5 Things to Do in Seattle for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that means many things to many people—family time, delicious food, or even a shopping bonanza the day after. Whether you intend to stay at home and make a full-course meal or head out to a restaurant, there are many ways you can enjoy Thanksgiving in Seattle and Tacoma.

Watch Seattle's Thanksgiving Parade

Winding through downtown Seattle, this parade is a fun way to kick off the holiday season with floats, marching bands, and Santa. The parade begins at 7th Avenue and Pine and finishes up at the Westlake Center, which just so happens to be the perfect spot for viewing the after-parade fireworks.

See Christmas Lights Displays

Christmas lights displays take place at Woodland Park Zoo, Bellevue Botanical Garden, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, and a few other places in the region. Most Christmas lights displays in the region open the day after Thanksgiving.

Go Ice Skating

If you've got some twinkle in your toes, donning a pair of ice skates and twirling (or at least cautiously gliding) across the ice is festive and fun for all ages. Most area ice skating rinks open the day after Thanksgiving.

Eat out for Thanksgiving

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of making Thanksgiving dinner? Or worse, the clean up? Many restaurants serve Thanksgiving dinner in Seattle and Tacoma, and are prepared to do the work for you. You can often go an upscale route as well, making Thanksgiving not just a day of food, but a day of fine food. Expect twists on the traditional items, such as herbed stuffing or mashed potatoes with tasty and artistic additions.

Some restaurants that have opened for Thanksgiving in the past include in Seattle include Outlier and Ruth's Chris Steak House located downtown and Six Seven Restaurant Lounge near Pier 66. Nearby Tacoma also has restaurants open for Thanksgiving such as Stanely and Seafort's, the award-winning Pacific Grill, or the more affordable Shari's. For a vegetarian Thanksgiving, check out Flora's Cafe.

Shop for Black Friday Deals

If you don't mind the crowds, heading out to local malls to find deals can be fun and a little crazy, especially if you go early in the morning. Seattle, Tacoma, and everywhere in between starts off the holiday season with a little bit of shopping madness. Area malls and shopping centers, from Seattle's malls to South Sound shopping centers, almost all open early in the morning, and most have door-busting sales just waiting to be discovered. Don't forget to support your local business owners the following Saturday for Small Business Saturday, too.

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