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Great Hallelujah Holiday Tour of Downtown Churches

Feel the true spirit of the holidays with our fantastically festive tour!

Saturday, December 1, 2018
2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $15 Members/$20 Non-Members
Tickets must be purchased in advance – no sales at door.
Tour proceeds benefit Columbus Landmarks and the four featured churches.

Even though I was by myself, I didn’t feel alone. I felt among friends…like we were on a European tour combined with a progressive, roving concert. Cool mix of places, people and the arts. Perfect length time and distance wise, too.” – 2017 Participant 

Downtown Columbus is home to many historically and architecturally significant churches representing the finest in craftsmanship and ecclesiastical design. Please join us for a walking tour like none other you’ve experienced. Be moved by powerful seasonal music at each stop with an introduction by WOSU Classical 101’s very own, Christopher Purdy. Experience the rich architectural history of each church with Columbus Landmarks experts. And, understand how these churches work to connect their dynamic congregations to the greater neighborhood, while being caretakers of some of Columbus’ most important and challenging landmark buildings.

Featured Tour Stops along 1.25-mile walking tour route:

First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St. featuring Kevin Jones, Organist
Christian Spiritualist Temple, 77 S. Sixth St. featuring Nathan Hay, Harpist
Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St. featuring Thomas Belcher, Carillon Bells
Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 E. Broad St. featuring Brian Johnson, Organist, and Gary Everts, Choral Director

Tour begins at First Congregational Church at 2 p.m. where you will have the opportunity to visit the newly created Washington Gladden Social Justice Park. Free parking is available in the State Auto surface lot on the SE Corner of Broad and Washington, across from Broad Street UMC and near the end of the tour. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. The tour route is 1.25 miles. If the weather is inclement or you wish to drive and park at each stop for accessibility reasons, limited on-street or nearby parking is available near each site. All four sites are ADA accessible.

The tour ends at Broad Street United Methodist Church.  Don’t miss the deliciously decadent homemade holiday cookie spread at the last stop following the tour. And, be SURE to stop by our holiday pop-up shop for Hallelujah tour specials on great gifts for all the important people on your list!!

You may wish to extend your tour by visiting the holiday light displays downtown: State Auto’s Historic Christmas Display and Life-Sized Nativity, displayed annually since 1932; Columbus Metropolitan Library Huntington Holiday Train Display, 96 S. Grant Ave. (closes at 6pm); Topiary Park Holiday Lights, behind Main Library; Columbus Commons Holiday Lights; and Scioto Mile Holiday Lights.

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  • Name: Columbus Landmarks
  • Phone: 614-221-0227
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