Best Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston

Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and turkey. You can have these things all year, but they always taste better the 4th Thursday of every November. The anticipated buffet is less than a week away and if you’re looking to start a new tradition on Thanksgiving, we got you covered.

Turkey Trot

Get your turkey feathers ready and join the thousands of Houstonians giving back for the 25th annual TXU Energy BakerRipley’s Turkey Trot. For 110 years, BakerRipley has been serving and helping Houston to earn, learn and belong. Whether you’re a runner or a walker, you can help make an impact to more than 160,000 seniors and children in our community.

To find out more information about the line up, registration fees or other general information, visit their website:

Photo Courtesy of Vicki Powers

HEB Thanksgiving Parade

Make your way Downtown for the 68th Thanksgiving parade! Beginning in 1968, Santa rode his sleigh through the streets of Houston. More floats and entertainment has been added, but it is still the most anticipated parade this great city puts on.

The parade begins at 9 AM and is free to all. To find the parade route or more information, visit their website:

Photo Courtesy of the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events
Photo Courtesy of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events

The Ice Powered by Green Mountain

Discovery Green will be open Thanksgiving day for Green Mountain’s ice skating rink! The rink is 100% recycled water that is frozen into 7,716 sqft of ice. You can come out anytime from 11 AM to 11 PM and has a $14 general admission fee.

This attraction is open throughout the holiday season. Check out the website for more information

Photo Courtesy of Discovery Green
Photo Courtesy of Discovery Green


There are many places to volunteer here in Houston, especially with the holiday season. If you’re looking to give back Thursday, here are some local food volunteer opportunities.

Photo Courtesy of Dug Begley
Photo Courtesy of Dug Begley

From our ULR family to yours, we hope and wish everyone has a safe, fun and a-belly-full-of-turkey Thanksgiving!