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Spending Thanksgiving in Toledo

Spending Turkey Day in Toledo region? Check out this guide and suggested itinerary to make the most of your time back home for the holiday weekend this year!

Getting into t-town early? Here's what is new and notable at your favorite Toledo attractions:

The Ribbon at Glass City Metropark
The Ribbon, is a 1,000 foot loop trail featuring rolling hills and soft curves for a uniquely Metroparks winter ice skating experience. The Ribbon is connected to a 5,000 square foot skating pond that offers a traditional ice rink experience for beginners and a series of special events and programs.

Heading to The Ribbon for an ice skating excursion? Inside Market Hall where you rent your skates, you can head to The Garden by Poco Piatti to grab a bite to eat, or even a local brew! Then sit by the fire and warm up at one of the cabanas located along the Ribbon. 

This is the first official ice skating season at The Ribbon and they are currently taking reservations now. Click here to learn more and to make your reservation.

Toledo Museum of Art
The exhibits at the TMA are always being refocused and rotated so you won't have the same experience twice. Right now there are Three temporary exhibits on display that might peak your interest, plus one giant sculpture!

Balloon Monkey (Magenta) by Jeff Koons
This shiny sculpture is currently towering over visitors in the Libbey Court. It is a masterpiece of paradoxical power, its contradictions oscillating between mind-bending complexity and total simplicity; seriousness and play; pop culture, all 8,000 pounds of it, and yeah it is highly instagrammable!

Expanding Horizons: The Evolving Character of a Nation
This installation celebrates, complicates, and above all, aims to instill curiosity and inquiry about American art. Expanding Horizons: The Evolving Character of a Nation features more than 80 objects from TMA’s collection, exploring understudied narratives, confronting misconceptions, putting select works in conversation with each other and inviting visitors to share feedback that will help shape future installations going forward.

Jordy R. Poma: Las Curiosas
Las Curiosas is a series of sculptures inspired by women from Mishquiyacu, Peru. Curanderas or curiosas are healers and midwives who provide alternative medicine in small communities that do not have access to hospitals or doctors. They heal by using plants, the energy that surrounds a person, and knowledge that was passed on to them by their ancestors.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg – Machine Auguries: Toledo
The site-specific, immersive installation simulates a natural dawn chorus, the daily call and response performed by birds in the spring and summer to defend their territory and call for mates. In Ginsberg’s artwork, the natural dawn chorus is slowly taken over by artificial birds, whose calls are generated using machine learning. Drawing on the significance of the region’s location on spring migration flyways, Machine Auguries: Toledo reflects on the decline of bird populations caused by human action. 

Stranahan Theater
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in a spectacular new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage at the Stranahan.

Imagination Station
This science center is always up to something new, and if you are home for the holiday, it could be a great opportunity to play like a kid again, or bring your young family members along to explore!

Ultimate Dinosaurs | Meet a New Breed of Beast
September 30, 2022 - January 16, 2023
Step into the shoes of a paleontologist and uncover some of the most significant dinosaur discoveries from the Southern Hemisphere over the last two decades. Ultimate Dinosaurs reveal a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T.rex's bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating and wonder-inducing study of species you have never met before.

Lights Before Christmas

November 17 - December 31, 2023 | Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Always a classic, and worth going back for more and more. The Lights Before Christmas at the zoo don't disappoint and they come up with new and creative ways to showcase their thousands of lights every year.

Photo courtesy of The Toledo Zoo

Thanksgiving Eve
It's no secret that Thanksgiving Eve can be a fun time as you catch up with old friends and prepare for a day of hardy food! So, if you are going out, here are some new places and some old favorites too.

419 Ale Trail
Tasting your way through the 419 Ale Trail is the best way to experience Northwest Ohio’s vibrant craft beverage scene! Here are just a few from the trail that have recently opened, and you won't want to miss!

Quenched and Tempered
1210 Jackson St, Toledo, OH
This downtown Toledo taproom featuring a beer garden was founded by a group of tradesman turned brewers who are passionate about quality craftsmanship over trending styles. Quenched and Tempered now has a regular menu of food items to pair with your brew!

