Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Thanksgiving Weekend Things to Do in Philly: Parades, Turkey Trots, Holiday Fun

After a long November, it is finally Thanksgiving weekend. Philly families can look forward to taking a break from work and school to eat lots of turkey, watch football, and spend family time together. In addition to these traditions, our event calendar provides many ways to make this holiday the best one yet.

Begin by heading to the Parkway for this year's 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade featuring dancers, musicians, performers, and colorfully decorated floats. Those who want to burn off some extra calories in anticipation of a Thanksgiving feast can run a turkey trot in Downingtown, Glen Mills, Abington, or Philadelphia. After morning fun is through, savor a delicious turkey dinner with family and friends because once those dishes are cleared and the Tupperware is filled with leftovers, the holidays are in full force!

Get into the the spirit of the season by finding seats for a holiday show such as Hedgerow Theatre's A Christmas Carol, Roxey Ballet's Nutcracker, or Walnut Street Theatre's The Gifts of the Magi. Take a twirl on the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink or Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Watch the train displays at Longwood Gardens or Morris Arboretum. Or get a jumpstart on holiday shopping.

From all of us at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia, we are thankful for you and wish you a most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.


LOVE Park
15th and JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

Brandywine River Museum
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia
500 West Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Peddler's Village
Routes 202 & 263
Lahaska, PA 18931

Downtown Philadelphia
20th Street and JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Abington YMCA
1073 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001

Forbidden Trail
Corner of Wissahickon Drive and Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Downingtown West High School
445 Manor Ave
West Chester, PA

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
3500 Reservoir Drive East Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Downtown Kennett Square
100 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

Downtown Manayunk
4312 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

Brandywine Battlefield Park
1491 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Downtown Wilmington
5th and Market Streets
Wilmington, DE

Graeme Park
859 County Line Road
Horsham, PA 19044

The Market at DelVal
2100 Lower State Rd.
Doylestown, PA 18901

Downtown Media
Front Street and Veterans Square
Media, PA 19063

Headhouse Square
200 Pine St (2nd and Lombard Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

West Chester Railroad
230 E Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Gorgas Park
6300 Ridge Avenue
Roxborough , PA 19454

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA