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 2016 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K at Turner Field. Share in the holiday spirit and give thanks for your good health and fitness. Registration cut-off date is Nov. 16.

  2. Take a cooking class in preparation for the holiday. The Iberian Pig is encouraging guests to roast a pig instead of "turking" by hosting a "Save the Turkeys" pig roasting class on Nov. 16. On Nov. 20 take a 90-minute holiday-themed cooking class with chefs Matt and Paddy Adolfi at Serenbe. After Thanksgiving, continue your cooking classes with a pasta making class at Bellina Alimentari, where you'll learn to make fresh pasta the Italian way.

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

  4. 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 year's theme is "Santa's Candy Shop." The gingerbread house will measure 20-feet wide, 15-feet long and 10-feet tall. It will take the pastry team 40 days and more 2,000 hours to build. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  

  5. Go ice skating at Atlantic Station. SKATE Atlantic Station is open Nov. 19 through Feb. 14, 2017, with special holiday hours Thanksgiving Day from 4 to 10 p.m. Ticket prices start at $10. General admission is $13, and a season pass is $75.

  6. Volunteer as a family. Visit the Hands On Atlanta website for a listing of volunteer opportunities for all ages.

  7. Take in the arts. From Nov. 25 through 27, the High Museum of Art is offering special Thanksgiving programming each day from 1 to 4 p.m. The High has new pricing of $14.50 per person for those age 6 and older. The entire family, including your out-of-town guests, can enjoy a fun time of art making, storytimes and festivities. 

For more fun things to do with as a family, 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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