Bundle up and grab your favorite mug for the hot cocoa; ’tis (almost) the season to celebrate under the glittering arches again in the Short North Arts District.

Beloved favorites including Holiday Hop, the Holiday Hop Pop Up Shop, Black Friday Limited Edition Bags, and more are returning for 2017, which promises another season of fun activities. Mark your calendars, make your holiday gift lists, and come enjoy everything the Short North has to offer this holiday season. To view the Holiday Shopping Guide and Activity Map, click here. Click here for our Parking & Transit Guide.


Friday, November 17: Deck The District Tree Lighting

Ring in the holiday season in the Short North Arts District with the third annual Deck The District Tree Lighting. The Just For Fun Barbershop Quartet will be singing throughout the District from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. From 6:00pm – 8:00pm in Poplar Park, get in the holiday spirit with festive tunes sung by the Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adelines, and have your photo taken with Santa. At 6:30pm, gather ‘round with family and friends to sip complimentary hot cocoa while watching the tree sparkle and shine at the official tree lighting by the Short North Alliance and Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano.

Friday, November 24: Black Friday                                               synergy-short-north-mural-bag-american-gothi-mockup-11-04-2016

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 25: 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 2: Holiday Hop

Holiday Hop is a celebrated Columbus tradition and the biggest Gallery Hop of the year, featuring street performers, decorated retail windows, lights, and of course, holiday cheer. See new art exhibitions in the Short North Arts District galleries and vote for your favorite Short North Arts District holiday window display.

Saturday, December 2: Holiday Hop Pop Up Shop

While you’re out and about at Holiday Hop, stop by the Holiday Hop Pop Up Shop for homemade and handmade goods and get your photo taken with Santa at the Holiday Headquarters, located at 873 N. High St. 

Special thanks to Surprise! Modern Party + Cocktail Goods for decorating the Holiday Pop Up Shop, and thank you to The Pizzuti Companies for sponsoring the Holiday Headquarters.


Saturday, December 9; Saturday, December 16; and Saturday, December 23: Wrap It Up Saturdaze

Finish your holiday shopping and shop local in the Short North Arts District with a variety of retailers along High Street offering art, home decor, accessories, unique clothing, and more. While you’re out, see outdoor holiday performers and receive complimentary gift wrapping at the Holiday Headquarters at 873 N. High St, in partnership with Dress for Success, in the Short North Arts District from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. 

Dress for Success will be accepting donations of new or gently used clothing or jewelry for use towards their mission of empowering workplace women in need. Along with a donation, you can bring a copy of the Holiday Shopping Guide to receive $5.00 off a Short North Arts District Limited Edition Throwback T-Shirt, or $2.00 off a Short North Arts District Tote Bag.

Short North Arts District Business Pop Ups December 4 – December 29

Short North Arts District businesses will be hosting retail pop up’s, performances, and art exhibitions in the Short North Arts District Holiday Headquarters, located at 873 N. High Street, during the holiday season. Check back soon for a list of all participating retailers.

Friday, November 17 – Saturday, December 23: #ShortNorthPole Instagram Contest                                          
Throughout the season, be sure to snap some photos of all your holiday merriment in the Short North Arts District with #ShortNorthPole for a chance to win special gifts from some of the District’s best loved spots! We will select winners weekly.



[Photo:@alistexpert, previous winner]

#ShortNorthPole gift packs will include prizes from these Short North Arts District businesses:

Alexanders Jewelers | Branch Chunky Armadillo | Clover on HighCub Shrub | Glean | Global Gifts | Late Night SliceOn Paper | pm gallery | rowe boutique | Surprise! Modern Party + Cocktail | The Optical Co. | Tigertree | Wine on High 

The Short North Holiday Headquarters is made possible with support from The Pizzuti Companies.

Short North Arts District holiday season support provided by: