Plus, Omega Artisan Bakery is closing this week.
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53º | Light rain | 55% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 7:34 a.m. | Sunset 5:07 p.m.

🎄 Merry and bright
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Meet Santa, see the reindeer, and ride the Wildlights train at the Columbus Zoo. | Photo by @columbuszoo
‘Tis the season for holiday displays to light up the city. Here are some festive findings around Columbus so you can let it glow.

Wildlights | Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Millions of LED lights are synced to animated musical light shows and will take over the Zoo through January 7, 2024. Be sure to enjoy special displays like the living reindeer or the “12 Days of Christmas” train ride. Tickets are available online.

Holiday Lights | Columbus Commons

Watch 400,000 LED lights sparkle from now until New Year’s Day. On Fridays in December, the downtown park will host “Festive Fridays” with free hot chocolate, carousel rides, live music, food trucks, and alcoholic beverages from 5-9 p.m. No tickets are required.

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The Columbus Commons lights have already begun illuminating downtown. | Photo by @markschultztv

Conservatory Aglow | Franklin Park Conservatory

Enjoy themed light displays throughout the garden, including ornament trees, a rainbow tunnel, and a larger-than-life gingerbread house through January 7, 2024. Bonus: You can also go ice skating in the Conservatory from Friday, Dec. 1-Thursday, Dec. 14 included in Aglow admission. Grab tickets.

Carriage Rides | Easton Town Center

Easton is illuminated with a giant tree and millions of lights in the outdoor shopping center. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the lights every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Saturday, Dec. 23. Rides are $10, cash only.

Holiday Lights | The Scioto Mile

The riverfront paths will be glowing with seasonal colors, with each tree shining in a different holiday color. Downtown buildings will also be beaming red and green hues. No tickets are required.

Bonus: If you’re not opposed to a 30-minute road trip, head to Delaware for Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights.
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Networking Luncheon | Monday, Nov. 20 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | North High Brewing, 56 N. High St., Dublin | Free | Mingle with fellow professionals in an organized setting with lunch available for purchase.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Gratitude Journal and Meditation | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Good Dea Craft School, 4145 N. High St., Columbus | $100 | Enjoy a guided meditation and journaling session ahead of Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Thursday, Nov. 24
  • Flying Feather Four Miler | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Club at Corazon, 7155 Corazon Dr., Dublin | $50 | Lace up your running shoes for this four-mile turkey trot.
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Ring in the holidays with these gifts
holiday gifts
This holiday season shop for unique gifts from our small business partners. | Photo by 6AM City
Our online shop (Six & Main), a site that celebrates small businesses locally and in our 25 sister markets, is dishing out major deals this holiday season. From coffee to artwork and apparel, there’s a gift for everyone.

Black Friday
  • 30% off items included in our gift guides for her + him
Cyber Monday
There are more savings this weekend for the foodies, pet parents, and more…
News Notes
  • Lee Brice, a country star with hits like “One of Them Girls,” is coming to the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair for WCOL’s Winter Wonder Jam on Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets are on sale now.
  • Omega Artisan Bakery, a North Market Downtown staple for 20 years, is closing on Wednesday, Nov. 22. They will still take orders for homemade Thanksgiving buttered rolls. It’s not clear which new merchant will take over the bakery’s booth in the market.
  • Traveling for Thanksgiving this week? The Ohio Department of Transportation recommends downloading the OHGO app, which delivers real-time traffic updates across the state through traffic cameras and notifications of work zones.
  • Ohio State football defeated Minnesota at the Shoe on Saturday 37-3. The Buckeyes are now 11-0 heading into “The Game” against TTUN. The Wolverines and Buckeyes remain the only two undefeated Big Ten teams, but only the winner will advance to the Big Ten Championship.
🔥 Flavor Service Announcement
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The restaurateur’s festival will pay homage to his hometown. | Photo by @guyfieri
Columbus will officially transform into Flavortown in June 2024.

The CBUS-born chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri makes frequent returns to his hometown, but this time he’s bringing Flavortown Fest to The Lawn at CAS — 2540 Olentangy River Rd. — on June 1 + June 2, 2024.

The Mayor of Flavortown himself dropped an FSA (flavor service announcement) to promote the festival. Expect lots of food and live music, with lineup announcements coming in the near future.

Discounted early bird tickets are on sale now through Saturday, Dec. 9.

Fun fact: City Editor Hanna had the chance to meet Guy Fieri when he was visiting in 2017 when he was filming at Sweet Carrot for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Let us know if you want to see that photo.
The Buy
A Black Friday deal on the ultimate gift: A Bwine F7 GPS Camera Drone. They’ll have fun flying it and capturing incredible footage. Get it for $529.99 $370.99.
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I was able to visit Conservatory Aglow last night, and the holiday magic was all around me. Be sure to follow CBUStoday’s Instagram page as I recap the experience.
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