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Leaving Charlotte for an annual Thanksgiving trip, I can’t help but think how wonderful it would be to be able to stay in the Queen City. Charlotte can’t be beat for weather, food and entertainment during the holidays!

Charlotte offers a variety of delicious food and wonderful entertainment options during Thanksgiving week:

Charlotte Restaurants are offering Thanksgiving dinner to those who prefer to get dressed-up and socialize. The Gallery Restaurant is inside the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, near its intersection with Johnston Road. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant offers a special brunch in its ballroom. You can select a bottle of wine to enjoy with the meal from the restaurant’s list, which is a previous recipient of the “Wine Spectator” magazine Award of Excellence.

The Palm Restaurant, the Classic American Steak House, will offer a traditional 3-course Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Located in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood, Palm Restaurant is a destination along the brick walkways of the upscale Phillips Place shopping center, and lies minutes away from SouthPark mall. www.thepalm\

The Mimosa Grille in Charlotte, North Carolina has consistently been named one of Charlotte’s best restaurants since 1995. Mimosa Grill features global cuisine with a unique southern twist. The Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mimosa will feature a Southern table with family style service, which means bowls will be brought to the table where diners will share at the table. This is a three course family meal. Reservations are required.

For a more casual turkey dinner, try family favorite Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant in Pineville for a traditional holiday menu with an Italian twist. 

Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at Red Rocks Café located in the Foxcroft area at the Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, and also in bustling Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC.

Charlotte supports our Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard and their families, by offering a free turkey dinner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 22.  Lowe’s, the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the USO of North Carolina invite our Military and their families for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Dinner and all activities are free of charge!

Military who are traveling through the Charlotte International Airport can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast in the Charlotte Center courtesy of St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

For those families who would like to bring home the turkey, Charlotte also offers several locations to get your turkey to-go. Earth Fare is offering traditional and vegan dinners for Thanksgiving.

Harris Teeter offers turkey, ham or prime rib dinners that can be ordered from the deli dept. 

At Switchin Kitchens located in Ballantyne, you can get your turkey plus all the fixings oven-ready the day before Thanksgiving between 10 am & 3 pm .Orders will need to be placed by Thursday, November 15th.

Let’s not forget Thanksgiving entertainment in Charlotte!  The Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade is gearing will march down Tryon Street on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. The parade steps off from 10th and North Tryon at 10 A.M. and ends at Stonewall and South Tryon. The parade lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Cheer on or be a participant in Charlottes annual Turkey Trot. Entering its 24th year, the Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot is Charlotte’s longest-running road race event. But more than that, it’s a Charlotte Thanksgiving Day tradition for families and friends and a happy and healthy way to start off one of the best days of the year! If you’re planning on making the trip Uptown for the parade, organizers suggest you ride CATS buses or the LYNX Blue Line to the Parade. Round-trip fare is only $3 for adults.

Work Off The Trukey Hike is a great outdoor activity to enjoy Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather. Presented by McDowell Nature Center and Preserve on November 23, 2012. Enjoy a moderate-paced hike through McDowell Nature Preserve and take in the sights and sounds of autumn.


Shopping is another great way to work off that second helping of pumpkin pie! Carolina Place Mall in Pineville will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Macys will be opening at midnight, as will Belk. Retailers have the option of opening at midnight and there are currently 25+ opting to do so. Southpark Mall is located on the corner of Sharon and Fairview Roads in Charlotte, is also open at 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on November 23rd. among the 150 + stores, Southpark featurees Apple, Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany&Co, Belk and much more. 


When the turkey leftovers are all eaten, music may be just the ticket to ease you into a wonderful Charlotte December. Christmas Spectacular Presented by Charlotte Civic Orchestra on November 25, 2012 is an outstanding Christmas concert with over 300 performers including 65 member Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Charlotte City Ballet, the Eddie Mabry Dancers, the Holiday Singers, recording artist Caroline Keller, and 120 voice choir. Seasonal favorites will be performed including selections from the beloved “Nutcracker Ballet”, Sleigh Ride, and “The Hallelujah Chorus”. The performance is at the Halton Theater at CPCC Uptown.

Charlotte offers a peaceful, delicious, safe and entertaining Thanksgiving holiday for all those thankful people lucky enough to enjoy their family and friends in the Queen City!


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