Besides the craft fairs and Christmas villages, the music scene in Columbus is lighting up this November with Elton John on his farewell tour, the Trucks Band dropping in for a night, and musicals like Footloose. For kids there is Peppa Pig Live and Disney Junior Live Dance Party, A Christmas Carol, and some jaw-dropping stuff from The Champions of Magic. Add to this various festive light displays, and you’re set for entertainment virtually every single night during November.
About: The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is his last before retiring says Elton John who has spent five decades in the music industry and achieved phenomenal success. This is a concert you won’t want to miss.
When: Friday November 2 at 8:00 pm
Cost: From $205.
About: It’s time for the family to interact with favourite Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Doc McStuffins and Jake, Sofia The First, and the Neverland Pirates, for a dance party. The Disney Junior Party On Dance Tour is travelling across the US, lighting up stages and hearts. Join hosts, Dee and Jay and the DJ Dance Squad as they welcome Disney Junior characters to perform popular songs from the Channel including Time For Your Check, Up Hot Dog Dance, Happy Helpers and Zuka Zama.
When: Thursday November 8 at 6:00 pm.
Cost: From $50
About: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a display of lights to dazzle and excite. The Wildlights festivities run from 10:00 am when the zoo opens but the lights come into their own at sunset with thousands of twinkling lights, displays and more. Stop off for a cup f hot chocolate and some seasonal treats during your meander through the displays.
When: November 16 to January 6, 2019. Sunday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Cost: Zoo admission can be on a daily pass at $14 per adult, and $9 per child aged between 3 and 9. Kids under 3 are admitted free of charge. There are options for Experience-it-All passes at $26.95.
About: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden will be all lit up for the festive season with brilliant light displays, and captivating visual art installations – don’t miss the Field installation, a 46-foot long ecosystem projected on the gallery walls, where grasses and flora grow based on visitors body positions and movements in the space. Transforming the virtual environment, visitors can attract unique species of butterflies that will interact with them and the emerging flora. Lush seasonal plantings will be on display through the gardens including The Children’s Garden and Grand Mallway. The Conservatory’s annual Gingerbread Competition will have two separate displays with the Professional Exhibits on display from November 17, and the youth and novice displays running from December 11.
When: November 1-30 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Contact: 614-715-8000 or email email@example.com.
Cost: Free with general admission to the conservatory – General admission Adults $18, Kids 3-12 $11, children 2 and under free.
About: The festival screens films that give a deeper insight into life. Just two examples follow Midfield | Portugal – An ordinary workday in the life of a stevedore, who executes his job with surprising grace and simplicity – but when Sunday comes, an altogether different man emerges. Prison Dogs | USA
Prison Dogs focuses on the impact of a unique dog training program that gives two of the most marginalized populations in our society – prison inmates and veterans – a second chance.
When: Wednesday November 14 screenings at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm.
Cost: $5 before noon, $20.75 evenings – after 5:00 pm. $7.50 discounted tickets available at the box office for children under 12, students with ID, military with ID and senior citizens.
About: The organizers are not giving away too much except that the entertainment they have laid on will, “involve, engage and surprise”. Santa will be arriving in style with a special guest, to illuminate Easton’s 56 foot digital Christmas tree and the breathtaking display of lights.
When: Friday November 16 at 6:30 pm.
About: Over 150 artists and craftspeople will get together to show off their creations that include pottery, folk art, paintings, stained glass, jewellery, photographs and more. The perfect place to shop for gifts and items for your own home.
When: Saturday and Sunday November 17-18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Cost: $6, free return admission on Sunday. Children 12 and under are free.
About: Kick off the holiday season and help save a dog’s life – either adopt a furry friend and give it a forever home or support the bazaar enabling the organization to care for animals. Santa Claus is coming to the dog shelter on Saturday, Nov. 17th so bring your dog along and get a picture taken of the kids with Santa and your furball, or else choose a winter scene backdrop. At the bazaar, you’ll find great gifts for dogs and their humans. Choose from unusual dog toys, dog sweaters, holiday decorations, various other gift items, and some delicious baked goods to eat on the spot or take home.
When: Saturday November 17 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
About: Join Peppa Pig, George, and all their friends for this singing, dancing adventure with games, surprises and songs, which the kids will love.
When: Tuesday November 20 at 7:00 pm and Wednesday November 21 at 2:00 pm.
Cost: From $37.
About: Based on the Charles Dickens classic, kids will enjoy watching the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The visits transform Scrooge into a kinder, gentler man, who rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 23-25, at 7:30 pm on all three nights with extra shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.
Cost: From $25.
About: When a tragic accident takes place after a party a small Midwestern town bans dancing – until teen Troy Renwick, who loves dancing, arrives in town and starts to try and change things despite the conservative attitudes of the townsfolk. He finds allies in like-minded teens and is determined to show the community that dancing is not inherently evil! The songs you grew to love in the 1984 movie will have your feet tapping.
When: November 15-17 at 7:30 pm on all three nights and an extra show on Saturday November 17 at 2:30 pm.
Cost: From $30.
About: If ever kids were going to be inspired by a magic show this is it. They have wowed audience on the West End in London and toured across the UK, now they have brought their magic to the US with a spectacular show. There are illusions that involve supercars, an escape from Houdini’s Water Torture Cell, predictions you will find it hard to believe and lots more magic.
When: November 28 to December 2. Various times – see schedule online.
Cost: From $35.
About: Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, a married couple lead the southern rock /blues/funk band based in Jacksonville that has had considerable success. With Oteil Burbridge on bass guitar, Kofi Burbridge on flutes and Mike Mattison providing vocal harmony the band is heading on and up. Although Tedeschi Trucks Band is not a household name yet, Truck was a member of the Allman Brothers’ Band, and both Trucks and Tedeschi had solo careers before joining forces. Don’t miss what could be the best American band playing today.
When: Friday November 9 at 8:00 pm.
Cost: From $29.
About: The Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration has free family fun for all ages. The event will feature a Reindeer Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Camel Rides, the Ohio Dominican University Holiday Stage, Ice Carvings, Inflatable bounce houses (at the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary), a Holly Jolly Holiday Train, a Calliope, a Giant Snow Globe, a Gingerbread House Selfie Station, Holiday Storytimes, a Holiday Wagon, the Tree Lighting AND Santa … arriving by Firetruck!
When: Sunday November 18 from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Contact: 614-418-9114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About: Come to meet with the artists and craftspeople who design and make unique items. This is the ideal place to learn about new crafts, to be inspired and to shop for gifts, and décor items for your home.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 30 to December 2, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Contact: 614-486-7119 or email email@example.com.
Cost: $5 discounted tickets from Ohio Craft Museum.