Plan Your Thanksgiving in DC

As Thanksgiving approaches, Washington, D.C., transforms into a city adorned with fall spirit and festivities. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s a cornucopia of activities to enjoy during the Thanksgiving weekend. From Turkey Trots to parades, ice skating to culinary delights, here’s a guide to make the most of your Thanksgiving in the nation’s capital.

Thanksgiving Food in D.C.'s Best Restaurants

D.C. has a diverse culinary scene, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to savor the city’s culinary delights. Many restaurants offer special Thanksgiving menus, featuring traditional favorites with a unique twist. Whether you prefer classic turkey or innovative dishes, D.C.’s eateries have something to satisfy every palate.

Participate in a Turkey Trot

Before indulging in a Thanksgiving feast, why not prep with some active fun  and participate in a Turkey Trot? Washington, D.C., hosts several fun runs that cater to all fitness levels. These events not only promote a healthy start to the day but also contribute to a charitable cause. Join the local community in the spirit of giving, and enjoy a refreshing run amidst the autumn foliage.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on Nov 18

If you’re from the DC area or will be here a bit earlier, don’t miss the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on November 18. This vibrant event features floats, marching bands, and balloons, setting the stage for a cheerful and festive atmosphere that will undoubtedly get you into the holiday spirit.

Go Ice Skating

Embrace the colder weather and partake in the seasonal joy of ice skating. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is a popular spot in the heart of the city, surrounded by iconic landmarks. Skating here offers a unique experience against the backdrop of the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

Wunder Garten

For a relaxed and festive atmosphere, head to Wunder Garten, a popular beer garden in the heart of the city. This outdoor venue transforms into a cozy oasis during the holiday season, complete with twinkling lights and seasonal decorations. Gather with friends and family to enjoy craft beers, warm beverages, and the company of those getting into the holiday spirit.

US Botanic Gardens

Escape the chaos of the city and find comfort in the U.S. Botanic Gardens. The lush greenery and vibrant blooms provide a serene backdrop for a leisurely Thanksgiving stroll out of the cold weather. During this festive season, the Botanic Gardens transform into a winter wonderland with the “Season’s Greetings: America’s Gardens” holiday show. Marvel at all of the unique plant collections and themed gardens while enjoying the enchanting holiday decorations that add an extra layer of magic to the botanical oasis.

Enjoy Black Friday Deals

As Thanksgiving festivities wind down, the vibrant energy of Washington, D.C., shifts towards Black Friday shopping. Join the excitement as stores across the city open their doors early, offering unbeatable deals and discounts. Whether you’re on the hunt for tech, fashion, or the perfect holiday gifts, D.C.’s diverse shopping scene has you covered. From boutiques in Georgetown to the sprawling retail hubs in downtown D.C., Black Friday creates a shopper’s paradise in the city.

Family in Capitol Express Tours Golf Cart going over Tidal Basin with Jefferson Memorial in the background. Photo taken by Ted Everett

Tak a Golf Cart Tour of the Monuments

Explore the iconic monuments and memorials in style by taking a narrated golf cart tour. Thanksgiving weekend often sees fewer crowds, allowing for a more intimate and enjoyable experience. Cruise past the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and other landmarks as you learn about the history and significance of these national treasures in a fun and stress-free way. Book your tour today!