HomeA Complete Guide To Celebrating Gulf Shores HolidaysCelebrating Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have. For most, it’s tradition to gather for a hearty meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin or pecan pie. Why not start a new tradition this year, and spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores? Bring all of your family and friends and share a relaxing holiday meal by the beach. Once you visit, you’ll want to return year after year! 

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Harris Property

You could stay in your lovely beachfront rental and cook your holiday feast. Our rental homes feature full kitchens with plenty of space to create a memorable meal with Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. But you’ve made it to the beautiful beach for the holiday, why spend it in the kitchen? An easier option is to stay in but order out. Several restaurants (and grocery stores) will have piping hot Thanksgiving dinners ready for pickup. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you reserve that perfect meal. Remember: It’s a holiday and we’re here to help you enjoy it!

Let Someone Else Do the Cooking!

If you feel like getting out, many local restaurants will be open for Gulf Shores Thanksgiving brunch. The Voyagers and Grand Ballroom at the Perdido Beach Resort will be serving their annual Thanksgiving Buffets. Give them a call or visit their website for menus, times and pricing. For a more casual meal, head to one of the local beachfront restaurants. Lounge on the beach or start a game of beach volleyball, then head inside for lunch. The Hangout will be serving its traditional holiday meal, while the Flora-Bama goes a slightly less traditional route with their annual potluck. Guests bring a side dish or desert while the Flora-Bama does the turkey and ham. Either way, it’s a great way to meet new friends, and be thankful for the ones you already have.

Things to Do in Gulf Shores in November

From holiday festivals to exciting activities and attractions, there are so many fun things to do in Gulf Shores this time of year. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!

1. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting 

Would you like to get a head start on the Christmas holidays? Don’t miss the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Held annually at the end of November, the event includes festive music, cookie decorating, hot chocolate and the lighting of the tree. You may even spot Santa! 

2. Black Friday Shopping

Are you looking to do some last-minute Christmas shopping? There are fabulous shopping opportunities throughout Gulf Shores. Hit all of the doorbusters and Black Friday specials at Sanroc Cay, Pelican Place, or The Wharf in Orange Beach. Select unique coastal treasures for loved ones back home, and score some amazing deals while you’re at it!

3. Play on the Beach

Of course, Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores is really about being thankful for all we have. Why not take the family on a walk along the beach to work off that gravy and pie? With uncrowded shorelines, you’ll feel as if you have the entire beach to yourself! Spend time bonding with family over a game of sand football, volleyball, or spikeball. 

4. Reconnect With Nature

 Or, drive over to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. With miles of trails winding through undisturbed coastal barrier habitats, it’s easy to commune with nature while you’re on the lookout for alligators, nesting turtles, herons and more. Enjoy some quality family time and quiet contemplation while taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Book Your Stay With Harris Vacation Rentals

At Harris Vacation Rentals, we’re here to help you have the best holiday possible. We offer an extensive selection of vacation rentals in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, and Orange Beach. From spacious luxury homes to intimate condos on the beach, we are sure to have the ideal property for your unforgettable Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. 

With room to comfortably accommodate 12 guests, Lemon Drop would be a wonderful choice for a larger family. Relax on either of the screened-in porches,  gather in the spacious dining room, or walk to the beach. Another great choice is Blue Lagoon. This 4 bedroom/ 3 bathroom duplex can accommodate 14 guests and is just minutes away from all the best attractions. Contact us to start planning your Gulf Shores getaway today! We can’t wait to welcome you. 

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