Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C.

| Living in Washington | By Anslie Stokes

Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. – Here is What You Need to Know

If you are spending Thanksgiving in the D.C. area, there are plenty of events and seasonal activities taking place that you can be a part of. Whether it’s dining, volunteering, shopping, or entertainment, we’ve got you covered on everything happening in the area!



Want all the trimmings but none of the dishes? These restaurants are offering a traditional Thanksgiving menu:



Thanksgiving & the holiday season is a very busy time for volunteer & charity organizations! Below are organizations supporting the D.C. area that are in need of help & volunteers:

  • Food & Friends – Food & Friends is an organization that provides meals year-round to individuals struggling with life-challenging diseases. Thanksgiving Week, volunteers are needed every day to prepare meals, pack groceries, and help deliver prepared meals to needy families in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Capital Area Food Bank – Capital Area Food Bank is the largest public non-profit hunger and nutrition education resource in the region. Thanksgiving is a demanding time, and the organization is asking for help with organizing/sorting donations and distributing food. Check out their website to see available time slots on their volunteer calendar, or, if you want to contribute but can’t fit a time into your schedule, you can make a donation to the organization or drop off food.
  • Salvation Army – each year, the Salvation Army organizes a Thanksgiving Meal known as the ‘Feast of Sharing’. This year, the event takes place at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Downtown D.C. A full meal is provided to over 5,000 individuals, and volunteers are needed to help prepare food and cleanup.
  • Bread for the City – Bread for the City works hard every year to provide full turkey dinners for low-income households in D.C. Volunteers are needed for help with processing donations, as well as preparing and delivering Thanksgiving & Holiday meals.



Already looking ahead to Holiday shopping? Here are a couple of retailers opening their doors early for Black Friday & the upcoming weekend.



Looking for some fun & entertainment for Thanksgiving? Here are several events taking place this week and during the Holidays.

  • Reston Town Center Holiday Parade – kick off the Holiday season with a parade, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, and more! This all-day event takes place on 12/29, the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Enchant Christmas – taking place at Nationals Park, this spectacular event features a 90,000 square foot light maze, a 100 foot lighted tree (bigger than the iconic Holiday tree at Rockefeller Centre in NYC!), a Christmas Market, seasonal dining & beverage options, an ice skating trail, and more!
  • ZooLights – join the thousands of of visitors that make ZooLights part of their annual holiday tradition! ZooLights features incredible light displays, live music performances, tasty winter treats, and lots of gift shopping. Best of all, it’s a FREE event! ZooLights opens at 5PM on Black Friday.
  • Season’s Greetings: United States Botanical Garden – opening on Thanksgiving, this year’s Season’s Greetings Holiday Show will feature plant-based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures of famous American Gardens.
  • SOME Trot for Hunger – this 5K run/walk is a fundraising and community building event to raise awareness and support for those in The District suffering from poverty, homelessness, and hunger. The race takes place Thanksgiving morning.


What are YOU most excited about during the Thanksgiving and Holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below!

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