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!

Annual Thanksgiving Concert with Arlo Guthrie

Who says Thanksgiving ends when the dinner is over? Celebrate the holiday with famed singer Arlo Guthrie and his family as he performs a family-friendly concert at Carnegie Hall. In his first performance in Carnegie Hall in 50 years, Guthrie is joined by his kids Abe and Sarah Lee, Cathy and Annie Guthrie, and other members of the family. Adults will appreciate the message of standing against oppression and injustice, while kids will love the classic music. If all the music puts you in the mood for a good meal, the area has plenty of great meal spots open late, like the Italian Trattoria Dell'Arte or the luscious Russian Tea Room.

$12.50 to $75
Sat., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave.
Midtown
Online: carnegiehall.org
(212) 247-7800

Photo: JP Cutler Media

 

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

— Yuliya Geikhman