One of the longstanding holiday traditions in Columbus is BalletMet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Ohio Theatre, in the heart of downtown Columbus. Every year central Ohioans pack the theater to enjoy Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday music and the dance stylings of Columbus’ local ballet troupe.
And tonight, Christmas Eve, the children will nestle all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums dance in their heads.
What’s Christmas without a gingerbread house? Every year our firm helps to get into the holiday spirit by buying a gingerbread house, with the proceeds going to charity, and then displaying the creation in our first floor lobby. This year’s elaborate creation, prepared to benefit the St. Stephen’s Community House, was prepared by Cameron Mitchell restaurants.
The Ohio Statehouse is decorated in its holiday best. Lit and ornamented Christmas trees are found at the corners of the lawn, and wreathes and swags, some complete with plastic apples and pears, have been placed on the Statehouse itself.
Like other cities, Columbus gets a bit gussied up for the holidays. It’s entertaining to wander around downtown, enjoying the decorations and the energy and talent that goes into them.
At Columbus City Hall, the towering statue of Christopher Columbus — which depicts the intrepid explorer with a curiously flat top of the head — stands guard over Santa’s workshop. The little workshop includes a mail slot, where kids can drop off their wish list letters to Santa.