Things to do on Thanksgiving in Sacramento with Kids
October 27, 2023

Get a head start on the holiday season by looking for exciting events and fun things to do with kids to celebrate Thanksgiving in Sacramento and make this year’s celebration extra special!

With so many holiday events in Sacramento happening in a couple of weeks, many families have turned their attention to November, looking for things to do with kids to celebrate Thanksgiving. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or any activity to do together or finding a cozy place to eat out for the Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together our top picks for activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving.

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Cal Expo Sacramento
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Phone Number: (916) 477-4171

November 23, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Thursday | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Take your kids and the whole family on a captivating Thanksgiving event with an immersive holiday experience as Global Winter Wonderland brings you Imaginarium at Cal Expo in Sacramento. This family-friendly activity gives you an awe-inspiring experience, especially for the kids as they roam free, imagining themselves walking through the intergalactic space with over three million LED lights.

Step into the world of Imaginarium is a journey through light. Wander through its radiant rose garden, boasting over 35,000 LED Roses, or lose yourself in the infinite mirror rooms. Venture deeper into the enchanted forest and marvel at over 25 majestic, larger-than-life storybook creatures, each bathed in a cascade of lights — it’s going to be one of the best activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving.

Activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
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Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink

Ali Youssefi Square
7th St and K St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-8575

November 23, 2023 – January 15, 2024
Thursday | 10 AM – 4 PM

One of the best things to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento is to go ice skating! It’s time to lace up your skates and get ready to perfect your triple axel at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink. Make sure to bring your perfect balance, all your grace, or just your two left feet, and have some fun.

After your day of fun family-friendly activity on the ice, warm yourself up with a bite to eat and cross everyone off your holiday list. Feel a chill blow down K street as you approach Ali Youssefi Square and be teleported into a winter wonderland at the ice rink.

Things to do on Thanksgiving in Sacramento with Kids

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Loomis Day Before Thanksgiving Parade
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Loomis Day Before Thanksgiving Parade

Downtown Loomis
3636 Taylor Rd., Loomis, CA 95650
Phone Number: (916) 834-3932

November 22, 2023
Wednesday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Shine With Purpose presents the annual “Loomis Day Before Thanksgiving” Parade! This is a great family fun event that benefits the many kids in need in our community this holiday season. This year, they are also holding a small vendor fair near a Pictures with Santa booth, so bring those kiddos, and let’s have some holiday and get this season started right!

Throwing candy is not permitted, but walkers in the parade may hand out candy along the parade route. All parade entries must clean up their trash and animal droppings before, during, and after the parade. Bring a toy donation!

Join a Fun Run Event to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Sacramento

Thanksgiving events in Sacramento - Run To Feed The Hungry Thanksgiving Day 2023
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Run To Feed The Hungry Thanksgiving Day 2023

CSU Sacramento (Sacramento State)
6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone Number: (916) 456-1980

November 23, 2023
Thursday | 10K – 8:15 AM | 5K – 9 AM

Bring your kids and the whole family to burn off some calories before the feast on Thanksgiving Day and join the family-friendly activity Run to Feed the Hungry. This family-friendly charity run raises funds and awareness about food insecurity in the Sacramento community.

The event features a loop course that starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento.

Thanksgiving event in Sacramento -  - 2023 Roseville Turkey Trot 10K/5K
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2023 Turkey Trot

Vernon Street Town Square
311 Vernon St., Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 774-5989

November 23, 2023
Thursday | 9 AM

Come out to Downtown Roseville to the Vernon Street Town Square for the 11th annual Roseville Turkey Trot! Join a great family-friendly event to celebrate Thanksgiving in Sacramento with so many things to do with kids, such as a fun race, run, jog, walk, stroll, roll, or even crawl before the parade, before the kick-offs, and before the feasting commences. The course starts and finishes at Vernon Street Town Square in Downtown Roseville.

The race will feature disposable chip timing with live results and finisher photos. Bring canned food donations to the Roseville Sports Center during packet pickup or Vernon Street Town Square on race day. Come for fun, stay for the rewards. Be there – rain or shine!

