The Landings kicks off Christmas season tonight

If you were driving along Airport Thruway in Columbus early this evening and thought you saw elves and heard Christmas music, it wasn't your mind playing tricks on you.

It was the Christmas Open House and Grand Lighting ceremony at The Landings, 2500 Airport Thruway.

The celebration began at 5 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. tonight.

The event includes free rides in a horse-drawn carriage, photos with Santa Claus, and a variety of free goodies, such as popcorn and cotton candy.

The Christmas lights were also turned on this evening after dark and there is entertainment from choral performances to ballet.

Many of the stores also have refreshments and in-store events.