How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Los Angeles


Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for family, success and health. It is a time when families come together, celebrate and feast. The Thanksgiving meal is at the cornerstone of most Thanksgiving celebrations. Families spend hours, sometimes days preparing the day's feast of turkey, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and more. In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving meal with family, there are a variety of ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, from meals at restaurants to celebrating the holiday at a comedy show.

Step 1

Head to the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard for an alternative Thanksgiving dinner. This comedy hot spot sits on the infamous Sunset strip and offers free turkey dinners and live comedy shows for guests. Shows and meals run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and guests are seated every two hours. Call the Laugh Factory as Thanksgiving approaches for pricing on the Thanksgiving comedy show. The Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 90046, (323) 656-1336.

Step 2

Take a trip to the Original Pantry Cafe on Figueroa Street in Los Angeles if you're not a pro in the kitchen. On Thanksgiving day, this restaurant serves up a family-style turkey dinner to customers in a home away from home setting. The Original Pantry Cafe, 877 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90017, (213) 972-9279.

Step 3

Spend your Thanksgiving by helping others. Volunteer at the Los Angeles Mission and serve Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of homeless men, women and children. The mission sits in the midst of Skid Row and is a haven for the thousands of Los Angeles natives who normally might not eat a special meal on Thanksgiving day. See Resources. Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. 5th St., Los Angeles 90013, (213) 629-1227.

Step 4

Take the family or friends to Disneyland for a fun-filled Thanksgiving. Disneyland offers a Thanksgiving Family Feast and serves up roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, salads, a dessert buffet and a variety of traditional Thanksgiving food treats. Disney characters roam throughout the Grand Ballroom, greet guests and sign autographs. In addition to the Grand Ballroom, restaurants throughout the amusement park serve up Thanksgiving fare and make guests feel at home away from home. For animal lovers, there is a turkey on display in Bear Country that was spared at a White House Dinner and sent to live at Disneyland. Disneyland, 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 92802, (714) 781-4000.

Who Can Help

  • Los Angeles Mission: Volunteer Opportunities
  • Disneyland
  • The Laugh Factory
  • The Original Pantry Cafe
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