Photo courtesy of CincyHopCincyHop is continuing this local tradition of great music and superb dancing on New Year's Eve. Snacks and champagne will be provided in addition to a beginner swing dance lesson, an open social dance, and a dance competition — all for just $10. Find more information on the Facebook event page. New Year's Eve at MadTree Brewing December 31, 8 pm – 1 am at MadTree Taproom MadTree Taproom won't just be filled with beer on December 31! Join them for drinks, food, live music, and a DJ as they ring in the new year. You can RSVP on Facebook to get updates and ticket details. New Year's Eve Dance December 31, 8 pm – 1 am at Dance Club Studio The band Dirty Rice is going to help Dance Club Studio members and nonmembers dance the night away at this lively event. Bring your own alcoholic beverages and enjoy pop, bottled water, a deluxe buffet, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight at the party! RSVP on Facebook and call (513) 752-4956 to reserve your tickets. Black Light Ball at Urban Artifact December 31, 8 pm – 2 am at Urban Artifact
Photo courtesy of Urban ArtifactUrban Artifact's first ever Black Light Ball will transform the upstairs space into a black light masquerade wonderland. Come for the wild colors and stay for the dance beats and specialty drinks! Open bar tickets are $65 and get you access to the upstairs glow level, downstairs music, pints of Urban Artifact's craft beers, wine and cocktails, and a special midnight bubbly toast. Get your tickets here and RSVP on Facebook. Ring in The New Year with The Bell Event Centre December 31, 9 pm – 1 am at Bell Event Center Tickets to this amazing party include hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, dessert, a champagne toast, a popcorn bar, a festive photo booth, a live DJ and convenient parking. Ranging in price from $100 per person or $700 for an eight-person table, this will be an elegant and unforgettable celebration you won't want to miss! New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball 2017 December 31 at Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport The annual soiree at Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport includes an overnight stay, cocktail hour, an open bar, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, a photo booth and much more! At $299 per couple, it's the perfect option if you want all of the fun and none of the late-night driving. Call (859) 746-5608 to buy your tickets and get more details. You can also follow the hotel on Facebook for updates. New Years Eve 2017 at the Brewery December 31 at Rhinegeist Brewery
Photo courtesy of RhinegeistThe annual NYE party at Rhinegeist is one you'll look forward to year after year. In the past, they've had live DJs, local food, an upstairs speakeasy, wine, cocktails and a bounty of in-house brews! Follow the brewery on Facebook for event updates. New Year's Eve at The Stretch December 31 at The Stretch Cincinnati's The Stretch is always throwing stand-out parties and New Year's Eve is no different. In past years, they've had party favors, DJ entertainment, a live Q102 broadcast to ring in the new year, a midnight champagne toast, special-edition kegs, and a donut bar from Holtman's Donut Shop! Follow them on Facebook for 2017 event updates.
This post was updated on October 22, 2019 to reflect the most current information.Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days of the year, not only because it gives us an excuse to eat everything in sight, but also because it provides an incredible opportunity to relax and spend time with loved ones. Of course, sometimes the chore of preparing a full-blown feast can cut into your relaxation time. If you prefer to leave the cooking to someone else this year, consider making a reservation at a local restaurant instead. These Columbus hot spots are hosting Turkey Day celebrations with seasonal fare and plenty of good cheer, so you can spend that extra time considering what you are thankful for—primarily, no dishes.
