6 Best Things to Do With Friends & Family On Thanksgiving Weekend



Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on November 8, 2023
Photo by Easton Town Center via Facebook

Thanksgiving for as long as we can remember is the official kick off to the holiday season. Once the turkey and stuffing leftovers have been packed away, it is time to take advantage of the deals, markets, and festivities around Columbus and Central Ohio as a whole. Not sure where to start with entertaining your friends and family? Let us be your guide!

Here’s 6 of the best things to do on Thanksgiving weekend this year!

1. Feel the magic of the season at one of Central Ohio’s light displays

Now that the holiday season has begun, light displays around Central Ohio are officially up. Head to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to see Wildlights, Let it Glow at The Columbus Commons, Conservatory Aglow at the Franklin Park Conservatory, and if you’re all good with making a bit of a drive – head to Historic Clifton Mill!

Photo by Clifton Mill via Facebook

2. See the Holiday Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory

If you haven’t been to Franklin Park Conservatory during Christmas time, we’re putting you on. Get ready to see floral displays and bright pops of this season’s richest colors. You will see hundreds (and we mean hundreds), of poinsettias creatively displayed all around the Conservatory to get you and the family in full holiday mode.

Photo by Franklin Park Conservatory via Facebook

3. Go to the Christmas Market at Ivory Barn

Stop by Ivory Barn for their Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, and get there early to pick up one of their swag bags! Ivory barn becomes quite the winter oasis that is filled with great deals on furniture, decor, and of course – loads of Christmas decor as well.

Photo by Ivory Barn via Facebook via Facebook

4. Ride in a Carriage at Easton

These carriage rides at Easton are basically core memories just waiting to happen. Soak in all the holiday spirit as you’ll be whisked around Easton Town Center by a horse-drawn carriage! Enjoy the sights of Easton’s elaborate Christmas displays and cozy up close.

Photo by Easton Towncenter via Facebook

5. See A Christmas Carol at Ohio Theatre

Enjoy this classic Christmas tale from the audience’s perspective at Ohio Theatre. There’s nothing like a live-action performance to get you in your holiday feels. Learn a thing or two from Ebenezer Scrooge and don’t be a humbug!

Photo by CAPA – Columbus Association for the Performing Arts via Facebook

6. Go Black Friday Shopping at Easton

‘Tis the season for gift-giving and shopping until your arms physically cannot hold anymore bags (or to make financially wise decisions and carefully consider your purchases). Take some deep breaths, put on your best walking shoes, and get those Black Friday deals at Easton Town Center.

Photo by Easton Town Center via Facebook

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