Thanksgiving week is full of activities between cooking, eating and starting your holiday shopping. But if you’re looking for more to do this week – either for grown up fun, entertaining visiting friends and family or just something to keep the kids busy during the long weekend – we got you covered!

Thanksgiving Day Brunches and Buffets

Center for Visual & Performing Arts Brunch

 

If your family would prefer for someone else to do the cooking on Thanksgiving, the Region is happy to oblige! Below you’ll find some of the places serving brunches or buffets on Thanksgiving:


Work off that Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey Walk at Friendship Botanic Gardens

If you want to burn off the calories from your meal, we have a couple of options for you:

  • Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City has a Native American Celebration and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Walk where you can embark on a turkey count scavenger hunt and view their Native American Heritage Garden where demonstrations will be taking place.
  • Thanksgiving morning, join in the Pumpkin Plod 10k/5k in the town of Highland.
  • Indiana Dunes National Park is offering a Turkey Trot Hike on Saturday to look for wild turkey and other wildlife.
  • Opt Outside Black Friday Evening Hike – Skip the shopping and #OptOutside at the Gibson Woods Nature Preserve with a naturalist-led hike. This hike starts at 4:30 and is great for ages 5+. Must pre-register here.

Get Started Holiday Shopping

If you prefer to walk while starting some of your Christmas shopping, here are a few suggestions:


Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Little Ones with Santa - Indiana Welcome Center

Over the weekend there are plenty of other events for you and your family to enjoy. Below are just a few of those!

  • Spend some time with Santa at the annual “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit in Hammond. There is also a gift shop with a large selection of unique gifts and "A Christmas Story" merchandise.
  • Visit the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting this weekend for all kinds of events. Take advantage of 1/2 Off Friday and learn all about becoming a mascot. It will also be Black Friday at the Mascot Mart from 6-10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday enjoy $44 Holiday Passports for 4 with admission, hot chocolate bar and more. Sunday small shoppers can shop the Secret Santa Shop for family and friends.
  • A Model Train Show is at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point featuring more than 180 dealer tables Saturday and Sunday.


More Things to Do with the Family

Ice Skating at Deep River Waterpark

Still need more to do? Alright, here are some other ideas to keep the family busy this weekend:


For the 21 and Over Crowd - Black Wednesdays and Fridays

A-variety-of-brews-offered-at-Bulldog-Brewing

The local breweries and wineries are prepared to start your holiday off right with specials and entertainment the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and on Black Friday.

Click here to read our blog on Black Wednesday and Black Friday Beer and Wine Releases and Events.


 

However you decide to fill your Thanksgiving Week along the south shore of Lake Michigan, we hope you enjoy it!