Short North Arts District, Columbus, Ohio - 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 starting the week of Monday, November 14. "The Short North Arts District is the ultimate place to shop small and local to find one-of-a-kind gifts during the holiday season," said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “Visitors can enjoy creative holiday decor, performances, and Short North traditions while shopping the unique variety of retailers and boutiques along High Street."
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 18: Deck The District Tree Lighting
Ring in the holiday season in the Short North Arts District with the second annual Deck The District Tree Lighting. From 6:00-8:00pm in Poplar Park, get in the holiday spirit with festive tunes sung by featured performer the Columbus Chorus Sweet Adelines, and have your photo taken with Santa. At 6:30pm, gather ‘round with family and friends to watch the tree sparkle and shine at the official tree lighting by the Short North Alliance and elected officials. Don’t miss performances by the Ohio Dominican University Chorus performing at Victorian Gate from 6:00-8:00pm and Vaud Villities holiday variety show at Bollinger Tower from 8:00-10:00pm.
Friday, November 25: 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 Collectible Tote Bag featuring the Short North Gothic mural. Whether you’re shopping for others or treating yourself, find a plethora of giftable items including art, home decor, accessories, and unique clothing throughout the District. Bags will be available with purchase at participating retailers while supplies last.
Saturday, November 26: 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 Collectible Tote Bags with purchase, while supplies last. Want to watch the 12:00pm Ohio State vs. Michigan game? Shop before game time and hit your favorite Short North Arts District spot to see the Buckeyes battle the team from up north.
Saturday, December 3: Holiday Hop
Holiday Hop is a celebrated Columbus tradition and the biggest Gallery Hop of the year, featuring street performers, decorated windows, lights, and holiday cheer. See new art exhibitions in the Short North Arts District galleries, vote for your favorite Short North Arts District holiday window display, get your photo taken with Santa at Victorian Gate, and grab a drink and bite to eat while you’re out under the glittering arches.
Saturday, December 10: Short North Pole Shop Night
Enjoy an evening in the Short North Arts District and check off everyone on your holiday shopping list during the new Short North Pole Shop Night. Select businesses will offer extended hours, and festive performers will roam High Street throughout the evening. Stay out late and shop between 7:00pm and 9:00pm to be rewarded with a limited edition holiday giveaway - a Short North Pole ornament - available at select retailers while supplies last.
Saturday, December 19: Wrap It Up Saturday
Finish your holiday shopping in the Short North Arts District with a 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 your gifts wrapped at select retailers, or a nonprofit-sponsored location in the Short North Arts District from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Bring a new or gently used item of jewelry for donation to Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph Hotel and receive complimentary gift wrapping by Dress for Success.
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: