Things to do in Cincinnati ON Thanksgiving Day

The list of things to do ON Thanksgiving Day in Cincinnati is, surprisingly, pretty great. From the Cincinnati Zoo to the holiday show at the Krohn Conservatory, you have your choice of fun Thanksgiving Day events.

Things to do in Cincinnati ON Thanksgiving Day

Things to do on Thanksgiving Day in Cincinnati (updated for 2019):

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods, 6-9pm
11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42 Sharonville, OH 45241
This charming light show is built over a mile of wooded roadway, the only drive through light show through the woods of a beautiful Hamilton County park! The holiday themed displays showcase everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There’s no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98, round up your friends, family, or a special date, and head to Sharon Woods. It’s that easy. Make sure to visit Santaland before or after you drive through the lights for the full Holiday in Lights experience! New this year: pixel light displays, more lighted trees, new light displays, special event nights, coupons for pictures with Santa, new Santaland entertainment, and MUCH more! 

Click here to see our list of restaurants that are open ON Thanksgiving Day

The Fountain Square Ice Rink is open, 10am – 11pm

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island, dusk – 10pm
6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati 45230
Experience this amazing light show synchronized to both traditional and rocking holiday music through your car radio. Visitors of all ages will be awed by the larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and fantastic tunnels of lights!  In the warmth of your own car, you can sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to each holiday display. Christmas Nights of Lights welcomes carloads of families and friends to enjoy this Christmas tradition. With two and a half miles to drive through, your family can see displays and light shows made of over a million lights driven by more than forty thousand computer channels. The show will begin nightly at dusk and run through 10 p.m. Christmas Nights of Lights will be open every night including holidays.

The Cincinnati Zoo is open 10am – 5pm
3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
The zoo is open with limited (or perhaps no) food options, no rides, etc.; please note Festival of Lights is NOT open on Thanksgiving Day

A Zinzinnati Holiday at The Krohn Conservatory, 10am – 2pm on Thanksgiving Day
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Discover the beauty of our city’s German history at our holiday display. Surround yourself with evergreens and poinsettias as you stroll through the historical representations of Cincinnati’s buildings. On view you will find Atlas Cedar, Lawson Cypress, and an array of Amaryllis such as the lovely Papilio and Red Pearl.

Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Thursday hours are 6-9pm; $20/car on Thursday

The Newport Aquarium is open 10am – 6pm
One Aquarium Way Newport, KY 41071
Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. You’ll be amazed at all there is to see and do, including fun and interactive activities, like touching a shark or meeting a penguin.


All dates, times, events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or full. 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.

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