27 Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend in Orlando

27 Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend in Orlando

It’s turkey time! Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to slow down, unwind, and cherish time with your loved ones. While Thursday is all about connection and bonding over great food, the long weekend is another opportunity to explore and connect. Here’s a lengthy list of suggestions for maximizing your quality time this weekend:

Free Fun

The Morse Museum
445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park
All visitors are free 4pm–8pm Fridays (November through April)

November Critical Blast! Post-Thanksgiving “Black” Mass Community Bike Ride
Friday, November 24, 5:30pm
Orlando Loch Haven Park

East End Sessions: Undine
Saturday, November 25, 2-5pm
East End Market

Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, November 26, 3pm
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

Get Outdoors

Take a hike:
Lake Lotus Park
Thursday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Free admission

Wekiwa Springs Park
8am until sundown, 365 days/year
$6 per vehicle.

Kelly Park
8am – 6pm, Monday – Sunday
$3-$5 per vehicle

Lake Louisa State Park
8am until sundown, 365 days/year
$4-$5 per vehicle

Lake Louisa State Park

Strawberry U-Pick
November 25 -26, 8am-5pm
A Patch of Blue
$4 per pound

Yoga in Lake Eola Park
Sundays at 11am
NE Lawn at Lake Eola Park (corner of Robinson St & Eola Dr)
$5 CASH

Play Disc Golf at Bill Frederick Park
Open November – March: 8am until 5pm
3401 S Hiawassee Road, Orlando
$4 per car park entry fee

Continue the Feast

Picnic at Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden
633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Open Tues-Sat 10am – 4pm; Sun 1pm – 4pm
Admission: $5/adult

Check out this post for more of our favorite picnic destinations.

Fire Pit Friday at Wekiva Island: “No More Turkey” Big Burger Friday
Friday, November 24, 5pm
Wekiva Island
$12.95/person 

Chocolate House Making Party
Friday, November 24, 7pm
Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park
$75

Go to a Farmer’s Market
Winter Park – Saturdays 7am-1pm
Winter Garden – Saturdays 9am-2pm
Maitland’s Lake Lily – Sundays 9am-2p
Orlando Farmer’s Market – Sundays 10am-4pm

Gather Your Own Eggs
Saturdays from 9am-5pm
Lake Meadow Naturals, Ocoee
$5/dozen

Tasty Takeover Brunch
Sunday, November 26, 11am-3pm
Will’s Pub
Menu prices vary

Thanksgiving Leftovers Dinner with Playalinda Brewing Co.
Tuesday, November 28, 6:30pm
DoveCote
$45; call 407-930-1700 for reservations

Holiday Happenings

ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World
November 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
$28.99 online in advance, Florida residents save $4 online in advance with code FLR17 (must show valid Florida ID)

Holiday Harbor Nights
Friday, November 24, 6:30-9pm
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
$55

Miracle on Orange – Opening Party!
Friday, November 24, 8pm-2am
The Courtesy Bar
Menu prices vary

Now Snowing Event and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, November 25, 5:30-9pm
Celebration Town Center
Free

Celebration becomes a winter wonderland with nightly snow falls. (©Whitney Bilodeau)

5th Annual Light Up Viera Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 25, 6-9pm
Viera High School, Viera
Free

Light Up UCF Holiday Film Festival – It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday, November 25, 7pm and 9:30pm
CFE Arena, UCF
Free admission and parking

Gingerbread School
November 25 & 26, times vary
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
$195 per family of four

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Sounds of the Season “Holiday Pops” Concert
Sunday, November 26, 4pm
Central Park Main Stage, Winter Park
Free

Light Up Viera holiday parade

Events

Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns
November 21 – 26
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets from $34.25

Star-Studded Evenings
November 24 & 25, 5pm
Orlando Science Center
$10

4th Annual Shop Small Sip + Stroll
Saturday, November 25, 2-5pm
Audubon Park Garden District
$20-$25

Orlando Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays
November 25, 7pm and November 26, 1:30pm
Amway Center
Tickets from $12

7 Reasons an Orlando Solar Bears Hockey Game is a Date Night Must

Need more ideas? Be sure to read 56 Free and Festive Holiday Date Night Ideas in Orlando

Feature image credit: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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