Since 1984, St. Louis has hosted the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade is held Thanksgiving morning and is the kick-off for the holiday season in St. Louis. This annual parade features floats, marching bands, balloons and of course Santa!
All of the St. Louis Museums are open over the Thanksgiving weekend (just check for holiday hours). Kids will love the City Museum along with the World Aquarium, the Magic House and the Museum of Transportation . Kids and adults will love the view from on top of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam that you can tour while visiting the National Great Rivers Museum! Just dress appropriately for the weather when you visit!
After that wonderful Thanksgiving feast, it is probably time for everyone to get out and play! Visit any of the parks located in the St. Louis area for a breath of fresh air and a brisk walk! Take the kids as well to enjoy a fun playground. Visit our St. Louis Parks page to find a park near you. And the Steinberg Ice Skating Rink is now open. With open public skating, there are no session times. Just show up, pay one price, and skate as long as you would like!
On Thanksgiving Friday, also known as "Black Friday", holiday shoppers head to their local malls or shopping centers to take advantage of all the holiday door buster bargains. St. Louis has quite a few places to shop. Visit our St. Louis Shopping page for a list of many of them. And for some unique holiday gift ideas, Cahokia Mounds holds their annual Fall Indian Market over the Thanksgiving weekend featuring items such as jewelry, pottery, artwork and more all made by Native American artists.