Here’s a destination that clicks all the holiday preparation boxes! Shop at Indiana’s largest Outlet Mall, and while close by, scoot into downtown Columbus for a more personal shopping experience. Linger and lavish at the local boutiques on Washington Street. Then stick around for some sparkle with the spectacular Festival of Lights Parade, sure to immerse you in the spirit of the season. Next, sip your way to relaxation at the end of an exhilarating day. Then finally, slip into a cozy bed with the satisfaction of a day well-spent. We’ve got a holiday excursion planned for you that’s got it all! Shop, sparkle, sip and stay in Columbus Indiana.

Indiana Outlet Mall at dusk

Indiana Premium Outlets, the largest outlet mall in Indiana

The Indiana Premium Outlets mall, located conveniently off I-65 at exit 76, offers bargain hunters and brand loyalists over 85 shops to delight everyone on your list. With plenty of close parking, designer labels and leading brand names from Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters and Coach to Polo Ralph Lauren, Vera Bradley and Yankee Candle are just steps away. You can easily knock out most of your holiday shopping list in one trip to Indiana Premium Outlets.

Indiana Outlet Mall at dusk

Baker’s Fine Gifts is a favorite for gift giving

For the hard-to-buy-for or for those with distinctive tastes, head into downtown Columbus and shop the local merchants, many of which are located on Washington Street. Shops featuring local artisans’ designs, tasteful gifts and stunning styles dot the streets of Columbus’ colorful and creative downtown. It’s the perfect place to find that special gift and to reward yourself for a checked-off shopping list.

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Festival of Lights parade in downtown Columbus / photo by Shannon Malanoski

Schedule your shopping trip on Saturday, December 4, and combine it with the Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Columbus. Glittered costumes and sparkling floats light up the night starting at 6 pm. In fact, throughout the day the city of Columbus and downtown merchants will spread holiday cheer with a series of events and special offerings.

Henry Social Club

Henry Social Club in downtown Columbus

Did someone say sip? Downtown, keep energized and caffeinated by grabbing a cup at Lucabe Coffee Co. It’s a great place to set down the shopping bags and rest your feet. Then, relax following the Festival of Lights Parade at Henry Social Club. In the center of it all on Washington Street, this sleek and stylish restaurant offers creative cocktails and a world class wine selection. A more casual option is 4th Street Bar and Grill with a cozy vibe and fresh-to-order American-style meals. For a cool and classic experience, make your way to the Columbus Bar for some hearty pub grub. Look for the neon sign, then enjoy craft brewed beer and in Columbus’ oldest bar and restaurant.

Hotel Indigo room

Hotel Indigo in downtown Columbus

At last, at the end of a shop-til-you-drop day, you deserve a good night’s sleep. Treat yourself by staying close by at one of the many hotels at exit 68 or 76, right off of I-65. Or, pamper yourself to an exceptional overnight stay downtown at Hotel Indigo or the Inn at Irwin Gardens B&B. While Hotel Indigo is a modern boutique hotel, the Inn at Irwin Gardens B&B offers historic style and grace. Whichever you choose, it is sure to be memorable and restorative.

A holiday shopping trip to Columbus offers much more than just trekking through stores or plopping items into an online cart. Enjoy choosing meaningful gifts while treating yourself to holiday cheer at the same time. Make it special this year. Shop, Sparkle, Sip and Stay in Columbus Indiana.

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