Christmas may get the bulk of the attention. But, there are plenty of Thanksgiving activities and attractions to enjoy this time of year!
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (New York, NY)
Is there any Thanksgiving event more iconic than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the heart of New York City? You might have to brave some insane crowds. Plus, cold and windy weather. But, seeing the larger-than-life balloons, incredible floats, and celebrities is worth it. The parade celebrates its 93rd year this Thanksgiving. Stake out your spot as early as you can for the best
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, MA)
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Head to where Thanksgiving began: the south shore of Massachusetts. Plimoth Plantation recreates the Plymouth Colony in the 1600s, complete with an English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, a Grist Mill, and more. And what would the site of the first Thanksgiving be without the big meal itself? You can actually eat a complete buffet dinner or plated service at the plantation. However, make sure to buy your tickets in advance, as they sell out quickly.
The Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)
This festive craft show in the smoky mountains combines the beauty of nature with the fun of shopping for unique handmade goods and art. This year’s event will be held from November 26–December 1 and feature dozens of artisans and vendors.
Christkindlmarket (Chicago, IL)
Held annually in the city’s Daley Plaza, this holiday market begins in mid-November and is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. The open-air attraction is now in its 24th year and is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets. As such, items for sale often include cuckoo clocks, beer steins, and nutcrackers. And there are plenty of treats like Strudel, potato pancakes, sausages, and candy.
The Pioneer Woman Mercantile (Pawhuska, OK)
Head to the hometown of popular TV chef Ree Drummond (aka “The Pioneer Woman) to visit her restaurant, bakery, and store. The complex is all about comfort food, from fried chicken and beer-braised short rib to pecan pie and freshly-baked cinnamon rolls.