9 Things to Do During Thanksgiving Weekend in Columbus

Brittany Moseley
Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons

See the sites with Columbus City Adventures

If your goal is to show your out-of-town guests as much of Columbus as possible, start with a tour. Columbus City Adventures offers three during the holiday weekend. Friday morning’s “Central City Bus Tour” takes in the Downtown core and landmarks like the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House. History buffs will enjoy Saturday morning’s bus tour, “Columbus Past, Present and Future,” which focuses on the city’s founding of the city and its influential citizens. Those looking to take to the streets to see the city—and who don’t mind the expected chilly temperature—should stick around for Sunday afternoon’s walking tour of the historic and charming German Village. columbuscityadventures.com

Cheer on the Buckeyes and the Blue Jackets

The infamous Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is in its 121st year, and if you have $245 to spend on a ticket, you can catch The Game at Ohio Stadium this year. See if the Buckeyes can continue their seven-year winning streak against the Wolverines when they kick off at noon Saturday. If sports are your thing, but you’d rather skip the massive crowds and high-ticket prices, head to Nationwide Arena to see the Columbus Blue Jackets play the Toronto Maple Leafs. With tickets starting at $39, you’re sure to have enough left for a pretzel and some commemorative socks. ohiostatebuckeyes.com | nhl.com/bluejackets

Enjoy light displays at Columbus Zoo, Franklin Park Conservatory and Ohio Expo Center

From a gingerbread competition to photos with Santa to a 200-foot dragon, three local events offer plenty of entertainment for families of all ages. Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will celebrate its 30th year with new animated light shows and a 4D viewing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Guests will also be able to see some animals with indoor viewing areas, including flying foxes, elephants and manatees. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will have live music, crafts for kids and plenty of poinsettia trees during Conservatory Aglow. Those looking for a nontraditional holiday lights display should attend Dragon Lights (formerly the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival). Now in its third year, the festival will feature lanterns, performances and demonstrations, all steeped in Chinese culture. columbuszoo.org | fpconservatory.org | dragonlightscolumbus.com

Warm up with a festive drink at The Citizens Trust

Veritas’ swanky Downtown cocktail bar, The Citizens Trust, will transform into a winter wonderland during “Miracle on Gay Street” Nov. 23 through Dec. 31. The brainchild of Greg Boehm, a New York-based bar owner, Miracle hosts Christmas-themed pop-up bars across the U.S. plus a few international stops. Visit The Citizens Trust (11 W. Gay St.) Wednesday through Saturday to take in its kitschy décor and try one of several holiday cocktails. With names like Snowball Old-Fashioned (butterscotch rye, spiced Demerara, wormwood bitters) and Run Run Rudolph (prosecco, gin, mulled wine purée) you may be tempted to have more than one. miraclepopup.com

Angela Perley and The Howlin' Moons

The Columbus band will bring their bluesy roots-rock to The Barn at Blystone Farm Saturday. The four-piece have two albums and four EPs under their collective belt and are currently working on their third album. Perley’s love of ’70s acts like Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez radiates through the band’s music, from her melodic, twangy vocals to the country-laden guitars. Settled on 83 acres of farmland, the Barn at Blystone Farm is the perfect setting for the alt-country group. (For a closer look at Perley, read Jim Fischer’s 2016 article on her for Columbus Monthly.) The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. We recommend stopping into the farm’s restaurant and taproom for dinner before the show, but you’ll need a reservation. blystonefarm.com

Get crafty with Studio 614

You’ve survived Thanksgiving dinner with your relatives. Chances are, you could all use something relaxing to do. Studio 614 has nine classes on the books for Friday through Sunday, including an ornament painting class at the Daily Growler in German Village. Options at the Clintonville studio include “Paint Your Pet,” wood sign workshop, wreath making and canvas painting. All of Studio 614’s classes are for beginners, so there’s no need to fret over your artistic skills (or lack thereof). Even better: All the classes are BYOB. studio614.co

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