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 19th – January 2nd 

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.

For more know-before-you-go information on Wildlights, click here.

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

Holly Days

December 4th, 11th & 18th, 3 PM – 5 PM

Each Saturday, enjoy different holiday-themed activities during Holly Days in Historic Dublin. Hunt for the 12 Elves of Dublin, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, experience a Disney Extravaganza, and more!

For more information on each weekend's activities, click here.

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt

December 1st – December 23rd, during participating store hours 

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!

Click here for more information. 

12 elves of dublin

City of Dublin Tree Lighting

December 2nd, 5 PM

The City of Dublin will mark the official start of the 2021 holiday season by hosting its annual Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 2 at Coffman Park. 

Enjoy seasonal activities and entertainment including writing letters to Santa, crafts, roaming holiday stilt walkers, ice sculpting, rides on the trackless train and character appearances.

Click here for more information. 

City of Dublin Tree Lighting

12 Days of Bridge Park

December 2nd - 19th

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 wandering Bridge Park and spreading holiday cheer with gifts from local businesses. 

Learn more here. 

Bridge Park Christmas Tree

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