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Festive Thanksgiving Events for the Whole Family to Enjoy

Posted by Collin McGorty on Nov 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Thanksgiving Events

Now that Halloween is in the rearview mirror, it’s time for the biggest and best holiday of the fall season: Thanksgiving. So, to get in the festive spirit of the harvest, we decided to compile a list of the best Thanksgiving events happening around Long Island throughout the next month. With that being said, here are a few of our favorites.

Where to Find the Best Thanksgiving Events on LI

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop

If you’ve ever wondered how to make ornate, festive centerpieces for your holiday meal, we have just the Thanksgiving event for you. 

On Saturday, November 23 at Old Westbury Gardens, they will be hosting a Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop. At the event, participants will create a traditional Thanksgiving arrangement using a variety of textures and colors.

Just keep in mind that the event does require a small fee, but the price of admission includes all of the materials to be used. Click here to reserve your spot for this fun upcoming workshop!

A Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece

Garden City Turkey Trot

Besides eating turkey itself, Turkey Trots are one of the most quintessential Thanksgiving activities around. Fortunately, there are plenty of local races like the Garden City Turkey Trot, the largest of its kind on Long Island.

The Races

This annual tradition attracts runners from all over, as well as families that have made it a special part of their holiday together. This year, the race, which takes place on Thanksgiving itself (Thursday, November 28), will feature three heats:

  • The Challenger Division Race for special needs athletes (8:30 a.m.)
  • A 1.4-mile Fun Run (9:15 a.m.)
  • A 5-mile Run (10 a.m.)

Every single race starts and finishes at St. Paul’s School in Garden City, where there will be all kinds of festivities and refreshments available. If you’re interested in taking part in the race, click here to register. Race officials also ask that you bring a nonperishable food item to donate in the spirit of the holiday.

The starting line of the Garden City Turkey Trot

1880s Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered what Thanksgiving was like in the late 1800s? If so, Old Bethpage Village Restoration has the perfect event for you. On Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., they will be hosting 1880s Thanksgiving.

In the spirit of celebrating like Americans did in the 1880s, there will be colonial cooking demonstrations, traditional fiddle music, historic local legends and so much more. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity at experiencing the history of Long Island first-hand!

Turkey cooking in a colonial oven

Get the most out of this festive holiday season by taking part in one of these local Thanksgiving events!


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