What to do in Miami for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Feast

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Thanksgiving in Miami is jam-packed with activities, from concerts to light shows and holiday wonders. Whether you’re looking for the traditional, or just want to take a breather from all the cooking, there is something for everyone. We’ve created an itinerary filled with activities to fill up your holiday weekend — including ways to work off those epic holiday meals.

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Meal To Go

Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving vacationing in Miami or you simply want to take some of the stress out of the holiday, you can easily take a break from the kitchen and enjoy a chef-prepared Thanksgiving meal. Loews Miami Beach hotel has you covered this year with a Thanksgiving smorgasbord to go, serving six to eight people – the leftover possibilities are endless! An oven roasted turkey is the star of the meal along with freshly baked biscuits and cornbread and your choice of family-style sides and salads, like green bean casserole, sweet potato soufflé and potato au gratin. Finish the meal on a sweet note with a traditional pumpkin pie or your choice of other freshly prepared treats from Loews.

For a classic beach dining experience, make a Thanksgiving reservation at A Fish Called Avalon. This Ocean Drive fixture is serving up a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner available at the restaurant or for pickup. The filling meal includes roast turkey with chestnut veal stuffing, vanilla bean sweet potato mash, baby green beans and a grand marnier cranberry salad all topped off with your choice of chef Kal’s famous key lime pie or a slice of classic pumpkin pie.

Feed the whole family with Dolce Italian restaurant’s Thanksgiving family feast. The family feast option serves eight people and includes a whole turkey and all traditional sides: cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, traditional stuffing with turkey sausage, chestnuts, apples and pearl onions. The family package also includes two Dolce to-go cocktail bottles of your choice and the option to add individual slices of pecan pie. Not feeding an entire family? The restaurant also offers an individual option with all the trimmings. Place your order by November 23 for pick-up or delivery on Thanksgiving day.

Black Friday

Shop Til You Drop

While you’ll probably want to avoid early morning Black Friday crowds and most stores will limit capacity this year, there are plenty of stores prepared for some casual holiday sales shopping. Some stores even offer curbside pickup of items ordered in advance. Take advantage of Miami’s many al fresco shopping centers and districts, including Bal Harbour Shops, Shops at Merrick Park, the Design District, Lincoln Road, Wynwood Arts District and Brickell City Centre. This way, you can soak up Miami’s warm sunshine, enjoy outdoor cafes, public art and beautiful tropical landscaping while you wrap up your holiday shopping.

You’ll also find special activations at various shopping areas, including a Thanksgiving Tipples Cocktail party the night before Thanksgiving at Asian food hall 1-800-LUCKY in Wynwood and a Fitsgiving Wellness Festival over the weekend at Brickell City Center.

Zoo Lights

For a family-friendly Friday evening of your Thanksgiving holiday, head to Zoo Miami in South Dade for the kick-off of their annual Zoo Lights spectacular. Cruise the zoo beneath a million dazzling holiday lights, including a 26-foot tall LED lit Christmas tree. Kids can write letters to Santa, indulge in cookies and hot chocolate, take part in arts and crafts and embark on a river ride. And jolly old Saint Nick – along with plenty of zoo animals – are promised to make appearances throughout the evening. You must purchase tickets online in advance as capacity is limited. Once you’re there, you’re asked to wear your mask and maintain physical distancing.

Saturday & Sunday

Santa’s Spectacular

Get a jump on the holiday season during the long weekend. On Saturday November 28, a one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza launches at Tamiami Park in Doral designed with safety in mind. Santa’s Spectacular is a drive-through, sing-along musical sensation featuring costumed actors, singers and dancers performing all of your favorite holiday tunes. There’s also a holiday market where you can get a head start on gifts, as well as festive photo opps, a gingerbread station for the little ones and a cocktail lounge for the grown ups. With social distancing and health protocols in place, you can enjoy some holiday fun with peace of mind.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker Miami

Of course, the holiday season is incomplete without The Nutcracker and while you can’t see the ballet in person this year, there is a whole new world of livestreaming opportunities to sate your holiday show needs. This year, the Adriene Arsht Center is staging The Hip Hop Nutcracker Miami via livestream and on-demand ticketing with two performances scheduled over Thanksgiving weekend. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, you’ll be wowed by the contemporary re-mixed and re-imagined choreography while enjoying this holiday classic in the comfort and safety of your own room, surrounded by loved ones.

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