A perfect Indianapolis Thanksgiving

A perfect Indianapolis Thanksgiving
A perfect Indianapolis Thanksgiving

A perfect Thanksgiving in Indianapolis

This article was written assuming that someone, somewhere MUST be a well-rounded individual who maybe is a foodie but is also a health nut. You love to load up on the turkey and dressing like it’s your job, but you also went for a run on Thanksgiving morning to prepare your waistline without having to get out the stretchy pants.

That said, if this is you, then the following itinerary might be right up your alley.

8 a.m.

Gobble Gallop 5K at Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Pkwy., Avon

Registration for this sixth annual festive holiday run is $29 and will take place on the trails of the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA and the neighboring addition of Austin Lakes. The event also includes a one-mile family walk for those who want to include the whole family, or for those who may just not be up to a full 5K.

For more information, visit IndyMCA.org or call 317-273-9622.


2 p.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis

Let’s face it, there are those who revel in the holiday stress of cooking for 20 friends and family members followed by a long, slow death march of a cleanup. At completion, you’re so tired you’re unable to keep your eyes open while your guests are just rallying from their post-dinner coma and are ready for another piece of pie. An alternative that will make everyone happy? Eating OUT on Thanksgiving. The Propylaeum is taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner, and the extensive and delicious menu is included below.


Appetizer & Salad Station:

  • Traditional Tossed Salad with Assorted Dressing
  • Mixed Green Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Feta and Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Baby Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles, Red Onion, Heirloom Tomatoes, Pistachio’s and Dark Cherry Vinaigrette
  • Fresh Fruit Spray
  • Peel & Eat Shrimp
  • Cheese Ball with Assorted Crackers


  • Herb Roasted Whole Turkey
  • Cranberry Relish
  • Gravy
  • Carved Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
  • Potato Encrusted Cod
  • Pasta Primavera
  • Red Skin Mashed Potato
  • Classic Potatoes Au Gratin
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
  • Corn Pudding
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Maple and Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Assorted Breads and Butter


  • Pumpkin Roll
  • Assorted Pies: Pumpkin, Pecan, Sugar Cream
  • Caramel Apple Crisp
  • Dark Cherry Chocolate Bon Bon

The cost for dinner is $35 and $16 for children. Multiple seating times are available. For more information, visit propindy.org or call 317-638-7881.

6 p.m.

Lights at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4760 W. 16th St., Speedway

For the second year in a row, Lights at the Brickyard is welcoming Christmas lovers across central Indiana to its “drive-thru” light show. Opening the day after Thanksgiving, the light show will be set up along the road course as well as the main straightaway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), visitors can enjoy more than two million twinkling lights set up throughout the infield as well as on the track itself.

“There are more than 2.5 million lights, and by the time we get into early-December there will probably be significantly more than that,” IMS president Doug Boles said. “Last year we kept adding lights, so I think we’ll probably do that same thing this year.”

Beginning Nov. 17 and running through Dec. 30, Lights at the Brickyard gives race fans the unique opportunity to not only enjoy a great light show, but also drive over the yard of bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“The neat thing about this year compared to last year is that this year you get to drive on the road course as well,” Boles said. “Last year you just got to drive on the front stretch across the yard of bricks, which is pretty special, and you still get to do that. But now we’ve added four or five corners of the road course so now people get to drive that, as well as the front stretch.”

Last year’s debut event garnered rave reviews from thousands of visitors who enjoyed the light show as well as the opportunity to drive their vehicles on the track.

“The front of the pagoda is different, and the front stretch is different,” Boles said. “I think people will really enjoy that, along with the additional lights and displays.”

This year’s driving route is longer, expanding to two miles from last year’s 1.7.

For those visiting Lights at the Brickyard on a Monday evening, $5 of each ticket will go to the United Way of Central Indiana.

“We’re proud to partner with United Way of Central Indiana to provide guests an opportunity to support their fellow Hoosiers during the holiday season,” Boles said. “As our friends at United Way are celebrating their 100th birthday, this is the perfect time to remind everyone of the vital services they provide to so many individuals and families.”

The attraction is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Standard lane passes are $25 per car Monday through Wednesday and $30 per car Thursday through Sunday. Admission for vehicles with 15 or more passengers is $50.

Speedy passes may be purchased in advance for $40 per vehicle or $50 at the gate. This allows access through the Brickyard Golf Course Entrance. Speedy passes for vehicles with 15 or more passengers is $100.

“There are a lot of racing displays this year, so I think those are my favorites,” Boles said. “There’s a sprint car, a Tony Stewart No. 14 car and you’ve also got the Indy cars. I think for me, my favorite displays include the racing stuff because that’s what we do.”

So, on the way to your final destination for the evening, take a nice drive through IMS to see the beginning of the holiday season in Indianapolis.

9 p.m.

Latin Dance Party at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave., Broad Ripple

Finally, finish what you started with the morning’s 5K and dance off the rest of those calories at the Jazz Kitchen. Cover for the evening is $7, and this is an adults-only event. Free dance lessons begin at 8:30 p.m., and ladies enter free until 10 p.m.

Admission is cash only at the door.

Music will include a mix of salsa, merengue bachata, reggaeton, latin hip hop and more by DJ Gil, DJ Latin Spy, DJ Coqui and DJ Cali.

For more information visit the website at thejazzkitchen.com.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a holiday just begging for new traditions to go along with the tried and true.

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