5 Great Holiday Events in Worthington


Thanksgiving is upon us, and that means the holidays are in full swing. Here at the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington, we're working together with the Old Worthington Partnership and other community organizations to make you and your visitors aware of everything that Worthington has to offer during this special time of the year. In a recent blog post, we wrote about 5 holiday favorites in Worthington, and we focused on a few of the goodies and special gifts you can enjoy this holiday season. Now we're turning our attention to holiday fun, which begins with the Holiday Open House on November 29. Here's a quick rundown of some of the upcoming events you won't want to miss. Holiday Open House – November 29

Old Worthington’s Holiday Open House is the perfect way to kick off the season with family and friends. The free event takes place in downtown Worthington from 12 to 5:30 p.m. and features horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas shopping, holiday treats, live music, a visit with Santa and the annual Christmas tree lighting. Here's a rundown of the day’s activities, including a few new events:

  • A visit and pictures with Santa on the front steps of The Worthington Inn (12 to 4 p.m.)
  • Skating on Worthington's Iceless Ice Rink at the corner of High Street and New England Avenue; this synthetic plastic polymer rink, which simulates the ice-skating experience, will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. and is free with a donation to the Worthington Resource Pantry
  • Window shopping takes on new meaning as 23 storefronts vie for the best window display in this year's "It's a Wonderful Window" competition; visit them all and vote for your favorite
  • The annual lighting of the Worthington Christmas tree on the southeast Village Green at 5:30 p.m.

Illuminating Shopping – December 3

Invite your friends for a magical evening of shopping from 6 to 9 p.m. in Old Worthington. Enjoy a host of special sales as you stroll along the luminary-lit street.

Orange Johnson House Christmas Open House – December 6, 13 & 20

The Worthington Historical Society invites you to visit the beautifully decorated Orange Johnson House at 956 High Street on the first three Sundays in December from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a musical performance and light refreshments. Bring a donation to the Worthington Resource Pantry, and your visit is free.

Worthington Community Center Jingle Bell Jam – December 11

Looking for a fun event the entire family will enjoy? Gather the kids and head over to the Community Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a night of dancing, arts and crafts, ice carving, bingo and pictures with Santa.

Mad, Mad Men - Holiday Favorites @ The MAC – December 16 & 17

If you missed last year's spectacular show, you're in luck. Mad, Mad Men - Holiday Favorites returns this year for two shows at the McConnell Arts Center's Bronwynn Theater. Mark Frye and Tony Alfano of the popular band, Phil Dirt and the Dozers, will take you back in time with their memorable show, playing hits from the great American songbook and holiday favorites from the 1960s. Tickets are on sale now.

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Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.