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What’s open on Thanksgiving day in Los Angeles

Check out our list of what’s open on Thanksgiving Day, including gardens and drive-thru events at L.A. attractions and theme parks

Written by
Kate Wertheimer
Time Out contributors
Michael Juliano

If you’re sticking around for the holiday (which you should be this year), it helps to know what’s open on Thanksgiving day. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend the day solo or just need a little fresh air with your family, there are a surprising amount of options available to fill your day—even this year. In addition to the drive-thru Christmas lights that kick off around Thanksgiving, you’ll find socially-distant, outdoor activities at amusement parks and some L.A. attractions. The list below offers a variety of options—kid-friendly, daytime and night, near and far—to either help celebrate Thanksgiving or feel miles away from it all.

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What’s open on Thanksgiving day in L.A.

  • Museums
  • Science and technology
  • Griffith Park
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Okay, so the Griffith Observatory is technically closed on Thanksgiving Day (and has been temporarily closed since the spring), but our favorite part about the park landmark taking in the views, which you’ll still be able to do. The star attraction here has always been the building itself and the view it affords of the cityscape, the hills of Griffith Park and the famed Hollywood sign. Famous for its appearances in movies both acclaimed (Rebel Without a Cause, La La Land) and disdained (Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace), this longtime Los Angeles icon is one of the city’s must-see attractions, and a perfect place to watch the sun set over another Thanksgiving.

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  • Los Angeles
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The coasters are still closed, but Six Flags has converted the entirety of its Valencia theme park into a drive-thru light-up experience—and it’s open on Thanksgiving. This year’s edition of the annual after-hours event Holiday in the Park will allow guests to drive their cars along the park’s pathways and past illuminated displays. Expect dancing lights set to holiday tunes, 30-foot-tall ornaments, fake snow, appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a car show from West Coast Customs.

Eat out in L.A. this Thanksgiving

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

While there’s nothing wrong with celebrating Thanksgiving with a killer, traditional pie, there’s something to be said for showing up to holiday gatherings with a dessert that’s so unique, your dish is bound to be the star of the dessert table—and talked about for Thanksgivings to come. (Take that, secret recipes your aunt will never share with you because you're from that side of the family.) Here are just a few of our picks—dessert or otherwise—that’ll help you live your turkey day to the fullest, in more ways than one. Ube Pili Nut Pie from Isa Fabro Sure, you could complete your meal with a traditional sweet potato pie, but Isa Fabro—operating out of Chinatown incubator Unit 120—proposes a colorful, Filipino-inspired alternative. The pastry chef is bringing back her ube pili nut pie, which stars a creamy, deep-purple center of ube custard that gets topped by sea salt and toffee made with buttery pili nuts. Fabro is taking pre-orders until 5pm on November 19, to be picked up from 9am to 5pm on November 22. Act fast because pies are limited, handmade and will disappear after the holiday. Well, at least until Christmas. ($40 each, includes a reusable 9-and-a-half-inch glass Pyrex pie dish. Email to reserve yours.) A post shared by tastemaker 🏴 (@isafabro) on Nov 8, 2017 at 7:22am PST Mulled Wine Danish at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse Cozy up during the holidays

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