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Mayor Michael B. Coleman invites you to kick off the holiday season with the Grand Illumination of downtown Columbus as thousands of twinkling lights and festive holiday décor illuminate the Scioto Mile on Friday, December 4, 2015 in Bicentennial Park.


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For the past 18 years, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has proudly coordinated the Empty Bowls Project. Purchase a handcrafted bowl and warm up with hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229. Proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
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Enjoy live holiday music with the SupaFun Band. This band of merry, musical elves will delight children of all ages. Nothing captures the spirit of the season more than the voices of our children lifted in song. Sing along with the Columbus Children’s Choir to your favorite holiday tunes.
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Visit with Santa after the lighting ceremony and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies compliments of Cheryl’s.
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Stop by the North Pole Tinkershop to create festive holiday crafts with Columbus Children’s Theatre, Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Recreation & Parks Arts Committee, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 2150, McKnight Outdoor Education Center, OSU Urban Arts Space, and POINT.
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Look for juggling elves, furry farm friends from Bring the Farm to You, and visit with BalletMet’s Nutcracker. Head over to HERO USA and Mad River Mountain for a chance to win a Burton snowboard, a helmet, snow gear, or Mad River Mountain tickets.

The lights will twinkle in Bicentennial Park and along the Scioto Mile until January 10, 2016