Looking for something to do Thanksgiving day or week in Ithaca? 

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, with festivities lasting all week! It is now more important than ever to support our local businesses. Need to grocery shop? Head to a farmers' market. Holiday shopping? Browse our shops on the Downtown Ithaca Commons. It doesn't have to be a special Saturday for you to Shop Small. Prioritize small businesses, and support local. 


Shop Small Weekend

In a community that flourishes with its skilled artisans, passionate makers, creative producers, and small business owners, the community must support them back. Whether you’re shopping for a holiday gift, looking to treat yourself, or just looking to window shop, head to one of our many locally focused areas. Browse the open-air pedestrian mall of the Downtown Ithaca Commons. Walk along cozy Main Street in the Village of Trumansburg. Spend some time at the Ithaca Farmers Market, exploring the numerous artisan booths. You can find unique and quality items in Ithaca.

Restaurant Hours for Thanksgiving Day

Hotel Ithaca

Enjoy the convenience of dining out for Thanksgiving. The Hotel Ithaca Thanksgiving Grand Buffet is back, 11:30 am-6 pm in the Grand Ballroom. There’s a carving station with roast turkey, steamship round of beef, roast salmon, and roast pork loin, plus maple roasted carrots and parsnips, chestnut stuffing, roasted sweet potato wedges, and more, as well as soups and salads. Reservations are required at 607-272-1000, and the buffet costs $34.95 per adult and $14.95 per kid 12 and under, not including beverages, tax, or gratuity. Kids under 5 eat free.

The Antlers

The Antlers will open at noon and their last seating is at 8 pm, with their full menu plus a Thanksgiving platter with turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, fresh seasonal vegetables, and cranberry sauce.

Downtown Visitor Center Open

The Downtown Visitor Center in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture will be open Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Thursday 11/24 and Friday 11/25). Stop in for Ithaca is Gorges merchandise or to say hello and ask our team for recommendations.

Holiday Events in Ithaca and looking into December 

Begin a new tradition in Ithaca this season. Along with winter markets, you’ll find live performances to make the holiday season feel special. See the Ithaca Events calendar online for a full list of what’s happening.

  • Live Theatre at the Kitchen Theatre
  • Concerts and performances at the State Theatre of Ithaca

Holiday cheer continues through the winter. Check out these December festivities:

  • Ice & Lights in Downtown Ithaca, December 2-10
  • Gallery Night Ithaca, December 2
  • 12th Annual Chowder Cook-Off Festival, December 3
  • 25th Trumansburg Winterfest, December 3
  • 2022 Holiday Shopping Spree Weekend at Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, December 3-4
  • Ithaca Ballet presents The Nutcracker at The State Theatre of Ithaca, December 18
  • Winter Solstice in the Garden at Cornell Botanic Gardens, December 21

...with more coming!