Can’t Miss, Columbus Christmas* Lights

by Maureen McCabe on November 30, 2012

Columbus Commons 2011 Christmas Lights

What are the Columbus holiday* lights shows, tree lighting you can’t miss?

Urban lights?  

Columbus Commons?

The Scioto Mile?

Suburban lights?

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo?

Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek?

Something with a small town feel?  What is your Can’t MISS Columbus Christmas* light display?  

  • Dublin?  Missed it!  Last night…
  • Gahanna?  Missed it!  No,  I think Creekside displays lights throughout December.
  • Worthington?  Last Sunday…

Of course the tree lighting, the grand illumination of local lights is just the beginning.  You can drive or walk down High Street in Worthington and it is going to look like a Christmas card throughout December.  Creekside in Gahanna is gorgeous and lit up for weeks to come.  Ditto for Dublin, etc. etc. etc.  I saw beautiful professional photos of Easton lit up for the 2012 “Holidays”  online.  Twitter?  Facebook?  Google+?  It was a link to the local photographer’s  photo of Easton  on Flickr. Pretty stuff. Can’t do that with the camera on my phone… or my point and shoot.  Or in this lifetime.

Christmas / Holiday Lights 2012
I started to go collect info about local “Holiday Light Displays” recently… and I found a link to a page online for the Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek and got all confused. The dates are November 16  to January 1.  The copyright notice on the bottom of the page says 2008.  I can not cast stones though since the copyright date here stalled at 2009… (?)  The Fantasy of Lights page  I am on though looks more like 2005… with animated snow.  Sorry that sounds so snarky and uncharitable at Christmas time or Holiday time.  The page looks festive in a 2005 way.

The Channel 10 2012 Holiday Light Displays link has

Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival Schedule
Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park
Date: Nov. 18- Jan. 2
Time:  5:30- 9:30 p.m.
Location: Alum Creek State Park campground

Although the Channel 10 2012 Holiday Lights page does not say 2012 and the link (url) does not say 2012, the tab is showing 2012.

We saw the lighting of Worthington’s Christmas Tree last Sunday at their “Olde Worthington Holiday Open House” the info on the Channel 10 News site matches my 2012 calendar:

“Olde Worthington Holiday Open House
Date: Nov. 25
Time:  1 p.m.
Location: Olde Worthington Open House”

Chris Bradley was in Dublin last night too so that works with the list on Channel 10.

The Fantasy of Light site with the 2008 copyright and the 2005 feel …  If this is the 13th annual Fantasy of Lights, here is the link:  Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights 

Alum Creek presents the 13th annual Fantasy of Lights

The site says “Please note that the light displays will be located at the Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds this year, not the Alum Creek Marina. “  The number to call for info is 740-369- 2900 or was.

I have never been to the Alum Creek light show. It’s a drive through light show.  I went to a drive through light show in Columbus, one year, I want to say it was at Griggs Reservoir?   It’s warmer than Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo.

* Christmas goes better with Columbus and “Can’t Miss” in the headline on  Most of the light shows are called “Holiday” because it is 2012. I will probably say Happy Chanukah Columbus this month.  I may  wish you a great winter solstice.  If you have a holiday event you are celebrating share it on ’365 Things to do in Columbus Ohio’ on Facebook.  The link is in the Blogroll on the side bar here on  You can share your holiday photos on that Facebook page.  Or not.

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