The Itinerary at a Glance

Columbus is a delightful place to visit during the holidays. From millions of lights sparkling throughout the city to fulfilling all of your holiday shopping needs, Columbus is a must-stop to get in the holiday spirit.

4 Unique Experiences on This Trip

  • Glass Axis
  • The Candle Lab
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Duration: 4 Days Available: Winter months This Itinerary is Ideal For: All

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Evening | Join Columbus City Adventures on the Holiday Lights Tour and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with a jaunt through Central Ohio’s twinkling winter landscape. Downtown

Holiday lights at the Columbus Commons

Holiday lights at the Columbus Commons

will be alive with festive energy of hundreds of thousands of lights.

Day 2

Morning | Begin your day glass blowing and make your own ornament at Glass Axis. Then, head to the Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center to view the nativity scenes and holiday artifacts.
Lunch | Enjoy one of the best views of Columbus’ skyline at The Boat House at Confluence Park.
Afternoon | After lunch, head to Grandview Heights and stop into the many stores located on Grandview Avenue. Then, make your own holiday-scented candle at The Candle Lab. Or, discover the intricacies of vodka, gin and bourbon making at Watershed Distillery and sample its holiday specialty, Nocino.
Evening | Head to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for Wildlights and see millions of LED lights, animated musical light shows and other holiday festivities.

Day 3

Morning | Learn how chocolates are made at world-famous, family-owned Anthony-Thomas Candy Company. Everyone receives a freshly made chocolate.

Holidays at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Holidays at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Lunch | Stroll brick streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops in German Village. Shop for gifts at The Book Loft, one of the nation’s largest independent book stores. Head to Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus for lunch and don’t leave until you have one of their famous cream puffs.
Afternoon | Enjoy dinner in downtown Columbus at M Restaurant, overlooking the illuminated Scioto Mile riverfront.
Evening | End your evening at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with Conservatory Aglow, decorated for the holidays with thousands of poinsettias, gingerbread houses and twinkling lights.

Day 4

Morning | Finish up your holiday shopping at Easton – Columbus’ premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in a unique village setting. Or, on the way out of Columbus, stop in Cambridge to celebrate the holidays 19th century-style. The popular Dickens Victorian Village brings to life Victorian society in 80 holiday scenes with 186 lifelike figures.