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57 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 57 events and things to do Thanksgiving week in Columbus!

Disclaimer: Franklin County is currently under a Stay At Home Advisory. Many events are being cancelled or going virtual. Please check links before making your plans and use your best judgement when deciding to attend an in-person event. Stay safe, Columbus!

57 Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Columbus:

If there’s a chance you’ll need to walk (or skate) 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! 🙂

Things to Do Any Time Thanksgiving Week and Weekend:

Light Tunnel at Conservatory Aglow

Tunnel of Light at Franklin Park Conservatory.

1. Conservatory Aglow is happening at Franklin Park Conservatory! Tickets must be purchased in advance.

2. Wildlights is in full swing all weekend at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Tickets must be purchased in advance.

3. Visit LEGOLAND Columbus Discovery Center at Easton Town Center. LEGOLAND is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday this year. Purchase tickets online.

Light Tunnel at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio in Hebron, Ohio

Drive Through Tunnel at WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio!

4. Drive through WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio in Hebron, Ohio to see over 1 million synchronized LED lights! Open every night from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

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 event will be $8.00 per car on Friday & Saturday nights, free Sunday-Thursday nights. This event begins on Friday, November 27th.

Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights, Alum Creek Campground

Drive Through Lights at Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights!

6. Drive through Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights, a holiday light display at Alum Creek Park Campground any night through January 3, 2020. 5:30 PM – 9:30. Ticket booth closes at 9:00 PM.

7. Take a road trip to visit the PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Reservations required.

8. For many people this is the week to get their Christmas Tree! Pick a farm or tree lot from this list of Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond!

9. On Saturday and Sunday you can take a Holiday Carriage Ride at Easton Town Center!

10. Pick up a Family Gingerbread House Decorating kit from Young Chefs Academy of Gahanna.

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

12. Take photos with Santa at Polaris Fashion Place. Check the link for times. Reservations encouraged.

13. Run the Chase Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot when it’s convenient for you! – use the code “esff” for $6 off your registration!

14. Drive through Light Up Camp at Flying Horse Farms beginning November 27.

15. Dazzling Christmas Lights in Westerville begin on November 27!

16. Take a trip to Cleveland for the Wild Winter Lights Drive Through in Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

17. Visit the Lucy Depp Park Light Show in Powell beginning November 27!

18. Visit the Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons! They will be lit every night from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM until January 3.


A BIG thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is back this year at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio! This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music!

Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a crowd favorite) enchanting tunnels of lights will illuminate the night! Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

This dazzling Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is super affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! OR, you can purchase a Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30! Learn more at www.wonderlightschristmas.com!


Holiday Lights in Bicentennial Park, Columbus, Ohio

Holiday Lights in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Monday, November 23, 2020:

19. Register for and attend Friendsgiving Open Play at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus

20. Watch Songs for the Community, a free virtual concert presented by The Columbus Foundation by Talisha Holmes. 

Christmas tree made of lights at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio

Lights at WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020:

21. Attend the North Market Tuesday Before Thanksgiving Market for all your Thanksgiving needs!

22. Pick up a Weekly Take & Make Craft at Grandview Heights Public Library.

23. Pick up some food from SmokeOut BBQ & Catering in Whitehall Community Park during Heartland Bank Food Truck Days.

24. Pick up a free from Works@Home STEM Mini-Kit Giveaway at Mary E Babcock Library from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. First come, first served.

hanging holiday decor at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

Holiday Decor at Franklin Park Conservatory.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020: 

25. Go skating during Schools Out Skate at Skate Zone 71.

26. Attend Songs for the Community, a free virtual concert presented by The Columbus Foundation by Popgun.

27. Skate for $5 at the Thanksgiving Eve Glow Skate at Skate Zone 71.

28. Skate for $5 at the Thanksgiving Eve Family Skate at United Skates of America.

Blendon Woods Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

Blendon Woods Metro Park

Thursday, November 26, 2020, THANKSGIVING DAY:

Happy Thanksgiving!

29. Enjoy a Thanksgiving Skate at Skate Zone 71.

Trees at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Friday, November 27, 2020:

Black Friday doesn’t have to mean shopping! Check out shopping ideas plus these other fun things to do!

30. Shop Black Friday Record Store Day at Spoonful Records.

31. Attend BLACK FRIDAY Record Store Day 2020 at Used Kids Records.

32. Play Grandview Heights-OPOLY by visiting stores and shops in Grandview Heights.

33. Another chance to shop Black Friday – Record Store Day at Lost Weekend Records

34. Pick up a Take & Make Kit: Leaf Garland at either branch of Southwest Public Libraries!

35. Shop Black Friday Weekend at Discount Fashion Warehouse.

36. Support Black owned businesses at Black Out Weekend at The Filipinos Centre.

37. Attend the BLACK FRIDAY MOMS RETREAT at AR Workshop Grove City for lunch, snacks, prizes, drinks and more while you complete a regular sign of your choice, 8 Christmas ornaments and a mini tray.

