January 29, 2023

Ditch the drama this Thanksgiving and let someone else handle the holiday hoopla! If you haven’t nailed down your turkey day details, consider letting someone spoil you this Thanksgiving at one of these fantastic, family-friendly escapes. From great-gram to the littles, you’ll create holiday memories that will last long after the leftovers are gone.

Sea Island, Georgia | Best For A Traditional Thanksgiving

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As the only resort in the world to achieve Forbes Five Stars 11 years in a row, Sea Island welcomes visitors with Southern charm and luxury accommodations. On Tuesday evening the popular Bingo game kicks off the week’s festivities. Thanksgiving Day begins with a Turkey Trot Run and a special service in The Cloister Chapel. From casual to formal, there’s no shortage of epicurean feasts across the resort.

Walt Disney World Resort | Best For a Magical Thanksgiving

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Aside from the beautiful weather in Orlando, Disney is brimming with festive fun for the entire family during Thanksgiving. The holiday magic begins November 8, so besides Thanksgiving, you can get a head start on your Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations! Disney features a ton of dining options from Colonial style feasts at Liberty Tree Tavern to rustic Pacific Northwest fare at Whispering Canyon. Take a trail ride at Disney’s Fort Wilderness or check out the new holiday entertainment and décor at the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Resort at Squaw Valley | Best For A Snow Capped Thanksgiving

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The Resort at Squaw Valley’s 14th annual Magical Memories rolls out its over the top holiday celebration with a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet in Cascades restaurant. Six Peaks Grille offers all the fixings with a traditional turkey dinner. But that’s just the beginning. The holiday season kicks off on Friday, with the unveiling of the Gingerbread Village and Grand Tree lighting ceremony featuring live music. In addition, you’ll enjoy sleigh rides, ice skating, ice carving, Menorah lighting, and bedtime tuck-in from the elves! Little ones will love the Mountain Buddies Kids Club filled with arcade games, outdoor fun, and crafts.

Santa Barbara | Best For a Warm Weather Thanksgiving

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Santa Barbara’s temperate climate is one reason to head to “America’s Riveria,” but their Thanksgiving activities are yet another. The Santa Barbara Zoo holds its annual Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash on November 22. For luxe accommodations, book the Fremont Bungalow at the Four Seasons and enjoy your own private patio with a fire pit and plunge pool. Don’t miss out on the city’s first-ever European style Christmas Night Market beginning November 23 with themed décor, live music, colors, and the best products from the central coast.

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