Guide to Thanksgiving in St. Louis: Restaurants, Events, Things to Do

After you've had a bounteous Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, corn casserole, dinner rolls, coffee, and pecan or pumpkin pie, you might feel too stuffed to do anything. However, St. Louis offers so much to do on Thanksgiving Day, it would be a shame to miss out. If you still have some energy after all that cooking and gorging, these fun things to do will help you digest and work up on appetite for the next day's leftovers.

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See Christmas Lights

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden
Photo by Tom Incrocci, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

On Thanksgiving Day, you can get an early look at two of the St. Louis' most popular Christmas light displays. Santa's Magical Kingdom and the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden both open in the evening, which is great timing if you are looking for an activity to help you work off the big meal.

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Eat Out


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Whether you're looking for a casual dinner or an elegant meal, several St. Louis restaurants are open to serve you on Thanksgiving. You can dine on pancakes and other diner delights at Uncle Bill's or order up a gourmet feast at Boundary at the Cheshire Inn, among many other choices.

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Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping

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Many St. Louis area stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year if you want to get a jump on Black Friday shopping. The St. Louis Galleria will be open in the evening and you can head to some of the open stores like Macy's, Target, and Old Navy to get your head start on the holidays and maybe score some deals. However, the stores will be jam-packed so prepare yourself for the crowds.

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Go Ice Skating

Steinberg Stating Rink in Forest Park

Deborah O'Brien

After getting your fill of turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, head over to Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park to work off some of those calories. During Thanksgiving, the rink is open for extended hours, which should give you more time to arrange your visit. Be aware that the ice rink is cash only, so come prepared and bring enough money if you plan to rent skates.

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Hang Out at Blueberry Hill

The Blueberry Hill club in the St. Louis Loop neighborhood
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Blueberry Hill is known for its live music, particularly the Duck Room, where Chuck Berry, a St. Louis native and the father of rock 'n' roll, played countless times. Blueberry Hill is a St. Louis favorite and landmark in the Delmar Loop in University City. If you want to get a drink on Thanksgiving night, the bars at Blueberry Hill will be open.

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See a Movie

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The night of Thanksgiving is a popular time to go to the movies in the St. Louis region. After a big meal, it can be refreshing to sit in a dark room and let the latest blockbuster ignite your imagination. St. Louis area theaters, including AMC and Marcus Wehrenberg, will be open on Thanksgiving.

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Try Your Hand at the Casino


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Whatever your game, you can play it on Thanksgiving in St. Louis, where casinos carry on the riverboat gambling tradition. Local casinos, including Lumiere Place, River City, Hollywood, and Ameristar, are open if you and your Thanksgiving companions want to try your luck.

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