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Thanksgiving in Cedar Rapids

Spending Turkey Day in Cedar Rapids? Come discover how to make this Thanksgiving weekend delicious, fun, and stress-free.

Thanksgiving Events

  • Cedar Rapids Turkey Trot, Nov. 28, 2019 - Grab some friends and run this 5K Thanksgiving morning before your big dinner! It's your pre-turkey workout.


Dining Out for Thanksgiving

If you want help in the kitchen this Thanksgiving, check out this offer from Vivian's Soul Food - Thanksgiving Take & Bake Promo. Beginning on October 8, Vivian's will be sharing a pre-order form in which customers will be able to order from a menu of specific side dishes to serve at their Thanksgiving dinner. Side dishes will be prepared, and customers can take them home with full baking directions to bake and serve for their holiday. The pre-order will require the customer to select the menu item, indicate the quantity, and pay ahead of time. There will be two pickup times scheduled in which customers can pick up their orders on Wednesday, November 27. The order form can be located here

Need Pie? Order at least five days in advance from Kathy's Pies with convenient pick up hours. Call (319) 362-5216.

Holiday Meal Kits from NewBo City Market - NewBo City Market Shopkeepers are at it again cooking up delicious, home-cooked mains, sides, and desserts for your holiday table. Ordering is totally a la carte style so please feel free to order a lot or a little. The dishes are designed to be easily reheated in the comfort of your home making hosting a holiday meal for 6-8 guests a breeze and keeping you out of the kitchen! Ordering will be OPEN until Saturday, November 23.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Thursday, November 28, 2019 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Reservations required. Call 319-848-8777 * ($40/adults, $15/kids 3 – 12 , free/2 and under) Full buffet will feature many options from carving stations to decedent desserts and chefs specialties.
Including Traditional Thanksgiving Features: Roasted turkey, Carved Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Assorted Desserts.

Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet at Ramada Hotel & Convention Center with an elegant Thanksgiving Day Brunch Buffet created by Chef Russ Gamewell. A complementary glass of champagne/Mimosa will be served to 21+ guests. Served 11AM - 3PM. Please make your reservations by calling 319-366-8671 or contact us via email at frontdesk@ramadacr.com. $19.99 for adults, $17.99 for seniors & veterans, $9.99 for children 12 & under, Free for children 4 & under.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with homemade meal prepared by 350 First! Reserve your spot today by calling (319) 731-4483.  $26.00 for Adults and $12.00 for Children 10 & Under. Ala Carte Menu will be available as well.

Pub 217 is open Thanksgiving Day from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. with a limited menu.

Brick's Bar & Grill is open Thanksgiving Day from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.


Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping

Small Business Saturday - Nov. 30, 2019 

  • Uptown Marion, 10am – 2pm - Enjoy holiday music as you shop and dine Uptown. Receive a free #ShopSmall gift, while supplies last, and be entered to win a $100 Uptown Dollar gift certificate with each receipt you show!
  • Shop Small & Shop Local in The District - Cedar Rapids Main Street will be filling 200 Shop Small Bags with promotions, merchandise, gift cards, and discounts from businesses located in the Czech Village and New Bohemian neighborhoods. At 10am shoppers can stop at the GIANT Cherry located on the 11th Avenue side of the Cherry Building and pick up their American Express Shop Small bags and get all their Holiday Shopping done locally. 

For even more fun things to do on Thanksgiving in Cedar Rapids, check out our fall activities blog.

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