Things To Do On Thanksgiving in Atlanta

This Thanksgiving, get ready to cook, run, ice skate and more. (Not necessarily in that order).
  • There's more to do than eat on Thanksgiving in Atlanta. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    There's more to do than eat on Thanksgiving in Atlanta. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Earn that turkey dinner at the annual Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K. (Atlanta Track Club)
    Earn that turkey dinner at the annual Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K. (Atlanta Track Club)

Good food, friends and family: Thanksgiving is a time of tradition and sharing your gratitude. Looking for something fun to add to your family plans this year? Here are seven ideas of things to do this Thanksgiving in Atlanta.

  1. Run for a good cause at the 2017 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K at Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field). Share in the holiday spirit and give thanks for your good health and fitness. Registration cut-off date is Nov. 15.

  2. Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch without the prep or cleanup at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. Visit the website for event pricing and details.

  3. See Atlanta's largest gingerbread house unveiling and annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at The St. Regis Atlanta. "The gingerbread house will take about 500 hours to construct and will be a decadent combination of 300 pounds of flour, 100 pounds of sugar, 10 pounds of spice, 70 pounds of shortening, 45 pounds of corn syrup and 16 pounds of molasses." Special guest appearance from Santa, who will be sabering a special bottle of champagne. 

  4. Volunteer as a family. Visit the Hands On Atlanta website for a listing of volunteer opportunities for all ages. Here are more hands-on volunteer opportunities for Atlanta families throughout the year.

  5. Take in the arts. While not technically on Thanksgiving, this special "Day After Thanksgiving" program at the High Museum of Art from 1 to 4 p.m. is sure to be a hit with the entire family, including your out-of-town guests. Enjoy a fun time of art making, story times and festivities. Admission is free. 

Here are more things to do around ThanksgivingFor more fun things to do with as a family this holiday season, check out these 21 Fun Holiday Activities for Kids in Atlanta.

 

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their young son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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