Great Black Swamp Brewing Company
2250 Tedrow Rd, Toledo, OH
The second oldest brewery in the area has a new home in south Toledo. Featuring 22 taps, wine, liquor, brewery and tavern with one of the largest patios in town.

Earnest Westgate
3142 Central Ave. Toledo, OH
Earnest Brew Works Westgate is located in the Westgate Meadows business plaza, and is the third location which opened earlier this year. 18 beers are on draft can be enjoyed in the taproom or out on the patio.

Wild Side Downtown
20 N St. Clair St. Toledo, OH
Built around the idea that great craft beer requires more than just water, malt, hops, and yeast. At Wild Side, they believe that people and pizza are also essential parts of the brewing experience. Enjoy craft cocktails and Detroit style pizza among other tasty menu delights.

Toledo Nightlife Hot Spots

The Alleyway
28 N Erie St, Toledo, OH

The Attic on Adams
1701 Adams St, Toledo, OH

Bronze Boar
20 S Huron St, Toledo, OH 

Chevy's Place
702 Monroe St, Toledo, OH

Erie Street Rocks
117 N Erie St, Toledo, OH

Ottawa Tavern 
1815 Adams St, Toledo, OH

Toledo Spirits
1301 N Summit St, Toledo, OH

Ye Olde Cock n Bull 
9 N Huron St, Toledo, OH

Places to Grab a Bite

Ye Olde Durty Bird
2 S St Clair St, Toledo, OH

The Blarney Irish Pub
601 Monroe St, Toledo, OH

519 Monroe St, Toledo, OH

Thanksgiving Day
Get together with family and enjoy the day the way you do it best!  

Dave's Turkey Chase
Downtown Toledo
The annual Dave’s Turkey Chase 5K is the ideal Thanksgiving day family fun run/walk. The event also includes a one mile walk, a kids run and a virtual option — all to benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries.

Pre-order or dine in at these local restaurants serving you this Thanksgiving.

The Leaf and Seed
116 10th St. Toledo, OH
As a local vegan restaurant and food truck, The Leaf and Seed team work hard to create dishes that are flavorful and comforting while reducing the carbon footprint to this planet we all share. Order in advance and pick up your meal on Wednesday, November 22nd to enjoy on Thanksgiving day!

Maumee Bay Brewing Company
27 Broadway St, Toledo, OH
Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is now accepting reservations to join them for their annual thanksgiving buffet on November 23. They will 
have plenty of turkey and stuffing, plus a menu with all of the trimmings for a lovely Thanksgiving feast.

Maumee Bay

1750 State Park Road #2, Oregon, OH 
Don't want family time to be taken up with working in the kitchen this holiday? Maumee Bay State Park and Lodge are hosting a thanksgiving meal for you to enjoy! 

Need a sweet treat to bring to dinner? Pre-order your treats or pie from Schmucker's, Doughbox Bakery or Jera's Heavenly Sweet!

Photo courtesy of Schmucker's

Black Friday
Recover from all that food, shop till you drop and fuel up for the day ahead while you experience exciting local events!

Rally of the Rivals
Friday, November 24, 2023 | 1 - 5 p.m. | Hensville & Fleetwoods Taproom

The rich history of the Ohio and Michigan rivalry dates back 200 years ago when the two states battled over the coveted City of Toledo port. On Friday, November 24, generations of Buckeye and Wolverine fans will come together for the first-ever Rally of the Rivals. Join in to celebrate the historic border battle and one of the biggest rivalries in college sports.

Toledo Walleye Hockey vs. Kalamazoo Wings
Friday, November 24, 2023 | 7:15 p.m. | Huntington Center Arena

Don't miss the Toledo Walleye take on the Kalamazoo Wings! Plus, Another fan-favorite is back! Stay in your seats during the first intermission as 2,000 turkey hats will be dropped from the ceiling around the arena!

See What's Brewing in Toledo and fuel up for the day at one of our many wonderful local coffee shops.

Shop local for that perfect gift on Toledo's Holiday Shopping Trail
Toledo invites you discover unique ideas and great finds among our local boutiques, malls, specialty shops and more. Make your plans today to shop the Toledo area!