Best free family holiday events in Columbus for Christmas 2016

Columbus is busting with free holiday events this season.  The area has a wide variety of activities and performances geared towards families that everyone can enjoy.  Here are just a few options out there over the next month.

Winter Wonderland
Nov. 30 thru Dec. 24 @ various times
Creekside Gahanna, 101 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230

Delightful lights and displays alongside ninety festive activities are abound throughout December at Creekside Gahanna.  Family friendly events that include a live reindeer petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, games and activities for all ages, as well a live music.

Winter Festival and Tree Lighting in Upper Arlington
Dec. 2 @ 6 p.m.
Mallway Park, 2096 Upper Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Come check out the free holiday music, caroling, ice sculpture, reindeer, carriage rides, bonfire, and cocoa at Mallway Park.  You can also visit with Santa and witness the annual tree lighting.

Gifts of the Craftsmen
Nov. 6 thru Dec. 23 @ 10 a.m. on the weekdays and 1 p.m. on the weekends
Craftsmen Museum, 1665 W. 5th Ave, Columbus, 43212

Check out the museum's annual holiday sale beautiful hand-crafted items from over a hundred artists from across Ohio.  Find beautiful jewelry, functional pottery, wooden serving bowls and utensils, knit scarves and hats, leather accessories, handmade ornaments and greeting cards.

Powell Holiday Festival
Dec. 3 @ 2 p.m.
Village Green Park, 47 Hall St, Powell, OH 43065

Downtown Powell will transform into the North Pole during this year’s Holidays in Powell.  There will be a tree lighting, trolley rides and a visit from Santa, as well as a variety of activities from cookie decorating to complimentary gift wrapping.

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Choir Performances
Dec. 5 thru 15, weekdays only @ noon
The Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

Get into the holiday spirit with daily lunchtime concerts at The Ohio Statehouse.  Ohio musical groups  will be performing holiday favorites in the Crypt for free for the public.