Things to Do in Dallas, Texas for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving in Dallas
can be enjoyable as there are a number of things to do for singles, families and couples. For those who want to flee the cold temperatures of the Northeast or Midwest, Dallas provides a relief with an average high of 66 F and an average low of 47 F in November. It is also a great place to experience authentic southern cowboy culture. Here are a few choices of things to do in Dallas during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving Chapel at the Thanksgiving Square
Thanksgiving Square (TGS) is a faith-related nonprofit organization that promotes the spirit of gratitude and interfaith understanding. There is a special program of events that takes places during Thanksgiving season, from the Thursday before Thanksgiving to the Saturday after Thanksgiving and could include a Thanksgiving dinner. Check the TGS website for updates on the specific programs for any given year. There are also scheduled tours at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays that requires a two-week advance reservation. You can also arrange a private tour. You can also visit the square for free without a tour, but there is a $2 suggested donation to the chapel. See the Resources section for a link.
TGS is home to the Chapel of Thanksgiving, which has a curving shell exterior made from white marble, where interfaith Thanksgiving services are held as well as other religious services for different faiths throughout the year (interior pictured above). Other attractions include the Meditation Garden, the Glory Window, Ring of Thanks and Circle of Giving as well as Hall of Thanksgiving and the exhibit area.
For football lovers who will like to see some live action while in Dallas for Thanksgiving, in 2009, the Dallas Cowboys will be hosting the Oakland Raiders at the new Cowboys Stadium as one of three NFL games taking on place on Thanksgiving. The game kicks off at 3:15 p.m. local time. Check the NFL and Cowboys websites for updates and ticket information. The new Cowboys Stadium has a capacity of 80,000 and 3 million square feet. It is located in Arlington, Texas, which is about a half-hour drive from Dallas.
Thanskgiving Dinner (or Brunch)
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner
One of the good things about being away for Thanksgiving is that you can let someone else do the cooking. There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to your Thanksgiving meal while in Dallas. The Dragon Fly, located in Hotel Zaza, hosts a four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On a lower price range is Maguire's Regional Cuisine, which is also open for Thanksgiving dinner. Mercury Grill serves a special Thanksgiving buffet and The Fairmont serves a Thanksgiving Brunch in its Venetian room. For more dining options in Dallas see a link in the Resources section below.
Faith O has covered politics and general news in Washington DC, Chicago and Maryland. Her writing has appeared in the Associated Press, Prince George's Sentinel, Northwest Indiana Times, Chicago Defender and Daily Southtown, among others. She has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School and a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College in Amherst.
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