10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Delaware

In the historic state of Delaware, Thanksgiving is all about overeating turkey, dazzling holiday light shows, Black Friday shopping, and celebrating it all with your close friends and family. Prepare for a robust holiday as we present 2023's 10 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Delaware. 

Jessop’s Tavern, New Castle, DE

So, to get fired up for the big Thanksgiving feast, kick it old school with Jessop’s Tavern. Not only is the spot steeped in history—the building was constructed in 1674—but the servers are all dressed in authentic Colonial-style garb. Get English pub fare, old American dishes, and 350 types of beer in bottles.

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Delaware 87ers basketball game

If you are in town a few days before or after Thanksgiving, head down to the Chase Fieldhouse and watch the 87ers play NBA-G League basketball. Nicknamed the Sevens, the 87ers are an affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers and have been calling the First State their home for five years.

T.A. Farms, Camden Wyoming, DE

In the morning you will be off to find a turkey. How about one that is fresh and ready to pick up for Thanksgiving? At T.A. Farms, turkeys are organic, free of antibiotics, and full of flavor. But you have to order early, as they usually sell out. Plus, the family-operated farm has been bringing farm to table for over three generations, doing it "the all-natural way," so you can give back to the local economy and the environment at the same time. 

Bing’s Bakery, Newark, DE

Next, you’ll be off to the bakery. Bing’s is a family-owned bake shop known for gourmet desserts, pastries & bread, and cakes. Founded in 1946 by Russell and Selina Bing, it is self-described as “Delaware’s longest-running bakery,” it has faithfully served up the sweet stuff in the First State for over 70 years. Also, get mouthwatering Coconut custard pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, fruit pies, and more.

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Thanksgiving Day MS Run, Wilmington, DE

It is finally Thanksgiving Day; the turkey is in the oven, and the fixings have all been prepped. What's next? How about a Turkey Day run? The annual Thanksgiving Day MS Run includes a 10K and 5K, a 5K walk, and a kiddie fun run led by Santa and Mrs. Claus. After the run, participants can enjoy refreshments and take photos with Santa.

Winter WonderFEST, Lewes, DE

Now for some entertainment. Lewes will keep you in the holiday spirit with a drive along their 1.5-mile "Light Spectacular" lane. Featuring more than 90 illuminated displays, this is a dazzling experience. When you reach the end, visit "Christmas Village" at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, where you will find a giant Ferris wheel, live music, an ice rink, and Santa himself.

Christiana Mall, Newark, DE

And no Thanksgiving is quite complete without a Black Friday shopping adventure. Lucky for you, the Christiana Mall provides tax-free shopping with brand-name stores including Apple, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Cabela's, Michael Kors, American Eagle Outfitters, Target, William-Sonoma, and much more. Plus, not that you were hungry or anything, but you will find restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, JB Dawson's, and Brio Italian Grille.  

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Volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers, Multiple locations

Nothing says Thanksgiving more than giving back to the community. Meals on Wheels of America operates more than 5,000 independently-run local programs across the country with the help of over two million volunteers. They are committed to supporting their senior neighbors to "live healthier and more nourished lives," but volunteers are needed to deliver meals throughout Delaware.

Nanticoke Indian Museum, Millsboro, DE

The only Native American museum in the state of Delaware, the Nanticoke Indian Museum is a great place to understand the history of the Nanticoke tribe better. This museum is listed as a National Historic Landmark and displays various artifacts passed down from elders. View incredible arrowheads, pottery, axe hammers, and other magnificent hand-made creations.

Nassau Valley Vineyards Farmers Market, Lewes, DE

Nothing signals the end of a great holiday like a glass of great wine. Get warm mulled wine to lighten your spirits and take the edge off the winter chill. Nassau Valley Vineyards is Delaware's self-proclaimed "first and only award-winning farm winery." Every Sunday through mid-December, they will host a winter farmers market with a dozen vendors featuring locally-grown produce, teas, pastries, mushrooms, pasta, kettle corn, homemade pickles, wine, and more.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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