Best Shows and Movies to Veg Out and Watch After Thanksgiving 🦃 Dinner

The day is FINALLY here! Turkey Day has begun as we start preparing our green bean casseroles, pumpkin pies, and ultimate holiday feasts!

Christmas trees

While we’re ready to eat so much until we practically can’t move off the couch, we’ve got a whole list of shows and movies that will keep you entertained after your huge Thanksgiving meal!

So, get those stretchy pants on and get ready for an afternoon full of movies, TV shows, and MORE to celebrate the holiday season!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

It’s almost like you can’t have Thanksgiving without playing this classic! There’s a reason why A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has become so nostalgic for family members of all ages since it’s about bringing our friends and family members closer together. And, if nothing else, this year has taught us how important our loved ones are!


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Although we’ve been spending a lot of time exploring the Macy’s balloons at Universal’s Holiday Experience, the parade will be happening in a new way this year! Instead of fans gathering in the streets to watch the balloons and entertainers go back, everyone is asked to stay at home to watch the TV-only event this year. As you listen to music, enjoy the floats, and more, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be showing on NBC from 9AM to noon in all time zones!

Despicable Me Balloons

National Dog Show

Immediately following the parade, we all love watching the pups compete during the National Dog Show! This year will see some big changes as the event will not have spectators, vendors, sponsors, or media. Judges and participants will be distanced, wearing masks, and have their temperatures checked. Instead of the regular 2,000 dogs who usually compete, the competition is limited to only 600 dogs for 2020. Viewers can watch the National Dog Show on NBC at 12 PM PST until 2 PM PST.


Thanksgiving Football

Football fans everywhere look forward to Thanksgiving for the games that happen throughout the day! And, 2020 is the year that the Houston Texans vs. the Detroit Lions will face off at 12:30PM EST followed by the Washington Football Team vs. the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30PM EST!


Friends Thanksgiving Episodes

While many TV shows have holiday episodes, Friends kept up with its Thanksgiving theme over the course of 10 seasons! So, we think that the perfect way to celebrate the holiday is by watching all 10 Thanksgiving episodes back-to-back with a glass of wine and slice of pie!


In case your Friends knowledge is a little rusty, these are all the Thanksgiving episodes you’ll need to binge-watch:

  • Season 1, Episode 9 – “The One Where Underdog Got Away”
  • Season 2, Episode 8 – “The One With the List”
  • Season 3, Episode 9 – “The One With the Football”
  • Season 4, Episode 8 – “The One With Chandler in a Box”
  • Season 5, Episode 8 – “The One With All the Thanksgivings”
  • Season 6, Episode 9 – “The One Where Ross Got High”
  • Season 7, Episode 8 – “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”
  • Season 8, Episode 9 – “The One With the Rumor”
  • Season 9, Episode 8 – “The One With Rachel’s Other Sister”
  • Season 10, Episode 8 – “The One With the Late Thanksgiving”

For many of us, once the plates clear and the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, Christmas officially begins! And, that means Christmas movies kick off the rest of the holiday season as soon as dinner wraps up!


One of Will Ferrell’s best roles is Buddy the Elf (“What’s your favorite color?”). And, we can’t help but feel JUST as excited as Buddy that Christmas is around the corner too with Santa, hot chocolate, and Christmas cheer as we sing loud for all to hear while we watch Elf!

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Christmas Vacation

As you spend Thanksgiving with your family, you can get a few (or a lot) of laughs during your annual viewing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! If you plan on putting up your lights soon, make sure to keep an eye out for any pets and electrical cords! 😉

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Love Actually

Love Actually is one of those films that makes you laugh, cry, and feel ALL the feels! So, it only seems fitting to watch the movie with your loved ones as you ring in the holiday season (dancing to “Jump For My Love,” of course).


While we’ll be making sugar cookies, pulling out the boozy eggnog, and putting ornaments on our trees, we want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! ❤️

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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