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A Very Milwaukee Thanksgiving

Plane tickets too expensive. Car not up for the trip. Too much work to do.

Whatever reason you’re not able to make it home for Thanksgiving, Milwaukee has you covered.

Suggestions for A Very Milwaukee Thanksgiving below.

Start your day with a trot

According to Running USA, Thanksgiving in the most popular day to run a race, so jog with the masses this Thursday at Miller Park’s 5th annual Drumstick Dash, the Milwaukee Turkey Trot in Veteran’s Park or Milwaukee’s Great Gobble Wobble in Hales Corners. A cornucopia of Thanksgiving running puns await you.

Eat a buffet with strangers (make new friends!)

Restaurants around Milwaukee will stay open for the holiday and invite you to become a part of their holiday family.

For a more traditional meal (and a Milwaukee classic), swing by Karl Ratzsch’s from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, if you feel like embracing more of the city’s German heritage, give Mader’s a try – they’ve got a brunch and a dinner buffet to choose from.

If you’re looking for a modern take on the holiday meal, check out the Kil@wat at the Intercontinental Hotel. They have a four-course dinner planned with a healthy mix of traditional favorites and adventurous new creations.

Get your Christmas on

Thanksgiving is the official start to the holiday season. So stop closet-listening to the Vince Guaraldi Trio and bring your Christmas spirit out in the open!

Go see Elf the Musical at the Marcus Center, attend the Pfister’s Annual Tree Lighting, watch A Christmas Story six times in a row and silently debate whether buying a leg lamp for your father-in-law is appropriate.

However and wherever you’re celebrating, we can all be thankful to call the Good Land home.