What to Do on Thanksgiving Day in St. Louis

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 just want to chill out in the living room. But there's more to do in St. Louis on Thanksgiving Day that just eat turkey. If you still have some energy after all that cooking and gorging, here's a list of some things to do on Thanksgiving besides eat that are open in 2018. In case you don't want to cook the year's biggest feast, it also includes restaurants that are open.

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Go See Christmas Lights

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden
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Get an early look at two of the area's most popular Christmas light displays. Santa's Magical Kingdom in St. Louis County is open on Thanksgiving night from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is also open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

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Go Out to Eat


 Deborah O'Brien

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

Caucasian woman shopping in clothing store


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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. But be warned: Shopping on Thanksgiving itself will be a jam-packed event, too. They include Macy's, Target, and Old Navy, among others. The St. Louis Galleria will also be open on Thanksgiving evening.

04 of 07

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. The ice rink is open extended hours from 10 a.m. to midnight on Nov. 21 to 24, including Thanksgiving Day. 

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05 of 07

Hang Out at Blueberry Hill

The Blueberry Hill club in the St. Louis Loop neighborhood
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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 bar at Blueberry Hill will be open. (If you want to go nontraditional and thumb your nose at the whole turkey thing and would rather celebrate with an all-American burger, you can get that, too.​) Blueberry Hill is known for its live music, on stage several times a week in the Duck Room, where Chuck Berry, a St. Louis native and the father of rock 'n' roll, played countless times, almost up to his death in March 2017 at the age of 90.

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Go See a Movie

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Thanksgiving night is a popular time to go to the movies in the St. Louis region. After a big meal, sometimes just sitting awhile in the dark really sounds good. St. Louis area theaters, including AMC and Marcus Wehrenberg, are open on Thanksgiving.

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Try Your Hand at the Casino


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Poker, blackjack, slots. 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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