Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s November, and with this month come all the food and football traditions. Many of our holiday celebrations will include a variety of ages and personalities, so keeping everyone happy can feel stressful. What if there were a way to get the most out of this wonderful, but often eventful, day? With a little planning and intentionality, I think this year could be the best yet with these Thanksgiving Day activities. 

We all know how this holiday gets a bit bypassed with Christmas just around the corner, but let’s work to make this Thanksgiving a great one. Beyond the delicious dinner, make the day a true celebration. Gather your favorite people together and enjoy a whole day of intentional activity. Whether you’re celebrating with a small group of friends or reuniting with your entire extended family, check out some of these Thanksgiving Day activities for a fun and thoughtful Thanksgiving Day.

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4 Thanksgiving Day Activities For The Whole Family

Whether you’re celebrating with a small group of friends or reuniting with your entire extended family, check out some of these Thanksgiving Day activities.

Macy’s Day Parade – I Spy/BINGO

In our house growing up, Thanksgiving always started with watching the parade. I’d wake up, waddle into the living room, and find someone already there bundled up in a blanket, watching giant balloons float by on the screen. If you’re looking for some new Thanksgiving Day activities for your family, simply watching the parade might not be anything new. You could change up the viewing experience, though.

This is a great activity for families with younger kids. As you begin your day of cooking and celebrating, turn on the parade. Throughout the morning, make a list of things they need to spot while watching. You could make BINGO sheets with items like “man wearing mittens” or “Broadway Musical performance”. Give out fun prizes for each winner and start the holiday with a different way to watch the parade.

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Turkey Bowl

Maybe you’ve already adopted football into your Thanksgiving traditions, and if that’s the case, good for you! If you’re wondering what all this “Turkey Bowl” jargon means, stick with us. Football and American Thanksgiving tend to already go hand-in-hand. Why not plan a game of flag football with your family and friends? The competition level can vary depending on ages and skill, but overall, get outside and get active.

I recommend doing this in the morning, before the big meal. This can help anyone preparing food at home get some needed space to focus on cooking and enjoy some quiet. Plus, you’ll get some exercise first thing in the day and build up quite the appetite for all the good food later. Even if you’re not an athlete, a friendly game of football could be just what you need to feel connected to your friends and family.

4 Thanksgiving Day Activities For The Whole Family

Play Games

Again, the idea of playing games may not be life-changing. But get creative! Set up a euchre tournament throughout the day. Play big group, interactive games like Charades or Catch Phrase. If you have space, make jumbo Dutch Blitz cards and have the best time racing to win.

If you can’t come up with new games of your own, check out some great non-board game ideas here. You can pull out the Monopoly if you want, but this holiday only comes around once a year. So take a bit of time to plan some fun, all-inclusive games for your crew.

Christmas Kick-Off

Thanksgiving is a pretty amazing holiday, and it doesn’t need to be overshadowed by Christmas. At the same time, I came from a house that didn’t pull out the Christmas boxes until Thanksgiving was done. So why not end your celebration with a kick-off to the Christmas season?

By the end of the day, food is eaten and bodies are tired. Give everyone a chance to unwind and enjoy your favorite Christmas movie together. As one holiday wraps up and another one begins, you’ll have a chance to enjoy your people and rest with them.

This Thanksgiving, don’t let the day go by without purpose. Enjoy the food and the relaxation, but spend the day being intentional with the people in your life. It just takes a bit of planning and thoughtfulness. So in just a few short weeks, get active, fill your bellies, and beat your brother at Parade BINGO.

Exciting Thanksgiving day activities for adults. Whether you’re celebrating with a small group of friends or reuniting with your entire extended family, check out some of these Thanksgiving Day activities.

Jess Lyons
Jess Lyons
Jess Lyons is a wife, mom, and Resident Director to 100+ college students. Her days are filled with dorm events and bike rides with her family, and she loves the overlap of it all. In her free time, you can find her reading a book or enjoying good food with friends.