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Thanksgiving 2023 in the Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area

Updated: Nov 21, 2023


Looking for the perfect Thanksgiving plans in the Lakes Area? How about a home-cooked meal or a pre-made Thanksgiving Dinner to go or a Thanksgiving Day Buffet/Dinner? We've compiled a list of Thanksgiving dinners, pre-order options, and other activities in the Lakes Area to help you out! We'll continue adding to our list as we discover more Thanksgiving options. If you know of any dinners, Thanksgiving specials, or buffets, please reach out to us at info@campnisswa.com or submit the details via our event submission page.


Thanksgiving Edition - Weekend Roll Call (All events and activities happening Wednesday to Sunday)

Happy Turkey Day from all of us at Camp Nisswa!

 

Meals / Pre-Orders / Buffets:

Community Thanksgiving by the Brainerd American Legion, VFW, Eagles, and Elks

  • Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023

  • Details: Delivery or Pick Up Only! Please RSVP by 12:00 PM, November 20, 2023

  • Contact: Brainerd Legion (829-2249), Brainerd VFW (829-63-93), Brainerd Elks (829-2643), Brainerd Eagle (829-4216)

  • Donations: Free-will donations gratefully accepted!

  • Link

Madden's Grab & Go Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Order Deadline: Monday, 4:00 PM, November 20, 2023

  • Details: Pre-order your Grab & Go Thanksgiving Dinner. Pick up your freshly prepared meal at Wilson Bay on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23) from 11 AM-2 PM. Orders must be placed by 4 PM on Monday, November 20.

  • Menu: 12-14lb Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Squash, 7 Layer Salad, Cranberries, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Choice of Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • Pickup: Wilson Bay on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23) from 11 AM-2 PM

  • Link

3 Cheers Hospitality Thanksgiving Meal (Heat Up At Home)

  • Order Deadline: Thursday, November 16, 2023

  • Details: Thanksgiving Package Deals - Family of 2, 4, or 6

  • Pickup: Pick up will be at Baia Della in Baxter on Wednesday 22nd from 3:00 pm - 8:00pm. All will be packaged and ready to pick up. Each meal will that reheating instructions.

  • Link

Riverside Supper Club Thanksgiving Buffet in Crosslake, MN

  • Date: Thursday, November 23, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Last seating at 1:30 PM)

  • Details: Thanksgiving Buffet - Soup & Salad Station, Hot Buffet, and Dessert Station. | Menu Link | Reservations Recommended

  • Prices: Adults $35.95 / Children under 12 $15.95 ? Children under 3 Free

  • Phone: 218-692-3848

  • Link

Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes, MN Community Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Date: Thursday, November 23, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Details: All are invited to a homestyle Thanksgiving meal complete with pumpkin pie! There is no cost. Please let friends and neighbors know all are welcome.

  • Link

Gather On 3 at The Woods Thanksgiving Specials To Go

  • Order Deadline: Saturday, November 18th

  • Details: Enjoy our "Ready to Heat & Eat" fully cooked Thanksgiving meal by Chef Matt! Spend your time with those you are thankful for and leave the cooking to us!

  • Includes: Slow Roasted and Sliced Turkey, Smoked Gouda Scalloped Potatoes, Chef's Gravy from Scratch, Local Honey-Brown Sugar Glazed Winter Squash, Cran-Pecan Sage Dressing, Our Famous Butternut Squash Bisque, Classic Pumpkin Pie

  • Pickup Location: Gather On 3 Event Center and Catering at The Woods, 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd MN | Pick Time is required (Wednesday (Nov 22) 5pm-9pm or Thursday (Nov 23) 9am-12pm)

  • Link

Green Lantern Bar and Grill in Brainerd, MN Thanksgiving Buffet

  • Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Details: Let Green Lantern do the cooking this Thanksgiving. Their traditional buffet includes Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, stuffing, cranberries, relish tray, dinner rolls, and homemade pie!

  • Prices: Adults $19.95, Kids under 10 $10.95

  • Note: Buffet served 11 am-3 pm. No reservations.

  • Link

The Local 218 Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Details: Full menu will not be offered but they are offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Dinner is plated and served, with a "second's buffet available. Reservations required at local-218.com | Menu Link

  • Cost: $45 per adult & $15 per child.

