Whether you’re heading home for the holidays, exploring a new city, or remaining where you are, the Thanksgiving season offers fun autumn activities that introduce us all to the holiday spirit.




The Windy City is the perfect place to be introduced to the holiday spirit (+ cold weather). Layer up + head over to the capitol of the midwest for good eats + holiday cheer!

Consider these events when you visit:

  • Thanksgiving Parade

    • What’s Thanksgiving without a parade? Marching from Congress to Randolph, Chicago’s parade features some of the nation’s best bands, floats, + giant balloons!

    • November 22, 2018: 8AM-11AM

  • The Morton Arboretum

    • Enjoy free admission at the Morton Arboretum on Thanksgiving Day. Take a hike + burn off your Thanksgiving meal as you enjoy the fresh outdoors + take in the fall foliage!

    • November 22, 2018: 7AM-Sunset

  • Zoolights

    • Explore the famous Lincoln Park Zoo to witness twinkling lights, ice sculptures, + cold weather animals! Listen to Christmas carolers while enjoying a hot beverage at this beloved zoo.

    • November 23, 2018-January 6, 2019: 4:30AM-9PM

  • Christkindlmarket

    • Inspired by the seasonal tradition in Nuremburg, Germany, this open-air market is the best way to experience the holidays! Enjoy handcrafted German items, hot spiced wine, food, + much more!

    • November 16-December 24, 2018: 11AM-9PM


New Orleans


Although Thanksgiving isn’t the holiday that comes to mind when you think of NOLA (we’re talking about you, Mardi Gras) it’s still a great time in the Big Easy.

If you’re in town, check these events out:

  • Fair Grounds Race Course

    • With the race track opening on Nov. 15, this horse race venue is the place to be Thanksgiving weekend. Watch the horses as you sport cocktails, buffets, + festive hats!

    • Mon-Sat: 9AM-12AM, Sun: 10AM-12AM

  • Bayou Classic

    • The famous battle of the bands: The Grambling State Tigers vs. the Southern University Jaguars. Taking place Thanksgiving weekend, the city celebrates with a massive parade featuring some of the country’s best marching bands!

    • Sat, November 24, 2018 @ 4PM

  • Thanksgiving Dinner in the French Quarter

    • Experience the French Quarter in a new way this holiday season. Consider attending an upscale dining experience at a world-class restaurant like the Prince Conti Hotel or the Bombay Club Bar + Restaurant.




Head down south for Thanksgiving this year. A dynamic city with loads to offer, Atlanta ranks on our list for one of the best cities to celebrate the holidays!

Here are our tops picks to celebrate in the city:

  • Pranksgiving III

    • Returning to the stage for the third year in a row, Pranksgiving is an open-mic celebrating + poking fun at this beloved holiday! Enjoy a stacked list of the city’s best comedians as you take a break from the delicious food!

    • November 21, 2018 @ 8PM

  • Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet at Southern Art

    • Head over to the Southern Art + Bourbon Bar for an early afternoon of one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving dishes + gourmet plates! Enjoy their innovative ham bar knowing you won’t have to clean up afterwards!

    • November 22, 2018 @ 10AM-5PM

  • Foodies + Fashionistas

    • Browse the latest fashions while enjoying a three course meal provided by Atlanta’s hottest chefs. Paired with fine wines + inventive cocktails, this unique event will change how you shop forever!

    • November 30, 2018 @ 5PM-10PM

  • The Harvest Hunt at Oakland Cemetery

    • Explore the historic Oakland Cemetery as you self-guide to solve a scavenger hunt. Prepare your team to sleuth as you follow cryptic clues to solve riddles!

    • November 19-25, 2018 @ 12AM




The Pacific North West is the place to be this holiday season. Enjoy fun events, delicious food, + good company in Seattle this year!

Here are some top events:

  • Thanksgiving Parade

    • Get in the Thanksgiving spirit at Seattle’s annual holiday parade, where you’ll enjoy floats, marching bands,vintage cars and drill teams all putting on a show! When the parade ends, Christmas season has officially begun in the city!

    • November 23, 2018 @ 9AM

  • Friendsgiving at Thompson Seattle

    • Looking to make friends and eat well this holiday? Look no further than the Friendsgiving celebration at the Thompson Seattle hotel! Enjoy festive drinks at the hotel’s rooftop bar, then move onto a 3 course meal served in the hotel’s Scout PNW restaurant!

    • November 22 @ 12PM-6PM

  • Seattle Turkey Trot

    • This scenic holiday run will take you on a tour of the city, starting in the Sunset Hill neighborhood and ending at Golden Gardens Park! Walk, run or jog your way through Seattle’s streets in preparation for your Thanksgiving feasting later in the afternoon!

    • November 22 @ 9AM




The mountains are a great place to cozy up + enjoy the holidays. Take the whole family + travel to Denver for great scenery, awesome winter sports, + the best holiday activities around Thanksgiving time!

Here are our top picks:

  • Grand Illumination

    • Lighting up downtown from Denver Union Station to the City + County Building at Civic Center Park with Christmas lights. The Grand Illumination kicks off the holiday spirit playing holiday classics, serving festive drinks, + broadcasting Christmas cheer!

    • November 23, 2018 @ 6PM

  • The Polar Express Train Ride

    • A fun activity for kids + adults alike! The Christmas classic movie + book, The Polar Express, comes to life at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

    • November 10 - December 23, 2018

  • Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

    • Go ice skating at this downtown rink. With skate rentals at $2 + free days for kids throughout the season, this winter activity is budget friendly without compromising fun!

    • November 20, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Every city has something to offer during the Thanksgiving season! What about your city? Comment below!