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Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Your guide to Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, from the best dinners (turkeys, pies, wine!) to volunteering opportunities

Photograph: Courtesy the Peninsula Beverly Hills

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles can be tough like an overcooked turkey—especially if you're without plans. If you're staying in LA, gather other stranded friends and make a reservation for Thanksgiving dinner—we found traditional, haute cuisine and vegan options too. If you're scrambling to plan a dinner, let LA's best restaurants do most of the legwork: we found the best pies, take-out turkeys and side dishes to take some of the stress out. Of course, you can always hole up in a cocktail bar and pay thanks to one of your favorite bartenders. After dinner, settle on the couch with one of our Thanksgiving movie recommendations, plan out your Black Friday strategy or just dream of the next day's leftovers.

When is Thanksgiving 2016?

Good question, thanks for asking. Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Thanksgiving dinner plans

The best restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner
Restaurants

The best restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

This year, celebrate Thanksgiving without the hassle of DIY cooking and cleaning by dining at one of these Thanksgiving restaurants for brunch, lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you're tired of basting a turkey or can't decide which side dishes to make, leave it up to some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. You'll have plenty of options, from haute Thanksgiving to vegan and vegetarian meals, buffets and traditional just-like-home feasts. RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

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Your Thanksgiving turkey take-out guide
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Your Thanksgiving turkey take-out guide

From whole heritage and vegan centerpieces to the tastiest picks for dark-meat lovers and DIY-ers, here are the best take-out turkeys for Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

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Where to find the best pumpkin pie this season
Restaurants

Where to find the best pumpkin pie this season

Pumpkin pie may be a love-it-or-hate-it dessert, but few can contest the fact that is has a rightful place at the holiday dinner table.

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Best wine stores in LA: The best shops for red, white and bubbly
Shopping

Best wine stores in LA: The best shops for red, white and bubbly

The best wine stores in Los Angeles, from the Westside to the Eastside. Here are our picks for shops that stock the best red, white and bubbly (and craft beer).

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The best butcher shops in Los Angeles
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The best butcher shops in Los Angeles

Who says you can't have lamb or steak on Thanksgiving? (These places can hook you up with turkey too.)

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The best pumpkin desserts to try this fall
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The best pumpkin desserts to try this fall

Indulge in the best pumpkin desserts in town for your seasonal pumpkin fix.

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Things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend events
Things to do

Thanksgiving weekend events

Stuff your holiday weekend with these Thanksgiving activities in Los Angeles, from comedy shows and holiday shopping to charity events and ice skating

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What's open on Thanksgiving day in Los Angeles
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What's open on Thanksgiving day in Los Angeles

If you're sticking around for the holiday, it helps to know what's open on Thanksgiving day.

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Volunteer for Thanksgiving
Things to do

Volunteer for Thanksgiving

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Check out our list of holiday volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles.

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The best local charities to donate to in LA
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The best local charities to donate to in LA

Spread the wealth during the holiday season or year-round, with these 10 fantastic local organizations 

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Best Thanksgiving movies
Movies

Best Thanksgiving movies

Save room for our list of cinematic sides, the most excellent Thanksgiving movies to finish off your feast.

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Best places to go ice skating in LA
Things to do

Best places to go ice skating in LA

Celebrate the season by going ice skating in Los Angeles—from Downtown to Santa Monica these skating rinks help bring on the holiday cheer.

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What we're thankful for this Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

33 things Angelenos are thankful for
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33 things Angelenos are thankful for

We're thankful to live in this city 365 days each year, but just a little moreso around Thanksgiving.

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What are you thankful for that you can't admit at the dinner table?
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What are you thankful for that you can't admit at the dinner table?

There are some things Angelenos are thankful for that they wouldn't dare say out loud in front of family, friends and strangers, lest Grandma's face turn the color of the cranberry sauce. So we asked, and here's what you said.

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More things to do for Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

84 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike
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84 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike

Discover ways to fall in love with the city all over again in our extensive list of Los Angeles attractions.

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20 great things to do in Los Angeles for tourists
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20 great things to do in Los Angeles for tourists

There are so many things to do and see, like the ones listed below, to get the most from your LA getaway.

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101 things to do in Los Angeles
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101 things to do in Los Angeles

Looking for things to do in Los Angeles? We've got you covered with tons of options—101, to be exact.

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The best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles
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The best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, isn't that reason enough to get serious about weekend brunch?

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15 reasons why being single during the holidays is the worst
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15 reasons why being single during the holidays is the worst

The downsides of being single are too real during the holidays.

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More than 2 million people are expected to pass through LAX this Thanksgiving
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More than 2 million people are expected to pass through LAX this Thanksgiving

A recent release from Mayor Garcetti's office is projecting a record 2.1 million travelers to pass through the airport during the 11-day travel period.

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Carmen P
Carmen P

This Carmen Penalora I would like to help out on the event