Although some people think that Thanksgiving receives little “holiday credibility” and gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas, there are still plenty of Thanksgiving parades and events every year. This is especially true of the Columbus and central Ohio area. Columbus Thanksgiving events happen every year in many of the city’s suburbs and surrounding areas.
Whether you are new to Columbus or have been living in Ohio’s capital for years, there are always new and exciting Thanksgiving events, parades and other celebrations to attend:
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot –
The Turkey Trot is probably the most well-known of all Thanksgiving events in Columbus, Ohio. Taking place on Thanksgiving Day every year, the Turkey Trot is oldest and largest Thanksgiving Day race in central Ohio. Thousands of runners of all ages and experience levels have been competing for more than 40 years in the traditional Thanksgiving Day event.
In 2010, the Turkey Trot will begin on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. at the Shops on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington. There is a $35 entrance fee and all registrations must be received by Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. The race proceeds go to benefit the fight to end autism. Last year, more than $20,000 was raised during the event.
A free race for children begins at 8:30 a.m. prior to the Turkey Trot.
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo –
Wildlights is a premiere holiday event in Columbus and it kicks off every year just before Thanksgiving. Visitors are treated to a dazzling display of eco-friendly LED lights spread out over the beautifully landscaped Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. 2010 will be the 23rd for this holiday classic.
Wildlights will begin just before Thanksgiving on November 19, 2010 and runs through to January 01, 2011. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium can be found at 4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065.
* Sundays through Thursdays – 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
* Fridays and Saturdays -5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
* Thanksgiving (Nov. 25)
* Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
* Christmas Day (Dec. 25)
Regular admission rates apply for this Thanksgiving event, although admission is free to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium members.
Gahanna Thanksgiving Parade and Weekend Events –
Every year, the city of Gahanna (just outside of Columbus) has a holiday parade on Thanksgiving Weekend. The parade and accompanying festival events draw hundreds of visitors from all over Columbus each year. Unfortunately, the parade has been canceled for 2010 due to lack of sponsors. However, the Thanksgiving events festival is still scheduled.
The Gahanna Thanksgiving events festival takes place near Mill St. & Walnut St. in Gahanna, OH 43230.
Other Thanksgiving Events –
Columbus, Ohio hosts dozens of other Thanksgiving events each year, including Thanksgiving community dinners, plays, re-enactments and other celebrations. Many of these events are scheduled only a few days before Thanksgiving, so holiday enthusiasts should keep their eyes open. It’s hard to argue that Columbus doesn’t have plenty of parades, events and other Thanksgiving holiday celebrations between Halloween and Christmas.