A great activity for everyone


By Jon Zajac

As a facilitator who enjoys incorporating fun icebreaker activities into events, I’ve found that Thanksgiving-themed “This or That” questions can be a great way to engage guests and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. By asking questions related to the holiday’s traditions, values, and food, you can encourage your attendees to share their experiences and perspectives while also building connections with one another.

How to incorporate Thanksgiving themed This or That questions

To incorporate Thanksgiving-themed “This or That” questions into your event, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a list of questions beforehand that are related to the holiday’s traditions, values, and food. You can find inspiration from browsing online resources, social media, or even asking friends and family for their opinions.

  2. Print out the questions on cards or display them on a screen or a poster board. Encourage your guests to form small groups of 3-5 people and take turns asking each other the questions. You can also create a rotation system where each group moves on to the next question after a set amount of time (e.g., 2-3 minutes).

  3. Make sure everyone has a chance to answer each question and listen actively to their responses. Encourage follow-up questions, comments, and discussions that build on the initial answers. You can also share your own insights and opinions about the holiday to keep the conversation flowing.

  4. After everyone has had a chance to answer all the questions, gather your guests in a larger group and ask them to share their favorite or most surprising answers. You can also use this opportunity to highlight any commonalities or connections that emerged during the activity.

  5. Consider using some of the insights or stories that came up during the “This or That” icebreaker as a springboard for further conversations and activities throughout the day. For example, you could organize a potluck-style lunch with dishes inspired by different Thanksgiving traditions or create a gratitude wall where guests can share what they’re thankful for.

Ideas on different themes of questions

To keep your Thanksgiving-themed icebreaker questions fresh and engaging, you can explore different themes and categories that are relevant to the holiday. Here are some ideas:

  • Traditions: Ask questions related to the ways people celebrate Thanksgiving, such as decorating, watching football, or playing games (e.g., “Do you prefer a formal or casual Thanksgiving dinner?” or “What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?”).

  • Values: Ask questions that tap into the values and themes of gratitude, generosity, and community that are central to the holiday (e.g., “What are you most grateful for this year?” or “How do you like to give back during the holiday season?”).

  • Food: Ask questions related to the dishes, flavors, and ingredients that are associated with Thanksgiving (e.g., “Do you prefer sweet or savory Thanksgiving sides?” or “What is your favorite dessert to have after a big meal?”).

  • Humor: Ask questions that reference the lighter and more humorous aspects of the holiday, such as family dynamics, travel stories, or shopping experiences (e.g., “Do you prefer cooking at home or going out to eat on Thanksgiving?” or “What is your favorite Black Friday deal?”).

  • Culture: Ask questions that explore the history and cultural significance of Thanksgiving in the United States and beyond (e.g., “What do you know about the origins of Thanksgiving?” or “How does your culture celebrate gratitude or harvest festivals?”).

By incorporating these different themes of questions into your Thanksgiving-themed icebreaker activity, you can keep your guests engaged and entertained while also fostering a sense of community and shared interest. So why not give it a try and see how it can enhance your next event!

