Gobble Up the Fun on Thanksgiving!
From devouring grandma’s pumpkin pie to spending quality time with friends and family – Thanksgiving is a holiday we’re all thankful for. Whether you’re new to St. Louis, or looking for some fun new traditions, we’ve got you covered with holiday activities the whole family can enjoy.
STL Turkey Trot
Kickstart your Thanksgiving with a 5K! Thanksgiving Day is the most popular race day in the United States, and cities throughout the metro area are hosting a variety of races to help benefit their communities while remaining active with fellow neighbors. Balance the afternoon’s calorie intake by signing up for a Turkey Trot in St. Charles, Eureka or Arnold. Click here for more information.
Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade
This year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in Downtown St. Louis. One hundred fifty parade units – including musical floats and displays, giant helium balloons, antique cars and fire trucks, St. Louis-area marching bands – will join St. Louis native Mary Engelbreit, a well-known graphic artist and illustrator and this year’s honorary grand marshal, and Santa Claus to wish everyone a Happy Turkey Day. Grab a jacket and the kids, and head downtown to enjoy the festivities before the turkey needs to go in the oven!
Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Football Game
For the past 100+ years, Webster Groves High School has played Kirkwood High School in its annual Turkey Day Football Game. Currently, Webster Groves leads the series 53-43 with five ties and eight cancellations. This year, Webster Groves has the home advantage – at Moss Field – with kickoff at noon. Support red or orange, and come out to enjoy pre-turkey football!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Black Friday has become a highly anticipated event around the country, with stores opening their doors Thanksgiving night with special deals and discounts, and families spending time together holiday shopping after a big Thanksgiving meal. However, this year is a bit different with big stores and malls, such as the West County Center, closing until early morning on Black Friday. Before you head out, make sure to look at the list of stores open in St. Louis on Thanksgiving Day.
Spend It at the Arch and Old Courthouse!
If you have friends and family in town, a visit to the Arch and Old Courthouse is a must! The park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will operate with extended holiday hours on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26: The Gateway Arch will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the Old Courthouse will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is a historically busy time at the Arch. It is strongly encouraged that visitors purchase their Journey to the Top and Arch Entry-Only tickets in advance by visiting www.gatewayarch.com/buytickets. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the Old Courthouse or by calling 877-982-1410. Hope to see you at the park!