Forget going on a shopping frenzy, 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 relaxing suggestions for maximizing your quality time together this Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando.
Black Friday Wine + Foot Massage
Friday, November 29, 1-7pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Pamper your feet with a soothing herb-infused foot bath followed by a relaxing lower leg and foot massage by the professionals at The Barefoot Spa. Foot massages can be made for 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions. To make your reservation, call Harris at 407-539-1491.
Yoga in Lake Eola Park
Sundays at 11am
NE Lawn at Lake Eola Park (corner of Robinson St & Eola Dr)
Yoga in the Galleries
Sunday, December 1, 4-5:30pm
Orlando Museum of Art
Enjoy a highlights tour of the galleries followed by a yoga practice led by College Park Yoga. Please bring your own mat to this class. Yoga mats will not be available.
$15/person; 10% off for OMA members
Night Paddle and Bonfire
Friday, November 29, 5:30-8:30pm
Lake Life Paddle
Partake in a moonlight paddle (by kayak or paddle board) on Lake Conway before returning to Lake Life Paddle’s backyard for a bonfire. You’re welcomed and encouraged to pack your own picnic and adult beverage to enjoy around the bonfire. Rental kayaks and paddle boards available.
Rentals begin at $29.99
Bok Tower Gardens
Open daily from 8am-6pm; last admission at 5pm
Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens. Listen to carillon concerts at 1 and 3pm, see holiday foliage, and partake in special holiday events. The Pinewood Estate will also be decked to the nines for the holidays and can be seen during an add-on home tour. Enjoy festive carillon concerts at 1 P.M. & 3 P.M., seasonal holiday foliage and a full schedule of events and holiday programming.
$15/person for gardens only; $25/person for gardens and holiday home tour
Private Horseback Trail Ride
Tours available November 29, November 30, and December 1 at 8:30am or 4pm
Hidden Palms Ranch
Enjoy a leisurely guided trail ride through the Lake Jesup Conservation Area through tree-canopied trails and scenic floodplains dotted with palm trees.
Take a Hike
A few of our favorite spots include Lake Lotus Park, Lake Louisa State Park, Washington Oaks Garden State Park and these secluded hiking spots in Central Florida.
Lake Lotus Park: Thursday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5:30pm; Free admission
Lake Louisa State Park: 8am until sundown, 365 days/year; $4-$5 per vehicle
CONTINUE THE FEAST
Fire Pit Friday at Wekiva Island
Friday, November 29, 5pm
Every Friday night, Wekiva Island serves a meal cooked over the open fire. November 29th: Sliced Sirloin Beef London Broil served with Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy and Steamed Vegetables.
Go to a Farmer’s Market
Winter Park – Saturdays 7am-1pm
Winter Garden – Saturdays 9am-2pm
Orlando Farmer’s Market – Sundays 10am-4pm
Downtown Orlando Indoor Farmer’s Market – Sunday, December 1, 12-4pm
Black Friday Brunch
Friday, November 29, 11am-4pm
Boca Winter Park
Enjoy the regular brunch menu, complete with $15 bottomless mimosas and $20 bottomless Bloody Marys. Call ahead for reservations: 407-636-7022.
A la cart
Paddle and Picnic Lake Conway
Sunday, December 1, 10am-1pm
Lake Life Paddle
Rent a paddle board or kayak to join this community paddle on Lake Conway. Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy after the paddle.
Rentals available for $29.99/person
Sunday Jazz Brunch
Every Sunday at 10am
Feast on an over-the-top brunch buffet while listening to live jazz.
Have a DIY Thanksgiving Leftovers Picnic
Head to a local park, garden, or even your own backyard with your leftovers for an intimate lunch with your love. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits has a handy Thanksgiving guide with fun tips on wines to pair with turkey and beers to pair with your leftovers. A few favorite picnic spots:
- Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden – Open Tues-Sat 10am – 4pm; Sun 1pm – 4pm; $5/adult
- Kraft Azalea Garden
- Rollins College campus
- Wine Bar George (build your own picnic from The Basket and take it to a resort to enjoy)
- Check out this post for more of our favorite picnic destinations.
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
Holiday Friday Nights at The Morse
Friday nights in November and December from 4-8pm
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Enjoy free gallery admission every Friday night November-April plus accompanying live holiday music from 5-8pm. November 29 will feature Harpist Bizarre Quartet (bass, flute, guitar, and harp).
Friday, November 29, 8pm
Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Grammy-nominated band will bring the 20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond tour to Dr. Phillips Center, playing songs from that era as well as other songs spanning their career.
Tickets begin at $49.50
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays
Saturday, November 30, 2 & 8pm
Bob Carr Theater
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra returns to celebrate the sounds of the season in Central Florida’s festive holiday concert tradition.
Tickets begin at $27
Piano Bar Night
Saturday, November 30, 9pm-midnight
The Nook on Robinson
The Nook will transform into an intimate piano bar. Come sing along, request songs, drink and have a ball!
The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center presents A Big Band Christmas
Sunday, December 1, 7pm
Walt Disney Theater
Experience your favorite songs of the season brought to life in an incredible collaboration by The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center, the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale and very special guest Grammy Award-winning Lisa Fischer.
Tickets begin at $25
ATTEND A RELAXING EVENT
Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild
Wednesday-Sunday evenings through January 12, 2020, 6-10pm
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
This limited engagement cultural event will dazzle guests with over 30 larger-than-life sculptural LED lantern displays featuring plants, animals, and traditional Asian elements, including a nearly 200-foot-long dragon.
$18.50/person (not included with Zoo admission)
Art After Dark Lake Nona
Friday, November 29, 6-9pm
Lake Nona Town Center
Holiday Harbor Nights
Friday, November 29, 6:30-9pm
Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Enjoy unlimited select wines, sparkling wines and expertly prepared gourmet foods from each of the hotel’s restaurants plus live music, dancing and the grand illumination of Portofino’s Christmas tree.
Dirty Pour Project
Sunday, December 1, 2-3pm
Hourglass Brewing (Hourglass District location on Curry Ford Rd)
Create your own unique fluid painting on 11×14 canvas, or make a set of 4 tile coasters.
Looking for holiday happenings? Check out our guide to 75+ Festive and Free Holiday Events in Orlando.
Feature image credit: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel