Grand Illumination | November 30

With the Grand Illumination only a few days away, we are anxious to announce our exciting programming for the evening!

This year, the Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights as well as dynamic seasonal imagery, creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience, projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain each night through mid-January.

Enjoy festive activities in Bicentennial Park beginning at 5 p.m. Ceremony will follow at 6 p.m. and feature a stunning light show set to an eclectic mix of holiday music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, culminating with sweeping views of Santa and his reindeer as they fly across the Columbus skyline.

The evening could not take place without the help of our wonderful partners.
Here is a quick look at some of their offerings during the Grand Illumination ceremony:

  • In the spirit of giving, help support the Mid-Ohio Foodbank by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery, created for the Empty Bowls project, and receive a bowl of gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese compliments of Milestone 229.
  • Attendees arriving between 4–6 p.m. can enjoy complimentary parking at COSI (Print your FREE parking voucher here). Immediately following the Ceremony, enjoy 50% off admission – $5 per person – to COSI’s Family Friday Night from 7–9 p.m. Ceremony attendees can pick up discounted tickets and free spectrum glasses at the COSI booth in Bicentennial Park.
  • Children can visit The Franklin Park Conservatory booth to make their own edible Christmas tree, while the Conservatory will hand out admission coupons as well.
  • Hockey fans can meet Stinger, the Columbus Blue Jackets mascot, as well as stop by their booth to play “Plinko” for prizes.
  • During the ceremony, visitors can enjoy traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir.
  • BalletMet Columbus’ very own Nutcracker and Clara will be on site to say, “Happy Holidays!”
  • Ski season is upon us which means Mad River Mountain will open for skiers soon! Stop by their booth to pick up free giveaways, ski literature and discount coupons.

Make sure to enter our drawing and win one of these great prizes:

EVENING SCHEDULE:
5:00 p.m. – Holiday Activities
6:00 p.m. – Ceremony / Light Show
The lights twinkle along the Scioto Mile until mid-January!

LOCATION:
Bicentennial Park
233 Civic Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43215

ADMISSION IS FREE!


Grand Illumination Ceremony | November 30

Mayor Michael B. Coleman invites the public to celebrate the City’s newest holiday tradition, the Grand Illumination, on Friday, November 30. New this year, the Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights as well as dynamic seasonal imagery projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain, creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience, projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain each night through mid-January.

This year’s ceremony will also feature a stunning light show set to an eclectic mix of holiday music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, culminating with sweeping views of Santa and his reindeer as they fly across the Columbus night sky. During the ceremony, visitors can enjoy traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir, BalletMet Columbus’ Nutcracker and Clara, and a special appearance from Santa Claus!

In the spirit of giving, attendees of the Grand Illumination can also show their support for the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of signature mac ‘n’ cheese, compliments of Milestone 229 restaurant. All proceeds from the Empty Bowls project will benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Be sure to visit our website regularly as we reveal the exciting programming in store for the ceremony!
This event is free to the public. Convenient parking available at COSI.

CEREMONY:
Friday, November 30
Activities begin at 5:00PM
Ceremony begins at 6:00PM

LIGHTING DATES:
November 30, 2012 – Mid-January 2013; Nightly

LOCATION:
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Admission is free.