Top Five Things To Do in Houston During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving brings families and friends together for a little while before the rest of the holiday season begins. Most share a festive feast together, catch up and enjoy each other’s company, and maybe even venture out to the mall for Black Friday shopping, but sometimes you’re left wondering, what else is there to do?

Well not to worry, because we’ve compiled a list of exciting things to do in Houston during Thanksgiving.

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 69th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Houston is the perfect event to take family and friends on Thanksgiving morning. This free parade has been a Houston holiday tradition since 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s.

Houston Turkey Trot

How about a workout before you indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving feast? They say life is all about balance, right? The 2018 Houston Turkey Trot is a great way to balance your holiday. The run will include three separate races in the Uptown Galleria area designed to appeal to runners of all ages and experience levels. Not to mention, it all benefits a great cause, BakerRipley’s mission to connect and empower Houston, neighborhood by neighborhood. Gather together with fellow Houstonians and celebrate how far the city has come, and how far it can go.

Ice Land at Moody Gardens

Discover a winter wonderland inside Moody Garden’s Ice Land in Galveston. Guests will take a journey from the North Pole to the South Pole and encounter polar bears, penguins, reindeer, and more snowy creatures all carved out of ice and chilling out inside a 28,000 square foot insulated tent. Adults over 21 can enjoy ultra-cool holiday spirits inside Shiver’s Ice Bar creatively sculpted into an igloo. Guests will marvel at all of the marvelous ice masterpieces carved by a talented team led by chief ice and snow carving artist Mr. Qui Guanghui.


Test your ice-skating skills on The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy in downtown Houston’s Discovery Green. This ice rink will have you gliding gorgeously under the glittering Houston holiday lights. The rink is open from 11am- 11pm on Thanksgiving and will also be open during various weekend and weekly hours for the rest of the holiday season.

Texas Renaissance Festival

Don’t miss your last chance to experience the spectacular Texas Renaissance Festival, as it will be ending on November 25. This interactive theme park will take guests on a journey through different eras from the 16th century and beyond. Visitors will travel along shaded cobblestone walkways and pass by almost 400 shoppes that offer unique arts and crafts as well as themed food and beverage. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 enchanting daily performances.

No matter how you choose to spend your holiday season, cherishing every moment with the ones you love is always time well spent. Thanksgiving events around Houston can make the holiday all the more memorable.