My favorite Thanksgiving themed This or That questions

  1. Mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole?
  2. Turkey leftovers or turkey sandwiches?
  3. Roasted turkey or fried turkey?
  4. Festive centerpiece or minimalist table decor?
  5. Creamed corn or buttered corn?
  6. Apple cider or hot chocolate?
  7. Macaroni and cheese or baked beans?
  8. Apple cider or sparkling cider?
  9. Pilgrim hat or turkey hat?
  10. Gravy or cranberry sauce?
  11. Cinnamon or nutmeg in your pumpkin pie?
  12. Thanksgiving feast at home or at a restaurant?
  13. Mimosas or Bloody Marys with brunch?
  14. Pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha?
  15. Sweet potato casserole or green bean casserole?
  16. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
  17. Roasted turkey or deep-fried turkey?
  18. Pumpkin bread or banana bread?
  19. Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes?
  20. Pilgrims or Native Americans?
  21. Pumpkin carving or apple picking?
  22. Pecan pie or chocolate pie?
  23. Cornbread or dinner rolls?
  24. Pecan pie or sweet potato pie?
  25. Apple cider or cranberry juice?
  26. Stuffing or dressing?
  27. Fried turkey or smoked turkey?
  28. Cinnamon or nutmeg?
  29. Football or board games after dinner?
  30. Fried onions or sautéed onions?
  31. Sweet potato casserole or candied yams?
  32. Apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar for dressing?
  33. Green bean casserole or roasted brussels sprouts?
  34. Pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds?
  35. Thanksgiving leftovers as-is or transformed into new dishes?
  36. Butter or margarine for cooking?
  37. Cranberry sauce or gravy?
  38. Thankful for family or thankful for good food?
  39. Pecan pie or cherry pie?
  40. Thanksgiving movie marathon or book reading marathon?
  41. Thanksgiving feast or Thanksgiving brunch?
  42. Pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate cake?
  43. Roasted carrots or glazed carrots?
  44. Stuffing inside the turkey or cooked separately?
  45. Cheesecake or pumpkin cheesecake?
  46. Homemade gravy or store-bought gravy?
  47. Sweet potato casserole or mashed sweet potatoes?
  48. Spiced cider or sparkling apple cider?
  49. Pumpkin seeds or roasted chestnuts?
  50. Pumpkin cheesecake or apple crisp?
  51. Roasted turkey or stuffed turkey?
  52. Turkey or ham?
  53. Fried turkey or roasted turkey?
  54. Apple cider or mulled wine?
  55. Pumpkin bread or cornbread stuffing?
  56. Fried turkey skin or stuffing with gravy?
  57. Candied pecans or spiced walnuts?
  58. Pumpkin or apple cider donuts?
  59. Baked or mashed butternut squash?
  60. Pumpkin or pecan cheesecake?
  61. Cornbread or rolls?
  62. Fruit salad or vegetable salad?
  63. Turkey leftovers or fresh turkey?
  64. Baked ham or roasted beef?
  65. Candied yams or roasted carrots?
  66. Football on TV or board games with family?
  67. Stuffing in the turkey or on the side?
  68. White meat or dark meat?
  69. Roasted or fried turkey?
  70. Cranberry sauce from a can or homemade?
  71. Candied yams or roasted root vegetables?
  72. Roasted turkey or ham?
  73. Pecan pie or chocolate silk pie?
  74. Apple pie or cherry pie?
  75. Pumpkin spice or cinnamon?
  76. Wine or beer with dinner?
  77. Pumpkin soup or butternut squash soup?
  78. Pumpkin bread or cranberry bread?
  79. Thanksgiving parade or football game?
  80. Thanksgiving parade or no parade?
  81. Butter or margarine?
  82. Pumpkin pie or apple pie?
  83. Apple crisp or peach cobbler?
  84. Traditional Thanksgiving or vegetarian Thanksgiving?
  85. Canned cranberry sauce or homemade cranberry sauce?
  86. Thanksgiving dinner or Friendsgiving potluck?
  87. Football or board games?
  88. Thanksgiving parade or football game on TV?
  89. Pumpkin muffins or pumpkin bread pudding?
  90. Green beans or Brussels sprouts?
  91. Canned cranberry sauce or jellied cranberry sauce?
  92. Pumpkin pie or pecan pie?
  93. Cranberry sauce from a can or homemade cranberry sauce?
  94. Sweet potato pie or pumpkin cheesecake?

About the author

Jon Zajac

Jon Zajac

Founder & Chief Icebreaker

I started Icebreaker Spot because I truly believe that strong connections are the foundation of successful teams. I wanted to create a platform that would make it easy for people to find and share icebreakers and team building activities, empowering them to build trust, foster collaboration, and ultimately, achieve greatness together.