All of these restaurants will be serving a meal on Thanksgiving day, November 28th, 2019, unless otherwise noted.679 W Spring Street, Columbus | 10:30 am-3 pm At the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers sits the Boat House, one of our city's most special dining experiences. On Thanksgiving, come enjoy the views and an elegant champagne buffet with brunch items and some Thanksgiving favorites! You'll also have access to bottomless mimosas all day, snow crab legs, amazing views and live entertainment. Call 614-469-0000 or click here to make a reservation. 3250 Refugee Road, Columbus | 11 am-5 pm The Berwick, a family-owned event venue, is known for its mouthwatering Italian cuisine. The restaurant hosts an annual Thanksgiving buffet, and this year's is expected to be the best yet! Indulge in all of your holiday favorites for just $27.50 ($14 for kids). If you'd prefer a take out option, the Berwick has you covered! Order for the family and enjoy your meal at home. Call 614-235-7100 to book your spot. 4230 The Strand, Columbus | November 19th, 11 am-9 pm Butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey, and cranberry sauce—oh my! Coopers Hawk Winery will host a special Thanksgiving dinner on November 19th to celebrate the occasion. Accompany your meal with the suggested Riesling Chenin Blanc or a cranberry sangria from the winery. For reservations, click here or call 614-428-6999. 6880 N High Street, Worthington & 50 W. Bridge Street, Dublin | 10 am-5 pm J Liu, recognized for its fresh ingredients and modern fare, will host a special Thanksgiving buffet in celebration of the holiday. Expect all of your seasonal favorites with a bit of a contemporary twist! Call 614-888-1818 to reach the Worthington location, or 614-718-1818 to reach Dublin. 169 East Beck Street, Columbus | 11 am-6 pm Nestled in the heart of German Village, Lindey's is a long-time favorite for locals and visitors alike. The establishment is known for its thoughtful and inventive cuisine, and the menu will not disappoint on Thanksgiving! Expect artisan farm boards, rotisserie pork belly, maple brined turkey, aged duck, roasted Brussels sprouts and so much more. For reservations, click here or call 614-228-4343. 35 North High Street, Dublin | 11 am-5 pm
Photo courtesy of Tucci'sKnown for its gorgeous outdoor patio and high-quality steaks, Tucci's is an elegant option for anyone looking to get out of the house on Thanksgiving. The three-course dinner is just $50 per person, and will not disappoint. For reservations, call 614-792-3466. 624 North High Street, Columbus | 6:30 am-Close This artisan eatery features creative new American cuisine in the Short North Arts District. Come experience it during Thanksgiving! The restaurant will serve its normal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as well as a prix-fixe dinner with optional wine pairings. Call 614-280-9780 to make a reservation. 4740 Reed Road, Columbus | 11:30 am-6:30pm This cozy Italian eatery is serving a Thanksgiving meal with specials, including their traditional Thanksgiving plate with all the fixings. Make a reservation and enjoy their offerings with all of your friends and family! Click here to make a reservation. 21190 State Route 374, Logan | 12-5 pm Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head into Hocking Hills for a quick getaway! On Thanksgiving Day, the inn will host a multi-course dinner with traditional fare. Think: savory turkey, decadent sides and homemade pies. Reservations are required. Call 740-385-7489 for reservations.
This post was updated on October 30, 2019, in order to reflect the most current information.There is no doubt that enjoying a home-cooked meal around the dining room table is a delightful Thanksgiving tradition. Doing the dishes afterward, on the other hand, is one tradition we could do without! Luckily, there are a handful of local Akron and Canton restaurants offering up Turkey Day feasts of their own. Bring your loved ones to indulge in a hearty buffet or an elegant prix-fixe meal in the area — you will still get to spend time together, and you can relax knowing the kitchen will be clean when you get home. 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls 11 am-3 pm
Photo courtesy of Beau's on the RiverThe holiday brunch buffets at Beau's on the River are legendary — and Thanksgiving will be no exception. The selection is fresh, healthy and delicious, and you can eat your fill of trimmings while marveling at the nearby river and falls. Call 330-920-7520 to reserve your spot. 201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth 11:30 am-3:30 pm For just $27.95 a person ($13.95 for kids ages 6-12), you and the family can sit down to a spectacular feast at the Galaxy Restaurant. Menu offerings will include freshly carved turkey and pork, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and all of your favorite seasonal items. Call 330-334-3663 to reserve your spot. Large groups are welcome.
Photo courtesy of the Akron ZooThis fun tradition at the Akron Zoo includes animal encounters, visits with Santa, and more! After capturing the perfect family photo with Kris Kringle, enjoy a variety of snacks, entertainment and crafts, and explore the Wild Lights exhibit when the sun goes down (admission is included).
This kitchen is every cook's dream, featuring stunning hickory floors that match the cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a large center island, a gas stove and granite countertops. That would be enough for us, but the home also boasts an elevator, a wine cellar and two master bedrooms. A French Colonial That Draws You In
It's difficult to avoid falling in love with this two-story French Colonial in North Canton. Just look at all of those elegant details! We're particularly smitten with the kitchen, which features granite surfaces, copper accents, ceramic tile flooring, a center island and a four-burner counter.
