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Our Guide to Thanksgiving in Plano, TX

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is coming up real soon, and we all know it can be very stressful if you don’t plan ahead of time.

We suggest that you start planning right now on what to do, where to go and if you’re hosting a party what to prepare.

Here are some ideas that may help you get ready for a memorable Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends and family.

Hostess for Thanksgiving

Photo Credit: Madelaine Lam

Let’s start with food and drinks!

Many of us will be hosting a meal on this particular day and may need some ideas on what to include in our menus. Try some of these traditional – and some not-so traditional – meals as suggested by our community:

  • Roast Turkey
  • Stuffing/ Dressing
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans Casserole
  • Pumpkin or Pecan Pie
  • Cranberry Stuffed Roasted Cornish Hen
  • Slow Roasted Pork Belly
  • Whole Roasted Salmon with Orange Butter Glaze
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Bread Rolls
Thanksgiving Meal Non Traditional

Photo Credit: Buena Montero

So, ready the recipes and make sure to write down all the ingredients needed. You can definitely start shopping now for the frozen and pantry items and go for some last minute shopping of fresh items a day before Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Desserts

Photo Credit: Madelaine Lam

Alcoholic Drinks

  • Wine
  • Hot Spiced Mulled Wine
  • Eggnog
  • Ciders
  • Champagne
  • Sangria
  • Bloody Mary
  • Cocktails (some of our fall favorite cocktails: Sparkling Apple Pie on the Rocks, Apple Cider Mimosas, Manzarita, Margarita, Moscow Mule, Bourbon and Spiced Pear Cocktail)
Thanksgiving Celebrations Drinks

Non- Alcoholic beverages

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Juice
  • Mocktails (some of our favorites: Mulled cranberry apple cider, Asian Pear Sparkler, Rosemary Citrus Spritzer)

And to those who want to skip the cooking and the mess, here are some great Thanksgiving to go options.

Let’s plan what to do!

If you need camp options for the kids – we have some ideas in our Fun Winter Camp Guide.

It is school break for the kids and, hopefully, work break for Mom and Dad, too.  Here are some fun activities to do to keep everyone happy.

  • Get your photo with Santa
  • through Jan 7 – Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum
  • Nov 20 through Nov 29 – Luminova Holidays Event
  • Nov 11 through Jan 1 – Radiance Frisco
  • Nov 21 through Jan 4 – Handmade Holidays at The Crayola Experience
  • Nov 21 through Dec 24 – Santa’s Winter Woods at Fairview Town Center
  • Nov 22, 5.30 pm – Lights at Legacy Drive through experience
  • Nov 23, 11 am – Thanksgiving Event at Cheeky Monkeys Plano
  • Nov 26 through Dec 31 – Prairie Lights Drive Thru Holiday Lights Experience
  • Nov 27 through Jan 4 – Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square
  • Nov 27 through Dec 23 – North Pole Express Grapevine
  • Nov 27 through Jan 16 – Skating Under the Stars Farmers Branch
  • Nov 27 through Jan 1 – Vitruvian Lights
  • Nov 13 through Jan 3 – I Love Christmas Movies at the Gaylord Texan
  • Nov 7 to Dec 31 – Holiday at the Arboretum featuring The 12 Days of Christmas at Night

We have more Holiday Lights ideas for you

Thanksgiving Themed Races

Nov 26 – Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot – Online Event

Nov 26-29 – Plano Turkey Trot Half Marathon, 10k & 5k – Virtual event

Nov 26, North Texas Turkey Trot, 5k, 10 mile or 1 mile, Virtual event

Let’s talk about where to go for a mini-vacation!

Okay, for people who love to travel during Thanksgiving for a getaway, this is an opportunity to go on a staycation, a road trip, or go somewhere warm or cold. Mind you Thanksgiving is known to be the busiest travel period of the year, so expect higher than usual traffic at airports and roadways.

Here are a few travel ideas:

Staycation is always a great way to bond with family; to relax or explore areas near home. There are a lot of local hotels/ resorts available, depending on your budget. We have chosen 3 great properties perfect for staycations.

To add, you may want to consider these two hotels in the city:

Hotel Crescent – situated in the heart of Dallas’ dynamic Uptown, finally, finished its 33 million dollar overhaul. Freshly renovated and never been so beautiful! It is a few steps from the Dallas Arts District with easy access to a lot of new restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.

The Adolphus Hotel – “situated on the original site of City Hall, the Hotel was modeled after a beaux arts German Castle. In its recent restoration and renovation, the hotels storied past both celebrated and re-imagined. There is a send of discovery at every turn.”  WOW!!

Broken Bow – we’ve found some great cabins owned by local Moms.

Hill Country also has some great properties and is perfect for this time of year.

But if staying close to home is more your style, here’s some great Air Bnb rentals around Dallas Fort Worth.

And, here are some ideas about some areas that you may want to consider exploring this Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Deep Ellum
  • Uptown and Downtown Dallas
  • Dallas Arts District
  • Greenville Avenue
  • Historic Downtown Plano
  • Legacy West
  • The Shops at Legacy
  • The District
  • The STAR
  • Historic Downtown Mckinney
  • Watters Creek, Allen
  • Stockyard, Fort Worth

A road trip can be fun too, and our favorite fall destinations near DFW are Oklahoma and Arkansas. They’ve got some fantastic foliage, which is a good change of scenery. Plus, staying in a cabin is so relaxing and fun. 

Lastly, let’s not forget about saving money (while spending it)!

Apparently, one of the best strategies to save money is to get the best deal on things that we need (*cough* want) to buy.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great to get those items. Many of the deals won’t require you to even get out of bed. But, how are we going to prepare for this one? Well… check these websites to gather up the best of the best Black Friday deals both online and in-store.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Thank you for all your support for Plano Moms!!!