Best Thanksgiving Day Activities in Washington, D.C.

November 19, 2015 8:00 AM

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Thanksgiving is the best holiday for spending time with family. The weather isn’t too cold, everyone is off from work and school, and there is no gift-buying or costumes to worry about. Here are several ideas for fun activities to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day with your family.
Turkey Chase
Bethesda, MD
(301) 530-3725

This is the 33rd annual year of the Turkey Chase in Montgomery County, Maryland. Proceeds from the race benefit the local YMCA and BCC-Rotary Club. It is the largest race in Montgomery County. The race includes a 10K, as well as two-mile walk, and a 50 meter race for kids under the age of nine. With these options, the whole family can participate!

Macon Bistro & Larder
5520 Connecticut Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 248-7807

Have a traditional Thanksgiving feast without all of the work by ordering all of your sides and desserts from Macon Bistro. Macon Bistro’s culinary team, led by Executive Chef Daniel Singhofen and Chef De Cuisine Jenna Pool, will prepare classic side dishes to spice up any Thanksgiving feast. Sides include stuffing, cranberry sauce, mac & cheese, collard greens, and sweet potato or buttermilk biscuits. Everything is available in servings of four, eight or twelveDinner packages are priced at $100 for four servings of all six side dishes, $150 for eight servings and $200 for twelve servings. Additionally, Pastry Chef Jameela Hassa has prepared two nine-inch pies that will be available for purchase: sweet potato and apple brandied raisin pies, priced at $45 each. Food orders can be made daily through Nov. 20 and all pick-ups will be scheduled for Nov. 24th-25thfrom noon to 5 p.m.

800 16th St N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-6600

A delicious meal is one of the best ways to spend time with family on Thanksgiving. But this year, forget having to clean up a mess at home and head out for Thanksgiving dinner. The Hay-Adams hotel is having a lavish affair that you must be a part of. Their Thanksgiving dinner will feature corn pudding, pumpkin and sage ravioli, marinated beets, fall mushrooms and wonderful desserts like sweet potato pie, pecan pie, caramel apples, pumpkin cheesecake, creme brulee and more. The cost is $95 for adults and $50 for children. Make your reservation today!

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Union Station
2 West/40 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 289-1908

Visiting the holiday model train display at Union Station is a fun and low-key activity for Thanksgiving. The trains are beautiful replicas of Norwegian trains. The replicas are hand made and set amongst a stunning Norwegian scenery. It is free to go and visit the display, which makes it even better! There are many places to eat and drink at Union Station before or after you visit the train display.

VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Every year the vegetarian society of DC hosts an annual Thanksgiving feast from 12-4 p.m. There is music, prizes and great vegetarian food so you can have a cruelty-free Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Tickets sell out early, so get yours soon. Vegetarian or not, everyone is welcome to this event to celebrate thankfulness and compassion.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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