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 15th – January 5th 

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

December 7th, 1 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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Historic Dublin

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt

December 7th – December 22nd

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

Christmas Tree Lighting

December 5th, 5 PM - 7 PM

Come out to Coffman Park to see a 25-foot Christmas tree come to life at the kick-off to the 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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City of Dublin Tree Lighting

Santa in the Park

December 7, 14, 21, 2 pm - 6 pm

Head to Bridge Park for your chance to hang out with Santa from 2-6 PM. Once you drop off your letter and snap your festive photo, make sure to warm up with the holiday specials featured in Bridge Park bars and restaurants.

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Bridge Park Christmas Tree

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