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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving 2012 in Louisville

Cooking, Planning and Enjoying Your Thanksgiving Holiday


Whether you are interested in a feast with the family or are forgoing holiday celebrations, there is something for everyone to do during the Thanksgiving holiday. A day off for all Americans to enjoy, Thanksgiving was originally celebrated on the last Thursday of November. This way of choosing the date changed in 1941. Since then, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In 2012, Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 22.

Cook, Cook and Cook

Thanksgiving is a holiday when even those that don’t cook take a stab in the kitchen. After all, baking and sautéing are fun ways for a family to work together. Plus, you can all enjoy the final (and hopefully delicious) product together. Add a local twist to your table by using the farm fresh foods of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Visit a neighborhood farmers’ market or stop by The Root Cellar to pick up key ingredients.

Celebrate the Season

If you love lights, this is your time of year. Lyndon will turn on their holiday lights on November 21, the celebration will take place from 6-8 p.m. Attend the festivities or drive by the lights on Thanksgiving. If you missed the Light Up Lyndon gala, and have a hankering for this type of family event, head to Corydon, IN, on November 24. Light Up Corydon takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For more information on both of these events, see the 2012 November Events Calendar.

Get Outside

It’s difficult to plan outdoor activities, but check out this list of average holiday temperatures along with historic highs and lows. With this as a guide, you and your family can discuss hiking, biking or running options.

Get Sporty

Thanksgiving Fun Runs, often called Turkey Trots, have surged in popularity. Join in on the fun and get some exercise. You can run a 5k is lieu of eating turkey, or use the experience as an excuse to add whipped cream to a second slice of pecan pie. For athletic types, water and snacks are available while running the course. If you aren’t a runner, most events have a walking course, ideal for families attending the event to cheer on runners and individuals with little kids. Often there is family entertainment, too.

Have a Kitchen-Free Thanksgiving Feast

Craving a delicious family meal but you are not in the mood to cook? No problem, there are plenty of restaurants willing to provide a Thanksgiving meal. They’ll cook, clean and keep you satisfied. With turkey, ham, stuffing, pies and so much more on the menu, all that is left for you to do is enjoy.

See a Holiday Show

From annual favorites to fresh comedies, there is a holiday show for everyone. When the weather outside is frightful, put on a cozy coat and head to the show. It's an entertaining way to spend time with family.


It’s the season to give back to our communities and Thanksgiving can be an ideal time to volunteer. Often, arrangements need to be made in advance, but reach out and offer your support. There are many Louisville organizations in need of help and the experience is an opportunity to make friends, acquire skills and build a stronger community.

Go Shopping

In addition to giving thanks, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Many of the deals and promotions associated with Black Friday have leaked into Thursday night shopping hours. Check out the list of tips and suggestions for shopping on Black Friday.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Many area Christmas tree farms open for business the weekend after Thanksgiving. After you've enjoyed your meal, clear a space in the living room. Then, spend part of your weekend on a beautiful Kentucky (or Indiana) farm.

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