For some, Christmas in July may involve grabbing a bowl of popcorn and throwing yourself in front of the Hallmark Channel for the month.
But for those looking for a more active way to celebrate, Central Ohio has plenty of options.
Zoombezi Bay will celebrate the occasion with a week-long vacation extravaganza, which was slowed down last year due to the pandemic, but is now returning to normal.
“Christmas in July” at the park will take place from 10:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Sunday next week.
âWe’ll have holiday characters, elves and some of our zoo mascot characters dressed in their best party clothes, and the park will be playing tropical Christmas songs, like the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett,â said Jeff Glorioso. , director of experimental marketing. for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Pine-scented snow will fly, Wendy’s will sponsor a holiday giveaway at 12:25 p.m. each day, and iced hot chocolate and mint ice cream will be on sale.
And at 8:00 p.m. on July 23, vacationers can watch âNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacationâ while floating in the wave pool or stretching out on a lounge chair.
Select Wendy’s restaurants will be offering discounted tickets to the âChristmas in Julyâ event at Zoombezi Bay.
For more information, call 614-645-3400 or visit columbuszoo.org.
“A Christmas Story” enters the scene
You can also head to the North Pole for a theatrical adaptation of “A Christmas Story,” which will be performed at the Mansfield Playhouse, 95 E. 3rd St., Mansfield at 7pm Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm. Sunday, with tickets ranging from $ 8 to $ 13.
âWe were in rehearsals for ‘A Christmas Story’ at the beginning of December last year,â said Doug Wertz, artistic director and chairman of the board of the Playhouse. âThen we decided the safest thing to do was shut it down. “
During the months that they were closed, they renovated the theater, and then when the restrictions were lifted, they resumed operations.
âWe decided that since we had had the set built on stage in recent months, we were going to have Christmas in July. All but one of the original cast members were able to join us. It’s such a fun story, it really works anytime of the year.
For more information, call 419-522-2883 or visit mansfieldplayhouse.com.
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Santa and Mrs Claus will make an appearance in Dublin
Kids and their parents can also get in the holiday mood from noon to 2:00 pm on July 25 with a âChristmas in Julyâ celebration at the Coffman Park Pavilion, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin.
The show, which lasts approximately 75 minutes, features song, dance, story time and classic holiday carols. Afterwards, the children will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and other characters.
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âThe kids didn’t really have Christmas like they usually do last year, so that helps make up for that,â said Paulette Thomas, former BalletMet dancer and owner of Paulette’s Princess Parties, which hosts the show. .
âPeople will come in, and we’ll give them all a snowball and have a big snowball fight. Santa will be there in his summer outfit, with the one and only Mrs. Claus – that’s me – in her summer outfit.
The price of the show is $ 35 for a family, which includes parents or other caregivers and children.
For more information, call 614-395-6330, or visit paulettesprincessparties.com.
Gahanna walks, runs for the benefit of the Ho Ho Ho Wagons
Those with energy to spare, or maybe an elf costume to show off, can take part in the 5K Christmas Walk and Fun Run in July, starting at 9 a.m. on July 25 at Academy Park, 1201 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna. The cost of $ 35 goes directly to the local charity Wagons Ho Ho Ho, which builds 1,500 toy cars each year in December, fills them with holiday meals and distributes them to local charities.
âThis is our 14th year of building wagons and the fourth year of the Fun Run,â said Donn Ditzhazy, co-founder of Wagons Ho Ho Ho. âWe still have a lot of Santa Claus there, a lot of elves, people who have fun, whether they are walking or running in competition. “
This year, the race also has a virtual option, open until September, for those who might not be inspired to run in the July weather.
âIf you do it virtually, you still get a great goodie bag with a t-shirt and a participation medal,â Ditzhazy notes.
For more information, visit www.wagonshohoho.org.
Share your holiday spirit by singing along at the karaoke bar
If you’d rather sing rather than run, head to Chubby’s Sports Bar and Grill at 7 p.m. July 24, 1846 Hard Road for a Christmas karaoke night in July. In addition to karaoke, there will be a prize for the best costume, an exchange of gifts and drink specials.
For more information, call 614-587-7222 or visit sportsbarcolumbusoh.com.