72 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus

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Looking for things to do in Columbus around Thanksgiving? If you have family in town and/or a few days off of work and are looking for something to do, check out this list of 72 events and things to do around Thanksgiving in Columbus!

72 Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus:

If there’s a chance you’ll need to walk off an extra piece of pie (or two) or get bickering family members out of the house….tuck this list away! And have a happy week of thankfulness! (As always, please double check the link for exact details, dates and times!) There will not be an additional What Should We Do This Weekend? post this week. This is the list! 🙂

holiday train and Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Any Time:

1. Conservatory Aglow is happening at Franklin Park Conservatory! While you’re there, check out the Gingerbread Competition.

2. Wildlights is in full swing all weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

3. Visit LEGOLAND Columbus Discovery Center at Easton Town Center. LEGOLAND is open 365 days a year. Thanksgiving Hours are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and the last admission is at 3:00 PM.

4. Get your kid’s photo with Santa at Easton Town Center

5. Christmas at the Castle, a Kingdom of Lights! at Landoll’s Mohican Castle features over 100,000 lights, a Christmas tree, holiday music and visits from Santa! This is a free event! This event happens every night starting Friday!

6. Drive through Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights any night through January 1st!

7. Visit the PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

8. Drop a letter in Santa’s Mailbox in Pickerington beginning Wednesday.

9. Check out the Thanksgiving Weekend special at Ten Pin Alley. It includes $3 laser tag missions, a family fun pack special, and more. They are open on Thanksgiving and have specials running the rest of the week!

10. For many people this is the week to get their Christmas Tree! You can Choose & Cut Christmas Trees at Young’s Jersey Dairy or pick another farm or tree lot from this list of Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond!

11. Friday through Sunday you can take a Holiday Carriage Ride at Easton Town Center!

12. Sign up for a Family Gingerbread House Decorating class at Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna.

13, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is playing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday only at Ohio Theatre!

14. Clifton Mill Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving! Gates open at 5:00 every night and the display runs through New Year’s Eve!

15. See the amazing lanterns, watch cultural performances, shop and eat Chinese and traditional fair food at Dragon Lights Columbus at Ohio Expo Center from November 23-January 6, 2019. Nightly from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

16. Ohio History Center is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with special activities with a Space theme including building your own model parachute, special visitors, rockets and more!

17. Think Outside the Brick is now on display at Columbus Museum of Art! This LEGO set up shouldn’t be missed and would make a great weekend outing! Don’t forget the museum is free on Sundays!

18. Drive through the Fairfield County Festival of Lights. This light display goes on Thanksgiving through Christmas!

19. Winterfest opens at Kings Island on November 23 and operates select nights through December 31. . It includes ice skating, holiday characters, millions of lights, holiday shows, carolers, and the park will included 10 winter wonderlands to visit.


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Monday, November 19, 2018:

20. Story Time in the Park is happening at Deer Haven Park.

21. Participate in a Thanksgiving Art Project and Stuff the Turkey Game! at Olde Gahanna Sanctuary

Franklin Park Conservatory and Columbus Museum of Art

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

22. Have a Mommy & Me breakfast at Sunny Street Café (Polaris) it’s a Thanksgiving Gathering!

23. Have a Pajama Dance Party! at Bexley Public Library

Wednesday, November 21, 2018:

24. Sign your kids up for the Educational Day Camp at Horse-N-Round Fun. This camp takes place on Wednesday and Friday for ages 6 and up and will go over horse care and riding. Lunch will be provided. Register in advance for this one! There’s also a preschool version.

25. No school on Wednesday? Send your kids ages 5-12 to the School’s Out Program at Sunbury Urban Farm. The theme is Give Thanks. Register in advance.

26. Another option for the kids is the Day Before Thanksgiving Camp at Picassos where lots of Thanksgiving Crafts will be made! Register in advance.

27. Take the kids to SuperGames Winter Open Play! at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Arrive early because the play space is first come, first served! Cost is $10 per child.

28. Do a Sweet Turkeys Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory This class involves a cookie craft and does require preregistration and admission to the Conservatory. Cost is $4/cookie.

29. If the adults need a little time to unwind before the big day, head over to the Thanksgiving Eve Beer Tasting at House Wine in Worthington!

30. Visit the 400 West Rich and Chromedge Studios for Welcome Wednesdays! from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM to get a sneak peek at the work of their resident artists! There will be live demos, tours an more!