Maybe you don't believe in love at first sight, but we think you will when you see this property! Located in the highly sought after Jackson Local School District, this Skip Rea home boasts a majestic two-story foyer, hardwood floors, a private office, a formal dining room, a gorgeous kitchen with quartz countertops, and more. The open layout makes it easy to travel from room to room and enjoy it all! A Home That's As Charming on the Inside as it is on the Outside If the charming shutters on this Colonial-style home don't immediately draw you in, perhaps you'll be taken by the interior. The open layout, plush carpeting and modern features make it the perfect place to host gatherings big and small.
Welcome to your dream home! Located in the Jackson Township, this four-bedroom property boasts modern amenities, a walk-out lower level, a game room area, a cozy gas fireplace, and an abundance of windows and storage options. The formal dining area is accented by a gigantic arch-top window, so you can keep an eye out for Saint Nick while you're eating. The Home That Has It All
An Elegant Soirée in the Making
This four-bedroom beauty backs up to the golf course and boasts awesome views, and that's enough of a selling point for us, but the inside of the home makes the deal even sweeter. The modern finishes and abundant natural light make it the perfect space for an elegant soirée.
Escape to this stunning Cape Cod-style home, which sits on 5.75 acres and offers a tranquil setting and unparallelled privacy. The opportunities for entertaining here are endless, and the living room is centered around a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling fireplace that definitely ups the coziness factor. A Beautiful Home with Plenty of Room for A Gathering
This all-brick custom home in Akron is a gem not to be missed. With five bedrooms and more than 6,000 square feet, there is plenty of room to spread out — and the gorgeous living room would be perfect for a large gathering.
Photo courtesy of Greg Davis via Watershed Kitchen & BarThe modern digs of the Watershed Kitchen & Bar are located smack dab in the center of the Watershed Distillery and production facility, which can make it a bit difficult to find. Of course, that's part of the reason we love it so much. The bar whips out approachable yet surprising cocktails crafted from spirits distilled on site, so while you're sipping, you can learn about the process behind the drink. Of course, the cocktails are just half of the equation. Settle down in the dining room to enjoy a Midwestern meal crafted with local and seasonal ingredients. The philosophy here is honest food, honest drinks, respect for ingredients, and respect for people — and it's definitely one we can get behind. 6863 Flags Center Drive, Columbus Opened: March
Photo courtesy of Kuya Ian's BistroFilipino food has finally made its mark on Columbus in the form of Kuya Ian's Bistro. This family-owned spot might look unassuming from the outside, but the menu is filled with soul-warming cuisine from the Philippines that impresses even the most discerning of palates. The prices are low, the portions are generous, and the friendly atmosphere will bring you back again and again. 987 North 4th Street, Columbus Opened: March
Photo courtesy of Cosecha CocinaFollowing their other successful concepts, Harvest Pizzeria and The Sycamore, Grow Restaurants made the leap into Mexican cuisine with Cosecha Cocina, which has been wildly successful since its debut in mid-March. The restaurant is housed in a charming refurbished barn, and the menu includes inventive small plates and shareables that are steeped in Mexican influence, but incorporate a modern twist. 50 West Broad Street, Columbus Opened: March
Photo courtesy of The KeepLocated in the historic LeVeque Tower, the Keep Liquor Bar is a modern French brasserie and cocktail lounge that pays homage to the speakeasies of the 20s and film noir while offering its own modern take. The state-of-the-art beverage program includes regional craft beers, specialty cocktails, and a wide variety of wine by the glass or the bottle, and the menu is filled with French classics and surprising combinations that are sure to wow. 5600 Gender Road, Canal Winchester Opened: April
Photo courtesy of the Olive Branch Coffee and PizzeriaThe Olive Branch offers up excellent coffee and scratch-made pizza, which means our two favorite things have finally collided. Where else can you enjoy a soul-warming espresso drink alongside woodfired pizza? All menu items are made to order and customized entirely to your preferences — so you can choose one topping or all of them. Regardless, we're sure it will be delicious. 197 Thurman Avenue, Columbus Opened: May
