Guide to how to avoid animal products & cruelty on major holidays.

In the United States, a number of holidays merit special consideration from vegans. Click our links below for detailed advice for each:

  • Thanksgiving: There’s obviously no turkey for vegans at Thanksgiving, but delicious feast options are still plentiful. There are also sticky issues with omnivorous family members that must be navigated.
  • Christmas: Where food is concerned, this holiday’s a lot like Thanksgiving so most of the same advice applies.
  • Easter: Between the customary Easter eggs, ham, bunnies, and chicks. This holiday offers all sorts of opportunities to make more conscientious decisions.
  • Halloween: Most mass-market halloween chocolates are made with milk. But there are fortunately many types of vegan candy.
  • Hanukkah: Apart from avoiding non-vegan menorah candles, this is a pretty straightforward holiday for vegans.
  • Passover: This Jewish holiday typically features meat and egg as part of the Seder plate.
  • Fourth of July: Traditionally fueled by beer and barbecues, there is thanksfully no shortage of delicious barbecue options for vegans.

The most common need for vegans where holidays are concerned is finding an appropriate set of meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. There are some terrific books exclusively for that purpose: