The first weekend of November will herald the kickoff of the holiday season in downtown Columbus as businesses host the annual Downtown Christmas Open House Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6.
“You’ll find yourself in a holiday spirit as you walk through historic downtown Columbus to begin your holiday gift buying,” said Main Street Columbus Executive Director Barbara Bigelow.
The open house is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; select stores will be open Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Christmas Open House
Christmas Open House is an exciting and unique opportunity for downtown merchants to showcase their products, including food, clothing, hand-crafted furniture, gifts, jewelry, art and more, Bigelow said.
Shoppers will be able to admire festive store decorations and register for a Grand Door Prize comprised of gift certificates valued at more than $400 from participating stores.
“Who does not enjoy gift certificates at Christmas time or any time of the year?” asked Bigelow. “Each year, we anxiously await the arrival of the holiday season, a time to celebrate with our families, reminisce about the past and make new memories for the future. The holidays bring a special magic to the air, and the Christmas Open House is the first sign that the season has begun.”
More seasonal events
Bigelow noted that the open house will be followed by several additional events during the holiday season ahead. They include:
- Saturday, Nov. 19 — The 2016 Holiday Farmers’ Market at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market at Second Avenue and Second Street North from 9 a.m.-noon features a variety of vendors with hand-crafted gifts and baked goods.
- Monday, Nov. 28 — The city’s official Lighting of the Christmas Tree from 5:30-7 p.m. takes place at the east end of the Old Highway 82 pedestrian bridge at the Columbus Riverwalk.
- Friday, Dec. 2 — Wassail Fest from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2 turns downtown merchants into wassail-meisters vying for best-wassail votes, street musicians, carolers, in-store promotions and more.
- Monday, Dec. 5 — The Columbus Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. makes its way through downtown Columbus.
To learn more about the Downtown Christmas Open House or any other holiday events, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305, or participating businesses.