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Several people participating in the Dallas, TX. Thanksgiving Turkey Trot through Deep Ellum.

Gather Around the Table for These Thanksgiving Events in Dallas, TX

Posted at Fri, Oct 29, 2021 4:00 PM

Thanksgiving is one of the most enjoyable holidays on the American calendar, and the Thanksgiving events in and around Dallas, Texas, are as memorable as the Lone Star State. Give thanks for all that you hold dear, spend time with friends and family, and have lots of fun with other members of the community at one of these wonderful Thanksgiving weekend events.

The Annual Great Turkey Skate

For a family-friendly environment, a festive atmosphere, and lots of options for kids, visit the Annual Great Turkey Skate in Allen, Texas, this year. It's about half an hour away from Dallas. The skate will take place sometime after Thanksgiving at the Allen Community Ice Rink. There's a small entry fee, and skate rental is available. If you bring in two nonperishable food items for pandemic aid, your skate rental will be free. During this event, you and your kids can play a variety of fun on-ice games, including turkey bowling and turkey dice. This full-sized ice rink is 85 feet wide and 200 feet long. It has a pro shop, an off-ice training area, meeting and party rooms, locker rooms, and a skate sharpening service.

The Turkey Trot Runs and Walks

Several people participating in the Dallas, TX. Thanksgiving Turkey Trot through Deep Ellum.

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Head to Dallas City Hall at 8:30 a.m. on November 25th for a much-loved city tradition. The Turkey Trot is great fun for participants of all ages, so bring your whole family and enjoy some healthy time enjoying the fresh air. It's one of the largest multi-event races in the United States. The staff of City Hall and the Dallas YMCA host this event, and the proceeds support the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Community Health programs for adults, children, and families. 

A virtual race option is available for those who can't make it in person. The races include an 8-mile run, a 5K run and walk, the Junior Trot 1K, and the Tots, Toddlers, and Strollers walk. You can even bring your family dogs along to the For The Dogs run and walk. With the Virtual Turkey Trot, you can walk or run from anywhere and enter your results online.

Before and after you make your full trot, feel free to enjoy the hospitality of The Roost. It's a registered-runner-only VIP area that offers beer, wine, mimosas, breakfast, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit, juice, and other snacks. It also has semiprivate restrooms. 

Anyone can register, and you should take care of that as soon as you arrive. Kids who are 6 years old or younger get in free, and a standard adult pass is $25. A premium pass costs $35, and it includes two premium beers, glasses of wine, or mimosas. Dallas city police officers and private security guards will be there to ensure a safe event. All participants will get a 100% cotton, long-sleeved Trot shirt and a race bib. 

A Thanksgiving Day Pro Football Game

Celebrate your Thanksgiving with a kickoff this year at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys will face the Las Vegas Raiders in a high-intensity match on Thanksgiving Day. The Dallas Health Department will sanitize the stadium before, during, and after the event for fan, staff, and team safety. 

All fans are encouraged to wear masks, and tickets will only be sold online. The parking lot opens for tailgate parties at 10:30 a.m., and the Miller Lite and AT&T plazas open at 1:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

The Cowboys have been putting forward devastating offensive plays this year, but the Raiders have been dominating through their receivers and linebackers. This should be an extremely interesting and intense game. Dak Prescott, the Cowboy's starting quarterback, will have his work cut out for him against Gus Bradley's line of defensive juggernauts. Bring your family, grab some drinks and fresh food, and settle in for one of the most time-honored Thanksgiving traditions in the modern United States: the Thanksgiving pro football game. If you can't watch in person, you can enjoy it on TV at home after Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Eve With King George

At Legacy Hall in nearby Plano, you can enjoy Thanksgiving Eve With King George, the ultimate tribute to  country music artist George Strait. It lasts from 7 to 10 p.m., and singing and dancing are encouraged. The hall has bars on every floor, so you can grab a favorite cocktail or craft beer while you listen to the music. Craft beer will be brewed on-site during the event.

Legacy Hall boasts 20 artisanal eateries inside, so you and your family and friends can enjoy a variety of scrumptious snacks, meals, and desserts. A VIP lounge is available for Thanksgiving Eve attendees who are 21 or older, and it has the best seats, dedicated cocktail service, and a great view of the stage. Reservations are recommended.

Tiki Loco's Thanksgiving Dinner

For a vegan, Central American alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, visit Tiki Loco Coffee and Tacos. Thanksgiving dinner usually starts at 6 p.m., and reservations are required. If you can't get a spot, you can pick up your meal to go. Smaller tamale packs are available, and you can order from the regular menu. 

The Thanksgiving dinner plate comes with your choice of two Green Chili Chk'n Tamales or two red chili and jackfruit tamales, a Turk'y Roast stuffed with Poblano cornbread dressing, potatoes with roasted garlic and gravy, and roasted sprouts. Tamale packs come with a half-dozen of either of the tamales listed above. For dessert, try a lemon poppy or peanut butter cookie sandwich, a ginger snap cookie, or a brownie. You can also enjoy espresso, hot chocolate, or frozen hot chocolate. If you want to sample Tiki Loco's regular menu before Thanksgiving, it's open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Dallas area is packed with fun Thanksgiving events. Which one do you think you'll attend? If there are any events we missed, contact us and let us know. Happy holidays from Planet Ford Dallas!

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