Visit the historic streets of German Village to discover a world of lights and holiday magic.

Village Lights presented by Schmidt’s, the holiday-kickoff experience in German Village, is this Sunday Dec 2 from 5-9 p.m. at the corner of City Park and Thurman (1108 City Park Ave. Columbus).

Follow the luminaries from shop to shop as you begin checking off your holiday gift list. The businesses are open late with holiday specials and you’ll find festive surprises around every corner.

Kick off your shopping at StrietzelMarkt on the Platz. You’ll find vendors, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, ice carving, live music, mulled wine and more. We’ll light the Meeting Haus with NBC4 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, including a map of participating businesses, visit

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