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Gardens Aglow

11-18-2017 01-03-2018 10am–5pm daily

Open until 9pm December 1–31 (Except December 24 & 25)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities and special entertainment.

Gingerbread Competition

Join in the gingerbread baking and decorating fun! This year’s theme is Holiday Traditions! Envision your favorite holiday memories through embellished delectable designs. Deadline to submit entries is December 3. 2017. Download Gingerbread Entry Form.

2017 Candlelight Nights

Candlelight Nights

Wednesday, December 6, 13 & 20, 6pm

Dine in the warm and exotic John F. Wolfe Palm House and enjoy an exceptional evening out, perfect for couples, colleagues, friends and families.

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2017 Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 2 & 9, 8:30–10am

Join Santa for breakfast and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity.

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2017 Holiday Performances

All holiday performances are free with admission and begin at 7pm.

Friday, December 1: Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus

Saturday, December 2: The Randy’s

Wednesday, December 6: Capital Philomel

Thursday, December 7: Accordia Music

Friday, December 8: Magpie Consort

Saturday, December 9: Voice Quad

Wednesday, December 13: The Sweet Adeline’s

Thursday, December 14: TOWNeS

Friday, December 15: Ladies of Longford

Saturday, December 16: Cardinal Health Orchestra

Wednesday, December 20: The Music Men of London

Thursday, December 21: Yuletide Brass

Friday, December 22: Grove City Chamber Singers

Saturday, December 23: Valorie Adams-Hildreth and Miriam Weber Brown

Wednesday, December 27: The Candy Canes

Thursday, December 28: Clarinet “Docs” from the Westerville Symphony

Friday, December 29: The Music Men of London

Saturday, December 30: Chaz Mechenbier and Nicki Baker

Sunday, December 31: In Full Swing

2017 Family Entertainment & Activities

Family programming is free with admission unless otherwise noted.

 

Saturday, November 18

11am-2pm: Paper Poinsettia Craft – Make a colorful paper poinsettia inspired by varieties on display in Gardens Aglow.

2pm: The Goodwill Handbell Choir

 

Sunday, November 19

2pm: Hilliard Davidson Madrigal Singers

 

Wednesday, November 22

11am–2pm: Sweet Turkeys Craft – Listen to a story about a turkey that got away, then make a turkey-shaped cookie for a sweet treat. Story times at 11am, 12pm & 1pm. $3 per cookie.

 

Friday, November 24

11am–4pm: Gingerbread House Craft – Enjoy a horse drawn hayride to the Wells Barn for some gingerbread fun! Create a house with graham crackers, frosting and candy. While supplies last. $4 per house.

 

Saturday, November 25

11am: Michelle Cornell presents Holiday Tales – Storyteller Michelle Cornell presents Holiday Tales to celebrate the season.

 

Sunday, November 26

2pm: Columbus Maennerchor and Damenchor

 

Saturday, December 2

11am–2pm: Holiday Ornament Craft – Fill a clear plastic ornament with your choice of festive natural and decorative items. $2 per ornament.

2pm: Columbus School for Girls Gracenotes Choir

 

Sunday, December 3

2pm: Pickerington North High School Chamber Orchestra

 

Saturday, December 9

11am–2pm: Holiday Ornament Craft – Fill a clear plastic ornament with your choice of festive natural and decorative items. $2 per ornament.

2pm: Olentangy Orange High School Choir

 

Sunday, December 10

2pm: Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo

 

Saturday, December 16

11am–2pm: Cookies with Santa – Decorate a holiday sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles. Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance.

2pm: Columbus Children’s Pinta Choir

 

Sunday, December 17

11am–2pm: Cookies with Santa – Decorate a holiday sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles. Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance.

2pm: Columbus Cello School

 

Friday, December 22

11am & 2pm: Drew Murray Magic – Magician Drew Murray presents an interactive magic show featuring music, comedy and new illusions.

 

Saturday, December 23

11am & 2pm: Muppet Mayhem Band – Dance and sing along to all of your favorite tunes from the Muppets Show.

 

Tuesday, December 26

11am & 2pm: Erica Carlson presents Find the Joy – How do you find joy? Singing and dancing? Reading a book? Playing with your pet? Erica wants to share her pet hedgehog with you during this fun-filled comedy magic show.

 

Wednesday, December 27

11am & 2pm: Eric Marlow presents Fun with Recyclables – Recycling is fun! Artist and educator Eric Marlow teaches how to make toys, games, jewelry and more out of recycled materials.

 

Thursday, December 28

11am & 2pm: Central Ohio Youth Ballet – Central Ohio Youth Ballet presents selections from the holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

 

Friday, December 29

11am & 2pm: Beverly Comer presents Winter Wonderland – Stories of snow and animals in the winter reinforce the symbols of this season. Folktales, nature tales and tales from around the world will feature participation and song.

 

Saturday, December 30

11am & 2pm: PT Reptiles – Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians in all shapes and sizes!