hanksgiving is, for many, the most anticipated holiday of the year. Sure, there aren’t as many gifts involved as during the month of December, but isn’t all the food you can eat shared among family and friends really the greatest gift of all? Plus, it’s a day of guilt-free […]
hanksgiving is, for many, the most anticipated holiday of the year. Sure, there aren’t as many gifts involved as during the month of December, but isn’t all the food you can eat shared among family and friends really the greatest gift of all? Plus, it’s a day of guilt-free football binge-watching and, for those brave enough, a long night of endless shopping.
At Best of NJ, we’re laying out a spread of the best Thanksgiving content we can cook up. From original editorials to statewide event listings (including parades and restaurants holding their annual activities), this Thanksgiving NJ page is your starting point for a complete guide that will continuously update throughout the season.
In case you’ve arrived early and would like to check out some other fall-themed content, be sure to head over to our NJ Fall page, which features a similarly comprehensive seasonal guide. If you’re instead searching for Halloween content, we’ve got a guide for that too. Alright, with all that out of the way, go forth and be merry! Enjoy the holiday season, folks!
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NJ Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
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Must-Try Healthy Turkey Day Side Dishes – Part Two
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Must-Try Healthy Turkey Day Side Dishes – Part One
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Perfect Wine Pairings for Any Turkey Day Menu
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Gourmet Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes to Make at Home
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Volunteering Opportunities for NJ Families during the Holidays
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The Best Thanksgiving Restaurants for Vegans
Ah, Thanksgiving! Was there ever a more perfect holiday? It’s an entire day devoted to lounging around and eating, and all we have to do is say, “Yes, thank you, I will have some more!” Turkey is the main course, but if you’re looking for a meatless way to give thanks, you’re in luck. Here are ten veggie-packed dining options available on Thanksgiving…
How to Survive Kitchen Disasters on Turkey Day
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How to Avoid Eating 4,500 Calories During the Holidays
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Recipes That Are (Almost) Guilt-Free
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9 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving with a Toddler
Thanksgiving is a pretty fantastic holiday. You get to spend quality time with your loved ones, you’re allowed to watch football guilt-free and you’re more or less obligated to stuff your face with turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. I mean, who wouldn’t love it? Your toddler, that’s who…
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Thanksgiving Events in NJ
11/16/2021: 6:45 PM – The Paramus Public Library is hosting a Tips with the Experts: Thanksgiving Mocktail and Side event for town residents on November 16, 2021.
11/23/2021 - 11/24/2021: 9:00 PM – The Thanksgiving Eve Bash is back for a 4th year at 22 West Tap & Grill. Stop by for music, dancing, the Oink & Moo food truck, and more.
11/24/2021: 10:00 AM – David Alan Caterers is providing 'Everything But The Turkey' Thanksgiving packages for 2021, which include sides, salads, pies, and more.
11/24/2021: 11:00 AM – Bobby Chez in Cherry Hill will be offering Thanksgiving dinner to go. However, you must place an order by November 21 for Nov 24 pickup.
11/24/2021: 12:00 PM – Acacia NJ in Lawrenceville is offering Thanksgiving dinner catering for 2021. They request that all orders be placed by November 19.
11/24/2021: 12:00 PM – The Grand Hotel in Cape May is hosting a Thanksgiving "Ocean Holiday" Family getaway from Wednesday, November 24 to Saturday, November 27.
11/24/2021: 12:00 PM – The Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell is offering a, "everything but the Turkey" Thanksgiving dinner to-go for pickup on November 24, 2021.
11/24/2021: 3:00 PM – The Gladstone Tavern, which specializes in seasonal American comfort food, is offering three dinner options for pickup Thanksgiving 2021.
11/25/2021: 7:30 AM – Trinity Church in Princeton is hosting the Trinity Turkey Trot 5K run/walk for all ages on Thanksgiving Day (November 25, 2021).
11/25/2021: 8:30 AM – The Fast and the Furriest 5K Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning (November 25, 2021) at the Music Pier in Ocean City.
11/25/2021: 9:00 AM – The Racefaster Thanksgiving Day Run (5k + kids fun run) takes place on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Westfield Garden State Plaza.
11/25/2021: 9:00 AM – The 6th Annual Somerville 5k Turkey Trot takes place on November 25, 2021 near the Somerville Fire Department near Veterans Memorial Drive.
11/25/2021: 10:30 AM – Summit House is offering Thanksgiving at Home dinner to go for 2021. Those interested must place an order by 11/19 for pick up on 11/25.
11/25/2021: 11:00 AM – Black River Barn in Randolph is serving Thanksgiving dinner on November 25, 2021, as well as a number of Thanksgiving to-go options.
11/25/2021: 11:00 AM – Halifax in Hoboken is serving dine-in Thanksgiving dinner. They are also offering take out available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day, 2021.
11/25/2021: 11:00 AM – Enjoy Thanksgiving without having to cook! Steve & Cookie's Fine Dining & Oyster Bar By The Bay is offering a Thanksgiving dinner to go.
11/25/2021: 11:00 AM – Crystal Springs Resort will have six dining options for Thanksgiving Dinner; including three buffets, holiday menus, and a la cart dining.
11/25/2021: 11:30 AM – Seasons 52 in Cherry Hill is hosting a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25, 2021, in addition to offering to-go options.
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – Ho-Ho-Kus Inn is hosting a three-course Thanksgiving dinner, called Thanksgiving at the Inn, on Thanksgiving Day for adults and kids.
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – Renault Winery is offering a large family style Thanksgiving dinner, as well as a take home dinner, for Thanksgiving Day 2021.
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – Bell's Mansion is serving Thanksgiving dinner on November 25, 2021 from Noon until 5:30 pm with menus for small and large groups.
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – Breadsticks Cafe & Grill in Atlantic City is serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day (November 25, 2021).
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – Ninety Acres will be serving a three course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day (November 25, 2021).
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends at the Grain House Restaurant inside Old Mill Inn in Basking Ridge on November 25, 2021.
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Hackensack is providing both dine-in dinner service and Thanksgiving dinner takeout for 2021.
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor welcomes guests to a special family-friendly Thanksgiving Weekend starting on November 25.
11/25/2021: 12:00 PM – The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City is serving their annual Thanksgiving buffet on Thanksgiving Day (November 25, 2021).
11/25/2021: 3:00 PM – Celebrate Thanksgiving at LouCas in Edison. The Italian restaurant is serving a special Thanksgiving menu on November, 25, 2021.
11/25/2021: 4:00 PM – Market Street Mission in Morristown is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Chapel Service on November 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm.
11/25/2021: 4:00 PM – Carmine's in Atlantic City is serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast for 6-8 people on Thanksgiving Day (November 25, 2021).
11/25/2021: 5:00 PM – Restaurant Serenade is serving Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25, 2021 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, in addition to a take home option.
11/26/2021: 9:00 AM – The Wenonah Turkey Trot takes place the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday), on November 26, 2021, and begins at 9:00 am.
11/27/2021: 10:00 AM – After a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, The Collingswood Holiday Parade is back for 2021 and takes place on Saturday, November 27.