Holiday Guide: The Quintessential Thanksgiving in Indiana

The holiday season means many different things to many people. Whether it’s a mad day of Black Friday shopping, sightseeing in museums, or just quiet time (or not so quiet as we’re watching sporting events) spent with family and friends. Indiana offers a wide array of activities, and here’s how to make the most of your Thanksgiving. 

1. The Slippery Noodle Inn, Indianapolis, IN

For a little twist on your holiday weekend, check out the Slippery Noodle Inn. Founded in 1850, it is Indiana’s oldest bar. Come hang out, jam a little to some blues, and enjoy the atmosphere. No cover charge. Must be 21 years of age with valid ID and their website states if 27 or younger, at least two picture IDs required so be sure to have proper identification. You don’t want to miss the fun!

T-Bone Willy shut it down.

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2. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Arts, Indianapolis, IN

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Arts located in downtown Indianapolis offers an opportunity to explore. The museum’s mission is “to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and indigenous peoples of North America.” The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day but come out on Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to enjoy the art and culture on display.

3. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Indianapolis, IN

For those not planning to cook Thanksgiving dinner, indulge in an upscale dining experience. Cooper Hawk Winery & Restaurant located in downtown Indianapolis is serving a Thanksgiving dinner starring a mouthwatering slow-roasted turkey with pan gravy and traditional sides. Top your meal off with spiced pumpkin cheesecake. This meal will become a part of your family tradition. Call ahead or reserve your table online! 

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4. Moore’s Pie Shop, Kokomo, IN

Moore’s Pie Shop’s homemade pies have been a long-time favorite, not just for holidays but year-round. With such unique flavors from gooseberry to the traditional pumpkin pie, you’ll be certain to make Moore’s pies part of your holiday and everyday table. If you’re not a pie aficionado, check out their selections of custom cakes and cupcakes. Brides to be might consider Moore’s as a contender in their wedding celebration. 

5. Valparaiso Turkey Trot, Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso Turkey Trot has been a holiday tradition in Valparaiso since 2003. People from Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois participate in this event. This event is sponsored by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation with proceeds going to mental health and wellness programs. The race consists of a 10K and 5K walk/run. 

6. Indiana University-Bloomington vs. Purdue University football

Like a little football over the holiday weekend? Who doesn’t? The game will be held in West Lafayette but will be aired on ESPN2, so tune in! Whether you’re a Hoosier or a Boilermaker, be sure to check out the game and watch as two Indiana powerhouses face off. 

7. Applewood Farms, Highland, IN

If you’re looking for a fresh turkey instead of buying a frozen one at your local grocer, check out Applewood Farms. It has been a family business for over 50 years. Turkeys are fed gourmet feed and are federally inspected. Pickup or delivery is available with options for delivery coast to coast. 

8. Kokomo Rescue Mission, Kokomo, IN

Kokomo Rescue Mission holds its annual Thanksgiving Day Banquet at Grace United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Many families have started a family tradition of volunteering to serve Thanksgiving dinner to those less fortunate. The mission has been in operation in Kokomo since 1953. 

9. Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, Michigan City, IN

For a little something special and out of the way, visit Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets where you will be able to find the perfect gift for your loved ones (or yourself!). Coach, American Eagle, Book Warehouse, and Brooks Brothers are just a few retailers in this outlet mall located near beautiful Lake Michigan. Come check out the Black Friday deals!

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