Forget going on a shopping frenzy. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to slow down, unwind, and cherish time with your loved ones. While Thursday is all about connection and bonding over great food, the long weekend is another opportunity to explore and connect. Here’s a list of relaxing suggestions for maximizing your quality time together this Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando.
Post last updated November 2020
Black Friday Wine + Foot Massage
Friday, November 27, 1-6pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Pamper your feet with a soothing herb-infused foot bath followed by a relaxing lower leg and foot massage by the professionals at The Barefoot Spa. Foot massages can be made for 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions. To make your reservation, call Harris at 407-539-1491. There will also be Black Friday specials in the tasting room.
Saturday Yoga in the Garden
Saturday, November 28, 9am
Mead Botanical Garden
This 1-hour outdoor flow glass takes place on the Grove Stage. Bring your own mat and water.
Yoga in Lake Eola Park
Sundays at 11am
NE Lawn at Lake Eola Park (corner of Robinson St & Eola Dr)
Join this weekly outdoor community yoga class for a relaxing flow to help you continue the holiday weekend relaxation. Masks are required when arriving and departing class. Bring your own yoga mat and water.
Bok Tower Gardens
Open daily from 8am-6pm; last admission at 5pm
Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando marks the beginning of Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens. Listen to carillon concerts at 1 and 3pm, see holiday foliage, and partake in special holiday events. There will be a special holiday carillon concert on Sunday, November 29 at 3pm.
Horseback Trail Rides
Tour available November 27, 28 and 29, various times
Hidden Palms Ranch
Enjoy a leisurely guided trail ride through the Lake Jesup Conservation Area through tree-canopied trails and scenic floodplains dotted with palm trees.
$218/couple for private; $150/couple for group tour (max 5 guests)
Take a Hike
A few of our favorite spots include Lake Lotus Park, Lake Louisa State Park, Washington Oaks Garden State Park and these secluded hiking spots in Central Florida.
Lake Lotus Park: Thursday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5:30pm; Free admission
Lake Louisa State Park: 8am until sundown, 365 days/year; $4-$5 per vehicle
Turkey Burn Bike Ride
Sunday, November 29, 2-5pm
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
Join BrewCycle Orlando for a guided bike ride through downtown with stops for brews at three local breweries. Masks required for entry into breweries; temperature checks will be conducted before the ride.
Sunset Paddle on East Lake Toho
Sunday, November 29, 5:30-8:30pm
Lake Life Paddle
Join Lake Life Paddle for a beautiful sunset on the waters of Lake Tohopekaliga in St Cloud. After the guided paddleboard tour, head to the shoreside restaurant Crabby Bill’s for food and drinks with friends. Tickets include paddleboard rental.
CONTINUE THE FEAST
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm
Maxine’s on Shine
Feast on one of the best brunches in town while enjoying plenty of outdoor seating and live music (Saturday and Sunday).
Menu prices vary
Artisan Pizza Class at Orlando Brewing
Saturday, November 28, 4-6pm
Orlando Brewing outdoor beer garden
Join this hands-on cooking class with Chef Michael where you’ll learn to make pizza dough from scratch, stretch and shape it into rounds, and top it with the flavors of Italy. A variety of meats and fresh vegetables will be provided and pizzas will be baked on site to satisfy your hunger. Face masks are required to attend but may be removed when it is time to eat. You’ll also get $2 off beer purchases in the brewery.
November 26 and 29, multiple times
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Guests will use the lifesize gingerbread house in the Lobby as inspiration to build and assemble their own creation at Santa’s workshop. Call 407-393-4034 to reserve your space.
$195 per family (up to 4 people)
Have a DIY Thanksgiving Leftovers Picnic
Head to a local park, garden, or even your own backyard with your leftovers for an intimate lunch with your love. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits has a handy Thanksgiving guide with fun tips on wines to pair with turkey and beers to pair with your leftovers. A few favorite picnic spots:
- Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden – $10/adult admission
- Kraft Azalea Garden
- Mead Botanical Garden
- Wine Bar George (build your own picnic from The Basket and take it to go)
- Check out this post for more of our favorite picnic destinations and ideas.
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
Jolly Creek Holiday Festival
Multiple dates through January 2, 2021
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures – 2001 E Southport Road, Kissimmee
Explore a Christmas Village featuring live music by the Society Orchestra and more. Enjoy thousands of dazzling lights, artificial snowfall every hour, shopping, dining, crafting, and even meet Santa Claus! A portion of the proceeds of this event go to benefit the Second Harvest Central Florida food bank.
$34 – $39/person
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays: A Midnight Clear
Saturday, November 28, 3:30 & 7:30pm
Orlando Festival Park
Come home for the holidays and enjoy the sounds of the season as Guest Conductor Victor Vanacore leads the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Holiday Singers, and special guests in your favorite songs and carols of the holiday season. General admission includes a socially-distanced seating area inside the concert area. Bring your own chairs. VIP tickets include a cocktail table and chairs.
$10 general admission; $40 VIP
Dueling Piano Dinner Show
Sunday, November 29, 7pm
Tin Roof Orlando
Enjoy dinner in the Green Room with live dueling pianos every Sunday night.
Menu prices vary
ATTEND A RELAXING THANKSGIVING WEEKEND EVENT
Small Business Saturday Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, November 28, 8am-8pm
Downtown Winter Garden
The annual Downtown Winter Garden Small Business Saturday Sidewalk Sale is great for finding one-of-a-kind gifts, while enjoying special savings. Stroll and shop the outdoor sale racks in the festive-decorated historic district this Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando. There will also be in-store and online specials/promotions, as well as curbside delivery. Expanded outdoor patios for dining – many restaurants will also offer specials on this day — and for enjoying the fall weather.
Fall on the Farm
Saturdays and Sundays through November 29, 10am-3pm
Whisper Creek Farm at Grande Lakes Orlando
Enjoy family-friendly, autumn-centric activities during the final weekend of this outdoor fall festival. Activities include a hayride, pumpkin picking, and pumpkin carving and painting workshops with the resort’s Olympic World Champion culinary artist and carver Victor Dagatan. Read more about this fall festival here.
Festival of Trees
Select dates through November 29
Orlando Museum of Art
Benefitting the Orlando Museum of Art, the 34th annual Festival of Trees will transform the museum into a magical wonderland for visitors of all ages. Browse designer trees and wreaths, gingerbread houses, pop-up holiday vendors and more. There will also be daily outdoor performances by local entertainers on the OMA Sculpture Plaza. Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando is the final weekend of this annual festive event.
Art After Dark Lake Nona
Friday, November 27, 6-9pm
Lake Nona Town Center
November 28 – 29
Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
A free, two-day outdoor festival in Downtown Orlando celebrating the people and the many different cultures through music, dance, food, film, fashion, spoken word visual arts and interactive activities.
Night of a Million Lights
Through January 3, 2021
Give Kids the World Village
Stroll the 84-acre nonprofit resort, aglow with more than three million lights; savor delicious treats; and enjoy the accessible rides and storybook attractions that have brought happiness and hope to critically ill children and their families from around the world for 34 years. Guests will experience a 150-foot lighted tunnel, the entire Avenue aglow, 45 decorated resort villas, 150 larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframe displays; an enchanting, illuminated gingerbread arch; and four photo spots in addition to the Village itself being a picturesque backdrop for your holiday memories. Santa will spread holiday cheer from a socially distant location. Three accessible attractions along with ice cream and hot chocolate are included with ticket price.
$25 – $40/person
Check out our Best of November: 40+ Can’t-Miss Date Night Events in Orlando post for more Thanksgiving weekend events.
Feature image credit: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes