In the rustic and historic state of Vermont, we celebrate Thanksgiving classically. It’s about fresh turkey, homemade pies, reunions with friends, turkey trots, and most of all, being thankful for what you have and the ones you love. Here are the 10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events this 2023 season in the Green Mountain State!
The Prohibition Pig is a wonderful spot to meet up with high school or college friends in town for the holidays. It’s one of the biggest bar nights of the year, given that everyone is home and everyone has off from work for the holiday the next day. Check out their extensive selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and more.
Round here, there’s only one place to get fresh poultry. Their turkeys are renowned as juicy, delectable, and antibiotic-free, and the chicken is used in restaurants and home the state over. Allowing their poultry to roam in an un-crowded environment gives them a natural, stress-free life and a healthy diet full of natural proteins and untreated grains.
High-quality products, organic farmers, and talented cooks exist in every corner of Green Mountain State, so don't be surprised if you have to drive a bit to find a specialist. And there are no better pie-makers in all of Vermont than Poorhouse Pies. Often called a “magical pie shed” whose motto is “Thank God for pie,” the ladies who run this hole-in-the-wall pie shack make everything from scratch, and it is a difference you can taste.
Founded in 2007, Zack's features their annual Zack's Place Turkey Trot, a 5K run and walk held on Thanksgiving Day. All of the race's proceeds are dedicated to the facility's operational costs. Consistently topping the charts as one of the most towns in America, idyllic fields, picturesque covered bridges, and pastoral rolling hills are just some of the sites you will see along the way.
Dedicate a tree to celebrate your family or the memory of someone special at this swanky Stratton Resort Village event. For a donation, the folks at Stratton will light your special Christmas tree on their common, put on a private donor cocktail reception, and provide a special donor plaque at your tree acknowledging your family’s message and gift. And it is all for a good cause as proceeds go to “benefit families in need throughout the holidays, and all year long.”
Church Street Marketplace will present its annual Santa Claus Parade on Thanksgiving Day to help kick off the holiday season. Children are invited to join in and follow Santa into Burlington Town Center, where he will be posing for photos and hearing holiday wishes all afternoon.
Head down to their exciting monthly Crafternoon and get crafting in time for Thanksgiving. Celebrate the holiday and get creative with them while you make your own felt pie garland. Choose from exceptional flavors, like pumpkin, cherry, blueberry, lemon meringue, and key lime. See them and make some festive decorations for the holiday!
While the kids enjoy Santa’s company, you can shop early and stay late. Church Street Marketplace and the Burlington Town Center open early on Black Friday, featuring many sales and promotions at stores, including Macy's and L.L. Bean! Don’t miss the tree lighting or the more than 50 stores will be open at Midnight on Black Friday at the University Mall up the road.
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It's time to go outside and move this Thanksgiving with the 27th Fisher Elementary School 5K, gobble gobbler. Take part in the healthful enjoyment and prepare for the face-to-face camaraderie in 2023. An annual family-friendly Thanksgiving celebration is incomplete without attending this event. Prepare yourself for an exciting morning by donning your jogging shoes!
Finish your holiday with a trip up the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to enjoy the wares of over 50 craft vendors. You'll find such exceptional items as felted hats, hand-made jewelry, home décor, Vermont photos, paintings by local artists, specialty food items, and maple products. Get American Girl Doll clothes, puppets, quilted items, wreaths, ornaments, and more.