31. See everyone’s favorite puddle jumper in Peppa Pig Live! at Palace Theatre.

Ten Pin Alley and Trees at Franklin Park Conservatory

Thursday, November 22, 2018:

Lots of opportunities for exercise on Thanksgiving Day! Try out one of these:

35. Take a trip to Cleveland for Thanksgiving at the Zoo at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

36. Skate your heart out at the 99 Cents Thanksgiving Skate at Skate Zone 71

37. Have the Easiest Thanksgiving Meal ever at Bob Evans.

Friday, November 23, 2018:

Black Friday offers lots of shopping options such as:

  • 38. Ohio Made Market: Black Friday Edition at Grove City Brewing Company – the Black Friday Market features local makers with gift items for everyone on your list! Free parking and admission.
  • 39. Zassy’s Black Friday Shopping Event! – check out the newly renovated Zassy’s Tap Room and shop from over 30 vendors. There will be raffles, food and drink, and more! (No children after 8:00 PM.)
  • 40. The Holiday Market at Canal Market District takes place on Friday and will local vendors, food trucks, holiday treats, and more. Afterwards stick around for the lighting of the Licking County Courthouse!
  • 41. Black Friday at Ivory Barn – shop from Ohio vendors for holiday decor, gifts and more! This market goes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
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42. At the Black Friday Open Gym at Gym Skills kids can get their energy out at this open gym time that includes lots of opportunities for jumping, swinging, balancing and more!

43. Head to Newark for Holiday Homecoming 2017 at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology on Friday to learn about the heritage of the community! Design your own holiday card, build an ornament and more!

44. Drop your kids off at the Board Game Youth Camp at Creative Art Bar Hilliard and they can play games and do crafts including creating their own checker board set! Ages 7 and up. RSVP required.

45. Take a trip to Urbana for the Holiday Horse Parade, a lighted horse parade! Santa will arrive, there will be street carolers, a tree lighting ceremony and more!

46. Take the kids to SuperGames Winter Open Play! at 6:00 PM. Arrive early because the play space is first come, first served! Cost is $10 per child.

47. Drop the kids off at Creative Art Bar Hilliard for an evening of crafting, pizza and other activities while you go shopping or have a date night! RSVP required.

48. Glass Axis is hosting a School’s Out Open House from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM where there will be glass art projects for kids of all ages! There will be free glassblowing demos and 3 art projects for kids to choose from based on age!

49. You can drop your kids off at Young Chefs Academy Gahanna for Kids Night Out! There will be hands on cooking workshops and Chef Wars!

Christmas Trees and Franklin Park Conservatory Train

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Small Business Saturday is a great way to shop local this year! Several special events are going on including:

60. Anyone ages 7 and up can take a Fall Bird Walk at Shale Hollow Park to watch for birds. Binoculars will be available.

61. At the Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center on Saturday and Sunday, you can pick out your Christmas tree while you enjoy refreshments, a visit from The Grinch, hot cider and a festive atmosphere!

62. Play classic board games at Gallant Farm Park!

63. Game Days at HOMAGE Easton Town Center and HOMAGE Short North includes free donuts from Buckeye Donuts, coffee and special deals on Saturday mornings for each Buckeye game this season!

64. Work off that extra piece of pumpkin pie at Squats & Tots Saturday Classes! at piccadilly

65. Take your preschoolers to a Storytime at Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

66. The Holiday Open House at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center includes hot apple cider, cookies and the Grinch! You can pick out a Christmas tree here, too!

67. Olde Worthington Holiday Open House is on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and it includes an iceless ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, live music and a visit from Santa! The evening ends with the tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green!

68. Head to Pizzuti Collection Family Day from 12:00 AM – 5:00 PM for free admission, art inspired activity books, crafts and family tours!

69. Have a fun experience with the whole family at Family Fun Day – Get $3 Off on Sunday Bookings at The Escape Room USA in Columbus!

70. For a $25 donation to Stop the Suffering you can have your picture taken with Santa at HTH Farm Market! Families and pets are welcome. There will also be a Bake Sale for $10 for a box of baked goods!

71. There’s another chance for Pet Pics with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place today from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on the lower level.

72. The Kids Christmas Party at Clay Street Ceramics will include painting ornaments, decorating cookies and working on Christmas crafts. There will be a special visit from Santa between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. $15/child.


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Summer Nights in Columbus: Concerts, Movies and More for Every Night of the Week

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With over 40 recurring nightly events going on around Columbus there will always be something to do all summer!

Who’s up for enjoying warm summer nights when it stays light until 9:00 or later? Here’s a list of things going on in the evenings around Columbus! Just a note: A lot of these do not happen every single week, so make sure to check the link for all the details!

Know something I should add? Leave a comment! Don’t forget to also check out 35 Free Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer in Columbus!

