BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley - Columbus

Event Information



Arch City Tavern

862 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

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Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description
Join us on the Original BYOB trolley ride through the seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks in Columbus.

About this Event

what you get:

  • Trolley Ride to Take in Some of the Best Holiday Spots in Columbus
  • Drop Off at the Columbus Zoo Wildlights
  • Zoo Admission is NOT INCLUDED in this ticket. You will need to either bring a zoo membership with you or we will have zoo admission tickets available for $15 at check-in.
  • Drive through light displays in Upper Arlington and Downtown Columbus
  • Visit the Scioto Mile & Columbus Commons
  • Bowl of Soup before trolley departs
  • Souvenir gift
  • Staff to Guide the Trolley
  • BYOB for Trolley (21+ Event)

Head to Arch City (862 N High St) for check-in in the Short North neighborhood where the lights begin! Here, we'll shoot the breeze while enjoying a bowl of soup (included in the ticket), and prep for our gawker ride through the yuletide lights of Columbus.

Bring your own beverages for the vintage trolley ride and as soon as we board our adventure begins. We'll be whisked off on a 4 hour ride that includes all the best holiday light displays in Columbus. Included on the tour is a stop at Columbus Zoo Wildlights where we will have approximately 1 hour to explore the millions of lights on display at the zoo. (*Please note zoo admission is not included in this ticket. You will need to either bring a zoo membership with you or we will have zoo admission tickets available for purchase for $15 at check-in.)

We'll drive through Upper Arlington to see their residential lighting displays. Also included will be a drive through downtown Columbus with another drop at Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile. Here you'll see the thousands of decorative lights and holiday decor illuminate the Scioto Mile and Bi-Centennial Park.

Finally, after soaking in the urban winter wonderland, we'll head back and be dropped off at Arch City to rave about the seasonal sparkles we just saw.

Event Schedule - 5:30-10:30pm

  • 5:30-5:45pm - Check-in at Arch City
  • 6:30pm - Trolley boards and departs
  • 6:30-10:30pm - Trolley Ride with stops at Columbus Zoo WildLights, Scioto Mile. Drive through downtown Columbus and Upper Arlington.
  • 10:30pm - Trolley arrives back to Arch City

Fine Print & FAQs

*Fine Print: All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are only valid for scheduled event date and event time. No refunds or reschedules will be provided to anyone who misses scheduled event. Event is rain, shine and snow. No refunds will be given to customers who do not attend the scheduled event due to weather. If roads are closed on the trolley route due to extreme weather and event must be cancelled customers will be contacted via e-mail. Space is limited and trolleys will not be oversold or overbooked. Each trolley has a max of 24 or 27 customers. 21+ event. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. BYOB; must be 21+ to consume alcohol. BYOB is for trolley ride ONLY. You may bring beverages/cooler with you to the event, but will be asked to keep all beverages stored away until we board the trolley. Cooler must be small enough to fit under your trolley bench. Duration of event is 5 hours. Trolley ride is 4 hours.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


Is zoo admission included in the ticket?

No, admission to the zoo is not included in the ticket. You will need to either bring a zoo membership with you or we will have zoo tickets available for purchase at check-in for $15.

How many people fit on a trolley? Can you rent the entire trolley or do a private event?

Yes! Private trolley tours are available. We have 1 trolley that can fit 25 and 1 trolley that can fit 27 customers. If you are interested in learning more about a private event please e-mail benefitzco@gmail.com with approximate number of people and the date you would like to do the tour. Trolley rental is extremely limited, but the same tour can be done for a private group on a party bus.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes, this event is 21+. All customers must come with a valid 21+ ID.

I am a vegetarian, is there a food option for vegetarians?

Yes, there will be a vegetarian soup option.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your ticket (either printed or electronic) and your ID with you to check-in.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

As long as the attendee has a ticket (either printed or electronic) it does not matter if the ticket name matches the name of the attendee.

Something has come up and I can’t make the event for the date I scheduled. Can I reschedule my ticket for a different date?

You cannot transfer your ticket to a different date. Once tickets are purchased all sales are final. You may give your tickets away (again the ticket name does not need to match the attendee name).

I would like to add on one more ticket for a friend, but it says the event is sold out. Can I add on just one more ticket?

Unfortunately, no. Once an event says sold out there are no more tickets available for that date. We are limited due to seating constraints on the trolley and cannot oversell the event.

Are we allowed to drink on the trolley?

Yes! The event is BYOB and you are allowed to drink on the trolley. We will have cups provided as you are not to drink out of glass on the trolley.

What time should I arrive for the event?

Check-in will begin at 5:30pm. If you arrive early, that's fine, but we will be set-up and ready to begin check-in at that scheduled event start time. The trolley departs promptly at 6:30pm. If you arrive after 6:00pm, we cannot guarantee there will still be food available.

Where do I park?

Parking for the event is NOT included. We strongly recommend customers take Uber/Lyft. If you are driving, please allow extra time for parking. There are several garages in the Short North neighborhood which we would suggest as many of the street spots are metered.

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Arch City Tavern

862 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

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