Short North Arts District, Columbus, Ohio - The holidays arrive in the Short North Arts District on Monday, November 16. The Short North Arts District will once again be transformed into the Short North Pole with its festival holiday decor, arch banners, and inspired window displays.
“The holiday season is one of the most exciting times to visit the Short North Arts District,” said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “Visitors can shop in the unique variety of retailers and boutiques along High Street, while they enjoy the holiday decor, performances, and special events happening all season long. You can find gifts for all of your family and friends while taking part Short North Arts District new holiday events and time-honored traditions such as the Tree Lighting Celebration, Black Friday promotion, Holiday Hop, and so much more.”
This year, businesses are collaborating for several established and new seasonal events that will allow visitors and residents alike to celebrate the holiday season in true Short North Arts District style.
Friday, November 20: Short North Tree Lighting
Ring in the holiday season with the Short North Arts District Tree Lighting event on Friday, November 20. From 5:00pm to 6:00pm, join featured performers for the first of two tree lightings that will happen at Poplar Park. From 6:00pm to 8:00pm, stroll around to your favorite Short North Arts District spots for seasonal and holiday drink specials. At 8:00pm, head to the northern end of the District for another tree lighting at Greenwood Park and a special outdoor holiday performance by Short North Stage.
Friday, November 27: Black Friday
Beginning on Black Friday, shop at select retailers in the Short North Arts District to receive a free, limited edition Short North Arts District Black Friday Messenger Bag. Bags will be available with purchase at participating retailers while supplies last. The high-quality bag displays a map of High Street, and is available to the first 1,000 shoppers at participating businesses. Bring them back to the District all season long for special deals and gifts with purchase.
Saturday, November 28: Small Business Saturday
Shop small and local in the Short North Arts District on Small Business Saturday. Select retailers will offer Short North Arts District Black Friday Messenger Bags with purchase, while supplies last. Want to watch the Ohio State vs. Michigan game? Shop before or game time and hit your favorite Short North Arts District spot to see the Buckeyes battle the team from up north.
Saturday, December 5: Holiday Hop
Holiday Hop is a celebrated Columbus tradition and the biggest Gallery Hop of the year. See new art exhibitions in the District’s galleries, vote for your favorite window display, and grab a drink and bite to eat while you’re out under the glittering arches. Don’t miss the Holiday Hop Pop Up Shop craft fair at The Garden Theatre and outdoor performers and artists from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.
Saturday, December 12: Santa Saturday and Santa Staycation Weekend
The fun of Santa Staycation Weekend in the Arena District and the Short North Arts District starts on Friday, December 11 with SantaCon in the Arena District. Suit up in your best Santa gear and join hundreds of Santas along a pub crawl of the Arena District. Stay the night at one of four hotels offering special packages, then continue the fun on Saturday, December 12 with Santa Saturday in the Short North Arts District. Enjoy brunch hosted by Santa at select Short North Arts District restaurants, streets filled with holiday performers, and specials and discounts at participating businesses for visitors donning holiday apparel.
Saturday, December 19: Wrap It Up Saturday
Finish your holiday shopping in the Short North Arts District with the variety of perfectly giftable items along High Street including art, home decor, accessories, unique clothing, and more. While you’re out, see outdoor holiday performers and get all your gifts wrapped at two nonprofit sponsored locations in the Short North Arts District from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Dress for Success will be providing free gift wrapping at Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph Hotel and is requesting a donation of new or gently used clothing items (especially accessory scarves). Neighborhood Services Inc. will be providing free gift wrapping at The Garden Theater and is requesting a donation of nonperishable food items for each gift wrapped.
Visit ShortNorth.org for schedules and complete details on the Holiday Season in the Short North Arts District. High resolution photos are available upon request.
The Short North Arts District's holiday season events are sponsored by: