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Gobble, Gobble. How-To Guide: Thanksgiving in San Antonio

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It is now THAT time to be Merry and Bright! When you get to spend extra quality moments with the people you care about. When you do a good deed and it feels extra special. It’s that time again. UNATION San Antonio has got you covered with THE ultimate How-To Guide: Thanksgiving in San Antonio.

In case YOU are:

  • Unsure about your BIG day plans?
  • Looking for ways to give back?
  • Not sure who’s baking the pies?
  • Needing to take a day off from cooking?

Keep reading and you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.

Reminder: Due to COVID-19, we understand there’s not much going on in our city. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of Stuff to Do in San Antonio that can be done while social distancing. Be sure to double-check for any updates before making plans to head out.

How-To Guide: Thanksgiving In San Antonio

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Giving Back

The City of San Antonio is making it a fun Summer when you give back during the Holiday Season. All you have to do is bring in 2 non-perishable food items and you get a FREE swimming entry for the summertime. The best part? You will have all of November to stop by and donate. You’ll help those in need and get a sweet bonus out of it!

Happening: Now – 11/30

Volunteering on Thanksgiving Day

Unsure about your Thanksgiving Day plans and need something to do? Looking for an escape from all that extra family time? How about donating your time and making someone else’s day a bit brighter? You can do that by joining the SA Lights Thanksgiving Day Homeless Drive or Operation Turkey San Antonio. Not enough time to spare? No worries! Sign up for a small shift, do your part, feel good, and enjoy the rest of your well-deserved day.

SA Lights Thanksgiving Day Homeless Drive

Event Details
🗓 Nov 25 | 12:00pm–2:00pm
📍 N Frio St & Haven for Hope Way

Operation Turkey San Antonio 2021

Event Details
🗓 Nov 25 | 8:00am–10:00am *Times Subject to Change
📍Sumo San Antonio

Catering Your Thanksgiving


Which one are you? Do you wake up and eat a light breakfast as you anticipate the turkey? Or do you not eat until the Thanksgiving meal is ready to be served? 

Personally, I can’t hold off and I enjoy a good breakfast or light snack along the way. Charcuterie boards are all the rave and these won’t disappoint. Please, think about a breakfast charcuterie spread before Thanksgiving lunch? It’s a must now!

Graze Haus

Main Course Catering

Is this your first holiday cooking on your own? Maybe you’re hosting a huge party and need an extra hand in the kitchen? not in the mood to cook because you want to enjoy football? How about catering at one of these yummy spots?

Aldaco’s Stone Oak

📍20079 Stone Oak Pkwy

Other Main Course Catering Options:

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

Central Market


You’ve got to save the best for last. It’s a must! Pie might be the best thing about a Thanksgiving meal because it ties it all together. In case you don’t have time to bake a homemade pie, you can always order a homemade one. If you want to pass it off as one of your own, we won’t tell. Promise!

Extra Fine

K. S. Pastry House

Jim’s Restaurants

Where can I enjoy Thanksgiving lunch?

Giving yourself a break from cooking and taking the day off? Don’t feel like cooking because it’ll be too much for your small group? How about going out to lunch and letting someone else take care of the cooking AND cleaning? Check out one of these amazing local restaurants.

Where can I shop LOCAL for the Holidays?

Shopping is our cardio and we’re ready to get our steps in this Holiday Season. We’re going to start shopping pre-Thanksgiving to get cute decorations. We’ll ease our way into Black Friday and hope for the best, throughout the season. Plus, shopping locally is a great way to support the local economy. Enjoy these events happening before AND after Thanksgiving.

Bonus Tip: Check out our Support Small Businesses in San Antonio blog for MORE gift-giving ideas!

Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping Event

After Thanksgiving Shopping Events

San Antonio Holiday Market Extravaganza

Event Details
🗓 Nov 26 | 10:00am–7:00pm
📍 Rolling Oaks Mall

Small Business Saturday Market

Event Details
🗓 Nov 27 | 11:00am–5:00pm
📍 Dollface Den

Celebrate Hello Tallulah’s 4 Years!

Event Details
🗓 Nov 28 | 1:00pm–5:00pm
📍 Hello Tallulah

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Before You Go...

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We know not everyone is ready to be out and about just yet, and we encourage you to do what is best for yourself and your family during this time.  

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Samantha Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!