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Things to do: Thanksgiving in LA

Things to do on Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

If you are staying local and looking for festive holiday activities, we have compiled a list for you below. From volunteer activities and turkey trots to illuminated garden walks and parades, we cover it all here.

Turkey Trot Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Hall , Downtown Thursday November 25 2021

Celebrate Thanksgiving with this catchall family-friendly event along Downtown’s Spring Street, chock-full of races, games and activities. Work off those calories in either the 5K or the 10K run/walk (there’s also a 1K “Widdle Wobble” for kids 10 and under). Costumes are always encouraged. Each year, the race benefits the Midnight Mission.

Buy a ticket here.


Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa , Inland Empire Friday November 26 2021 – Thursday January 6 2022

Riverside’s stunningly beautiful Mission Inn is bathed in 4.5 million twinkly lights during the annual Festival of Lights. The free six-week-long holiday tradition begins the day after Thanksgiving and typically features more than 400 animated figures.

More info here.


Hollywood Christmas Parade

TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theatre , Hollywood Sunday November 28 2021

Like an Angelyne billboard on Sunset Boulevard, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is an essential part of L.A. kitsch. The nearly nine-decade–old parade will feature floats, balloons, bands, equestrians and celebrities as they ride in a U-shaped route that begins at Hollywood and Orange and ends up at Sunset and Orange. Reserved grandstand seats can be purchased, with proceeds going to Toys for Tots, but free curbside seating is also available.

Buy a ticket here.


Volunteer this Thanksgiving

Downtown’s The Midnight Mission, Thanksgiving Day

Staying true to its nickname as the City of Angels, Los Angeles has a vast number of charities working to service those in need and better support our community. From homeless shelters to food banks and even horse therapy facilities, nonprofit organizations are always looking for volunteers to help produce events throughout the year. Downtown’s The Midnight Mission is one of the best-run organizations of its kind, offering counseling, education, training and job placement to the city’s homeless population, as well as food, shelter, personal hygiene and medical care. Along with regular meal services and food donation drives, the Mission holds special Thanksgiving and Christmas events. If you’d like to help during a special event, start with some regular volunteer hours—the Mission’s website has a form you can fill out to help match you with the right service.

See all volunteer opportunities here.



Presented by Lorin Ruttenberg and Erica Lockhart of Ahead of the Curve Homes.

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