2023

A Message From The Hosts

First, we want to thank you again in your support to make our first year such a success! Not only did we have a fantastic day and parade, but we are also able to assist several other nonprofits this year! In December we donated $500 to Toys for Tots to make sure every child has a magical Christmas morning! Coming up we will have the official check presentation to our nonprofit of the year, The Emma Grace Foundation! We are helping fund a new initiative that aligns with our belief that every holiday AND birthday should be an exciting time for children in our community. They are launching “Birthday Boxes”! Birthday Boxes will include all the supplies needed to host a birthday party including the cake! They will even have a few presents for the child in the box! What a great initiative that we are happy to be supporting! We couldn’t do it without our wonderful sponsors and community partners! We will also be donating $500 to start a scholarship through The Arts Council. This will pay for children to be able to attend art programs that they might not have been able to due to financial situations out of their control. This scholarship will continue to be funded thanks to our partnership with local artist, Donna Rosenberg! Every year she will donate an original piece of art themed to The Columbus Festival of Lights! This year her painting sold for $460! In the years to come our partnership with The Visitors Center will help us further this project by using her art to make coasters, holiday cards, and more! All the funds raised from this will be donated to the scholarship fund!

We are extremely proud and blessed to have been able to achieve all this our first year! We look forward to the wonderful things we will be able to continue to do in our community! Including hosting a magical Columbus Festival of Lights for years to come! This year’s sponsor packet is attached. We hope to make an impact again this year, thanks to your generous support!

2023

The Check Handover

Thank You to our 2023 Sponsors

Donner

sponsor

Comet

sponsor

Media Sponsors

Thank you to all our Vixen, Prancer and Dasher Sponsors

2023 Float Winners

Best Overall

OVATION TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Kids Choice Award

DOREL JUVENILE GROUP

Best Use Of Lights

SANTA'S SLEIGH

2023 Gallery

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2023

Social Comments On The Night

Ann & Larry Moore

I was very surprised when I received a phone call yesterday in response to my application for a sponsorship for the Columbus Festival of Lights parade in honor of my late husband, Larry Moore.

Here is one of my favorite pictures of us. Larry went in the hospital on December 15, 2021, and died in the hospital on January 11,2022 of COVID pneumonia. As I said in my application, our wedding anniversary is December 4, and we always included going to the Christmas parade in our anniversary celebration. 2023 would have been our 47th anniversary. Larry just loved going to the parade!
I thought being a sponsor would be a wonderful way to honor his memory. I am so glad you are bringing this tradition back, and I look forward to attending the festivities this year." - Anne Moore

Happy Anniversary! We loved having you at the parade.

Kelly Sullivan

Great job. Definitely impressed with the organization and it being your first year. Amazing ladies running this event !!!

Misty Derringer

Was so awesome! I smiled all day! That's the point! Next year I am packing a chair and staying for the whole thing. Great job to all the organizers for volunteering your time and your hearts to bring this back to Columbus!!

Becky Whipker

Thank You for putting it together.!
It was a great event.
Already excited about next year🌲
So glad I got to help out.

Articles

The Republican

Columbus Festival of Lights Parade returns with big crowd

By Brian Blair -December 3, 2023
Perhaps the only thing warmer than the 50-degree temperature just before the Columbus Festival of Lights Parade returned Saturday night — after a year’s absence — were the smiles of children and others along the mile-long route, mostly along Washington Street.

Some of the youngsters were decked in light-up antlers on their head, with the dear ones apparently innocently masquerading as deer ones amid the season.
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