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Thanksgiving Day in Paris: How long can I procrastinate?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day – and we’ve planned absolutely nothing. No turkey, no pumpkin pie, no cranberry sauce. Apparently we aren’t alone in this because likewise the American Embassy in Paris notes that they are Closed for Thanksgiving Day. If you click on Thanksgiving there’s an excellent description of the history behind this one American holiday which remains almost unscathed from commercialism (except for the ‘Day after Thanksgiving sales – now referred to as Black Friday).

However, if you’re an American in Paris – and feeling homesick – missing family and friends, you’ll be happy to know that there are some places in Paris where you can celebrate the holiday:

The American Church in Paris will be providing a Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, November 29 ’08 rather than Thanksgiving Day.
Here are the details:

Thanksgiving Dinner
6pm in the Thurber Room
“The dinner will have a potluck theme this year.
The doors will open at 6pm for a pre-dinner cocktail.
All families and individuals are asked to bring one side item and one dessert,
which must be confirmed at the time of ticket purchase.
Turkey and beverages will be provided.
Price: 15 Euros per adult and 8 Euros per child.
Space is limited so buy tickets quickly! (I think my procrastination may rule out this as an option! but it’s good to keep in mind for next year)

Contacts: Cemohn at or
Marie-Christine at

Traditional Thanksgiving Menu (30€/person) at the Bistro Saint Martin
Call for reservations: or
email us at

Thursday, November 27nd
Friday, November 28th
Saturday, November 29th
Seatings at 7PM & 9PM

Savory Carrot Soup
Roasted Turkey
Old Fashioned Stuffing/ Mashed Potates
Cranberry Sauce
Sautéed Green Beans/Butternut Squash
Pumpkin Bread
Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Marriot Rive Gauche Hotel
17 Blvd. Saint Jacques
Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 27 ’08

(With live Jazz, a champagne welcome, and a traditional buffet with turkey et al, wine, coffee, tea and plenty of desserts.

Price: 55 euros per person. Reservations by November 17th (am I too late if I call on the 26th?) at 01 40 78 78 84. Ask for Prescillia Leroy. Or email:

Cajun Thanksgiving Day meal at the restaurant of the same name:
20, rue Saint Paul 75004 PARIS Tél: 01 42 77 68 28 ou 29

(Thanksgiving is also a grocery store that supplies American products – all the fixins’ for a Thanksgiving Day meal – for those of us who suddenly have a yen to whip up a traditional dinner).

Here are two Thanksgiving options that don’t revolve around food!

The American Library’s Story Hour for Kids
Wednesday November 26
Story Hour 10 30 to 11 30 or 2 30 to 3 30 pm

American Cathedral in Paris

“20s/30s Thanksgiving Weekend Event: If you’re between the ages of 20 and 39, join the Cathedral’s 20s/30s youth group which celebrates the holiday on Friday, November 28 at 6:00 pm, by spending an evening at the Cathedral wrapping Christmas gifts for needy children through the Cathedral’s Love in a Box program. Wrapping will be followed up with a hearty day-after-Thanksgiving dinner. RSVP to to join in the wrapping!”

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