November 2012

The holiday season is officially upon us! To celebrate, here’s five holiday happenings scheduled throughout Dublin this week.

City of Dublin Christmas Tree Lighting

1.  Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Dublin hosts the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow (November 29) at 6 p.m. in front of Indian Run Elementary (80 W. Bridge Street). See Santa, hear holiday songs, watch a dance performance and snack on hot chocolate and pizza from Late Night Slice food truck.

*Visit the Dublin library for cookies with Santa (7-8 p.m.).

*Donations of children’s winter gloves are being accepted for the Welcome Warehouse.

2. Historic Dublin Chili Cookoff

Six Historic Dublin restaurants face off in this culinary competition on Saturday, December 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Buy a tasting ticket for $5 and then vote for your favorite! Tickets are available at Brazenhead, Dublin Village Tavern, J. Liu, La Chatelaine, Mezzo, and Tucci’s. Advance tickets (buy 2 get 1 free) available at Ha’Penny Bridge Imports and Sisters Sweet Shoppe. Proceeds will benefit the MOMM Foundation.

3. Gingerbread House Auction

Place your bids on beautiful gingerbread houses made by local high school students during a silent auction on Saturday, December 1. Bidding runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to a charity.

The Nutcracker

4. The Nutcracker

Watch the Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics perform a rendition of this holiday classic at the Abbey Theater of Dublin on Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

5. Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

The #1 Zoo in the Country celebrates the season with holiday lights festive music, appearances by Santa, readings of “Twas the Night Before Wildlights”, and more.

For more information about these events, visit

~ Post by Dawn

Thanksgiving is just six days away. Yes, that’s right. Six days. Have you gone grocery shopping? Are you ready to spend most of the day in the kitchen? How about cleaning up after the huge meal? No? Well, then, I have a great suggestion. This year, skip the stress, and make reservations at one of these local establishments:

Columbus Marriott Northwest (5605 Blazer Parkway) – This traditional Thanksgiving buffet runs from 11-2:30 and offers turkey, ham, and prime rib as well as a number of sides, salads and desserts. The cost is $32.98 for adults, $24.95 for seniors and $14.95 for children ages 6 – 12. Call 614-791-1000 for reservations.

J. Liu Restaurant & Bar (50 W. Bridge Street) – A favorite fusion restaurant, J. Liu will have a buffet with traditional carving, Asian, and Italian stations for guests to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $27.99 for adults, $25.99 for seniors and $16.99 for children ages 4 -12.  Call 614-718-1818 for reservations.

Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin (5100 Upper Metro Place) – Traditional Thanksgiving dishes will be on the menu in the hotel’s restaurant.

Tucci’s California Bistro (35 N. High Street) – This delicious buffet features oven roasted turkey, prime rib, poached salmon, spiced sweet potatoes, corn bread stuffing and a lot of other items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $32.95 for adults, $10.95 for children ages 5 – 10, and children under 4 are free with a paying adult. Reservations are required; call 614-792-3466.

Matt the Miller’s Tavern (6725 Avery-Muirfield)  – Turkey, prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, assorted flatbreads, pumpkin pie and more will be available on the buffet from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Cost is $28.95 for adults, and $10.95 for children ages 5 – 10; kids under 4 are free with a paying adult. Seating is limited, so call 614-799-9100 for reservations.

And, for you Black Friday shoppers, these local restaurants have specials, too:

Kogen’s (9711 Sawmill Parkway, Powell) – On 11/23 only, buy one gift card for $50 and receive a complimentary $15 gift card.

Sunny Street Café (7042 Hospital Drive) – The restaurant will be opening at 5 a.m. and have a $4.99 breakfast special until 9 a.m. as well as $1 cups of premium coffees.

~ Post by Dawn

*This is the first of many holiday-themed blogs that will be posted over the next several weeks.

An Open House featuring local businesses kicks off Historic Dublin’s annual Holly Days on Thursday, November 15. Local shops will have extended hours (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and special offers. It’s the perfect time to get some holiday shopping done! Visitors can take a leisurely stroll or the trolley through the Historic District.

