Long gone are the days when Thanksgiving was reserved for just eating - in New Orleans, Thanksgiving combines food, family AND fun. From turkey trots to a trip to the movies and everything in between, get inspired by this list of things to do on Thanksgiving Day.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC

Catch a Movie

How does dinner and a movie sound? Unwind after your Thanksgiving feast and catch a flick at the Broad Theater or head Uptown to Prytania Theatre. Make sure you save a little room for popcorn!

Paul Broussard, NOTMC

Go for a Turkey Day Run

If you’re looking for a way to work off those Thanksgiving calories then look no further than the NOAC Turkey Day Race, a fundraiser for Spina Bifida of Louisiana and Second Harvest Food Bank. Traditionally held at New Orleans City Park, the race is pivoting to a virtual format where you can complete the 5k at your own pace from November 26-29. Sign up in advance to receive your registration packet and t-shirt, then head outdoors wherever you wish to complete your miles.

Grab a Bite, Don’t Cook

Take the hassle out of your holiday and dine out at one of the many restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans. From the Bywater to the Central Business District, you can find anything from traditional New Orleanian staples to Latin cuisine to appease your taste buds this Thanksgiving.

Have a Sweet Treat

Ditch the pumpkin, pecan and apple pies and try something new this Thanksgiving. Make your way down to the French Quarter and enjoy the most perfectly powdered pastry in New Orleans - beignets! There’s no better place to get them than Cafe du Monde, where they’re serving them everyday, even on Thanksgiving.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Thanksgiving on the River

Shake things up this Thanksgiving and enjoy dinner on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen as it rolls along the Mississippi River. Their spread includes traditional turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, Creole smothered greens, southern candied yams and much more. Your meal will come complete with a live jazz band performance. For more information or to book, visit here.

Have a Craft Cocktail and Premium Cigar

Whiskey & Sticks is a Bayou Road favorite, perfect for game day shenanigans or just pure relaxation. Grab a friend and celebrate the holiday with one of their specialty fall craft cocktails paired with a premium cigar while you unwind on Thanksgiving Day.