38. Get your skates on for Black Friday Roller Skating at Skate Zone 

39. Sign up for the Hootie Christmas Family Friendly Paint Class at Pinot’s Palette.

40. Shop Holidaze 2020 in the barn at Blystone Farm LLC.

41. Eat and skate at the FREE Dinner Skate at Skate Zone 71!

42. Join Poppy, Branch & DJ Suk at Troll Pizza Skate at Skate Zone 71!

43. Take a break from the kids and skate at Thanksgiving Break Adult Night at United Skates of America!

Christmas Trees at HTH Farm Market, Columbus, Ohio

HTH Farm Market

Saturday, November 28, 2020:

44. Shop in your jammies during the NYMCM + BrewDog Holiday Virtual Craft Market!

45. Pick up a Take & Make Kit: Comfort Me with Coloring Pages at either branch of Southwest Public Libraries!

46. Shop for fresh produce at the Franklinton Farm Stand.

47. Get out your skates for $5.00 Skating at Skate Zone 71.

48. Support Black owned businesses at Black Out Weekend at The Filipinos Centre.

49. Start your holiday shopping at the Handmade Market in Powell at Nocterra Brewing Co.

50. Attend a Bird of Prey Presentation at Mohican State Park Lodge.

The word "Rejoice" in lights at Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights in Columbus, Ohio

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Sunday, November 29, 2020:

51. Support Black owned businesses at Black Out Weekend at The Filipinos Centre.

52. Sing, Dance and More at Mommy, Me and Mrs Claus with Paulettes Princess Parties.

53. Shop and visit with Santa at the New Albany Oakland Nursery Holiday Event with Cousins Maine Lobster.

54. Attend the Holiday Open House in Worthington which includes horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, photos with Santa and a tree lighting each half hour beginning at 6:00 PM. 

55. Sign up for Mr. & Mrs. Claus Zoom Visits on Sunday!

56. Attend the Granville Village Tree Lighting.

57. Adults only can skate at Skate Zone 71 Sundays!

Need more ideas? Try 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio


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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

 


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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 24-26, 2017

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1. Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus at Ohio Expo Center

When: Friday – Sunday, March 24-26, 2017
Time: Various times throughout the weekend
Location: Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave.,  Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: To purchase tickets: 800-745-3000

This circus offers lots of fun including clowns, aerialists, animal acts, indoor carnival rides and more! The ticket window opens 1 hour before each show.

2. Spring Break Scavenger Hunt and Craft at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111
Participate in a scavenger hunt and a nature craft! See more to do at Blendon Woods here!

3. Sesame Street Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: Various times throughout the weekend
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

See all your favorite Sesame Street characters live on stage! Meet Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, and celebrate through singing, dancing and more!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

There will be a waffle bar with toppings for $5 per person! Also includes juice and drip coffee! See more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Little Kids Fun Skate Pajama Party at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

This event is recommended for ages 2-8 and beginner skaters! Wear your pajamas and receive $2 admission! There will be a free glow stick with each child’s paid admission and there will be 10 winners of the Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton! Fisher Prices skates are available and adults are allowed to assist children on the floor in tennis shoes!

6. HOOT Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch family friendly short films, enjoy music by the Shazzbots and activities in the lobby! This month’s theme is Spring! See more about this activity here.

7. PBJ & Jazz at Lincoln Theatre

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Location: Ballroom, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-294-5200

These Jazz concerts, designed to introduce children to Jazz music are $5/person with a family max of $20. Each child receives a PB&J sandwich, juice and a cookie! There are two performances.

8. Suzy Ultman Book Signing at Igloo Letterpress

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 661 High St., Ste B, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-787-5528

Suzy Ultman’s new children’s book is called Masha and Her Sisters and you can celebrate at Igloo Letterpress with a reading, craft, and milk and cookies! Geared toward children ages 4-8 but siblings are welcome!

9. Grand Opening Family Fun Day at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4696 Cosgray Rd..Hilliard, OH
Phone: 614-528-4555

Admission is free during this Grand Opening celebration! The facility will be open for guests to see the facility and enjoy all it has to offer: Sports Performance, The Gauntlet, Football, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball and Soccer! Register online!

10. Opening Day for Simply Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM both days
Location: 970 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Simply Rolled Ice Cream will now be rolling Thai-inspired ice cream every Saturday and Sunday inside Oats and Barley Market! This will be their first official weekend!

11. Fairy Garden Class at DeMonye’s Greenhouse, Inc.

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-252-6046

Plant your own miniature fairy garden! Cost is $45/class which covers one fairy garden and supplies!

12. Ironwood Wolves presents Foxes in Folklore at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614.715.8000

Learn about the red fox and where foxes appear as characters in stories and fairytales! Also meet a fox!

13. KidX: Mad Hatter Tea Party at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240 (Center Court)
Phone: 614-846-1500

Join the Mad Hatter, the Bunny and Alice for a tea party! Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, enjoy tea time, create your own “mad hat” and play croquet like the Queen of Hearts!

14. Family Maker Date Night at Columbus Idea Foundry

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 421 W. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-653-8068

Families can create a keepsake Family Casting by making a plaster casting of each person’s hands, entwined! Event includes one kit per family plus a meal!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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