Thanksgiving in Houston

Lots of Reasons and Ways to Celebrate

There are so many things to be thankful for this year. Let the 2023 Thanksgiving festivities commence, whether it be Houston’s iconic Thanksgiving celebrations like the H-E-B Thanksgiving Parade or just little staycation getaways to pass the time while feeling grateful.

74th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Parade

This famous parade is set to stroll at 9 a.m., Thursday, November 23, 2023. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, this event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.  Look for marching bands, bright and colorful floats and a vibe of eternal gratefulness!

Thanksgiving with the Fish

Looking to still have an experience whilst eating your Thanksgiving meal? Head to the Downtown Aquarium. Visitors can dine in at the aquarium and enjoy a full Thanksgiving menu that includes roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy and dessert. Reservations are required. To reserve, click here.

Wild, Wild Lights



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It would not be the holidays without the Houston Zoo’s Zoo Lights. There will be hot chocolate, libations, millions of lights, a giant ice throne, Santa photos, and a 125-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Lights. Tickets are required for entry and are not available for purchase at the gate.

Skating Under the Stars

After you’ve had your fill of Thanksgiving turkey, get active! Head to Discovery Green for safe, sanitized and socially distanced ice skating at The Ice Powered by Green Mountain Energy. Located in Downtown Houston, Discovery Green’s ice rink is surrounded by the bright lights of the city’s skyscrapers. The price for skating and rental is $17 and tickets must be purchased online.


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Call to Order: 832-415-9222 BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH. PICK UP WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


The holiday catering menu at Hungry’s will be available from November 1st through December 31st. Whether you’re looking for hors d’oeuvres for a few guests, show-stopping sides for your Friendsgiving, or a seated feast for a crowd, Hungry’s has you covered.

The family feasts are offered in serving sizes of four or ten and include seasonal favorites such as Oven Roasted Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, several sides including plant-based offerings and seasonal pies. Sides include cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, beet “potato” salad and more.  ‘A La Carte dishes are available as well. They kindly request that all holiday orders be placed with a 24-hour notice. For Thanksgiving orders, the last pick up is Wednesday, November 22nd at 3pm.

Hungry’s - Rice Village
2356 Rice Boulevard Fl 2
Houston, TX 77005

Hungry’s - Memorial
14714 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079

The Warwick
Open on Thanksgiving day and offering catering

Galleria-area restaurant, the Warwick, will be open on Thanksgiving day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will offer a select menu of customer favorites and a Thanksgiving plate. They will also be offering catering packages for pre-order: Deep Fried Turkey, Hawaiian Glazed Ham, Brisket, a number of sides, Carrot Cake and Caramel Bread Pudding. Three packages are available ranging from $250 to $485, serving 5 to 16 people. Orders open October 30th and must be placed by Saturday, November 18 at 5 p.m.. Pick up will be Wednesday, November 22nd by 5 p.m. 

Badolina Bakery and Cafe
Open on Thanksgiving day and offering to-go options

Be the star of your holiday party with the addition of Badolina Bakery to your table. Known for their exquisite pastries and breads, customers can shop for favorites like smoked sourdough with sour cherry, blackberry poppyseed and classic baguette. Bread is sold daily on a first-come, first-served basis. The bakery will be open Thanksgiving day, so swing by for a morning pick me up and that last minute bread. 

Badolina’s picturesque cakes are also a showstopper for a holiday table. They can be ordered with a 24-hour notice and are available in sizes of 7”, 8” and 9”. They are offered in a variety of flavors like, Raspberry Rose, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Cake and Orange Cake. The shapes and colors are equally as impressive as the taste. While some are available daily on a first-come-first served basis, we recommend you place an order at least 24-hours in advance to secure your selection. Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 23rd and picked up on the 24th. 

*Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse, and Orange Cake are all gluten free. Orange Cake is also dairy free.

Badolina Bakery & Cafe
5555 Morningside Dr #110
Houston, TX 77005
(832) 649-5909

Open on Thanksgiving Day 

Start your Thanksgiving morning with a strong cup of coffee from Slowpokes. All locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the holiday. Enjoy seasonal offers like:

  • Pumpkin Pie Latte made with Pumpkin Pie sauce, cinnamon, espresso and your choice of milk

  • Snickerdoodle Latte made with vanilla, cinnamon, espresso and your choice of milk

  • Pumpkin Chai Latte: Our signature Punkin’ Pie sauce mixed with our house chai latte and topped with fresh cinnamo

  • Pumpkin Cold Foam: Try as a topper for any beverag

Slowpokes - Kirby Grove
2925 Richmond Ave #120
Houston, TX 77098

Slowpokes - Spring Branch 
8147B Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

Slowpokes- West U
6725 Stella Link 
Houston, TX  77005

Slowpokes - Garden Oaks
1203 W 34th St Suite D
Houston, TX 77018

Heights & Co.
Friendsgiving Feast Wednesday Night

Join Heights & Co. Thanksgiving Eve for a night celebration with friends. In addition to their regular kitchen menu, the patio bar and restaurant will feature a champagne bar, fire pits complete with fixin’s for s’mores and espresso martinis and a photo wall. Reservations can be booked via Resy.

Dante’s River Oaks
Italian Thanksgiving Wednesday Night and Black Friday Special 

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Dante’s will offer an Italian Thanksgiving feast. For $60, enjoy a 5-course meal served family style, complete with complimentary bubbles and a dessert Carajillo. 

On Black Friday, Dante’s River Oaks will please customers with a complimentary spritz or glass of bubbles with their lunch order. Enjoy a classic spritz or their fall special of rosemary infused aperol, prosecco, ginger, mediterranean infused water and lemon. They are located just one block from the River Oaks District shops. 


Friends and family flocking into town? Or just need a little staycation near all of the holiday festivals and activities? Houston is packed full of hotels waiting to welcome you, and better yet, take care of the dishes, this holiday season. Check out the below hotel holiday packages and deals for a savings that's hard to resist. 

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