  • Link

Pre-Order Thanksgiving Dinner at The Local 218

  • Pickup Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023 | Times: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, or 4:30 PM

  • Deadline: Order must be pre-paid by Tuesday, November 21st, with 15% gratuity included.

  • Details: Pre-order Thanksgiving | To-go containers include all the Thanksgiving essentials, and more! For Orders Call 218-270-3195

  • Cost: $40 per person & $200 for 6 people | Call for pricing if ordering for 6+

  • Link

Gas Can Bar & Grill in Brainerd, MN Thanksgiving Buffet

  • Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Details: Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Cranberries, Summer Salad, Relish Tray and Fruit! They will be having their Bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar for $10 with the purchase of a Buffet meal!

  • Prices: Adults $19.95 | Kids $12.95 | 5 and under eats free with the purchase of an adult meal.

  • Note: No reservations needed.

  • Link

SOLD OUT - Thanksgiving Buffet at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN

  • Date: November 23, 2023, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Details: $39 for Adults, $12 for Children (ages 2-12). Reservations Recommended at 218-963-8756 | Note their website states this has been SOLD OUT

  • Link

Thanksgiving Dinner at Antlers Restaurant | Breezy Point MN

  • Date: November 23, 2023, 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM

  • Details: Turkey dinner special, the full menu will also be available. All entrees will include complimentary festive dessert! Call 218-562-7162 for reservations or make a reservation on their website.

  • Link

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Marina II | Breezy Point MN

  • Date: November 23, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Details: Thanksgiving Buffet - Chef Craved Prime Rib & Chef Carved Turkey - Full Menu

  • Reservations: 218-562-7161

  • Link

A Traditional Cragun’s Thanksgiving Feast

  • Date: November 23, 2023, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Details: Lakeside Dining Room, Adults $39, Kids 5-12 $15, Kids 4 & Under Free. Included for guests staying in Lodge Room.

  • Link

Thanksgiving at the Quarterdeck Resort in Nisswa, MN

  • Date: Thursday, November 23rd, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Details: Bring your family and friends and enjoy a 3-course plated meal for Thanksgiving on Gull Lake. Adults $29 / Kids $15 (12 and under). Reservations required. Enjoy Pastry Chef Amy's Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Praline Cheesecake.

  • Link

Free Thanksgiving Meal provided by Jr's No. 19 BBQ Co. | Brainerd, MN

  • Date: Thursday, November 23 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (or until served out)

  • Details: They will be providing a free Thanksgiving meal to the community from 12pm-3pm or served out. It is drive through only and first come, first served.

  • Link

Freewill Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ben Krueger Legion Post 49 | Pequot Lakes, MN

  • Date: Thursday, November 23 11:00 AM - Until Gone

  • Link

Pre-Order Grandma Bettie Jane's Pies from Schaefer's Foods for Thanksgiving

  • Details: Grandma Bettie Jane’s Pies are made from scratch and baked fresh daily in in their store. A variety of pies are available daily. Orders can be placed in our bakery for your favorite fruit or cream pies. Orders for cream pies require a 24-hour notice. Grandma Bettie Jane’s Pies are also available in the freezer section to take and bake! To order your favorite Grandma Bettie Jane's pie, call our bakery at 218-963-2265

  • Link

Pre-Order Crabby Dales BBQ (Thanksgiving Menu) | Brainerd, MN

  • Deadline: November 17, 2023

  • Phone: 218-537-1667

  • Link

SOLD OUT - Pre-Order Thanksgiving Day Pies (The Barn) | Brainerd, MN

  • Details: Last day to order is Sunday November 19th! Call or stop by to order (218-829-9297)

  • Link

Pre-Order Sunshine's Summerhouse Smoked Dinners | Lake Shore, MN

  • Details: All Thanksgiving Dinners are smoked & chilled for pick-up on Wednesday, November 22nd.

  • Menu: Fresh Smoked Turkey ready for your Thanksgiving Dinner. Turkey Dinner includes: Whole Smoked Turkey, Caesar Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Corn, & Bread Pudding | Smoked Turkey is approximately 12 lbs before smoking. | Serves 8-10 | Turkey dinner will be chilled and instructions for heating included. | Order for pick up ONLY WEDNESDAY, NOV 22rd 2p-9p Cost: $74.99 - $134.99 | Thanksgiving Brisket Dinner Fresh USDA Prime Smoked Beef Brisket ready for your Christmas Dinner. Brisket Dinner includes: Whole Smoked Brisket, Caesar Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Corn, & Bread Pudding Whole Beef Brisket is approximately 6 lbs after smoking. | Serves 8-10 | Brisket dinner will be chilled and instructions for heating included. Order for pick up ONLY WEDNESDAY, NOV 22nd 2p-9p Cost: $139.99 - $199.99

  • Link

Knotty Pine Bakery Pre-Order Menu | Brainerd, MN

  • Deadline: Last day to order is Friday November 17, 2023

  • Items: Bourbon Pecan Pie, Cranberry Apple Pear Lattice Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake (Gluten Free Friendly!), and decorated sugar cookies.

  • Ordering: Order online (knottypinebakery.com), call us (218-454-2470), or stop in to the shop to order in-person.

 


Highlighted Events:


Brainerd Turkey Run | Brainerd, MN

  • Date: Morning of November 23, 2023

  • Details: 14th Annual Brainerd Turkey Run on Thanksgiving Day morning! 5k run / 1 mile walk. All proceeds benefit the Shriners Children's Twin Cities.

  • Link

Turkey Bowling at Green Lantern Bar & Grill | Brainerd, MN

  • Date: November 23, 2023 | Staring at 7:00 PM

  • Details: Yes, they use real pins, a frozen turkey and there will be plenty of laughing!

  • Link

Nisswa City Of Lights | Nisswa, MN

  • Date: November 24, 2023

  • Details: Each year, Nisswa warmly welcomes the festive spirit with the entire town adorned in Holiday Lights! This yearly celebration kicks off in the afternoon on Friday, November 24th, offering horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer for memorable photo moments, Christmas storytelling for children, a town bonfire, and delightful Christmas carolers. Don't miss the chance to meet Santa at the event! The evening fireworks are a perennial crowd-pleaser. This is an ideal family affair that will leave lasting memories for all.

  • Link

Vintage Snowmobile Display | Aitkin, MN

  • Date: November 24, 2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Location: Just north of the Stoplights near Block North- Brew Pub

  • Link


Aitkin’s “World Famous” Fish House Parade | Aitkin, MN

  • Date: November 24, 2023 | Parade starts at 1:00 PM Downtown

  • Details: 31st Annual Fish House Parade | The Fish House Parade is a family-friendly event. Link to Schedule

  • Link

Comedy Show & Dinner at Gather On 3 Event Center | Brainerd, MN

  • Date: November 25, 2023 | Door open at 5:00 PM

  • Details: Get ready for a night full of laughter and a delicious 3-course meal! Entertainment by stand up comedian, Mark Poolos with host Max Chapman and opener Randy Ankarlo. Doors/Bar open 5pm | 3 Course Meal by Chef Matt begins 5:30pm | Comedy Show 7pm-9pm

  • Cost: $74.95

  • Link

 

Live Music:


Roundhouse Brewery | Nisswa, MN

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2023 - The Mark Petersen Band from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 - Michael Pink from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 - Tail Gunners from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jack Pine Brewery | Baxter, MN

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 - Jon Theis from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Side Tack | Brainerd, MN

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2023 Lakes Jam Pre-Jam Party | Neal Elder 9:00 PM

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 - Andy Austin from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023 - Haydn from 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Quarterdeck | Nisswa, MN

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 - Michael Pink from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023 - Michael Pink from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Commander Bar | Pequot Lakes, MN

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 - Legacy of the Loud from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023 - Legacy of the Loud from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM

JJ's Pub | Pequot Lakes, MN

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023 - Emily Hammer from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Snarky Loon Brewing | Jenkins, MN

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023 - Jason Helder from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Make sure to check out our Weekend Roll Call during the week of Thanksgiving to access a comprehensive list of events and activities planned for the holiday weekend.

 

Thanksgiving Lodging Packages:


Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN

  • Dates: November 22-26, 2023

  • Link

Cragun’s in Brainerd, MN

  • Dates: November 22-26, 2023

  • Link

Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake

  • Dates: November 22 - 23, 2023

  • Link


*All dates and activities are subject to change*



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