Olde Town Ghost Tours, one of Historic Dublin’s newest attractions is hosting a special holiday tour that same evening (November 15) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Hear some local history with a pinch of spookiness. The tour concludes at Biddie’s Coach House for dessert and coffee / tea. Call Becky at 614-889-6303 for reservations; cost is $16.95 per person in advance.

Finally, the 12 Elves of Dublin returns this year! During this favorite festivity, Visitors hunt for holiday elves hidden on the shelves on 12 businesses in Historic Dublin in order to fill out a passport. Once the elf is located, the passport is stamped, and after all stamps are received, they are entered to win prizes. The promotion runs November 15 – December 22nd. Passports can be found at any participating Historic Dublin business.

For more event information, visit

~Post by Dawn

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already here. Although winter is usually a time when we tend to stay indoors to keep out of the cold, there’s a great reason to get out of the house starting next week – Columbus Zoo’s Wildlights is opening!      

The 3 million lights displayed throughout the Zoo are enough to put even Clark W. Griswold to shame.  The event is an American Bus Association “Top 100 Event in North America” and offers a little something for visitors of all ages to see and experience.

This year the Dublin CVB has teamed up with some of our local hotels, the Zoo, and a few of our partner restaurants to make it easier and more cost effective than ever to bring your entire family to Dublin to see the Wildlghts through our Kids Go Free/Columbus Zoo Wildlights Package.

Here’s how it works:

When you book an overnight stay at one of our participating Dublin hotels, you will receive free kids admission tickets to the Wildlights (up to 2 per reservation – additional tickets can be purchased at the hotel). On top of receiving FREE kids admission tickets, you will also receive FREE kids meal coupons to participating restaurants (including Graeter’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat). To make your stay in Dublin even better, many of the hotels are offering free shuttle service to the Zoo, complimentary treats, and complimentary breakfast.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to bring the whole family to Dublin for a holiday getaway they will never forget!

-Post by Sam

Thanks to the temperature dropping and Hurricane Sandy sending some high wind our way, time is running out to see the leaves changing colors. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list below of some of our favorite Dublin-area parks to visit before winter weather hits in full-force.

Amberleigh Park Pavilion

1. Amberleigh Community Park (4715 Vista Ridge Drive)
– Amberleigh, Dublin’s newest park, opened in June. Take a stroll along the paths for a refreshing view of the Scioto River or let the kids explore the park’s playground, which features play houses and even musical instruments. *Bonus: Because this park is so new—it’s never crowded and oh-so scenic!

2. Dublin Kiwanis Riverway Park (6245 Riverside Drive) – The Dublin Kiwanis Riverway Park is part of the Griggs Reservoir Nature Preserve, so expect to see some local flora and fauna during your visit. You can also try your hand at finding one of the Dublin Art Council’s riverboxes or cast a line at the park’s fishing hole.

3. Glacier Ridge Wetlands Area (9801 Hyland Croy Road, Plain City, OH) – Glacier Ridge is made up of 250 acres of wetland (which has recovered since this summer’s drought). Stroll along the boardwalk or climb up to the top of the 25-foot observation tower to view waterfowl and other animals that call the wetlands home.

Indian Run Falls

4. Indian Run Falls Park (700 Shawan Falls) – Tucked behind the Dublin Public Library, the highlight of Indian Run is its waterfall. Step onto the observation deck for the best view. If you continue along the wooded path, you’ll find yourself at the historic Indian Run Cemetery, a Dublin landmark now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

5. Scioto Park (7409 Riverside Drive) – Scioto Park is known for the Dublin Arts Council’s Sundays at Scioto Summer Concert Series, but even after the music ends, there is plenty to see and do. Check out the work being done to the sledding hill, test your navigation skills looking for another riverbox or have a picnic by the Leatherlips monument.

Remember, it won’t be long until we’re thinking snow!

~ Post by Dawn & Katie