Nothing helps you get in the Holiday spirit quite like tradition. Check out these four Dublin traditions that will have you spreading Holiday cheer all season long. Read on to learn how you can win two tickets to one of our favorite events at the Columbus Zoo!


November 16th – January 6th 

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

It didn’t take long for this family fun event to go from a few strands of lights to millions of LED lights dancing across all 588 acres of the Columbus Zoo. Come see the magic of light shows all over the Zoo and visit with special guests like Santa and his reindeer. Get in the holiday spirit with special seasonal food and beverage offerings all around the Zoo.

Want your Wildlights experience to be a bit more private? You can book a private tour and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the lights from the comfort of a golf cart. Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit faster than gazing upon the magical lights, snuggled under a blanket, while sipping a hot chocolate.

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Father holiding daughter looking at the light display at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Giant, red ornament at the Columbus Zoo and Aquairum's Wildlights display.

Holly Days

December 1st, 1PM – 5PM

Holly Days is packed with Holiday festivities including the 12 elves of Dublin hunt, Christmas kids crafts, writing letters to Santa and Irish musical entertainment!

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Holly Days Gingerbread House

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt

December 1st – December 29th

This free activity is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the holidays in Downtown Dublin with your family! Pick up a card at one of the participating locations and get on the hunt to find all 12 elves hidden throughout the shops of Historic Dublin. Collect a prize at each stop along the way!

12 elves of dublin

Christmas Tree Lighting

November 29th ,5PM - 7PM

Come out to Coffman Park to see a 25-foot Christmas tree come to life at the kick-off to the 2018 holiday season. This event is free and open to the public, so make it a festive family affair or bring your friends!

Don’t forget to stop in at the Historic Coffman Homestead, which will be decorated with a Victorian Christmas theme to get you into the Holiday spirit!

Stop in the barn to grab your photo in front of the beautifully decorated sleigh. Show us your holiday spirit by posting your photos with #sodublin.

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Dublin, Ohio Tree Lighting