Thanksgiving is the perfect time for reuniting with loved ones, eating lots of food, and participating in activities together as a family. To help you plan, we have compiled a list of restaurants offering food for Thanksgiving and events happening in Lake Norman throughout the week that you can check out!


Where to Eat


Al's Bar & Grille 

Open on Thanksgiving Day (hours TBD)

For those football fans, Al's Bar & Grille is where to watch the Thanksgiving Day games! Last year, they had 50 cent wings and a couple of drink specials. They haven't released anything yet about plans for this year, but we recommend returning to this blog for those updates. 

Al's Bar & Grille


Choplin's Restaurant

Open on Thanksgiving Day (12 PM-3:30 PM)

Choplin's atmosphere blends casual dining and a modern steakhouse feel. Providing ingredients that are locally sourced and of the highest quality, each dish is carefully prepared. This year, Choplin's will offer dinner menu items and a traditional Thanksgiving plate with turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, and more! 

Honey Baked Ham

Open Wednesday, 11/22 (10 AM-6 PM); closed on Thanksgiving Day

Are you stuck with making this year's ham for Thanksgiving dinner? Don't fret; Honey Baked Ham provides some of the best hams in the area! All you have to do is call them and place an order to pick them up. If you don't have Thanksgiving Day leftovers, you can always just come back for your own personal plate. 

Honey Baked Ham

Macs Speed Shop

Mac's Speed Shop

Open Wednesday, 11/22 (11 AM-10 PM); closed on Thanksgiving Day

If you're a big fan of turkey on Thanksgiving but not a fan of the cooking part, then Mac's Speed Shop might be just the thing you need this year. In the past, they've had smoked turkey for pickup and popular side fixings to help you prepare an excellent meal for your family. They will also have drink specials available that week if you want to grab a drink after Black Friday shopping. 

Midwood Smokehouse

Open Wednesday, 11/22 (11 AM-9 PM); closed on Thanksgiving Day

Midwood Smokehouse in Birkdale has also taken orders for Thanksgiving meals in previous years! This is perfect for those who aren't yet comfortable dining out and would like to save time cooking this year. They will provide a full catering menu where you can order whole turkey, large sides, and fall specials in advance. 

Midwood Smokehouse

North Harbor Club Spread

North Harbor Club

Open on Thanksgiving Day (11 AM-9 PM)

Known to have special menus for every major holiday, North Harbor Club offers your traditional Thanksgiving meals. With a beautiful lake view, you can enjoy a delicious meal with your friends and family. Check out their Facebook page for the latest Thanksgiving menu updates. 

Red Rocks Cafe 

Open on Thanksgiving Day (hours TBD)

Red Rocks Cafe has been offering Thanksgiving Day meals for several years, which visitors and residents have enjoyed. Located in Birkdale Village, this is a great place to meet with friends and family to grab dinner and maybe do some early Black Friday shopping! They're starting to take reservations, so plan and secure your spot or place an order! 

Red Rocks Cafe Thanksgiving

Port City Club

Port City Club

Open on Thanksgiving Day (11 AM-5 PM)

Get ready to feast your eyes on Port City Club's Three Course Prix Fix Thanksgiving Menu. Treat your family to a Chef-prepared holiday meal with a juicy Turkey, all the traditional sides you'd spend hours cooking, and let's not forget dessert! Price will be $59 per person and $28 per child 10 and under. Make your reservation here.


What to Do


Davidson Farmers Market

November 18th | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
120 South Main St., Davidson | More Details

Make sure to go to the last Saturday of the Prime Season Market of the year, featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers within a 100-mile radius. At the market, you will find fresh, local, healthy, and delicious meats, vegetables, breads, and more that you will need and want for your Thanksgiving meal. 

Davidson Farmers Market

Old Town Public House

Thinkin' & Drinkin' Trivia 

November 21st | 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Old Town Public House (OTPH) | More Details

Gather your A-Team, put on your thinkin' caps, and join Old Town Public House for the area's most exciting trivia! Two rounds of general knowledge trivia are free to play with chances to win awesome prizes from their featured brewery sponsors.  

Lake Norman Turkey Trot 

November 23rd | 7:45 a.m.
20010 Chartown Dr., Cornelius | More Details

The 17th Annual Lake Norman Turkey Trot is a family-friendly tradition and is the perfect way to start the morning and work up an appetite. With three distances to choose from, including the 5K, 10K, and Distance Dare - 15K, there's something for everyone.

Turkey Trot

Discovery Place KIDS

Discovery Place Kids

November 24th - 26th | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
105 Gilead Rd., Huntersville | More Details

Discovery Place Kids will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but open throughout Thanksgiving weekend. This is the perfect place to take the little ones, with plenty of opportunities to play, explore, and learn in various ways, including a museum, art exhibits, a garden, and more.

We're grateful for our fantastic destination's hospitality partners and you, whether a visitor or resident, that make Lake Norman a wonderful place. If you check out any of the places above, let us know on social media @visitlakenorman! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and spend it with a grateful heart surrounded by your loved ones.