Here are some options for those who aren’t able to cook a Thanksgiving meal. There are many opportunities to help all families enjoy a warm meal and good company.


Date: November 20, 2021

Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: 4196 Old Washington Rd. Waldorf , MD

Details: Community day offers free resources to Charles County residents. Free item distribution of food, Turkey and more!


Date: November 21, 2021

Time: 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Location: Christian Unity Baptist Church- 11622 Park Waldorf Ln. Waldorf, MD 20601

Details: Thanksgiving basket giveaway to those in need. Please reach out to or to reserve your families basket.


Date: November 25, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Lucianna’s Steakhouse Parking Lot- 3331 Plaza Way. Waldorf, MD 20603

Details: Free Community Thanksgiving meal in honor of Joe Gressis.


Date: November 25, 2021

Time: 12:00PM – 3:00PM

Location: Israel Total Ministry’s – Waldorf, MD

Details: All are welcome to come out and receive a delicious full course to-go Thanksgiving meal.


Don’t have time to cook but want some delicious food on the table? Here are some local solutions.

Honey Baked Hams– (Waldorf) Whether it’s a ham, turkey, sides or desserts, you know you’ll be serving the best, without all the stress! (301) 638-0086

Smokers Delight- (White Plains) Now accepting pre-orders for smoked Turkeys , Brisket & Pork Ribs for Thanksgiving. Orders must be placed by Thursday November 18, 2021. We also cater, submit your inquiries for all your catering needs- office parties, potlucks etc. Place your order online

Mission BBQ– (Waldorf/St. Mary’s) Fresh-smoked, juicy Turkey Breasts. Homemade, handcrafted sides. Decadent, you-deserve-it desserts. And the best part? They’ll do the cooking! Call their Catering Pros now and ENJOY the holiday with family and friends. (301) 880-0857

Texas Road House– (La Plata/California) Order rolls for your meal. They come ready to heat up in the oven with their famous whipped cinnamon butter. Put in your order, pick-up Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve. (301) 392-9471

Chick-fil-A- Chick-fil-A is a family favorite of ours. We always make sure to get sweet tea and lemonade for our parties and sometimes a party platter too! Don’t forget to pre-order in advanced while supplies last. From chicken nuggets to fruit trays and sweet tea to chocolate chip cookies they have you covered.

Simply Cakelicious- Call Simply Cakelicious to order your Thanksgiving desserts and treats at 301-638-1496.

La Plata Farmers Market- Be sure to get all your last minute items at the farmers market. From wine to floral arrangements and produces to desserts, they have it all. The La Plata Farmers Market is open 9AM-2PM Wednesday’s & Saturday’s through November in the Court House parking lot in downtown La Plata.

Chaptico Market- The Chaptico Market has a bunch of options. Including stuffed ham.


Small Business Saturday – Come out on Saturday November 27th and support La Plata’s amazing locally owned businesses. Shop Small is about more than just shopping at small businesses. … It’s an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses. Our storefronts are here all year long giving back to our community, this particular Saturday is our favorite shopping day of the year! Many businesses will have sales, giveaways and treats. Plus, pick up your passport from a participating business, and enter to win big prizes! There are lots of fun activities through out the day for kids too.


Holiday Entertainment

See The Playful Parent community calendar for ideas on fun things to do Thanksgiving weekend. A Winter Holiday Guide will come out soon, so stay tuned!

  • STEAM Thanksgiving Eve Gobbles & Giggles Event. November 24, 2021- My Gym Waldorf Location.  While you make that last-minute dash, children will have a Blast! FUN Activities: Turkey Leg Tumble, Popcorn Relay Race, Harvest Sports Adventures, Chicken Maze, Spaceflight, Gymnastics & Tumbling PLUS Pizza. Non-Members welcome too!
  • Botanic Garden – November 24, 20201- January 2, 2022- 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC at the foot of the U.S. Capitol. During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, DC’s most famous buildings and monuments.
  • Christmas Light Displays  – Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through spectacle of lights at a local park in Maryland. These Christmas light displays are beautiful and a great way to share the magic and joy of a winter wonderland. Thanksgiving weekend openings: BrooksideWatkins and Zoolights.
  • ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort- November 26 – December 31, 2021- The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 2 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mount Vernon Candlelight ToursBegins November 26, 2021- Martha Washington hosts an 18th-century Christmas with candlelit walks, fireside caroling, and festive décor during Mount Vernon by Candlelight.
  • Maryland Christmas Show at the Frederick Fairgrounds – Franklin St., Frederick, Maryland (301) 898-5466. November 19-28, 2021 (Fri., Sat. & Sun. Only)  Enjoy the works of 500 artists and craftsmen offering fine art, pottery, furniture, quilts, jewelry, clothing, wreaths and garlands, toys and Christmas ornaments.
  • Reston Town Center Holiday Parade – Friday, November 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM. The Reston community kicks off the holiday season with a full day celebration including a holiday parade, visits with Santa, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and more.
  • Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park November 20, 2021- January 2, 2022- The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.
  • Winterfest at Kings Dominion- November 20, 2021- January 9, 2021- Holiday traditions come to life at Kings Dominion’s WinterFest. Friends and families are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as we magically transform our park into a winter wonderland full of enchantment, cheer and classic family fun.