Staying Local for Thanksgiving?

Written by Lauren Goldberg, U.S. Programs Coordinator 

You can practically smell the turkey, stuffing and all of the fixings in the air as Thanksgiving in the District approaches. While some of you will venture home to celebrate with family and friends, others will be celebrating the holiday in the DC area. If you can’t make it home this year, don’t worry! There are many spirited ways to spend your Thanksgiving here in Washington.

  • Grab a couple friends and head to one of these local restaurants to enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure to make a reservation, as tables tend to fill up quickly!
  • Prefer to stay home and watch some movies on your Holiday Movie Marathon list? Then a grab-and-go turkey dinner might be just your style. Check out these area restaurants and stores that are offering a to-go Thanksgiving meal packaged up just for you.

  • After you are sufficiently stuffed with your holiday meal, you better not forget about the biggest shopping day of the year… Black Friday! Here is a list of opening times for local stores and malls, so you can plan how to take advantage of the epic Black Friday 2012 deals.
  • DC’s second annual Small Business Saturday is November 24th. This is a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses and boosting the local economy. For a complete list of events and participating businesses click here or here.
  • Another great way to spend your holiday is by giving back to the local community and volunteering to serve the less fortunate in the area. While many organizations are sponsoring Turkey Trots, others encourage volunteers to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the hungry in the area. For volunteer opportunities check out, So Others Might Eat, Food & Friends, Bread for the City, and Capital Area Food Bank.

However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, be thankful and remember that you can always start a new tradition here in the District. Happy Thanksgiving!




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