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!


Instead of eating dinner together, some families help others get something to eat on Thanksgiving. For a great family experience and a fun way to give to those in need, join the Bronx and Brooklyn editions of Cranksgiving this year. All you need is bikes, a bag, and about $15-$20, and the family can take part in this scavenger hunt/community drive. Participants must buy items from a list for families in need (like cans of food and other non-perishables), then make their way to the finish line. All items are donated to charities, local grocery stores benefit from your patronage, and you get to take a bike ride with the family. Online registration is not required: simply show up at 1 p.m. to register (both races begin at 2 p.m.).

About $15-$20

Sat., Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.
1 Bruckner Blvd

Sat., Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
1368 Fulton St.

Photo: Cranksgiving via Facebook.


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

— Yuliya Geikhman