Making Thanksgiving Traditions in Connecticut Last Updated 11/18

Photo: Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield

Thanksgiving is about coming together with family or friends. And in Connecticut, we’ve got all kinds of ways to make the holiday even more special, from farm-raised foods to community events, to honoring Native American traditions. Here are a few ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving in Connecticut.

Farm to Your Table

Making the Thanksgiving meal for two or twenty?  Start with local ingredients from one of these great Connecticut farms, including turkeys (be sure to order ahead). Find a farm near you on this list of Connecticut farms and farm stands.

Serving wine? Find perfect pairings along the Connecticut Wine Trail

A Little Less Traditional

These places put a spin on the traditional holiday meal.

  • Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford and Windsor offers take-out options, including whole smoked turkeys, smoked glazed hams, brisket and baby back ribs.
  • Madison Beach Hotel in Madison offers a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Millwright's Restaurant in Simsbury is offering a three course prix fixe dinner with a family-style dessert plate.

Authentic Native American Thanksgiving

For a memorable experience that’s a little earlier in November, The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center hosts a very special Native Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Reservations are required.

Work off the Calories

From running a race to getting in an early visit to Santa, here are some other ways you and your family and friends can have a memorable Thanksgiving in Connecticut.