It snuck up on you … didn’t it?  Still looking for family-friendly activities for New New Year's Eve in Dublin, OHYear’s?   The Crowne Plaza Dublin is throwing a bash … and a half!  Enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities with all the gear, children’s activities (bounce house and obstacle course), movies and games, live music and dancing, drink specials and a dinner buffet. Overnight stay includes late check out and breakfast.


Or you might want to join in the fun at Magic Mountain Fun Center with an evening of dinner, games, attractions, party favors, hats, noise makers, prize-filled balloon drops, family challenges and festive music.


First Night Columbus is a community-oriented, family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration, offering over 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children’s festival.


There are still plenty of great holiday lights to be viewed …  both inside and out. Take advantage of the last few nights of a winter wonderland at Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, or if you prefer to be inside – COSI’s Holiday Science of the Season is a fun activity for the family. Gadgeteer takes you on a whirlwind tour of holiday lighting, complete with fiery explosions, super-cold liquid nitrogen fun, and a “reindeer-powered” generator that triggers over ten thousand twinkling holiday lights!


Mary Kelley’s is featuring Savor a dinner of prime rib and/or crab cakes at Mary Kelley’s while enjoying some live entertainment. The restaurant is open til 10 p.m. (bar open til 1 a.m.).  


Chase Suite Dublin Hotel is offering an Irish New Year’s Eve Experience. Guests can purchase an Irish basket that includes Bailey’s Irish Crème, chocolates, cookies, cheese and crackers – Yum!!!!  And Dublin Homewood Suites is featuring a Holiday Special for Family and Friends.


There, now. And you thought there was nothing to do!


-Post by Kay



Dublin and central Ohio kick into high gear this week with holiday fun. Get into the spirit Holidays in Historic Dublin (OH) with… Harry Connick, Jr.’s Holiday Celebration tomorrow (11/20); The Holiday Pops Sleigh-Bells Jingling (12/5-7) at the Ohio Theatre; The Dublin Singers’ Home for the Holidays at St. Bridgid of Kildare (12/7);  Dwight Lenox sings songs of the season at the Abbey Theatre (12/7). ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents a Messiah Side-by-Side Singalong (12/12) and a Traditional Holiday Concert (12/14) at the Southern Theatre. Cherish the Ladies’ Celtic Christmas (12/19) is back at the Southern, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra hits Nationwide Arena (12/20).


Escape to a Christmastime of yesteryear with CATCO’s adaptations of Truman Capote’s short stories – A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor (11/26-12/21) at Studio One Theatre. A Christmas Carol has long been a tradition at the Ohio Theatre (11/28-30), but if you want to see Tiny Tim in an Annie fright wig, see A Broadway Christmas Carol at the Axis Nightclub & Theatre (12/14). Clara once again embarks on her wondrous journey with The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theatre (12/12-23), while The Rockettes tap their way through breathtaking sets and special effects at Nationwide Arena (12/9-10).


Family fun includes Historic Dublin’s Tree Lighting and Photos with Santa (12/4) and Historic Dublin’s BriHi Holiday and Chili Cook Off (12/6). Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Noel Night Open House at the Dublin Arts Center Gift Shop (12/4-5); enjoy a Holiday Trolley Ride and Santa at The Shoppes at River Ridge (12/13). The Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village offers Twas the Night Before Christmas: An Evening with Clement Moore (12/4,11,18), and Dickens of a Christmas (12/12-21).


-Post by Kay