Things to do on Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Elk Grove Gobble Wobble 2023
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Elk Grove Gobble Wobble 2022

8280 Longleaf Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone Number: (916) 896-0031

November 23, 2023
Thursday | 9 AM

It’s that time again! Time to sign up for this year’s Elk Grove Gobble Wobble Family 5K! Join Chicks in Crisis as they continue their mission to help families cross the finish line and “Race for Babies” on Thanksgiving morning. Bring the whole family to walk or run a quick 5K and get a jumpstart on your holiday festivities. And, for your little turkeys, 12 and under, they’ll have a 1/4 mile fun run first.

Chicks in Crisis is an essential pregnancy and parenting resource center for moms, dads, children, and birth mothers with a mission of helping ALL families cross the finish line. Start your holiday right by giving back to your community and moving your feet before you eat. This is a family event you don’t want to miss.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Sacramento - 2023 Folsom Turkey Trot
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2023 Folsom Turkey Trot

Rodeo Park/Lions Park
200 Stafford St., Folsom, CA 95630

November 23, 2023
Thursday | 10K – 8:50 AM | 5K – 9:00 AM

Come to Folsom Lion’s Park/Rodeo Park on Thanksgiving morning for a 5k run/walk or a 10k run. Bring your kids to some early morning family-friendly activity fun run along with the locals to kick off the Thanksgiving celebration. The family-friendly activity fun run benefits the Twin Lakes Food Bank, a faith-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to share God’s love by mobilizing the community to provide food and support to those in need in our community.

Folsom Turkey Trot aims to encourage youth participation, hoping that the experience will teach kids that it is not about winning the race but doing their best to complete a set goal. A portion of the proceeds will support the Twin Lakes Food Bank and the “Not in Our Town/Not in Our School” youth scholarship program.

Eat Out with Your Family on Thanksgiving Day

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The Firehouse Restaurant

1112 2nd St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-4772

November 23, 2023
Thursday | 1 – 8 PM

Spend Thanksgiving Day with your kids and family at the Firehouse Restaurant – Sacramento’s premier fine dining restaurant.

Enjoy its three-course menu for only $79.95, which includes Arcadian Fall Salad, a choice of roasted breast of free-range turkey, pan-roasted Chilean sea bass, filet mignon of beef, or braised pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, and their final course, sweet potato pumpkin pie or caramel apple mousse cake. Kids ages 12 and under can enjoy a similar menu for only $29.95.

Il Fornaio - Roseville
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Il Fornaio – Roseville

1179 Galleria Blvd., Suite P-118, Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 788-1200

November 23, 2023
Thursday | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Still need plans for a Thanksgiving celebration? Celebrate Thanksgiving in Sacramento at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game, housemade pasta, pizzas from a wood-fired oven, fresh salads and soups, various house-made desserts, and fresh-baked bread.

Il Fornaio Roseville offers elegant private and semi-private dining spaces and a wide range of specialized menus and services to match our authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine. Their experienced staff will work closely with you to create a memorable event for you and your guests.

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Sheldon Inn Restaurant and Bar

9000 Grantline Rd., Elk Grove, CA 95624

November 23, 2023
Thursday | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The great thing about going to Silva’s is you’ll feel like you’re having Thanksgiving right at home because the atmosphere is comfortable, the hotel is quaint, and they are going to serve traditional Thanksgiving fare along with other wonderful entrées, so you’ll definitely have a choice if you aren’t in the mood for turkey on Thanksgiving.

But be sure to know they use locally harvested ingredients for their traditional turkey dinner. They also offer half duckling, prime rib, or a number of other entrées that you can choose from, which are all a part of their Thanksgiving menu. Plus, they have soup and salad and a children’s menu as well, and if you’re in the mood for appetizers, they can certainly cook something up for you in that regard too!

You can also check out Kids Eat Free in Sacramento.

Things to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

Families in the Sacramento region have many options for activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving that are close to home.

Looking for other things to do in the Sacramento area? Check out our comprehensive listing of places to go in the region.

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