Things to Do in Cincinnati Over Thanksgiving Weekend {2018}

If you’re looking for something to do for the 2018 Thanksgiving Day weekend in Cincinnati, we’ve got you covered!

Whether you have family in town, you’re visiting for the weekend, or you simply have a few days off of work, you’ll enjoy this list of events for Thanksgiving weekend.

Things to do in Cincinnati over Thanksgiving weekend

The following events are date specific. Don’t miss our list of Holiday Events that go on all weekend – find it after the dated events.

Friday, Nov. 23:

Santa arrives at Cincinnati Museum Center! Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Santa will arrive by helicopter, weather permitting, around 11:50 a.m., with a special celebration at noon!

Macy’s Light Up the Square Event at Fountain Square. Festivities will begin at 6pm with live music from 2nd Wind Band and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Watch as they light up the Fountain Square Christmas Tree and stick around for fireworks. 6-11pm

Hometown Holidays in Milford in downtown Milford. This annual family friendly event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a variety of holiday happenings along the four block Main Street (U.S. Route 50) historic district of Milford, Ohio 45150.

Arctic Blast at Carol Ann’s Carousel. Enjoy two days of family holiday fun with crafts and giveaways. Learn the basics of ornithology and the different habitats penguins can survive in. Enjoy crafts and special deals on token packages. A LIVE Penguin will be sliding into the Carousel Saturday from 11am-12pm! (FREE)


Saturday, Nov. 24:

Bagels with Santa, happening at Fountain Square (in the warming tent), registration required.

Take the kids to see Santa at Washington Park as part of their “Santa’s Workshop“, 1-3pm.

Hometown Holidays in Milford in downtown Milford. This annual family friendly event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a variety of holiday happenings along the four block Main Street (U.S. Route 50) historic district of Milford, Ohio 45150.

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle. See Santa and his friends rappel down the side of the Huntington Bank Center to the Fountain Place rooftop, followed by a spectacular fireworks display! Santa will be at the Carew Tower along with Mrs. Claus. Enjoy free rides on the Cincinnati Bell Connector on Friday Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 (with carolers on the streetcar).

Arctic Blast at Carol Ann’s Carousel. Enjoy two days of family holiday fun with crafts and giveaways. Learn the basics of ornithology and the different habitats penguins can survive in. Enjoy crafts and special deals on token packages. A LIVE Penguin will be sliding into the Carousel Saturday from 11am-12pm! (FREE)

Westside Holiday Market at Westside Market, 5-9pm. This outdoor Holiday themed event will have carolers, Santa, hot cocoa and bonfires. Enjoy local brews from West Side Brewing, over 80 talented local vendors, food trucks, baked goods, kid friendly activities and so much more!

Sunday, Nov. 25:

Holiday Season Kickoff at the Taft Museum of Art. Enjoy free activities for the whole family. The house will be decorated inside and out with lights, garlands, and displays of antique ornaments on old-fashioned feather trees. 11:15am – 4pm.

Hometown Holidays in Milford in downtown Milford. This annual family friendly event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a variety of holiday happenings along the four block Main Street (U.S. Route 50) historic district of Milford, Ohio 45150.

Polar Express and Holiday Storytime at Behringer-Crawford Museum. Local children’s librarians will read the children’s books “The Polar Express” and “The Holiday Adventures of Wiley Wahoo & Me!” Children can create a Christmas craft and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. 2-5pm. Reservations are required.

Family Holiday DIY at the Krohn Coservatory: 1-3pm

Holiday Events that go on all weekend:

Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center: Nov. 17 – Jan. 27; Come experience a deep-rooted Cincinnati holiday tradition: Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. The exhibition, a display of hundreds of model trains zipping around a winter wonderland, has been a part of Cincinnati holidays since 1946. Now you can gain a new perspective: peer over the Duke Energy Holiday Train’s snow-capped neighborhoods with a bird’s eye view of the historic layouts. Take a snowy walk and build a snowman under the mesmerizing northern lights. Walk among a blizzard of bricks in a custom-built LEGO wonderland.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31; it’s an outdoor light display at Sharon Woods, enjoy from the comfort of your car

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art: Nov. 2 – Jan. 6; Escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past at the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys.

Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Nov. 16 – Jan. 1; Hours: Mon-Thurs, 6-9pm ($20/car) and Fri, Sat, Sun 6-10pm ($25/car); Members are $15 any day.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo,  Nov. 17 – Jan. 1

A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse in the Park, Nov. 21 – Dec. 29

Fountain Square Ice Rink, Oct. 27 – Feb. 18

Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show – A Crystal Holiday, Nov. 10 – Jan. 6

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction, Nov. 17 – Jan. 1

Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer-Crawford Museum, Nov. 10 – Jan. 13

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, an authentic German Christmas market, will be held at Fountain Square Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 1

Christmas Night of Lights at Coney Island, through Jan. 6

Winterfest at Kings Island, Nov. 23-31

All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

About Bridgett Raffenberg 869 Articles
Cincinnati lover, Mom, wife, travel enthusiast, Wordpress lover (not necessarily in that order). Founder of 365 Things to do in Cincinnati.

4 Comments

  1. There will be a drive-thru light display at Coney Island, called Christmas Night of Lights beginning this weekend through Jan 1!

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