Thanksgiving Celebrations in the DC Metro

While most people celebrate Thanksgiving at home with their families, there are some large celebrations for the holiday.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the Thanksgiving events going on in the DC Metro this Thanksgiving.

There are many different restaurants in the area that will be open and serving Thanksgiving meals on November 25th.  If you don’t want to cook, you might want to visit one of these great restaurants and let someone else handle the dishes!
•    701 Restaurant
•    Adour
•    Ardeo
•    Bibiana Osteria-Entoeca
•    1789 Restaurant
•    Bourbon Steak
•    Carmines
•    Citronelle
•    J & G Steahouse
•    Old Ebbitt Grill
•    Oval Room
•    Spirit of Washington

There also a number of places that offer a “Thanksgiving to Go” package.  Put in your order, pick up the meal, and head home to enjoy it with your family.  A few of the places offering meals to go include the following:
•    Georgia Browns
•    Carmines
•    Balduccis
•    Safeway
•    Honeybaked Ham
•    Whole Foods Market
•    Ritz Carlton
•    Cityhouse

Love shopping?  Many stores are now starting Black Friday on late Thursday evening.  Check out some of the deals and, after you’ve finished your meal and had a little nap, head out to face the crowds!  Many stores still observe the traditional early-morning Black Friday sales, of course.  On Saturday, which is now called Small Business Saturday, head to your favorite small or locally-run business and pick up some more gifts.  Finally, if you’ve missed anyone, shop online on Cyber Monday.

Turkey Trots, the festive name for marathons and other run/walk events, are held during this time of year.  These events are scheduled throughout the week.  For example, the Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger is held on Thanksgiving Day at the Freedom Plaza.  There are many others, including events in Alexandria, Arlington, Leesburg, and Centreville.  Most of these runs are benefitting charity.

If you’re in or near Reston, you might want to attend their annual holiday parade on November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving.  It begins at 11:00 am at the corner of Market Street and Freedom Drive.  Santa will stop by for photos, and the official Christmas tree will be lit at 6:00 pm.

The National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting is also on Friday.  It starts at 5:00 at the Waterfront Plaza.

Don’t forget your Thanksgiving flowers in Washington, DC!

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