Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in the Fox Cities

Are you hosting family and friends in the Fox Cities this Thanksgiving weekend? From Christmas-themed exhibits to a holiday light display to sipping or sampling local flavors, show them a good time in the Fox Cities with these things to see and do.

Appleton Beer Factory

Taste local flavors.
After cooking a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, give your kitchen (and the cook) a break.

From classic Wisconsin fare to ethnic-inspired meals, dine at a Fox Cities restaurant or eatery. For even more headline-worthy dining options, pick a restaurant recently recommended by the Chicago Tribune, which called Appleton and the Fox Cities "full of sweet surprises."

For your beer-loving family and friends, get the good times brewing at these Fox Cities breweries. At Rhythm & Brews on Wednesday, November 27, a free mid-week concert series in Appleton, you can try Stone Arch Brewpub's craft beers while listening to Mile of Music artists; this week's headliner is Nathan Graham of Chicago.

Have your guests take a taste of the Fox Cities home with them. Whether chocolate from Wilmar Chocolates, candies from Vande Walle's Candies, cheese from Simon's Specialty Cheese, milk and ice cream from Lamers Dairy, or a treat from another Fox Cities store, they'll bring home more than just good memories from their Fox Cities visit.

Stroll through the Downtown Appleton Indoor Farm Market on Saturday, November 30 for a pick of local, seasonal produce, baked goods, and handicrafts from dozens of vendors.


Hearthstone Historic House Museum Victorian Christmas | Photo Credit: IG @orangestreetfixer

Delight in the Christmas season.
From one holiday to the next, jump into Christmas following Thanksgiving.

The inaugural Fox Cities Festival of Lights opens Friday, November 29 at Darboy Community Park. Wander through a wooded half-mile trail decorated with Christmas light displays representing Fox Cities landmarks and sites.

The Hearthstone Historic House Museum Victorian Christmas opens the evening of Saturday, November 30. This signature annual event highlights this historical home in all of its grandeur complemented by Victorian Christmas decorations and live musical performances.

Be among the first to see The Trout Museum of Art's winter exhibits, which opened last weekend. These Christmas-themed art exhibits, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and This is Christmas, include more than a hundred pieces to view.


Heckrodt Wetland Reserve | Photo Credit: IG @khenr

Get active.
Lace up those sneakers before that Thanksgiving fork even touches your lips. Walk or run the 12th Annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

Catch some air at the Altitude Trampoline Park Appleton's grand opening on Friday, November 29. This high-energy indoor park features performance trampolines, a ropes course, a ninja course, and more. The Fox Cities is home to other indoor recreation and amusement center options too that'll bring out the kid in everyone for hours of fun.

Winter weather looks to be on its way, so enjoy it outdoors on one of 100+ miles of trails across the Fox Cities or at a local nature preserve.


Red Door Mercantile

Start (and finish) Christmas shopping.
The Fox Cities is home to Wisconsin's Best Shopping. From Black Friday deals at your favorite national retailers at the Fox River Mall to Small Business Saturday festivities at local boutiques and downtowns, you'll find plenty of stores that'll help you check off your gift list. For even more, check out Your Guide to Fox Cities Holiday Shopping.


From local museums to nightlife offerings, there will be something for everyone to see or do in the Fox Cities this Thanksgiving weekend. Visit the Things to Do and Events pages for even more ideas and go #explorefoxcities!

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