Photo courtesy of the South Village GrilleNestled in the heart of German Village, the South Village Grille offers up a range of casual American favorites (think: pizza, steaks, and oysters on the half shell) in a swanky, upscale space. The libations menu is no less impressive, featuring local ciders and beers, craft cocktails, and a selection of wines from all over the world. 19 East Gay Street, Columbus Opened: May Tiger + Lily mixes Asian influences with modern techniques to create fresh, flavorful and piping hot dishes from the kitchen. Whether you choose a rice bowl or ramen with all the fixin's, you can bet that your meal was prepared completely from scratch to order — and that it will be delicious. 1636 North High Street, Columbus Opened: May
Photo courtesy of TrismThis fast-casual eatery and bar is filled with flavor — and we're not just talking about the food. The vibrant space, complete with colorful murals and modern decor, is nothing short of picturesque, and makes the perfect setting to catch up with friends or coworkers over lunch. The homemade poptarts are one of the most popular menu items, and recently landed on our list of the most instagrammable dishes in Columbus. 995 North 4th Street, Columbus Opened: June
Photo courtesy of DrunchDrunch might be a brunch centric concept, but the lunch and dinner menus are no less impressive. The menu is a brilliant collaboration of five difference chefs, and features scratch-made entrées with local ingredients. Expect hearty menu items like avocado fries, wings, chicken and waffles, flatbreads, and more — as well as an impressive lineup of craft cocktails. 2333 North High Street, Columbus Opened: July
Photo courtesy of Trillium Kitchen & PatioNestled in the University District, Trillium offers a lively front porch, rustic and modern dining spaces, and an intimate wine-tasting area. So regardless of the feel you're looking for, you'll find it here. The menu is truly a step above the rest, boasting innovative combinations, flavorful ingredients and global influences. Pair your choice with a selection from the carefully curated wine and cocktail menu, and make sure you take advantage of happy hour daily from 4-6 pm!
Photo courtesy of The Ohio City SingersThe Ohio City Singers have long established themselves as a seasonal staple. Comprised of an all-star cast, the 10-member group will celebrate a decade of making music at this all-ages concert at House of Blues Cleveland. Bring the whole family to hear seasonal favorites performed in an Indie-Rock style, including "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Heat Miser." If you love Christmas and Rock 'n' Roll, you won't want to miss it!
Photo courtesy of ProudDad72 PhotographyDuring the holidays, the stages at The Playhouse Square will come alive with musicals, plays, concerts and the like. The Square is the country's second largest performing arts center and one of Cleveland's most beloved landmarks — so it's no wonder that locals and visitors alike flock here for top-notch entertainment! You can expect to find a wide variety of performances almost nightly during the holidays, including family-friendly choices like A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, Peanuts Meet the Grinch, and the Nutcracker Suite.
Photo courtesy of the Greater Cleveland AquariumThe Greater Cleveland Aquarium, located in Cleveland's historic Flatts neighborhood, hosts a number of fun-filled events throughout the year, but we have to admit that the Seas'n of Play is one of our favorites. The aquarium will be transformed into a spectacular explosion of lights, and Santa himself will be swimming with the fish!
Photo courtesy of the Christmas Story House & MuseumA Christmas Story (1983) is on the top of everyone's list for must-watch family movies during the holidays! After the movie is over, relive all of Ralphie's greatest adventures at the Christmas Story House & Museum, which features the Parker home restored to its original movie splendor. You'll find original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Want to extend the experience? Make a weekend of it and stay overnight!
Update: The Polar Express rides are now sold out, and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will not be resuming regular train rides until January 20. The train will host many fun excursions in January, and pre-purchased tickets make the best holiday gifts! Visit cvsr.com for more details.
Photo courtesy of the Wade OvalThere's nothing more magical than carving new ice on skates — especially when surrounded by festive lights and holiday music. Northeastern Ohio is filled with a number of indoor and outdoor skating rinks, all of which offer the perfect opportunity for a winter adventure with the family. Here in Cleveland, our favorite place to skate outdoors is the Wade Oval, which is open from early November to early March (weather depending), and boasts free skating lessons on Saturdays at noon.