Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Columbus as thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the Scioto Mile. 

The Grand Illumination will kick off with holiday inspired entertainment and activities for all ages, and a special appearance by Santa on Friday, December 2 in Bicentennial Park ! Activities presented by Columbus Blue Jackets, Bring the Farm to You, McKnight Outdoor Education Center and many more will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. 

Attendees are encouraged to support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and a bowl of warm soup, with all proceeds benefitting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. 

The lights will be viewable nightly, from dusk until dawn, December 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017. Grand Illumination is presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. 

Check out the event listing HERE for more information.

Watch the ABC 6’s live coverage of last year’s ceremony here:

Celebrate the holiday season with the Grand Illumination of the Scioto Mile. The lights twinkle in Bicentennial Park and along the Scioto Mile until mid-January. In keeping with the city’s green initiatives, all seasonal decorations feature energy efficient LED lighting, including more than 250,000 LED lights on 150 trees. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation comes alive for the holiday season with festive video projections and illuminated spheres suspended from each of the five fountain halos.