Holiday inspired activities and gift ideas

Celebrate the Holidays with CMA!

Holiday Wow and Wonder Weekend

Start your holiday celebrations at CMA during Holiday Wow & Wonder! Embrace holiday wow moments with shopping deals, membership discounts, tastes of the season in Schokko Café, and a favorite holiday tradition Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO®.

Saturday, December 2
10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Enjoy $5 general admission all day, plus enjoy creative time in Open Studio from 10:30 AM–3:30 PM with guest artist Lynne Wise, and a screening of The Lego Movie at 2:00 PM.

Registration to The LEGO Movie is $5 for everyone including members. Registration for nonmembers includes Museum general admission. Register for The LEGO Movie here, advanced registration is encouraged.

Downtown Holiday Trolley Hop
1:00 PM–6:00 PM
Free trolley rides to various merchants and cultural institutions in Downtown Columbus will be available to the public! Trolley riders receive FREE general admission to the Museum.

This year’s trolley hop promises an array of attractions, including live music, children’s crafts, steaming hot chocolate, scrumptious treats, an indoor Holiday pop-up market, and appearances by beloved Holiday characters. Learn more about the Trolley Hop here.

Sunday, December 3
10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Craftin’ Outlaws returns for its 18th annual celebration of arts and crafts from exhibitors around the Midwest. Collect objects crafted with care from the creatives who create them. Learn more about the vendors and shopping experience.

Admission to Craftin’ Outlaws Winter Marketplace is included with Free Sundays.


Visit the Museum!

The Columbus Museum of Art offers many ways to visit including Free Sundays, $5 after 5:00 PM Thursdays, and even a partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) to encourage visitors to check-out a Culture Pass from any CML location and come to the Museum for free.

REMINDER: The Museum is closed November 23, December 24, 25, & January 1, and closes at 3:00 PM on November 22 & December 31.

There’s lots to explore at the Columbus Museum of Art. Here are some of our favorites this season:

Visit the JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity and discover CATS, SHAPES, and the Wonder Room. Visitors are encouraged to explore art, games, participatory stations, and more!

Enjoy Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO®. Experiment with your own LEGO® creations, participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt and more!

Attend CMA Studio sessions to explore experiences for all ages. Open Studio at CMA engages creative thinking through material exploration and monthly BIG IDEA’s.

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Discounted Gift Memberships

November 1–December 31

Give the gift of membership! Save 15%* when you buy an Individual, Family, or Reciprocal gift membership (with promo code GIFT15). Order by December 11 to receive your CMA membership card by December 25.

A membership to the Columbus Museum of Art is a meaningful gift that will be enjoyed all year long. You can find the perfect membership for everyone on your gift list. Membership provides an entire year of access to art and culture through free admission to the Columbus Museum of Art and The Pizzuti, invitations to member-exclusive events, and free or discounted tickets to public programs.

Gift Membership Options

Questions? Please contact Abbey Diaz, Membership & Operations Coordinator, at or call 614.629.0363.

Offer only applies to Individual, Family, and Reciprocal level memberships. Eligible for new gift memberships only, not eligible for renewals or regular memberships.

Museum Store Specials

Member Specials
CMA Members always get 10% off Museum Store purchases, during the month of December, they receive 20% (not valid on gift cards). Gift cards are also available for purchase in store or online.

Take advantage of these extra gifts with purchase for all shoppers during the month of December:*
Spend $50 and get a free CMA coffee mug ($10 value)
Spend $100 and get a free pack of Aminah Robinson notecards 16 count ($15 value)
Spend $200 and get a free CMA coloring book ($25 value)

*Offer valid while supplies last, total is based on amount spent after Member discount has been applied.

Museum Store 2023 Gift Guide

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Studio Programs

Open Studio
Every Saturday
10:30 AM–3:30 PM

Get ready to make and gift winter themed creations you can create at Open Studio on Saturdays. Open Studio experiences are included with admission to CMA, materials and supplies provided.

Winter Art Breaks
December 27–28 & January 4–5, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Spend your winter break getting creative in the museum’s Studio. Visitors are invited to pull up a chair and explore seasonal materials designed for art making and gift giving. Included with cost of admission and open to all ages.

Studio Page

Winter Art Breaks supported by

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Annual Tony Hagood Quintet Plays Jazz Holiday Standards

December 17, 2:00–4:00 PM

It’s already the third year of this wonderful concert! Join us for our new tradition of jazz holiday music in December with the Tony Hagood Quintet. Taking place in the Columbus Museum of Art auditorium, expect to hear many great jazz holiday music arrangements from artists like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and much more! This was a favorite again last year, we hope you will join us this year!

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members in advance, and $30 for everyone at the door.


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