You might not think of Orlando as a Thanksgiving destination but there’s a bounty of things to do in Central Florida. From bountiful feasts to discount shopping and engaging attractions, you’ll find a cornucopia of Turkey Day delights. Want to learn more about things to do in Orlando during Thanksgiving? Read on.

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Things to do in Orlando during Thanksgiving


Shopping and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. With Black Friday sales at outlet malls like Orlando Premium Outlets and high-end stores, along with boutique and box stores, shopping in Orlando is a real treat. You can make the most of Black Friday and get all of your holiday shopping done Thanksgiving weekend. Check out our holiday shopping guide to get the scoop of where to shop ’til you drop!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Once of the best things to do in Orlando during Thanksgiving? Eat! Plus, sometimes it’s nice to relax, have the meal taken care of and be able to simply enjoy the holidays season. Let Orlando restaurants cater to your taste buds. From family-friendly to intimate and quaint, you can choose the type of Thanksgiving meal right for you.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm
Traditional Thanksgiving faire is complimented by the restaurant’s regular menu

Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando
Hours: Noon-9pm
Features a special Thanksgiving menu from Chef Doug

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
Hours: Noon-9pm
Chef Ryan presents a special 3-course Thanksgiving menu. $49/person.

Islands’ Dining Room
Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm
Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet while watching South Pacific entertainment and Universal Orlando Resort characters. $58/adults, $26/kids.

Landry’s Seafood House
Hours: 11:30am-9:00pm
A Thanksgiving dinner buffet is served along with the main menu. $22/adults, $10/kids.

Roy’s Orlando
Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm
3-course Thanksgiving meny is served with selections of Roy’s classic dishes available. $39.95/person.

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
Hours: 11:00am-4:00pm, 5:0opm-10:00pm
Thanksgiving menu featured along with entertainment and Universal Orlando Resort characters. $59/adults, $20/kids.

Tony Roma’s Orlando I-Drive
Hours: Noon-10:00pm
A special 3-course Thanksgiving menu, with ribs, is featured. $29/adults, $15/kids.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Thanksgiving is also the official kickoff to Christmas. You can start your holiday off right by visiting Orlando Theme Parks where the spirit of the season will already be in full swing. From Disney World to Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld to LEGOLAND, there are many ways to celebrate the magic of this special time of year.


You can also see an Orlando show over Thanksgiving vacation. Blue Man Group, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and other productions are open on Thanksgiving Day and have show times throughout the weekend.

Plan your vacation in Orlando now to get a head start on the holiday season.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.