Traditionally, Thanksgiving means sitting down with your family around the dinner table and enjoying turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. But it doesn’t have to! NYC has a wide variety of family-friendly Thanksgiving dinner alternatives. Have a fancy Thanksgiving tea party at The Plaza, enjoy a stress-free and kid-friendly restaurant experience, or even let the kids save you the trouble and make the Thanksgiving treats themselves. Click through for 8 alternative ways to observe and celebrate Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving With Eloise

It's going to be a rawther fawncy Thanksgiving thanks to everyone's favorite hotel resident, Eloise. You may have heard of Eloise's weekly tea parties, but bring your kids to the Plaza Hotel this Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday Eloise-style as well.
Recommended for children ages 3-9, the Thanksgiving event will be held in the Eloise room in the hotel, lovingly-recreated from the famous children's book series. In keeping with the holiday spirit, attendants are asked to bring a grocery bag with non-perishable food items for donation. Kids will decorate a canvas bag, write a letter to Eloise, read a story together, and enjoy tea or pink lemonade along with tea sandwiches, fruit kabobs, and delicious pastries. Finally, each child will get a goodie bag and a $10 gift certificate to the Eloise store. Simply mahvelous!

Nov. 21, 4-5 p.m.
Eloise at the Plaza
One West 58th St., A Level
Midtown West

Photo: The Plaza Hotel via Facebook


Do you have a favorite alternative Thanksgiving celebration? Tell us about it in the comments! 

— Yuliya Geikhman