - $$
- The Goat - $$
- Cafe de Nook - $
Within walking distance:
- Blind Lady Tavern - $$
- Dirty Frank’s - $
- Hadley’s - $$
- Mikey’s Late Night Slice - $
- Milestone 229 - $$
- Pecan Penny's - $$
- The Walrus - $$