Top things to do in Columbus for Nov. 28-Dec. 1

Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol," Friday Nov. 29–Sunday, Dec. 1

For 40 years, Columbus has welcomed the Omaha-based Nebraska Theatre Caravan to the Ohio Theatre to help the city kick off the holiday season over Thanksgiving weekend with the troupe's touring production of “A Christmas Carol.” This faithful rendition of the familiar holiday tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that haunt him includes almost two dozen traditional British Christmas Carols to help you banish the humbug and embrace your inner Tiny Tim. capa.com

Thanksgiving Wattle, Thursday, Nov. 28

There’s no shortage of fun runs on Thanksgiving to help get people moving before tryptophan and gluttony do their worst, but this one in Grove City offers a variety of options. There’s a 5K, of course, but there’s also the Rolling Rotisserie 12-mile bike ride, a 200-yard children’s run and the Turkey Leg 100 for adaptive athletes and those with disabilities. The event aims to raise $25,000 for the Grove City Food Pantry. $15–$40. thanksgivingwattle.com

Turkey Talk-n-Walk, Friday, Nov. 29

Instead of hitting the stores on Black Friday, spend an hour with a naturalist at Blendon Woods learning about the life cycle of turkeys—and perhaps see one or two during a two-mile hike at the Westerville area 653-acre park, which includes the 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge, a sanctuary for hundreds of birds and other waterfowl. This adults-only 10 a.m. event is one of several Black Friday activities planned by Metro Parks staffers to encourage outdoor exploration on the busiest shopping day of the year. metroparks.net

Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, Sunday, Dec. 1

Start the holiday shopping season by discovering an off-beat gift at this art-and-crafts expo at Makoy Event Center, 5462 Center St. in Hilliard. The Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show will feature local artisans and crafters selling handmade items, including jewelry, pet supplies and home décor. Tickets are $3, with children under 12 free. A portion of proceeds will go to Hope Hollow, a Central Ohio nonprofit that helps cancer patients facing financial difficulties. avantgardeshows.com

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