Every family has its own Thanksgiving traditions. Some prepare a large Thanksgiving dinner at home, some dine out and others skip the big feast altogether and volunteer instead. For other families, Thanksgiving is all about shopping and navigating Black Friday deals. In Ottawa, IL, you can find fantastic restaurant buffets, volunteer opportunities, retail shops and holiday events to fit your family’s traditions and make this Thanksgiving weekend one to remember.
Dine Out for Thanksgiving Dinner
A number of restaurants around Ottawa will be open on Thanksgiving if your family wishes to dine out. For a full traditional Thanksgiving meal and more, try one of these delicious Turkey Day buffets:
Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings and be grateful. It’s also a time to remember people who haven’t been as fortunate. Volunteering to serve free meals at a local homeless shelter or church is a great way for your family to spend time together and help those in need so they can have a safe and wonderful holiday.
For some families, Black Friday shopping is as much of a tradition as Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re looking for a break from the crowds at big retailers, downtown Ottawa has a great selection of small businesses and specialty shops to experience. The shops along LaSalle Street are the perfect place to start your hunt for deals.
Get in the Christmas Spirit
Once Thanksgiving is over, you can officially get ready for Christmas. The Ottawa community jumps right into Christmas mode by hosting a number of holiday events Thanksgiving weekend.
For the perfect place to stay during your Thanksgiving visit to Ottawa, check out the vacation rentals at Heritage Harbor. Make your reservation soon, though. Thanksgiving weekend will be here before you know it.