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

carousel at Columbus Commons, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday

ART Sign in the Discovery District, Columbus, Ohio

Friday

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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 14-16, 2017

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Did you see this week’s post: Summer Nights in Columbus: Something to do Every Night of the Week? Check it out for a list of summer events happening all throughout the week!

1. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. at the Coffman Park Amphitheater

When: Monday – Friday, July 10-14, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-410-4550

Watch this adaptation of Disney’s Little Mermaid in the outdoor Amphitheater! Tickets are $5/person.

2. Steam Threshers Festival in Pastime Park

When: Thursday – Sunday, July 13 – 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 344-350 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-270-0007

This annual show includes a large tractor and engine display as well as nightly entertainment featuring lawnmower races, horse pulls, truck and tractor pulls and a parade! $5/person. Children 12 and under are free.

3. Picktown Palooza in Olde Pickerington Village

When: Thursday – Sunday, July 13-16, 2017
Time: Thursday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 100 Lockville Rd., Pickerington, OH 41347
Phone: 614-379-2099

This is a 4 day celebration of community that includes live entertainment, the Freedom 5K and Kids Fun Run, carnival rides, a car and bike show, food vendors and Kids’Corner and more! Tickets can be purchased online.

4. 80th Birthday Celebration at Krispy Kreme

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: participating Krispy Kreme locations

If you buy one dozen donuts at regular price, Krispy Kreme will sell you a second dozen donuts for $.80 on Friday to celebrate their 80th birthday!

5. KidX Club: Backyard Biologist

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy. , Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Preservation Parks of Delaware County will be at this week’s KidX Club to help kids explore life outdoors! This event takes place at the outdoor fountain area of the mall. Bring a book to donate for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and children will pick out a treat from the treasure chest! Also, kids eat free at the Pub on Fridays!

6. From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday-Thursday, July 14-20, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

GFC has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to bring your family these great films inspired by books! This week’s film is Spy Kids. Daytime admission is free with your library card!

7. Flicks on the Bricks at Hilliard’s Station Park

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4021 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

This fun evening at Hilliard’s Station Park has a Christmas theme! There will be live reindeer, santa, a snow machine and live snow globe, snowball game and more! The movie being shown is Christmas Vacation!

8. Movie at the Park at Stradley Park

When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: 36 S. High St., Canal Winchester, OH 32926

Storks is the free movie being shown in the park on Friday night! Canal Winchester Human Services will be collecting donations of diapers and baby items for the Community Food Pantry. It is suggested you arrive early to get a seat!

9. Westgate Farmer’s Market the West Gate Masonic Lodge

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2925 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

The Westgate Farmers Market happens on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and includes local vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, kids activities and live music! This week’s food trucks are Explorers Club, Erin’s Lunchbox and Cream & Sugar!

10. 10TV & Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure at Highbanks Metro Park

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Big Meadows Picnic Area, 9466 US-23, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This free family celebration of summer includes playing in the creek, rock climbing, sack races, live animals and lots of other outdoor activities! Channel 10 news anchors will be on site all day as well!

11. Franklin County Fair

When: Saturday-Sunday, July 15-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Friday & Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday – Thursday
Location: 5043 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-7235

This is the 100th Anniversary of the Franklin County Fair. Visit the kids tent for activities for games, crafts and other activities!

12. Sensory Friendly Films: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

This special showing is for families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities. The show will be at a lower volume and brighter atmosphere. This is a free event featuring the movie based on the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

13. The Turtle Lady at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

The Turtle Lady will be on site with her turtles! Kids can make a turtle craft, too! Free with admission.

14. Delaware Family Festival at Andrews House

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 39 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

This Block Party style event includes music, food, face painting, free haircuts, caricatures, games, crafts and more! Free lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM!

15. From Book to Film in Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: Dusk
Location: ​480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Movies at Topiary Park include free popcorn, a food truck and activities. This weekend’s movie is Curious George!

16. National Ice Cream Day Deals around Columbus

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017

Make sure to follow my Facebook Page for a fun giveaway on National Ice Cream Day (Sunday)!

17. West Side Community Baby Shower

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2622 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

If you live on the West side of Columbus and are pregnant or have a baby under 3 months old, you are invited to the Westside Community Baby Shower! There will be prizes, giveaways, free diapers, food, Community Health Workers and more! You can also donate diapers, food and baby items to this event. See all the info at the link above!

18. Summer Reading Road Trip at Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-0290

Join in this reading festival hosted by Scholastic and Fundamentals  where there will be giveaways, crafts, games and your favorite Scholastic book characters! There will be 3 author/illustrators in attendance as well! See more about Fundamentals here.


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