Thanksgiving Weekend in Louisville, KY

Thanksgiving is a holiday to feast with family and friends. The weekend also functions as the kick-off to the winter holiday season. Are you spending Thanksgiving weekend in Louisville, KY? From turkey dinners to holiday shopping, there are plenty of things to do in Louisville, KY throughout Thanksgiving weekend.

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    Turkey and all the trimmings!
    ••• Turkey and all the trimmings!. Photo: Tetra Images/Getty Images

    Sometimes it is nice to have someone else cook (and clean up) on Thanksgiving Day. Thankfully, there are plenty of nice restaurants in Louisville with Thanksgiving specials. This list has you covered, from dinner cruises to buffets.

    Don't want to dine out or cook? Turns out you are not alone, which is why these businesses and restaurants make Thanksgiving go. Enjoy! 

  • 02 of 09

    Turkey Trots in Louisville, KY

    Fun to exercise with friends
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    Runners, along with their family and friends, often have an annual tradition of participating in a Thanksgiving fun run. An opportunity to get outside and get involved with the community, the fees from Turkey Trots are often contributions to area charities. Check out the YMCA's family fun runs or attend Light Up Louisville's annual Run, Run, Rudolph. Not feeling sporty? That is ok, simply cheering from the sidelines and helping volunteers pass out hot cocoa can be enough to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

  • 03 of 09
    Shopping in Louisville, KY

    The day after Thanksgiving, JCPS kids are off school and many families take advantage of the holiday deals at box stores, malls, outlets and shopping centers. Some stores open as early as 4 a.m. on Black Friday and some holiday discounts even begin Thanksgiving night.

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    Small Business Saturday

    Christmas Gift
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    The day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. With holiday shopping in full swing after Thanksgiving, this day is a reminder to shop locally and support small businesses. Wondering where to pick up Louisville gifts? Shop Market St. in Nulu or head to A Taste of Kentucky. Here is a full list of places to buy local gifts in Louisville. Then, stop to have a Kentucky lunch, too! Did someone say Hot Browns?​​

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  • 05 of 09
    The Nutcracker
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    A fun way to get dressed up and get out of the house, there are live performances throughout Louisville this holiday season. There are annual favorites, such as A Christmas Carol (sponsored by Fifth Third Bank) at Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Nutcracker (sponsored by Brown-Forman) at the Louisville Ballet. Add to that the offerings at Derby Dinner Playhouse and The are sure to find a show for you.

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    Freshly cut Christmas trees
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    Picking out a Christmas tree is a family tradition for many, add to that a love of the outdoors and you have a new tradition in the making: cutting your own tree! Selecting a tree from a tree farm is a unique holiday experience. Often tree farms have extra holiday activities, too. From sleigh rides to sips of hot cider, choosing a tree is an activity for all ages.

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    Christmas at the Galt House
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    When talking of Christmas at the Galt House, most will mention the light display. Although the lights are spectacular, the attraction is also much more. A Christmas village features gingerbread houses, activities, a Peppermint Express Kiddie Train Ride and old-time window displays.  There are also opportunities to take photos with the Snow Fairy Princess and/or Santa Claus.​​​​

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    Volunteers at local charities.
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    There are a range of charitable organizations in Louisville that rely on volunteer. Help to prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals to the poor, or find a cause close to your heart and donate your time as a way of giving thanks

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  • 09 of 09
    Louisville, KY at night
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    With family and friends coming to visit, residents of Louisville know there are plenty of interesting stops to make. Introduce the ones you love to the many outdoor experiences in Kentucky or take in a bit of a history lesson on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.