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12 Thanksgiving-y Things to Do (Besides Eat) This November

THE HOLIDAYS HAVE OFFICIALLY STARTED, and yes—there might be a turkey involved, and family in from out of town. And with all these holiday visitors to entertain, there’s no better way to celebrate than by heading out and exploring what Houston has to offer on your days off.  
Whether you’re looking for something to do on Thanksgiving Day or wanting to get in the holiday spirit all month-long, we’ve got everything from turkey trots and parades, to car shows and ice skating. 
1. Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Parade
NOVEMBER 24, 9 A.M. | DOWNTOWN HOUSTON, FREE 
Thousands of people will line the stress of Downtown Houston for the 73rd annual H-E-B parade. For over 20 city blocks, the parade will feature intricately made floats, marching bands, high-flying balloons, giveaways, and more.
2. Holiday Tree Lighting in Uptown
NOVEMBER 24, 4 P.M. | POST OAK BOULEVARD, FREE 
The 34th Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting is a Houston tradition you won’t want to miss. The illumination will feature Uptown’s 300 custom, 20-foot holiday trees along Post Oak Boulevard from West Loop to Richmond Avenue, followed by a fireworks show. The event starts at 4 p.m. with music and holiday markets, followed by a Hilton Post Oak balcony decorating contest and a dazzling light show and firework extravaganza at 7 p.m.
3. Thanksgiving Buffet at the Downtown Aquarium
NOVEMBER 24 | DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM, TBD 
If you’re a last-minute planner for holiday family-gatherings, not to worry. Sometimes it’s easier to just pack up the car and take a trip to the aquarium. Aside from the many exhibits, like exploring the Texas Bayou or rainforest marine life, there are rides, feeding opportunities, and a shark train ride. On Thanksgiving, The Aquarium will have classic holiday dishes and a kid’s buffet. Reservations are required.
4. Laugh Attic Thursdays at Avant Garden
NOVEMBER 24, 9:30 P.M.–11:30 P.M. | AVANT GARDEN, $10 AND UP 
Have some post-dinner laughs on Thanksgiving evening at Avant Garden’s show, Laugh Attic, hosted by Rich Williams. Williams has shared stages with Arsenio Hall, Rob Schneider, Hannibal Burress, and Snoop Dogg, and has appeared on the Emmy Award Winning talk show “The Real.” This comedy showcase features styles ranging from deadpan one liners to frenetic storytelling, and all points in between. Grab a seat by 9 p.m.; the show starts at 9:30 p.m.
5. Turkey Trots across Houston
Start the morning off with a Turkey Trot before your celebratory feast at one of several running marathons. Register for a 5k or 10k with BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot, a 1-, 4-, and 6-mile run with the Pearland Turkey Trot, and a 5k with the Meadows of Imperial Oaks Turkey Trot.
Thanksgiving Events Throughout November
6. Ice Skating at Discovery Green
NOVEMBER 11 THROUGH JANUARY 29, 2023 | DISCOVERY GREEN, $17
Glide beneath the holiday lights of Downtown Houston for Green Mountain Energy’s Ice Skating, from November 11 to January 29, 2023. Whether it be for a romantic date with your loved one, or just a night out with the whole family, Discovery Green makes for a fun, wintery-feel time. To skip the long lines, be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time online.
 
7. Wine and Calligraphy at Vinology Wine Bar
NOVEMBER 13, 3 P.M.–4:30 P.M. | VINOLOGY, $65 
Head to Vinology Bottle Shop + Wine Bar for an afternoon of wine and crafting. Whether you’re a stationery nerd, DIY bride-to-be, or just a crafty individual, in this workshop you’ll get an introduction to modern calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. All the basics will be covered to get you ready for making those beautiful placeholders for Thanksgiving dinner. The workshop includes 1.5 hours of instruction and demonstration, a beginner’s calligraphy kit (two nibs, black ink pot, two letter guides, tracing paper, and straight pen holder), and fun place cards for your Thanksgiving table! Check in early to grab a glass of wine, and if you’re hungry, you are able to bring your own food and/or have food delivered to the bar. Reservations are required.
8. It’s About Time | Friendsgiving
NOVEMBER 16, 5 P.M.–8 P.M. | SESH COWORKING, $55
There’s never a wrong time to network. Invite a friend to come and celebrate “It’s About Time” Friendsgiving at Sesh Coworking. The event will have a special networking cocktail hour co-hosted by Sesh Coworking and The Us Space, followed by an intimate dinner with some of the most driven and inspiring women in Houston. Ticket includes cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, and two glasses of wine. Plus raffle prizes!
9. The Great Houston Pie Run
NOVEMBER 19, 7:30 A.M. | KING’S BIERHAUS, $20 AND UP
Don’t want to get up early on Thanksgiving Day? Then The Great Houston Pie Run is for you! Enjoy holiday beer, yummy pie, and a timed race to burn it all off after. The best part is that you won’t have to feel guilty for sleeping in and skipping the run on Thanksgiving Day. This race marks number seven on the Houston Holiday Series track. The 5k and 10k runs start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Kids K Run at 9:30 a.m.
10. Cooking Party with the Chef at Messina Hof
NOVEMBER 20, 1 P.M.–3 P.M. | MESSINA HOF WINERY, BRYAN, TX, $70
Join a Thanksgiving-inspired cooking party with Messina Hof Winery’s very own chef. Expect warm and cozy vibes, with flavorful dishes that highlight and compliment a delicious wine. Dishes on the menu include emblazoned cranberry chutney brie bites, cheesy Viognier root vegetable au gratin, and pumpkin mousse tart. If you’re a beginner cook, even better, and if you’re already a good cook, you’ll appreciate the extensive amount of information on spices, cuts of meat, tools, and more. Each attendee will receive a recipe booklet to take home and will get the chance to register to win culinary door prizes.
11. Annual Autorama Car Show
NOVEMBER 24 to 27 | GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER, $23
Check out the 62nd Annual O’Reilly Houston Autorama at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, November 24 through Sunday November 27. The opening day event goes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will feature everything from hot rods and lowriders, to trucks and motorcycles.
12. Turkey Burn Bootcamp at Frost Town Brewing
NOVEMBER 27, 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. | FROST TOWN BREWING, Free
Burn the turkey off with a Turkey Burn Bootcamp at Frost Town Brewing. Be sure to bring a yoga mat, towel, and water bottle to stay hydrated. After the workout, pile on a couple of brews, because, well it’s still the holidays after all.