Things To Experience on Thanksgiving - Austin 2022

November 23, 2022/3 minutes reading

Thanksgiving is a special time of year that we all look forward to. It is a time to connect with family and friends, enjoy delicious food, and share happy memories.

Today we’re sharing some fun Thanksgiving activities that you can enjoy in Austin, Texas, this year!

Mozart's Holiday Light Show

If you’ve been looking for a fun family activity this holiday season, this might just be the perfect one! This show features whimsical animal characters and beautiful scenery set to classic holiday tunes performed by Austin musicians. Food can be ordered in advance and will be waiting for you at your table when you arrive for your show. 4-person tables are $40. It’s a truly magical experience for the whole family! You can find more information about it here.

People enjoying Mozart's during the holiday season.

The Thinkery

This is a STEM-inspired museum for kids. The museum has fun hands-on activities and workshops that are perfect for kids of all ages. They have special Thanksgiving-themed programming planned for the holiday weekend as well. You can check it out at their official website (Note: Admission is $12 per adult and $8 per child). Thinkery is closed on the 24th of November but is open on the 23rd and 25th.

A child is awe at the Thinkery.

The Desserts Campfire

This place offers delicious campfire treats that you can roast over an open fire outside. They also have outdoor games available to play while you enjoy your food. This place is perfect for families who are looking for a fun, relaxing activity to enjoy over the holiday break. You can find out more about this place on the event website.

Delicious chocolate smores.

The Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot

This one is for all of the runners out there! The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, one of Austin’s most beloved Thanksgiving traditions, started in 1991 Today it has grown to be the largest 5-mile run in Texas. It’s a great way for families to have fun together on Thanksgiving and a part of all proceeds go directly to Caritas of Austin, a non-profit that works to prevent and end homelessness in the Austin community. To date, the Turkey Trot has raised more than $4.4 million for Caritas.

This annual event brings thousands of people together to participate in a fun 5-mile run in downtown Austin. It’s a great way to stay active and get the whole family involved in healthy activities over the holiday weekend. Check out their website for more details.

People participating in the Turkey Trot.

Fort Landia, Wild Flower Center

This is a great family-friendly attraction that is sure to be a hit with the kids. Selected artists from across Texas come to build custom forts where kids can play and explore. This year’s lineup of custom forts will transport you to imaginary worlds and spark an appreciation for art and nature. The Wild Flower Center also offers plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking trails and guided wildflower tours. Be sure to check out their holiday open house on November 23rd from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is free! More details can be found on their website.

The Science Mill

Another awesome family attraction worth checking out is The Science Mill. It features hands-on exhibits for all ages and plenty of fun activities that will entertain the whole family. It also has an IMAX theater that shows nature and wildlife documentaries that are sure to delight the kids. There’s something here for everyone! You can check out the website for more info.

The Science Mill in Austin, Texas.

The Zach Theatre: a Christmas Carol

This one is for the kids! If you’re looking to do something fun and educational with your kids over the holidays, you should definitely check out this show. It tells the story of a young boy named Tiny Tim who loses his home and family to hard times but finds a new family in Ebeneezer Scrooge. It’s a heartwarming story perfect for the holiday season! You can find ticket information on their website.

People walking into the Zach theatre.

Buck's Backyard Thanksgiving Party

If you’re looking for a great family-friendly event in South Austin, you should definitely check out Buck’s Backyard Thanksgiving Party. It features a traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings as well as live entertainment, by Dead Love Club. It’s an enjoyable experience for the entire family. You can find more information about it on their website.

Two deer.

Motor City Entertainment Presents Thanksgiving Comedy Explosion

If you’re looking for a fun holiday event the whole family can enjoy, you should check out this show going on at the Moody Center! It features some of the best comedians in the area doing what they do best – telling jokes and making people laugh! You can find out more about this event on their website.

A microphone ready for someone to talk into it.

Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober Turkey Roast

If you’re looking for something a little different to do after the kids fall asleep this Thanksgiving season, you should check out this show! Featuring comics from Comedy Central, HBO, and up-and-comers you need to know! This event is a stand-up comedy competition featuring three teams of comics that try to answer the question, "What if comics got stoned, drunk, or sober, then gave it their best as they perform on the edge?"

So as you can see, there are plenty of fun things to do in Austin this Thanksgiving!