It’s hard to believe it, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner! If you’re coming into town for a fall beach getaway, Daytona Beach offers many fun and festive events surrounding the holiday. Here’s everything you need to know while planning your Thanksgiving in Daytona Beach.
WHAT TO DO
DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts
If you’re in town during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, hit the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts on November 17 and 18. This free, two-day event will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will take over the majority of Woodland Boulevard in historic Downtown DeLand. Come soak in the bright colors of fall as you peruse displays of fine art presented by over 180 juried artists. Selections include paintings, glass, sculptures, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics and more!
New Smyrna Beach Turkey Day 5K
Kick-start your Thanksgiving with a morning 5K run along New Smyrna Beach! Get your workout in before the big feast with this fun 5K run, and you’ll be ready to relax and eat pie the rest of the afternoon! It’s a family-friendly event set in a low-stress environment that welcomes walkers and runners of all skill levels to participate. Plus, the proceeds go toward various local charities — a perfect fit for the giving spirit of Thanksgiving. Get more details and register online today!
Daytona Turkey Run
The 45th annual Daytona Turkey Run is back for another year of classic cars, hard-to-find accessories, handmade gifts and family fun. This favorite Daytona Beach tradition will take place November 22-25 this year. As the largest combined collector car show and swap meet in the United States, there will be more than 5,000 classic cars on display, plus collector parts, unique gifts and a crafts bazaar. The event takes place on the infield of the iconic Daytona International Speedway from Thursday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, and there’s something for all ages to enjoy. From looking at all the classic cars to finding the perfect Christmas gift, you won’t want to miss out!
Find Steals and Deals
If you’re looking for an excuse to stretch your legs after your afternoon of marathon eating, head over to Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach to shop the Moonlight Madness event. It’s one of Tanger’s biggest sales of the year, and it all starts at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. If you’re not quite into shopping on the holiday, you can still partake in the sale throughout the weekend. Following that, you can support locally owned businesses for Shop Small Saturday, which will occur all along the Riverfront Shops and at Frame of Mind in Ormond Beach.
For a song-and-dance spectacle you won’t soon forget, head to the Peabody Auditorium for the touring production of Jersey Boys, the musical! This award-winning show tells the story of four blue-collar kids who grew up to be The Four Seasons — one of the most iconic pop success stories of all time. This show is geared toward audience members ages 12 and up, and it’s sure to get a few songs stuck in your head for the remainder of your vacation!
WHERE TO STAY
Whether you are getting away for a quiet beach weekend for two or holding a reunion with your extended family, Daytona Beach has accommodation options for Thanksgiving crews of all shapes and sizes.
For an unforgettable holiday, consider an oceanfront hotel like the brand-new Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, or the Caribbean-themed Bahama House. You’ll wake up to ocean breezes and the sound of waves crashing just beyond your doorstep.
Or, if you opt to stay closer to the speedway, there are several options available there, too. The new Fairfield Inn & Suites Daytona Beach offers close proximity to all the attractions at ONE DAYTONA and Daytona International Speedway.
The Daytona Beach region features a number of condo hotels, which are handy if you think you’ll do some eating in. And, many area hotels offer seasonal specials to help you get exceptional Thanksgiving accommodations for the best price.
WHERE TO EAT
If you don’t feel like doing dishes on Thanksgiving — and let’s be honest, who ever wants to do dishes? — there are a number of local restaurants that are happy to provide a warm meal and friendly atmosphere. Try the Chart House for a delightful and fresh meal overlooking the Halifax River. Or, look to LuLu’s Oceanside Grill for a tasty Thanksgiving meal with a side of ocean breeze — this beachfront restaurant is a favorite of Ormond Beach residents.
Choose sunny skies and beach breezes this Thanksgiving — start planning your trip today!