Nothing helps you get in the Holiday spirit quite like tradition. Check out these five Dublin traditions that will have you spreading holiday cheer all season long. 



November 20th – January 3rd 

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 Rudolf! Get in the holiday spirit with special seasonal food and beverage offerings all around the Zoo.

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

Holly Days (CANCELED)

December 5th, 12th & 19th, 3 PM – 5 PM

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

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12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt (CANCELED)

December 1st – December 23rd

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!

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12 elves of dublin

City of Dublin Virtual Tree Lighting

December 4th, 7 PM

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and experience Dublin’s Tree Lighting, featuring Santa and other special guests, from the warmth of your home. The virtual Tree Lighting replaces the Coffman Park Night of Lights drive-through event that was originally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3.

A display of 40,000 sparkling LED lights will illuminate Coffman Park from Friday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Jan. 3. Residents are encouraged to drive down Coffman Park Drive to see the lights and the City’s 30-foot illuminated tree. Please remember to follow the State of Ohio’s 10 p.m. curfew.

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City of Dublin Tree Lighting

12 Days of Bridge Park

December 9th - 20th

Each day Bridge Park will hide a new gift (or two or three) throughout the district and post clues on their Instagram stories. Finders, keepers! Also, keep an eye out for Santa on Saturdays. Rumor has it, he'll be wondering Bridge Park and spreading holiday cheer with gifts from local businesses. 

Learn more here. 

Bridge Park Christmas Tree

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