Holiday Guide: The Quintessential Thanksgiving in Wisconsin

With an abundance of delicious turkey, pies hand-crafted with love, and the joy of being surrounded by your friends and family, Wisconsin celebrates Thanksgiving right. To make the most of this holiday, plan a reunion with old friends the night before the holiday, volunteer to help those less fortunate, or work off that turkey by running a marathon. Here’s how to have the quintessential Thanksgiving in Wisconsin. 

1. Hitchin’ Post, Wilton, WI

It’s no secret that the night before Thanksgiving is popular among the bar scene. Each town has their own establishment of choice. If you are looking for something a little different this year, come celebrate November 22 at the Hitchin’ Post as they put on their annual “Night Before Thanksgiving Bash.” Stop by for great food, drinks, and music.

2. Stockholm Pie and General Store, Stockholm, WI

Everybody loves the homemade pies from Stockholm Pie and General Store. USA Today raves that Stockholm Pie is one of “18 Legendary Pie Shops in America.” Thanksgiving Pies include: Pumpkin, pecan, triple berry, double lemon, apple, cherry, and triple chocolate pecan. Hurry and get your order in because these pies go fast.

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3. JRS Country Acres, Lake Mills, WI

JRS specializes in pastured turkeys that are the perfect nutritious addition to your Thanksgiving meal. No matter how many mouths you are trying to feed this holiday, choose a turkey from 12-25 pounds. Their brand can we bought at many local Wisconsin grocery stores.

4. Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade, Jacksonport, WI

Located in downtown Jacksonport on Highway 57 is the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and will run until about 11:00 a.m. This family fun event has helped raise funds for families and individuals in the community. Join in on the Thanksgiving fun by participating this year. 

5. Johnson Creek Outlets, Johnson Creek, WI

Outlets malls are the perfect way to save some money while shopping for everyone on your Christmas list. Furthermore, stepping out on Black Friday at the Johnson Creek Outlet malls allows for even more savings. Specialty hours for the outlet mall open on Thanksgiving Day and run into Black Friday. Shop all the name brands this Thanksgiving to save for Christmas. 

6. University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s basketball

Watch your University of Wisconsin women’s baseball team duke it out against Syracuse Thanksgiving morning. Purchase tickets for the whole family to visit the Kohl Center. Otherwise turn on your TV to support your Badger women’s basketball team in their non-conference game versus Syracuse! 

7. Oneida Nation Museum, Oneida, WI

Experience hands-on the Oneida history with their interactive museum. You and your family can view original artwork and walk through nature trails. Take some trinkets back from your educational day by stopping at the contemporary gift shop. Get the original Thanksgiving experience by visiting a Native American museum.

8. Madison Turkey Trot, Madison, WI

The Madison Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk held in downtown Madison. Run for a cause this years as the Madison Turkey Trot supports the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County (UCP.) Dress up in your best turkey trot outfit and hit the streets of Madison. You’ll receive a warm cinnamon roll and a medal upon completion of the race. 

9. Christ the Rock, Menasha, WI

All are welcome to participate in the Thanksgiving Meal this year held at Monarch Gardens. Over 3,000 meals have been produced and delivered with the help of volunteers from all over the state. Join in on the giving by bringing in food donations, financial donations, or by serving guests/delivering meals today. 


10. Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI

Stop by this Thanksgiving for the annual Osthoff Resort Thanksgiving Brunch.  Enjoy live music and a tasty food selection from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Salad, hand carved turkey, pork, pasta, salmon, and more! Don’t forget to order pumpkin tartlets for dessert. Let Osthoff do the cooking this Thanksgiving. 

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