What to Do on Thanksgiving Day in St. Louis

Local Stores, Restaurants and Attractions Open on Thanksgiving

There's more to do in St. Louis on Thanksgiving Day that just eat turkey. Here are the local restaurants, stores and attractions that are open on Thanksgiving.

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    Christmas Light Displays

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

    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. Admission is $22 per car. The Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is also open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children.

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    ••• Photo by Deborah O'Brien

    Whether you're looking for a casual dinner or an elegant meal, St. Louis restaurants are open to serve you. You can dine on pancakes at Uncle Bill's or a gourmet feast at Boundary. For more, see my List of St. Louis Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day.

  • 03 of 07

    Holiday Shopping

    Many St. Louis area stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year including Macy's, Target, Toys R Us, Old Navy and more. The St. Louis Galleria will also be open on Thanksgiving evening. For the complete list, see Store Hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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    Steinberg Skating Rink

    After getting your fill of turkey, stuffing 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 November 23-26, including Thanksgiving Day. Skating fees are $7 per person. Skates are also available to rent for $6.

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    Blueberry Hill

    Blueberry Hill is a St. Louis favorite on the Delmar Loop. If you want to get a drink on Thanksgiving night, the bar at Blueberry Hill will be open starting at 7 p.m. 

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    Movie Theatres

    Thanksgiving night is a popular time to go to the movies. After a big meal, sometimes it's best to just sit for a while. St. Louis area theaters, including AMC and Wehrenberg, are open on Thanksgiving.

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    Poker, Blackjack, Slots. Whatever your game, you can play it on Thanksgiving. Local casinos including Lumiere Place, River City and Ameristar are open for anyone wanting to try their luck.